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List of Schools of Specialized Excellence (SOSE) in Delhi – Admission and Details

By SchoolMyKids Counsellor|6 - 7 mins read| November 23, 2022

Read this article to know about the list of Schools of Specialized Excellence (SOSE) started by the government in Delhi India and for complete information on Schools of Specialized Excellence (SOSE) Delhi. Also, know about the procedure for admissions to class IX and XI in Schools of Specialized Excellence (SOSE). Know about how to get admission to Schools of Specialized Excellence (SOSE) for all 5 domains along with the detail of the infrastructure available. The SoSE schools are established to equip students with better facilities, cutting-edge curriculum, and learning in specialized fields. Schools of Specialized Excellence are choice-based schools for grades 9 to 12.

You can also read about List of Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya (RPVV) in Delhi or explore the complete list of Delhi Government Schools (SV, RPVV, Schools of excellence) alongwith complete detail about school and Government school admission. You can also check Non Government Top Schools in Delhi.

Different Types of Government Schools in Delhi

Till 2021, there were 3 categories of Delhi government-run schools:

  1. Sarvodaya Vidyalaya: have all classes starting from the nursery
  2. Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya: has classes 6-12 and admission is based on an entrance test
  3. Schools of Excellence: English medium schools (co-ed from Nursery to Class 12)

To align with the vision of NEP 2020, the Directorate of Education, Delhi is phasing out the existing “special category schools” like the popular Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya (RPVVs) and School of Excellence (SoE) which were started in 2018. The Delhi government has decided to discontinue admissions in primary classes in its Schools of Excellence from 2021. The government is focussing on converting these schools into specialized schools.

The Directorate of Education, Government of NCT Delhi has formed “Schools of Specialized Excellence” so that students with deep interest and aptitude in a particular domain get specialized learning opportunities from the Secondary stage onwards (in classes 9 to12).

Schools of Specialized Excellence will run for grades 9-12. In SoSE, the medium of instruction will be the English language.

What’s different about Schools of Specialized Excellence (SOSE)?

The Delhi government started Schools of Specialized Excellence (SOSE) to provide the students with world-class infrastructure and faculty for new-age curriculum and learning in specialised domains.

Schools of Specialized Excellence are affiliated to the Delhi Board of School Education (DBSE).

Domains of Specialization

  1. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
  2. Humanities
  3. Performing and Visual Arts
  4. High-end 21st Century Skills
  5. Armed Forces Preparatory School
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SoSE has partnered with reputed national and international domain experts to develop the curriculum for Specialized Studies. Partners include IIT Delhi, NIFT Delhi, Vidyamandir Classes, Global Music Institute, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Lend-A-Hand India, among others.

List of Schools of Specialized Excellence (SOSE) Delhi

There are 31 Schools of Specialized Excellence across Delhi. Of these 12 are for STEM, 7 for Humanities, 7 for High-End 21st Century Skills, 4 for Performing and Visual Arts, and 1 (Residential) for Armed Forces Preparation.

Out of these schools, 11 Schools of Specialised Excellence (SoSEs) became operational in Delhi from the 2022-23 academic session and an Armed Forces Preparatory School (AFPS) started in the Jharoda Kalan area from 2022-23 session. AFPS will be a residential school with focus to prepare students for joining the Indian armed forces.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); humanities; performing and visual arts; and high-end 21st century skills are some of the specialisations offered at these SoSE schools. 

  1. Schools of Specialized Excellence, Madanpur Khadar – Humanities
  2. Schools of Specialized Excellence, Kalkaji – STEM Domain School
  3. Schools of Specialized Excellence, Andrews Ganj – Performing and Visual Arts
  4. Schools of Specialized Excellence, INA Colony – STEM Domain School
  5. Schools of Specialized Excellence, Lajpat Nagar – High-End 21st Century Skills
  6. Schools of Specialized Excellence, Karol Bagh – STEM Domain School
  7. AFPS (Schools of Specialized Excellence), Jharoda Kalan
  8. Schools of Specialized Excellence, Sector 6, Dwarka – STEM Domain School
  9. Schools of Specialized Excellence, Sector 19, Dwarka – Performing and Visual Arts
  10. Schools of Specialized Excellence, Sector 5, Dwarka – High-End 21st Century Skills
  11. Schools of Specialized Excellence, Sector 10, Dwarka – STEM Domain School
  12. Schools of Specialized Excellence, Sector 22, Dwarka – Humanities
  13. Schools of Specialized Excellence, Paschim Vihar – Humanities
  14. Schools of Specialized Excellence, Hari Nagar – STEM Domain School
  15. Schools of Specialized Excellence, Sector 11, Rohini – High-End 21st Century Skills
  16. Schools of Specialized Excellence, Sector 23, Rohini – STEM Domain School
  17. Schools of Specialized Excellence, Sector 17, Rohini – Humanities
  18. Schools of Specialized Excellence, Sector 21, Rohini – Performing and Visual Arts
  19. Schools of Specialized Excellence, Sector 18, Rohini – STEM Domain School
  20. Schools of Specialized Excellence, Narela – High-End 21st Century Skills
  21. Schools of Specialized Excellence, Shalimar Bagh – STEM Domain School
  22. Schools of Specialized Excellence, Kishan Ganj – Humanities
  23. Schools of Specialized Excellence, Raj Niwas Marg – High-End 21st Century Skills
  24. Schools of Specialized Excellence, Civil Lines – STEM Domain School
  25. Schools of Specialized Excellence, Surajmal Vihar – High-End 21st Century Skills
  26. Schools of Specialized Excellence, Nand Nagri – Humanities
  27. Schools of Specialized Excellence, Gautam Puri – STEM Domain School
  28. Schools of Specialized Excellence, Yamuna Vihar – High-End 21st Century Skills
  29. Schools of Specialized Excellence, Gandhi Nagar – Humanities
  30. Schools of Specialized Excellence, I.P Extension – Performing and Visual Arts
  31. Schools of Specialized Excellence, Khichripur – STEM Domain School

Schools of Specialized Excellence (SOSE) Admission Process

Schools of Specialized Excellence are English medium specialised schools with classes from grades 9-12.

Admissions shall be offered in class 9 in all four types of SoSEs. For STEM SoSE, besides class 9, admission will also be offered in class 11.

Admission Selection Criteria for Schools of Specialized Excellence

Students will be selected by an assessment of aptitude and interest through a test, and an audition/interview, where necessary as per specialization opted by applicant.

Admission Eligibility Criteria in SOSE

  • A minimum of 60% aggregate marks in class 8 is required for admission in class 9 of any SoSE. In case of Performing and Visual Arts, the minimum marks requirement can be waived if the candidate has received award in any Art form in a competition at zonal or upward level.
  • A minimum of 75% aggregate marks (best of 5 including science and maths) in class 10 is required for admission in class 11 of STEM
  • A relaxation of 5% in eligibility marks is offered to the candidates from SC/ST/OBC (non creamy layer)/CWSN as per the policy of Directorate of Education, Govt. of Delhi

Age Criteria for Admission

For admission to the academic session 2022-23, the following age criteria will be applicable

  • Grade 9 – Completed the age of 13 years but less than 15 years as on 31/03/2022
  • Grade 11 Completed the age of 15 years but less than 17 years as on as on 31/03/2022

Age relaxation is applicable as per Directorate of Education norms.

Seat Reservation in SOSE

  1. At least 50% seats in each SoSE will be filled from students of Govt. schools and remaining seats will be available for students studying in any recognized schools of Delhi.
  2. Reservation and age related eligibility for admission is as per norms of the Directorate of Education, Government of Delhi.

Fee Structure of SoSE Schools

No fee is taken from the students of SoSE as per Delhi government norms.

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