Nalanda University also known as Nalanda International University is a Central University located in the town of Rajgir, Bihar. The University is a research-intensive international university supported by the countries of the East Asia Summit. Being established in 1951 the university began its first academic session in 2014. Nalanda University only offers Masters, Doctorate and Post Graduate Diploma programs to the students.

Nalanda University is inviting applications to Master and PhD Courses Admission 2021. Candidates can visit the official website to apply. Applications fee of INR 500 is to be paid during the online admission. Admission to these courses is done on the basis of merit scored in previous academic examinations. However, candidates seeking admission in the Ph.D. course will be called for a Personal Interview

Nalanda University Admission 2020

Events Date
Last date to apply for certificate courses October 27, 2020
Commencement of classes of certificate courses To be notified
Last date to apply for diploma courses October 19, 2020
Commencement of classes of diploma courses October 26, 2020
XAT 2021
XAT 2021 registrations  September 12, 2020 - December 10, 2020
Release of Admit Card December 20, 2020
XAT exam 2021 January 3, 2021
Result announcement Second week of January, 2021
MAT 2020 December (IBT Mode)
Registrations open October 5, 2020 - December 11, 2020
Release of Admit Card  November 18, 2020 - December 13, 2020 
MAT 2020 IBT Exam November 21, 2020 - December 15, 2020 
MAT 2020 December (CBT Mode)
Registrations open December 6, 2020 - December 23, 2020
Release of Admit Card  December 26, 2020 - December 28, 2020 
MAT 2020 CBT Exam December 28, 2020 

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Nalanda University Highlights

Official Website
Type of Programs PG and Ph.D.
Admission through Merit-based
How to Reach By Train – Patna (110 km), Gaya (78 km)
By Air – 115 km (Nearest Airpor is at Patna)
By Road – Rajgir to Nalanda (12km)/ Bihar Sharif (25km)/ Patna (110km)/ Gaya (78km)/ Pawapuri (38 km)

Nalanda University Courses and Admission

The Nalanda University currently offers Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Science (M.Sc), and Ph.D. in the Nalanda University. No other courses have been introduced as yet.

M.A. and M.Sc. Admission

  • Eligibility for Indian Students: Bachelor’s degree in respective disciplines from a recognized University / Institute with English as one of the compulsory subjects and minimum 55% marks in aggregate.
  • Eligibility for Overseas Students: A minimum of 2.2 GPA on a 4 Point scale in Bachelors with 10+2+3 system and a valid TOEFL/ IELTS/ PTE/ STEP/ TOEIC score.

Selection Process: After the completion of the tasks, the candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of their qualitative aspects and written work. Selected candidates will be called for a personal interview with the admission head/campus faculty.

Ph.D. Admission

Nalanda University offers a 4-year doctoral program for national and international students at two levels: Regular and Part-Time.

Eligibility for both Indian and Overseas candidates:

  • Candidates seeking admission in Ph.D. must have a master’s degree with at least 65% marks or equivalent. Dissertation at the Masters’ level or M.Phil. degree is necessary. 
  • A brief Bio-Note
  • Letter of Recommendation/References
  • A statement of purpose
  • A detailed research proposal

Selection ProcessBased on the eligibility requirements, shortlisted applicants will be called for an Interview. 

Post Graduate Diploma

Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree in relevant language or degree. Must be proficient in English. 

Selection ProcessCandidate has to appear in the interview through video conferencing using Skype as per the schedule of the University. 

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Nalanda University Scholarships

Following are the scholarships offered by Nalanda to deserving and needy candidates –

  • The candidates with a family income of less than INR 4.5 lakhs are eligible for up to 100% scholarship on tuition fee and residential charges.
  • The Candidates of Foreign Nationals with the good academic record are given a scholarship of up to 100% on tuition fee, residential and meal charges.
  • Candidates acquiring good marks in their respected disciplines are eligible for scholarships provided they send their acceptance of admission.
  • Candidates with a family income of less than INR 5 Lakh and who are ready to work for fixed hours to get paid to cover tuition fees and residential charges are eligible for a scholarship. The recipient will receive INR 200 per hour, totaling not more than INR 8000 per month.  
  • Candidates from countries like Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Cambodia, who wish to pursue higher studies can directly apply for a scholarship with the Indian Mission at their country.
  • Students registered for Regular Ph.D. program will be awarded fellowship per month as per Nalanda University norms. 

Nalanda University Facilities

Below mentioned are the facilities offered by the University to the students and faculty members:

  • Library: It has a fully air-conditioned library with wi-fi connectivity. It is fully automated with KOHA ILM Software and locker facilities for the students.
  • Cafeteria: It is situated in the main building and provides with healthy and sumptuous food.
  • Laboratory: The University has a well-equipped lab for its students to help them perform their research work with ease.
  • Medical Facilities: All admitted students are also covered under group medical coverage and group personal accident policy. Students also have the facility of seeing a visiting doctor at the campus for their medical needs.
  • Sports and Games: The university has made arrangements for recreation, sports and games at various Residence Halls.

Nalanda University FAQs

Ques. When will the 20-21 session of Nalanda University start?

Ans. The 2020-21 session of Nalanda University is expected to start from the first week of August,2020.

Ques..Does Nalanda University have a distance learning program?

Ans. No. Nalanda University currently does not have a distance learning program.

Ques. How do we get admission details of Nalanda University?

Ans. Candidates can get all the details regarding the admission process from

Ques. How to apply for Nalanda University Admission?

Ans. Visit the official university website, search for the ‘Apply Now’ option for PG and PG diploma Courses, pay an application fee of 500 INR and apply for the courses.

Ques. Do Nalanda University provide scholarships?

Ans. Yes Nalanda University provides several scholarships like Nalanda Merit-Based Scholarship, Nalanda Fellowship, Nalanda Work Study, ICCR Scholarships and many more.

Ques. What are the top courses provided by Nalanda University?

Ans. Nalanda University offers courses like MBA, MA, PG Diploma, Certification, MSc and PhD.

Ques. What is the last date for applying for application in Nalanda University?

Ans. The application deadline for different PG courses has been extended till June 15, 2020. Candidates are hereby advised to visit the official website ( to apply for the respective courses.

Ques. What is the Hostel fee of Nalanda University?

Ans. The Nalanda University charges around 12,000 - 30,000 INR/ semester for accommodation and 22,500 INR for meal plans/semester.