Land and Infrastructure needed for CBSE affiliation

Land required to start /open a CBSE school or for securing CBSE affiliation depends upon factors including the type of school i.e. primary, secondary, senior secondary and location of the school within the country.  

The requirement of land also depends upon number of enrollments and number of sections the school is planning to run. We have detailed the specifications with regard to the minimum land area and infrastructure as given in the CBSE bye laws 2018

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The land area needed for a starting a CBSE affiliated school is 8000 square meters (1.98 Acres).  The school having land not less than 6000 square meters (1.483 Ares) may be granted affiliation provided the number of enrollments and number of sections is limited in accord with the Appendix-V.

The land requirements will be a minimum of 4000 square meters (0.99 Acres) for schools within the municipal authorities of cities with a population above 15 Lakhs, Ghaziabad, NOIDA, Faridabad, Gurugram, Panchkula (Haryana), Mohali/SAS Nagar (Punjab)  and the satellite cities of Chandigarh, schools located in Hilly areas (as defined by NITI Ayog) and schools located in capital cities, North Eastern states and  Jammu & Kashmir

For the schools located within the limits of Municipal Authority of the class-X cities  Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Pune, the minimum land requirement will be 2000 square meters for a Secondary School and 3000 (or 4000) square meters for a Senior Secondary School subject to the restriction of optimum enrolment and number of sections given in Appendix-V.

The minimum land requirement will be 1600 square meters for a Secondary School and 2400 (or 3200) square meters for a Senior Secondary School subject to the restriction of optimum enrolment and number of sections given in Appendix-V for the school located in the limits of Municipal Authorities of 4 metropolitan cities of Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai; State of Arunachal Pradesh; state of Sikkim and the Islands.

The minimum land requirement for Secondary school and Senior Secondary School situated on the Hill Station is 2000 square meters and 3000 (or 4000) square meters respectively.

Land Ownership

Duly registered documents before the Registration Authority concerned of the State are required in the name of the school/trust/society/company. In case of the lease, a minimum term of 15 years is mandatory.

Society/trust/company can get into an arrangement with another organization for sports & physical activities, such an arrangement should last for at least 5 years.

The school building and infrastructure

The dimensions of the classroom and mathematicsLooking to buy, sell or rent school property ? laboratory are minimum 8 m x 6 m (500 Sq. ft). Well-equipped Laboratories and the computer lab with minimum dimensions of 9 m x 6 m (600 sq. ft). The prescribed dimensions for the Library are 14 m x 8 m (1206 sq. ft). Separate rooms for Music, Dance, Arts & Sports or common multipurpose hall to accommodate all the activities is required

The specifications of CBSE with respect to the classroom space mandate 1 sqm space per student. The strength of any given section of any given class must not exceed 40 students. The playground must be big enough to accommodate a 200 m track and there must be space for a volleyball court and outdoor sports like Kho- Kho and Kabbadi.


For wheelchair users, the school must provide ramps in toilets and at entry/exit points and auditory signals in elevators/lifts in accordance with the provisions laid down in RPWD Act- 2016.

The school must provide healthy and hygienic toilets on each floor with washing facilities for boys and girls separately. The toilets for the primary students should be provided separately. There should be separate toilets for staff members. Signage Boards should be displayed prominently on the toilets of all categories.

Portable water, Health & Hygiene, fire safety, building safety, and transport precautions should be made available as per the local body directives.

The schools that are applying for up gradation of affiliation or switch over must understand the stipulations of CBSE regarding the strength of the school and corresponding classroom area.  For instance, a school from pre-primary to class XII wants to accommodate 1000-1250 students it would need 1000 sq meter of minimum classroom area and then commensurate playground and facilities. It will amount to around 1 acre. As the number of students increases the sections in a class will have to be increased given the maximum strength norms.

Every school should have at least one adequately equipped computer lab with a minimum of 20 computers or computer student ratio of 1:20, along with proper software and cyber safety mechanisms. Wherever such facility is available, every school should have the facility of Broad Band Connectivity.

It is to be noted that the school land should be contiguous i.e. it should be in one place. The land must be secured with a pucca boundary wall. Details listed under Chapter 4, CBSE Bye-Laws 2018.

The land and school infrastructure specifications of the board must be adhered to for securing affiliation and eventual up gradation. You can easily find land required for CBSE school on popular web portal

For assistance on any aspect of starting a CBSE school or obtaining CBSE affiliation, up gradation or CBSE switchover of an existing school, contact us.





Vinod Kakumanu

Vinod Kakumanu

Founder & Consultant - School Serv

Vinod Kakumanu heads a team of school services professionals and is an independent commentator on Indian school education scenario. Vinod has assisted school promoters establish 35+ schools besides providing ancillary services to over 1000 schools across India. He envisions a future where quality education is made available to every child of the country. The focus he places on the quality of the deliverables and customer satisfaction has made him renowned in the field of K-12 school education.

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Hi Mr.Shyamal Chandra Roy If it is in Municipality the area of land we need is 0.5 and if it is in Rural it should be 2 Acres

Lakshmanan Chockalingam asked

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Lakshmanan Chockalingam answered

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Puspendra asked

I want to understand the land requirement first and want a consultancy services in setting up of a school in Uttar Pradesh.

Puspendra answered

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Mahender asked

Sir. I am the land owner in hyderabad,We are planing to give our 2 acres land to reputed school, how much average rent we can expect. Please guide me sor

Mahender answered

Dear Sir, Kindly call us on 7829165444 for more details. Thanking you Manasa

Priyanshu Agrawal asked

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Shirin Deshmukh asked

I want to introduce CBSE curriculum in our existing school, we follow State board curriculum currentlyand have a campus of 2 acres. Need your help. +91 8446424853

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Dr.Amol Garg asked

Willing to start a cbse school.Need your guidance Regards

Dr.Amol Garg answered

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Upendra pratap Singh asked

I need help in school affiliation with cbse

Upendra Pratap Singh answered

Hi Upendra, please go through this post and I hope you will have your answers.

Amit Yadav asked

I want open cbse school at my place please guide me

Amit Yadav answered

Dear Amit, please contact us or leave your number for us to contact you.

Rajesh kumari Singh asked

Sir, I want to start a school on CBSE pattern, but the land is situated on two sides of a small passage(0.5 Acre approachable from main road and 1.5 Acre approachable from the small passage) used by the villagers to approach their farms. To my understanding it is not a contiguous land. Can I get CBSE affiliation? Please guide me so that I can take the decision to start a CBSE school.

Rajesh Kumari Singh answered

Dear Rajesh Kumari Please contact us or leave your number for us to contact you.

Zoha raza asked

I want information about norm of cbse school and need some help,which type of documentation required for affiliation of new cbse school.

Vinod Kakumanu answered

Hi Zoha, please go through this post and I hope you will have your answers.

Mervyn Peter DuBois asked

We are running a school in Gomoh- district Dhanbad , Jharkhand. Our lease deed of 30 years comprises land of 5.25 acres. But the land is not contiguous. They are situated on two plots. 4.25 acres and 1 acre. The School building is situated on the 1 acre plot. There is no construction of any sort on the 4.25 acre plot. Advise.

Vinod Kakumanu answered

Dear Mr. DuBois, as you said that the school building is in the 1 acre plot, it would be helpful to know the exact distance of the 4.25 acre plot from the building. Contiguity is a non-negotiable condition with regard to CBSE affiliation. I suggest you try and use your larger plot for the school. We can help you with the architecture and design if you contact us.

Deepak Kumar asked

Inquiry for New opening school

Vinod Kakumanu answered

Dear Deepak,please contact us or leave your number for us to contact you.

Ram Nath Shaw asked

Sir,l live at naihati municipal area. District north 24 parganas. Want to start a new cbse school. How many land require.

Vinod Kakumanu answered

Dear Mr. Ram, the location you mention will most likely require a 2 acre plot for a CBSE school.

Deepak asked

How much width is required for the road/passage from main road/state highway to school compound?

Vinod Kakumanu answered

Dear Deepak, there is no specific guideline by the CBSE in this respect, however, it should be wide enough to let school bus pass through. And of course, the school premises should be at a safe distance from the highway.

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