About Us

CMS- City Montessori School is the world's largest city-school with 18 campuses in the city of Lucknow. The school that began with 5 children in 1959 on a borrowed capital of Rupees 300, today has over 55,000 students from Montessori to Class XII in the current session.

CMS founders, Dr Jagdish Gandhi and Dr Bharti Gandhi were inspired by the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and Sant Vinoba Bhave. They started CMS with vision to inspire generations of children to become socially motivated and conscious citizens of India and the world.

Their motto "Jai Jagat" has been the school's greeting from the beginning. CMS children are taught the value of 'Vasudhaiv Kutumbukum', or the 'Earth is but One country and Mankind its Citizens'.

Career Counselling Department

CMS Career Counselling Department (CCD) is located at CMS Head Office. It aims to inform students about various Career options available to them after 10+2 and also about study abroad opportunities. CMS Gomti Nagar Campus I is a SAT, AP, Admission Testing Services (ATS) test centre and is now also a American College Testing (ACT) Centre. CMS is also a International Award for Young People (IAYP) centre. We also organise Careers Day and meaningful career advisory session/s for students from time to time.

Dr Jagdish Gandhi & Dr Bharti Gandhi
Founder-Manager & Founder-Director

Prof Geeta Gandhi Kingdon
President & Chief Operating Officer

Roshan Gandhi
Director of Strategy

Ms Susmita Basu
Head, Quality Assurance and Innovations Department

Advisory Committee

Ms Manjit Batra
Senior Principal, CMS Gomti Nagar

Mrs (Dr) Vineeta Kamran
Principal, CMS Kanpur Road Campus

Mrs Swapna Mansharamani
Principal, CMS RDSO Campus

Mrs Veera Hajela
Principal, CMS Station Road Campus

Mrs Nisha Pandey
Principal, CMS Rajajipuram Campus I

Ms Deepa Tewari
Senior Principal
CMS Rajendra Nagar Campus I

Dr Kalpana Tripathi
Senior Principal, CMS Mahanagar Campus

Mrs Jyoti Kashyap
Senior Principal, CMS Aliganj Campus I

Mrs Abha Anant
Principal, CMS Gomti Nagar Campus I

Mrs Jyotsana Atul
Principal, CMS Rajendra Nagar Campus II

Mrs Jayashree Krishnan
Principal, CMS Rajendra Nagar Campus III

Mrs Aruna Naidu
Principal, CMS Rajajipuram Campus II

Mrs Manju Nautiyal
Principal, CMS Jopling Road Campus

Mrs Ruchi Bhuwan Joshi
Principal, CMS Indira Nagar Campus

Mrs Sangeeta Banerjee
Principal, CMS Gomti Nagar Campus II

Mrs Trapti Dwivedi
Principal, CMS Asharfabad Campus

Ms Reena Soti
Principal, CMS Anand Nagar Campus

Mrs Shivani Singh
Principal, CMS Aliganj Campus II

Mrs Aditi Sharma
Principal, CMS Chowk Campus


Mr Suresh Kumar
Senior Graphic and Webdesigner

Mr Rakesh Sonkar
Project Leader, Operations

Mr Shashank Srivastava
Coordinator, Carrer Counselling Cell

Mrs Smriti Singh
Study Abroad Coordinator, CMS

Campus Career Counselling Coordinators

S. No. Campus Name Name of the Career Counselling Coordinator
1.Aliganj IMrs. Lipika Kala (Vice-principal)
2.Station RoadMs. Prerna Raj
3.Rajajipuram IMs. Ishani Mehrotra
4.Kanpur Road Mrs. Archana Gaur
5.RDSOMrs. Richa Gaur
6.Gomti Nagar IMrs Smriti Singh
7.MahanagarMr. Vinay Bajpai
8.Rajendra Nagar IMr. Ajay Sharma
Mrs. Hema Tandon
9.Indira NagarMr. Pushkar Mishra
10.Gomti Nagar IIMs. Tulika Chatterjee
11.Chowk CampusMs. Leena Chatterjee

Career Options After 10 + 2

Academic Courses Professional Courses
  • B.Sc.(PCM)
  • B.A
  • B.COM
  • Architecture
  • Biotechnology (PCM/PCB)
  • Chartered Accountancy (any stream)
  • Computer Applications (any stream with Maths)
  • Design (any stream)
  • Engineering (PCM)
  • Fine Arts (any stream)
  • Hotel Management (any stream)
  • Information Technology (PCM)
  • Law (any stream)
  • Management (any stream)
  • Medical (PCB)
  • Mass Communication (any stream)
  • Travel & Tourism (any stream)

Stream-wise Classifcation of various career options (After 10 + 2)

Careers Day

Brief Report on Careers Day Organized by CMS Personality Development & Career Counselling Department on Sunday, 23 April 2017 at Auditorium, CMS Kanpur Road Campus

Careers Day was organised by CMS Career Counselling Department on 23rd April 2017 with a purpose to give children an exposure to variety of conceivable career options at this crucial juncture of their student life.


City Montessori School organised a Careers Day for CMS senior students on Sunday 23rd April 2017 at Kanpur Road Campus from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm at its Kanpur Road Campus. More than over thousand students from class X to XII from thirteen different campuses of CMS participated in this event. It was a unique opportunity for CMS children to get in touch with so many different career specialists of different fields under one roof at one time. The event was also opened to all the other schools in Lucknow.

Forthcoming Events

Careers Day being organised by Career Counselling Depatment of CMS

Date: Sunday, 22 April 2018

Time: 9.00 am to 1.30 pm

Venue: WUCC Auditorium, CMS Kanpur Road Campus

Changes in SAT Administration Dates from 2018:
The key changes made by the College Board are as follows:

  1. For the 2018-19 school years, SAT will only be administered internationally 4 times a year, instead of the usual 6 times. The administrations will be in March and May, October and December.
  2. SAT Subject Tests will be administered 5 times a year, in May, June, October, November and December.
S.No Year/Month SAT offered in India? Subject Tests Offered in India?
2018 March
2018 May
2018 June
2018 August
2018 October
2018 November
2018 December

Registration for Advanced Placement (AP) exam which will take place from 7- 18 May, 2018. The registration process for students is as follows:

  1. Students will access the form through College Board’s AP India website (www.ap-india.org).
  2. The online registration form will have details about the test center (address, coordinator’s contact information, payment and refund policy).
  3. The registration process will be completed only after the student makes a payment for the selected AP Exam(s) to the center directly, through demand draft. The draft should be in favour of 'City Montessori School'.
  4. Cost per AP test: Rs 9,500/- (Please note that this fee is per exam, and NOT per student. So, if one student is taking 4 different AP Exams, they will pay a total of 9,500 x 4 = Rs. 38,000/-).
  5. The student must be under 21 (born after May 31, 1997) to register. Exceptions can be considered for students who have taken a gap-year between high school and university, or military service.
  6. The registration period for regular testing will run from 14 February - 21 March 2018.
College Board : http://www.collegeboard.org
BigFuture : http://www.bigfuture.collegeboard.org
UCAS: Undergraduate Courses At University And College : www.ucas.com
The Common Application : http://www.commonapp.org
British Council : http://www.britishcouncil.in
IELTS-International English Language Testing System : http://www.ielts.org
IELTS-British Council : http://www.britishcouncil.in/exam/ielts

Study Abroad

City Montessori School provides excellent overseas university counselling

CMS students are compelling applicants and successfully matriculate to universities worldwide. Study Abroad Counseling at CMS encompasses complete planning for university throughout the Senior School experience. Students have weekly meetings and receive personal attention in advisor groups and in individual appointments with the Study Abroad Counselor. Workshops, college fairs, and visits from universities are all arranged, preparing students intensively in Grades 11 and 12, with topics ranging from college research, comparison and financial aid, and information about higher-education admissions. CMS is also the centre to conduct AP, SAT, PSAT, ACT and ATS exams which are a very important aspect of Study Abroad. Now the students are not required to travel anywhere to take these exams.

Key Guidance Areas:

  1. Working towards developing clarity of purpose in the student's mind about their academic goals and professional choices.
  2. Facilitating and motivating the student to shortlist good - fit colleges, universities and institutions for higher studies in countries like USA, UK, Germany, Singapore, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, Ireland etc.
  3. Providing an update and latest information on changes in International Application process, SAT, AP, PSAT and ACT  exams, application deadlines, all dos and don'ts of college applications are provided.
  4. Guiding students with the nuances of writing effective College Essays, Personal Statements and also coordinates with the teachers and students for the letter of teacher recommendations as per the desired criteria.
  5. School is also a YES Centre to run the Duke of Edinburgh Program which helps the students to build their extracurricular profile.
  6. Organizing Student Development Workshops, University Fairs, University Visits and talks by eminent persons so as to expand the horizon of the student mind.
  7. Reviewing all college applications and personal resume and achieve the strongest possible application

The CMS students have gained admissions to leading colleges, which include:

  1. Cornell University (An Ivy League US University)
  2. University of Pennsylvania (An Ivy League US University)
  3. University of Massachusetts, USA
  4. Florida Institute of Technology, USA
  5. University of Colorado Boulder, USA
  6. University of Cincinnati, USA
  7. Illinois Institute of Technology, USA
  8. Seton Hall, USA
  9. University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
  10. Xavier’s University, Ohio, USA
  11. New School of Drama, New York, USA
  12. New York University, New York Campus, USA
  13. Drexel University, USA
  14. State University of New York, Albany, USA
  15. Ohio Wesleyn University, Ohio, USA
  16. Hofstra University, USA
  17. Rochester Institute of Technology, USA
  18. Michigan State University, USA
  19. Pace University, USA
  20. Oxford University, UK
  21. University College London, UK
  22. University of Leeds and Lancaster University, UK
  23. Tudias, University in Dresden, Germany
  24. Bochum University, Germany
  25. Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  26. University College Dublin, Ireland
  27. University of British Columbia, Canada
  28. University of Waterloo, Canada
  29. University of Melbourne, Australia
  30. Australia National University, Australia
  31. Hong Kong University, Hong Kong
  32. Ritsumeiken Asia Pacific University, Japan
  33. Yale-NUS College, Singapore
  34. Texas A&M University, USA
  35. Columbia University, USA
  36. University of South Carolina, USA
  37. London School of Economics, Thailand
  38. University of Vancouver, Canada
  39. University of Hartford, USA
  40. Kettering University, USA
  41. Marquette University, USA
  42. University of Edinburgh, UK
  43. New York University, Shanghai, China
  44. Monash University, Australia
  45. Deakin University, Australia
  46. University of Queensland, Australia
  47. University of Delaware, USA
  48. University of Warwick, UK
  49. University of Warwick, UK
  50. The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Contact Us

Mr Shashank Srivastava
Coordinator, Career Counselling Cell

Address: 12 Station Road, CMS Head Office
                 Personality Development and Career
                 Counselling (PDCC) Department

Phones: +91–522–2638925, 2638930, Ext: 163

Head Office Number: +91–522–2638483, 2638606

Email: counselling@cmseducation.org