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  • Nalanda Open University is inviting applications for 2020 admissions. The last date to apply for admission is scheduled for December 15, 2020. Eligible candidates are required to apply online for admission before the deadline.

NOU Admission 2020

Event Dates
Application start date August 15, 2020
Last date apply December 15, 2020

Nalanda Open University (NOU) is the only Unversity imparting distance education system in Bihar. It was established in 1987 under the Bihar Government’s ordinance. NOU offers 24 Undergraduate, 27 Postgraduate, 44 certificate, 5 Postgraduate Diploma, and 8 Intermediate courses to students. Nalanda Open University is ranked amongst the top ten Colleges of Bihar offering B.Ed.

Nalanda Open University Highlights

Nalanda Open University at a glance:

Application Fee 400 INR
Official Website
Application Mode Online and Offline
Selection Criteria Merit-based and Entrance-Based (B.Ed. and Ph.D.)
Entrance test accepted B.Ed. - Combined Entrance Test (CET)
Degrees UG, PG, Doctoral
Programs Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Diploma, Certificate, B.Ed, Research.
Helpdesk 0612-2201013 0612-2206916
Upcoming: Nalanda Open Unversity is introducing a CBCS pattern in its education system from 2020. Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) will allow students to choose from core, elective, minor, or soft skill courses.

Nalanda Open University Courses 

Nalanda Open University offers Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Certificate, Postgraduate diploma, and intermediate courses to students. Eligibility and fee structure varies from course-to-course. Details of major NOU courses are as follows:

Course Eligibility Duration Fees (INR)
Intermediate Matriculation 2 years 2,000
B.A Intermediate in any stream 3 years 2,400
BA (Hons) Intermediate in any stream 3 years 2,400
B.Sc.  (Hons) Intermediate in Science stream 3 years 2,400
BLIS. (Bachelor of Library and Information sciences) Bachelor’s Degree 1 year 5,500
B.Com Intermediate in any stream 3 years 2,400
BCA Intermediate with Maths/ Computer 3 years 6,600
BBA Intermediate in any stream 3 years 6,600
B.Ed. Bachelor’s degree with 45% and two years of teaching experience 2 years 25,000
Certificate courses Intermediate or matriculation as per course requirement 6/9 months 1,650
P.G Diploma Bachelor’s Degree 1 year 5,500
M.Com B.Com 2 years 4,400
MCA BCA/ B.Sc.(Computer Science) or Bachelor's Degree with Mathematics 3 years 12,000
MJMC  Bachelor’s degree / PGDJMC 2 years 5,000
MLIS BLIS 1 year 9,700
M.Sc. B.Sc. 2 years 4,400
M.A B.A 2 years 4,400
Ph.D Postgraduate in relevant subject - -

NOTE: 25% fee concession in all courses for female applicants.


READ MORE: Nalanda Open University Courses and Fee

Nalanda Open University Admission 

Admission to Nalanda Open University is both Online and Offline. Applicants may pay INR 400 and buy prospectus and admission form from the sales counter of the university. Or, they may apply online through the university website.

  • Steps involved while applying Offline are:
  1. Acquire prospectus and application form from the sales counter
  2. Pay INR 400 via demand draft in favor of NOU, Patna.
  3. Further, fill the application form, attach all the necessary documents, and pay the course fee.
  • Steps involved while applying online are:
  1. Visit the official website and click on the link Registration cum Admission link.
  2. Select part 1 of the application form, pay the application fee of INR 450.
  3. Fill the application form, attach all the necessary documents along with the application fee receipt.
  4. Take a print out of the form and submit it to the university with other required documents (if any).

Documents required at the time of admission are:

  • Attested copy of mark sheet, matriculation for proof of age, caste certificate.
  • Original mark sheets of the qualifying examination for verification.
  • Envelops, photographs, and receipts or demand drafts of the fees paid.

Admission to all the courses is based on merit secured in the qualifying exam except B.Ed. and Ph.D. for which candidates need to appear in CET-BED and entrance test respectively.

Nalanda Open University Post-admission

The university provides the following items and documents to the students once the admission is given to the applicant:

  • Money Receipt
  • Registration slip
  • Identity card
  • Admit card for examination
  • Study material
  • Assignment answer books and envelopes
  • Assignment questions

READ MORE: Nalanda Open University Admissions

Nalanda Open University Faculty 

Present faculty members of NOU are:


  • Designation: Chancellor
  • He is also the Honorable Governor of Bihar

Prof. Gulab Chand Ram Jaiswal

  • Designation: Vice-Chancellor

Prof. (Dr.) Kriteshwar Prasad

  • Designation: Pro Vice-Chancellor

Wing Commander Surendra Kumar Sharma

  • Designation: Registrar

READ MORE: Nalanda Open University Faculty

Nalanda Open University Schools

NOU has 10 operational Schools, namely:

  • School of Computer Education and Information Technology
  • School of Economics, Commerce, and Management
  • School of Health and Environmental Science
  • School of Indian and Foreign Languages
  • School of Indology
  • School of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • School of Library and Information Science
  • School of Pure and Agricultural Sciences
  • School of Social Sciences
  • School of Teacher’s Education

Nalanda Open University: Infrastructure

The university is working from its camp office at Biscomaun Bhawan, Patna. The office is well equipped and has a 60,000 sq. ft. of area as its examination center for 1000 students. This also covers a Library, Computer Lab. Apart from this area, the university also has its administrative office and other infrastructures.

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Nalanda Open University FAQ

Ques. Why Nalanda Open University?

Ans. NOU has very few fees which makes it affordable for the poor students. And, study material of the university is also easy and precise.

Ques. Are there any Scholarships for students at Nalanda Open University?

Ans. No, the university does not provide any scholarships to students because the fee is very less and affordable. But moving towards women empowerment, NOU gives a 25% fee concession for female students in all courses.

Ques. Any accommodation near Nalanda Open University?

Ans. The university does not provide any accommodation to students, but there are PG for boys and girls ranging between 5,000-7,000 INR with food and WIFI. Accommodations are single sharing and double sharing.

Ques. I have a degree in distance learning from Nalanda Open University, am I eligible for UPSC?

Ans. Yes, as the UPSC guideline mentions that students must have a bachelor’s degree from a recognized board/University, you are eligible to appear in the UPSC exam. Nalanda Open University is recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC), Distance Education Council (DEC), and Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India.