South Asian University (SAU) is offering admission in Master’s programme and Ph.D level programmes in Development Economics, Computer Science, Biotechnology, Applied Mathematics, Sociology, International Relations and Legal Studies for the academic year 2018-19. Admission in the said courses shall be done on the basis of marks obtained in entrance examination 2018. Candidates can check the complete details of SAU Admission 2018 application process, eligibility criteria and other information on this page below.

Latest: Admit Card for SAU 2018 Exam has been released. Candidates can download it from below.

South Asian University (SAU) Admission 2018

Candidates can fill their application for Master and MPhil / Ph.D level programmes for admission in South Asian University from the official website as per scheduled date. Admit card for the entrance test will be issued by SA University. Merit list will be prepared after the successful conduction of examination.

Student Visa: Oversees students admitted to the South Asian University are issued a special category visa called the “SAU Visa”. 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.

Schedule for the SAU Admission 2018 is given below.

Event Dates
Last date for submitting filled application 20 Mar 2018
29 Mar 2018
Availability of Admit Card 10 Apr 2018
Entrance Test 15 Apr 2018
Classes begin 26 Jul 2018

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SAU Admit Card 2018

South Asian University (SAU) has released the admit card for Admission Test. Admit card is made available for download after the completion of Application process. Admit card is the very important document to enter in the examination hall, without admit card candidate will not be allowed to enter in the examination centre. Candidates have to login using E-mail & Password to download their admit card.

Admit Card: Click Here to download the admit card.

SAU Application Form 2018

The application can be filled online for various courses from the official website on or before the last date. Candidates are advised must ensure their eligibility and other condition before applying online application.

Application Fee: Rs. 650/-

Once you register online, the system will send you two separate emails giving your User ID and Password to your email ID. Please login by providing the User ID and Password sent to you and complete your application. Candidates can check the complete information related to application process from above “application form” link.

Eligibility Criteria

Master 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.

M.A in Economics

  • 12 years of schooling + a 3 year Bachelor’s degree with mathematics as a subject of study at the 10 +2 (12th class) level or at the Bachelor’s level or both from an institution recognized by the government of any of the SAARC countries, with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate or an equivalent grade. Candidates who have a 4 year Bachelor’s degree or 2 year Bachelor’s degree and have cleared the first year of the Master’s programme are also eligible.
  • Since a sound knowledge of economics at the undergraduate level is necessary to cope with the Master’s programme, the entrance test will feature questions on undergraduate level economics, mathematics and statistics.

M.Sc in Computer Science

  • 12 years of schooling + a 3 year Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or a relevant area* with mathematics as a subject either at the Bachelor’s level or at 10+2 (12th class) level from an institution recognized by the government of any of the SAARC countries, with a minimum of 55% marks in aggregate or an equivalent grade. Candidates who have a 4 year Bachelor’s degree or 2 year Bachelor’s degree and have cleared the first year of the Master’s programme are also eligible.

MSc in Applied Mathematics

  • 12 years of schooling + a 3 year Bachelor’s degree (with Mathematics as a subject for at least two years) from an institution recognized by the government of any of the SAARC countries, with a minimum of 55% marks in aggregate or an equivalent grade. Candidates who have a 4 year Bachelor’s degree or 2 year Bachelor’s degree and have cleared the first year of the Master’s programme are also eligible.

Master of Laws (LLM)

  • 12 years of schooling + a 5 year integrated BA/LLB degree or 12 years of schooling + a 2 or 3 year Bachelor’s degree + a 3 year LLB degree or 12 years of schooling + a 4 year LLB degree) from an institution recognized by the government of any of the SAARC countries, with a minimum of 50% marks or an equivalent grade.

MSc in Biotechnology

  • 12 years of schooling + a 3 year Bachelor’s degree (BSc, BVSc, BTech, MBBS, etc.) in any area of Biological Sciences / Chemistry / Agriculture and allied sciences; Veterinary and allied sciences / Biotechnology / Biochemical Technology from an institution recognized by the government of any of the SAARC countries, with a minimum of 55% marks in aggregate or an equivalent grade. Students who have not studied Biology at the Bachelor’s level must have studied and passed in Biology as a subject at the 10+2 (12th class) level. Candidates who have a 4 year Bachelor’s degree or 2 year Bachelor’s degree and have cleared the first year of the Master’s programme are also eligible.

MA in International Relations

  • 12 years of schooling + a 3 year Bachelor’s degree from an institution recognized by the government of any of the SAARC countries, with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate or an equivalent grade. Candidates who have a 4 year Bachelor’s degree or 2 year Bachelor’s degree and have cleared the first year of the Master’s programme are also eligible.

MA in Sociology

  • 12 years of schooling + a 3 year Bachelor’s degree from an institution recognized by the government of any of the SAARC countries in any discipline, with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate or an equivalent grade. Candidates who have a 4 year Bachelor’s degree or 2 year Bachelor’s degree and have cleared the first year of the Master’s programme are also eligible.

Ph.D 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.

PhD in Economics

  • 12 years of schooling + a 3 or 4 year Bachelor’s degree + post-graduate education leading to an MA/MSc degree in Economics or related specializations from an institution recognized by the government of any of the SAARC countries, with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate or an equivalent grade.

PhD in Computer Science

  • 12 years of regular schooling + a 3 or 4 year Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree leading to an MSc/MTech degree in Computer Science or allied* disciplines from an institution recognized by the government of any of the SAARC countries, with a minimum of 55% marks or an equivalent grade.
  • Applicants with 12 years of regular schooling + an integrated Bachelor’s and Master’s degree of at least 5 years duration are also eligible.

PhD in Applied Mathematics

  • 12 years of regular schooling + a 3 or 4 year Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree leading to an MA/MSc/MTech degree in Mathematics/Computer Science/Statistics/Operations Research/Physics or 12 years of regular schooling + an integrated Bachelor’s and Master’s degree of at least 5 years duration in Mathematics/Computer Science/Statistics/Operations Research/Physics from an institution recognized by the government of any of the SAARC countries, with a minimum of 55% marks or an equivalent grade.

PhD in Legal Studies

  • 12 years of schooling + a 5 year integrated BA/ LLB programme or a 2 or 3 year Bachelor’s degree followed by a 3 year LLB programme + a 2 year/1 year LLM programme from an institution recognized by the government of any of the SAARC countries, with a minimum of 50% marks or an equivalent grade.
  • Those who have an LLB degree followed by a one-year LLM degree must have a minimum of 60% marks to be eligible to apply.

PhD in Biotechnology

  • 12 years of schooling + a 3 or 4 year Bachelor’s degree + a 2 year post-graduate MSc or MTech degree in any branch of the Biological Sciences or an MD/MS/MSc from an institution recognized by the government of any of the SAARC countries, with a minimum of 55% marks or an equivalent grade.

PhD in International Relations

  • 12 years of schooling + a 3 or 4 year Bachelor’s degree + a 2 year post-graduate degree in International Relations or related disciplines like Political Science, Economics, Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology, History, Philosophy, Linguistics, Mass Communications, Education, Geography, Law, Social Work, Development Studies, Criminology, Archaeology , Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Post-Colonial Studies, Comparative Literature and Comparative Religious Studies from an institution recognized by the government of any of the SAARC countries, with a minimum of 50% marks, or an equivalent grade.

PhD in Sociology

  • 12 years of schooling + a 3 or 4 year Bachelor’s degree + a 2 year post-graduate degree in Sociology or related disciplines like Political Science, Economics, Psychology, Social Anthropology, History, Philosophy, Linguistics, Mass Communication, Education, Geography, Law, Social Work, Development Studies, Criminology, Archaeology, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Post-Colonial Studies, Comparative Literature, Comparative Religious Studies and Sociology of Science from an institution recognized by the government of any of the SAARC countries, with a minimum of 50% marks or an equivalent grade.

SAU Entrance Test

An Entrance Test will be conducted simultaneously throughout the SAARC region. The Entrance Tests will be held in two shifts on the same day at all the centres as shown below:

Morning Session
MA in Economics
MA in Sociology
MSc in Biotechnology
MSc in Applied Mathematics
PhD in Economics
PhD in Sociology
PhD in Biotechnology
PhD in Applied Mathematics
Afternoon Session:
MA in International Relations
MSc in Computer Science
LLM
PhD in International Relations
PhD in Computer Science
PhD in Legal Studies

Exam Centre

The following is a list of the main cities where the entrance test will be conducted:

  • Kabul (Afghanistan),
  • Chittagong and Dhaka (Bangladesh),
  • Thimphu (Bhutan),
  • Male (Maldives),
  • Kathmandu (Nepal),
  • Karachi and Lahore (Pakistan),
  • Colombo (Sri Lanka) and
  • India (Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, New Delhi, Patna and Thiruvananthapuram).

Courses and Seats

The South Asian University is offered admission to below courses.

Master Level Programmes No. of seats Ph.D Programmes No. of seats
M.A in Economics 30 Ph.D in Economics 06
M.Sc in Computer Science 30 Ph.D in Computer Science 06
M.Sc in Applied Mathematics 30 Ph.D in Applied Mathematics 06
LLM (Master of Laws) 30 Ph.D in Legal Studies 06
M.Sc in Biotechnology 30 Ph.D in Biotechnology 06
M.A in International Relations 30 Ph.D in International Relations 06
MA in Sociology 30 Ph.D in Sociology 06

Country-wise Quota of Seats

Master’s Programmes

  • 50% seats are reserved for Indian applicants in all the Master’s 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 percent 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.

Fee Structure

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.

Previous Year Sample Paper

Candidates can check and download the course wise sample paper from below.

Courses Sample Papers
Master Level Programmes
M.A in Economics Download
M.Sc in Computer Science Download
M.Sc in Applied Mathematics Download
LLM (Master of Laws) Download
M.Sc in Biotechnology Download
M.A in International Relations Download
MA in Sociology Download
Ph.D Programmes
Ph.D in Economics Download
Ph.D in Computer Science Download
Ph.D in Applied Mathematics Download
Ph.D in Legal Studies Download
Ph.D in Biotechnology Download
Ph.D in International Relations Download
Ph.D in Sociology Download

Contact Details

Deputy Registrar (Admissions)
South Asian University
Akbar Bhavan, Chanakyapuri
New Delhi 110 021 India
Phones: +91-11-24122512 — 14
Email: [email protected]

Official website: www.sau.int.

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