11 Notable Facts About The 62-Year-Old Army Public School System

10:00 am 18 May, 2015


1. Army Public School (APS) is a system of public schools established for imparting education to the children of the Indian armed forces personnel.


2. With over 130 schools throughout the country, it is one of the largest chain of schools in India today.


3. It is controlled by the Army Welfare Education Society (AWES) and the schools are generally managed by the army regional commands.


4. The Army Public School was first established at Maulana Azad Road Officer’s Hostel, Delhi, in May 1953.



5. It was initially called Defence Services Public School and had strength of just 21 children and two teachers.

By 1959, the classes extended up to VIII and by 1961, it was upgraded to class XI with 600 children and 32 faculty members.


6. It was only on July 1976 that the school got its present name, the Army Public School.


7. It is affiliated to CBSE.


8. Admission to Army Public School is granted on a priority basis to wards of Army personnel.


9. The Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi, is the flagship school among all the APSs in the country.

It has been awarded with the highest academic excellence among all the Army Public Schools in the country.


10. All Army Schools have a chairman who is a senior Indian Army officer of Brigadier rank and a patron who is of Major General rank.



11. APS is considered to be a stepping stone for those who want to make a career in the armed forces.