India Schools : Mayo College, Ajmer
Mayo College was founded in 1875 to ensure to the sons of the aristocracy of India, a liberal and enlightened education. It is called the "Eton Of The East". Though vast changes in all spheres have taken place to keep pace with changing times, the essence of Mayo has never changed.
The college sprawls over 300 acres. The splendid and imposing main building of white marble stands out in the middle of the estate. Spread over the campus are the boarding houses, the old mess-cum-auditorium, the new mess, the college temple, the houses of the staff, the new Guest House, blocks of class rooms, Science laboratories, Museum, Art School, Workshops, the college farm, Library, Junior School and numerous subsidiary buildings. The college is divided into three sections- Junior, Middle and Senior. Boys of class 8 to 12 live in 8 boarding houses while class 7 is housed under a single roof, “The Oman House”.
There is also the Junior School under the supervision of a Headmaster and staff which has its own building, auditorium, dining hall, a swimming pool, separate games fields etc. and three boarding houses.
Mayo offers the students a unique opportunity to develop both the mind and the body through various activities. Being primarily a boarding school, with a handful of day scholars, the campus is self sufficient and has the facilities and opportunities for each student to excel in some sphere or the other.
The college prepares boys for Secondary School Certificate Exam (Class X) and Senior Secondary School Certificate Exam (Class XII), conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), New Delhi. The medium of instruction is English, but the college lays a strong emphasis on Hindi.
Fees cover tuition, board and lodging, stationery, washing, mending, bedding (except blankets and quilts), hair cutting, ordinary medicines and games facilities.
An Entrance Test for admission to Mayo College is held in the last week of November every year at various centres in India. It can also be arranged overseas through the Indian Embassy in that country. The test comprises English, Hindi and Mathematics to test the age specified skills in language and Mathematics. Parents are notified in the month of January about the results. Only the students who are eligible as per their previous class of study and who are registered for admission are allowed to take this test.
The Entrance test is held for admission up to Class 9. For entrance to Class 11, admission is considered on the basis of Board’s result of Class 10. Admission is subject to merit and vacancy, and rarely does a student with less than 75% gets admitted. The merit list is drawn on the basis of the marks obtained in the written tests, and only those who qualify are asked to appear for an interview in the months of February and March. The new entrants join in the month of April.
Overseas candidates may come for the interview after informing the school of their availability for the interview if they are unable to come on the date specified. Their wards can join the school in July of the year of entry.
Mayo awards a number of scholarships every year. They are mainly for excellence in academics and sports. The decision of the Principal in all matters regarding the award of scholarships is final.
- Five scholarships of Rs. 2000/- each are also awarded by Shri Eklingji Trust on merit-cum-means basis to the boys of classes 7 and above in the following order of preference:
- Students from Rajasthan.
- Students from the erstwhile State of Mewar.
- Students from other parts of India.
- The Old Boys’ Society of Mayo College awards three scholarships worth Rs. 9000/- to children of Old Boys who stand 1st, 2nd & 3rd securing not less than 60% marks in class 10 Board examinations.
- Three awards of Rs. 3000/- for Senior, Rs. 2500/- for Middle and Rs. 2000/- for Junior are given to Old Boy’s children who happen to win the Best All-round Sportsman of the year Award.
- The Old Boy’s Society of Mayo College awards three scholarships worth Rs. 6000/- each for students who stand 1st securing not less than 60% marks in class 7th, 8th and 9th.
- Old Boys’ Society awards one scholarship for cultural activities worth Rs. 2000/-
- Five scholarships The Mahindra Search for Talent’ are awarded to each boy standing first in classes 7th to 11th. The value of each scholarship is Rs. 5000/-
- The A.R. Gupta Memorial Scholarship for Physics of Rs. 5000/- is awarded to boys of classes 11 & 12 obtaining highest marks in Physics.
- The Old Boy’s Society awards a book prize worth Rs. 1500/- per annum for Safa Tying Competition for seniors and book prize worth Rs. 500/- for the boys from Middles from the Oman House.
- The National Integration Scholarship of the value of Rs. 10000/- per annum is awarded by Government of Jammu & Kashmir.
The academic year is from April to March. It is divided into two terms:
In the middle of the first term, the school organizes a large number of educational trips, camps, sightseeing tours, treks, expeditions etc.
- Autumn term: from the middle of July to early December.
- Spring term: from the middle of January to the end of April/ beginning of May.
A continuous assessment of a boy’s academic performance is determined by his performance in unit tests and class tests. At the end of each term, full reports are sent to the parents / guardians. For promotion, the boy’s work throughout the year as well as his performance in the terminal exams is taken into account.
The grounds include 20 playing fields for cricket, hockey, football and other games; 20 tennis courts, 5 squash courts, a well equipped gym, 2 basket ball courts and 2 volley ball courts. There are two swimming pools on the campus, the smaller one being for the beginners.
Extra Curricular Activities
There is a wide range of hobbies and work experience projects to choose from: agriculture, book craft, commercial art, electronics, leather work, metal work, music, photography, poultry, sculpture, typing, woodwork, clay modelling, stone and wood carving, library for science, automobile engineering and computer science.