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Frequently Asked Questions 2017-19

University and Programme Information

1. What are the Postgraduate Programmes offered at Azim Premji University?

The University offers two-year full-time Postgraduate programmes in M.A.Education, M.A.Development & M.A. Public Policy & Governance and One year LL.M. in Law and Development Programme to prepare professionals for fulfilling careers in the social sector. These programmes are designed for both recently graduated students and working professionals. Students may choose specializations, within existing degree programmes. Alternatively, students not opting for a specialization may pursue a balanced general programme and opt for any of the electives available.

M.A. Education - Curriculum & Pedagogy, Early Childhood Education, School Organization, Leadership and Management, Teacher Professional Development.
M.A. Development - Sustainability, Livelihoods, Public Health, Law, Governance and Policy.
M.A. Public Policy and Governance - Specializations being planned.
LL.M. in Law and Development – Launched in 2016.

2. Are the Postgraduate Programmes UGC recognized?

Azim Premji University was established in Karnataka by the Azim Premji University Act 2010 as a not-for-profit University and all the Postgraduate programmes run at the University is recognized under Section 2F of the University Grants Commission Act 1956.

3. Does Azim Premji University offer Distance Learning Programmes?

At the moment, the University does not offer any distance learning programmes. The full-time M.A. programmes require rigorous regular study and presence on campus on a daily basis. The University will be offering distance learning programmes in Karnataka in the near future.

4. What is the medium of instruction for Programmes at the University?

The medium of instruction for the Postgraduate programmes is English.

5. What is the Postgraduate Programme curriculum?

Please click on the respective links to view the programme curriculum:

6. How are the Postgraduate Programmes offered at Azim Premji University different from other similar programmes available at Universities across the country?

We have a unique learning experience with the following aspects:-

Curriculum: Core courses that provide the foundation. Option of specialisations through electives. Flexibility to design your own course through the "Independent study" option.

Integrated Field Practice: Practicums every week, longer exposure visits, field research internships opportunities and independent field projects

Courses in Art and Craft, Music, Cinema, Literature etc. and other learning opportunities through workshops, seminars, guest lectures and events on campus.

We value student diversity to enrich the learning experience. We have a community of students from over twenty five states, different educational and socio cultural backgrounds, fresh and experienced students. We value and encourage this diversity and you will enjoy and learn from this experience.

7. What is the typical daily class schedule at Azim Premji University?

Classes are scheduled for 4-6 hours daily, with students expected to come prepared to class with prior reading. Classes are focused on stimulating meaningful discussions, with faculty members guiding these. The assessment system followed is comprehensive and run throughout the semester. Students will be working on term papers, response notes, group and individual projects, book reviews etc. requiring sustained and continuous effort. Given these expectations, the University does not encourage students to pursue other courses or work outside the campus (full or part-time), during their stay, as this will impact their degree of involvement with the programme.

8. Is there an Internship to be carried out during the course of the Postgraduate Programme?

Yes, there is an internship to be carried out during the Postgraduate Programme that gives students the opportunity to explore the field, critically view current practice, understand the implementation of programmes on the ground and contribute to on-going practice or policy issues. The programmes have field work organized in a variety of formats as below:

  • Weekly one day practicum
  • Two week mid-semester engagements
  • Six to eight weeks long-term engagements between semesters
  • Engagement with field practice forms an integral part of the programme.  It attempts to help students develop a deeper understanding of the implications of the theoretical and conceptual ideas being developed in the programme.  Field engagement also allows students to introspect on their own role as change agents within the larger landscape. There are multiple opportunities for field engagement in various settings.

9. Does Azim Premji University have a tie up with other Universities or schools for practical experience?

The University strongly believes that student learning is enriched by a variety of learning experiences; these focus on learning from a variety of sources is organized in multiple ways:

  • Close working with the Azim Premji Foundation Field Institutes
  • Partnerships with other organizations for fieldwork, student projects
  • University colloquium series, national and international seminars

The close working with the Foundation’s District Institutions informs the learning and research programmes at the University. Critical components include:

  • Students are exposed to challenges on the ground, through short term visits (2 weeks) and long-term project work at the Field Institutes (6-8 weeks).
  • Many Field Institute members with significant grassroots experience participate in class lectures and joint workshops, and execute joint research projects along with faculty and students.

The students and faculty of the University significantly benefit from partnerships with other organizations, both academic institutions and grassroots organizations. Senior members from these organizations have been involved with various aspects of the programmes - from course design, field project mentorships and guest lectures as a part of courses, bringing in deep field perspectives. These are critical to enable students develop a much wider understanding of the education and development domains.

Several research projects in collaboration with these organizations are underway with both students and faculty members involved.

10. How does Azim Premji University encourage diversity?

Student diversity is integral to equity in education and learning with a broader perspective. Our students are from across India, with linguistic, socio-economic and educational diversity. The University is deeply committed to having a diverse student profile and the admissions process is designed to attract applicants who show evidence of:

  • A deep desire to contribute towards education and development in India
  • Demonstrated independence of thought
  • Orientation that is geared towards creating a just, equitable, humane and sustainable society

There is strong evidence that social background and origins are connected with poor representation in institutions of higher education. The University recognizes the disadvantages caused by socially created inequalities like a student’s gender, their family’s caste, religion, occupation, income, education and so on. As part of its commitment to equity and justice, the University admission process attempts to address these inequalities. Points are assigned to various aspects of the socio-economic background of every applicant, which will be added up, to arrive at an overall socio-economic ‘disadvantage score’ and this score is added to the score secured by them in the entrance test and interview.

The information on socio-economic background is sought in the application form, only for purposes of estimating the score and compensating for social disadvantage.

25% of seats are reserved for students domiciled in Karnataka and are offered to candidates who have met the selection criteria.

11. Does Azim Premji University provide student accommodation?

Student accommodation will be provided on a need basis to those who request for the same. The accommodation will be provided on first come first serve basis in leased premises, reasonably close to the University and will be allotted on a sharing basis. These accommodations may undergo a change as deemed fit by the University administration.

12. What are the various kinds of student support at the University?

Academic Support: Language support, reading and writing classes, course tutorials, dedicated faculty contact hours and workshops covering a range of support needs

Personal Wellbeing: Counselling, Medical facilities / Self-Development programmes

Application Process

13. What is the eligibility criteria for the Programmes offered? What is the eligibility criteria for foreign nationals to apply Postgraduate Programme at Azim Premji University?

Candidates who have a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline with pass percentage from a recognized University are eligible to apply for the programmes. Undergraduate students who are appearing for their final year examinations and completing their graduation on or before September, 2017 are also eligible to apply. Students of all ages are welcome to apply, provided other eligibility criteria are satisfied. Candidates with work experience are actively encouraged to apply. The offer of provisional admission is valid only on successful completion of graduation.

The eligibility criteria for foreign nationals to apply for Postgraduate Programmes at Azim Premji University is any degree recognized as equivalent to an Undergraduate degree offered by Universities in India.

14. What is the eligibility criteria to be a Karnataka Domicile?

Click the link to know the eligibility criteria to be a Karnataka domicile.

15. What is the application process for the Postgraduate Programmes?

Online application forms for the Postgraduate Programmes are available online on the University website from mid of September, 2016.

Applying online: Applicant has to click on and register online with e-mail ID, mobile number and date of birth. On successful registration, an email will be sent to the registered e-mail ID with login credentials to access the form and complete it online.

Offline applications: Applicants can download the application form from the University website. The details on the form can be hand written and sent to Admissions Office along with the Demand Draft in favor of "Azim Premji Foundation for Development" and photographs on or before the last date i.e. January 14, 2017 without fail. The completed application form should be sent to:

Admissions Office,
Azim Premji University,
PES Campus, Pixel Park, B Block,
Electronics City, Hosur Road,
Bengaluru – 560100

16. What are the modes of paying application fee?

An application form fee of Rs.250/- to be remitted in favour of Azim Premji Foundation for Development either through SBI collect or Demand Draft.

Bank Account Details
State Bank of India
(You can pay your application fee through SBI Collect using Debit card/Credit card/ Net banking if making an online payment or in case of offline, download the e-challan and pay at the nearest SBI branch)
Demand Draft To be drawn in favour of "Azim Premji Foundation for Development"

17. How can the Admissions Office at Azim Premji University be contacted?

Admissions Office contact:

Telephone Toll Free helpline - 1800 843 2001.
Please note that the Toll Free helpline will be available from
Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except for Public holidays).
Address Admissions Office, Azim Premji University, Pixel Park, B Block, PES Campus, Electronics City, Hosur Road (Beside NICE Road), Bengaluru 560100. India.
Fax +91 80 6614 5145
You Tube

Selection Process

18. What is the selection process for Postgraduate Programmes at Azim Premji University?

The selection process for the programmes includes a written test and a personal interview.

  • Written Test: : Eligible candidates will be required to take a National Entrance Test on January 22, 2017 (Sunday). To enable easy access for students, the test is conducted at 30 centres across the country including online centers.
  • Personal Interview: Candidates shortlisted on the basis of their performance in the written test will be called for a personal interview in the period between February-March, 2017.

19. What are the important dates related to the Admission process?

Important dates - Admissions 2017-19
1 Issue of Application forms uploaded online Mid September 2016 onwards
2 Last date for receipt of completed application forms January 14, 2017
3 National Entrance Test - 2017 January 22, 2017 (Sunday)
4 Announcement of eligible candidates for personal interview First week of February, 2017
5 Personal Interviews February-March, 2017
6 Announcement of selected candidates Mid April, 2017
7 Orientation Programme begins Mid July, 2017

20. Which are the centres where the National Entrance Test will be conducted? How will the test centre information be available?

The National Entrance Test is conducted at 30 centres across India. Details are provided in the below table. On receipt of your application form complete in all respects after verification, an admit card will be generated that will give you the details of your test centre.

(Please note: Test is conducted in Offline and Online mode)
List of Cities City Code List of Cities City Code
Bhubaneswar, Orissa (Online) 101 Bengaluru, Karnataka 301
Guwahati, Assam (Online) 102 Bengaluru, Karnataka (Online) 302
Kolkata, West Bengal 103 Calicut, Kerala 303
Kolkata, West Bengal (Online) 104 Chennai, Tamil Nadu (Online) 304
Patna, Bihar 105 Dharwad, Karnataka 305
Raipur, Chhattisgarh 106 Hyderabad, Telangana 306
Ranchi, Jharkhand 107 Hyderabad, Telangana (Online) 307
NORTH ZONE Mangalore, Karnataka (Online) 308
Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh (Online) 201 Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala (Online) 309
Chandigarh, Punjab (Online) 202 Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh(Online) 310
Dehradun, Uttarakhand 203 WEST ZONE
Delhi 204 Ahmedabad, Gujarat (Online) 401
Delhi (Online) 205 Jaipur, Rajasthan (Online) 402
Indore, Madhya Pradesh 206 Mumbai, Maharashtra 403
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 207 Mumbai, Maharashtra (Online) 404
Nagpur, Maharashtra 405
Pune, Maharashtra (Online) 406

21. What type of questions will be asked in the National Entrance Test?

The National Entrance Test will be objective in nature comprising of Multiple Choice Questions testing reading comprehension, logical ability and general and social awareness. The test will be conducted in English as the medium of instruction of Postgraduate Programme is in English.

22. Where to find the question papers of National Entrance Test of prior years?

National Entrance Test question papers of prior years - 2011   2012   2013   2014 and    2015

23. What is the interview process?

Candidates shortlisted on the basis of their performance in the National Entrance Test will be called for a personal interview. The candidates will go through a personal interview first with the Student assessment panel. The student assessment panel assess the students on certain parameters like passion and commitment for social change and development issues, readiness to learn, reflect and develop perspectives etc. The Financial Assistance panel will interview candidates who have applied for financial assistance.

24. Which are the centres where the Interview will be conducted? How will the Interview schedule be available?

The interviews are conducted at 15 centres across India. The interview schedule will be available to all the selected candidates via interview call letter that will be uploaded on the University website. Details are given in the below table:

List of Cities City Code
Ahmedabad, Gujarat IC01
Bengaluru, Karnataka IC02
Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh IC03
Bhubaneswar, Orissa IC04
Calicut, Kerala IC05
Chennai, Tamil Nadu IC06
Dehradun, Uttarakhand IC07
Delhi IC08
Guwahati, Assam IC09
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh IC10
Jaipur, Rajasthan IC11
Kolkata, West Bengal IC12
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh IC13
Mumbai, Maharashtra IC14
Patna, Bihar IC15

25. How are the results of the test and interview announced?

The test and interview results will be informed to the candidates via email. The date of announcement of these results will be updated on University website.

Fees and Financial Assistance

26. What is the fee structure for the Masters Programmes? When do the fees need to be paid?

Fee Structure: 2016-18

Category of Fee
(in rupees)
Per Semester Per Year
(2 Semesters)
(4 Semesters)
Tuition 30,000 60,000 1,20,000
and Dining *
55,000 110,000 220,000
TOTAL 85,000 1,70,000 3,40,000

*Applicable only for students opting to stay at the student accommodation provided by the University

This fee is applicable for all Postgraduate Programmes at the University.

Fee Payment Schedule

Semester I Fee: Tuition fee to be paid within 15 days from the date of receipt of Admission offer, in order to confirm acceptance. The first semester fee paid towards the acceptance of offer is non-refundable. Accommodation and dining fee will be payable by July 31, 2017.

Dates for payment of Semester II, III and IV fee:

Semester II Semester III Semester IV
Start of semester Jan 09, 2018 July 16, 2018 Jan 11, 2019
Fee payment date Jan 25, 2018 July 30, 2018 Jan 25, 2019

27. What are the financial assistance offered by Azim Premji University to take up these programmes?

Azim Premji University has an explicit commitment towards supporting disadvantaged students and provides financial assistance to deserving students for pursuing higher studies. The following types of financial assistance are available:

  • Scholarships
  • Education Loans


The Scholarships are provided to cover the University fees, both tuition and accommodation fees.

Candidates with annual family income of less than Rs. 5 lakhs / annum are eligible to apply for scholarships of upto 50%. A candidate who is awarded a 50% scholarship has to pay only 50% of the fees.

Based on exceptional circumstances, enhanced financial assistance may be considered for candidates with an annual family income below Rs. 2 lakhs.

Eligibility does not guarantee scholarships. The University reserves the right to award or deny scholarships and the University’s decision on this will be final and non-negotiable. The University will conduct its own verification of documents and due diligence. The final award of scholarships is based on several factors like family Income, number of dependents, background verification, appropriate documentation proof, etc.

Education Loans

The University will facilitate education loans for students through tie ups with banks. All students (with or without scholarships) can apply for education loans, for tuition and accommodation fees. The education loan requires a co-applicant, along with the student and the University only acts as a facilitator. It is the student’s responsibility to make available all required documents to the bank. Loan repayment starts after completion of the programme and the repayment period is upto five years. Candidates, depending on their requirement, can decide the exact amount of loan they need.

28. What is the scholarship policy? What is the process for applying for a scholarship at Azim Premji University?

Scholarships are provided to cover the University fees, both tuition and accommodation fees. Candidates whose annual family income is below Rs.5 lakhs are eligible to apply for scholarships. Based on exceptional circumstances, enhanced financial assistance may be considered for candidates with an annual family income below Rs. 2 lakhs.

Definition of Annual Income:

    Unmarried: Income of any earning member in the family Married: Income of spouse only

Details of income provided must include income from salary, pension, rent, agriculture, business, investments, commission and any other sources.

  • Scholarship application: Candidates, whose annual family income is below Rs. 5 lakhs and are interested in availing a scholarship, must fill in details in the application form.
  • Financial counselling: The University will conduct financial counselling for scholarship applicants during the interview process, to further understand and assess their needs.
  • Candidates applying for financial assistance should furnish the supporting documents required at the time of interview. Applications from candidates who delay submission / do not provide required supporting documentation will not be considered. Hence, candidates are advised to start collecting the documentation required, as soon as they apply for admissions.
  • Request for financial support after joining the programme will not be considered.

29. Is there any education loan facility available for the students?

The University will facilitate education loans for students through tie ups with banks. All students (with or without scholarships) can apply for education loans, for tuition and accommodation fees. The education loan requires a co-applicant, along with the student and the University

Candidates eligible for part-scholarships can choose to pay the balance fees on their own or take an educational loan facilitated by the University. For example, in case of a

  • 50% scholarship, 50% own funds: Students have to pay 50 % of the fee
  • 50% scholarship, 50% loan: No fee is payable directly. The educational loan covers the balance 50% and will have to be repaid by the student to the Bank

30. When does the application for loan need to be submitted? Will the University be facilitating this process?

The students interested in availing loan have to come with necessary documents and the co-applicant on the day of Registration to complete the loan documentation process. The filled in loan application and the documents will need to be submitted to the bank authorities available on the campus on that day.

Career Opportunities & Placement Support

31. What are the kind of roles/ career opportunities students can look forward after successful completion of Postgraduate Programmes?

The social sector today offers a variety of exciting career opportunities for students with a desire to contribute to the development of the country. Growing public investment, landmark legislations like the Right to Education Act and large government programmes like NREGA, NRLM etc., and the increasing participation of NGOs in the development process - from policy-making to implementation and monitoring - call for talented professionals in large numbers. In addition, social entrepreneurs capable of innovative thinking are needed to ideate, create and implement path-breaking solutions to social problems.

Students at the University can look forward to fulfilling roles in organisations that engage in grassroots work in the field. They can also look forward to roles in academia, policy think tanks, politics, government programmes, multilateral agencies, corporate social responsibility departments of companies, funding organizations and the media.

Click here to read the newspaper coverage on our placements.
[Social Sector jobs in demand, Economic Times, May 2016]

32. How was the placement scenario for previous batches?

Over 700 students in four batches and have an almost 100 % placement record, right from our first batch that passed out in 2013. Over 200 organizations have participated in our campus placements so far. These range from large organizations in the NGO space, small organizations at the grass roots, research institutions, policy bodies, CSRs, quasi government institutions, schools etc. The number of organizations and offers have grown significantly over the last four years, evidencing that the social sector today needs competent people. 90 % of our students are working in the social sector, reflective of their social commitment. The average salary for campus placements is in the range of Rs. 25000 – 30000 per month. Students with prior experience get higher compensation. A substantial number of students have also chosen to do higher studies and fellowships of specific interest to them.

Click here to now more on placements.

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