ADMISSION NOTICE FOR THE 2019 – 20 ACADEMIC SESSION
South Asian University – Knowledge Without Borders
Entrance Test on: 27/28 April 2019 Classes begin: 26 July 2019
South Asian University (SAU) is an international university established by the governments of the eight member nations of the South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC) viz., Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The University, established with the aim of evolving a South Asian consciousness, offers Masters and PhD level programmes in Economics, Computer Science, Biotechnology, Applied Mathematics, Sociology, International Relations and Legal Studies.
SAU attracts students from all member nations and its degrees are recognized by all the eight SAARC countries.
The University currently functions from its Akbar Bhawan campus in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. It will eventually move to its 100-acre campus in Maidan Garhi, South Delhi soon.
Admission to Master’s Level Programmes
The following is a list of the Master’s level programmes offered at SAU. The figures in brackets show the number of seats available in each programme.
Details about the faculty, admission procedure and the format of the Entrance Tests can be viewed by clicking on appropriate links below:
For admission to the Masters level programmes, a minimum of 15 years of education under the 10+2+3 pattern (i.e., 12 years of schooling + a 3 year Bachelors degree) is essential. Applicants who have earned a 4 year degree after 10+2 (12 years of schooling) are also eligible, though the Masters level programme will still be of two years duration for them. Applicants who have obtained a Bachelors degree in less than 15 years (e.g., under the 10+2+2 pattern) are not eligible for admission. However, students who have completed a two-year Bachelors degree and thereafter have also completed one year of MA/MSc can apply for admission to a Masters level course subject to their fulfilling other prescribed eligibility conditions including percentage of required marks (which will be the average of marks obtained at the Bachelors level and the first year of the MA/MSc course).
Applicants who have not yet completed the Bachelors degree course and are yet to appear for their last year/semester exam, may also apply for admission and appear in the Entrance Test. However, their admission will be confirmed only if they fulfil the minimum eligibility criteria of aggregate percentage of marks at the Bachelors level and the first year of MA/MSc course besides clearing the Entrance Test. Please note that such candidates will not have any claim to admission if their results are not declared and their mark sheets are not available latest by 26 July 2019 which is the last date for admission.
Students who are offered admission will be required to produce original copies of their final results at the time of admission, including mark sheets/grade sheets of their qualifying degree examination.
Masters level students in all programmes at SAU shall be full-time students and shall not be permitted to take up full or part-time jobs during the course of their study.
Students whose qualifying examinations results are not announced at the time of personal registration, will not be registered and are advised to not leave their countries without pass results.
Determining Rankings in Case of a Tie
The policy to determine the ranking of candidates in the Entrance Test in case of a tie is as under:
In case of a tie in the total score of the Entrance Test, the rank of a candidate will be determined on the basis of the score in individual sections as follows:
If the total score is tied, the candidate who scores higher marks in section C will be placed higher.
In case the total score and Section C scores are tied or if there is no Section C, the candidate who scores higher marks in section B will be placed higher.
If the tie continues further, higher rank will be awarded to the candidate who is older.
Admission to PhD programmes
The following is a list of PhD programmes offered at SAU. The figures in brackets show the number of seats available in each programme.
Details about the faculty, admission procedure and the format of Entrance Tests can be accessed by clicking on appropriate links below:
Applicants who have not completed their Masters level course and are yet to appear for their last year/semester exam may also take the Entrance Test. However, their admission will be subject to their fulfilling the minimum eligibility criteria of the aggregate percentage of marks at the Masters level besides clearing the Entrance Test. Please note that such candidates will not have any claim to admission if their results are not declared and their mark sheets are not available latest by 26 July 2019 which is the last date for admission.
The admission procedure for the PhD programme consists of an Entrance Test followed by an interview. Students are required to score at least 50% marks in both, the Entrance Test and the interview separately, to be eligible for admission.
Travel Subsidy for Candidates Invited for Interview: Candidates invited for the interview will be given a travel subsidy (upper limit INR 5,000) towards actual travel cost by the shortest route as per instructions which will be communicated to those called for interview. If candidates from outside India are unable to travel to New Delhi for the interview, they can seek permission for an interview through Skype.
The pre-PhD course work is compulsory for all students and is spread over the first two semesters and carries 16 credits as follows: course work (14 credits) plus seminar and term paper (2 credits). Distribution of credits between the first two semesters is decided by individual Departments / Faculties. Some Faculties and Departments may have a slightly higher credit requirement depending on their specific needs. Candidates are advised to carefully read Faculty and Department-specific requirements online.
At the end of the first year, students with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) less than 5.0 will be deemed to have failed and shall leave the university. There is no provision for a repeat test for improvement of grades in any pre-PhD course.
Students with a CGPA of 6.5 and above will be considered for direct admission to the PhD programme as per SAU regulations. Candidates with a CGPA above 5.0 but less than 6.5 can opt for the MPhil programme and complete their thesis work within a year (8 Credits). If a student has obtained a CGPA of 6.5 or above in his/her course work, but wishes to pursue the MPhil programme rather than the PhD programme, s/he will be permitted to do so. Students with a CGPA of 6.5 or more in MPhil are also allowed to register for the PhD programme. Students with a CGPA less than 6.5 will leave the university with an MPhil degree.
Minimum residency requirement for PhD is three years after admission.
Students pursuing a PhD degree at SAU are full-time students and are not permitted to take up full or part-time work during the residency period.
Deadline for receiving Application Forms: 29 March 2019
Application Fee, Date and Venues for the Entrance Test
An Entrance Test will be conducted simultaneously throughout the SAARC region on 27 and 28 April 2019. The fee for appearing in the Entrance Test is US $10 or INR 700/-. Applications for admission will be accepted only online and payment must be made by credit/debit cards or net banking. Those who cannot pay the application fee online still need to fill and submit the online application form. They will be instructed on how to pay the entrance fee once they have filled the online application form.
Physically challenged or with special needs, students should write the university separately with disability certificate so that special arrangement can be made for them. They will be allowed an extra 60 minutes to complete their test after due approvals.
|Admission Entrance Test 2019 Sessions and Programmes|
|Saturday, 27 April 2019|
|Morning Session||Afternoon Session||Evening Session|
|MSc Biotechnology||MA International Relations||MSc Computer Science|
|PhD Biotechnology||PhD International Relations||PhD Computer Science|
|Sunday, 28 April 2019|
|Morning Session||Afternoon Session||Evening Session|
|MA Economics||MSc Applied Mathematics||Master of Laws (LLM)|
|MA Sociology||PhD Legal Studies|
|PhD Applied Mathematics||PhD Economics|
|Admission Entrance Test Time Schedule|
|Countries||Morning Session||Afternoon Session||Evening Session|
|Afghanistan||8.30 am to 10.30 am||11.30 am to 1.30 pm||2.30 – 4.30 pm|
|Pakistan & Maldives||9.00 am to 11.00 noon||12.00 noon – 2.00 pm||3.00 – 5.00 pm|
|Sri Lanka||9.30 am to 11.30 pm||12.30 – 2.30 pm||3.30 – 5.30 pm|
|Nepal||9.45 am to 11.45 pm||12.45 to 2.45 pm||3.45 – 5.45 pm|
|Bhutan & Bangladesh||10.00 am to 12.00 noon||1.00 – 3.00 pm||4.00- 6.00 pm|
|All Centres in India||9.30 am to 11.30 am||12.30 – 2.30 pm||3.30 – 5.30 pm|
A student can register to take for as many tests as s/he pleases subject to fulfilling the eligibility criteria and as long as the entrance test timings do not clash.
Admission Entrance Test will be held at the following test centres as per above mentioned schedule.
|Test Centres in India||Test Centres in Other Countries|
Students with disability or with special needs will be allowed one-hour extra time provided that they separately inform the university with all documentary evidence and have prior university permission.
Country-Wise Quota of Seats
50% seats are reserved for Indian applicants in all the Masters level programmes.
4% seats are reserved for applicants from each of the following five countries: Afghanistan, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
10% seats are reserved for applicants from each of the following countries: Pakistan and Bangladesh.
10% seats may be allotted to applicants from outside the SAARC region.
Merit lists will be prepared country-wise and the competition will only be amongst candidates within each country.
If the seats allocated to a particular country are not filled, they will be allocated to students from other countries, as per SAU rules.
The available seats in each programme will be divided as follows:
Admission Procedure for Nationals of Non-SAARC Countries
All candidates from outside the SAARC region should send their application on the prescribed application form directly to Deputy Registrar Admissions, South Asian University, Akbar Bhawan, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110021, India, with all supporting documents including educational records, identity proof and a colour photograph. The application should reach South Asian University by 29 March 2019. Each application will be scrutinized by the concerned faculty to determine the eligibility of the candidate and the decision of the University will be final in this regard. Students from outside the SAARC region do not have to take an Entrance Test and will be admitted on the basis of their past performance. They are also not eligible for any scholarships/freeships offered by the University.
If, after having paid the fees, a candidate withdraws from the programme up to ten days before the commencement of the Monsoon Semester, s/he will be eligible for refund of all deposits/fees paid after a deduction of USD 100. Effective date is 16 July 2019.
Thereafter, if s/he withdraws from the programme up to the commencement of the Monsoon Semester s/he will be eligible for refund of all deposits/fees paid after a deduction of USD 200. – Effective date is 26 July 2019.
Candidates withdrawing after the commencement of the Monsoon Semester i.e. after 26 July 2019 shall not be eligible for any refund of deposits/fees paid except security deposit.
In case of a candidate given admission pending the declaration of his/her result and if the candidate is unable to meet the admission criteria on declaration of the result, he/she will be entitled to refund of all deposits/fees paid without any deductions.
After Final Registration
As per regulation 35.8.3 # If, after having paid fees, a candidate withdraws from the programme, he/she shall not be eligible for any refund of fees and deposits except security deposit paid by him/her.
Overseas students admitted to the South Asian University are issued a special category student visa/SAU visa with SAU endorsement. Students selected for admission must approach the Indian Embassy/ High Commission in their respective counties with the Admission Letter for issuance of this visa. Students from Bhutan and Nepal do not require a visa.
Tuition and other Fees
SAU Tuition Fee Waiver and Financial Support for PhD Students: SAU Scholarship and Financial Support rules are under revision. Guidelines will be uploaded as soon as they are finalised.
Hostel and Medical Facilities
Hostel Facilities: Hostel accommodation (on a 3-to-a-room basis) is provided only to those students who come from outside the National Capital Region of Delhi (NCR). Each hostel rooms approximately 14 ft. x 15 ft. in size, and has an attached bathroom. Tables and chairs are provided in each room. Hostel accommodation is NOT provided for spouse/children or other family members of admitted students. All students staying in the hostel must adhere strictly to hostel rules. Hostel Fee is US $ 60 per academic semester for students from the SAARC region. Students must vacate the hostel immediately upon completion of their course and/or if they are disqualified from continuing the course.
Mess charges will be extra and are likely to range between US$ 50 to 75 per month.
Medical Facilities: All admitted students are covered under the Medical Group Insurance Scheme up to INR 1,50,000 for which full premium is paid by the University. In addition, the University has its own Health Centre where limited OPD facilities are available.
Expenses incurred by students on purchase of medicines (prescribed by the University doctor) are reimbursable as per SAU rules.
Scholarships & Freeships
SAU Scholarship and Financial Support rules are under revision. Guidelines will be uploaded as soon as they are finalised.
SAU Tuition Fee Waiver and Financial Support for PhD Students
For more information please visit official website