Admission alerts are being sounded at private English-medium schools across Jamshedpur.
A number of schools have started selling forms from this week, while the rest will start either from first week of October or after the Puja holidays.
According to the RTE Act, 2009, students will be selected through lottery. Most schools are using Saras 2.0 software for random selection.
RTE guidelines say those who come from poor families or are SC/ST candidates have to be given forms free of cost.
For this, many schools have chosen coloured forms to signify each category.
But, some cradles such as Jamshedpur Public School have decided to give admission on a first-come-first-serve basis in the 25 per cent reserved category.
“We don’t have colour-coded forms for reserved category students. Admissions will be on first-come-first-serve basis. Parents will have to take and submit forms at the school. Whoever comes first will get admission in nursery,” said Jamshedpur Public School principal Namita Agarwal.
While Loyola School started issuing forms from September 21, Jamshedpur Public School and Church School, Beldih, did so from Monday.
Among those cradles that will issue forms in first week of October are Gulmohur High School and JH Tarapore School. While the former will sell forms on October 4 and 5, the latter will do so on October 7 and 8.
Again, schools like St. Mary’s English High School in Bistupur, DBMS English School and Little Flower School will issue forms once they re-open after Puja holidays. They are yet to decide on dates.
The forms are priced somewhere between Rs 100 and Rs 300.
Worried parents are making a beeline to buy maximum number of forms, as many could not make it last year. The test of luck will continue this year, too.
“I am planning to take as many forms as possible as this seems to be the only way to ensure admission,” said Gaurav Singhal, a parent who was at Church School to collect a form for his ward.