SC/ST Candidates

In accordance with the policy of the Government of India and the guidelines of the University Grants Commission, the University has reserved 15% of seats in each course for candidates belonging to the scheduled castes and 7.5% for those belonging to the scheduled tribes with a provision for inter-changeability between these categories, wherever necessary. All SC/ST candidates who have passed the qualifying examination are eligible to apply for admission irrespective of the percentage of marks obtained in the qualifying examination. Candidates should submit a certificate about their caste from a Revenue Officer not below the rank of the Tahsildar at the time of admission.

OBC Candidates

The Pondicherry University is implementing 27% reservation for OBC category (Non-Creamy Layer) as per Government of India instructions. The maximum cut-off marks for OBCs in the
entrance examination will be 10% below the cut-off marks of general category candidates. However, there is no relaxation in the eligibility criteria.

Differently abled Candidates

3% of seats in each course are reserved for the differently abled candidates. Each differently abled candidate shall be required to submit a certificate from a government hospital indicating
the extent of physical disability and also the extent to which the disability hampers the candidate in pursuing his/ her studies. The candidates may have to undergo a fresh medical examination if
required by the University before being admitted.


1) Admission will be made for the Army Personnel in the following courses of Pondicherry University as per the number of seats mentioned against each in accordance with the terms and conditions of the MoU and regulations of the University. 

Sl.No Name of the Course No.of Seats
1 M.A (South Asian Studies) 10
2 MBA (All five) 2 each (10)
3 Ph.D. - All subjects of Social Sciences and Humanities (External / Full time) Max of 20 per year (subject to a maximum of 2 seats in each
4 Resident Research Scholars in South Asian Studies (Chairs of Excellence) Max of five per year


2) The number of seats to be allotted to Army personnel will be over and above the sanctioned strength in each subject mentioned above.

3) The army personnel nominated by the Army Headquarters have to fulfill the minimum eligibility criteria prescribed for various courses.

4) The nominated army personnel shall, however, write the Entrance Examination at an exclusive centre for the Army at a mutually convenient location.

A separate merit list will be prepared for these seats from amongst the Army candidates.

5) Admission will be given to those officers serving in DRDO seeking admission for Ph.D programme as per the provision contained in 2.1(f) of Ph.D regulations of the University.

Candidates from the Union Territory of Puducherry

25% of the seats are reserved for the Puducherry Union territory candidates with respect to M.B.A.(Tourism), M.Sc., (Ecology and Environmental Sciences), M.Sc. (Physics), M.Sc. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, M.Sc (ComputerScience), M.Sc.(Applied Geology), M.A.(Applied Economics), M.Tech. (Computer Science & Engineering), M.A. (Mass Communication), M.A. (South Asian Studies), Master of Library & Information Science, Master of Education, Master of Social Work, M.Tech. (Network & Internet Engineering), M.Tech. (Environmental Engineering & Management), M.Sc. (Applied Psychology), M.Sc. Electronic Media and M.Sc. (Food Science & Nutrition).

In respect of MCA & M.Com. (Business Finance) which are offered at both Karaikal and Puducherry Campuses the reservation will be as follows: Karaikal Campus: 25% for Karaikal residents failing which for students from other regions of Puducherry and Puducherry Campus: 25% for
Puducherry, Mahe & Yanam residents, failing which for students from Karaikal. Two Students hailing from the Union Territory of Puducherry shall be admitted to M.Sc. Biotechnology programme
based on the merit list prepared by Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Definition of Residence of Union Territory of Puducherry

An applicant is considered to be a resident of Puducherry provided he/she is an Indian national and satisfies at least one of the following criteria:

(i) Those candidates or whose parents have been residing continuously in this Union Territory for at least the last five years as on 1-7-2011 (ii) Those who have passed the graduation or any higher public examination and for that purpose had under gone academic training.

(iii) Children of the spouse of Central/State Government employees/ Defence personnel/ employees of Public Sector Undertakings wholly or substantially run either by the Central Government or by
the Puducherry Administration posted in Puducherry at the time of admission or who have declared Union Territory of Puducherry as their home town and so certified by their respective Head of

(iv) Children of Defence personnel who were killed or disabled in action and children of the Central Government employees /Defence personnel /Employees of Public Sector Undertakings as referred to in category who died while in service in Puducherry.

(v) French nationals residing in the Union Territory of Puducherry and covered by the terms of the Treaty of Cessions shall be treated on a par with candidates who produce the prescribed Puducherry Union Territory Residence Certificate. Such French nationals will not be required to produce a residence certificate, but instead should produce a certificate of registration issued for this
purpose from the French Consulate at Puducherry. These French nationals shall not be considered for admission under the quota of non-residents.

Reservation to Wards of Kashmiri Migrants in Admissions Based on the Instructions of MHRD:

(i) Extension in date of admission by about 30 days.
(ii) Relaxation in cut-off percentage up to 10% subject to minimum eligibility requirement.
(iii) Increase in intake capacity up to 5% course-wise.
(iv) Reservation of at least one seat in merit quota in technical/ professional institutions.
(v) Waiving of domicile requirements.
(vi) Facilitation of migration in second and subsequent years.