Ashoka University

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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