Liberal Studies Entrance Tests in India

About Ashoka University

Ashoka University is a pioneer in its focus on providing a liberal education at par with the best in the world. The aim at Ashoka is to help students become well-rounded individuals who can think critically about issues from multiple perspectives, communicate effectively and become leaders with a commitment to public service. An Ashoka education carries a strong emphasis on foundational knowledge, thorough academic research based on rigorous pedagogy, and hands-on experience with real-world challenges.

About Liberal Studies

There is really no such thing as a Liberal Arts subject. Any subject can be taught as one, as long as it is not being used as professional training for a particular kind of career. So, Economics is a Liberal Art while Accountancy is not; Biology is a Liberal Art while Medicine is not; English is a Liberal Art while Journalism is not. A Liberal Arts education, however, is a very distinctive thing: it is an engagement with one (or more) of these fundamental disciplines in combination with a broad exposure to multiple disciplinary ways of thinking. If single-subject based education produces the I-shaped student, a Liberal Arts education produces the T-shaped student. The 'I' stands for depth in one subject, while the 'T' combines depth with range.

The western model of Liberal Arts education has not been a significant presence in the modern Indian university, which is largely a creation of British colonial rule in the 19th century, primarily to certify personnel for government jobs. Hence the focus on rote-learning and examination that we still have. This is education of the I-shaped model, cultivating expertise in a single field, as opposed to the broader 'T' of the Liberal Arts system, which has found the most successful implementation in the US. The broad mode of Liberal Arts education ia worth exploring in India today.

Under Graduate Courses

The University offers Majors in 11 subjects and Interdisciplinary Majors in a further 9 subjects, thereby offering students a total of 20 options to major in. They can also pick Minors from among 18 programmes on offer.

Foundation Courses

  • Literature and the World
  • Principles of Science
  • Social and Political Formations
  • Indian Civilizations
  • Introduction to Mathematical Thinking
  • Great Books
  • Mind and Behaviour

Majors Courses

  • Biology (B.Sc.Hons)
  • Computer Science (B.Sc. Hons.)
  • Economics (B.A. Hons.)
  • English (B.A. Hons.)
  • History (B.A. Hons.)
  • Mathematics (B.Sc. Hons.)
  • Philosophy (B.A. Hons.)
  • Physics (B.Sc. Hons)
  • Political Science (B.A. Hons.)
  • Psychology (B.A. Hons.)
  • Sociology/Anthropology (B.A. Hons.)

Interdisciplinary Majors

  • Computer Science and Entrepreneurship (B.Sc. Hons.)
  • Computer Science and Mathematics (B.Sc. Hons.)
  • English and Creative Writing (B.A Hons.)
  • Economics and Finance (B.Sc. Hons.)
  • Economics and History (B.A.Hons.)
  • English and Journalism (B.A. Hons.)
  • History and International Relations (B.A. Hons.)
  • Politics, Philosophy and Economics (B.A. Hons.)
  • Politics and Society (B.A. Hons.)

Minors at Ashoka

  • Creative Writing
  • Environmental Studies
  • Entrepreneurship
  • International Relations
  • Media Studies
  • Performing Arts
  • Visual Arts

Admissions Process

Ashoka University's undergraduate programme offers a 3 +1 year-long interdisciplinary liberal arts and sciences education that focuses on original research and intellectual growth. If you choose to apply for the Undergraduate Programme at Ashoka University, please proceed further.

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About Flame University

FLAME has been created as an academic institution anchored in Liberal Education. It is the pioneer of Liberal Education in India. The objective of Liberal Education at FLAME is to go beyond the known and familiar structured and narrowly encapsulated forms of knowledge. The aim is to provide students a learning experience that would excite and enthuse them. The education at FLAME University rests in multiplicity and simultaneity, as well as in making active choices from all that is made available. The focus is on experiencing, learning, self-reflection and self-discovery by freeing themselves from the traditional ways of looking at things and instead to constantly question and challenge themselves, society and the world at large. The purpose is to give the country and the young generation an academic institution that fires the imagination of students to discover the magic and passion in themselves, to foster their creativity, to propel their innovativeness and determination to create, build and shape new enterprises.

Under Graduate Programmes

FLAME University offers three-year B.A., B.A. (Hons)*, B.Sc., B.B.A. and B.B.A. (Communications Management) undergraduate programs. The liberal education anchored undergraduate programs at FLAME University are an effort to revolutionize higher education in India. FLAME endeavours to deliver an education rooted in life-skills development accompanied with breadth and depth of knowledge. [*B.A. (Honours) program is offered in Economics. Minors are not available in the Honours program.]

FLAME has made a radical departure from traditional models of higher education by addressing two critical issues - lack of inter-disciplinary as well as the lack of opportunity to make an informed decision about one's specialization. Rather than limiting students to the three streams of Arts, Science and Commerce, FLAME allows students to take courses across cognate areas such as Physical and Natural Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences and Fine and Performing Arts. This exposes students to multiple disciplines, to give them the opportunity to truly explore their academic interests so that they can make an enlightened choice about their specialization. The core courses such as Critical Reasoning, Academic Writing, and IT Literacy equip students with the necessary skills to excel in their further study.

Selection Process

  • Admission Test (FEAT/SAT)
  • Essay
  • Personal Interview
  • Past Academic Record
  • Extracurricular activities/ achievements
  • Statement of Purpose (SOP)
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About SSLA

Liberal arts is growing immensely as a preferred field of study across the world, especially in societies and countries that have come to realise that merely being placed in a job is not the sole aim of a well-rounded education. Sure, job opportunities are crucial, but they aren't the be all and end all. A liberal arts degree program offers students everything that a traditional BA or BSc does, and more. This kind of an approach equips one with all the technical and academic knowledge to excel in one's chosen field of study, while simultaneously enriching one's knowledge with other skill sets that strengthen a core domain. The Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts is a learning community which brings in the principles of social justice and responsibility as a necessary part of the academic environment that encourages freedom of expression, respect and self-reliance.

Core Courses

  • Computer Fundamentals
  • Current Economic and Business Analysis
  • Diversity Studies
  • Environmental Awareness
  • History of Man
  • Intoduction to Multicultural Studies
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Legal Awareness
  • Logic
  • Quantitative Reasoning II
  • Quantitative Reasoning I_ (mathematics)
  • Research Methodology I
  • Research Methodology II
  • Rhetoric and Critical Writing
  • Short Stories from Around the World
  • Understanding India: What is India Unravelling the Mystery
  • Writing across Genre Freeing Creativity
  • History of Ideas

Majors Courses

  • Anthropology
  • Computer Studies
  • International Relations
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Media Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Biology
  • Economics
  • English
  • Business Studies
  • Psychology

Minors Subjects

  • Dance
  • Film Studies
  • German
  • History
  • Law
  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Theatre
  • Urdu
  • French
  • Music
  • Women & Gender Studies
  • International Relations
  • Media Studies
  • Political Science
  • Computer Studies
  • Economics
  • English
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Business
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology

Electives Subjects

  • Odissi
  • Adaptation: Cinema and Literature
  • Design Tools-III and Design Tools- IV
  • Colonial Encounters: Literary Representations and Theoretical Reflections
  • Sport and Performance Psychology
  • Introduction to the Microbial World
  • Critical Ideas of the 20th Century
  • Knowledge: Contested, Contextualized, Confirmed
  • Indian Penal Code
  • Sustainability for the post-2015 World
  • Programming Concepts and C Language
  • Crisis in West Asia
  • Micro Economics II
  • Global Justice
  • Introduction to Violence, Conflict and Peace Studies
  • Politics of Ecology and Environment in Developing Countries
  • Law Relating to Intellectual Property Rights
  • Introduction to Moral Philosophy
  • Carnatic Classical in Indian Musicology
  • Modern Indian Thinkers
  • Understanding Feminisms
  • Reading World Poetry 1
  • Greek Philosophy
  • Analysis of Current Events
  • Use of Signs and Symbols for Marketing and Branding
  • Basic Spanish I (Spanish Conversation)
  • Basic Japanese I (Japanese Conversation)
  • French A-1 - Paper 1 (French Conversation)
  • Introduction to Maker Culture: Developing technological Intervention for Social Needs
  • Write up Your Alley
  • Hindi - Electives
  • Mahabharata
  • Art, Philosophy and Society.
  • Cinema, Masculinity and Culture
  • Living with Climate Change
  • An Introduction to Cultural Studies
  • Re-conceptualizing the Noir Film
  • Religion and Rebellion: Roots of resistance in the ground of Tradition
  • Introduction to Social Work
  • Everyday Physics
  • Creative Writing - Media, Advertising, Content, and Screenplay
  • French A-1 - Paper 1
  • Urdu Paper 1
  • Oops: Objects Out of Place, The Unexplained & The Explainable
  • Logic Development and Programming Concepts
  • Introduction to Python
  • Health and Wellness Management
  • German A-1 - Paper 1
  • Literature and Religion
  • Politics and the Media in India
  • Science as Muse: Intersections of Science and the Arts
  • Natyashastra: An Indian Perspective of Performing Art
  • Introduction to Theatre Making
  • Indian Constitution
  • Literature & Gender: The Politics
  • The Illbeing - Disease, Health and Socio-politics
  • Film Appreciation
  • Post-Marxism seminar

Application Process

The application process for admission to SSLA spans out in two steps.

SET (Symbiosis Entrance Test)

All candidates* will have to register for the General Paper of the SET (Symbiosis Entrance Test).

How to register:

  • Go to to register for the examination
  • After successfully creating your username and password, you will have to fill in your personal information in the web portal
  • Choose SET General paper in order to be eligible for application to SSLA
  • You may now complete your registration by making a payment of Rs 1750/- towards the SET fee and Rs 1000/- towards the SSLA registration fee. Payment can be made either online or offline.
  • Admit cards can be downloaded from this portal on 21 April 2018

SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) Score

  • If a Student has already given SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) exam, which is widely used for college admissions in United States. they can also register themselves through SAT Score and do not have to appear for the General paper of SET.

  • You will be able fill in the SAT Score in the form itself once you register yourselves on the web portal.

PI-WAT (Personal Interaction and Writing Ability Test)

Once the SET results are declared, SSLA will declare its shortlist of candidates eligible for the second step - PI WAT. The shortlist is dependent only on the SET and the cutoff varies year to year. The PI-WAT (Personal Interaction and Writing Ability Test) will be conducted at SSLA, Pune.

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About JSLH

Over the first two years of the BA, students train in the foundational aspects of the liberal arts and humanities through core courses, electives at JSLH and select courses across the different schools of the University. They do one-month internships between every semester. In the final year of the BA they choose a major – one subject – as an area for concentrated study and they write a thesis. The thesis in the third year is a detailed work of substantial length and depth over a subject specialism. 


All candidates will be selected based on a holistic basis--taking into account not only their academic records but also their statements of purpose and interviews.

Students must have successfully passed the examination conducted by a board or university at the 10 + 2 level of schooling or its equivalent and must also clear the Jindal Scholastic Aptitude Test [JSAT] (

All students must also submit a 1,000-word personal statement about why you want to study Liberal Arts at JSLH. This essay should give the reader a sense of your passions, goals, and personality.

Credit Structure 

For a B.A. (Hons) in Liberal Arts and Humanities, students must complete at least 115 credits to graduate

  • 19 Core Classes (57 Credits)
  • 6 Elective Classes in Any Subject (30 Credits)
  • 8 Major Courses (24 Credits)
  • A Senior Honors Thesis (6 Credits)
  • 2 Summer Internships (6 Credits)
  • 2 Winter Internships (4 Credits)


All students in the Jindal School of Liberal Arts and Humanities pursuing the three-year Jindal degree track will graduate with a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Humanities with a specialization in one of eleven areas

  • Economics
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Expressive Arts (Visual Arts)
  • Global Studies
  • History
  • International Business 
  • Literary Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Self-Designed

Jindal Scholastic Aptitude Test (JSAT)

The JSAT is a Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQ) test. It has 120 questions and needs to be completed in 120 minutes. There are no negative marks for wrong answers. It is divided into three sections:

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About KREA

Undergraduate Programmes in the Liberal Arts and Sciences
B.A. Honours/B.Sc. Honours

Some of the finest minds in the world have come together to design Krea University’s unique undergraduate programmes, specifically to deliver the above four outcomes.

Krea University’s B.A. Honours/B.Sc. Honours degrees include required core and skills courses, chosen concentration courses, chosen electives, interdisciplinary core, immersive, experiential learning, capstone thesis and co-curriculars. This structure coupled with the extensive use of technology tools, helps students analyse information and synthesize knowledge, to design experiments and attempt to solve real-world problems; and in doing so, they learn.

Undergraduate Programmes

Krea University offers 3-year B.A. (Honours) & B.Sc. (Honours) degrees, with an option to do an additional year i.e. fourth year of Advanced Studies.

B.A. (Honours) B.Sc. (Honours)
Economics Computer Science
History Environmental Studies
Literature & the Arts Life Sciences and Cognitive Sciences
Political Science Mathematics
Social Studies Physical Sciences

To this end, the curriculum re-imagined by the eminent Academic Council after much deliberation, is based on seven key components, which are woven together to achieve the targeted outcomes

  • Required Core and Skill Courses
  • Chosen Concentration Courses
  • Chosen Electives
  • Immersive Experiences
  • Interdisciplinary Core
  • Capstone Thesis
  • Co-curriculars

Selection Process

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For the last 35 years, NMIMS has been a pioneer and a thought-leader in the field of higher education. The Jyoti Dalal School of Liberal Arts is yet another effort to respond to the unmet educational needs of society. The three year under graduate program offered by the School, provides broad-based and trans-disciplinary education by offering a wide spectrum of courses in Humanities, Social Sciences, Formal Sciences, Law, Fine Arts and Performing Arts. At the level of the individual, such education helps to develop a well-rounded personality capable of working anywhere. At the social level, it engenders active, productive and ethical citizenship.

B. A. (Hons.) - Liberal Arts

The Liberal Arts programme at NMIMS is a three year undergraduate, interdisciplinary programme geared towards creating holistic individuals capable of actively contributing to society through their chosen field of interest. The first two years are common to all while the third year is geared towards preparing students for careers. The semesters are thematically driven such that across subjects students are studying common themes. Some of the themes to be covered in the two years include: an understanding of contemporary India, understanding the historical context of the modern world, understanding revolutions among others. These themes will be explored through the lenses of Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, Literature, Philosophy and Creative Expression. In the third year students will have the choice of taking up either (a) Advanced Courses in Humanities (b) Professional courses in media, journalism, design etc (c) General Management. The course architecture gives further details of the curriculum. Classroom teaching is complemented with field projects and study tours.

Course duration: 3 years

Intake: 60 Seats

  • Trans-disciplinary and integrative approach to learning eliminating silos
  • Experiential learning modules
  • Non-threatening environment of learning and evaluation
  • Student-centric approach

Careers after B. A. (Hons.) - Liberal Arts :

With your Liberal Arts degree, you may find careers in:
  • Higher studies at any International or Indian University.
  • Your preferred area of specialization - Media (TV, Films), Journalism, Fine Arts, Performing Arts, Art administration, Design architecture, Politics & Governance, Social Science and Humanities.
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Civil Services.
  • Corporate World - most management companies want well-rounded people.
  • People Centric Services.


B. A. (Hons.) - Liberal Arts

NPAT (NMIMS Programs after 10+2)

Admission Process:
  • NPAT (NMIMS Programs After 10+2) (May) 
  • Short written test and Personal Interview (June)
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Young Achievers Courses

Super Long Term

18 - 24 month
  • 130 + Instructor led classroom sessions
  • 5 + exclusive Concept Books / 500 + pages of additional Supplements
  • Comprehensive GK / Online Resources
  • 3000 + questions / online / offline
  • 15 Full Length Mocks (Liberal Studies)
  • Essays, LoRs, Interviews

Long Term

06 - 12 month
  • 100 + Instructor led classroom sessions
  • 5 + exclusive Concept Books / 500 + pages of additional Supplements
  • Comprehensive GK / Online Resources
  • 1000 + questions / online / offline
  • 10 Full Length Mocks (Liberal Studies)
  • Essays, LoRs, Interviews

Crash Course

01 - 02 month
  • 75 + Instructor led classroom sessions
  • 5 Concept Books / with detailed solutions
  • Online GK s upplements / Additional Resources
  • 500 + questions / online / offline
  • 5 Full Length Mocks (Liberal Studies)
  • Essays, LoRs, Interviews

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