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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 & M.A. Economics 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.

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: Foundation courses to build understanding and perspective. More than 100 interdisciplinary/ theme based elective choices and the opportunity to design your own independent study. Comprehensive assessment pattern that focuses on learning.

Integrated Field Practice: Emphasis on field work, spread across all semesters; weekly practicums, immersion visits, organizational internships, field research and independent project work opportunities.

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. Can you explain the differences between Development and Public Policy Programme if one has to make a choice between the two?

Addressing India’s development challenges requires unique set of capabilities and knowledge. M.A. Development Programme offers students a broad understanding of these development challenges and capabilities to engage with these challenges at the level of theory, policy, research, programme and social actions. Graduates can meaningfully contribute to India’s growing need for individuals who can engage with diverse development challenges in the sectors of Livelihood, Public Health, Climate change, Energy, Sustainability, Water, Sanitation, etc. The programme offers the opportunity to focus/concentrate on sub-domains within Development.

Public Policy is an area of academic enquiry that systematically and critically explores the nature and practice of complex Public problem-solving in a developing constitutional democracy.The Public Policy programme at Azim Premji University draws on the disciplines of economics, history, philosophy, politics, law and anthropology to devise an interdisciplinary curriculum that encourages deep ethical reflections on Public choice, sophisticated empirical analysis of Policy choice & Programme implementation and Field engaged insight into the experience of the everyday Indian state.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. Does Azim Premji University provide student accommodation?

The University provides hostel facilities only for women at leased premises located 2-3 kms from the campus. There is No hostel facility available for Men at the moment. However the university will help students find accommodation closer to the campus. Financial support will be provided for deserving students for their accommodation and food. These accommodations may undergo a change as deemed fit by the University administration.

13. 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

14. 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, 2019 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.

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

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

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

Online application forms for the Postgraduate Programmes are available online on the University website.

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.

Applying offline: Write to [email protected] for offline application form. The details on the form can be hand written and sent to Admissions Office along with the Demand Draft in favour of "Azim Premji Foundation for Development" and photographs on or before the last date. The completed application form should be mailed to:

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

On receipt of the application and payment, the application number will be communicated.

17. How many times can I apply for Azim Premji University Postgraduate Programmes ?

A candidate can go through our selection process twice. After two attempts, the candidate will be disqualified from the selection process. Any exception to this will require approval from the Admissions committee and the Registrar.

18. What are the modes of paying application fee?

An application form fee of Rs.500/- to be remitted in favour of Azim Premji Foundation for Development either through online or offline modes.

Bank Account Details
Online You can pay your application fee through PayUmoney using Credit card/ Net banking if making an online payment.
Offline Demand draft to be drawn in favour of "Azim Premji Foundation for Development"

19. 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). Mobile: 8971889988
Address Admissions Office, Azim Premji University, Pixel Park, B Block, PES Campus, Electronics City, Hosur Road (Beside NICE Road), Bengaluru 560100. India.
Email [email protected]
Social Media Links
You Tube

Selection Process

20. 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.

  • National Entrance Test: Eligible candidates will be required to take a National Entrance Test on February 8, 2020 (Saturday). To enable easy access for students, the test is conducted at 30 centres across the country.
  • Personal Interview: Candidates shortlisted on the basis of their performance in the National Entrance Test will be called for a personal interview in the period between March, 2020.

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

Key dates - Admissions for Postgraduate Programmes
Availability of Online Application Forms October 2019
Last date for receipt of completed application form January 22, 2020
National Entrance Test February 8, 2020
Announcement of eligible candidates for personal interview February 21, 2020
Personal Interviews March, 2020
Announcement of selected candidates Mid April, 2020
Commencement of programme July, 2020

22. 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.

National Entrance Test Center details

Sl.No Venue
1 Bengaluru
2 Calicut
3 Chennai
4 Dharwad
5 Gulbarga
6 Hyderabad
7 Pondicheery
8 Sirsi
9 Thiruvananthapuram
10 Mangalore
11 Visakhapatnam
12 Madurai
13 Raipur
14 Bhopal
15 Indore
16 Pune
17 Ahmedabad
18 Mumbai
19 Nagpur
20 Bhubaneshwar
21 Guwahati
22 Kolkata
23 Patna
24 Ranchi
25 Chandigarh
26 Dehradun
27 Delhi
28 Jaipur
29 Lucknow
30 Varanasi
31 Udupi
32 Visakhapatnam

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

Part Section No of questions Question type Time
Part 1 English / Reading Comprehension 25 Multiple choice 2 hours
Reasoning 10 Multiple choice
Quantitative Aptitude 25 Multiple choice
General & Social Awareness 20 Multiple choice
Total Questions 80 Multiple choice
Part 2 Essay 1 500 words 1 hour

24. 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    2015    2016   2017   and 2018

25. 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. All the financial information will be recorded and all the supporting documents will be collected at the time of Financial Assistance interview.

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

The interviews are conducted at 16 centres across India. The interview schedule will be available to all the shortlisted candidates via interview call letter that will be uploaded on the University website. Details are given in the below table:

Personal Interview centre details

Sl.No Centre
1 Ahmedabad
2 Bengaluru
3 Bhopal
4 Bhubaneswar
5 Calicut
6 Chennai
7 Dehradun
8 Delhi
9 Guwahati
10 Hyderabad
11 Jaipur
12 Kolkata
13 Lucknow
14 Mumbai
15 Nagpur
16 Patna

27. 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

28. What is the fee structure for the Masters Programmes? What are the scholarships available?

Click here to know the fees structure for M.A. Programmes (M.A. Education/M.A. Development/ M.A. Public Policy and Governance/ M.A.Economics)- 2020-22

29. Can students avail education loan to persive postgraduate programmes at Azim Premji University?

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 up to five years. Candidates, depending on their requirement, can decide the exact amount of loan they need.

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

  • Candidates, interested in availing a scholarship, must fill in details in the application form. Details of income provided must include income from salary, pension, rent, agriculture, business, investments, commission and/or any other sources of earning members of family.
  • 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.
  • Click here for Documents related to financial assistance
  • Eligibility does not guarantee scholarships. The University will conduct its own verification of documents and due diligence. The University reserves the right to award or deny scholarships and the University's decision on this will be final and non-negotiable.

31. 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.

32. 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.

To know more about career opportunities find below:

Click the links to read about Career opportunity in the field of Education, Development & Public Policy &Governance.

Career Opportunities & Placement Support

33. How was the placement scenario for previous batches?

Over 1700 students in 7 batches and have an almost 100 % placement record, right from our first batch that passed out in 2013. Over 300 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, for profit social enterprises etc. The number of organizations and offers have grown significantly over the last 6 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.

34. Can you name Social Enterprise or NGO’s started by Azim Premji University students?

Azim Premji University have co-founded various Social Enterprises and NGO’s working in the area of Education for migrant Laborers’ children, New editorial analysis mobile app, Livelihood opportunity for differently abled people etc.

  • Gubbachi Learning Community
  • Knappily
  • Mitti Café
  • Vidhya Vidhai
  • Ayang
  • Reach India Foundation
  • Rahi Crafts of India

Click here to know more about the Alumni initiatives

35. What is the difference between Development and Public Policy when it comes to career opportunities?

Development as a field, if broken down it is usually broken down by Sector.
When Policy is broken down, it is broken down by which part of Policy.

The first job of any graduate trying to work in the area of social change will end up taking up a particular role that will be located in a sector and will have some policy dimension to it (i.e. Management, Analysis, Evaluation, or Research).

That is the public policy and development are two sides of the same coin in the first job typically.

Development students can choose to go deep into a sector (say water) and then learn all the various facets of water sector issues
- (impact, policy design, water governance, analysis etc).

Public Policy students on the other hand can choose to specialize in a particular skill ( say cost benefit analysis) and are open to working in several sectors and changing sectors
(Like a good lawyer should be able to move from environmental law to human rights law).

So development students might pick up areas along a row, while public policy students might want to work down a column.
(See above figure)- It may very well be the case that both sets of students end up working diagonally as well!

This is how career pathways have been traditionally been understood where there is lateral entry into the bureaucracy and many private sector and NGOs collaborate with governments for governance.