Ashoka University


Ashoka University’s undergraduate programme offers a 3+1 year-long interdisciplinary liberal arts and sciences education that focuses on original research and intellectual growth. If you choose to apply for the Undergraduate Programme at Ashoka University, please proceed further. Please refer to the Admissions Calendar below for the round-wise deadlines of Application Form submission, decision notification, and acceptance of the offer for the Undergraduate Programme at Ashoka University for the August 2019 intake. Applications for the academic session starting August 2019 are now open.

Admission Schedule

Ashoka University Admission Calendar for August 2019 Intake

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4
Applications Open 17th October 2018 17th October 2018 17th October 2018 17th October 2018
Application Closes 21st November 2018 9th January 2019 10th April 2019 (Submission Deadline is dependent on certain Board Examinations and subject to change) 12th June 2019
Decision Notification 4th January 2019 1st March 2019 24th May 2019 12th July 2019
Acceptance Deadline 15th January 2019 12th April 2019 5th July 2019 2nd August 2019
Session Commencement 19th August 2019 19th August 2019 19th August 2019 19th August 2019

Admission 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.

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
Applications Open 17th October 2018 17th October 2018
Stage 1 – Application Round Stage 2 – Interview Round Stage 3 – Decision and Financial Aid
Personal Details Ashoka Aptitude Test (highly recommended) Firm Offer of Admission
Academic Scores (9th – 12th) On-the-spot essay (Mandatory) Conditional offer
SAT/ACT (optional) In person/ Skype interview with the panel (mandatory) Waitlisted
Personal Essay In person/ Skype interview with the panel (mandatory) Denial of admissions
Letter of recommendation In person/ Skype interview with the panel (mandatory) Deferral of Decision (Details below)
Extra/Co-curricular activities and more In person/ Skype interview with the panel (mandatory) Application forms Open for Financial Aid (Details Below)

Deferral of Decision: When the admission committee is unable to take a decision on a candidature with the given parameters, the candidate will require to submit the final grades of 12th or equivalent to receive a final decision.

Application forms Open for Financial Aid: Financial Aid form will be open to candidates who have been made a firm offer. Please note that our financial aid decisions are based purely on need.

Application Process

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 mandatory personal essay in the application form should be no more than 650 words. It should be written by the applicant and aim to address the stated prompt/cue as genuinely as possible. The applicant can use the additional space provided on the application form to give only specific/relevant information.

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 and physical disabilities, medical, mental health, and counselling. The details of the various support centers are available in the Campus Life Section.

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.

Samples for the Undergraduate Application Form can be found below:

Click here for Sample Application 1

Click here for Sample Application 2

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

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.

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