Predicting if a person is an adult or a minor has several applications such as inspecting underage driving, preventing purchase of alcohol and tobacco by minors, and granting restricted access. The challenging nature of this problem arises due to the complex and unique physiological changes that are observed with age progression. This paper presents a novel deep learning based formulation, termed as Class Specific Mean Autoencoder, to learn the intra-class similarity and extract class-specific features. We propose that the feature of a particular class if brought similar/closer to the mean feature of that class can help in learning class-specific representations. The proposed formulation is applied for the task of adulthood classification which predicts whether the given face image is of an adult or not. Experiments are performed on two large databases and the results show that the proposed algorithm yields higher classification accuracy compared to existing algorithms and a Commercial-Off-The-Shelf system. © 2018 Elsevier B.V.