M.A. (International Relations)


M.A. International Relations would be a two year (four semesters) academic programme.


Minimum Eligibility

After twelve years’ schooling, a 3-year Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university with minimum 50% marks or equivalent grade. Candidates who have a 2- year Bachelor’s degree and have done first year of Master’s programme are also eligible.


Format of the Entrance Test question paper and course:

Eligible candidates have to appear for an admission test conducted by the university. The admission test paper would be of 100 marks and of 3 hours duration. The question paper for the admission test would have three parts:


Part I would be of 20 marks with 20 multiple choice type questions (of 1 mark each). All questions will be compulsory in this section.


Part II would be of 50 marks with 5 short note questions of 10 marks each. There will be a choice of 5 from 10 questions. Total marks for this part will be 50.


Part III would be of 30 marks with one long descriptive/essay type question of (approximately 600 words, but not more than 1000 words) to be selected from 2 questions.

See MA International Relations Entrance Test question paper of the year 2013



Part I will test the general awareness about South Asia.

Part II will test information that the student has about social sciences in general and Political Science/International Relations in particular taught at the undergraduate level.

Part III will test a student on: (i) her/his ability to comprehend the subject knowledge analytically and critically. (ii) her/his ability to structure an essay logically; (iii) her/his ability to write grammatically correct English.

M. Sc. (Computer Science)


Minimum Eligibility

After 12 years’ schooling, a 3/ 4 year Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or a relevant area* from a recognized university/ institution with at least 55% marks in aggregate or an equivalent grade, with mathematics as a subject of study at the Bachelor’s level, or at 10+2 (12th class) level.

*Relevant Areas:

  1. Computer Engineering
  2. Computer Technology
  3. Computer Applications
  4. Information Science
  5. Information Technology
  6. Software Systems
  7. Software Engg.
  8. Software Technology
  9. Electronics Engg.
  10. Electronics Engg.
  11. Electrical & Electronics Engg.
  12. Applied Physics
  13. Applied Statistics
  14. Applied Mathematics
  15. Instrumentation Engg.



Format of the Entrance Test question paper and course:

The duration of the test will be three hours. The test will consist of 100 multiple choice questions of one mark each. Each question will have four options and out of these four options, one option will be correct.

Candidates can expect


    • i. Twenty (20) questions from Part A
    • ii. Thirty (30) questions from Part B
    • iii. Fifty (50) questions from Part C


There will be no subjective question and no negative marking. The test will be divided into the following three parts:


PART A: Analytical and Logical Abilities, English Language Proficiency

Data Sufficiency, Problem Solving, Integrated Reasoning, English Grammar, Sentence Completion, Verbal Analogies, Word Groups


PART B: Mathematical Science

Set Theory and Algebra: Sets, Relations, Functions, Groups, Partial Orders, Lattice, Boolean Algebra

Matrices and Determinants: Determinants, Matrices, systems of Linear Equations

Combinatorics: Permutations, Combinations, Counting, Summation

Probability and Statistics: Mean, median, mode and standard deviation; Conditional probability, independent events, total probability, Baye's theorem

Calculus: Limit, Continuity and Differentiability, Mean value Theorems, Theorems of Integral Calculus, Evaluation of Definite and Improper Integrals, partial Derivatives, Total Derivatives, Maxima and Minima.

Ordinary Differential Equations: First Order First Degree Equations, Variable Separable Method, Homogeneous Equations, Exact Equations, Integrating Factors, Linear Equations.

Vector Analysis: Addition, Subtraction, Dot Product and Cross Products of Vectors.

PART C: Undergraduate level Computer Science

Discrete Mathematics: Sets, Relations, Functions, Boolean Algebra, Propositional logic, First order Predicate Logic

Programming in C: Elements of C, Identifiers, Data Types, Control Structures, Iteration, Structured Data Types: Array, Structure, Union, Strings, Pointers, Functions, Parameter Passing to Functions, Recursion.

Algorithms: Elementary Space and Time Complexity Analysis, Sorting: Bubble Sort, Insertion Sort, Selection Sort, Searching: Linear and Binary Search.

Digital Logic Design and Computer Architecture: Number System, Data Representation, and Computer Arithmetic, Logic Gates, Combinational and Sequential Circuits, Computer Organization, Instruction Formats and Addressing, Memory Organization and I/O Interfaces.


M.Sc. (Biotechnology)


M.Sc. (Biotechnology) is a two-year (four semesters) academic programme.


Minimum Eligibility

After 12 years’ schooling, a 3 year Bachelor’s degree (e.g., B.Sc., BVSc, B.Tech, MBBS, etc.) in any area of Biological Sciences / Chemistry / Agriculture and allied sciences / Veterinary and allied sciences / Biotechnology / Biochemical Technology; from an institution recognized by the Government of the respective SAARC countries, with a minimum of 55% marks in aggregate or an equivalent grade. Students, who have not studied Biology at Bachelor’s level, must have studied and passed Biology as a subject at 10+2 (12th Class) level.


Format of the Entrance Test question paper and course:

The question paper will have two parts: Part A and Part B. All questions will be multiple-choice type with four choices of answer. Each question will carry one mark. Calculators and Log Tables may be used. There will be no negative marking.


Part A – This part will consist of 30 questions carrying one mark each. The paper will be of 10+2 (12th Class) level. This Part will have questions from Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics. Candidates will be expected to attempt all questions from Part-A.


Part B – This part will consist of a total 120 questions out of which the candidates will have to answer any 70 questions. The paper will be of B.Sc. Level. Part-B will have 60 questions from Biology (including Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Immunology, Plant and Animal Sciences, Genetics, Microbiology, 30 questions from Chemistry, 15 questions from Physics and Biophysics, and 15 questions from Mathematics and Biostatistics.


M.Sc. (Applied Mathematics)


M.Sc. (Applied Mathematics) would be a two-year (four semesters) academic programme.


Minimum Eligibility

After 12 years’ schooling, a 3/4 year Bachelor’s degree having studied Mathematics for at least two years; from an institution recognized by the Government of the respective SAARC countries, with a minimum of 55% marks in aggregate or an equivalent grade.


Format of the Entrance Test question paper and course

The duration of the test will be three hours. The test will consist of 100 multiple choice questions of one mark each. Each question will have four options with only one correct option.There will be no negative marking.Calculators are not allowed. However Log Tables may be used. The test will be divided into the following three parts:


    • PART A : Analytical and Logical Abilities, English Language Proficiency – 20 Questions
    • PART B : Basic Mathematics – 30 Questions
    • PART C : Undergraduate Level Mathematics – 50 Questions


PART A: Analytical and Logical Abilities, English Language Proficiency

Data Sufficiency, Problem Solving, Integrated Reasoning, English Grammar, Sentence Completion, Verbal Analogies and Word Groups.


PART B: Basic Mathematics

Calculus: Limit, continuity and differentiability, mean value theorems,tangents and normals, maxima and minima, theorems of integral calculus, definite and improper integrals, partial derivatives and total derivatives.

Ordinary Differential Equations: General and particular solutions of adifferential equation, formation of differential equation, first order first degree differential equations and their classification, integrating factors and linear equations.

Matrices and Determinant: Properties and operations ofdeterminants andmatrices, adjoint and inverse of a matrix, systems of linear equations and their consistency.

Geometry and Vector Algebra: Lines in plane, slope, equations of a line, mid-point formula, anglebetween two lines, distance formulae, conic sections,operations of vectors, direction cosines and direction ratios of vectors, projection of a vector on a line.

Trigonometry: Domain, range and graphs of trigonometric and inverse trigonometric functions, trigonometric identities, trigonometric equations.

Probability and Statistics: Mean, median, mode and standard deviation; Conditional probability,independent events, total probability and Baye's theorem.


Part C: Undergraduate Level Mathematics

Real Analysis: Elementary set theory, real number system as a complete ordered field, Archimedean property, supremum, infimum, sequence and series, monotone sequences, convergence, limit superior, limit inferior, Bolzano Weierstrass theorem, Continuity, uniform continuity, differentiability, mean value theorems; partial derivatives and Leibnitz theorem, Sequences and series of functions, uniform convergence, power series, Riemann sums, Riemann integration, improper integrals, functions of several variables, multiple integrals, line, surface and volume integrals, theorems of Green, Stokes and Gauss, Fourier series.

Abstract Algebra: Groups and their elementary properties, order of group, subgroups, cyclic groups, cyclic subgroups, permutation groups, Lagrange's theorem, normal subgroups and quotient groups, homomorphism of groups, isomorphism and correspondence theorems; Rings, integral domains and fields, ring homomorphism and ideals; Vector space, vector subspace, linear independence of vectors, basis and dimension of a vector space.

Differential Equations: Ordinary differential equations: First order and of higher degree, linear equations with constant coefficients, method of variation of parameters, equations reducible to linear equations with constant coefficients; Partial differential equations: Linear and quasi-linear first order partial differential equations, Lagrange and Charpits methods for solving first order partial differential equations and general solution of higher order linear partial differential equations with constant coefficients.

Numerical Analysis: Bisection, secant and Newton-Raphson methods for algebraic and transcendental equations, fixed point iteration, rate of convergence; Systems of linear equations: Gauss elimination and LU decomposition, Gauss Jacobe and Gauss Siedal methods, condition number; Numerical integration: trapezoidal and Simpsons rules, errors and their bounds and finite difference operators.

3Dimensional Geometry and Vector Calculus: Direction cosines and direction ratios, vector equation of a line, coplanar and skew lines, shortest distance between two lines, vector equation of a plane, angle between two planes, angle between a line and a plane, distance of a point from a plane; vector triple products, directional derivative, curl, divergence, gradient, Gauss- divergence theorem, Stoke's theorem and their applications.

Mechanics: Force vectors, equilibrium of a particle, force system resultants, equilibrium of a rigid body, friction, kinematics of a particle, kinetics of a particle; Force and acceleration, work and energy, impulse and momentum, planar kinematics of a rigid body, planar kinetics of a rigid body: force and acceleration, work and energy, impulse and momentum; Common catenary and virtual work.

Linear Programming: Linear programming problem and its formulation, graphical method of solution, convex sets, feasible and infeasible solutions, optimal feasible solutions, simplex method, big-M and two phase methods and dual problem.

Probability and Statistics: Sample space, discrete and continuous random variables, cumulative distribution, mean and variance of random variable, expectation, moments generating functions, distribution: uniform, binomial, poisson, geometric, normal and exponential expectation of functions of two variables and conditional expectation.


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Message from the President

[The University regrets to inform that Prof GK Chadha expired on March 1, 2014. Homage may be paid by writing on the condolence page.]

Welcome to South Asian University. An institution of research and post graduate programmes that is unique in more ways than one.

As a university only in its third academic year, SAU is making progressive strides on many fronts. It is gratifying to say that we have been able to put together an outstanding faculty at par with the best universities in the world, start imparting world-class education to our students, and create an intellectually challenging environment as well as exciting academic environment.

This year particularly happens to be significantly important for us as it marks the year in which we are starting our PhD programmes in various subjects. It will also see a large number of students passing out with their degrees. A new course titled "Introduction to South Asia" is also making its debut in this academic year and many academic institutions in India and abroad are awaiting to see how this course develops at our university and how it shapes the understanding of our young graduates of the commonality of our life, culture, economic developments and emerging challenges.

Despite many limitations that newly established institutions like ours usually face, we are able to perform excellently and made no compromises when it comes to quality of education. Ever committed as we are in maximizing our students' out-of-the class-learning, we have had the privilege of hosting many authoritative figures from around the world for our regular lecture series, workshops and seminars. In fact, such events are mandated to be the regular feature of our academic functioning, and undoubtedly, the strong point of intellectual enhancement.

I am especially proud of our students and it is indeed heartening to see the creative initiatives our students have taken. We are also constantly learning from them, as they are from each other. We welcome the cultural diversity brought by our students from different SAARC nations. We are always committed to nurturing this cosmopolitan culture in the truest sense of the term.

South Asian University is indeed a unique place that provides stimulating academic environment. I extend a warm welcome to you all to come, explore and join us in this incredible academic journey.

GK Chadha

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