Challenges of Admitting Children in Private Schools in Delhi-NCR: A Comparison with IIT Admissions

Ashneer Grover, the former co-founder and managing director of BharatPe and a judge on Shark Tank India, recently shed light on the challenges of getting a child admitted to a private school in Delhi-NCR. In a post on X (formerly known as Twitter), Grover likened the process of securing admission for a 4-year-old child in nursery to a private school to the difficulty of gaining admission to the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).

Grover emphasized the formidable nature of the admission process, particularly in the Delhi-NCR region. He noted that parents often find it more challenging to secure admission for their young children in preferred private schools than it is to gain entry into the esteemed IITs. He further highlighted that this phenomenon is especially prominent in the last decade, underscoring the growing competition for limited nursery school seats.

In his post, Grover highlighted the substantial demand for spots in these “coveted schools,” which significantly surpasses the available supply. He painted a vivid comparison by suggesting that if nursery school seats were to be auctioned in Delhi-NCR, the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction, known for its high-value player bids, would rank second in comparison.

The comparison drawn by Grover underscores the gravity of the situation for parents seeking quality education opportunities for their children in the region. The competition for admissions in reputable private schools in Delhi-NCR reflects the high standards parents have set for their children’s education and the limited number of seats available to meet this demand.

As the demand for quality education continues to rise, and the supply of available seats remains constrained, parents in the Delhi-NCR region face the unique challenge of securing nursery school admissions for their young children—a task that Grover has likened to one of the most prestigious educational accomplishments in the country, gaining admission to the IITs.