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Undergraduate Admissions

Welcome to Ashoka University's Undergraduate Admissions. 


Ashoka University’s undergraduate programme offers a 3+1 year-long interdisciplinary liberal arts and sciences education that focuses on original research and intellectual growth. If you choose to apply for the Undergraduate Programme at Ashoka University, please proceed further.


Please refer to the Admissions Calendar below for the round-wise deadlines of Application Form submission, decision notification, and acceptance of the offer for the Undergraduate Programme at Ashoka University for the August 2019 intake.


Applications for the academic session starting August 2019 are now open.


Please click here to apply!


Ashoka University Undergraduate Admissions Calendar for the August 2019 Intake
  Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4
Applications Open 17th October 2018
Applications Close 21st November 2018 9th January 2019 10th April 2019* 12th June 2019
Decision Notification 4th January 2019 1st March 2019 24th May 2019 12th July 2019
Acceptance Deadline 15th February 2019 12th April 2019 5th July 2019 2nd August 2019
Session Commencement

19th August 2019

*This submission deadline is dependent on certain Board Examinations and subject to change

Interview Round Travel Dates for Round 1 Candidates

The Admissions Team will be travelling to the following cities for the Interview Round to interview all shortlisted candidates who have applied in Round 1 of the Undergraduate Admissions Cycle 2018-19.



If the preferred city indicated on the application form by you for the Interview Round is one of the following cities, please make sure that you are available for an in-person interaction and assessment. Given the heavy inflow of applications, reschedules cannot be accommodated, so please plan accordingly.


Shortlisted candidates will receive their Interview Round invitations shortly.


Date City
7th and 8th December 2018 Bengaluru
9th and 10th December 2018 Mumbai
12th and 13th December 2018 Kochi
12th and 13th December 2018 Hyderabad
12th and 13th December 2018 Chennai
14th December 2018 Kolkata
Holistic Admissions


The Admissions criteria and processes are based on holistic principles and values held by Ashoka University. At each stage candidates will be evaluated on their level of engagement with their academics, extra-curricular activities, and their unique life journeys. Throughout their academic and residential life at Ashoka University, students work towards developing faculties and values such as:

  • Intellectual curiosity and critical thinking

  • Academic rigour, research, and writing

  • Open-mindedness and willingness to learn

  • An interdisciplinary and problem-solving approach

  • Resilience, tolerance, and teamwork

Admissions Process

 Ashoka University’s 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.


The Application Round

Starting the Application Form

  • An applicant needs to register with an email address to start an application form. Use a personal email address and not a school-affiliated email address to ensure that you have access to this email address throughout the admissions cycle
  • The login details for the application form will be emailed to the applicant on the registered email address

  • All communication from Ashoka University will be sent only to the applicant’s registered email address

Instructions to fill the Application Form


  • The application form has multiple sections and is designed to get to know the applicant. The applicant is advised to carefully and thoughtfully engage with all the sections in the form

  • The applicant should supply all relevant information in both mandatory and non-mandatory sections of the application form

  • The applicant should attach all mandatory documents to prevent the application form from being considered ‘ineligible’. The applicant’s photograph, government identification document, and examination mark-sheets should be clearly visible and not password-protected

  • Haryana Domicile Applicants will be required to submit their Government issued Haryana Resident Certificate (Domicile) to avail of benefits (if relevant) as per the Haryana Private Universities Act

  • The applicant should attach collaterals (certificates, photographs, artwork, writing samples, web-links, letters of experience/completion/appointment, etc) for optional sections to substantiate their listed activities and areas of engagement

  • The mandatory personal essay in the application form should be no more than 650 words. It should be written by the applicant and aim to address the stated prompt/cue as genuinely as possible. The applicant can use the additional space provided on the application form to give only specific/relevant information

  • The applicant should get the consent of the recommender before enlisting the recommender’s name on the application form

  • The applicant’s choice of preferred Majors under the Survey Section in the application form is only indicative in nature

  • Ashoka University also offers extensive support to its students for English language, writing, learning disabilities, medical, mental health, and counselling. Please find the details for these support centres here: Support at Ashoka. To enable the university to extend adequate support to the applicant during the admissions process and on campus (if made an offer of admission), the applicant is requested to submit all relevant details in the Survey Section of the application form

  • Please make sure that you click SUBMIT at the end, after you finish completing your application form

Samples for the Undergraduate Application Form can be found below:


Click here for Sample Application 1


Click here for Sample Application 2


The Interview Round

Instructions for the Interview Round


Once an application form has been submitted, it is reviewed by the Admissions Committee, which shortlists candidates for the interview round. Interviews are conducted across multiple cities (Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, etc) in India. For applicants who are unable to travel to any of the cities where in-person interviews are conducted, there is a provision for a Skype interview with the interview panel.


Components of the Interview Round


  • 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


  • Ashoka Aptitude Test; Highly Recommended (90 minutes)
    The Ashoka Aptitude Test (AAT) evaluates the thinking skills of the candidate. The AAT consists of questions on problem-solving skills (includes numerical and spatial reasoning) and critical thinking skills (includes understanding arguments and reasoning using everyday language). The AAT has 40 Multiple Choice Questions (20 problem-solving questions and 20 critical thinking questions) and is designed to be taken with minimal preparation


  • Interview with a panel; Mandatory
    The Ashoka Interview seeks to understand and get to know the candidate, their background and story. It also evaluates various parameters of the application form submitted by the candidate to gauge the candidate’s suitability to Ashoka University’s academic and residential life programme. The candidate will be Interviewed by a panel of two members. The time taken for the interview might vary depending on the interaction

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


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


Admissions Related Policies

Please find below all the policies relevant to Ashoka University’s Undergraduate Admissions. Read through all the policies carefully before submitting your application form.

Application Policies

  • An applicant can apply in any of the four rounds, but only once within the Admissions Cycle. Duplicate applications will not be considered and might lead to termination of the applicant’s candidature

  • The round in which an applicant applies does not affect their chances of being shortlisted for the Interview Round or for admission to Ashoka University

  • Misrepresentation of facts or any information in an applicant’s application form will result in cancellation of their candidature or withdrawal of their Offer of Admission

  • All decisions taken by the Admissions Committee are final. No request for re-evaluation of the final decision received by the applicant will be considered

  • The choice of preferred Majors specified in the application form is only indicative in nature. Undergraduate students at Ashoka University will have to declare their Major at the end of the third semester

  • The admissions process will be followed in its entirety on the basis of the merit of the applicant. No other formal or informal recommendations from any individual(s) will be entertained or considered

  • Application Forms for Financial Aid will be open to candidates only post receiving a Firm Offer of Admission from Ashoka University. Candidates who have been made a Conditional Offer of Admission or have been waitlisted will have access to the Financial Aid Application Form only if they receive a Firm Offer of Admission. 

Admissions Policies

Once an applicant has completed all the components of the application process, the Admissions Committee will evaluate their candidature to shortlist them for the Interview Round. The Office of Admissions follows the policies given below:


  • Ashoka University does not have a policy of deferral of admission. An Offer of Admission is only valid for the academic session commencing at the end of the Admissions cycle in which the candidate has applied. If a candidate wishes to delay their joining by a year or more, they will have to re-apply and go through the entire admissions process within the Admissions Cycle for the academic session they wish to join

  • Ashoka University does not accept credits transfer from other universities at the time of admission towards either specific courses or the Undergraduate Programme. If a candidate is offered admission to Ashoka University, they will have to begin their academic degree as a first-year Undergraduate student at Ashoka University, regardless of any prior time spent at another educational institution

  • A candidate is eligible to receive a firm offer of admission from Ashoka University based on their overall performance in their academic and non-academic pursuits as well as their performance in the Interview Round process. The academic parameters requires a candidate to submit grades/scores from Grades IX to XII. In the absence of Grade XII/Equivalent examination final scores, a candidate is required to submit Predicted Grades, which is considered as an indicative of their performance in their final Grade XII/Equivalent examination results. However, no firm offers or decisions will be taken based on the Predicted Grades of the candidate

  • For applicants whose final Grade XII/Equivalent examination scores are not available at the time of evaluation, the SAT/ACT or the Ashoka Aptitude Test (AAT) may be used to make a firm offer of admission. This is especially helpful for the first and second rounds of admission where most applicants may not have their final Grade XII/Equivalent examination results

  • If a candidate is eligible to receive a Firm Offer of Admission from Ashoka University based on their overall performance and given parameters, in the absence of their final Grade XII/Equivalent examination scores, the candidate needs to have taken the SAT or ACT or Ashoka Aptitude Test (AAT). Our DI Code for SAT applicants is – 7343. All applicants applying with SAT/ ACT scores need to send us their official transcripts.

  • The highest score out of the final Grade XII/Equivalent examination results or Ashoka Aptitude Test (AAT) or ACT or SAT will be considered while taking a decision on the applicant’s candidature

  • Applicants who participate in the Interview Round but do not have any one of  the following: final Grade XII or Equivalent examination scores/SAT/ACT/AAT, are not eligible for a Firm Offer of Admission

  • No applicant who has participated in the Interview Round will be denied admission before receiving their final Grade XII/Equivalent Examination scores

  • Admissions decisions are rolled out at the end of each of the four rounds within the Admissions cycle. Once a candidate has gone through the Interview Round, they can expect to receive one of following decisions/notifications mentioned in the table below:

Educational Board-Specific Policies

Please click here to read Ashoka University's Educational Board-Specific policies.

Discipline-Specific Policies

Ashoka University has specific policies for particular disciplines/courses for students who wish to Major or Minor in any of the disciplines listed below:


Major or Minor (Disciplines) Subject(s) Required in Grades XI and XII Department-Specific Details
Economics, Economics and Finance, Economics and History, Politics, Philosophy and Economics Mathematics The Department will not make any exceptions to this policy
Mathematics Mathematics For the Department to make any case-by-case exception, the student will have to demonstrate to a Faculty Advisor that s/he has sufficient knowledge and grasp of Mathematics (equivalent to the CBSE Grades XI and XII Mathematics course)
Computer Science, Computer Science and Entrepreneurship, Computer Science and Mathematics Mathematics For the Department to make any case-by-case exception, the student will have to demonstrate to a Faculty Advisor that s/he has sufficient knowledge and grasp of Mathematics (equivalent to the CBSE Grades XI and XII Mathematics course)
Physics Mathematics and Physics For the Department to make any case-by-case exception, the student will have to demonstrate to a Faculty Advisor that s/he has sufficient knowledge and grasp of Mathematics and Physics (equivalent to the CBSE Grades XI and XII Mathematics and Physics courses)


Note: Ashoka University accepts Standard Level (SL) Mathematics/Physics in the International Baccalaureate(IB) and Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Mathematics/Physics in the Cambridge Board for discipline-specific requirements of the specified Major/Minor programmes

Fee Structure

Undergraduate Programme Fee Structure (August 2019 Intake)

Components Amount (INR) per anum
Tuition Fee 7,40,000
Residence Cost 1,55,000
Total 8,95,000


One-time Payments

  • Admissions Fee of INR 35,000 at the time of acceptance of the offer of admission
  • Refundable Security Deposit of INR 75,000(Security Deposit of INR 50,000 and Meal Cost Deposit of INR 25,000) at the time of acceptance of an offer of admission. The Security Deposit will be refunded at the time of graduation from Ashoka University or at the time of withdrawal of admission from the programme

More information about the Fees

  • The costs mentioned are calculated in Indian Rupees (INR)
  • Meals will be charged on the basis of consumption by the student
  • The Residence Cost is based on an average stay-duration of nine months a year. Special permissions must be sought if a student seeks to stay on campus during vacations
  • The Residence Cost component includes the following: Room and utilities such as water, electricity (100% backup and air conditioning), and laundry facilities
  • Services such as books, printing, photocopies, stationery, etc. will be charged on actuals adding up to INR 10,000 approximately
  • The annual fee is subject to revision in consonance with inflation. In the last three years, our fee has gone up by approximately 8% annually. However,  this percentage is not fixed and is subject to change

If you are on financial aid, your fee structure will depend on the level of financial aid granted to you. To know more about our financial aid policy, click here.

Refund Policy

Please click here for the Fee Structure and the Refund Policy for the August 2019 intake.

Contact Information

For Application Related Queries:

Ashoka University Admissions Office

Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM

Email address:

Admissions Helpline:  +91 11 30506130/+917290060475/+917290060477

Address: No. 2, Green Avenue Street, Pocket D-3, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi – 110070

Undergraduate Admissions