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IGNOU MA Admission 2018

Updated On - July 17th 2018

IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University), New Delhi, is the largest Open University in the World. The university offers a plethora of under-graduate, post-graduate, doctoral, certificate and diploma courses through open and distance learning in arts, science and commerce streams.
IGNOU provides MA (Master of Arts) in 18 specializations. Duration of MA program is 2 years (minimum) and can extend up to 5 years. Selection is on the basis of marks secured by the candidates in their qualifying degree. 

IGNOU provides MA courses in 18 specializations. All the specializations are offered in both January and July sessions except Adult Education and Women’s and Gender Studies. The specializations are mentioned below

1) Hindi
2) History
3) Philosophy
4) Political Science
5) Anthropology
6) Psychology
7) Public Administration
8) Rural Development
9) Economics
10) Distance Education
11) Education
12) Adult Education (offered only in July session)
13) English
14) Extension & Development Studies
15) Gandhi and Peace Studies
16) Gender and Development Studies
17) Translation Studies
18) Women’s and Gender Studies (offered only in July session)

  • Mode of Application



    30th Apr, 2018 - 31st Jul, 2018

Important Dates

Registration 30th Apr - 31st Jul , 2018

IGNOU MA Eligibility Criteria


Interested candidates must follow the given eligibility criteria for admission to IGNOU MA program:

For all IGNOU MA Programs except Education, Translation Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies
Candidate must be a graduate in any discipline from a recognized university for admission to the course

For IGNOU MA Education
Candidate will be admitted to the course even without any Bachelor’s degree

For IGNOU MA Translation Studies
Graduate in any discipline with adequate knowledge of Hindi and English

For IGNOU MA Women’s and Gender Studies
Students with a Bachelor’s degree with minimum 50% aggregate

IGNOU MA Application Process


Application form is available in online as well as in offline mode. Detailed process for both is mentioned below

Online Mode:
For online application form submission, Candidates must visit the official IGNOU website i.e. . Step wise process is mentioned below:

Step 1: Registration

  • Candidates must register themselves first by creating a username and password.
  • They must fill all the necessary information like name, DOB, e-mail address and contact number. After filling the details, press ‘SUBMIT’ button.
  • Candidate’s username will be instantly sent to the registered e-mail ID and SMS.
  • Candidate must remember his/her Username and Password for subsequent login.

Step 2: Uploading

  • After registration, candidates should keep the scanned copy of the following documents ready for application form filling

1.Scanned Photograph and signature 
2.Scanned copy of Age Proof
3.Scanned copy of Educational Qualification
4.Scanned Copy of Experience Certificate (if any)
5.Scanned Copy of Category Certificate, if SC/ST/OBC
6.Scanned Copy of BPL Certificate, if Below Poverty Line

Step 3: Preview

  • After uploading of the scanned documents, candidates can click the ‘next button’ for the application form preview option.
  • In case of any error, they can go back and correct the details or can refill the form.

Step 4: Fee Submission

  • Candidates can pay the program fee in addition to application fee through debit card, credit card, net banking, ATM (PNB)
  • After successful fee submission, candidates must take print out of the online application form.

Offline Mode:

Students are required to purchase Student Handbook and Prospectus from the IGNOU Regional Centre or from the nearest Study Centre of IGNOU

  • Candidates can get the offline application form on payment of INR 200 in cash at the sale counter or by sending Demand Draft (DD) of INR 250 in favor of IGNOU Regional centre.
  • Candidatesmust fill all the information such as personal information, course details and educational qualifications correctly


Before sending the filled-in application form to concerned Regional Centre, candidates must  have enclosed ‘Self Attested’ following documents

i) Photograph (pasted) and other relevant documents mentioned below

ii) Certificates in support of your educational qualification(s) i.e. semester-wise/year wise mark sheets and Provisional/Degree Certificate(s),

iii) Experience certificate wherever required
iv) Category certificate (for SC/ST/PH/OBC (non-creamy layer).
v) Age certificate.
vi) Student Card duly filled in.
vii) Acknowledgement Card duly affixed with the postage stamp.

viii) Attached documentary proof (photocopy of BPL ration card), in case of below poverty line students

For International Candidates

i) Copy of Passport and Visa
ii) No Objection Certificate from the concerned Embassy in India
iii) Proof of residence of candidate in India

  • Attached  Pay Order/Demand Draft for the Program Fee/Fee for the first year
  • Candidate must write their name, program code and application no. on the reverse side of the Demand Draft

After checking all the information, the candidates can submit their form to their respective regional centers.
Note: Online candidates must submit application fee of INR 100 along with the course fee during fee submission process through online mode only. The program fee is refundable for both offline as well as online mode.

Selection Process

Selection of eligible candidates to MA course is done based on their 10+2 examination marks.

IGNOU MA 2018 Fee structure

Annual program fee must be submitted along with the application form. Fee for all the specializations is mentioned below : 

SpecializationsAnnual Fee
HistoryINR 4500
PhilosophyINR 4500
Political ScienceINR 4500
AnthropologyINR 6500
PsychologyINR 4500
Public AdministrationINR 4500
Rural DevelopmentINR 4500
HindiINR 4500
EconomicsINR 6,000
Distance EducationINR 1,350
EducationINR 7,250
Adult EducationINR 6,000
EnglishINR 2,500
Extension & Development StudiesINR 4,500
Gandhi and Peace StudiesINR 4,500
Gender and Development StudiesINR 4,500
 Women’s and Gender StudiesINR 6,000
Translation StudiesINR 4500

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




Hi I am puja i have done graduation 69 % in Zoology Hons., Can i get admission in Rural Development

17 Jul, 2018 14:21
Garima Bansal

Hi Puja, The Selection of eligible candidates to MA Rural Development course is done based on their 10 2 examination marks.

17 Jul, 2018 15:55

hi i am Gulafsha i have done my graduation 54 percent.can i get admission in m.a. in english

16 Jul, 2018 16:23
Garima Bansal

HI GULAFSHA,The Selection of eligible candidates to MA in English course is done based on their UG examination marks.

16 Jul, 2018 17:45
Ajay Kumar K S

Hi am completed Bcom in Bangalore University,now am egible for MA?

13 Jul, 2018 21:16
Ritika Sharma

Hi Ajay, To get admission in MA eligibility Graduation in any discipline.For more details please contact 011-29571000 , 29533870 , 29533869.

18 Jul, 2018 13:14
pradeep kumar r

MA in sociology not available???

10 Jul, 2018 13:01
Akansha Expert

Hi Pradeep, Sociology Course Does Not offers by the University.

11 Jul, 2018 11:53
Shraboni paul

hi i am shraboni i have done graduation 46 per from dibru university so am i eligible to apply for ma

09 Jul, 2018 23:37
Akansha Expert

Hi Shraboni, you need at least 50 % in your Bachelor for getting the admission in this university and if you are Category you will get 5 % Relaxation in the admission percentage.

10 Jul, 2018 10:58
Tabreen nisa

Hi I m tabreen Nisa I have done my graduation with honours in political science from Calcutta University with I eligible to apply for M.A in political science

08 Jul, 2018 13:50
Akansha Expert

Hi Tabreen, Yes You are eligible for MA course, Yes You will get the admission in University for M.A Course, For this year and July session admission 15th of July is last date for fresh Admission from this university.

09 Jul, 2018 17:54


07 Jul, 2018 12:25
Akansha Expert

Hi Chander, yes You will get the admission in University for M.A Course, For this year and July session admission 15th of July is last date for fresh Admission from this university.

07 Jul, 2018 15:07
Medha Pandey

I have done my graduation with and I've scored less than 50% (2nd division) am I eligible for MA in sociology from IGNOU?

06 Jul, 2018 17:01
Garima Bansal

Hi MEDHA, This course is not offer in this university

07 Jul, 2018 10:45
Akanksha Singh

M. A. Education is similar to M. A. Distance Education?plz any one clear my prblm

06 Jul, 2018 14:32
Akansha Expert

Hi Akanksha, You may Please contact tot he university for getting the information about Courses. Or may you let me know i will share the detail.

06 Jul, 2018 18:29

Hai I am prasanna, and I am From thuruvalluvar university so I now only completed B.A still a MA application are giving ?

06 Jul, 2018 09:37
Akansha Expert

Hi Prasannaraj, For this year and July session admission 15th of July is last date for fresh Admission from this university.

06 Jul, 2018 11:00
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