Levels & Grades in Indian Schools

At Apnaahangout, we focus on Indian education system. Schooling phase forms an integral part of Indian education system. This article focuses on the schooling system that is being followed in India. In this article, you will read about prominent levels and grades present in the Indian school education system.

School levels in India

This article will be of help to parents and students alike. The information provided here will help you know more about the schooling system in India.


Let us move to the meat of the matter – levels and grades in Indian school education system.


School levels and grades in India

Nursery Level:
Elementary Level:Primary (1st to 5th grade) & Upper Primary (6th to 8th grade)
Secondary Level:9th and 10th grades
Higher Secondary/Junior College/PUC/Senior Secondary Level:11th and 12th grades


Nursery level can be said to be the starting point. However, it is not uncommon to see creches and day cares occupying the first place.


Nursery level is followed by elementary level. Elementary level can further be divided into two parts – Primary and Upper Primary.


After elementary level comes Secondary level. Secondary level marks the arrival of an important event in a school student’s life – 10th board examination.


After 10th board exam (completing secondary level) comes Higher Secondary (HS) level (11th and 12th standards). This level is also known by names like – Junior College, Senior Secondary, PUC or Intermediate.


Apart from Higher Secondary schooling, 10th passed students are also eligible to join and pursue relevant professional Diploma courses! The term 10+3 usually refers to such Diploma qualification.


Also read:

Teacher training courses in India

B.El.Ed. course

D.El.Ed. course

JBT course

NEP School education structure

NEP higher education structure


Higher Secondary level boasts of 3 main streams, they are – Science stream, Arts stream and Commerce stream. Students are supposed to choose any one stream. After completing the 12th board examination, a student may choose and pursue an appropriate professional course (related to his/her stream and choice of subjects).

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