Candidates are typically expected to have qualified, at a level to be decided by Ashoka University, in one of the following national examinations: JEST, CSIR-UGC NET, and GATE. In exceptional circumstances, candidates who have not qualified in these examinations but with skills relevant to research, e.g. in experimental work, may be given an internal entrance examination. International candidates may also appear for this examination. All those shortlisted will be invited to an interview at the Ashoka University campus, Sonepat. The tentative examination/interview date is in the second/third week of January 2021.