University and programmes

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 recognised under Section 2F of the University Grants Commission Act 1956.

At the moment, we do not offer any distance learning programmes. 

All the PG programmes offered by Azim Premji University are full-time programmes, requiring candidates to be present in the campus and attend classes in-person. Our programmes are academically intensive. Pursuing any job would not be possible while continuing the programme.

Our postgraduate programmes are not offered in online/​hybrid mode. 

After careful considerations by our Academic Team and other Practitioners, we have decided to reorient and reconfigure our existing 2‑year Masters in Public Policy & Governance programme.

While we develop and offer the redesigned programme, our existing 2‑year postgraduate programme in Public Policy and Governance will not be offered from the academic year 2023.

Details of our other postgraduate programmes on offer for the academic year 2023 are available at the link below if you wish to review and apply. https://​azim​premji​u​ni​ver​si​ty​.edu​.in/​p​r​o​g​r​a​m​m​e​s​/​l​e​v​e​l​:​p​o​s​t​g​r​a​duate

Application process

We communicate with applicants through email and applicant portal. If you have registered with us, please log in to the applicant portal and check for recent updates regarding the application and selection process. The applicant portal also allows you to raise your queries. Also, please check your personal email ID and check for any email from Admissions@​connect.​azimpremjiuniversity.​edu.​in or admissions@​apu.​edu.​in.

Round 1 is an early round of admission. Students applying in Round 1 will have to go through the entrance test in Dec 2022 and interviews in Jan 2023. If selected, they get the provisional offer letter, much in advance. The offer of admission is confirmed, after the verification of proof of successful completion of Undergraduate programme. Round 2 admissions happen later in Apr to May 2023.

We encourage working professionals to apply in the early round of admission, so that they get time to plan and serve notice period before joining the programme.

In Round 1, application form will be opened only for MA Education, MA Development and LLM in Law and Development. MA Economics form will be available only in Round 2.

Timelines are updated on the webpage.

Yes! You need to demonstrate having completed undergraduate programme from any recognized university. You will have to appear for the Azim Premji University entrance test. Centers are available only in India.

Fee structure for NRI is same as Indian students.

The application fee is Rs.500.

For applying to our Postgraduate programme, there is no age limit.

You will not be allowed to change any of the application details, except programme preference and test center, once you submit the form. Please make sure that the details are error-free. You will be allowed change programme preference and test center, until a specific cut-off date after the form submission.

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

Selection process

The selection process involves Entrance test and interviews.

Please refer to the webpage for more details.

Question paper structure and sample question papers are updated on the webpage.

Entrance test will be a computer-based examination, conducted at designated centers across the country. Centers are not available outside India.

A gap or break in the academic record of a candidate will not result in disqualification from the selection process so long as the eligibility criteria specific to the programme are met.

The interviews will be conducted online.

Learning at the University

Our programmes are in English, and we provide extensive academic support for our students to cope with the demands of the coursework.

Azim Premji University is committed to providing a teaching and learning environment suitable for learning for all students accepted into our programmes. The university provides reasonable academic accommodations for students with disabilities or differently abled, students with learning disabilities, and neurodiverse students. Academic accommodations refer to adjustments within the learning spaces, within and outside the classroom, availability of course content in multiple formats and in assessment design. This means that academic accommodations provide some students with alternative pathways to achieve the shared learning goals of a course.
If you would like more information or talk to one of our faculty, staff or students who work on accessibility at the university please write to our inclusion committee: iedc@​apu.​edu.​in

Fees and Scholarships

Please refer to the below webpage.

We offer extensive need-based scholarships covering tuition fees and accommodation. You can apply, if your annual family income is less than 7 lakhs.

We also offer work experience-based tuition fee waiver only for our 2 year MA programmes. You can apply for 50% tuition fee waiver, if your annual family income is higher than 7 lakhs and you have minimum 3 years work experience after your graduation.

Click here for more info.

We do not offer merit-based scholarships.

For the need-based scholarships, you need to provide details of all earning members in the family. Documents include income certificate / last 3 year’s ITR and bank passbooks of all earning members in the family. The university might also ask to submit other documents on a case-to-case basis.

For the work experience-based tuition fee waiver, you need to submit the experience certificates showing at least 3 years.

You need to have at least 3 years of work experience after your graduation.

Experience can be in any public sector / private sector / NGO / Social enterprise organizations. You need to submit relevant work experience certificates. If you are self employed, details about the business have to be submitted. 

Internships, projects and volunteering will not be considered. Any experience before completing the graduation will not be considered.

Careers and placement

Students from our university have co-founded various social enterprises and NGOs. One works in the area of education for migrant labourers’ children, one started a mobile app for news editorial analysis and another for livelihood opportunities for differently abled people. 

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

We have had a 100% placement record for over 2700 students in six batches since 2013.

Over 300 organisations have come to our campus placements – from the NGO space, grassroots organisations, research organisations, policy bodies, CSRs, schools and for-profit social enterprises.

This number is growing, and 87% of our students now work in the social sector.

Average salaries from campus placements are in the range of INR 4.5 Lakhs per annum. 4% of our students have also gone on for higher studies.

Please refer to the webpage.

Please refer to the webpage.

Campus life

Students and members of the University have the following options for food on campus-

Cafeteria: Cafeteria on campus serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Our Nutritionist and the food team works very closely in preparing Menu that is healthy and nutritious meeting the demand of our student profile.

Tuck-shop: Tuck-shop on campus serves snacks, sandwich, juice and similar items that suits the preferences of our students. The Tuck-shop also has some basic stationery and other items you will need for your daily use.

Students have to install SmartQ app on their mobile to manage the payment. You pay for what you eat at every meal at each outlet.

Students can access fully automated library facilities, 95,000+ books, 3,940+ online journals, 12,000+ e‑newspapers and e‑magazines and more. Monday to Saturday timing is from 9:00am to 9:45pm. On Sundays, the library opens from 9:00am to 5:00pm. The library will remain closed on University holidays.

Our university community comes together through various campus clubs for music, sports, photography, cinema, theatre, poetry and so much more. We also have clubs for subjects like biology, mathematics, physics and economics! We host events, exhibitions, workshops, expert lectures, and student projects.

Click here for more info.

Sports facilities

There are currently multiple outdoor sports facilities that include spaces for frisbee, football, basketball, volleyball, and cricket, and they can currently be accessed until 6:15 PM. We also have an indoor sports complex with facilities for badminton, table tennis, basketball and gymnasium.

Medical facilities

Nurse’s room in the student residences will be operational past 6.30pm, if you are feeling unwell or want to request to be taken to the hospital. During the day, the medical room phone can be contacted for emergencies, and the medical room in the academic block can be accessed when necessary.

Other amenities: ATM and mail room are available on campus and can be availed by students during the stipulated time. 


Postgraduate Programmes Degrees

Have you decided what you would like to study at Azim Premji University? You can choose between the following degrees: