IGNOU BA Admission 2020: Eligibility, Registration Process, Fees, Assignment

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Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) offers Bachelor of Arts (B.A) program in 12 streams namely polity, history, civics, philosophy, mathematics etc. Admission to IGNOU B.A program is offered on a direct basis since it is an open university and the number of seats in each program is unlimited. The application mode for IGNOU Courses is online and registration opens twice in a year for January and June Session.

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IGNOU BA Program Highlights

Minimum Duration3 years
Maximum Duration6 years
Course FeesINR 6,000
Maximum AgeNo Bar
Minimum AgeNo Bar
Eligibility10+2 or its equivalent or BPP from IGNOU

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IGNOU BA Program Structure

The Programme Code of this Bachelor of Arts is a BAG. The program has a number of disciplines and courses from different schools of study. 

The following twelve Disciplines are part of the program this year: 

1) Anthropology 

2) English 

3) Economics 

4) Hindi 

5) History 

6) Mathematics 

7) Political Science 

8) Psychology 

9) Public Administration 

10) Sanskrit 

11) Sociology 

12) Urdu

The program can be completed by earning the required number of credits under each category in a minimum period of three years (six semesters) or in the maximum period of six years. The required number of credits under each category is as follows: 72 credits of Core Courses, 24 credits of Discipline Specific Electives, 8 credits of Ability Enhancement Compulsory Courses, 16 credits of Skill Enhancement courses, and 12 credits of Generic Electives.

IGNOU BA Fee Structure

A total of INR 7200 is to be paid for the Bachelor of Arts Programme, @ `2400 per year. 

  • In the first year, in addition to `INR 2400, a Registration fee of `INR 200 also has to be paid. 
  • The program fee should be paid only by means of the Debit Card/Credit Card through online mode only. 
  • The fee once paid is not refundable.
  •  Psychology courses have a Practicum component. Learners opting for Psychology are required to pay an extra fee of `INR 600.

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IGNOU BA Application Process

Candidates can fill and submit the application form for the BA program through online mode. Interested candidates can apply by following the below-given steps:

Application steps in BA Courses

  • Visit the IGNOU Website.
  • Fill the form for new registration if you are not a registered candidate.
  • Select your course, and note down its Course ID.
  • Next, click on “Application”
  • Fill the form for the candidate’s application.
  • Pay the course fees for one year.
  • Upload the required documents.
  • Click on the submit button.
  • Your application is provisionally accepted. 

After successful fee submission, candidates must take the print out of the online application form for future correspondence.

Note: After verifying all the details, and documents, your application will be finally accepted by the authorities and your admission will be confirmed. 

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IGNOU Schedule for Re-registration

Although the Bachelor of Arts program is a semester-based program, registration is done annually. Just as you have registered for the first two semesters at the start of the program, you will have to re-register for the Second year (third and fourth semesters) and third-year (fourth and fifth semesters) before the beginning of the academic year as per the schedule given below: 

Learners are advised to submit the Re-Registration (RR) forms ‘Online’ only on the web portal as per schedule being notified by the University from time to time.

IGNOU BA Assignments

 Assignments constitute continuous evaluation. The marks that you secure in the assignments will be counted in your final result. As mentioned earlier, an assignment of a course carries 30% weightage. You are therefore advised to take your assignment seriously. 

Non Submission of Assignment

The TMA for each semester can be downloaded from the Student Zone of the University website. You have to complete the assignment within the due dates specified in the assignment booklet. You will not be allowed to appear for the term-end examination for any course if you do not submit the assignment in time for that course. If you appear in the term-end examination, without submitting the assignments, the result of the term-end examination is liable to be canceled.

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IGNOU BA Study Material

The dispatch of material will start once the online process of registration is complete. You can expect to receive your study material within one month of the closing of the registration for the program. If any course material is missing or you receive wrong or defective material, please address your query to the Regional Centre or write to the Student Services Centre at

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Ques. Can we change the two disciplines opted in the first year of the program?

Ans. It is important to note here that the two disciplines you have opted to study in the first semester/year of the program will have to be studied in the subsequent semesters/years of the program to complete the required number of Core and Discipline Specific Elective courses of the BA program. You cannot change the disciplines of study in the second or third year of the program.

Ques. Does BA in Psychology have some pre-requisite condition to qualify the course?

Ans. The discipline of Psychology has no such pre-requisite qualifications, but all its core courses require the learner to take up at least two credits worth of laboratory work or tutorials. As laboratory work is not available in all Study Centres, the University may allow you the nearest Study Centre with a laboratory facility or ask you to attend counseling and tutorial sessions at such a Centre

Ques. What is a discipline-specific effective course in BA Program?

Ans. Discipline-Specific Elective Courses are on offer in the fifth and sixth semesters of the program. These six credit courses are intra-disciplinary in nature. The Discipline Specific Electives (DSEs) are specific (or specialized or advanced or supportive) to the discipline or subject of study. They provide an extended scope. The program has four DSEs, two from each of the two disciplines that you have opted to study. They carry 24 credits (2+2 courses x 6 credits).

Ques. What are Ability Enhancement Compulsory Courses in the BA Program?

Ans. Ability Enhancement Compulsory Courses are of four credits each. As the name suggests, the Ability Enhancement Compulsory Courses (AECCs) is compulsory for all learners. There are two AECCs on offer, one each in the first and second semesters. The first AECC is an awareness course which is intended to sensitize the learners with environmental issues and introduce them to the policies and practices put in place to address environmental concerns at the local, national and global level.

Ques. What is Skill Enhancement Courses in the BA Program?

Ans. Skill Enhancement Courses (SECs) are also ability enhancement courses. These courses seek to build specific skills set in some applied functional areas of daily life. Each Skill Enhancement Course (SEC) is of four credits. These courses are on offer from the third semester onwards. A number of SECs are on offer in each semester. You will have to opt for only one SEC each semester from the common pool.

Ques. What are Generic Elective Courses in the BA Program?

Ans. Generic Electives (GEs) are the other type of electives that are on offer in the fifth and sixth semesters of the program. These courses are interdisciplinary in nature. They provide exposure to other disciplines/subjects nurturing the proficiency and understanding of social and scientific phenomena. Choose any one Generic Elective from the common pool of GEs that are available in each semester.

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



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