Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. Where is SAU located?

South Asian University is located in New Delhi. Currently the university functions from its Akbar Bhawan Campus in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. A permanent campus of about 100 acres in Maidan Garhi in South Delhi has been allotted by the Government of India where construction is in full swing and we hope to be able to shift there by 2018.

 Q2. Are there any regional campuses of SAU?

No, though we hope to have some in the future soon.

Q3. What major courses does SAU offer?

Currently SAU offers Masters & PhD programmes in Applied Mathematics, Biotechnology, Computer Science, Economics, International Relations, Legal Studies & Sociology.

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

Yes. The degrees provided by the South Asian University are recognised in all the member nations of SAARC.

Q5. What is the eligibility criteria required for admission?

For admission to Master’s & PhD programmes in Economics, Sociology, International Relations and Legal Studies, the minimum prescribed eligibility criteria is a minimum of 50% marks or an equivalent gradein the qualifying degree..

For admission to Master’s & PhD programmes in Applied Mathematics, Biotechnology and Computer Science, the minimum prescribed eligibility percentage is a minimum of 55% marks or an equivalent grade in the qualifying degree.


Q6. How are the students inducted?

Candidates seeking admission to the Master’s programmes have to take a written test. The syllabus and pattern for the test for most of the programmes can be accessed from the university website.

Admission to PhD programmes is through an entrance test and an interview. The entrance test is based on a prescribed syllabus and pattern, uploaded on the university website. The interview for candidates from outside India can be held through Skype. The requirements for the 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 the National Capital Region (of Delhi) are available on a sharing basis (3-to-a room). 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 then register and apply online. It is better if you can make payment for the entrance test fee of USD 10 or INR 670 through internet banking or debit or credit card. Those who cannot make payment online are still required to apply online and then make payment through a bank draft. They should write their name, application number and the programme they have applied for on the back of the bank draft (which should be drawn in favour of “South Asian University”, payable at New Delhi) and courier it to the Deputy Registrar Admissions, South Asian University, Akbar Bhawan, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, 110021, India. However, you will be registered only after your draft has been received.

Q9. When should I apply?

The admission process has already started. The last date for applying for Admissions this year is 25 March 2017 and the entrance test will be held on 9 April 2017 at specified centres in all SAARC countries.

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

If you don’t belong to any of the SAARC countries you do not need to take the entrance Test. You should fill the prescribed application form (Application Form for the Nationals of Non-SAARC Countries) and mail it directly to the Deputy Registrar Admissions, South Asian University, Akbar Bhawan, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi- 110021, India with all supporting documents including educational, identity proof and a colour photograph. The application should reach South Asian University by 25 March 2017. 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.

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 are the types of scholarships available in SAU?

A large number of scholarships and freeships are available to students. There are three major heads under which scholarships/freeships are provided in SAU –
a) President’s Scholarships (For MA/MSc and LLM students only): Two scholarships are offered for each academic programme: one to the student scoring the highest marks in the Entrance Test in the Indian list and the other to the student scoring the highest marks in the non-Indian list (South Asian countries other than India) who finally joins the University. The scholarship will comprise: Tuition fee waiver + Hostel fee waiver (if applicable) + INR 7,000 per month as living allowance. Awardees will also receive an amount of INR 10,000 (in respect of non-Indian Students) and Rupees 5,000 (in respect of Indian students) as a “Start-up Allowance” at the beginning of their tenure so as to help meet part of their inbound travel cost and book purchases etc, and as a “Pack-up Allowance” at the end to cover their outbound travel and excess baggage cost respectively.

b) SAARC India Silver Jubilee Scholarships for Master’s and PhD Programmes: SAARC-India Silver Jubilee Scholarships (SJS), instituted by the Government of India, are offered for Master’s and Doctoral level studies to meritorious students coming from the Least Developed Countries of the region i.e., Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives and Nepal. This Scholarship includes full Tuition Fee waiver + Hostel Fee waiver + living allowance of INR 7,000 per month (Master’s level programmes) or INR 25,000 per month (PhD programmes). Awardees will also receive an amount of Rupees 10,000 as a “Start-up Allowance” at the beginning of their tenure so as to help meet part of their inbound travel cost and book purchases etc, and as a “Pack-up Allowance” at the end to cover their outbound travel and extra baggage cost respectively.

c) SAU Merit Scholarships (For MA/MSc and LLM students only): Ten scholarships are available in each academic programme: five to the next highest scoring students in the Indian list and five to the next highest scoring students in the non-Indian (South Asian countries other than India) list in the Entrance Test, after the award of the SJS and Presidents Scholarships, who finally join the University. The scholarship will comprise: Tuition fee waiver + Hostel fee waiver (if applicable) + INR 5,000 per month as living allowance.

d) SAU Freeships (For MA/MSc and LLM students only): As per SAU mandate, no student will be denied admission to the University because s/he cannot pay the fees. Therefore SAU will provide free education to such students by waiving the tuition and hostel fee (if applicable). No additional support for living expenses will be provided. The Scholarship Award Committee will accept applications from such students up to 22 August 2016, which must be supported by the following documents:

□ Authenticated Original Annual income certificate of parents issued by Government authorities or by a Revenue Officer (in case of parents being in business) in English language or accompanied by an authenticated English translation.
□ A recent, original salary slip/salary statement of Father/Mother in English or an authenticated English translation (in case of parents being in government/private service).
□ Income tax returns of Father/Mother in case income comes under tax bracket.

e) SAU Tuition Fee Waiver for PhD Students: All PhD students will receive tuition fee waiver.
f) Financial Support from SAU for PhD Programmes: Financial support for PhD students of INR 25,000 per month is awarded to students not receiving any kind of scholarship/sponsorship or JRF support from agencies like UGC/CSIR/DBT/ICMR etc. or similar agencies in other SAARC countries.

Duration of Scholarships/Freeships: In all cases, scholarships and freeships are granted for one year. They are extended each year subject to satisfactory academic performance, maintenance of hostel/university discipline and good conduct, reviewed at the end of each year. All recipients of scholarships and freeships must therefore be regular in attending classes and make full efforts to sustain and improve their academic performance. The maximum duration of the SAU PhD scholarship is 5 years.

First year scholarships will cover the summer vacation period at the end of the first two semesters. Scholarships for June and July to continuing students will be disbursed at the end of July, after they re-join the University. In the second year of all Master’s level programmes, scholarships and freeships will cease at the end of the academic session i.e. end of May 2018 and will not cover the summer vacation period at the end of the second year.

PhD fellowships from external agencies: PhD students who have qualified for JRF support from agencies like the Indian UGC/CSIR/DBT and ICMR, may avail the fellowship as per the terms and conditions of the granting agencies. However, if they receive fees and hostel allowances, these will be recovered from them to the extent of their allowance.

Q14. How do I apply for scholarships?

All scholarships are merit-based, depending on your rank in the entrance test. However, a limited number of freeships are available to students who cannot afford to pay the fees. Such students can apply on the prescribed application form after joining the University along with all supporting documents.

Q15. Can I get campus jobs at SAU?

A limited number of campus jobs are available under the Work – Earn programme. You can apply for these jobs on a monthly basis after joining the university.

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 accommodation.

Q17. What prospects do SAU graduates have after they pass out?

SAU degrees are recognized by all SAARC member countries. Job opportunities depend, among other things, on the grades students get and other attributes you pick up while at the University. Many SAU alumni are well placed in universities, colleges, research organisations, think tanks, etc. across the region while some are pursuing higher studies around the world.

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

The university provides a bed along with a mattress and a table and a chair in the hostel room. Students have to bring their own bedlinen and blanket/quilt. The Delhi winter can be quite cold.

Q19. Does SAU offer an MBA programme?

No. Currently SAU doesn’t offer an MBA programmes.

Q20. Does SAU offer online / distance learning programmes?

No. All Master’s and Research programmes are regular programmes and do not allow students to take up full time or even part-time jobs.

387 thoughts on “Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Kashif Khan

    I would like to know that if somebody unable to clear the entrance test of MPhil/PhD this year, will he/she be able to apply in 2017? Is there any rule “how many times a candidate can apply before successful in getting admission? I shall look forward to reply from any representative of South Asian University.

    1. Hari

      Hi Kashif, I do not think there would be threshold/cap on the number of attempts for the entrance. Also I do not suppose one would wait purposefully for more than five years to qualify the entrance exam.

      Hope this helps.
      - Hari

  2. Hari

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    Greetings of the day!

    On the eve of the SAU entrance exam for admissions 2016, I first shall deliver my hearty & very best wishes for tomorrow’s exam.

    I have a few queries to the SAU.
    I wish to know:
    1) if there are any preferred subjects areas from which students are to be admitted to MA International Relations;
    2) if there are further assessments besides the entrance exam;
    3) (by) when will the outcome of the entrance exam be informed;
    4) if all examinees be informed of their outcome of the entrance exam;
    5) the cut-off score (if any) for MA International Relations;
    6) the class strength admitted per annum for MA International Relations;
    7) if the degree(s) conferred by SAU are recognized well beyond SAARC nations also, for eg.: in the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, NZ, EU nations, etc.,

    The archived chats worry and scare me a bit. I hope I get in as I have waited 3 long years to get in SAU.

    Looking forward to your soonest response.

    Thanks & Regards,

  3. K. chawla

    Respected Sir/Mam,

    Could you please tell the cut off or minimum marks required for getting admission in M.A. (Development Economics).


    Sir, i have completed my apllication form before the last date and i have done successful payment also and now it is showing incomplete form. and it is not showing the admit card. my user id is A2008840.

  5. Komal

    Sir, i have completed the sau form under phd category and also fulfilled the payment of 650 rupees,but still it’s showing payment due on my application status.
    Therefore, sir please check it out.
    My application number is 00005945 .
    Transaction ID is 277e24c30c7d04fe2ed458d29 .

  6. Suhasini

    Sir/ Ma’am
    is the App ID and User ID same?
    I am not able to login into my account and download the admit card.

  7. Jigyasa Suri


    I have applied for M.A. Economics vide APP ID 2006410.

    I am not able to download my admit card for entrance exam even after so many attempt on PC, laptop on other computer. Something wrong with the website. Kindly send admit card for exam on e.mail.

    Jigyasa Suri

  8. Sonu kumar singh

    Sir my admit card is not downloding. Why? Hereits main problem is not displayed in any information related admit card… So plz sir help me and plz says about how to download own admit card and where is my centre….. Plz quickly reply sir

  9. Abdullah Al Mamun

    Dear Sir,
    I haven’t yet payment my Application Fees when registered. Sir, is it okay if I paid my application fee in Local currency or I have to pay $10 in cash. Thanks.

  10. Komal

    Please tell me that why my application status is showing payment due as i have fulfilled the payment of 650 rupees via net bnaking,?
    Please, check and notify me and also it’s not responding to my id and password and showing me that the language is not supporting database. please check.

  11. Apoorv

    How can I change my exam centre city , my dad accidently changed city while doing payment on online form .

  12. Bipasha Bhattacharjee

    Hello! I was wondering when the admit cards shall be e mailed? And also the syllabus for PhD entrance of Biotechnology.

  13. Prachi

    Do we need to send any hard copy to SAU after fee has been paid online???? Is there any Helpline number??? How many seats are there for MPhil / PhD MATHEMATICS???

  14. tahira

    Hi, I want to apply for this scholarship and I am from Pakistan but on test date I am not available in Pakistan so it is possible can I appear on this test online because currently I am in United-States on 10-month visit and I went back Pakistan on 16 may 2016.

    waiting for your reply

    1. saurabh

      Hi Tahira
      Scholarship depends upon your rank so no formalities are required from your side and currently SAU dont provide online facility.
      Hope this information would be relevant for you. Best of luck for your exam

  15. Edrees khan rahmat

    Hi, i am edrees khan from afghanistan i am completing my bsc in biology in december month 2016 . My first question is that will u give me admission in december month and second is that how much is the fee of each semester in msc biothecnology. Tanx

  16. aushaqhussain

    Dear sir , i have got 59% mark. cgpa grade 6.97 out of 10 in post graduation cource . Can i apply for the m phil phd cource.

  17. Moksh


    I registered with my email ID, filled up the form, made the payment and now when i try to login it says :

    You may not be able to visit this page because of:

    an out-of-date bookmark/favourite
    a search engine that has an out-of-date listing for this site
    a mistyped address
    you have no access to this page
    The requested resource was not found.
    An error has occurred while processing your request.

    I deleted cookies and removed the cache, still giving this error, tried many times. Is the server down or only I am getting this error? Pls check asap .Awaiting response.

    1. Vishal

      When is the deadline of application submission? and could you please write down the Account number of SAU so that I could make pavement via bank draft? Please reply me as soon as possible!!

  18. Hasamuddin

    hello sir
    how to apply from Afghanistan for scholarships and is the procedure for scholarships applicants and others the same??

  19. Kashif

    I am unable to access the “apply now” page since several hours, and still there is no reply of my yesterday query.

    So, should we wait for the expiry date to process?

  20. Kashif

    After completing all fields, as a final step of submission, when I press the radio button of “Submit and pay” the page get stucked and another file pops up, but doesn’t open due to unrecognised format.
    Please guide how to proceed further.

  21. Md. Abu Taher

    When should I complete my payment, before entrance exam/ on the day of entrance exam/ during application by 11th march??

    1. South Asian University Post author

      You can pay the payment at the time of submission of your form anytime before the last date. To avoid last minute rush, you can do so now.

  22. shivaang

    I have already submitted the application form. How will I get my examination admit card. how am I supposed to get printout of it.

  23. Salman Khan

    Hello All,
    May I know, Whether you are offering any MS scholarship for computer science.
    and for MS IELTS is mandatory or not?


  24. rex minz

    whenever i open the page for registration , it says “your connection is not private, attackers might be trying to steal your information …..” if this continues how am i supposed to fill the form

  25. Meenakshi

    I have obtained 53.2% in the undergraduate. DO you think I will be held eligible for the masters course if I clear the entrance exam?

    1. South Asian University Post author

      It could be any document which has your photograph and name issued by a government authority. e.g. Your Passport or your Election ID.

  26. wahidullah

    i graduated from environment faculty, Kabul university.
    now i want to study my muster degre at south esia universities.
    i know fluently english.

    1. Norbu

      I am a teacher in Bhutan who have B.Ed degree ( geography elective) and interested to pursue master in your esteemed sau university. If I happen to get there what field should I choose. Please advise me on this regard…..

  27. Azad Hossain Shadhin

    i want to admit in masters of computer science. is it possible?? then how can i do??? have any circular now???


    I graduate B.SC(H) Instrumentation science from university of delhi.this is a three year course,i have aggregate 60% marks in graduation.I want to post graduation in computer science from SAU.can i admission in CS ?am i eligible for admission in computer science,plz suggest me ?

  29. Toolika

    I am currently pursuing my third year of undergraduate program(sixth semester) and would like to apply for the post graduate program in SAU. While filling up my application form i found that i am supposed to submit my fifth semester results.However my university has not published the same yet.
    What do i do?

  30. Abdul Jabbar

    I am from Pakistan. I have a query regarding my CGPA I have got 2.49 cgpa out of 4.00 so am I eligible for getting admission in SAU ? kindly inform me


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