The history of Ramakrishna Mission Residential College is identical to that of its parent
organization, Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Narendrapur. In 1943, in the wake of the
disastrous Bengal Famine, a handful of spirited and dedicated monks of the Ramakrishna Order
set up a Students’ Home at Pathuriaghata in North Kolkata.
The Home was housed on a small plot of land earmarked for the education of young college
and university students. It slowly but steadily accumulated a reputation for nurturing meritorious but indigent students. In 1957, the Home was relocated on a larger compound at Narendrapur.

Within a short span of time it acquired an enviable stature under the dynamic leadership and persistent efforts of the late Revered Swami Lokeswaranandaji, the Founder-secretary, and his distinguished team of teachers. The acorn has not grown into a massive oak. The campus of the
Ashrama is spread over 150 acres of land, dotted with flower gardens, orchards, mango groves and water bodies. Far from the squalor and clutter of the city, the Ashrama boasts quite a few centres of excellence, Ramakrishna Mission Residential College being amongst them.

The college was established on the Ashrama campus in July 1960. Affiliated to the University of Calcutta, its first batch of students commenced classes on August 1960. Much later in 1976, the Higher Secondary Unit of West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education started functioning on the college premises, but was shifted to the Vidyalaya after 2006.

Autonomous status was conferred upon the college in 2008. Fully residential, this boys’ college follows the same principles and objectives as all other institutions functioning under the aegis of the Ramakrishna Mission. Swami Vivekananda believed education to the panacea for all the evil running rampant in our country. He envisioned an educational system which would build character as well as ensure social uplift. For such a system of education to become real and practical, an ambience of trust and love needed to be created. Through a happy combination of learning and practising, students could engage in a joyous participation in the learning process. 

A modern implementation of the ancient Gurugrihavasa was Swamiji’s solution. Teachers and students sharing the same living space, governed by moral and cultural mores of Indian life, in sylvan surroundings was the model chosen by the wise sages of the Ramakrishna Order. Ramakrishna Mission Residential College, Narendrapur was destined to become Swamiji’s realization of education being ‘the manifestation of the perfection already in man’.


The Residential College endeavours to educate young men in its charge according to the best traditions of the country while instructing them in modern arts and sciences. In other words it also attends to their overall growth and development so that they may become strong and healthy individuals with sound moral principles, learn to respect higher values of life and become conscious of their obligations to the poor masses around them. It does all this and much else besides, not only by instruction but also by involving the inmates in a series of well-planned activities. This creates an elevating experience for the students.


Students are admitted to UG, PG and Research courses through a written test and/or an interview. Prospectus and Application form for a subject can be obtained online. Each candidate can sit for more than one subject. Forms can also be downloaded from the college website (www.rkmcnarendrapur.org). 

Forms are generally issued and received within 1 week of the publication of H.S. results of the West Bengal Council of higher Secondary Education. Students from other Boards can also apply, the eligibility conditions being the same. The test is held generally within 15 days after the publication of the H.S. results of the WBCHSE. Students will take a test for 100 marks in the subjects in which they intend to take Honours. But the students opting for Computer Science (Hons.) will take a test on Physics and Mathematics of 50 marks each and those opting for Economics (Hons.) on Mathematics and English of 50 marks each. Selection for Statistics General and Computer Sc. General will be made on the basis of criteria to be decided by the respective departments.

P.G. Students are also admitted after the publication of the results of the C.U. degree examination through an admission test and/or an interview.

UGC/CSIR(JRF)/NET/SET/SLET/GATE/DST INSPIRE etc. Qualified  candidate may apply for research. Students are admitted to Research courses through a written test and/or an interview.