Nalanda University Admissions 2017

Nalanda University, an age old University is located in Rajgir, near Nalanda in the Eastern state of Bihar. The University is governed by the Nalanda University Act 2010 and its Statutes and Ordinances. Established in the year 2010, Nalanda is a stand alone international university onlike any other established in the country.

Nalanda has been known to be a seat of knowledge for over eight centuries in the ancient kingdom of Magadha. It was a centre of excellence not only for Ancient Indian wisdom, Buddhist studies and philosophy but for Medicine and Mathematics, Astronomy and Logic as well. In the year 2006, eight hundred years after the destruction of the Nalanda, the former President of India, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam ideated the revival of the Nalanda University. The University is now exclusively a Post Graduate and Doctoral School.

Nalanda University Post Graduate Admission

Nalanda University offers Post Graduate programmes in three schools presently- The School of Historical Studies, The School of Ecology and Environment Studies and the School of Buddhist Studies, Philosophy and Comparative Religions. The details of these programmes are given below.

Masters Programme in the School of Historical Studies (SHS)

The school offers an M. A. degree that focuses on global and comparative history. The School is dedicated to reframing and rethinking the interconnections between time, memory and history in Asian and non- Asian contexts. Faculty use a variety of methodologies and disciplinary backgrounds of history including anthropology, sociology, archaeology, religious studies, philosophy, economic history, political science, philology, visual studies and art history which help students develop critical understandings of global histories, cultural- political histories, economic histories, intellectual histories, oral and visual histories, art histories and religious histories.

Masters Programmes in the School of Ecology and Environment Studies (SE & ES)

The school offers two-year M. A. and M. Sc. degree programmes based on the Under Graduate degree obtained by the student. The course is designed for students coming from disparate backgrounds in social science, humanities, engineering and natural sciences. It addresses pressing local, regional and global environmental problems of the current times through education, research, collaborations and policy recommendations. The present focus areas of the school include Human Ecology, Hydrology, Disaster Management, Food and Agriculture, Climate Change and Energy Studies.

Masters Programme in the School of Buddhist Studies, Philosophy and Comparative Religions

The School offers an M. A. degree that focuses on academic studies of Buddhist and other religious traditions with a scholastic rigour. It looks at Buddhist traditions in their wider socio- historical- cultural contexts. In addition to emphasis on Buddhism, it also focuses on broader aspects like Methodology and Theory that establish Religious Studies as separate disciplines. This includes exploring Buddhism in different regions of Asia; the dynamics of the spread of Buddhist ideas, art and literature, archaeology of key Buddhist sites; the study of primary texts, inscriptions and art forms and the comparison and interactions between various religious and philosophical traditions of Asia. Students are introduced to an interdisciplinary approach in which they read literary and philosophical texts, take part in archaeological training and are introduced to a variety of methodological approaches that range from ethnological to philological. The School also emphasizes the use of primary languages and requires students to study at least one Classical Buddhist language (Sanskrit, Pali or Tibetan) or another source language.

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates are expected to hold or have achieved the following:

For Indian students:

The candidates are required to have completed a minimum of three years Bachelor’s degree (10+2+3). In Bachelor’s degree, the candidate must have secured 55% marks from any Indian University recognized by UGC/ AICTE.

For Under Graduates from all other countries:

Candidate should have obtained his/ her Bachelor’s Degree with minimum 15 years of prior studies, i.e. in 10+2+3 pattern with a GPA of at least 2.2 or above on a 4 point scale or an equivalent grade if other grade point scale is used.

For all Applicants:

Proficiency in English Language: The University requires all applicants to demonstrate a high level of competence in the English language, as all the courses will be carried out in English. Adherence to this requirement is mandatory. Students must be able to demonstrate that they are able to communicate in English at a level suitable to the Graduate Programs. Any one of the following will be accepted as an evidence of their competence in English:

  • For graduates from non- Indian universities, scores of one of the accepted English Language tests (TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC, PTE, STEP).
  • In absence of such a score, a certificate from the qualifying University/ Institution stating that the medium of under graduate study of the candidate had been English in all the years.
  • Indian students must have completed their under graduate education with English as the medium of instruction and examination. (A certificate to this effect is needed).

Nalanda University Admission Process

Nalanda University is not liable to accept the candidature of all those who have applied for the courses of the University. Therefore, it is not mandatory that all the applicants, who have filled in the Application Form would be invited for an interview. All the completely filled in Application forms, would be primarily screened for their correctness and adherence to the specified regulations and passed on to a selected committee comprising of Nominees of Vice Chancellor. Applications without proper academic/ professional references from referees specified by the candidate in the Application Form will not be accepted.

For the purpose of short listing the Application Forms, the Committee members will evaluate the candidates on the basis of parameters such as academics, statement of purpose, graded written work, etc., as furnished by the applicant.

Personal Interview

Interviews of the shortlisted candidates for the first two rounds will be conducted in person at the University campus in Rajgir. Candidates are also given the option of appearing for the interview over Skype. Shortlisted candidates will receive an invitation to appear for the interview by e-mail. On receiving the e-mail, the candidate should respond within the specified deadline and also their will to appear for the interview in person or over Skype.
The interview will be conducted by a panel comprising of not less than two members, who will be nominated by the vice Chancellor. The final short listing after the interview round will be done on the basis of parameters like communication skills, confidence level of the candidate, general awareness, subject interest, etc.

All candidates must take note of the following points:

  • The final offer will be sent on the registered e-mail of the candidate.
  • Candidates offered admission by the University must send their acceptance within the specified time.
  • The University will also allot some candidates to the wait list, which the University will use at its own discretion.
  • The decision of the Selection Committee shall be final and binding in regard of requirement for a qualitative assessment.
  • The admission process at Nalanda University is solely and only on the basis of merit obtained by the applicant.
  • Only those candidates, to whom an offer for admission is made, may be considered for any kind of financial aid, if available. Scholarships/ Aids of various types are given to the deserving candidates:

For Indian Students:

  • Naland Merit Based Scholarship
  • Nalanda Need- cum- Merit Scholarship
  • Nalanda Fellowship
  • Nalanda Work- Study

For International Students:

  • ICCR Scholarships
  • CLMV Scholarships
  • Thai Scholarship

Available College Facilities

Nalanda University offers a lot of facilities to its students. The infrastructure aims at bridging the gap between knowledge and resources available to the students. The facilities available include:

•       The University Library

•       Sports and Games

•       Hostel 

•       Medical facilities

•       Convention hall

•       Shuttle service


The University provides Hostel facilities for both men and women.

 Fees: Rs.52,000 (approximately)

The various charges for Boarding and Lodging at the University are mentioned as follows :

                                                     Residence Details


Per Semester INR

Residence Charges

Air Conditioned (Single)


Non Air Conditioned (Single)


Air Conditioned (Twin Sharing)


Non Air Conditioned (Twin Sharing)


Air Conditioned Economy Single (Limited availability)


Non Air Conditioned Economy Single (Limited availability)



The charges for plain Meal are Rs.22,500/- .


The University offers sports facilities like yoga and games at various Residence Halls.


The University Library

The University Library is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Monday to Sunday). It is a fully air-conditioned library with Wi-Fi connectivity. The library is fully automated with KOHA ILM software. This library also has locker facilities for students. The Library, though at a nascent stage, is evolving at a great pace and is envisioned to become the hub of student activity in future. 

Library facilities present at this university are intended to help students in their academics and research work.


Facilities available in Library

  • Number of books
  • Number of online journals
  • Number of magazine subscriptions
  • Computerized library
  • Book bank facility