The Sainik Schools are a system of schools in India established and managed by the Sainik Schools Society. They were conceived in 1961 by V. K. Krishna Menon, the then Defence Minister of India, to rectify the regional and class imbalance amongst the Officer cadre of the Indian Military, and to prepare students for entry into the National Defence Academy (NDA) and Indian Naval Academy.
Today there are over 24 such schools across various states in India. The Sainik Schools Society is an organization under the Ministry of Defence. Its board of governors is chaired by the Minister of Defence. Admissions in Sainik School Satara are meant for boys only.
15% of the available seats are reserved for Schedule Caste candidates and 7.5% for Schedule Tribe candidates. 25% of the balance seats are reserved for the children of serving and retired defence personnel. The remaining seats are filled up by general category candidates based on the order of merit. The application form and prospectus, etc. are made available by Sainik School Satara in the months of October and November.
Selected candidates, as per merit, out of the qualified candidates have to face an Interview Board at school and a Medical Board in the Government Civil Hospital. The final merit list is prepared on the basis of marks obtained by the candidates in the written test and interview. Admission is given on the basis of the final merit list and reservation.