Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. Where is SAU located?

South Asian University is located in New Delhi. Currently the university is functioning from its Akbar Bhawan Campus in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. A 100 acre campus in Maidan Garhi in South Delhi has been allotted by the government of India and the construction will be starting soon.

Q2.Is there any regional campus of SAU?

Currently South Asian University does not have any Regional Campus. But there are provisions for such campuses. The Regional Campus in any SAARC Member State would be a centre of academic excellence that would strive to take advantage and make use of special expertise and proven knowledge and skills available in that country including its achievements in science and technology and its geographic, environmental, socio-economic and cultural features.

Q3. What major courses does SAU offer?

Currently SAU offers Masters & Ph.D. programmes in Applied Mathematics, Biotechnology, Computer Science, Development Economics, International Relations, Law & Sociology.

Q4. Are the degrees provided by South Asian University recognised?

As per an inter-governmental agreement, the degrees provided by South Asian University are recognised in all the member nations of SAARC.

Q5. What is the eligibility criteria required for admission?

For admission to Masters & Ph.D. programmes in Development Economics, Sociology, International Relations & Law, the minimum prescribed eligibility percentage in qualifying degree is 50% or equivalent grade and for Applied Mathematics, Biotechnology and Computer Science, the minimum prescribed eligibility percentage in the qualifying degree is 55% or equivalent grade.

Q6. How are the students inducted?

The candidates for admission to the Masters programmes are subjected to a written test. The syllabus & pattern for the test can be accessed from the university website.

Admission to Ph.D. programmes is based on an entrance test and an interview. The entrance test is based on a prescribed syllabus & pattern, uploaded on the university website. The interview for candidates outside India will be done through Skype. The requirements for interview are also uploaded on the university website for each programme of study.

Q7. Are hostel facilities available for all students?

Separate hostels for boys and girls who come from outside Delhi are available on a sharing basis. Accommodation is not available for family members, spouses and children of married students.

Q8. How do I apply?

You need to log in to the university website and has the option of applying either online or through normal post by downloading the form from the website.

Q9. When should I apply?

Admission process for 2014-15 will begin in the third / fourth week of January. The last date for applying is 3rd March 2014 and the entrance test will be held on 6th April 2014 on specified centers in all SAARC countries.

Q10. I don’t belong to the SAARC countries but I want to apply. Do you have centres in countries outside the SAARC region?

Candidates applying from outside SAARC countries do not have to appear in the written test but will be admitted on the basis of their academic record in the qualifying examinations.

Q11. What is the teacher student ratio at SAU?

The current teacher student ratio at SAU is approximately 1:6.  

Q12. Do you have any undergraduate programme?

The university doesn’t have any undergraduate programme as yet.

Q13. What types of scholarships are available?

Liberal number scholarships and financial assistance schemes are available to the students, which you can apply after taking admission.

Q14. How do I apply for scholarships?

You may apply for scholarship only after you have been admitted to the university. Applications have to be made on a prescribed format and you have to provide valid documents of your family income.

Q15. Can I get campus jobs at SAU?

Limited number of campus jobs are available under the Work & Earn programme. You can apply for these jobs on a monthly basis.

Q16. Do non-Indian students face any disparity?

All students, whether from within India or outside, are treated as equals in all matters, whether academic or administrative. In order to promote integration amongst students living in the hostel, the university has a policy of letting students from different countries share the accommodation.

Q17. What are the prospects SAU graduates might have?

The SAU degrees are recognized by the SAARC member countries. Job opportunities depend, among others, on the grades the students get. The university does have a placement cell that helps the students in finding jobs, internships, etc.

Q18. What all do I need to bring when I come to SAU after admission?

The university provides a bed along with the mattress and a table and a chair in the hostel rooms. Students have to bring along their own linen and bedding.

172 thoughts on “Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Aminath Shani

    Dear Sir/ Madam,

    pls let me know when the results of the admission tests will come out. and when will we know if we get admission or not .

    thanks

  2. Aravindhan

    Sir,
    I had applied for International relations.In my hall ticket..There has been a photo mismatch from your side.My application number is 200135..Please tell me what is the solution..

  3. vidyadhar

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I have applied for MA(IR) and after downloading the admit card i observed that the photograph on my admit card is not mine(which i attached with my application).
    so i request you to tell me the procedure to correct it.

  4. Kapil Gupta

    Dear sir/madam, my admit card has been issued wrongfully as it has the photo of anonymous girl while i’m a boy. However all the details except this photo are correct but it’s very troublesome to have another’s photo on one’s own admit card. Kindly issue me correct admit card.
    Thank you.

  5. Pragati Varshney

    Sir,
    I have applied for MSc Computer Science, i am not able to find any link for admit cards on ur website.. Please tell when are we going to get our Admit Cards and detailsof test centre.

  6. Sharad

    Sir/Madam,
    I have applied for LL.M programme. Wanted to know about the venue of test centres and the admit cards. At what time will theybe issued? Will it reach by post?

  7. shrutisagar

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    I have applied for Msc Computer science.When will I receive my Admit card?Are you sending by post or in email.My exam is on 24th march.

  8. Nim Karma Sherpa

    Dear Sirs,
    I applied online for MA Sociology and my undergraduate degree aggregate is only 46% but I studied sociology/anthropology for 5 years covering my ISC-XII as well as my Bachelors degree. Is there consideration?

  9. GOWSIA SALEEM

    REVERED SIR/MADAM

    AM AN APPLICANT FOR INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS.I HAVE GOT FEW QUIRIES:

    _WHAT IS THE TIME SCHEDULE FOR AFTERNOON SESSION?
    _HOW CAN I GET THE PRINT OUT OF MY ONLINE FORM?
    _FROM WHERE CAN I GET THE PREVIOUS YEARS QUESTION PAPERS FOR INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS ENTERENCE TEST?
    _IS THER ANY SPECIFIC MATERIAL TO BE READ FOR THE PREPERATIONS OF THE ENTERENCE TEST FOR INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS?
    _HOW MUCH MARKS ONE HAS TO GET TO CLEAR THE WRITTEN TEST OF YOUR ESTEEMED UNIV?
    _WHEN WILL THE RESULTS BE OUT FOR THE SAME?

    WITH REGARDS
    GOWSIA SALEEM

  10. Anisa

    I have’nt yet received my admit card for PhD entrance examination. Please tell me how will i get it.

  11. RAJESH PYLA

    sir/madam,
    i completed btech, iam intrested to do master level degree,
    plz would u give the details of entrance admission notifications .

  12. Sunil Shrestha

    Dear Sir,
    I want to apply online for PhD. in Sociology. I have the minimum prescribed postgraduate qualifying marks but fall a little sort in Undergraduate degree. Can i still apply? If I can apply, can I use Paypal account (I can use Australian Paypal a/c and thus the amount also will be in AUS dollar) to apply online?

    I do think I have much time left though, please reply very soon.

    Thanks.

  13. Uttam kumar

    I am not able to find previous year question paper of Internationa Relation. Can u plse share the link.

  14. Nikhil Dubey

    Is their a provision of editing the application form post submission? Whats the procedure? I have missed out on some details and came to know later! Please help!

  15. Kapil Gupta

    Respected sir/ma’am, if I’m studying in other institute in P.G. but I quit the course incomplete after 1 semester. What should I do to obtain my migration certificate if I have done my bachelor degree from other Institute?

  16. N N SRIVASTAVA

    dear sir
    let me know the time schedule of morning session to appear in entrance exam of M.Sc.biotech.
    thanks

  17. Ramkishan

    sir,
    i have applied for M.A.(international relation ) through online mode but i did not got print out form i.e. soft copey so plez. tell me the apropiate way to obtain this print out form and also tell me about the admit card for intrance test.
    thanking you

  18. Reghu M

    hai sir,

    I have applied for MA International Relations entrance Test. I went through previous year question paper and felt that the topics covered are very generic. Can you please suggest some material for preparation for the test ?

  19. JEEVAN SHARMA

    Dear sir/madam

    I have already applied for the masters program via online portal system of your university. When will I get my examinatin ticket ? are you sending in email or by regular post ?

    1. Kapil Gupta

      Hi Parul, the question papers of previous years are with the details of the course. It’s given on the lower side of the screen.

  20. parsuram mahapatra

    sir
    i have submit the online application for m sc in computer science .due to a problem i am unable to pay my application fee online. so i deciede to apply offline by sending the draft and new application form by post. Is there any problem in it and my application will reject or not and the application form apply extended to 4th march 2013 yes or no. please repply me sir immediately itis urgent for me. please repply me. thank you.

  21. Avinash Gehlot

    All the NLUs are introducing one year LLM programme from this year. Is SAU implementing the same?

    1. Kapil Gupta

      Hi Ishita, you would have to login to your id which have been made on the website of the University. Thereafter you would be able to reprint your application form.

  22. toossaar tariq

    Is there any possibility to open under graduate courses within next 3 yeas ? How many Bangladeshi teachers & students S.A.U has now ?

  23. toossaar tariq

    Is there any possibility to open under graduate courses within next 3 years ? Are there Bangladeshi teachers available ?

  24. Shashit Bhandari

    Dear sir,
    I have applied for MDE. i v seen the sample questions of entrance xams too. I want to know is there any specific set of syllabus for the entrance xam or we should prepare solely on the basis of those sample questions? And how much marks is required to pass the entrance?
    Thank you.

  25. Kedar Nath Dhakal

    Respected Sir/madam
    I am interested in applying for M.A. (International Relations). But my 3 Years Bachelor aggregate is 48.5% . May I apply for this academic course ?

    1. South Asian University Post author

      Dear Mr Kedar Nath Dhakal
      Thanks for your interest in studying at South Asian University.
      I am afraid you are not eligible.

      Best wishes

      SAU Admissions

  26. Anushree Das

    i have masters degree in operational research from Delhi university and have done graduation from IGNOU (correspondence) in mathematics. so am i eligible for P.hd program..

    1. South Asian University Post author

      Dear Anushree Das
      Thanks for your interest in studying at South Asian University.
      you seem eligible for admission into PhD programme if you meet prescribed eligibility criteria. Please visit http://WWW.SAU.AC.IN for details.

      Best wishes

      SAU Admissions

  27. South Asian University Post author

    Dear Aravindthan

    Thanks for interest in studying at South Asian University.
    You can apply separately in your programme of interest. You need to submit two admission form and pay the fee separately for each progamme.

    Best

    SAU Admissions

  28. Aravindhan

    Sir,
    I have a small doubt regarding the number of entrance exams a candidate can take.I have applied for M.A in International relations…I want to know whether the same candidate can apply for 2 courses…In my case i want to appear for M.A in International relations and M.A in sociology as well…If so,Do I have to separately apply for the course..Please help me out???

  29. AMIT KUMAR ANAL

    sir kindly upload a sample question papers for Ph.D (cse) examination, and am I eligible if I have compted my M.tech(cse) from correspondence (KSOU)

    1. AMIT KUMAR ANAL

      I have already asked this questions earlier but could not got the confirmation so kindly reply, I am on wait, I have completed my 1st step of online registration form

  30. ANKIT KAUSHIK

    Respected Sir/madam
    i am interested in applying for Phd programe in life sciences. Can you please tell me how can i get some previous year question paper or sampel papers for this exam.

  31. Mohit Yadav

    I am a BTech graduate & want to take admission in M.A. International Relations.
    Am I eligible?
    How is the faculty & study environment in SAU/

    1. South Asian University Post author

      Dear Mohit Yadav

      Thanks for your interest in studying at South Asian University.
      Yes you seems eligible. Please visit http://www.sau.ac.in for further details.

      Best

      SAU Admissions

  32. SIDDHANT

    sir……….
    can u tell me that there is also reservation in SAU according to indian constituition………like sc/st and obc

    1. South Asian University Post author

      Dear Mr Siddhant

      Thanks for your interest in studying at South Asian University.
      There are no reserved seat for SC/ST and OBC at SAU.

      Best

      SAU Admissions

  33. YOGESH KUMAR PANDEY

    RES SIR,
    I AM INTERESTED TO TAKE ADMISSION IN MSC APPLIED MATHEMATICS.
    I GOT 55.70% IN MY GRADUATION WITH MATHEMATICS AND PHYSICS.
    CAN U TELL ME ABOUT THE RESERVATION OF OTHER COUNTRIES AND ABOUT SC/ST/OBC RESERVATION.

    REGARDS,
    YOGESH KUMAR PANDEY

    1. South Asian University Post author

      Dear Mr Yogesh Kumar Pandey

      Thanks for your interest in studying at South Asian University.
      There are no reserved seat for SC/ST and OBC at SAU. However, there are reserved seat quotas for each SAARC country.

      Best

      SAU Admission

  34. Sanju Kumari Chaudhary

    hello,
    I am a career oriented women belong to Ethnic group(Madhesi Society) of Terai Region of Nepal. I have done my Master’s degree in Business Studies(M.B.S.) specialization in Finance, core field of Management from St. Xavier’s Collage, Kathmandu, Nepal with Distinction Mark. I m eager to know that on which field I can apply for PhD. I am working in Nepal Peace Trust Fund with support of German government (GIZ) which work in the area of Peace and Conflict management by government of Nepal. so want to do my PhD in Sociology.It would be pleased to know that can I apply for Economics or International Relation or Sociology field?
    Thank You

    1. South Asian University Post author

      Dear Ms Sanju Kumari Choudhry

      Thanks for your interest in studying at South Asian University.

      Yes, you can apply for MA IR, Sociology, and Development Economics.

      Best

      SAU Admissions

  35. Neeraj Singh

    Respected Sir,
    I am a MSc Biotechnology Graduate, I have applied for Phd Biotechnology, and have qualified GATE examination, Sir please tell me if I am eligible for GATE Fellowship during Phd, also please tell me about the Fees waiver scheme for Phd Program…

    Neeraj Singh

  36. Sanju Kumari Chaudhary

    Hello,
    I am a career oriented woman belong Ethenic Group( Madheshi Society) of Terai Region from Nepal. I have passed Master’s degree In Business Studies(M.B.S.) field of management with specialization in Finance with 76% from St. Xavier’s Collage, Kathmandu, Nepal. I want join the PhD programm provided by SAU. I am very intrested to do PhD on Sociology, Economics or International relation. It would be kindly if you provide me the information for which one field am I eligeble to apply for PhD from Nepal.

    Thank You
    Sanju Kumari Chaudhary

  37. Thirunavukkarasu

    Dear Admission Dept. Author,

    Thanks for excellent way of reply for each and every query being asked by applicant. No doubt SAU is going to make strong mark on Education.

    Thirunavukkarasu

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