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Admission Process

The YIF Class of 2021-22 will comprise approximately 200 bright and curious young individuals from India and abroad, who will be handpicked through a rigorous and holistic selection process.

Ashoka University offers a multidisciplinary undergraduate programme, in the interest of exposing students to many different
perspectives within and outside of the classroom.

Ashoka University aims to help students become well-rounded individuals who can think critically about issues from multiple
perspectives, communicate effectively and become leaders with a commitment to public service. An Ashoka education carries
a strong emphasis on foundational knowledge, thorough academic research based on rigorous pedagogy, and hands-on experience
with real-world challenges.

Students get plenty of time to try out various possibilities, to pursue extra-curricular and co-curricular interests,
to discover new passions, and perhaps to change the trajectory of their lives.

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Ashoka UniversityÔÇÖs holistic admissions process ensures that each application is evaluated in its unique context.

Please find the details of the stages involved in admissions in the table given below:

Admissions Process(2020-2021)

stages 1
Application & Assessment
  • Application: Academic scores, SAT/ACT scores, Personal Essays, Recommendation, Non-academic engagement
  • Assessment: Ashoka aptitude Assessment: Ashoka aptitude assessment (Mandatory); On the spot essay (Mandatory)
  • In depth review of all applications and assessment by the office of admission
stages 2
Application & Assessment
  • Application: Academic scores, SAT/ACT scores, Personal Essays, Recommendation, Non-academic engagement
  • Assessment: Ashoka aptitude Assessment: Ashoka aptitude assessment (Mandatory); On the spot essay (Mandatory)
  • In depth review of all applications and assessment by the office of admission
stages 3
Application & Assessment
  • Application: Academic scores, SAT/ACT scores, Personal Essays, Recommendation, Non-academic engagement
  • Assessment: Ashoka aptitude Assessment: Ashoka aptitude assessment (Mandatory); On the spot essay (Mandatory)
  • In depth review of all applications and assessment by the office of admission
  • Holistic admission process where each applicant is evaluated within their unique context
  • Strong focus on Affarmative Action based on social, personal, medical, geographical, education background etc to name a few
  • Merit based admission process and decision
  • Need based Financial Aid policy after offers have been made

Application Instructions regarding Assessments

Once an application form has been submitted within the deadline of a particular round, the applicant will be required to mandatorily participate in the Assessments on the date(s) mentioned in the Admissions Calendar. The Assessments consist of the following:

On-the-Spot Essay: Mandatory (30 minutes)

The on-the-spot essay evaluates the following parameters: engagement with the prompt, critical thinking, clarity of thought, and creativity. The candidate will be given two topics to choose from at the time of writing the essay. The candidate cannot use any external resources to help them write the essay. The essay has no word limit and can
be attempted with minimal preparation.

Please click here to download sample essays and prompts of the On-the-Spot Essay.

Ashoka Aptitude Assessment: Mandatory (90 minutes)

The Ashoka Aptitude Assessment has been developed for Ashoka University’s admissions purposes by Cambridge and is based on the Thinking Skills Assessment to evaluate the thinking skills of the applicant. It consists of questions on problem-solving skills (includes numerical and spatial reasoning) and critical thinking skills (includes understanding arguments and reasoning using everyday language). It has a total of 40 Multiple Choice Questions (20 problem-solving
questions and 20 critical thinking questions) and is designed to be taken with minimal preparation.

Please click here to download a summary and a sample paper of the Ashoka Aptitude Assessment.

Please click here for detailed instructions regarding the Online Assessments scheduled for Round 2 applicants on Sunday, 24th January 2021, between 10:00 am to 6:30 pm (IST).

Assessments Instructions regarding Assessments

Once an application form has been submitted within the deadline of a particular round, the applicant will be required to mandatorily participate in the Assessments on the date(s) mentioned in the Admissions Calendar. The Assessments consist of the following:

On-the-Spot Essay: Mandatory (30 minutes)

The on-the-spot essay evaluates the following parameters: engagement with the prompt, critical thinking, clarity of thought, and creativity. The candidate will be given two topics to choose from at the time of writing the essay. The candidate cannot use any external resources to help them write the essay. The essay has no word limit and can be attempted with minimal preparation.

Please click here to download sample essays and prompts of the On-the-Spot Essay.

Ashoka Aptitude Assessment: Mandatory (90 minutes)

The Ashoka Aptitude Assessment has been developed for Ashoka University’s admissions purposes by Cambridge and is based on the Thinking Skills Assessment to evaluate the thinking skills of the applicant. It consists of questions on problem-solving skills (includes numerical and spatial reasoning) and critical thinking skills (includes understanding arguments and reasoning using everyday language). It has a total of 40 Multiple Choice Questions (20 problem-solving questions and 20 critical thinking questions) and is designed to be taken with minimal preparation.

Please click here to download a summary and a sample paper of the Ashoka Aptitude Assessment.

Please click here for detailed instructions regarding the Online Assessments scheduled for Round 2 applicants on Sunday, 24th January 2021, between 10:00 am to 6:30 pm (IST).

Instructions regarding Assessments

Once an application form has been submitted within the deadline of a particular round, the applicant will be required to mandatorily participate in the Assessments on the date(s) mentioned in the Admissions Calendar. The Assessments consist of the following:

On-the-Spot Essay: Mandatory (30 minutes)

The on-the-spot essay evaluates the following parameters: engagement with the prompt, critical thinking, clarity of thought, and creativity. The candidate will be given two topics to choose from at the time of writing the essay. The candidate cannot use any external resources to help them write the essay. The essay has no word limit and can be attempted with minimal preparation.

Please click here to download sample essays and prompts of the On-the-Spot Essay.

Ashoka Aptitude Assessment: Mandatory (90 minutes)

The Ashoka Aptitude Assessment has been developed for Ashoka University’s admissions purposes by Cambridge and is based on the Thinking Skills Assessment to evaluate the thinking skills of the applicant. It consists of questions on problem-solving skills (includes numerical and spatial reasoning) and critical thinking skills (includes understanding arguments and reasoning using everyday language). It has a total of 40 Multiple Choice Questions (20 problem-solving questions and 20 critical thinking questions) and is designed to be taken with minimal preparation.

Please click here to download a summary and a sample paper of the Ashoka Aptitude Assessment.

Please click here for detailed instructions regarding the Online Assessments scheduled for Round 2 applicants on Sunday, 24th January 2021, between 10:00 am to 6:30 pm (IST).

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