IGNOU Certificate Programs Admission 2020: Fees, Eligibility, Application Process

Aishwarya Bhatnagar Aishwarya Bhatnagar
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IGNOU offers 6 months certificate programs in over 40 courses. Also including Advanced Certificate programs in 5 areas of study. Different sets of programs are administered by their respective departments. 

Admissions are based upon merit for most of the certificate programs. While, there are a few which do not require formal education for admission. Some programs also require students to have field/work experience.

All programs are for six months and require a minimal fee for admission. Applications are accepted for January and July cycles every year. They can be submitted online through the respective department’s website of IGNOU.

IGNOU Certificate Programs Admission Highlights 2020

Type of Certificate ProgramsCertificate; Advanced & Post Graduate
Duration 6 months
Maximum Duration for Completion2 years
Admissions January & July 
Applications Online 
Entrance RequiredNo 
Selection for AdmissionMerit based
Basic EligibilityPassed class X exams
Number of Departments Offering15

Check IGNOU Admission

CourseAdmission Link
UG Certificate in Management,
Graduate Certificate in Mass Communication,
Graduate Certificate in Management,
Graduate Certificate in Law,
Certificate in Science,
Certificate in Agriculture,
Graduate Certificate in Agriculture,
PG Certificate in Arts,
UG Certificate in Arts,
Certificate in Arts,
UG Certificate in Science,
Graduate Certificate in Arts,
Graduate Certificate in Paramedical,
UG Certificate in Paramedical,
UG Certificate in Vocational Courses,
UG Certificate in Agriculture,
UG Certificate in Medical,
Graduate Certificate in Education,
PG Certificate in Engineering,
Certificate in Medical,
UG Certificate in Design,
PG Certificate in Science,
Certificate in Commerce,
Certificate in Engineering,
Certificate in Vocational Courses,
PG Certificate in Medical
Admission Link

IGNOU Advanced & PG Certificate Programs Details

Program NameEligibility CriteriaSelection CriteriaDetailed Information
Advanced Certificate Programs
Power Distribution ManagementEngineering graduate/Engineering Diploma
Science/Commerce/ Arts Graduates or equivalent with 2 years experience in power utilities or electricity sector 
Merit basedClick Here
Information SecurityPassed class X or equivalentClick Here
Post Graduate Certificate Programs
Adult EducationBachelor’s from a recognized institutionMerit basedClick Here
Cyber LawGraduate in any discipline or 4th and 5th year students of 5 year integrated LLB course who passed three yearsClick Here
Patent PracticeClick Here
Bangla - Hindi TranslationGraduation in any disciplineClick Here
Malayalam - Hindi TranslationClick Here
Agriculture PolicyClick Here
Gandhi and Peace StudiesClick Here
Geoinformatics Click Here
Climate ChangeClick Here
Information & Assistive Technologies (for Visually Impaired instructors)BCA/BSc-Computer Science OR Bachelor’s in any discipline with diploma/certificate in Computer Science.Merit based
Successful completion of CIT program from IGNOU
Click Here
Medical Management of CBRNE DisastersMBBS (recognized by MCI)Merit basedClick Here

IGNOU Certificate Programs Details

More than 15 departments of IGNOU offer above 45 certificate programs for admission to students. These courses are 6 months long and can be taken up by those who have the relevant eligibility.

The following table shows a list of programs offered under various departments along with its prerequisites for admission:

Program NameEligibility CriteriaSelection CriteriaDetailed Information
School of Performing & Visual Arts Certificate Courses
Visual Arts - PaintingPassed class XBased on meritClick Here
Visual Arts - Applied ArtClick Here
Performing Arts - Theatre ArtsClick Here
Performing Arts - Hindustani MusicClick Here
Performing Arts - Karnatak MusicClick Here
Performing Arts - Bharatnatyam Click Here
School of Foreign Languages Certificate Programs
UrduStudents interested in learning UrduMerit basedClick Here
Arabic Passed 10+2 examsClick Here
French Click Here
GermanClick Here
Persian Click Here
Functional EnglishClick Here
Russian 18 years of age no formal education requiredClick Here
JapanesePassed 10+2 with EnglishClick Here
Korean Language & CultureClick Here
Spanish Language & CultureClick Here
School of Social Sciences Certificate Programs
Disaster ManagementPassed 10+2 or equivalent
Based on meritClick Here
Environmental StudiesClick Here
Library and Information ScienceClick Here
Life and Thought of Dr. B.R. AmbedkarClick Here
Peace Studies and Conflict ManagementClick Here
School of Social Work Certificate Programs
Social Work & Criminal Justice SystemGraduate in any relevant disciplineMerit basedClick Here
Tribal StudiesPassed 10+2 or equivalent
Click Here
School of Health Sciences Certificate Programs
Healthcare Waste ManagementPassed 10+2Based upon meritClick Here
General Duty AssistanceClick Here
Home Health Assistance Click Here
Newborn & Infant NursingNursing Professionals (RNRM) with Diploma in General Nursing & Midwifery (GNM)/B.Sc. (N)Click Here
Maternal & Child Health NursingClick Here
Community HealthClick Here
Home based HealthcarePassed class XClick Here
First AidClick Here
Geriatric Care AssistancePassed 10+2 with ScienceClick Here
Phlebotomy AssistanceClick Here
Yoga Passed class XII from a recognized boardClick Here
School of Continuing Education Certificate Programs
Food & NutritionNo formal education, must be 18 years of ageMerit basedClick Here
Nutrition & Child CarePassed 10+2 exams
Click Here
Rural DevelopmentBachelor’s degreeClick Here
School of Management Studies Certificate Programs
Business SkillsPassed 10+2Merit basedClick Here
NGO ManagementPassed 10+2
Matriculate with 3 years of experience in NGO sector
Click Here
School of Humanities Certificate Programs
Teaching of English as a Second Language3 years B.EL.ED
2 years PTT, ETT OR 10+2 with 2 years teaching experience 
Based on meritClick Here
HIV & Family EducationPassed 10+2 or equivalent OR BPP from IGNOUClick Here
School of Journalism & New Media Studies Certificate Program
Community RadioPassed class X examsMerit basedClick Here
School of Tourism and Hospitality Services Management Certificate Program
Tourism StudiesPassed 10+2 examsMerit basedClick Here
School of Agriculture Certificate Programs
Sericulture Passed class X exams or X pass-out with experience in sericulture Based on meritClick Here
Organic FarmingClass XII pass or equivalentClick Here
Water Harvesting & ManagementPassed 10+2 exams
Click Here
Poultry FarmingPassed class VIII examsClick Here
Beekeeping Click Here
School of Law Certificate Programs
Human RightsPassed 10+2 exams
Merit basedClick Here
Consumer ProtectionClick Here
International Humanitarian lawClick Here
Co-operation, Co-operative Law & Business LawPassed 10+2 exams for in-service personnel
Any graduate (fresher)
Click Here
Anti Human TraffickingAny Graduate OR 10+2 with five years of experience in the related field/10th standard (after doing bridge course from IGNOU)Click Here
School of Computer & Information Sciences Certificate Program
Information & TechnologyPassed class X exams
BPP from IGNOU OR DLC from Microsoft
Merit basedClick Here
School of Education Certificate Program
Guidance Teachers of recognized Institutions
Pass in Matriculation/SSC
Based on meritClick Here
Communication & IT SkillsPassed 10+2 with EnglishClick Here
School of Sciences Certificate Programs
Laboratory TechniquesPassed 10+2 with Science subjectsMerit basedClick Here
Teaching of Primary School MathematicsPassed class X examsClick Here
School of Extension and Development Studies Certificate Programs
Value EducationPassed 10+2 examsMerit basedClick Here
School of Engineering and Technology Certificate Programs
Energy Technology & ManagementPassed class X examsMerit basedClick Here
Competency in Power Distribution (Electrical Technicians)Electrical Technicians /Equivalent tradesman or manpower working in electricity/power sector
General candidates or private electrical technicians 8th passed minimum
Click Here
School of Vocational Education and Training Certificate Program
Fashion DesignPassed 10+2 examsMerit basedClick Here

Note: The medium of instruction is either English or hindi or both depending upon the choice of program for admission. 

Selection is based on merit and reservation policy guidelines followed by IGNOU set by the Government of India.

IGNOU Certificate Programs Fee Structure

Program NameFee Structure (total course fee)
Certificate ProgramsINR 1,000 to INR 6,000
Advanced Certificate ProgramsINR 5,400
Post Graduate Certificate ProgramsINR 1,600 to INR 8,500

IGNOU Certificate Programs Admission Process

The applicants can download the application form available in the common prospectus.

  • Fill the form and submit it to the department’s address. 
  • Only registration fee has to be paid with the application form. 
  • Programme Fee can be paid after confirmation of admission to the program. 
  • Each applicant should write the choice of the centre(s) in order of preference in the appendix 1(e) and submit the same with the form. 
  • The students will be allotted the Learner Support Centre keeping in view their choice, availability of the centre and seat in the respective centre. 
  • The learner support centre once allotted will not be changed unless there is a vacancy.

*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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