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Aligarh Muslim University

It is a government-run education institution situated in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh. It was known as Muhammadan Anglo-Oriental College, and later it became Aligarh Muslim University following the clearance of the Aligarh Muslim University Act in 1920. Sir Syed Ahmad Khan founded this educational Institution. The University has three off-campus centres.

Aligarh Muslim University
  • Kishanganj Centre (Bihar),
  • AMU Malappuram Campus (Kerala)
  • AMU Murshidabad Centre (West Bengal).

The University provides 300+ courses to the students. The University has been put into the 7th schedule of the constitution of India from its foundation.

Info at Glance

  • Founder: Sir Syed Ahmed Khan
  • Founded In: 1875
  • Budget: Rs 1,036 crore
  • Academic Affiliation: AIU, UGC, NAAC
  • Chancellor: Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin
  • Vice-Chancellor: Tariq Mansoor

According to NIRF-released rankings for 2022, AMU ranks 11th among the top universities in India. It is one of the largest universities enrolling more than 37327 students on its campus. The University admits students from all states of India, and students are welcomed from foreign nations like Southeast Asia, Africa, and West Asia. It has 13 faculties spreading across 21 centres and institutes, 117 teaching departments, and three academies. The Institution is immensely popular for its residential character, as many Staff and students reside on the University campus. The University is also known for its B.Tech and MBBS courses, besides having standard courses like BA, Bsc, etc. Students should clear the NEET exam to get a medical seat in the AMU. AMU placement record has increased multi-fold with time. The top salary package proposed to the student was INR 10 LPA, whereas the median salary hovers around INR 10 LPA. 1,228 Students have been recruited into the top companies.


Aligarh Muslim University

Sir Syed Ahmad Khan formed the University as a Muhammadan Anglo-Oriental college in 1875 and began operating on 24 May 1875. Syed Ahmad Khan had led a movement for the College and created an awareness of the need to form a modern education system, especially for the Indian Muslim population. He believed that English and Western Science were necessary to maintain political influence. He wanted to form a college based in Cambridge and Oxford University based in London. He favored the British model of education. A committee was created for the foundation of the College and asked to contribute generously to the fund. Then Governor General and Viceroy of India, Thomas Baring, donated Rs 10,000 and Lieutenant Governor of North Western Provinces donated Rs 1,000 with March 1874 funds; the total money collected for the College was Rs 1,53,920 and 8 annas. Raja Shambhu Narayan of Banaras and Maharao Raja Mahamdar Singh Mahamder Bahadur of Patiala donated Rs 60,000 and Rs 58,000, respectively, to the fund. Contributions have been received by the Maharaja of Vizianagaram as well. In the beginning, the College was affiliated with the University of Calcutta for the matriculation exam and became an affiliate of Allahabad University. A considerable contribution was made by the HEH Mir Osman Ali Khan, Nizam of Hyderabad, of Rs 5,00,000 to the University in 1918.

Muslim University was established to carry out efforts to turn College into University. The government of India intimated the association to collect an amount of Rs 30 lakh in a bid to transform it into a university. Muslim University Foundation Committee was a constitution for the collection of required funds. The contribution was received from both non-Muslims and Muslims. Aga Khan and Mohammad Ali Khan provided great aid in collecting funds and constructing the Aligarh Muslim University. Mao College being the attractive point, Aligarh Muslim University was formed by the Aligarh Muslim University Act of 1920. Ahmadi School for the Visually Challenged, AMU, came into existence the following year after its establishment. A Medical College was also got incorporated into the Institution.

Ajmal Khan Tibbya College and the College of Unani Medicine were instituted in 1927. Later the Institution of Ajmal Khan Tibbya College Hospital concluded in 1932. Other constituents of the University are the Zakir Hussain College of Engineering and Technology (1935) and the Jawahar Lal Nehru Medical College and Hospital (1962). Students and faculty members of the University endorsed, contributed, and spearheaded the All-India Nationalist Movement, but, pollical patronage turned to the Muslim Separatist Movement after 1939, and political allegiance turned towards Muhammad Ali Jinnah and his creation separate nation for the Muslims called Pakistan. Soon, the University turned into the epicentre of Pakistan's movement.

Dr. Sheikh Abdullah, sometimes called Papa Mian, started advocating for women's education and writing for women. He sent a proposal to Sultan Jahan, Begum of Bhopal, and led a delegation to the Lieutenant Governor of the United Provinces. He and his wife laid the foundation stone for the girl's hostel, and Abdullah was the founder of the Women's College of Aligarh Muslim University. Daughters of the Abdullah have contributed to the women's College as principal. Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad has visited the University and provided a grant of Rs 9,00,000.


AMU spans over 467.6 hectares of land in the beautiful city of Aligarh. Aligarh Junction is the nearest railway station. AMU is a residential university, as most Staff and students reside on the campus comprising 80 hostels and 19 halls of residence for students (3 for boys and 6 for girls). Provost administers the halls, and the number of teacher wardens look at different hostels. Each hall comprises a common room consisting of a reading room, library, indoor games, sports club, and a literary. The names of the hall are kept upon the people associated with the Aligarh Movement and the University.

The University also has many heritage buildings Victoria Gate, Mushtaq Manzil, Strachey Hall, Nizam Museum, Asman Manzil, Victoria Gate, and Jama Masjid. The campus also houses the cricket ground Gulastan-e-Syed, Willingdon Pavillion, a park, and a synthetic hockey ground.

Iconic buildings include Moinuddin Ahmad Art Gallery, Maulana Azad Library, Siddons Debating Union Hall, Sir Syed House, Musa Dakri Museum, and Kennedy Auditorium. The Centenary was celebrated in 2020 with the inauguration of a new gate, and the main university gate is called Bab-e-Syed.

Administration of the University

Aligarh Muslim University

The top management body of the University is the court, and it exercises all the powers conferred by the Aligarh Muslim University act. The formal head of the University is Chancellor, the titular head and not concerned with daily administration works. University Court elects Chancellor. The Vice-Chancellor is the chief executive of the University appointed by the President of India as recommended by the court.


The academic department of AMU is separated into 13 faculties:

  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Theology
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Engineering and Technology
  • Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
  • Faculty of Unani Medicine
  • Faculty of Management Studies and Research
  • Faculty of Life Sciences
  • Faculty of International Studies
  • Faculty of Commerce
  • Faculty of Theology


  • Ajmal Khan Tibbya College
  • Women College
  • Community College
  • Zakir Hussain College of Engineering and technology
  • Ziauddin Ahmad Dental College
  • Academic Staff College
  • Jawahar Lal Nehru Medical College


Year Body/Magazine Ranking
2021 CWUR 8TH
2021 NIRF 24 For Research
2021 NIRF 14 for Medical
2021 NIRF 13 for Architecture
2021 NIRF 35 for Engineering
2021 NIRF 49 for Management
2021 NIRF 18 for the overall category
2021 Indian Today Rankings 4th
2021 NIRF 10
2022 QS World Rankings 1001-1200
2022 US News Rankings 801-1000
2023 QS World Rankings 2023
2022 NIRF 57 for Management
2022 NIRF 13 for Architecture
2022 NIRF 28 for Research
2022 NIRF 19 for Overall Category
2022 NIRF 38 for the Dental
2022 NIRF 37 for Engineering
2022 NIRF 12 for Law
2022 NIRF 11 (university)

Admission Criteria

Aligarh Muslim University

Admission to AMU is made online mode only. Course and respective entrance exams are given below.

Entrance Exam Course

Application Process

  • Log in to the official website of the AMU.
  • Register yourself as a new user by submitting all the necessary details.
  • Use username and password generated during the time of registration.
  • Complete the application form by filling down all necessary details and submit all scanned document.
  • After completion, it is advised to cross-check all the details
  • Pay the application fees.
  • Take a photocopy/printout of the application form for future use


Scholarships Name Scholarship Details
Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship for ST/SC For Students with first-class degrees and 60% more marks
Salim Scholarships Eligibility: Students are required to have 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the MBBS Course
Maqsood Hussain Khan Memorial Scholarships Financial aid of INR 18,000 is provided to MBBS students from weak financial backgrounds.
Prof Hafizur Rahman Merit Scholarships To deserving students who are presently in the first year of a Law degree
Mukhtar Hussain Scholarships INR 10,000 of scholarships are provided to meritorious students


AMU endeavors to provide all necessary facilities to its students. Some of them are given below:

  • AMU Guest House: University provides the best quality of hospitality service to its guest to ensure their satisfaction level.
  • Computing: The University offers computer facilities to its students, equipped with an enhanced system like fast internet and computers.
  • Hostel: The University can provide hostel facilities to its Staff and students on campus. University has 69 hostels and 26 halls. AMU is an agent of the nation's multilingual, multireligious and multiracial characteristics. Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, and Muslim study and stays together.
  • MA Library: AMU's central library is immensely popular for its huge collections of books, artifacts, and manuscripts. The library houses more than 14 lakh books and subscribes to popular research journals and magazines.
  • Sports: University also has a Game committee well known for its impeccable

Schools and Colleges

AMU has an alliance with many colleges and schools. Some of the schools are;

  • Abdullah Girls High School
  • ST High School
  • University Schools
  • Senior Secondary School (Boys/Girls)
  • Ahmadi School for Blind
  • City High School
  • Women's School for Blind
  • Women's College

Inter-Departmental Research Centre

  • Centre of Excellence in Material Science/ Nanotechnology
  • Centre for West Asian Studies
  • Centre for Comparative Study of Indian Languages and Culture

Placement Information

It has a separate placement and training cell for its students, who are tasked with providing job opportunities and assisting students in getting recommended to top companies. Placement Cell offers internship opportunities for students to gain expertise. Some of the placement data and record for the year 2022 is given below:

Particulars Placement Statistics
Increase in the number of offers 12.24%
Average Package INR 3.5 LPA
Highest Package INR 20 LPA
No. of Companies Visited 180

Top recruiters that were involved in the company in the AMU placement drive are:

  • Dharam Cost Consulting Pvt Ltd
  • Wipro
  • Tata Consultancy Services
  • ONGC
  • NPCL
  • Strings Pvt Ltd
  • Opera Solutions
  • Global Logic India Pvt Ltd

Courses and Fees

AMU offers 300 courses, including diploma, postgraduate and undergraduate, etc., under 13 departments. The fee structure and eligibility criteria for some of the popular courses are as follows:

Eligibility Course Total Fees
  • 10+2 Passed
  • Cleared University Entrance Exams
  • Relevant Stream
B.Tech INR 10.63 Lakhs
10+2 cleared with a minimum of 50% marks B.Arch INR 13.27 Lakhs
Relevant Stream

Cleared 10+2 Stream

B.Sc (Hons) INR 3.60 Lakhs
Cleared 10+2 with at least 50% marks BA (Hons) INR 1.75 lakh
10+2 passed with min 50% marks B.Voc -
Passed BFA studies with relevant subjects MFA INR 2.85 lakhs
Completed bachelor's Degree BA-LLB INR 10.17 Lakhs
B.Voc passed with min 50% marks M.Voc -
Completed BA degree with at least 50% marks MA INR 25,960
Passed 10+2 level of education from Science Subject BDS INR 94 Lakhs
B.Li.Sc passed in the relevant StreamStream M.Li.Sc -
Completed B.Tech with a relevant discipline M.Tech INR 8.57 Lakhs
Passed 10+2 level of education from Science Subject MBBS INR 2.15 Crore
Master's Degree or its equivalent from a recognized university in the particular subject to their proposed field of research minimum of 55% of marks in aggregate PhD INR 27,855
Bachelor's Degree in any stream MBA INR 5.87 Lakhs

Notable Alumni

AMU has given world-renowned alums to the country who have helped to increase the nation's stature.

Name Designation/Work
Prof KA Nizami Former India's Ambassador to Syria
Mohammad Hamid Ansari 12th Vice President of India
KN Panicker Former India's Ambassador to China and Former Editor of Hindustan Times
Prof Satish Chandra Former Chairman of UGC
Zakir Hussain 3RD President of India and an Indian Economist
Prof Noorul Hasan Former Education Minister, Government of India

Commonly Asked Questions

Ques: Explain the eligibility criteria for AMU.

Ans: Admission eligibility criteria for the AMU is that one has to clear an entrance exam conducted by the University, such as AMUEE, NEET PG, etc.

Ques: What is unique about the AMU?

Ans: The University consists of 13 faculties involving 117 teaching departments, 21 centres and institutes, and three academies. A Unique feature of the University is that most of the Staff and students are inside the campus.

Ques: To whom should students approach in case of queries?

Ans: Reach out to your respective academic counsellor for academic queries or sign up for the form on the contact page for any questions related to the program.

Ques: Is AMU best for Engineering?

Ans: According to NIRF 2022 rankings Ministry of Education AMU has been ranked 37th positions in the engineering category.

Ques: How many courses does AMU provide to its student?

Ans: Aligarh Muslim University provides 156 courses on its main Aligarh grounds. AMU has incorporated four levels of degree programs, and the courses are diploma to degree-level projects.

Ques: Does AMU has BA?

Ans: AMU does offer BA honor courses to the student. The essential requirement for the study is that students should have finished the 10+2 level with at least 50% marks.

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