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 2019-20. Admission in the said courses shall be done on the basis of marks obtained in entrance examination 2019. Candidates can check the complete details of SAU Admission 2019 application process, eligibility criteria and other information on this page below.

Latest: The list of candidates selected and waitlisted has released. Scroll down to check the same.

South Asian University (SAU) Admission 2019

Candidates can fill their application for Master and MPhil /Ph.D. level programmes for admission at 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” SAU endorsement. Students selected for admission must approach the Indian Embassy/ High Commission in their respective counties with the Admission Letter for the issuance of this visa. Students from Bhutan and Nepal do not require a visa.

Schedule for the SAU Admission 2019 is given below.

Event Dates
Last date for submitting filled application 29 Mar 2019 10 Mar 2019
Availability of Admit Card Released
Entrance Test 27/28 Apr 2019
Classes begin 26 Jul 2019

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Selected Candidates

South Asian University (SAU) has released the list of candidates selected and waitlisted for South Asian University (SAU) Admission 2019. Candidates can check the list through the link provided below.

Selected Candidates:

  • Click here to check the list of candidates selected and waitlisted for admission to Ph.D Programmes.
  • Click here to check the list of candidates being considered for admission in order of merit.

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 years 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 years 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 years 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/BBA/BSc/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, B. Pharm, BVSc, B.E., 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 years 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 years 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 years 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 Ph.D. programmes offered at SAU. The figures in brackets show the number of seats available in each programme.

Ph.D. in Economics

  • A minimum of 17 years of regular education (12 years of regular schooling + a 3-year Bachelor’s degree and a 2-year Master’s degree or 4-year Bachelor’s degree + a 1 year Master’s degree leading to an MA/M.Sc. 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.

Ph.D. in Computer Science

  • A minimum of 17 years of regular education (12 years of regular schooling + a 3-year Bachelor’s degree and a 2-year Master’s degree or 4-year Bachelor’s degree + a 1 year Master’s degree leading to leading to a Master’s degree in Computer Science or allied* disciplines) from an institution recognized by the government of any of the SAARC countries, with a minimum of 60% 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.

Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics

  • A minimum of 17 years of regular education (12 years of regular schooling + a 3-year Bachelor’s degree and a 2-year Master’s degree or 4-year Bachelor’s degree + a 1 year 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.

Ph.D. in Legal Studies

  • 12 years of schooling + a 5-year integrated BA/BBA/BSc/ LLB programme or 4-year law degree 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.

Ph.D. in Biotechnology

  • 12 years of schooling + a 3 or 4 year Bachelor’s degree + a 2 year post-graduate MSc, M. Pharm, M.V.Sc, M.E., or M.Tech 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.

Ph.D. in International Relations

  • A minimum of 17 years of regular education (12 years of regular schooling + a 3-year Bachelor’s degree and a 2-year Master’s degree or 4-year Bachelor’s degree + a 1 year Master’s 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, English, 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.

Ph.D. in Sociology

  • A minimum of 17 years of regular education (12 years of regular schooling + a 3-year Bachelor’s degree and a 2-year Master’s degree or 4-year Bachelor’s degree + a 1 year Master’s 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, English, Comparative Literature, Comparative Religious Studies or 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 Application Form 2019

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. 700/-.

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 the application process from the above “application form” link.

SAU Admit Card 2019

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

SAU Entrance Test

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

Examination Shift for Entrance Test held on 27 April 2019

Morning Session
  • MSc Biotechnology
  • Ph.D. Biotechnology
Afternoon Session:
  • MA International Relations
  • Ph.D. International Relations
Evening Session:
  • MSc Computer Science
  • Ph.D. Computer Science

Examination Shift for Entrance Test held on 28 April 2019

Morning Session
  • MA Economics
Afternoon Session:
  • MSc Applied Mathematics
  • MA Sociology
  • PhD Applied Mathematics
  • PhD Sociology
Evening Session:
  • Master of Laws (LLM)
  • PhD Legal Studies
  • PhD Economics

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 April 10, 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.

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 08
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% of seats are reserved for applicants from each of the following countries: Pakistan and Bangladesh;
  • 10% of 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.

Ph.D. 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

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