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Why Study Cambridge IGCSE Sanskrit?

Cambridge IGCSE Sanskrit provides students with the opportunity to develop an analytical approach to learning language and be better equipped to compare the structure of Sanskrit with those of other languages. The syllabus also encourages students to develop an appreciation of literature, in terms of content as well as philosophical, cultural, social and historical contexts. Study of Sanskrit verse and prose literature in its cultural and linguistic context receives the same emphasis as the study of the Sanskrit language. (Cambridge Assessment International Education, n.d.)

Students have the opportunity to develop:

  • skills in translation
  • an appreciation of literature which forms some of the foundations of Eastern traditions
  • an interest in and enthusiasm for learning about the past and how this informs an understanding of the future
  • the ability to use evidence to present clear and logical arguments.

Prior requirements and hours of study

Cambridge IGCSE Sanskrit requires about 130 hours of study. The number of hours needed may vary depending on your previous experience of the subject.

We recommend that learners starting this course should previously have been introduced to the basics of Sanskrit language including the reading and writing of the Devānāgari script and be able to understand simple Sanskrit sentences.



Students studying Cambridge IGCSE Sanskrit take two papers in a single examination series.

Paper 1 Duration Weighting
Language 1 hour 30 minutes 50%
Paper 2 Duration Weighting
Literature and Epic Civilisation 1 hour 30 minutes 50%

Examination Entry

All students who complete the appropriate courses at Cambridge Online Academy are eligible to sit exams like the International GCSEs or A/AS Levels through Cambridge International. But while students can do all of their learning online at home, we cannot administer exams online. To sit exams, students must travel in person to one of 10,000 Cambridge International Exam Centres located in 160 countries around the globe.

But we’re here to help. We’ll provide you with all the necessary exam codes you need to present to the exam centre, and any other pertinent information you need to know to get your child signed up correctly.

Also, as part of the initial information, we provide during the pre-enrolment process, you’ll receive contact information for all the Cambridge International Exam Centres in your area. Once you’ve ensured that the exam centre of your choice offers the specific exam level your child needs, the exam centre will arrange accommodations for your child and give you detailed information on obtaining the results.

Course Fee

The fee for Cambridge International GCSE Sanskrit can be paid in monthly or termly instalments.

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