IGNOU MPhil 2020: Admission, Eligibility, Admission Fees, Form 2020

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Indira Gandhi National Open University offers Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) under various specializations including Social Work, Economics, Political Science, Commerce, among many others. IGNOU offers M.Phil in a full-time learning mode. The number of seats in each specialization is different. The program fee is INR 12,600 with no age limit for the applicants. One must have a master’s degree in a relevant discipline before applying for admission. The admission is done on the basis of marks secured in the entrance examination followed by an interview round.

IGNOU M.Phil Course Highlights

Course NameMaster of Philosophy (M.Phil)
Course TypeFull-time
Minimum Duration1 year
Maximum Duration2 years
Basic EligibilityMaster’s degree in a relevant subject
Course FeeINR 12,600

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CourseAdmission Link
M.Phil/Ph.D in Arts,
M.Phil/Ph.D in Agriculture,
M.Phil/Ph.D in Education,
M.Phil/Ph.D in Science,
M.Phil/Ph.D in Law,
M.Phil/Ph.D in Mass Communication,
M.Phil/Ph.D in Paramedical,
M.Phil/Ph.D in Management,
M.Phil/Ph.D in Commerce
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IGNOU M.Phil Important Dates

Start of online submission of applicationMarch 07, 2020
Last date for submission of online applicationMarch 27, 2020

IGNOU M.Phil Course Details

Indira Gandhi National Open University offers full-time education for the M.Phil program. Tabulated below are the details of the courses offered by the university:

School NameCourse NameEligibility
School of Social WorkM.Phil in Social WorkMaster’s degree with 55% marks (50% for SC/ST/OBC/ Differently abled and other categories) from a recognized university
School of Social SciencesM.Phil in Sociology
M.Phil in Political Science
M.Phil in Economics
School of Management StudiesM.Phil in Commerce
School of SciencesM.Phil in Chemistry
M.Phil in Geography
School of Journalism and New Media StudiesM.Phil in Journalism and Mass CommunicationMaster’s degree in Communication or related discipline with 55% marks
School of Performing and Visual ArtsM.Phil in Theatre ArtsMaster’s degree in relevant discipline with 55% marks (50% for SC/ST/OBC/ Differently abled and other categories) from a recognized university
School of Translation Studies and Training StudiesM.Phil in Translation Studies

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IGNOU M.Phil Course Structure

The minimum and maximum duration for completing the M.Phil program is 1 year and 2 years respectively. The coursework during the first six months of admission will be conducted in IGNOU Campus in New Delhi. A student has to attend the coursework on a regular basis with at least 80% attendance. 

The credit assigned to the M.Phil course is 16 credits of minimum 1-semester duration and a maximum of two semesters. 80% attendance in the classroom teaching is compulsory for each student pursuing M.Phil program. 

The course work per 4 credit course will be delivered in the following manner: 

  1. Minimum number of hours for classroom teaching-learning - 30 hours
  2. Minimum number of hours for library work - 20 hours
  3. Minimum number of hours for tutorial and other interactive activities - 10 hours

For successful completion of this course, a student must score 55% marks separately in each component of each course. Apart from the term-end examination, the students are required to submit assessments like assignments, term paper, fieldwork, lab-work, book review, group discussion, seminar, etc. 

NOTE: Women and Persons with Disabilities (more than 40% disability) will be allowed a relaxation of 1 year in the maximum duration.

IGNOU M.Phil Selection Criteria

Students aspiring to take admission to the M.Phil program at IGNOU must be eligible for the subject. It must be noted that all M.Phil students will be admitted in the full-time duration of the course. The admission will be done on the basis of the following criteria: 

  • Selection will be made strictly on the basis of performance in the Entrance Test and Interview. The weightage given to the entrance test is 70% whereas 30% consists of performance in the Interview.
  • Students who secure 50% marks in the Entrance Test (45% for SC/ST/OBC/PH) will be shortlisted for the interview. 
  • During the interview, a 40% weightage is given to Research Aptitude, 40% to Subject Knowledge and 20% to his/her communication skills.

IGNOU M.Phil Admission Process

The selection is done on the basis of the entrance test which will be followed by an interview. The final selection will be selected on the basis of respective performances in the written test and will be called for the interview round.

Stage 1: Entrance Test

  • The entrance test will be conducted by the university at the National level in select examination centres across the country.
  • The list of eligible candidates will be displayed on the official website of the university. No separate communication shall be sent to the candidates.
  • The students can download the hall ticket from the IGNOU website. Applicants have to bring an original identity proof having photograph, such as Aadhar Card, Voter ID Card, Driving License, Passport and ID card at the examination center.
  • Students must score minimum 50% marks in the entrance test to qualify the exam.
  • The entrance exam is conducted in a total of 13 cities across India. Tabulated below are the test centre with their code:
City NameCity Code

Stage 2: Interview/ Presentation

The university will shortlist the students for the interview/presentation round as per their performance in the entrance test.

IGNOU M.Phil Application Process

To enroll for admission in IGNOU, the applicant must submit the application form available on the official website of the university. They can apply online as well as offline mode. However, it must be noted that the application forms are available on certain dates before the session commences. Follow the below-mentioned steps on how to fill IGNOU application form: 

Step 1: Visit the official website of the university in order to obtain the application form.

Step 2: On visiting the website, the candidate will have to click on the ‘Admission Link’.

Step 3: The candidate will have to enter their respective email IDs and password. After registering, the candidate can log in.

Step 4: On logging in, the candidate will have to click on the ‘Apply Now’ link. On doing so, the candidate can then fill the application form.

Step 5: One must cross-check the details entered in the form. After doing so, the candidate is required to upload a jpeg file of their respective passport size photographs and signature.

Step 6: Once the details are filled in, the candidate can proceed to pay the application fee i.e INR 1000. The payment can be made in both online as well as offline mode. For online payment, one can pay using credit/debit card/ Netbanking. For offline payment, students must send a demand draft to the university address.


Ques. Is an M.Phil from IGNOU valid?

Ans. Yes, you can do an M.Phil from IGNOU. The university is recognized by UGC and carries equal value in the country. IGNOU offers the program under 12 specializations.

Ques. What is the reservation criteria for M.Phil in IGNOU?

Ans. The university has reserved seats for various categories for admission in M.Phil. Tabulated below are the details for the same: 
Category% of seats
Scheduled Caste15%
Scheduled Tribe7.5%
OBC (Non-Creamy Layer)27%

Ques. What are the scholarships offered to M.Phil students?

Ans. IGNOU offers fellowships to research students under various categories. The candidates who have qualified UGC-NET, GATE, JEST will be awarded Fellowships by agencies. Additionally, the candidates who are enrolled in full-time research programs will be offered INR 18,000 per month with an annual contingent grant of INR 20,000.

*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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