Master of Arts

First year admissions for the academic year 2020-21

How to become a Somaiya student

The K J Somaiya Institute of Dharma Studies offers MA programmes in Sanskrit, Pali, Yogashastra, Buddhist Studies, Jainology and Prakrit, Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology and China Studies. There is a focus on developing language skills and some programmes include visits to sites of heritage and workshops on skill development such as translation, epigraphy and meditation. Students can expect to build a strong foundation to undertake research in their areas of interest.

Programme UG Qualification Score When Entrance Test is Applicable
MA Sanskrit Any graduate with Diploma in Sanskrit 40% Where graduation degree is other than BA Sanskrit
MA Yogashastra Any graduate with Diploma or equivalent course in Yoga, with 500 marks or 200 hours of teaching from a recognized institute 40% In exceptional cases, (for candidates having strong foundation in Yoga theory and practices along with Diploma in Yoga from any of the recognized institutes) these criteria will be reviewed on the basis of interviews for which the candidate will be graded.
MA Pali BA Pali or any other graduation degree, plus Diploma in Pali or Diploma in Pali Grammar 55% Where graduation degree is other BA Pali and the qualifying Diploma has not been done, the entrance test will be applicable. Exceptional candidates with a score lower than 55% in graduation may be considered, based on an interview; however, they will have to undergo an entrance test, even if they have a B. A. in Pali or have done the qualifying Diplomas mentioned above. A score of minimum 40% is required in the entrance test.
MA Buddhist Studies BA Buddhist Studies or Any other graduation degree, plus Diploma in Buddhist Studies 55% Where graduation degree is other BA Buddhist Studies and the qualifying Diploma has not been done, the entrance test will be applicable.Exceptional candidates with a score lower than 55% may be considered, based on an interview; however, they will have to undergo an entrance exam, even if they have a B. A. in Buddhist Studies or have done the qualifying Diploma mentioned above. A score of minimum 40% is required in the entrance exam.
MA Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology BA in Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology or BA in History or Graduation in any discipline with Diploma in Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology 55% Where graduation degree is other BA Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology or BA in History and the qualifying Diploma has not been done, the entrance test will be applicable. Exceptional candidates with a score lower than 55% may be considered, based on an interview; however, they will have to undergo an entrance exam, even if they have a B. A. in Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology or BA in History or have done the qualifying Diploma mentioned above. A score of minimum 40% is required in the entrance exam.
MA Jainology and Prakrit BA in Jainology or any graduation degree plus Diploma Jainology or Diploma Prakrit 40% Exceptional students, with self-study of Jainism may also be considered, but will have to undergo an entrance test.
MA China Studies Any graduation degree, with Chinese language proficiency of HSK 4 level 40% Where graduation degree is other than BA China Studies, an entrance test will be applicable.

About Somaiya Post-Graduate Entrance Test: Dharma Studies Programmes

Somaiya Post-Graduate Entrance Test in the Dharma Studies programmes is the entrance examination for admission to First Year Masters programmes for the year 2020-21. It will be applicable to all those candidates who do not meet the primary eligibility criteria. The entrance test will be held in two rounds, as per the schedule given below

Mode of Examination

The test is generally held offline, at our institution. However, due to the current pandemic situation, the test will be conducted online.

Phase Dates
Date of MA Entrance Test (First Round) 5th September,2020
Date of MA Entrance Test (Second Round) 17th October,2020
Start Date of MA online Application Form 1st September,2020
End Date of MA online Application Form 25th October, 2020
Last Date of MA Admission 25th October, 2020
Starting of MA Classes 2nd November, 2020
Step1

Step 1

The students should fill the pre-admission form which is available on the college admission portal https://admissions.somaiya.edu

Step2

Step 2

Submission of 200/- (non-refundable in all cases) form fees through the payment gateway

Step3

Step 3

Admission will be offered based on the merit and availability of seats taken together. The candidate will be communicated via email about his/her offered seat or waitlisted number.

  • A provisional seat will be offered based on the merit, and availability of seats. The candidate will be communicated via email about his/her status of admission whether confirmed or waitlisted.
  • A candidate who has been offered a provisional seat will need to pay the full fees of   20,500/- (for MA China Studies: 40,000/-) within 8 days of the receipt of the offer letter, to secure the confirmed admission.
  • Candidate who does not pay the requisite amount as per the deadline will lose his/her claim on the confirmed seat during that phase.
  • Provisional admission needs to be confirmed within four working days of declaration of result of graduation or equivalent examinations, by paying the remaining balance of fees.
  • The final confirmation of admission is subject to physical verification of the documents. In case of non-availability of valid documents, the confirmation of the admission will result in cancellation.
  • A candidate whose result is awaited is required to give an undertaking as per the Annexure-5.
  • Cancellation rules are available on the website for reference.
  • The admission schedule may change under unavoidable circumstances or as per directive / instructions from admitting authorities of Somaiya Vidyavihar University. The revised schedule, if any, will be notified on the website.
  • 10th Marksheet & Passing Certificate (Board Certificate)
  • 12th Marksheet & Passing Certificate (Board Certificate)
  • First Year, Second Year & Third Year Marksheet
  • Third Year Passing & Convocation Certificate
  • Copy of Caste Certificate (if applicable)
  • Any valid address and date of birth proof
  • Marriage Certificate or Affidavit for married female candidate-(For change in name)
  • Pass-port size photograph
  • Migration certificate for students from universities other than Somaiya Vidyavihar University
 

Note : Applicable for only Gujarati Linguistic Minority Candidate

  • Self declaration of the candidate in specified format (​“Gujarati Linguistic Minority Community Students Self Declaration” proforma) Download Form
  • Certificate from respective community/ samaj stating that they belong to the Gujarati Speaking Community.
  • Affidavit : Annexure 1 - Candidate who has completed 18 years of age while making the Affidavit Download Form

For Resident Indians & Non-Indian residents ( NRI / PIO (OCI)/FN/CIWGC )

Particulars Fees per annum
  MA Sanskrit, Pali, Yogashastra, Buddhist Studies, Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology, Jainology and Prakrit MA China Studies
Admission 1,000 1,000
Tuition 14,000 28,000
Development Fee 2,500 8,000
Exam Fee 2,000 2,000
Library Deposit (Refundable) 1,000 1,000
Total 20,500 40,000

Cancellation Policy for Provisional Admission

A provisional seat will be offered based on the merit and availability of seats taken together. A candidate who is offered a provisional seat needs to pay   20,500/- (for MA China Studies: 40,000) only as per stipulated admission schedule (i.e. deadline) to secure the same

If candidate chooses to withdraw from the programme of study and application for cancellation of admission is received, then the deduction of fees will be as follows:

Point of time when application for admission cancellation is received by college/the candidate does not fulfil eligibility criteria Deduction Applicable
From date of provisional admission till admission confirmation 1000 only
After the date of confirmation of admission Deductions will be as per rules for Regular Admission(see below)
Provisionally admitted student fails to fulfil eligibility criteria as prescribed No refund of fees

Cancellation Policy for Confirmed Admission

In case of students whose results are pending, must furnish the documents within four working days of declaration of result of graduation or equivalent examinations, for admission to be confirmed.

In the case of students whose documents need to be reissued by their respective University or relevant authority, will need to submit an application to the Head of the institution, specifying the time required for such reissue. A maximum period of 30 days will be granted.

If any candidate who has confirmed the admission and chooses to withdraw from the programme of study, can apply for cancellation by submitting a prescribed cancellation form. The deduction of fees will be as follows:

Point of time when application for admission cancellation is received by college/the candidate does not fulfil eligibility criteria Deduction Applicable
15 days or more before the last date of admission* 10%
Less than 15 days before the last date of admission* 15%
After commencement of the academic year, up to 60 days 50%
More than 60 days of commencement of academic year 100%

Last date of admission: 31st October, 2020

After commencement of the MA programme, if a student wants to take a break for certain valid reason, then he/she can do so as per the following norms :

The academic break can be granted to any student at most once during the programme, for the period of a semester or more, with the maximum period of academic one year. The application has to be approved by the Dean.

Eligibility for academic break:

  • Serious personal medical reasons involving hospitalization or serious family issues, on the condition of providing valid medical certificates or relevant documents.
  • Pregnancy/Maternity
 

The Dean will approve the academic break and forward the application of the student to the admission/ department for necessary process.

  • Payment of Fees for the academic break: If the student has informed the Dean regarding academic break before the commencement of the relevant year and not paid the total fees for that year, then if his/her academic break is granted, he/she can pay the total fee (100%) prevalent at that time when he seeks re-admission.
  • If a student wants to take academic break after the commencement of the academic year, but he/she has not attended the classes and if the fees are not paid, then while seeking readmission he/she has to pay the total fee (100%) plus 25% of the total fee as re-admission fee to continue his/her studentship.
  • If the student has paid the total fee for the entire year and then sought the academic break after commencement of that academic year in the middle of semester, he/she has to pay 25% of the total fee prevalent at that time, towards re-admission in subsequent years.