The first three days of nursery admissions saw as many as 53 candidates battling for each general category seat in leading city schools. The sale of application forms will go on till mid-January,and the figures are only likely to increase.
A survey conducted by an online admission portal,admissionsnursery.com,showed that while 47.8 per cent of parents are likely to apply in less than 10 schools,around 44 per cent will apply in more than 10.
The survey was conducted on a group of 2,259 parents.
According to figures provided by Springdales,Pusa Road,there were 4,200 applicants in the first three days of online submission of forms in the general category,and about 650 forms had been given out to people belonging to the economically weaker section (EWS). Last year,there were approximately 49 applicants per seat, said Ameeta Mulla Watal,principal of Springdales.
Vasant Valley School has about 26 applicants for every general category seat in the first three days,compared to 33 during last years admission season.
In Ahlcon International School,the competition for EWS seats was more intense than that for the general category seats. With almost an equal number of forms being sold in both categories,there are 16 candidates for each EWS seat and five for every seat in the general category.
Sumit Vohra,founder of admissionsnursery.com,said ,People are applying in more schools this year because many children did not get admission in any school last year.