Master of Arts

First year admissions for the academic year 2024-25

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.

Overview

MA Sanskrit
MA Yogashastra
MA Buddhist Studies
MA Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology
MA Jainology and Prakrit
Hindu Studies

Eligibility Criteria

Programme UG Qualification Score of UG Qualification When Entrance Test is Applicable
MA Sanskrit B.A. Sanskrit or Graduation from any other discipline with Diploma in Sanskrit from a recognized institute. 55%

1. Students from disciplines other than Sanskrit must have cleared the Diploma in Sanskrit or equivalent. Candidates with self-study of the domain will have to take an entrance exam.

2. Exceptional candidates with a score lower than 55% may be considered, based on an interview. In case selected, they will have to undergo the entrance exam.

3. A score of minimum 40% is required in the entrance exam.

MA Yogashastra B.A. (Yogashastra) or Graduation from any other Discipline with Diploma in Yoga or equivalent course in Yoga with 500 marks or 200 hours of learning from a recognized institute. 55% N/A
MA Pali B. A. in Pali or Graduate in any other discipline with Diploma in Pali OR Diploma in Pali Grammar. 55%

1. Students from disciplines other than Pali must have cleared the Diploma in Pali or Diploma in Pali Grammar in order to qualify. Candidates with self-study of Pali will have to take an entrance exam.

2. Exceptional candidates with a score lower than 55% may be considered, based on an interview. In case selected, they will have to undergo the entrance exam.

3. A score of minimum 40% is required in the entrance exam.

MA Buddhist Studies B. A. in Buddhist Studies or Graduate in any other discipline with Diploma in Buddhist Studies OR Diploma in Buddhist Sanskrit : Language and Literature. 55%

1. Students from disciplines other than Buddhist Studies must have cleared the Diploma in Buddhist Studies or Diploma in Buddhist Sanskrit: Language and Literature in order to qualify. Candidates with self-study of Buddhism will have to take an entrance exam.

2. Exceptional candidates with a score lower than 55% may be considered, based on an interview. In case selected, they have to undergo the entrance exam 

3. A score of minimum 40% is required in the entrance exam.

MA Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology B. A. in AIHC & Arch. or Graduate in any other discipline with Diploma in AIHC & Arch. 55%

1. Students from disciplines other than Ancient Indian History & Archaeology or History  must have cleared the Diploma in Ancient Indian History & Archaeology or History. Candidates with self-study of the domain will have to take an entrance exam.

2. Exceptional candidates with a score lower than 55% may be considered, based on an interview. In case selected, they will have to undergo the entrance exam.

3. A score of minimum 40% is required in the entrance exam.

MA Jainology and Prakrit B. A. in Jainology or Graduate in any other discipline with Diploma in Jainology or Diploma in Prakrit Language and Literature. 55%

1. Students from disciplines other than jainology must have cleared the Diploma in Jainology or Diploma in Prakrit Language and Literature or they have to take an entrance exam.

2. Exceptional candidates who has not done degree or diploma in jainology or Prakrit, may be considered, based on an interview. In case selected, they have to undergo the entrance exam.

3. A score of minimum 40% is required in the entrance exam.

MA China Studies

B. A. in China Studies or any other discipline, from a recognized university or institute with minimum Chinese Language Proficiency of HSK 4 Level.

55%

1. Students with Bachelor's in a discipline other than China Studies will have to take an entrance exam. 

2. A score of minimum 40% is required in the entrance exam.

Somaiya Post Graduate Entrance Test

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 2021-22. 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.

Admission Process

Step
1

The students should fill the pre-admission form which is available on the college
Admission Portal

Step
2

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

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.

Important Dates

Commencement of the Academic Year 2023-24: 17th July 2023

Important Instructions

  • 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   20,700/- (for MA China Studies: 40,200/-) 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.
  • 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.

Documents Required

  Documents Required
Date of Birth Proof 

(Anyone of the following documents)

  1. Leaving certificate
  2. Passport
  3. Birth Certificate
  4. PAN Card
Address Proof 

(Anyone of the following documents)

  1. Aadhaar Card
  2. Passport
  3. Driving License
  4. Voter ID
Other Documents
  1. Caste Certificate (for SC, SC, OBC, VJ, NT,SBC & ESBC) if applicable
  2. Marriage Certificate OR Affidavit OR Gazette copy (If there is change in name)
  3. Migration Certificate (Compulsory)
  4. Link for Undertaking Document (Compulsory)
Documents for Person with Disability
  • Physical Disability Certificate from a competent authority (The certificate should clearly state the disability is not less than 40% and that the disability is permanent in nature)
Documents for Sports Quota
  • Certificate issued by competent authorities in a sports competition at State/National /International competitions
  • Credentials will be evaluated by Authorities of SVU
Documents for Non-Resident Indian( NRI)

(All documents are compulsory)

  1. Passport copy of Candidate
  2. A Letter issued by the Indian Embassy indicating NRI status of Parent/ Sponsor/ Candidate

Documents for Overseas Citizenship of India/Person of Indian Origin(OCI/PIO)

(All documents are compulsory)

  1. Passport copy of Candidate
  2. PIO (OCI) card copy (if the candidate is admitted under PIO (OCI) category)

Documents for Foreign Nationals

(All documents are compulsory)

  1. Visa
  2. Passport copy of Candidate
Academic Records Documents Required
M.A. (Ancient Indian History, Culture & Archaeology)
  1. SSC Marksheet and Passing Certificate (Board)
  2. Higher Secondary School Certificate (H.S.C.) or equivalent examination Marksheet OR Passing Certificate of attesting 10+2 years of education
  3. 3 years’ Marksheet (FY, SY,TY) + degree certificate + Convocation Certificate
  4. Diploma in Ancient Indian History Culture & Archaeology Marksheet OR Certificate
M.A. (Buddhist Studies)
  1. SSC Marksheet and Passing Certificate (Board)
  2. Higher Secondary School Certificate (H.S.C.) or equivalent examination Marksheet OR Passing Certificate of attesting 10+2 years of education
  3. 3 years’ Marksheet (FY, SY,TY) + Degree certificate + Convocation Certificate
  4. Diploma in Buddhist Studies OR Diploma in Buddhist Sanskrit: Language and Literature Marksheet OR Certificate
M.A. (Pali)
  1. SSC Marksheet and Passing Certificate (Board)
  2. Higher Secondary School Certificate (H.S.C.) or equivalent examination Marksheet OR Passing Certificate of attesting 10+2 years of education
  3. 3 years’ Marksheet (FY, SY,TY) + Degree certificate + Convocation Certificate
  4. Diploma in Pali OR Diploma in Pali Grammar Marksheet OR Certificate
M.A. (Jainology and Prakrit)
  1. SSC Marksheet and Passing Certificate (Board)
  2. Higher Secondary School Certificate (H.S.C.) or equivalent examination Marksheet OR Passing Certificate of attesting 10+2 years of education
  3. 3 years’ Marksheet (FY, SY,TY) + Degree certificate + Convocation Certificate
  4. Diploma in Jainology OR Diploma in Prakrit Language and Literature Marksheet OR Certificate
M.A. (Yogashastra)
  1. SSC Marksheet and Passing Certificate (Board)
  2. Higher Secondary School Certificate (H.S.C.) or equivalent examination Marksheet OR Passing Certificate of attesting 10+2 years of education
  3. 3 years’ Marksheet (FY, SY,TY) + Degree certificate + Convocation Certificate
  4. Diploma in Yoga OR equivalent Marksheet OR Certificate
M.A. (Sanskrit)
  1. SSC Marksheet and Passing Certificate (Board)
  2. Higher Secondary School Certificate (H.S.C.) or equivalent examination Marksheet OR Passing Certificate of attesting 10+2 years of education
  3. 3 years’ Marksheet (FY, SY,TY) + Degree certificate + Convocation Certificate
  4. Diploma in Sanskrit OR equivalent Marksheet OR Certificate
M.A. (Hindu Studies)
  1. SSC Marksheet and Passing Certificate (Board)
  2. Higher Secondary School Certificate (H.S.C.) or equivalent examination Marksheet OR Passing Certificate of attesting 10+2 years of education
  3. 3 years’ Marksheet (FY, SY,TY) + Degree certificate + Convocation Certificate
  • In case any of the following conditions apply to you, kindly upload the relevant Declaration in the format given below :
  • Candidates who do not have a final year graduation mark list.
  • Candidates who do not have a Convocation Certificate.

Click here to download the DECLARATION mark lists or certificates unavailable Format

Candidates whose final year results are awaited.

Click here to download the DECLARATION_Results Awaited Format

  • All candidates seeking admissions to the MA Yogashastra programme are required to submit the following documents :
  1. Self Declaration_Medical History (link given below)
  2. Fitness Certificate from a Physician (if candidate is above 60 years of age)

Click here to download the Self Declaration_Medical History Format

Fees Structure

Fees for students enrolling for First year in academic year 2024-25
Particulars Fees per annum
  • M.A. (Sanskrit)
  • M.A.(Hindu Studies)
  For Resident Indians For NRI / OCI / Foreign National
First Year Second Year First Year Second Year
Admission fees 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000
Tuition fees 27,100 29,900 54,200 59,800
Development fees 2,700 2,900 5,400 5,400
Exam fees 3,000 3,000 3,000 3,000
Library fees 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000
I Card fees 200 - 200 -
Convocation fees - 1,500 - 1,500
Total 35,000 39,300 64,800 72,100

 

Particulars Fees per annum
  • M.A. (Buddhist Studies)
  • M.A. (Pali)
  • M.A. (Jainology and Prakrit)
  For Resident Indians For NRI / OCI / Foreign National
First Year Second Year First Year Second Year
Admission fees 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000
Tuition fees 24,400 26,900 48,800 53,800
Development fees 2,400 2,600 4,800 5,200
Exam fees 3,000 3,000 3,000 3,000
Library fees 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000
I Card fees 200 - 200 -
Convocation fees - 1,500 - 1,500
Total 32,000 36,000 58,800 65,500
Particulars Fees per annum
  1. M.A. (Yoga)
  2. M.A.(Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology)
  For Resident Indians For NRI / OCI / Foreign National
First Year Second Year First Year Second Year
Admission fees 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000
Tuition fees 31,700 34,800 63,400 69,000
Development fees 3,100 3,400 6,200 6,800
Exam fees 3,000 3,000 3,000 3,000
Library fees 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000
I Card fees 200 - 200 -
Convocation fees - 1,500 - 1,500
Total 40,000 44,700 74,800 82,900

Academic Break

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.
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