International Sanskrit Examination Resource

General information about the Cambridge Sanskrit examinations


Cambridge IGCSE International General Certificate of Education (age 16 years +) 

AS Advanced Subsidiary Level (age 17 years +) - last examination in 2019

A Level Advanced Level (age 18 years +) - last examination in 2019


The ages in brackets are approximate only.  Adults, or students of a younger age than indicated, may also enter for these examinations. To find out more about what is needed for each exam please refer to the detailed syllabuses.  Students who have studied other Sanskrit courses may find that they have covered most or all of a syllabus and are able to sit the examinations after a short preparation period.  Syllabuses are listed under the buttons at the side of this page for each level of exam.

At the Cambridge IGCSE level there is one examination comprising two papers, covering all levels of ability.

See details about Cambridge IGCSE here

For more about the awarding of grades for 2019 click here

The AS Level and A Level examinations 2019 are stand-alone examinations.  Students do not need to have an IGCSE qualification before entering for AS or A Level.  The AS results do not count towards the A Level Grade.  The advantage of stand-alone AS exams is that they count for a full grade as far as universities are concerned.

Grades available at AS are A to E, whilst possible A Level grades are A* to E.  These examinations are recognised by universities worldwide.  For more information please see the Cambridge International Examinations website.

You may download appropriate study material free from this Sanskrit website and order additional recommended books from other suppliers. 

All the above examinations must be taken at a Cambridge registered, or British Council, centre.  These are situated in countries throughout the world.

When you register to sit the exams at St James' Schools in London one charge is made, no matter how many papers are involved. [At IGCSE there are 2 papers, at AS there are 2, and at A there are 3.]  Other CIE centres may have different charges and any interested person needs to enquire directly at their nearest CIE Centre for further details.


Latest update: 13.6.19