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Selection Process

Azim Premji University is deeply committed to having a diverse student profile and the admissions process will be weighed towards interested candidates who show evidence of:
  • A deep desire to contribute towards education and development in India.
  • Demonstrated independence of thought.
  • Value orientation that is geared towards creating a just, humane, sustainable and equitable society.

Eligibility criteria


Programmes Duration Eligibility
Master of Arts in Education

Specialisations*
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Early Childhood Education
  • School Leadership and Management

Master of Arts in Development

Specialisations*
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Law and Governance
  • Livelihood
  • Public Policy
  • Sustainability
  2 Years
  • Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline (including Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, Engineering, Medicine, Agriculture, Environmental Sciences, Commerce, Management, etc.,)
  • Candidates with work experience are actively encouraged to apply
  • Undergraduate students who are appearing for their final examinations and are expecting their results by July 2014 are eligible to apply. The offer of provisional admission to Azim Premji University is valid only on successful graduation

* Please note: Students can pursue a balanced general programme as well without opting for any specialisation. Specialisations indicated above may change depending on various factors.

Selection Process

The selection process to the programmes will have a written test and a personal interview

  • Test: Eligible candidates will be required to take a National Entrance Test on 
    February 16, 2014 (Sunday). 
    To enable easy access for students, the test is conducted at 34 centres across the country including 3 online centres.


    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 paper will be in English.

    Entrance test papers of last three years – 2011    2012    2013

  • Personal Interview: Candidates shortlisted on the basis of their performance in the written test will be called for a personal interview in the period  March 10 - 22, 2014.
    Interviews are conducted across 15 centres.




Encouraging Diversity

Student diversity is integral to learning and creating an environment of academic excellence and equity. Our students are from across India, with linguistic, socio-economic and educational diversity. There is strong evidence that social origins are connected with poor representation in institutions of higher education. As a part of its commitment to equity and justice, the University acknowledges the role played by accumulated historical socio-economic advantages and disadvantages in structuring individuals’ opportunities, goals, and achievements.. The admission process of the University attempts to address these inequalities via a system of awarding applicants a disadvantage score, in addition, to the score secured by them in the entrance test.

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

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

Sponsored Candidates

Candidates sponsored by other organisations are welcome at the University – the sponsoring organisation can approach the University for a direct and long-term tie up. Sponsored candidates will also go through the same selection process as all other applicants.

Click here to download the Admissions Brochure 2014-16.

Please note: Admissions for Masters Programmes 2014-16 have been closed. Please await admissions notice for 2015-17. The above information pertains to 2014-16 admission process.