Application Guide
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The Application Guide will help prospective students in preparing an application for any of the programmes (Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Professional) offered by SSSIHL for admissions.
It is essential that you read this guide carefully before you submit your application form with the required details and supporting materials and documentation. Candidates who fail to fulfill all requirements will not be considered for admissions.
STEP 1: CHOOSE YOUR COURSE
The first step in your application is to select the course you want to apply to. This is important as there are different applications forms for each programme (i.e. undergraduate, postgraduate, etc.). The degree programmes open for admissions are:
  • Undergraduate – B.A., B.A. (Hons.), B.B.A., B.C.A. and B.Sc. (Hons.)
  • Postgraduate – M.A. and M.Sc.
  • Professional – MBA, M.Tech., B.Ed. and M.Ed.

For a complete list of courses open for admissions for women and men candidates, click here.

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STEP 2: PROGRAMME ELIGIBILITY & DESCRIPTIONS
The minimum entrance requirements vary from programme to programme. Candidates who do not meet all the admissions criteria listed below will not be eligible for admissions and their applications will not be processed by the Admissions Office. They will be sent a letter of rejection by the Admissions Office. Download the eligibility requirements and programmes description to check the eligibility for the programme you wish to apply for.
Undergraduate Programmes 2015 
Postgraduate Programmes 2015
Professional Programmes 2015
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STEP 3: COMPLETE AN APPLICATION FORM – PAPER OR ONLINE
Deadlines
For 2015 entry, the deadline for availability of paper application forms is 15 February 2015 and receipt of all completed applications by SSSIHL is 28 February 2015.

How do I get an application form?

SSSIHL offers all applicants TWO options of initiating the application process for admissions:
  1. Online – via the online application portal, or
  2. Postal – get a paper application form posted to you by the University
Application through Online Portal
The online application is the easiest and most secure option to apply for admissions to SSSIHL.
For students who choose this option, please visit the link for the online application portal. In this option, you will be guided step-by-step how to fill up the form.
Note: It is mandatory that you have an email ID. If you do not have one yet, we suggest you create an online account with popular web-based email service providers such as Google, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc. They are all free of charge.
The online application portal will guide you step by step to fill up the application form online. Once you have completed the requirements, you will be able to view the filled-in application form in PDF format and save it on your computer.
(Please note: you must have Adobe Reader to view PDFs on your computer. You may download this for free, by visiting http://get.adobe.com/reader).
Paper Application Form
If you prefer to get the Application form by post, please write to:
Admissions Office
Office of the Registrar
Administrative Building
Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning
Prasanthi Nilayam – 515 134,
Dist. Anantapur
Andhra Pradesh
What you must send with the written request:
  1. Indian Postal Order (IPO) or Demand Draft (DD) for Rs.100/-. The Bank draft should be drawn in favour of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, payable at SBI, Prasanthi Nilayam/Puttaparthi.

    Note: Only one application per course of study is permitted. A candidate who wants multiple application forms for different courses of study needs to send separate written requests along with above-mentioned DD/IPO. In case you decide to apply online, you need to fill in separate forms for each online application.

    You must send separate IPO/DDs per application. 

  2. The name and complete postal address along with programmes for which application form is required should be clearly stated in Block letters on the reverse of the IPO/DD and also in the requisition letter. 

  3. Indication of which programme you would like to apply to – whether you want to apply for an Undergraduate, Postgraduate or Professional programme for admission. This is very important, since there are THREE separate application forms for admission – one each for Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Professional Programmes. Incorrect forms will be rejected. 

  4. Full return address. Please indicate your full return address, clearly mentioned in your written request, so that we can post you the form and related Handbooks.

How do I fill an application form?

If you choose to apply via the online portal, all the instructions on filling the online form will be given on each page. Additionally, you may choose to refer to the instructions for filling in the form, given in the attachment below.
If you have received the application form by post, please make sure to read the full instructions on how to fill the application form included in the Admissions Handbook.
It is important that for any reason, if you are not able to comprehend the instructions, that you ask for help from someone, like an elder or a friend.
Candidates who are unable to comply fully with the instructions, and whose forms are incomplete in any way, (for example signatures by both you and your parent/guardian) will be rejected and their applications will not be processed further.
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STEP 4: DOCUMENTS CHECKLIST
Once you have filled in the application form in full – complete with signatures, attested photograph, etc. you will have to make sure that all the supporting documents are included with the form before posting them.
Online applicants will be able to view their form in full in PDF format after they go through the online application portal and will be able to print the same.
Note: All Mark sheets (and photographs), must be attested by the Head of the Institution last attended or by a Gazetted Officer. Attestation means that a person of responsibility actually signs across the photograph and that below the signature there is rubber stamp of the official who is attesting. The Official Stamp must be so imprinted that it overlaps both the photo and the form. Similarly, for mark sheets, the signature and rubber stamp go together.
The complete list of supporting materials to include is:
Two additional passport-sized photographs
These are in addition to the one you have attested and stuck on the application form. On the reverse side of each photograph, please clearly write the following:
Your Name and Applicant ID (online applications) or Application Number (paper applications)
Statement of Marks
For Undergraduate Programmes applicants:
  1. Attested photocopies of the Statement of Marks for X Std. issued by your Higher Secondary School Board 
  2. Attested photocopies of the Statement of Marks for XI Std. issued by your Higher Secondary School (only applicable to candidates who fall short marginally of the eligibility criteria based on X Std. marks).
Note: If you are successful and get admission, your final attested mark sheets for XII Std. will need to be submitted within a month after joining the institute.
For Postgraduate / Professional Programmes applicants:
Attested photocopies of the Statement of Marks for X Std. issued by your Higher Secondary School Board
Attested photocopies of the Statement of Marks for XII Std. issued by your Higher Secondary School Board
Attested photocopies of the Statement of Marks (along with the final degree certificate) of all semesters/years issued by the authority (University/College/Institution) which conducted the Qualifying Examinations leading to your Final degree.
Note: If you have just finished your final exams or are about to take them, please send final mark sheets for all the years preceding the final year. If your institution follows a semester system, please send exam mark sheets for all semesters preceding the final semester.
Co-curricular Achievements
This is optional. If you have certificates that highlight your involvement in Co-curricular (non-academic) activities, please include these with your application for consideration.
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STEP 5: SUBMIT APPLICATION FORM WITH REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
Once you are satisfied that you have completed all the necessary requirements for the application form and the supporting materials, you will now be in a position to post the same to the Admissions office of the University.
Deadlines
Paper application Forms for 2015 entry will be available from 5 December 2014 until 15 Feb 2015. If you prefer to apply online, you can do so between 5 December 2014 and 20 February 2015. The deadline for receipt of completed applications by SSSIHL is 28 Feb 2015.
Please follow these steps to ensure your application is successful:
Staple the filled application form with all supporting materials. Then, seal them in an A4-sized envelope. This is important so you do not fold the form and certificates attached.
Note: ONLINE APPLICANTS ONLY
If you have chosen to pay online, kindly print and attach a copy of the electronic receipt. Otherwise, kindly send an Indian Postal Order (IPO) or Demand Draft (DD) for Rs.100/- per application. The Bank draft should be drawn in favour of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, payable at SBI, Prasanthi Nilayam/Puttaparthi.

Write the Applicant ID (online applications) or Application Number (paper applications) and the course for which you have applied on the envelope that you are posting.
Post the completed application so that it reaches the University BEFORE the application deadline: 28 February 2015.
On average, allow one week for applications posted within South India and two weeks for the rest of India. Late Applications reaching after this date will not be considered for admissions.
It is compulsory that all applications are posted either by Registered Post or via a courier service. Should you opt for a courier service, it is advisable that you check with them if they have an office or delivery service in Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh. An example of this is Professional Couriers, which has an office at Puttaparthi.
The complete postal address is:
Admissions Office
Office of the Registrar
Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning
Vidyagiri
Prasanthi Nilayam – 515 134
Dist. Anantapur
Andhra Pradesh
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STEP 6: AWAIT CONFIRMATION OF DECISION ON WRITTEN TEST ELIGIBILITY
Once the Admissions Office receives your application, it will be duly processed to make sure that you meet all the preliminary eligibility criteria and that all the supporting materials (including your application form) are accurate.
If you meet all these criteria, the University will write to you on the mailing address that you indicated in your application form. You will receive an Admissions Entrance Test card. This will allow you to sit for the admissions Entrance Test.
If you do not meet the criteria, you will also hear in writing from the university, stating that your application has been rejected.
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STEP 7: ATTEND WRITTEN TEST / INTERVIEW
Once you receive your Admissions Entrance Test card, you are required to travel to Prasanthi Nilayam, Puttaparthi (in Andhra Pradesh) to take your admissions test. If you clear the written test, you will have to attend an interview as well. Interviews are usually held over the few days following the written test.

What about the Admissions Tests schedule?

Admissions Tests for 2014 entry will be held between 17-30 April 2015. Depending on the programme you have applied for, you must arrive at least the day before your test. You can refer to the Admissions Test & Interview Schedule 2015 for exact dates.

What about the Admissions Test Syllabus?

You can download the admissions tests syllabi below, depending on which programme you have applied for.
Undergraduate Programmes 2015 
Postgraduate Programmes 2015
Professional Programmes 2015
Please note that it is compulsory to write a test in General English along with subject-related tests.
The admissions tests are largely objective multiple-choice questions that are evaluated by an Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) system. The OMR system is foolproof and 100% accuracy is guaranteed during evaluation. Negative marks are awarded for every incorrect answer. This is usually 25% of the total marks allocated for that particular question.

What do I do on the morning of the Admissions Test?

All Admissions tests will be held at the Prasanthi Nilayam Campus of the University. The building is located 200 meters away from the Ganesh Gate of the ashram. (Take a right once you exit the ashram and walk past the bus stand, the police station and the shops. The college building will be on your left). It is a five minutes walk.
You are required to report to the premises 45 minutes prior to your scheduled test time. For example, if your test begins at 9 a.m., reach the College at 8:15 a.m.
When you reach the main entrance of the building, various instructions and announcements pertaining to the Tests, Interviews etc. will be displayed on the notice board at the entrance of the College.

Do I need to bring anything with me to the Entrance Test?

All candidates need to bring two HB pencils along with an eraser and sharpener for the admissions test. You are also required to carry a pen (preferably blue ink). Other test-specific instructions will be sent to you via post along with your Admissions Test Entrance card.

What about the Interview?

Only candidates who pass the written test will be invited for an interview. Candidates are shortlisted for an interview on the basis of their performance in General English versus the total aggregate of other tests, both of which have a minimum cut-off point.
The interview process evaluates the suitability of the candidates keeping in view the unique requirements of the fully residential, values-based system of education at SSSIHL.
The interview is usually conducted on the very next day following the written test.
Candidates who pass written tests for the MBA and MBA (Finance) programmes, will have a Group discussion in addition to an interview, as part of the admissions procedure. Also, those candidates successful in passing the written test for the M.Tech. programmes, will have to attend a Practical and Oral test in addition to the written test.
Admission Test results are published at on the same day of the test (late evening/night) or early morning of the following day. They will be published on notice boards at the following two places:
  1. Opposite the Accommodation office in the ashram
  2. Prasanthi Nilayam Campus
The above notice will contain details regarding the date and the time of Interviews.
If you are selected for the interview stage, and other tests (such as practical tests or group discussions), you will be required to spend more time at Prasanthi Nilayam.

How do I reach Prasanthi Nilayam?

Prasanthi Nilayam is the name of the ashram established by Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. It is also the name of the main campus of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning. It is located in Puttaparthi, in the district of Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh. Click here (Opens JPEG: SSSIHL_Map_of_Campuses) for a map of all the campuses of SSSIHL.
By train:
Prasanthi Nilayam has a railway station by the name Sri Sathya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam (station code: SSPN). The campus and ashram are located at about 10 k.m. from the railway station. Several trains come directly to Sri Sathya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam. Auto rickshaws will charge around Rs.80 for a one-way fare to the main entrance of the ashram.
Alternatively, you can reach Puttaparthi by taking a train to the Dharmavaram Junction (station code: DMM). Dharmavaram is about 40km from Puttaparthi and is on the Guntakal-Bangalore section of the South-Central Railway.
Those alighting at Dharmavaram Railway Station may board direct buses from the railway station to Prasanthi Nilayam. If direct buses are not available from the station, you can take an auto rickshaw to the Dharmavaram Bus Stand, from where buses to Puttaparthi are available for a nominal charge. Private Taxis and vans may also be available in the vicinity of the Dharmavaram Bus Stand.
A computerized Railway Reservation facility is available at the Prasanthi Nilayam Bus Stand for those who wish to book return tickets.
By bus:
Puttaparthi may be reached directly by bus from Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and major towns of Andhra Pradesh. Buses alight at the Puttaparthi bus stand which is conveniently located directly opposite to the entrance gate of the ashram.
By car:
Puttaparthi is located off National Highway (NH) 7, which connects Bangalore to Hyderabad. Look out for signs to Puttaparthi or visit Google Maps for point-to-point directions.
By flight:
The nearest airport to Puttaparthi is Bangalore International airport. Once you exit the terminal building, you can negotiate a taxi to take you to Puttaparthi. On average, expect to pay Rs.1800 for a one-way taxi fare. It takes less than three hours to reach Puttaparthi from Bangalore airport.

When should I arrive?

We strongly recommend that you arrive in Prasanthi Nilayam the day prior to the Written Test.
To ensure that you get accommodation in the ashram, we strongly suggest that you arrange your travel plans so that you arrive at the ashram accommodation office before 8 p.m. (latest) on the day of your arrival.

How can I get accommodation?

The entrance of the ashram (Ganesh Gate) is located opposite the bus stand. Following a brief security check (of your luggage), you may proceed directly to the accommodation office. For any help or directions, just ask a sevadal (women or men volunteers with yellow or blue scarves) to assist you.
Accommodation
All candidates (and their accompanying parents/wards) visiting Prasanthi Nilayam for entrance tests will be provided accommodation at nominal prices inside the ashram. However, it is mandatory that you have your Admission Tess Entrance card at hand and produce it to the Accommodation officer on arrival.
The accommodation office is located inside the ashram opposite the South Indian canteen and is open from 6:15 a.m. to 8 p.m. everyday. You cannot get accommodation in the ashram outside of these hours. Entry to the Ashram – via car or by foot (Ganesh Gate) is between 4 a.m. and 9:30 p.m., everyday.

What about other services available inside the ashram? Also, are there things to do in Puttaparthi if we have spare time?

For further assistance to these queries, kindly visit Prasanthi Nilayam Information.
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STEP 8: WAIT FOR RESULTS / FINAL DECISION
After all the admissions tests and interviews are completed in April, final decisions about admissions will be made and posted on the University website on the day following the completion of tests and interviews for that particular programme. By 1 May 2015, all results will be posted on the website.
Additionally, provisional list of selected candidates will also be put up at the Ashram (opposite the Accommodation office).
For those selected candidates who do not have access to the Internet, a selection letter will be posted to you soon after the admissions results are declared. Along with the letter, related information will also be included.
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STEP 9: JOIN THE UNIVERSITY!
Congratulations! If you make it to this stage, you have got a place to study at Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning.
The Academic Year 2015/16 commences on 1 June 2015.
List of documentation to be submitted upon admission
All newly admitted candidates must submit the following to the Director of the Campus on the opening day of the University academic year:
Undergraduate Programmes
  • Original Marks Certificate of X/XII Standard. If your XII Std. results are not yet published, you should submit the original marks certificate of X Standard).
  • Transfer Certificate
  • Conduct Certificate
Postgraduate or Professional Programmes
  • Original Marks Certificate of your college / University degree. If your final year results are not yet published, you should submit the original marks certificate of you previous degree / XII Standard.
  • Transfer Certificate
  • Conduct Certificate
You are wished the very best.
Sai Ram.
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I cannot think of any other place where academics, music, singing, dance, sports, public speaking are all encouraged keeping spirituality as the undercurrent. So much so that even the most introvert people become dynamic. Their potentialities are tapped and by the time the student passes out, he/she knows in what way he/she can serve the society.

B. Venugopal
Alumnus, Bank of America, Hyderabad.
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