IGNOU MBA Admissions 2020: Courses, Application, Date, Entrance Exam, Selection

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April 30: IGNOU MBA Registration date extended till May 15. 

April 13: IGNOU MBA Registration last date is April 30. 

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) offers a wide range of academic programs. The School of Management Studies at IGNOU Delhi offers an MBA along with PG diploma in 5 specializations. 

MBA (Banking and Finance) was launched as a result of an MoU between IGNOU and IIBF in order to provide an avenue for postgraduate academic qualification for the members of the IIBF.

The maximum duration for completing the MBA program is 5 years and for PGDM is 3 years. Admission announcements for these Management Programs are issued twice a year, that is, in March/April and September/October. 

Students must possess a bachelor's degree from any recognized board or university and there is no age limitation for the course. They must appear for the OPENMAT exam conducted by IGNOU for MBA admissions.

Candidates will be required to submit the filled-in application form (Form 3) given in the prospectus. And also submit the attested copies of documents as specified by the university along with a Demand Draft of admission fee, drawn in favor of IGNOU and payable at New Delhi.

Registration for the IGNOU MBA Entrance has begun from February 28 and will last till June 15. NTA will conduct OPENMAT in July. The result card will be released within 6-7 weeks from the date of the examination.

While PGDM admissions are merit based and students are expected to have a bachelor’s degree. Applications can be submitted to the nearest regional office, after the purchase of the prospectus. Form 2 needs to be filled and submitted along with the relevant documents.

Note: Foreign candidates residing in India who possess a valid student visa for the minimum duration of the program are eligible to seek admission in IGNOU programs.

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IGNOU Management Courses Highlights

Courses OfferedMaster of Business Administration (MBA)
PG Diploma in Management (PGDM)
Diploma in Management
Course TypeDistance Education
Offered bySchool of Management Studies- IGNOU
Specializations OfferedMBA/Diploma: 01 PG Diploma: 5
Course DurationMBA: 2 years diploma/PG Diploma: 1 year
Program FeeINR 37,800
Basic EligibilityHave a bachelor’s degree
Entrance RequiredMBA: OPENMAT
Admissions MBA: Entrance based
PGDM: Merit based
Applications BeginTwice every year
Applications AcceptedOnline 

CourseAdmission Link
MBA/PGDM Admission Link

IGNOU Important Dates

MBA & PG Diploma in Management
Registration EndsApril 30, 2020
Entrance ExamMay, 2020

IGNOU Management Courses Fee Structure

The bifurcation of the fee for MBA and its specializations have been tabulated in the table below:

Type of FeeFee to be Paid
Registration FeeINR 200
Fee per CourseINR 2,000
Total FeeINR 38,700 
PG Diploma
Per Course FeeINR 2,000
Term End Examination FeeINR 150

IGNOU Management Courses Details

IGNOU Delhi offers the following programs under the School of Management for students with a bachelor’s degree:

Course NameSpecialization OfferedEligibility CriteriaSelection CriteriaTotal Fee
MBAGeneral Passed bachelor’s degree with 50%OPENMAT EntranceINR 38,700
Banking & Finance
PGDHRMHuman ResourceMerit based INR 2,000
PGDFMPFinancial Markets Practice
Diploma Management Graduate in any stream
Certificate NGO Management

Check IGNOU Courses & Fees

Application Process

Eligibility Criteria

Candidate must satisfy the following eligibility requirements in order to be considered for admission to IGNOU Management programs

  • Graduation in any discipline with 50% marks for general category/45% for reserved category as per Government of India rules, with 3 years’ managerial/supervisory/professional experience.
  • Candidate must have cleared OPENMAT, conducted by IGNOU
  • There is no age bar


  • IGNOU accepts First degree of 2 year duration from a recognized university completed up to the year 1998-99 for higher studies; provided they have undergone a further one year bridge course and passed the same.
  • Degrees acquired from an ‘Off Campus’ Study Centre/ ‘Off-shore’ Campus of Central/State/ Deemed to be University/Institutions of National Importance offered through Distance mode of learning will be accepted for higher studies in IGNOU.

OPENMAT Online Application

Students must fill up the application form for the OPENMAT entrance test which has to be filled online. To apply for the entrance, the candidates must follow the below-mentioned steps:

  • Visit the official IGNOU website.
  • Register and create Login Credentials.
  • Fill the application form.
  • Upload the images of the photograph and signature.
  • Select the exam center.
  • Verify the details.
  • Pay application fees.Application Fee: INR. 800/- (600/- for SC, ST, EWS)
  • Submit the form.

Candidates are advised to print at least four copies of the Confirmation Page after successful remittance of fee.

Documents Required

The following documents must be kept ready before filling the online Application Form:

  • Govt Identity Proof (Aadhaar Card)
  • Address for communication, Mobile Number, email id, etc.
  • Scanned images of latest Photograph
  • Scanned image of Signature
  • Bank Account details 

NOTE: This application process is for students seeking admission for the first time for any re-admission, re-registration or continuation students have to fill a different application form available on the official website online. Students can even pay the application fee for it online.

MBA Online Application (Finance and Banking)

The application form and the prospectus can be downloaded from the university’s website.

  • The candidate must fill every requisite detail.
  • Affix a self-attested photograph.
  • Select the course.
  • Select the study center.
  • Verify the details.
  • Sign the declaration.

Documents Required

The application form is to be sent to the Regional Centre along with the following documents:

  • Attested copies of certificates in support of educational qualifications.
  • Attested copy of IGNOU’s Grade Card as proof of having registered for the program
  • Experience Certificate (wherever required)
  • Category Certificate for SC/ST/OBC candidates (wherever required)
  • Identity Card 
  • Program fee INR. 1800/-

The fee can be paid via Demand Draft drawn in favor of IGNOU and payable at the city where the preferred Regional Centre is located. The fee can also be paid through bank challan.

Admission to MBA (Banking and Finance)

Admission will be offered to all the eligible candidates subject to a maximum limit mutually agreed upon between IGNOU and IIBF.

Contact Details

The Registrar

Student Registration Division (SRD)

Maidan Garhi, New Delhi-110068, India

Phone: 011-29532741

Fax: 011-29532686

Eligibility for Re-Admission or Re-Registration

Students must complete their chosen course within 4 semesters if he or she is not able to complete then they have to fill the application form for re-registration or re-admission.

Selection Process

Admission is done through the OPENMAT Entrance test, held twice a year.

  • The result of the OPENMAT exam would be displayed on the university’s website and the NTA website.
  • The result card would be sent to all the candidates who have appeared in the OPENMAT examination.
  • It will indicate whether the candidate has qualified or not qualified for admission on the basis of the cut-off score.
  • On the basis of the merit, students can proceed with the admission process. 
  • The application form along with the relevant documents must be sent to the regional office of IGNOU. 

OPENMAT score of July 2019 is valid for admission in– First semester January 2020 & second semester July 2020

OPENMAT score of February 2020 is valid for admission in– First semester July 2020 & second semester January 2021

Documents to be attached: 

  • Attested copies of certificates proving your educational qualifications
  • Original of the OPENMAT scorecard
  • Original of the OPENMAT Hall ticket
  • Category Certificate in the case of SC/ST/OBC students
  • Experience Certificate

Evaluation System

The system of evaluation is based on: 

  1. Continuous evaluation in the form of assignments (weightage : 30%) 

This component carries a weightage of 30%. There will be one graded assignment per course. The assignment is to be submitted to the Coordinator of the Study Centre to which the student is assigned or attached with. 

  1. Term-end examination (weightage : 70%) 

Term-end exams will be held twice every year in the months of June and December. The students are at liberty to appear in any of the examinations conducted by the University during the year.

Contact Details

The Registrar
Student Registration Division (SRD)
Maidan Garhi, New Delhi-110068, India

Phone: 011-29532741
Fax: 011-29532686


Ques. Are applications accepted offline for OPENMAT?

Ans. No, applications for OPENMAT for IGNOU MBA Admissions are accepted online only, through the official website.

Ques. Completing a degree in MBA from IGNOU recognized nationwide?

Ans. IGNOU is an open university set up under the Act of the Parliament and recognized by UGC. Thus, be it MBA or any degree, it is valid and authentic and accepted by employers as well.

Ques. How many sections are tested in OPENMAT?

Ans. The following sections with the total number of questions in the OPENMAT Test Booklet have been elaborated below:
  • Test - I is on General Awareness carrying 30 questions
  • Test - II is on English Language carrying 50 questions
  • Test - III is on Quantitative Aptitude carrying 50 questions
  • Test - IV is on Reasoning carrying 70 questions

Ques. Can an applicant get an MBA degree from IGNOU without submitting the term end project?

Ans. No, an applicant must submit his/her term end project. An applicant might be called for a viva if the evaluator requires. The candidate must go for the viva as well. If he/she submits the project before December 1, their results would be compiled.

Ques. Can foreign students also apply for IGNOU MBA Admission?

Ans. Yes, foreign students can apply for admission only if they hold a valid visa and have scores in correlation with the eligibility criteria at IGNOU for MBA admission.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College




What is the experience that's needed for the course. I am doing ba its my last year can't i fill the form

19 Mar, 2020 15:02
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Abhijeet, no experience is required to be eligible for this course. Any student who has passed graduation with an aggregate of 50% (45% for SC/ST candidates) can apply for admission in MBA. Admission will however be based on marks scored in OPENMAT conducted by the university.

19 Mar, 2020 15:25

What is the total fee to complete the MBA course including exam fees and all?

27 Feb, 2020 00:20
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hello, INR 37,800 is the total fees for MBA in IGNOU.

27 Feb, 2020 10:49
sujit kumar

Sir I have completed my graduation with 41% can I do M.A

23 Feb, 2020 21:15
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Sujit, as there is no minimum percentage criteria to be eligible for this course, thus, you are eligible to apply for admission.

23 Feb, 2020 23:12
Srishti Bhatia

I will complete my graduation in hr in june and I want to do MBA IN HR. When and how do I have to apply?

17 Jan, 2020 14:41
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Srishti, this course is not provided by the university. You can check the list of all the Ph.D courses being offered from here: Doctoral Courses in IGNOU

17 Jan, 2020 15:03
Chandushree c

I'm complete bcim with 70% how I apply for mba in hr when is admission started at is the procedure

22 Dec, 2019 15:56
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Chandushree, admission procedure for January session has already started and will end on Jan 20, 2020 (tentatively). You can check the Admission Procedure from here.

23 Dec, 2019 16:41
Shweta Atwal

i have completed my with 44% marks from du , I'm belong from SC category, I have no any job experience , can I take admission in mba???

26 Nov, 2019 23:55
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Shweta, experience of 3 years is mandatory to be eligible for admission to this course. Thus, you are not eligible.

27 Nov, 2019 17:24
RamananD YadaV

Dear Sir I have compete 45% and i am OBC can i take Admission for MBA when admission date Please reply my mail id

28 Oct, 2019 21:49
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Ramanand, yes, you are eligible to apply for admission in this course. Registration process for Jan session will start from Nov 6, 2019. You can then apply for admission on the official website of the university.

30 Oct, 2019 12:55
Prem Vuyyur

Hi Is there any chance to join in MBA 2019.

25 Oct, 2019 20:44
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Prem, application forms for MBA Jan session will be made available from Nov 6, 2019 but admission will be given in 2020 only. So, getting admission in the current year is impossible.

02 Nov, 2019 18:02
Durvesh Sharma

I have cleared openmat and also with 48.5% and i am belong to OBC non creamy layer Can i take admission into mba , if yes and how

05 Oct, 2019 17:52
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Durvesh, although you are eligible to take admission in this course but the last date to apply has already gone which was Sep 30, 2019. Thus, you can try getting admission in Jan session.

11 Oct, 2019 12:54
Pooja Dalwadi

I have given OPENMAT XLVI exam this AUG 2019 but not able to know whether qualified or not ? not yet received score card at the address also . help me out of this .

23 Sep, 2019 16:36
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Pooja, this is because result for OPENMAT XLVI has not been declared yet. The result will soon be announced on the official website of the university.

23 Sep, 2019 17:08

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