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.

382 thoughts on “Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Simran

    How will we be updated about the vacancies and the waiting list changes throughout the admission process??

  2. Shikha Singh

    Respected sir,

    I had completed my Masters in English Literature and I want to pursue Phd in Interanational Relation from your college. So, i want to know whether I’m eligible for this course or not.

  3. Piyush Banerjee

    Will the unsuccessful candidates get to know the marks scored by them? And also the cutoff marks?

  4. Madhubanti Talukdar

    Dear Sir/ma’am, I have secured the 4th position in the Sociology entrance exam this year. I read on this website that I am entitled to a merit scholarship from SAU, which includes a tuition fee and hostel fee waiver. However, my offer letter mentions nothing of the sort and states that I am to pay the tuition fee for the first semester in addition to the admission fee and the security deposit in order for my acceptance into the university. I am confused as to how this works. Shall the scholarship money be transferred into my account once I start studying here?
    Also, in case I wish to withdraw my admission at any point, what is the procedure of getting back the money that I transfer to your account? Shall it be transferred back to my account? Who do I write to in case such a situation presents itself?

  5. Simran

    Tentative no. Of students on the basis of rank who get admissions from the waiting list of India, according to past years?

    1. Carl

      Yes, same question here. What are my chances if I have secured 16th rank in India list? Please tell..

  6. Arnab

    It is over 3 weeks now. The results of Masters entrance exam is yet to be declared. Please give an exact date of result announcement

  7. Devika

    Can you please let us see our score card for the entrance exam?
    Let it be for us the ones who have given the exam.


    when will the results for master degree in biotechnology be out? And is it that we don’t get to know the marks we secured and just get the names of shortlisted candidates as PHD students ?

  9. Ajay kumar ajnavi

    hello i just want to know how many no of students are apply in m.s.c computer science for in 2017 and what about the result ?? plz tell me.

  10. Subhash Singh

    When is the result for the 2017 entrance examination for master degree ? And what is the procedure of viva?

  11. ajay kumar ajnavi

    when will m.s.c computer science entrance results be declared and what is its expected cutoff out mark

  12. Shinan

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    1.When will the results for entrance test be out, and where can i view the result?
    2. Four percent of seats seems to be reserved for Maldives, so me being the only one who wrote it will my chances increase regards to the entrance test?

    Best regards,

        1. Ajay kumar ajnavi

          when will m.s.c computer science entrance results be declared and what is its expected cutoff mark



  13. Pooja

    How many marks(approx) does one require to clear SAU llm entrance out of 100 ? What will be the cutoff n when will result come ?

    1. South Asian University Post author

      The evaluation is going on now. You will get to know of it soon. All the best!

  14. Mohammad hamid salimee

    To day I have checked university Web site and my email address but there is not available entrance test card.

  15. rhythm

    i have applied for Masters course in eco . i want to know what is the total no of candidates that would be selected and an approximate for the cutoff marks

  16. shorya sood

    Is there a provision for a scribe for writing the exam for physically challenged students? If yes, how do I apply for it.


    Calcutta University BA examinations are scheduled from the 4th of May.
    Is there a possibility of holding another entrance exam, apart form the one on the 9th of April?

  18. Mukesh Kumar

    Please elaborate equivalent grades.
    Is grade conversion permissible?
    plz reply . so i can apply. (only 2 days left)

  19. MD. Shazedul Islam

    Dear Sir ,
    I am from Bangladesh. i did masters degree subject of Physics from national University of Bangladesh. i want to do Doctoral degree with your available scholarship. but my academic result is poor because of some uncertain situation.. but i think that i am capable to do this doctoral degree. my academic result is …..
    1. secondary school certificate 2.88 out of 5
    2. Higher Secondary certificate 2.90 out of 5
    3. 3 years Bachelor of Science (pass course) second division and 46% marks
    3. 2 years M.Sc. in Physics second class 48 % marks …

    i want to get a chance to do Ph.D degree on applied Mathematics to prove myself .. please let me know can i apply for this scholarship though i know your requirement is 55% marks …

    Yours Ever
    Md. Shazedul islam

  20. Abdul Majeed

    I want to apply for M.Phil Program where should i have to enter data FOR M.SC PROGRAM or FOR PHD PROGRAM ?


  21. Aditya

    Hello sir I am Aditya an applicant of PhD biotech entrance at south Asian university. I want to know that shall we need to send online filled application form before 25/3/ 2017.please reply soon thank you

  22. Ritika

    Are we required to attempt all questions in the entrance exam even if we don’t know the answer? I’m applying for msc applied maths.
    Thank you


    for a candidate to apply for LL.M. programme, s/he need to give details of which of the two undergraduate course, Bachelors after 10+2 or LL.B. after 10+2+3?
    Thank You

  24. Cyril Massar

    Hello, I’m confused with the ‘Max marks percentage’ and ‘Percentage’. I have filled in my percentage in the latter but I am not clear with ‘max marks percentage’. Please clarify.

  25. Riaz

    I have not yet completed my LL.b degree. However my Degree will be completed by the end of July 2017. Can i apply for LLM 2017-2019?

  26. Abdul malik

    I did my master of engineering in Energy & environment engineering, interested in Energy & environment or only energy economics. Let me know about my eligibility.


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