As the first list of children selected for nursery admission was released by city schools on Wednesday, it brought joy to the lucky parents whose tiny tots could make the cut and heart break to thousands of others.
Unable to make it in the first attempt, parents are now waiting for the second list which will be released later in February.
Asked about the nursery admission process, education minister Arvinder Singh Lovely said not a single child would be left without getting admission.
"We will ensure that each and every child in the city gets admission in nursery class," he said.
The first list shows that most of the schools preferred children with points in sibling or alumni category, a trend that reduced the chances of admission of kids in the general category.
However, experts and principals have advised parents not to get disheartened and wait for the second list.
"There is always a chance in the second list as many kids who are selected in multiple schools will create vacancies in some schools," said Sumit Vohra, founder of popular parents forum 'admissionsnursery.com'.
"If your ward got selected in a school which is not of your choice. Don't waste time, get the admission done first and then wait for the second list. The basic rule of nursery admission is to block a seat," he said.
Ashok Pandey, Principal of Ahlcon International School in Mayur Vihar, concurred and said," Parents should deposit the fees in the first school their child has been selected. If a school of their choice still has vacancy, they may switch to it later."
According to the rules by Directorate of Education, a school has to refund the fees within a month if one withdraws from it after deducting the registration fee and one month's tuition fee.
The results of first list also showed that many schools have chosen draw of lots for selecting children even as they adopted a points system.
The second list will be out by February 28 and the whole admission process, which began with the selling of forms on January 2, has to be completed before March 31, as per the DoE guidelines.