Admission requirements and fields of study


There are twenty universities under national jurisdiction in India and more than 215 state-run universities. In addition, there are more than 16.000 colleges either preparing students for university or offering vocational training.

The focus of Indian university education lies on scientific research and engineering. Especially IT subjects are booming as the number of graduates barely supplies the demand of the Indian economy. The most famous institutes are the Indian Institutes of Technology. They are highly accredited worldwide and offer the best education in technological fields in India.

If you want to study either technology or also management, you should choose one of the twenty national universities instead of the state-run institutes. Their funding is a lot better and they are connected to major Indian companies.

Since IT and engineering are highly popular fields of study, places in these subjects are limited. On the other hand, other subjects have trouble acquiring qualified students. If you plan on studying something other than software development and engineering, you are normally free to choose the best Indian university for yourself.

Admission requirements for universities in India

Admission requirements vary between universities and subjects in India. You will generally need a higher education entrance qualification. In addition, almost all universities take entrance exams. For further admission details you will either have to contact your desired university or take a look in a local newspaper, as they sometimes offer information on admission requirements as well.

Most foreigners in India do not have to take entrance tests but will receive preferential treatment. You will be accepted to a university only on the basis of your higher education entrance qualification. In return you are expected to contribute to a building fund and have to pay higher fees, which explains the special treatment.

The teaching language at most Indian universities is English. Especially in management, scientific and technical subjects you will only find English used in class. Some universities, however, have started offering their courses in local Indian languages as well, but only in addition to English.

International recognition of Indian universities

Most Indian universities are internationally accredited. However, there are also many institutes that only exist to make fast money. Their courses are not recognized and their diplomas are worthless. Although Indian authorities are trying hard to proceed against these institutes still thousands of young Indians fall prey to their dubious offers. It is important to check your university’s reputation and international credit before you enrol in a program.

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