General Information (Residential)

Thank you for your interest in SAIACS. We are delighted that you are ready to pursue a place here. SAIACS desires to have a life-changing impact upon its students by providing training that goes beyond classroom lectures. You can apply for any degree program immediately using the online application.

SAIACS will accept only those whose requisite theological degrees are from colleges or seminaries accredited by the Asia Theological Association, or affiliated to the Senate of Serampore College, or other institutions recognized by ATA. In other cases, applicants may be required to take additional Qualifying Examinations.


Application for Academic year 2024-25 will begin on 1 October 2023 to 31 December 2023 and 31 January 2024 with a late fee.



  1. Prospectus

The e-copy of the Prospectus will be sent to your registered email ID upon submission of the online application form, along with the payment receipt.

  1. Application Form

The fee for the prospectus and the processing of the application for MA/MDiv/Integrated MTh/MTh is Rs. 2000/- and for DMin and PhD is Rs. 3000/-. Applications submitted beyond the last date will incur a late fee of Rs. 500/-.

The Admissions Committee will not consider calling an applicant for Entrance Exams and Interview until all the required fields in the application form are completed, and the application form is submitted along with supporting documents. Any exemption, due to unavoidable circumstances, must be obtained from the Academic Dean upon a written request.

  • A recent passport-size colour photograph of the applicant (less than 3 months old) has to be uploaded along with the online application form. Informal photographs or selfies are not accepted.
  • All the transcripts, mark sheets and certificates must be scanned and uploaded as required. Note that the Academic Office will verify all originals at the time of the entrance exam and all originals will be lodged with the Academic Office at the time of registration. For any clarification, please write to
  • Application for Christian Leader Scholarship (For South Asian Applicants only) form has to be downloaded, filled and a scanned copy is to be uploaded on the application form.
  • Sponsor’s Financial Commitment form, after referring to the Fee Structure, has to be downloaded, filled and a scanned copy is to be uploaded on the application form.
  • Medical Certificate form for the applicant must be downloaded, filled by a qualified medical practitioner, scanned and uploaded.
  • If married, and if he/she plans to reside in SAIACS for the duration of the programme, Spouse Medical Form must also be filled by a qualified medical practitioner and uploaded.
  • The link to the reference form will be emailed to your referees once you add their email addresses and click on the ‘Send Email’ button. Please note: We do not accept reference letters from friends, family, and SAIACS employees. If your referees did not receive the email, please ask them to check their “Spam/ Junk email” folder.
  • A letter of recommendation from the applicant’s sending church, ministry or educational institution indicating their supportiveness for the application and including a statement regarding the future possible role of the applicant with the sending body once the studies at SAIACS are completed. The letter must also indicate that the student will be accountable to the sponsoring body for the duration of his/her studies at SAIACS. The hard copy can be sent by post or a scanned copy can be sent by email to
  • The application cannot be processed if the required documents are not scanned and uploaded along with the application form.
  • The last date for submission is 31 December 2023, however with a ‘late submission’ fee of Rs. 500/- (plus the application fee Rs. 2000/- or Rs. 3000/-) the application will be accepted until 31 January 2024.


To make the payment online please use the following link and select the ‘Admission Fee’ option. Click here or copy-paste this link – (

If you are paying the fees via bank transfer, please email us ( the transfer details, account number and your application number so that we could track your payment. For Google Pay or other UPI payment send your name, Transaction Id, Date and your application number.

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  1. Entrance Examinations and Interview

Entrance examinations and a personal interview are mandatory for all SAIACS applicants in the admission process. An invitation to personal Interview is not a guarantee of admission. 

The entrance examinations and interviews will be held online, in the month of February 2024. The exact dates and location will be intimated to the applicant, if called for entrance exams and interview.

English Language Requirements

Like an IELTS exam, the SAIACS English exam will test writing and reading. Speaking and listening will be assessed in the interview. The entry requirement is achievement in the SAIACS English exam of the following grade:

PhD programmes 7.0

DMin and Masters programmes 6.0

Alternatively, applicants may produce an IELTS or TOEFL certificate of the equivalent grade. Applicants are advised that they need to take the English examination very seriously and prepare for it thoroughly. For some this will mean months of work prior to the entrance examination.

For resources for English preparation, applicants may look up the website of the IELTS in India, where they will find many resources advertised. Applicants should choose resources that will address their own known weaknesses.

Applicants for Masters programmes who nearly meet the required standard may receive a conditional offer granting them admission subject to successful completion of the English Enhancement programme. This is a four-week online module and entails an additional fee.

Typing and computer skills are an absolute necessity at SAIACS. Students must obtain these skills in advance.

  1. Qualifying Exams

Those applicants who have graduated from a non-ATA institution, and those who have secured a grade below B+ from ATA/Serampore institutions, will need to take Qualifying Examinations (online).  These exams will be held online prior to the Entrance Exams.  There will be a nominal fee collected from the applicants for each Qualifying Exam taken.

  1. Offer of Admission

Applicants will be contacted by early April regarding their selection (or non-selection) for a place at SAIACS, the nature of accommodation available for them and any other conditions related to the offer.

  1. Confirmation of Admission

Those offered a place at SAIACS must confirm their acceptance in writing, including their initial down payment of 25% of the fee, by the specified date in April 2023. Unless these conditions are met, the applicant’s admission place may be given to another applicant on the waiting list. 

Generally, the classes for the new students will commence from the first week of June and will be preceded by registration and orientation. Classes for the returning students are likely to commence from the first week of June. Information about the exact dates of commencement, registration and orientation will be communicated later. The academic year begins with the Formations Conference, which is mandatory for all students, and is held just before the classes commence.

  1. Contact Information

The Academic Office
SAIACS, 363 Doddagubbi Cross Road,
Kothanur, Bangalore 560077


Phone: +91 (9606-100-303 / 9606- 200-303)

You can contact us from 9.00 am to 12.30 pm and from 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm from Monday to Friday and from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm on Saturday.

NOTE: The last date for the submission of the application is 31 December 2023 (without ‘late payment fee’).