Ashoka University

Ashoka University is a pioneer in its focus on providing a liberal education at par with the best in the world.

The aim at Ashoka is to help students become well-rounded individuals who can think critically about issues from multiple perspectives, communicate effectively and become leaders with a commitment to public service.

Ashoka University with 2000-plus students on campus, drawn from 30 states and over 243 cities in India and 27 other countries, receive a world-class interdisciplinary education through undergraduate and post-graduate programmes led by internationally renowned faculty.

The Founders of Ashoka University brings a great mix of Knowledge and Practical experience which give university the biggest attraction, they have on board

  • Anu Aga who is the Former Chairman of Thermax ltd
  • Dhruv Aggarwal Co-founder and CEO, PropTiger
  • Ruchira Jaitly Director - Strategy and Nutrition Challenges, DSM India
  • Amit Aggarwal CEO, IT-ITES Sector Skill Council, NASSCOM
  • Sanjeev Aggarwal Co-Founder, Fundamentum Partnership and Helion Ventures

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Undergraduate education at Ashoka University

Ashoka University offers a multidisciplinary undergraduate programme, in the interest of exposing students to many different perspectives in and out of the classroom.Liberal education philosophy gives students the freedom to design their own undergraduate programme to explore and discover their life's passion

The Undergraduate degree at Ashoka University

A Major is the subject in which a student will earn a Bachelor’s degree – either a B.A. (Hon.) or a B.Sc. (Hon.).

This can be achieved by taking either a Pure Major or an Interdisciplinary Major.The Interdisciplinary Major goes beyond the traditional boundaries of disciplines and departments to give students an opportunity to combine multiple academic interests into a single degree programme.

The following Majors are offered at Ashoka University






Sociology & Anthropology

Political Science


Computer Science*



Computer Science & Entrepreneurial Leadership*

Computer Science & Mathematics*

Economics & Finance*

Economics & History*

English and Journalism

History & International Relations

Politics, Philosophy & Economics*

Politics & Society

English & Creative Writing

In addition to their undergraduate degree or Major, Ashoka encourages all its students to pursue their academic interests by way of a Minor.

Opting to study courses in a subject outside their field of specialization qualifies for a Minor in that subject. We offer Minors in all the Major subjects as well

Entrepreneurial Leadership

Environmental Science

International Relations

Media Studies

Visual Ar

Performing Arts

Creative Writing






Sociology & Anthropology

Political Science


Computer Science*



*Students of Ashoka University who wish to Major or Minor in the following disciplines should have studied Mathematics in their senior school years (Class XI and XII).Every semester, Ashoka University offers several 2-credit Co-Curricular Courses in Performing Arts, Visual Arts, and Language.

The classes are conducted in the evenings once a week for two hours. Co-Curricular Courses are a mixture of practical training in an art form (e.g. dance, theatre, music, painting, ceramics) or language (e.g. French, Latin, Urdu) and critical analysis of the aesthetic, social, political, economic, and historical dimensions of the same

Students have to take 2 Co-Curricular Courses as part of their graduation requirements; in any semester, a student can take a maximum of 1 Co-Curricular Course.





Performing Arts

Undergraduate course structure at Ashoka University

To graduate with a Bachelor's degree, students have to secure requisite credits for courses that are broadly divided into three categories -

Each course carries credit points, and in order to earn their degree at the end of three years, students need to have accumulated 100 credit points.Students can also take additional courses during the three years and those working towards an Interdisciplinary Major must take a few courses more than what is required for a normal Major - in an approved interdisciplinary field.

A number of Minors are also offered at Ashoka. To qualify for a Minor, students must take certain number of courses in a subject outside their field of specialisation of the Major.

In order to ease students into the programme, in their first semester, they can take only 4 courses and up to 5 courses per semester then on. Added to this are the Co- Curricular Courses, which can be taken in any semester across the three years.

Foundation Courses

Ashoka University requires students to take 7 Foundation Courses. Of these, Critical thinking, Quantitative Reasoning and Introduction to Environmental Studies are mandatory. These courses are not formal gateways into the Major programmes. However, it is advisable to take as many of these courses as you can before you declare your Major.


One course each from the following areas


  • Great Books
  • Trends in History
  • Literature and the World
  • Mind and Behaviour

Natural and Mathematical Sciences

  • Introduction to Mathematical thinking
  • Principles of Science
  • Quantitative Reasoning and Mathematical thinking
  • Calculus

Social and Economic Sciences

  • Foundations of Economic Reasoning
  • Social and Political Formations

Ashoka Application Process

Ashoka application process follows a two-stage holistic assessment system to gauge every candidate's true potential. All candidates are evaluated based on the following:

  1. Academic consistency and rigour
  2. Extracurricular and co-curricular involvement
  3. Critical thinking and aptitude
  4. Personal Interview

Stage I

Submitting the Application Form You can register yourself and fill the Application Form online through our website. There is no application fee.

Key components of the Application Form include:

Stage II - The Interview Round

Submitting the Application Form You can register yourself and fill the Application Form online through our website. There is no application fee.

Shortlisted candidates will be sent an invitation for the Interview Round. Key components of the Interview Round include:

On-the-spot Essay (30 minutes; Mandatory)

Interview with a panel (In person / Skype; Mandatory)

Ashoka Aptitude Test (90 minutes; Mandatory except for SAT/ACT takers)

*To get a firm offer of admission, an applicant needs to have scores for at least one of the following: SAT / ACT / Ashoka Aptitude Test (AAT) / final Grade XII Board Examination.

**Candidates are required to submit Predicted Grades / Scores in the Application Form in the absence of the final Grade XII scores. Once the Grade XII results are declared, candidates will be required to submit them and attach the mark-sheet

Mandatory documents to be attached on the Application Form:

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Ashoka University Fee Structure

One-time Payments

Admissions Fee of INR 50,000 at the time of acceptance of the Offer of Admission

Refundable Security Deposit of INR 75,000 (Security Deposit of INR 50,000 and Meal Cost Deposit of INR 25,000) at the time of acceptance of an Offer of Admission. The Security Deposit will be refunded at the time of graduation from Ashoka University or at the time of withdrawal of admission from the program.

Ashoka University Fee Structure