ACHARYA (eq. M.A. in Sanskrit) 

A two year Post Graduate programme, it enables the students to specialise in the chosen sastra besides getting introductory knowledge in four chosen Softcore courses. 

Choice Based Credit System (In this scheme for each of the following Sastras, there are five courses, in which four courses will be from (A) Hardcore Sastras and 1 Paper will be from (B) Softcore Sastras for each Semester). Softcore course has to be opted from other Sastras.

Duration : Two years (4 semesters). 

Age : Minimum 20 years as on 01-06-2021

Eligibility : (a) Pass in 3 year degree course /Sastri in respective subjects. However those who have Sanskrit as Second language or one of the subjects in group at Graduate Level are also eligible for admission into Acharya in Sahitya, Puranetihasa and Dharmasastra. 

(b) Siromani Madhyama Final examination of Madras University, Chennai. 

(c) Siromani final examination of S.V. University, Tirupati 

(d) Sastra Bhushana Final examination of Kerala Government. 

(e) Vidyapraveena final examination of Andhra University, Waltair. 

(f) Vidyalankara and Vedalankara examinations of Gurukula Kangri Viswavidyalaya, Haridwar. 

(g) Vidwat Madhyama examination of Karnataka Government. (i) B.A.(O.L)/B.A.(L),B.A./B.A(Hons.)/B.O.L equivalent examinations with Sanskrit of all recognized universities. 

(h) Any other examination recognized by the National Sanskrit University as equivalent to Sastri.

(i)  50 % in graduation with Sanskrit as one of the subjects either main or ancillary (For Acharya in Ancient Indian Knowledge systems)

  1. A) Hardcore Sastras* :
  2. Sahitya – Alankara varga (65) 
  3. Sahitya – Kavya Varga (65)
  4. Vyakarana (33)
  5. Phalitha Jyotisha (17)
  6. Siddhanta Jyotisha (17) 
  7. Vedabhashyam (Sukla Yajurveda (11) and Krishna Yajurveda (11))
  8. Mimamsa (17)
  9. Advaita Vedanta (22)
  10. Visistadvaita Vedanta (17)
  11. Dwaita Vedanta (17)
  12. Agama (17)
  13. Dharma Sastra (17)
  14. Sankhya Yoga (17)
  15. Puranetihasa (17)
  16. Nyaya(17)
  17. Vastu (17)
  18. Ancient Indian Knowledge systems (22)           
  19. B) Softcore courses**
  20. i) Sahitya  
  21. Puranetihasa  
  22. English
  23. Telugu   
  24. Hindi
  25. ii) 1. Vyakarana
  26. Siddhanta Jyotisha 
  27. Phalitha Jyotisha 
  28. Vedic Studies
  29. Dharma Sastra    
  30. Archakatva & Pourohitya

iii) 1. Nyaya

  1. Advaita Vedanta
  2. Dvaita Vedanta
  3. Agama
  4. Mimamsa
  5. Sankhya Yoga
  6. Visishthadvaita Vedanta

*(Note : The numbers in the brackets indicate the number of seats in each Sastra.)

**  The number of seats in each softcore sastra is limited to 25. Softcore-Options for all four semesters have to be specified at the time of admission itself. 

***  Every student has to opt for a different Sastra as Softcore elective in each 

semester. No student can enroll in the same softcore elective twice.

   Rules for Passing the Examination and Grading :

Student who secures less than 40% in external examination that is below 28 for 70 marks and 40% i.e. 12 marks for 30 marks in internal examination shall be declared failed. However, the student must secure 40% of marks in each paper and 50% marks aggregate in final examination.

Choice Based Credit System (CBCS)

As per UGC norms each paper should consist of 80 hrs and 4 credits. i.e. one hour every day. Accordingly each paper will be divided into 4 Units. Each unit will be treated as a credit, consisting of 16 hrs.

The final paper of each semester will have different papers with four credits consisting of 80 hrs. Such credits will be minimum of 16 and maximum of 36 in entire course (4 semesters).

Attendance of 75% and passing in the exam taken by the teacher will be necessary to earn the credit.


  The Acharya (M.A in Sanskrit) in all Sastras consists of

  1. Hardcore courses (HCC) – Concerned Sastra with choice based credits
  2. Softcore courses (SCC) – Choice Based credits from other subjects 

* listed previously.

  1. Soft Skill courses (SSC) (Not Compulsory)  
  2. Internship (Not Compulsory) – Field work, Project.
  3. Each hardcore course as well as softcore course will carry 4 credits.
  4. Any Soft Skill course will be of 4 credits or according to the departments offering such courses.
  5. An internship will be of four credits.

The whole structure will have the following components.

Hardcore courses 64 Credits

Softcore courses 16 Credits


Total 80 Credits


In order to qualify the Acharya (eq. to M.A in Sanskrit) degree, a student must acquire a minimum of 80 credits (Hard core + Soft Core) 


  Generally the main subject opted in Sastri/Sammanita Sastri/B.A.(O.L.) programmes must be selected at Acharya level.

  If any candidate wants to opt a subject other than the main subject opted in Sammanita Sastri/ B.A level, he/she has to produce a certificate of evidence from a traditional scholar that he/she has studied the subject under him privately. A candidate can also be admitted in any branch without such a certificate if the admission committee is satisfied with his/her performance in the interview and recommends for admission.

Those who have passed B.A. or equivalent examination of any university with Sanskrit for 200 marks are allowed to opt only Sahitya at Acharya level.

Those who have passed B.A. or equivalent examination of any university with Sanskrit as a subject and Darsana as main subject can opt Advaita/Visishthadvaita/Dvaita Vedanta at Acharya level.

Those who have passed Vedalankara or Vidyalankara are eligible to opt for Sahitya only.

Those who have passed B.A. or B.Sc. with Astronomy as main subject and Sanskrit are eligible to opt for Siddhanta Jyotisha only.

Those who have passed Acharya/M.A. with one subject already can opt for any other sastra in the Acharya programme, subject to the approval of the Admission Committee and Vice-Chancellor.

The Admission Committee is empowered to accept or reject the option of any subject at the time of interview. The decision of the Vice- Chancellor on the assignment of subject to the candidates based on the recommendations of the admission Committee shall be final.

Programme Outcome, Programme Specific Outcome, Course Outcome

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