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Admission Process 2024 Class 4 - 11

To register for 2024 admission please use this APPLY button (this website)  and fill out the registration forms electronically, this will start the admissions process to the entrance exam.  Or call our Admissions line: 078077 36880.  Boys only boarding school from Class 4 – 12.

Locations to take the Admissions test include: Shimla at School or online for overseas students.  BCS Entrance Exams Centres for 2025 intake:  Shimla: Sat 7th Sept 2024, Delhi: Sat 14th Sept 2024, Mumbai : Sat 21st September and Kolkata TBC 2024 for the next academic year 2025.

Our Academic results are high – our toppers scored 98% in Class 12 Science stream and 97% for Class 10 this year. Bishop Cotton School has recently been accredited as a Cambridge International School and is affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE). A CBSE candidate, or other board, can join an ISC School if the school has place to admit him.  The Cambridge board started for Class 9 students upwards in 2023 and gives students international opportunities with GCSEs and A’Level exams.

Bishop Cotton School, Shimla will be holding admissions tests along with presentations on life at BCS for the next academic year. We currently have long waiting lists into the Middle School year groups and it is advisable to take entry into the school before then to avoid disappointment. 

To register use this APPLY button or call 078077 36880 our admissions line. You can also contact the school during office hours on: (0177) 262 0880 (6 lines). Locations to take the Admissions test include: Shimla at school 9am 10th February 2024


Candidates applying for the Junior and Middle schools will be asked to complete a written English compostion and will then take a Maths test.  This is to assess their ability in these subjects and where improvements can be made. Each applicant will then be individually interviewed, in English, by their head of section, or older students by the Headmaster to find out their dreams and aspirations.  Parents will be asked to meet the Director, Head of School, Mr Simon Weale for a short chat.  We would encourage parents to remember children are coming to BCS to make friends and enjoy boarding life.  

Director Simon Weale explained ‘We are looking for students who show promise not just in the classroom, but in every sphere of activity.  Our academic leaders have considerable experience in drawing the best out of each child and they will ensure that the interview is a positive and rewarding experience for each child. Our topper this year scored an amazing 98% in his final Class XII exams, this boy is studying AI in America.’ 

Photo: Senior Management Team for Bishop Cotton School, Shimla.  (*From left: Mrs Weale Communications, Mr Bhardwaj Senior Master, Mr John Headmaster, Mr Weale, BCS Director, Mr Maholtra Bursar, Mr Dharma  Admin Officer

Entry Points

Our academic session begins after the winter break in February and ends on 30th November. The usual entry points are Classes IV to VI. Candidates may apply for places in Classes VI-IX, but these are always limited in availability. Places will be awarded subject to candidates reaching the pass mark in each subject and thereafter based on strict merit rating order and subject to availability. If places are not immediately available any candidate of the requisite merit rating will be placed on a waiting list in strict merit rating order.

Test Criteria

The test will usually comprise of 40 minutes written tests in English, Hindi, Mathematics and General Awareness. There will also be a reading assessment and a verbal and non-verbal assessment to see if your child is prepared to cope with life in a residential school. There is no syllabus for the test, neither are sample question papers available. At the time of registration, a Frame of Reference for the class concerned is forwarded to applicants and the entrance test is based on this.

Test Centres

Normally the entrance tests are conducted from September in Shimla and Delhi and now Mumbai and Kolkata for Class 4 boys upwards. If any student is too far away or abroad we can arrange an online interview process for admission to the school. We do have students coming into Shimla from all over the globe. To register please start your registration via the APPLY button on this site, or get further information from: or call: 078077 36880.





The Application Process


Apply by registering on the APPLY button on this website above


Take Entrance Exam & complete Interview process


Join our exclusive Cottonian club in beautiful Shimla

Applying for a Class XI

Term Dates

February 2024

Friday 2

Staff Return 

Sunday 4

Class 9,10 & 12 boys return by 6:00 PM


March 2024

Saturday 2

New Boys classes 4 to 8 join and orientation 11:00 AM

Sunday 3

Classes 4 to 6 return by 6:00 PM

Monday 4

Classes 7 & 8 return by 6:00 PM

Sunday 24

Departure for Camps and Treks

Sunday 31

Return from Camps and Treks


May 2024

Sunday 5       

New Class 11 Orientation

June 2024

Monday 10

Half Yearly Examinations begin

Friday 21

Half Yearly Examinations end. Summer Holiday begins


July 2024

Monday 15         

Tuesday 16                

Boys return. PTM (Parents Teacher Meeting)

Unit Tests

August 2024

Weekend 9 & 10       

 Junior & Middle School Concert

September 2024

Saturday 21

Slater Teams arrive. 

Thursday 26

Slater Teams depart. 

October 2024

Friday & Sat.  18 & 19

 OC Weekend + 165 Celebrations

Saturday 26

Speech Day. Diwali break begins

November 2024

Sunday 3

Boys return by 6:00 pm

Monday 4

Monday 25               

Unit Test

Examinations begins for all

December 2024

Monday 2

Junior and Middle School Carol Service

Tuesday 3

Junior Boys leave for Winter Holiday

Thursday 5

Senior School Carol Service

Friday 6

Middle and Senior School leave for Winter Holidays

Fee Schedule For Academic Year 2024

Admission Fee                  :              Rs. 65,000/-

Caution Money                 :              Rs. 3,00,000/- (Refundable)

School Fee Class 4–9  :              Rs. 7,10,000/- Per Annum   

School Fee Class 11-12   :              Rs. 7,60,000/- Per Annum   


New Admissions

Class (4 – 9)

Class 11



 Admission fee

Rs. 65,000/-

Rs. 65,000/-

1st Term payable (A+B+C+D)

class 4-10             Rs. 7,90,000/-


class 11              Rs. 8,35,000/-


Caution money  (Rs 25000/- will be deducted towards the OCA Lifelong Membership fee.  The Balance Rs. 2.75 lacs will be refunded at the time of leaving school.)       

Rs. 3,00,000/-

Rs 3,00,000/-


Imprest Account(Advance against personal billing)

Rs. 80,000/-

Rs. 80,000/-


1st Term Fee       

Rs. 4,10,000/-

Rs. 4,60,000/-







2nd Term Fee   


Rs. 3,00,000/-

Rs. 3,00,000/-

2nd Term payable Rs. 3,00,000/-



Rs. 11,55,000/-

Rs. 12,05,000/-


*Rs 25000/- will be deducted towards the OCA Lifelong Membership fee.  The Balance Rs. 2.75 lacs will be refunded at the time of leaving school.

**Advance against billing

  1. Pocket money (Classes 4-5): 5,000/-  to be deposited along with the fees
  2. Pocket money (Classes 6-12): 10,000/- to be deposited in the UCO Bank, Extension Counter in the boy’s personal account, through the House Master/Matron on the day of joining.

Banking Details

The school fee is payable in two installments through bank transfer only to the following school account :


CURRENT A/C NO- 50200039445899


CURRENT A/C NO- 19710200000001


CURRENT A/C NO- 36309229393
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(Kindly press ctrl button and click on the above link for online payment)




A/c  No. 921010028527144,

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