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COVID-19 Admissions FAQs


Notification: Important information on Mode of Classes starting August, 2020


The Vice Chancellor of Ashoka University, Professor Malabika Sarkar, has announced the decision to start the Monsoon 2020 Semester, commencing on 24th August, 2020, online.


In view of the continuing Covid 19 crisis, keeping in mind all precautionary measures required in a residential campus, Ashoka University has resolved that all UG and MA classes as well as PhD coursework during the Monsoon 2020 Semester will be held online till the mid-semester break which begins Saturday, 10th October, 2020.


Ashoka University will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation and send out a revised notification about the opening of campus at least 4 weeks in advance, so that you will have enough time to plan for it.


Office of Admissions responses to COVID-19 FAQs

Please click on this document to find our responses to your queries and concerns.

Undergraduate Admissions

Welcome to Ashoka University's Undergraduate Admissions page.


Application Forms for the Ashoka University Undergraduate Programme for the academic session commencing in August 2020 have closed.


Please find below a detailed undergraduate admissions calendar for the current admissions cycle:

          *The Acceptance Deadline for candidates who apply for Financial Aid will be between August 3 and August 10

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 applicants are required to respond to three mandatory personal essay prompts. They should be written by the applicant and should aim to address the stated prompt/cue as genuinely as possible

  • 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

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. The time taken for the interview might vary depending on the interaction

Please click here to download Sample Application Form-1.

Please click here to download Sample Application Form-2.

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

  • 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 X 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. Indian applicants may send their official SAT scores to Ashoka University through the College Board portal for free

  • 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. Indian applicants may send their official SAT scores to Ashoka University through the College Board portal for free

  • 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:


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


One-time Payments

  • Admissions Fee of INR 50,000 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: A minimum amount of INR 17,500 toward meals and dining facilities will be charged at the end of each semester (minimum amount for one year is INR 35,000)
  • 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 vacation periods
  • The Residence Cost component includes the following: Room and utilities such as water, electricity (100% backup and air conditioning), pantry, gymnasium, and laundry facilities
  • Services such as books, printing, photocopies, stationery, etc. will be charged on actuals
  • The annual fee is subject to revision in consonance with inflation. In the last three years, our fee has gone up by approximately 5% to 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 to view Ashoka University's detailed Fee Structure and Refund Policy (August 2020 intake) based on the University Grants Commission Refund Policy. 

Contact Information

For Application Related Queries:


Ashoka University Admissions Office

Days: Monday - Friday

Timings: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Email address:

Admissions Helpline:  +91 011-40747565

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