ADMISSION NOTICE FOR THE 2019 – 20 ACADEMIC SESSION


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APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 10 APRIL 2019 

 


Frequently Asked Questions  APPLY BY – 29 March 2019  Student Volunteers

 

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  EconomicsComputer ScienceBiotechnologyApplied MathematicsSociologyInternational 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:

  1. If the total score is tied, the candidate who scores higher marks in section C will be placed higher.

  2. 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.

  3. 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
  PhD Sociology  

 

Admission Entrance Test Time Schedule
Countries Morning Session Afternoon Session Evening Session
Timings Timings Timings
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 am 12.00 noon - 2.00 pm 3.00 - 5.00 pm
Sri Lanka 9.30 am to 11.30 am 12.30 - 2.30 pm 3.30 - 5.30 pm
Nepal 9.45 am to 11.45 am 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
Ahmedabad Jammu Afghanistan Kabul
Bangalore Kolkata Bangladesh Chittagong
Bhopal Lucknow   Dhaka
Bhubaneshwar Mumbai Bhutan Thimphu
Chandigarh Patna   Kanglung
Chennai Pune Maldives Male
Cochin Raipur Nepal Biratnagar
Dehradun Ranchi   Kathmandu
Delhi/ NCR Shimla   Pokhara
Goa Srinagar  Pakistan Karachi
Guwahati Surat   Lahore
Hyderabad Thiruvananthapuram   Peshawar
Indore Varanasi  Sri Lanka Colombo
Jaipur Vizag   Jaffna

 

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

Master's Programmes

  • 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.

PhD Programmes

The available seats in each programme will be divided as follows:

  • Fifty per cent seats for Indian students and the remaining 50% seats for all other seven SAARC countries put together.
  • Two merit lists will be prepared, one for Indian applicants and the other will be a combined merit list for the remaining SAARC countries. In view of the small number of seats available in each programme, seat reservation for individual countries is not possible.

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.

 

Refund Policy

 

Before Final Registration 
  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

 

 

Student Visa

 

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

 

Head SAARC Students Non-SAARC Students
Tuition Fee
(Non-Refundable)
  • US$ 440 per semester (US$ 880 per year) for day scholars, payable in July & January each year.
  • US$ 500 per semester (US$ 1000 per year) for boarders, payable in July & January each year.
  • US$ 4500 per semester (US$ 9000 per year) for day scholars, payable in July & January each year.
  • US$ 5100 per semester (US$ 10200 per year) for boarders, payable in July & January each year.
Admission Fee (Non-Refundable) US$ 100 (payable only once at the time of entering SAU) US$ 100 (payable only once at the time of entering SAU)
Security Deposit
(Refundable)*
US$ 100 US$ 100
Students' Aid Fund (Non-Refundable) INR50 per semester INR50 per semester
Fees once paid are non-refundable except for security deposit.

 

SAU Tuition Fee Waiver and Financial Support for PhD Students: Please refer to the details on SAU Scholarship and Financial Support rules.

 

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 & Financial Support

 

The following Scholarships/Financial Support are available to students admitted to SAU in the Academic Session 2019-20.

 

 

Offline Payments

 

Candidates who have opted for off-line payment, are required to pay the Entrance Test fee in local currency at their local bank as per attached bank details. They must then upload the bank payment receipt on the payment page of the on-line application form or email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with (their name, registration ID and programme(s) registered for) if they have not uploaded it on the payment page of the on-line application form. Please note that if the bank payment receipt is not received by us they will not be allowed to sit for the Entrance Test.

 

 

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