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The Lawrence School, Sanawar : Admission Process, Age Criteria, Entrance Test, Personal Interaction


The Lawrence School Sanawar is one of India’s oldest coed residential schools. The school is affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education(CBSE). Its pupils come from a variety of backgrounds. The school’s goal is to grow children into individuals who are refined, disciplined. The school provides an environment that promotes the wellness of the kids who live and learn there.The school is surrounded by forests of pine, deodar, and other coniferous trees, which cover an area of 139 acres at a height of 1750 meters. One of the new structures is the central dining hall. It serves over 3,000 meals every day. A solar-heated swimming pool and squash courts are available at this indoor sports complex. Parker Hall, now the school’s learning resource center, allows convenient access to archive artifacts, as well as a variety of other resources. The name of the main teaching block is ‘Birdwood’. There are various playing grounds in campus loaded with high-quality sports equipment for students. Students can participate in a variety of games and sports such as cricket, hockey, soccer, basketball, squash, tennis, badminton, table tennis, athletics, swimming, gymnastics, rifle shooting, and boxing.


Admission to the school is available for all boys and girls aged 9 to 16, regardless of their social status, religion, or nationality. Applications are typically accepted until the first week of November for Class V (approximately 20 girls and 45 boys), Class VI (around 5 girls and 10 boys), and Class VII (approximately 10 girls and 15 boys). Entrance tests for these classes are held on the second Sunday of November. A limited number of applications are also considered for specific vacancies in Classes VIII, IX, and XI. Applications for these classes are accepted in December, and candidates are invited for an entrance test or personal interview usually on the second Sunday of February for Classes VIII and IX, and in April for Class XI (immediately following the Class X board examinations).

Age Criteria For Admission In Lawrence School

Class Age (in years) as on 1st March in the year of admission
V 8 years 9 months to 10 years 3 months
VI 9 years 9 months to 11 years 3 months
VII 10 years 9 months to 12 years 3 months
VIII 11 years 9 months to 13 years 3 months
IX 12 years 9 months to 14 years 3 months
XI 14 years 9 months to 16 years 3 months

Note: No Admission in Class X & XII (being Board Classes)

Registration requirements:

To register your ward for the Common Entrance Test, You have to  send a request for the Application Form with a Demand Draft worth Rs.5,000 in favour of “The Headmaster, The Lawrence School, Sanawar”. Alternatively, the Registration Form, available on the school website can be downloaded and submitted to the school. Also, a candidate can be registered online directly from the School website (

Entrance Test

The Admission Test comprises of the following components:

1. English (a written test of 100 marks: Time duration one hour)
2. Mathematics (a written test of 100 marks: Time duration one hour)
3. Science (a written test of 100 marks: Time duration one hour)
4. Hindi (a written test of 100 marks: Time duration one hour)
* Students who have not studied Hindi for more than three years are exempted from this test at the discretion of the Headmaster, on request. A certified copy of subjects studied from the previous school is mandatory for seeking any exemption from Hindi.

A candidate must pass (40%) in all the subjects to be eligible and called for the Personal Interaction.

A student is awarded marks out of 100 based on the Personal Interaction. The School lays a lot of emphasis on communication skills, participation in sports and other extra-curricular activities and promotes reading habits. Due consideration is given to the students excelling in one or more such areas during their Personal Interaction. A final merit list is then prepared incorporating all the above components (written tests and Personal Interaction). The merit list is not published or displayed anywhere but individual results will be sent to the concerned parents. There is no reservation for any category. However, due consideration is given to siblings (sisters / brothers of students studied / studying in School), children of Old Sanawarians and children whose parents are serving Defense personnel (a 25% subsidy in the fee for one child and 15% for sibling is admissible to the wards of serving Army/Navy/Air force Personnel, subject to the availability of the bursary for that year since the number of bursaries are fixed). However, the performance in the written test and Personal Interaction is the main criteria. Children who are unable to make it to the cut-off list are placed on a waiting list. Admission offers are made to such students (in the order of merit) if any student(s) decline the admission offer or leave the School. The vacancy thus created is specific to the Class / gender and cannot be switched / swapped. The waiting list is kept ‘alive’ for a period of one month after the declaration of the final result.
For classes VIII and IX admission is based on the results of an entrance examination and Personal Interaction held in February of the year of the admission. The examination pattern and the admission criteria for Classes VIII and IX is the same as for Classes V, VI and VII. The admission procedure for Class XI begins in April after the Class X Board Examination. Admissions are offered in Class XI strictly on the basis of the performance in the Personal Interaction with the Headmaster. Students opting for Commerce with Mathematics are tested in Mathematics while those who opt for Sciences are tested in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics (for non-medical stream) and in Physics, Chemistry and Biology (for medical stream) for qualifying standards.


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