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Qualification for a PRINCIPAL of a CBSE Affiliated School

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There have been a lot of queries from a lot of promoters regarding the qualification of the Principal as mandated by CBSE, I have tried to take the guidelines from the CBSE Bye Laws and try making it in a format which is easier for everyone to read. As you will observe there are multiple ways with Teachers / Administrators in different ways can become Principal at a CBSE School. Kindly go through the requirements below to understand the qualification required –

Qualification for a PRINCIPAL of a CBSE School

For SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL (Upto CLASS XII)

A.

(i) Masters Degree or Honours Degree

  • Foreign University recognised as equivalent to the Master’s Degree of an Indian University by the U.P.S.C. (or)
  • Honours Degree of such Indian Universities as may be recognized equivalent to the Master’s Degree by the U.P.S.C.

(ii) A teaching Degree or a Diploma in Education or its equivalent – B.Ed

(iii) Experience as required under anyone of the following clauses:

a)  At least 3 years experience of administrative charge of a recognised College having Intermediate or higher classes.

b)  At least 5 years experience of administrative charge of a recognised High School.

c)  At least 5 years experience of teaching in a recognised college or Higher Secondary School or an equivalent teaching experience in a Teachers Training Institute.

d)  At least 8 years teaching experience in a recognised High School.

e) At least 5 years experience including 3years educational administrative experience and 2 years teaching experience in a recognised High or Higher Secondary School or a Teachers Training Institute

OR

B.

Bachelor of Engineering with 5 years teaching experience in a recognised College or Hr. Sec. School

OR

C.

Trained Graduate Heads of recognised High Schools who have attained the age of 45 years and possess at least 15 years teaching experience of Secondary classes in a recognised High/Higher Secondary School (including at least 5 years administrative experience as Head of a recognised High School.)

OR

D.

Persons possessing Masters Degree with at least 15 years teaching experience in a recognised Higher Secondary School and/or a recognised college having attained the age of 45 years.

OR

E.

Persons possessing Masters Degree in Education and having the requisite experience as provided for in anyone of the forgoing clauses A to D.

 

FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL (Upto CLASS X)

At least Master’s Degree (or its equivalent) with a teaching degree or its equivalent with 5 years experience of teaching of High or Higher Secondary/Intermediate classes.

OR

  1. i)  At least Bachelor’s Degree from a recognised University;
  2. ii)  B.Ed. from a recognised University/Institute; and
  3. iii)  8 years experience of teaching Secondary School classes (up to class X) or 12 years of teaching experience of Middle and Secondary classes of which minimum 5 years being experience of teaching the Secondary classes; or 5 years experience as Headmaster of Middle School or other equivalent administrative experience.

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  1. sir i presently working as a asst. prof (M.Tech) in engineering college with more than 7 years of teaching experience. Can i eligible for principal post in school.

  2. If a Physical Education teacher holds BPE (Three Yrs Bachelor of Physical Education), MPE (Two Yrs Master of Physical Education), and M.Phil (One Yr Master of Philosophy in Physical Education) degrees and has long-standing academic and administrative experience of 25 years, of which 06 Years were spent as Chief Resident Housemaster and 8 Years as Resident Housemaster in Completely Residential Boarding Schools, is he or she eligible for the post of Vice-Principal or Principal in CBSE School.

  3. i am an M Phil., Phd (1999) holder in life sciences, with teaching masters and Phd students and research experience 25 yrs, in environmental sciences specialization with no B.Ed, have experience as a private academic counselor, high administrative aptitude . am i eligible for a principal position?

      1. I am a postgraduate in Maths and Education and have 10 years of teaching experience as PRT followed by 6 years as headmistress . Can I apply for a vice principal profile

    1. I pursue MBA from Bangalore University with Marketing and HR specialization. Recently I am working as a Teacher at Dinhata High School (Organised Retailing, West Bengal) from Last 6 years, i completed B.Ed from Azad College. My total experience is 12 years. Am i eligible for the principal post or any other Jobs.

  4. Tushar Rajendra Hambardikar

    I am a chemical engineer with mba (marketing) with 13 yrs of experience in various field. May i know what is eligibility for principal

  5. Good morning sir.
    I have completed sslc.puc and BA(in hindi exams..rathna1n 2).passed Shikshasnatak(equivalent to B.ed).lhave a experience of 8years of primary and 13 years of highschool teaching. Am i eligible for the post of Headmaster in private schools or govt schools.

  6. hello I am sanjeev jha I am Bsc B.ed with 24 years of teaching in cbse school my age is 51 years am i eligible for cbse principal .

    1. Hi,I am Nikhil More,age 44 yrs, GRADUATE with additional course Bachelor of physical education. I have 15 yrs of experience in CBSE SCHOOLS,AT present I am working in gulf.Any higher qualification should I pursue.

  7. Hello sir,

    Thank you to provide such vital information. One query, I have my Masters from IGNOU in Psychology will that be considered? Although I am B.A.Geography Hons from DU with 6years of Teaching experience in Secondary classes.

    Also kindly suggest should I pursue M.Ed, will it help me further enhance my post.
    Thanking you in anticipation

    1. Hi sir I am MCA Master degrees in computer and 6yrars engineer college experience and 5years cbse school teaching experience we become principal in cbse school guide me

  8. Sir,
    Good Afternoon,
    I have B.Sc., Physics & B.Ed., and also I have M.Sc., IT., M.Phil., PG Degree in Computer Science. I have Seven Years Experience in Lecturer in Information Technology Department in polytechnic College and also having 2 years and eight months administrative experience in Engineering College.
    Sir, I am eligible for Principal in CBSE school for Senior Secondary or Secondary School. Will you Guide me clearly.

      1. I m M A in English with B Ed having 8years of teaching experience as Lecturer in English…… Am I eligible for Principal… CBSE.

      2. I m B.sc( home science)
        Done B.Ed. in maths science
        M.Ed. and completed 19 years of teaching can I get principal job

      3. Can I apply for the principal position in secondary or middle school :
        1. 20 yrs of teaching experience in a middle school (upto std 8) out of which 5 yrs of experience in administrative section.
        2. Pursued MA in pol sci

          1. Hello Sir i have done B.Tech in civil Engineering and have 2 year teaching experience in Engineering college and 3 year teaching experince in Senior Sec. School. Am i eligible for the post of principal in CBSE Sr. Sec. School?

    1. Hi, iam rk kulkarni aged 40, having btech in computers and mtech in computers, even I had total of 17 years of teaching experience. In that 9 years in engineering colleges and 8 years in English medium school with 5 years as incharge principal post, can you tell me iam eligible for principal post in cbse private school or not? If yes then how much salary they must provide to me based on qualification and experience?

    2. Hi, I am an Indian citizen. Now living in Malaysia. I have an 5 years experience working with the preschool children. My qualifications is M. Sc, B. Ed, M. Phil. I am the module creator for the school. Can I eligible to apply for the Principal post in India.

    3. I have completed M.A ( English) and B.ed also .I am working as a teacher past 10 years.Can I eligible for CBSE school principal?

    4. I Have Completed M.sc.,M.ed,SELT,Pursuing P.hd ,with 13year work Experience Including 3 year CBSE school as a PGT teacher.
      Can I apply for Principal post in CBSE school.

    5. I am completed MBA in Finance with BSC BED having 5 year experience as teacher am I eligible for Principal post under a private CBSE affiliated shchool

    6. MANOJ KUMAR SHARMA

      Sir i Manoj Kumar Sharma have done M.A.(Maths) B.Ed. and having experience of 10 years of TGT and 5Years of PGT. Can i be a Principal in a CBSE school?

        1. Sir
          I am having MA in polticalscience and CT from orissa & 33Years teaching experience. In jharkhand minorty ME School now next year my headmaster will retire should I elligiable @ my qulification is ok for headmaster post.

    7. Meenakshi Suresh Dhumal

      Sir , I have completed M.Sc. Physics. B. Ed.,with age 51.and having state board school principal experience of 3 years.
      Can I eligible for cbse secondary school principal post.

    8. Sir/Ma’am,
      I am 45 years old working as teacher since 12 years in CBSE schools. I am PG with B.Ed. But I am working as a TGT. Am I applicable for the post of a School Principal.Kindly reply

    9. Is a doctorate in Mathematics without B.Ed. and having 15 year teaching experience (8 years experience as Head Applied Sciences ad Dean academic affairs and 2 years as vice principal(officiating principal) in a college ) is eligible for a CBSE School Principal.

    10. I m complited M.Sc. Biotech and MBA. I have 12 yrs. Teaching Experience in class VIII, IX and X. Now can i join as principal. Please let me know the requirements.

      1. I am working as an assistant professor in physics with Ph.D and with out B.Ed at a deemed university. I have 6 years experience. Am I eligible for a principal

    11. good evening sir. mai avi ek cbse based private school run kar raha hu. lekin mai ek affilated school start karna chahta hu . yadi mai sara requirement cbse ka fulfill karke infrastructure banata hu to kya mai is apne school ka as a principal work kar sakta hu. avi mera qualification diploma in mechanical engineering hai + graduation.

      1. The requirement is already there in the CBSE Bye-Laws, mentioning here for your reference;
        The Board has prescribed the following minimum qualifications for Heads of Sr. Sec./Sec
        Schools and for teachers to teach various subjects in Classes IX to XII
        I. Heads
        1. Senior Secondary Schools:
        A. (i) Masters Degree or Honours Degree of a Foreign University recognised as
        equivalent to the Master’s Degree of an Indian University by the U.P.S.C. or
        Honours Degree of such Indian Universities as may be recognized equivalent to
        the Master’s Degree by the U.P.S.C.
        (ii) A teaching Degree or a Diploma in Education or its equivalent.
        (iii) Experience as required under anyone of the following clauses:
        a) At least 3 years experience of administrative charge of a recognised College
        having Intermediate or higher classes.
        b) At least 5 years experience of administrative charge of a recognised High
        School.
        c) At least 5 years experience of teaching in a recognised college or Higher
        Secondary School or an equivalent teaching experience in a Teachers
        Training Institute.
        d) At least 8 years teaching experience in a recognised High School.
        e) At least 5 years experience including 3years educational administrative
        experience and 2 years teaching experience in a recognised High or Higher
        Secondary School or a Teachers Training Institute.
        OR
        B. Bachelor of Engineering with 5 years teaching experience in a recognised
        College or Hr. Sec. School (Given effect from 1.1.1977).
        OR
        C. Trained Graduate Heads of recognised High Schools who have attained the age
        of 45 years and possess at least 15 years teaching experience of Secondary
        classes in a recognised High/Higher Secondary School (including at least 5 years
        administrative experience as Head of a recognised High School.)
        OR
        D. Persons possessing Masters Degree with at least 15 years teaching experience
        in a recognised Higher Secondary School and/or a recognised college having
        attained the age of 45 years.
        OR
        E. Persons possessing Masters Degree in Education and having the requisite
        experience as provided for in anyone of the forgoing clauses A to D.

        2. Secondary Schools:
        At least Master’s Degree (or its equivalent) with a teaching degree or its equivalent with 5
        years experience of teaching of High or Higher Secondary/Intermediate classes.
        OR
        i) At least Bachelor’s Degree from a recognised University;
        ii) B.Ed. from a recognised University/Institute; and
        iii) 8 years experience of teaching Secondary School classes (up to class X) or 12
        years of teaching experience of Middle and Secondary classes of which minimum 5
        years being experience of teaching the Secondary classes; or 5 years experience as
        Headmaster of Middle School or other equivalent administrative experience.

      2. Sir, I am working as lecturer in electonics and communication at polytechnic since 3 years. I have completed M Tech. I want to know eligibility criteria to become principal for high school in ICSE.

    12. hi sir, good afternoon.One school in hyderabad, which is recognized by CBSE. They give only one day notification to admission process. They allotted admission through draw system.Is it the right way to give admission?

    13. Sir, I have completed my b.sc bio chemistry with B.Ed, with 5 years experience s. do I eligible for Matriculation school principal

    14. I have done M.Sc(Maths) and then M.Tech(IT).I have a teaching experience of 9 years in an engineering college.My job is regular but i want to switch to school teaching.I want to know am i eligible for post of Principal in a CBSE affiliated school.kindly reply………

        1. Sir, I am working as a TGT for 5 years and worked as a Primary School Teacher for 13 years…. I want to know that, Is it possible for me to become a principal for a higher secondary school? What exam I have to write for that? What are the eligibility for such exams in UPSC?

          1. There is no exams as such, the elevation of a teacher to the post of Principal is based on the qualification and experience. If you a post graduate and B.Ed you can certainly go for it.

    15. Can a school run by trust affiliated to CBSE can appoint a principal from outside leaving the senior staff a side without advertising a post even.
      Kindly reply and oblige

        1. I have 15 years of total teaching experience at varied levels. Maximum at TGT and PGT level. 5 years of administrative experience
          which includes serving as coordinator/headmistress/vice principal
          I am 34 years old.
          have completed my M.A/B.ED/NTT.

          Am I eligible for a school principal?

    16. Thanks sir for guiding me, but other than teaching I have handled other functions very well ,e. g. Maintenance of staff attendance register,keeping the record of sale and purchase,preparing the strategy to get the splendid result from the staff, getting the syllabus break-up, organising the exams peacefully,replying to the DEO office etc. Are these the duties of an, administrator? What have left now for an administrator,Sir?

    17. I teach in CBSE affiliated school as TGT.
      I have experience as Vice-principal/Principal,but I couldn’t understand so far one thing that what does the authorities mean by ‘administrator’. Will you please focus?
      I know that for a Principal the knowledge of administration is compulsory,but what is that different work which is included only in the category of an administrator.

      1. Dear Indresh,
        Your experience as anything other than a Regular Teacher within the School will be counted under the Admin Experience. It could be as Vice Principal, Administrator, Coordinator etc

    18. What should be the qualification for the post of principal in a private CBSE school which is running from play group to class 8th…

      1. SUKHAMAY MAITY
        M.Sc Physics Bed PGDBA,PGDPM having 15 year industrial QMS experience and 5 year teaching experience. I want to work as Principal in Jharkhand. Please arrange to
        Places in any Icse or Cbse school.

        1. i am Gulaothi Distt. Bulandshahr i am searching for the principal from CBSC school if u intersted for this job to ples contect M 9917181905 and meet me with your all doucment

    19. Sir… I have M. Sc in Physics n B. Ed….. Also doing Ph. D … I will complete by Aug … I have experience in School college n as principal … Are there Any openings for me….

    20. Prakriti Das “ATHENA WORLD SCHOOL”
      Thank you Respected Sir for all your guideline and Help for us.
      We are really pleased
      Your Webpage is certainly very helpful.
      Hoping to work further in your guidance
      Thanks again

    21. i am working as a vice principal of a newly started cbse pattern school.
      my chairman is giving me a job to affiliate my school with CBSE BOARD
      i have a question about my school principal qualification.
      my principal qualification is B.Sc, M.C.A.
      is that OK for cbse affiliation.
      kya inspection me koi problem ayegi ?

      1. Yes the qualification is fixed by cbse for principal.atleast 8 yrs teaching exp. With administrative work and also post graduation with b.ed

            1. Meenakshi Suresh Dhumal

              Sir , I have completed M.Sc. Physics. B. Ed.,with age 51.and having state board school principal experience of 3 years.
              Can I eligible for cbse secondary school principal post.

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