EducationToday’s Maharashtra School Merit Awards 2023-24 was recently hosted at The Lalit, Mumbai on October 4, 2023. The top schools in Maharashtra were awarded in the grand event.

EducationToday is one of the best magazines in India focussing on the education sector. Being the top education magazine, we also conduct numerous conferences and award ceremonies. Our award ceremonies and conferences are known for being the best educational gathering in the country.

We recently conducted the Maharashtra Educator’s Summit 2023 & Maharashtra School Merit Awards 2023-24 at The Lalit, Mumbai on October 4, 2023. The event was a gala ceremony, witnessing the attendance of the top educationists in India all under one roof. The top schools in Maharashtra were awarded for their impeccable service in the education sector. The schools included the top schools in Mumbai and other regions of Maharashtra.

Top Schools in Maharashtra - CBSE

This year, 22 schools from across the country were among Maharashtra’s Top 20 CBSE Schools. These were the best schools in Maharashtra based on our perception-based survey and analysis. Some schools outperformed equally, thus leading to a tie in the ranks.

Finding the Top Schools in Maharashtra – The process

Our mission is to find the best schools in Maharashtra  and encourage them for their efforts. We at EducationToday made a perception-based ranking system for schools, one with utmost transparency. This system includes a thorough analysis of the inputs from the survey forms received, analysis from the survey team, parental votes and special jury inputs. As expected, this was a huge challenge owing to the diverse number of schools in Maharashtra, all the way from Aanganwadis to the elitist of private institutions, each with countless variations. Some are funded by the centre, others by the state, and still more get direct funding from industrialists, NGOs and the like. Then all the education boards have to be taken into consideration – CBSE, ICSE, IGCSE, IB plus an overwhelming number of state boards.

However, why do we award?

It is our way of finding the best from the list of Maharashtra Schools. Because, as a parent, we are all capable of affording education to our kids, but ensuring our kids get the best, is a task. Our perception-based ranking system acts as a compass for you, to decide which school to go ahead with as we follow an exhaustive list of parameters to choose the best from the best.

Our parameters include

  • ➤ Academic reputation
  • ➤ Digital learning advancement
  • ➤ Individual Attention to Students 
  • ➤ Future Proof Learning Infrastructure 
  • ➤ Student Advancement & Mentoring
  • ➤ Leadership in Quality Management
  • ➤ Teacher’s Advancement & Well-being
  • ➤ Psychological well-being of Students
  • ➤ Holistic Education
  • ➤ Value For Money
  • ➤ Co-Curricular Education
  • ➤ Sports Education
  • ➤ Innovative Teaching
  • ➤ Community Service
  • ➤ Integrated Learning 

Many schools from all over Maharashtra made the cut and these names were then passed onto the next stage where they were vetted by our jury, educational experts, a team of analysts, and, of course, parents. With the help of their combined inputs, we handpicked the schools that truly deserved to be on our top 20 lists. We also decided to take social media into account (FacebookLinkedIn, Google) in addition to our portal (, as it receives over 70,000 hits per day.

Accommodating the numerous categories of schools and parameters, the awards distributed this year were:

Maharashtra’s Top 20 CBSE Schools

Maharashtra’s Top 20 ICSE Schools

Maharashtra’s Top 20 International Schools (IB/CAIE)

Maharashtra’s Top 5 Day-cum-boarding Schools

Maharashtra’s Top 3 Boarding Schools

Maharashtra’s Top 10 State Board Schools

Maharashtra’s Top 3 Boys Schools

Maharashtra’s Top 3 Girls Schools

Maharashtra’s Top ICSE Schools Parameter-wise

Maharashtra’s Top CBSE Schools Parameter-wise

Maharashtra’s Top CBSE Schools City-Wise

Maharashtra’s Top Day cum Boarding Schools City-wise

Maharashtra’s Top International Schools Parameter-wise

Maharashtra’s Top Day cum Boarding Schools Parameter-wise

Maharashtra’s Top State Board Schools Parameter-wise

Parents Choice Awards 2023

This year, Maharashtra’s Top 20 CBSE Schools awards were bagged by  

1RN Podar School (CBSE)
Santacruz West, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Ranked No.1 in Maharashtra, Ranked No.1 in Mumbai
2New Horizon Public School
Airoli, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra
Ranked No.2 in Maharashtra, Ranked No.1 in Thane
3B.K. Birla Public School
Kalyan West, Thane, Maharashtra
Ranked No.3 in Maharashtra, Ranked No.2 in Thane
4DAV International School
Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra
Ranked No.4 in Maharashtra, Ranked No.3 in Thane
5Delhi Public School, Nerul
Palm Beach Marg, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra
Ranked No.5 in Maharashtra, Ranked No.4 in Thane

Elpro International School
Pimpri-Chinchwad Link Road, Pune, Maharashtra
Ranked No.5 in Maharashtra, Ranked No.1 in Pune
6Navy Children School
Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Ranked No.6 in Maharashtra, Ranked No.2 in Mumbai
7Dayanand Anglo Vedic Public School
Airoli, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra
Ranked No.7 in Maharashtra, Ranked No.5 in Thane
8D.A.V Public School
Tulsidham, Thane, Maharashtra
Ranked No.8 in Maharashtra, Ranked No.6 in Thane
9The Kalyani School
Manjari (Budruk), Pune, Maharashtra
Ranked No.9 in Maharashtra, Ranked No.2 in Pune
10Arya Gurukul
Nandivali Village, Kalyan (E), Maharashtra
Ranked No.10 in Maharashtra, Ranked No.7 in Thane
11Delhi Public School
Kamptee Road, Nagpur, Maharashtra
Ranked No. 11 in Maharashtra, Ranked No. 1 in Nagpur
12Don Bosco Senior Secondary School
Seawoods, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra
Ranked No.12 in Maharashtra, Ranked No.3 in Mumbai

The Somaiya School
Vidyavihar East, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Ranked No.12 in Maharashtra, Ranked No.3 in Mumbai
13Bal Bharati Public School
Navi Mumbai, Thane, Maharashtra
Ranked No.13 in Maharashtra, Ranked No.8 in Thane
14Clara Global School
BT Kawade Road, Pune, Maharashtra
Ranked No. 14 in Maharashtra, Ranked No.3 in Pune
15Podar International School
GB Road, Thane (W), Maharashtra
Ranked No.15 in Maharashtra, Ranked No.9 in Thane
16School of Scholars 
Vijaypath Nagar, Amravati, Maharashtra
Ranked No.16 in Maharashtra, Ranked No.10 in Thane
17Rahul International School
Boisar, Palghar, Maharashtra
Ranked No.17 in Maharashtra, Ranked No.1 in Palghar
18New Horizon Scholars School
Kavesar, Thane (W), Maharashtra
Ranked No.18 in Maharashtra, Ranked No. 10 in Thane
19Vijaya School For Excellence
Vijaya Convent, Amravati, Maharashtra
Ranked No.19 in Maharashtra, Ranked No.2 in Amravati
20Akshara International School
Wakad, Pune, Maharashtra 
Ranked No.20 in Maharashtra, Ranked No.4 in Pune