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The main objective of this paper is to analyse the quality of education imparted to students at elementary (primary and Upper primary) level in India. Elementary education is the first step towards a bright future in a student’s life. Elementary schools lay down the foundation of a child’s skills, attitude, abilities and capabilities which expedite his/her overall development. This is the level at which a child learns the basics, for instance reading, writing and learning. Hence, it becomes essential to oversee the quality of education received by the children, identify the shortcomings and, plan and implement strategies and policies that might help in removing these shortcomings. This paper aims at performing a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) Analysis of the quality of elementary education in India since 1950s. This has been facilitated by various parameters such as Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER), access to schools, pupil-teacher ratio, infrastructure, curriculum, student composition, financing, linguistic and mathematical abilities, etc. Secondary data has been used in this paper, namely Annual Report Part-I 2014-15, Education For all: Towards Quality and Equity, Educational Statistics at a Glance 2014 and Educational Statistics at a Glance 2016 of the Ministry of Human Resource Development. National Report on Quality Intervention in Elementary Schools and Reports of Educational Survey Division of the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) have also been referred to.