Currently ranked among the largest open universities in the world, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) was established in 1985 and currently offers 227 academic programmes through 21 schools and 67 Regional Centres spread across the country. For the January session, the online registration for most of the courses usually commences in the month of November/December every year and ends in the last week of February. For July session application forms will be available from May. However, for some specific courses, the last date of admission may vary.
Those seeking admission can apply through the IGNOU Online admission portal within the stipulated time. Candidates can also re-register for certain UG, PG and Research courses offered by IGNOU before within the stipulated time through the IGNOU re-registration portal. For admission to most of the IGNOU courses offered by the University, candidates are shortlisted for admission on the basis of marks obtained in the qualifying degree. However, in case of some specific courses, the University conducts an admission test for selection of students.
|IGNOU M.Com Admission 2020 (On-Going)||IGNOU MBA Admission 2020 (On-Going)|
|IGNOU M.Sc. Admission 2020 (On-Going)||IGNOU Ph.D. Admission 2020 (On-Going)|
|IGNOU B.Ed & M.Ed Admission 2020 (On-Going)||IGNOU MCA Admission 2020 (On-Going)|
|IGNOU MSW Admission 2020 (On-Going)||IGNOU BBA Admission 2020 (On-Going)|
|IGNOU M.Phil Admission 2020 (On-Going)||IGNOU MA Admission 2020 (On-Going)|
|IGNOU Yoga Admission 2020 (On-Going)||IGNOU Diploma Admission 2020 (On-Going)|
|IGNOU Certificate Courses 2020 (On – Going)||IGNOU Post Basic Nursing 2020 (On-Going)|
As per the semester examinations, IGNOU Delhi conducts Term-end Examination twice a year i.e. June & December. For more information regarding online admission process and admit card issued by the university, students should check IGNOU Online Admission Status.
Top Courses Offered at IGNOU:
IGNOU offers a wide variety of Distance UG courses under various different specialization for 10+2 qualified students. Admission to the IGNOU courses usually commences in the month of February and the selection of eligible candidates is done based on their 10+2 examination marks. Apart from the Bachelor’s degree, the college also provides several Diploma courses for the Undergraduate students.
|Course||Total Fees/ year||Eligibility|
|MBA||₹18,900||Pass Graduation with 50%|
|M.Phil/Ph.D in Arts||Admission Link|
|Last Date to Submit IGNOU TEE Exam Forms||30 Apr, 2020|
|Last Date to Submit IGNOU TEE Exam Forms (with Late Fee)||01 May - 20 May, 2020|
|MBA & Ph.D Registration Last Date||30 Apr, 2020|
|OPENMAT Exam||29 Apr, 2020|
|IGNOU B.Ed Registration||31 Jan - 29 Feb, 2020|
|IGNOU B.Ed exam||29 Apr, 2020|
|BBA(SM) Registration||01 Apr - 10 Jun, 2020|
|BBA(SM) Entrance Exam||14 Jun, 2020|
IGNOU offers a wide range of academic programs under the School of Management Studies. It offers an MBA along with PG diploma and diploma courses. These courses are for a minimum period of two and a half years. Candidates seeking admission must have completed graduation in any discipline with minimum 50% marks for the general category and should also have cleared OPENMAT examination, conducted by IGNOU.
The institute offers an MBA as a General subject and under the specialization of Banking and Finance. It also offers a PG Diploma under the following streams of Management:
|Course||Specialization||Eligibility Criteria||Duration||Course Fee|
|General||Graduation in any discipline with 50 % marks for general category and 45 % for reserved category||2.5 years||INR. 37,800|
|Banking & Finance||The Candidate should be a member of the Indian Institute of Bankers and a graduate from any recognized Institute|
Note- The eligibility criteria for the PG Diploma courses are the same as the MBA program.
Selection of candidates to the IGNOU management programs (MBA, DIM, PGDIM and PG Diplomas in HRM, FM, OM, MM, and FMP) will be done on the basis of the score obtained in the OPENMAT, conducted all over India twice a year. Subsequently, a result card will be dispatched to all the candidates who have appeared in the OPENMAT examination. It will indicate whether the candidate has qualified or not for the IGNOU MBA programs on the basis of the cut-off score as per the University guidelines.
Candidates seeking admission to IGNOU management programs can register for OPENMAT by downloading the information brochure containing the application form and send it upon completion along with the prescribed fee. To know more about Management program admissions at IGNOU, students can go through the IGNOU MBA Admissions.
For the current academic session, the OPENMAT XLVII entrance test for management programs will be conducted in December. Candidates can download the hall ticket/ admit card for OPENMAT XLVII from the official IGNOU website upon entering their Enrolment Number.
|College||Ranking||Avg Fees/ year||Admission|
|School of Open Learning, University of Delhi - [SOLDU], New Delhi||-||--||Know More|
|Amity University, Noida||# 63 by NIRF||₹3,11,000||Know More|
|Sikkim Manipal University - [SMU], East Sikkim||# 151 by NIRF||₹3,16,000||Know More|
|Annamalai University - [AU], Chidambaram||# 151 by NIRF||₹56,450||Know More|
|ICFAI University, Dehradun||# 25 by Indiatoday||₹1,20,000||Know More|
|Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning - [SCDL], Pune||-||--||Know More|
|Mahatma Gandhi University - [MGU], Kottayam||# 49 by NIRF||₹92,040||Know More|
|Vardhman Mahaveer Open University - [VMOU], Kota||-||--||Know More|
In addition to various UG, PG and Research courses, IGNOU also offers Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Education, each of two years duration. Admission to the B.Ed and M.Ed. program is done on the basis of marks obtained by the candidate in the entrance test, conducted by IGNOU at all India level. Hall tickets for the entrance tests can be downloaded by the participating students from the official IGNOU website. IGNOU B.Ed Entrance Test is usually held in the month of August every year.
|Course||Specialization||Eligibility Criteria||Selection Criteria||Course Fee|
|B.Ed.||Education||Minimum 50% marks either in the Bachelor’s Degree and/or in the Master’s Degree in Sciences/Social Sciences/Commerce/Humanity|
|M.Ed.||Education||B.Ed.(55% marks) with 2 years teaching/professional experience in a Government/ Government recognized school/NCTE recognized teacher education/research institution in education||INR. 40,000/-|
The candidate will be required to submit the duly filled-in application form along with self-attested copies of documents as specified in Entrance-cum-Admission Form. The program fee should be submitted only through Demand Draft (DD) drawn in favor of “IGNOU”, payable at the city where the Regional Centre is situated. The original documents should be submitted later by the students for verification, upon receiving offer letter for admission. For detailed admission information regarding B.Ed, M.Ed courses, read IGNOU B.Ed, M.Ed Admissions
The university also provides the candidates with an opportunity to research in their respective fields of study by offering M.Phil. and Ph.D. courses under different specializations. For the July academic session, the university is offering Ph.D. in 12 subjects and an M.Phil course in 2 subjects. Eligible candidates are required to appear for the entrance test conducted by the university for admission to M.Phil/Ph.D. course. In the case of Ph.D, candidate holding M.Phil. degree (along with course work and dissertation both) or those candidates who have cleared NET (conducted by UGC/CSIR/ICAR) or any other equivalent examination will be exempted from appearing in the Entrance Test. The entrance examination for admission to M.Phil/ Ph.D program will be conducted in 13 cities across the country. The table given below represents the stream wise eligibility and seats available:
|Ph.D. in Geology||Post-graduation in Geology or Geological Science or Applied Geology or Geo-Exploration or Mineral Exploration or Engineering Geology or Marine Geology or Earth Science and Resource Management or Petroleum Geosciences or Petroleum Exploration or Geochemistry or Geophysics or Hydrogeology or Geomatics or Geo-informatics or Remote Sensing and GIS from any recognized university||20|
|Ph.D. in French||MA in French||02|
|Ph.D. in Journalism and Mass Communication||Master Degree or M.Phil. Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication.||15|
|Ph.D. in Statistics||Post-Graduation in Statistics/ Applied Statistics with minimum 55% from any Recognized university. Or||08|
|Ph.D. in Geography||M.A./ M.Sc. in Geography, Earth Systems Science and Relevant Discipline of Geospatial Technology.||16|
|Ph.D. in Gender and Development Studies||Master’s degree in Gender Studies or Gender and Development Studies with 55% marks. OR Master’s degree in other streams with one or two courses in the area of Gender Studies or Gender and Development Studies or with demonstrable evidence of teaching or research and publications in the area of Gender Studies or Gender and Development Studies.||06|
|Ph.D. in Women’s studies||Master’s degree in Women’s Studies or Gender Studies with minimum 55% marks. OR Master’s degree in other streams with one or two courses in the area of Women’s/ Gender Studies and with demonstrable evidence of teaching and / or research and publications in the area of Women’s /Gender Studies||07|
|Ph.D. in Biochemistry||Master’s Degree or any other equal qualification from a recognized university.||09|
|Ph.D. in Fine Arts||M. Phil in relevant field with minimum 55% marks from any recognized university or Institution. OR Master’s Degree in Fine Arts/ Visual Arts/ Drg. and Ptg. / Design with at least 55% marks (50% marks for SC/ ST).||04|
|Ph.D. in Theatre arts||M. Phil in relevant field with at least 55% marks. OR M. P. A. in Theatre Arts with minimum 55% marks||01|
|Ph.D. in Physics||M.Phil. in Physics with course work and UGC-NET (including JRF) / UGC/ CSIR-NET (including JRF) / SLET/ GATE or should be a teacher fellowship holder.||02|
|Ph.D. in Chemistry||Master’s Degree or M Phil Degree in Chemistry.||05|
|M.Phil. in Geography||M.A./M.Sc. in Geography, Earth Systems Science and Relevant Discipline of Geospatial Technology||10|
|M.Phil. in Chemistry||Master’s Degree and /or M Phil Degree in Chemistry||06|
At the UG level, IGNOU provides a B.A., B.Com, and a B.Sc. under various specializations along with a BBA degree in Retail. All of these programs are offered for a duration of three years.
|Course||Specializations||Eligibility Criteria||Course Fees|
10+2 or it's equivalent
|Economics (hons.)||INR 9,600|
|Tourism Management||INR. 12000/-|
|B.Com||General||A person with 10+2 qualification is eligible for admission. Non 10+2 candidates who have completed the Bachelors Preparatory Programme (BPP) of the University are also eligible for admission.||INR 8100|
|B.Com with Major in Accountancy and Finance||10+2 or its equivalent, Passed Common Proficiency Test/ PE/ Foundation from ICAI and Registration in Professional Competence Course/ PEII/ Intermediate (Chartered Accountancy First Stage) of ICAI; or Already passed Professional Competence Course/ PEIII/ Intermediate||INR. 6,000/-|
|B.Com with Major in Corporate Affairs and Administration||10+2 or it's equivalent and registration in Company Secretaryship Foundation Programme|
|B.Com with Major in Financial and Cost Accounting||10+2 or it's equivalent and registration in ICWAI Foundation Course|
|BBA||BBA in Retailing||10+2 or it's equivalent||INR. 27,000/-|
|BBA Service Management||10+2 or its equivalent; also candidate must be 18 years of age as of 1st January||INR 20000/-|
|Botany||10+2 with science subjects or its equivalent qualification||INR. 13,500/-|
|Hospitality and Hotel Administration||10+2 or it’s equivalent||INR 1,27000 (Per Year)|
Admission to all the above-mentioned courses is done on the basis of the merit secured in the 10+2 qualifying exam. Admission to the IGNOU courses usually commences in the month of February.
IGNOU offers MA, M.Sc and M.Com at PG level. The duration of all the courses is 2-years. Candidates who have a Bachelor’s degree are eleigible to apply for the courses. Admission is based on merit obtained at Graduation level.
|Course Name||Specializations||Eligibility Criteria||Course Fees|
|MA||Economics||Bachelor’s degree in any discipline, with or without a degree in education from a recognized University||INR. 12,000|
|Rural Development||INR 10,800|
|Distance Education||INR. 10,800|
|Adult Education||INR. 14,400|
|Extension and Development Studies||INR 9,000|
|Development Studies||INR. 10,800|
|Gandhi and Peace Studies||INR. 9,000|
|Gender and Development Studies||INR. 10,800|
|Women and Gender Studies||Students having a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 50% aggregate||INR. 14,400|
|Hindi||Graduation in any discipline||INR. 12,000|
|Political Science||INR. 12,000|
|Public Administration||INR. 9,000|
|Rural Development||INR. 9,000|
|Translation Studies||Graduate in any discipline with adequate knowledge of Hindi and English||INR.10,800|
|Anthropology||Graduation in any discipline||INR. 16,800|
|Journalism & Mass Communication||Bachelor’s degree in any discipline||INR 25,000|
|M.Sc.||Food Nutrition||B.Sc. (Home Science) specialization in Food and Nutrition, Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition or PG Diploma in Dietetics and Public Health Nutrition or Graduate (B.Sc.) or equivalent (MBBS, BHHS etc) from the following background – Home Science/ Food Science and Technology, Life Science, Microbiology Medical, Pharmaceutical, Catering along with the DNHE or CNCC or CFN offered by IGNOU||INR. 32,400|
|Mathematics with Applications in Computer Science||Graduates from a recognized University/Institution with a Major, or Honours in Mathematics with at least fifty % marks in aggregate||INR. 26,400|
|Hospitality Administration||B.Sc in Hotel Management or Hospitality Administration or 3 year Diploma from NCHMCT||INR 10,000|
|Counselling and Family Therapy||Bachelor’s degree with a specialization in subjects like Human Development and Family Studies, Child Development, Human Development, and Childhood Studies, Child Development, and Family Relationships, Home Science, Psychology, Social Work, Medicine or other allied disciplines||INR. 33,600|
|M.Com||General||Graduates in any discipline or equivalent from a recognized university||INR. 11,000|
|Business Policy and Corporate Governance||Graduates in any discipline or equivalence from a recognised university/ institute; and Passed in Company Secretaryship Executive Programme||INR. 7,000|
|Finance and Taxation||Any graduate or CA Students in Final Year||INR. 7,000|
IGNOU offers BCA and MCA under the School of Computer & Information Sciences. The duration of both courses is 3-years. Candidates applying for B.Sc must have passed 10+2 or its equivalent. While, those who wish to apply for MCA must have passed Bachelor’s degree with Mathematics as a compulsory subject at 10+2 or Graduation level. Admission to BCA and MCA is based on merit of 10+2 marks and Bachelor’s dehgree respectively.
|Course Name||Specializations||Eligibility Criteria||Course Fees|
|B.C.A||Computer Applications||10+2 or its equivalent||INR. 30,000|
|M.C.A.||Computer Applications||Any Bachelor’s degree of minimum three-year duration from a recognized University and Mathematics as one of the subject at 10+2 level or graduation level||INR. 54,000|
IGNOU offers B.L.I.Sc., B.Sc Nursing, BPP and BSW at UG level. The duration of all the Bachelor courses is 3-years except Bachelor Preparatory Programme (BPP) and B.L.ISc. which are of 1-year duration. The minimum requirement differs as per the course. Selection of eligible candidates is based on their 10+2 examination marks.
|Course Name||Specializations||Eligibility Criteria||Course Fees|
|B.L.I.Sc.||Bachelor of Library and Information Science||i) Bachelor’s degree with 50% marks ( 45% for students of SC/ST/OBC/PH category) OR ii) Bachelor’s degree with a Diploma ( one year) in Library Science OR iii) Bachelor’s Degree with two years of working experience in a Library & Information Centre||INR. 5,000|
|B.Sc Nursing (Post Basic)||B.Sc Nursing (Post Basic)||10+2 with three years Diploma in General Nursing and Midwifery (GNM) with minimum of two years experience in the profession||INR. 45,000|
|BPP||Bachelor Preparatory Programme||No formal qualification. The candidate must be at least 18 years of age||INR. 1,000|
|BSW||Bachelor of Social Work||10+2 or it's equivalent or BPP from IGNOU||INR. 12,000|
IGNOU offer admission to the pg courses like M.L.I.Sc, MSW and MTTM. The duration of the courses is 2 years except for M.L.I.Sc. M.L.I.Sc. is offered for a minimum period of one year.
|M.L.I.Sc.||Library & Information Sc.||Candidates who have BLIS Degree or its equivalent from any recognized university and similar institutions||INR. 9,000|
|MSW||Social Work||Graduation in any discipline||INR. 32,400|
|Social Work (Counselling)||INR. 15,000|
|MTTM||Tourism & Travel Management||Category 1: : BTS; BA (Tourism); B.Sc. Hospitality and Hotel Administration (BHM); Bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management (approved by AICTE) and those students who have done their Graduation in any field along with a Diploma in Tourism Category 2: Bachelor’s Degree in any field||INR.12,000|
Students with a bachelors degree in the relevant courses can apply for admission.
Institute offers admission to the pg diploma courses within various specializations. Graduation degree holders can apply for admission to the course offered. IGNOU PG Diploma Eligibility Criteria
|PG Diploma||Computer Application||Graduation with Mathematics as one of the subjects in graduation or class 12th||INR 21600|
|Sustainability Science||Graduation from any Discipline||INR.7,000|
|Environmental and Occupational Health||12th from Science Stream and Graduation in any stream||INR. 6,600|
|Hotel Operation||Graduate from any discipline||INR. 9,000|
|Social Work Counselling||Post Graduation from any discipline||INR. 13,200|
|Urban Planning and Development||Graduate from any discipline||INR. 2,800|
|Analytical Chemistry||Science Graduates with Chemistry as one of the subjects||INR. 6,000|
|Audio Programme Production||Graduate from any discipline||INR. 12,000|
|Book Publishing||Bachelor's Degree+Knowledge or English & Knowledge of Word Processing||INR. 7,500|
|Criminal Justice||Graduates in law, criminology, social work and functionaries of Criminal Justice Administration||INR. 9,000|
|Disaster Management||Bachelor’s degree in any discipline||INR. 5,000|
|Adult Education: Participatory Adult Learning, Documentation and Information Networking||INR. 6,000|
|Education Technology||INR. 5,500|
|Environment and Sustainable Development||INR. 5,500|
|Extension and Development Studies||INR. 4,500|
|Folklore and Culture Studies||INR. 2,200|
|Food Safety and Quality Management||Graduation/ Post Graduation in Science with Chemistry/ Biochemistry or Microbiology as one of the subjects||INR. 12,000|
|Gandhi and Peace Studies||Bachelor's degree in any discipline||INR. 3,500|
|Women’s & Gender Studies||INR. 6,000|
|Geriatric Medicine||MBBS Doctors after the internship||INR. 23,000|
|HIV Medicine||MBBS from any recognized University||INR. 50,000|
|Hospital and Health Management||Medical/ Dental graduates from a Medical Dental Institute recognized by the Medical Council of India (MCI) or the Dental Council of India, or Graduates in the Indian system of Medicine, Homeopathy, Nursing and Pharmacy, recognized by the respective Council along with three years of hospital experience OR Graduates holding M.B.A. Degree or P.G. Diploma in Financial, Material or Personnel Management, with five years of hospital experience||INR. 11,000|
|Higher Education||Teachers in an institution of higher learning or Post-Graduate degree holders in any subject or Professional Degree||INR. 2,500|
|Higher Education Management||INR 6600|
|Intellectual Property Rights||Graduate in any discipline||INR. 8,500|
|Journalism and Mass Communication||Graduation in any discipline and two-years experience in media/communication organisations in positions such as script writer, reporter, sub editor, photographer, technical Assistant, PRO etc.||INR. 12,500|
|Library Automation and Networking||Bachelor's Degree in Library and Information Science||INR. 15,000|
|International Business Operations||Graduate in any discipline or equivalent qualification from a recognized university||INR. 9,000|
|Maternal and Child Health||MBBS degree and should have completed compulsory internship before January 1st of the respective academic session||INR. 23,000|
|Counselling and Family Therapy||Bachelor’s degree with a specialization in subjects like Human Development and Family Studies, Child Development, Human Development, and Childhood Studies, Child Development, and Family Relationships, Home Science, Psychology, Social Work, Medicine or other allied disciplines||INR. 14,000|
|Pharmaceutical Sales Management||B.Sc, B.Pharm, B.IMS, BAMS, BUMS, Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Bachelor of Occupational Therapy etc and also to Non-Science Graduates with Diploma in pharmacy||INR. 7,000|
|Plantation Management||Graduation in any discipline||INR. 5,500|
|Pre-Primary Education||INR. 8,000|
|Educational Management and Administration||INR. 5,500|
|Rural Development||INR. 2,000|
|School Leadership and Management||Prospective and in-service school Head Teachers/Principals with Graduate degree from a recognized university or Post-Graduate teachers aspiring to be School Heads/Principals in near future||INR. 5,000|
|Social Work among the Tribals||Graduation in any discipline||INR. 7,000|
|Applied Statistics||Graduate in any discipline from any recognized University/Institution/Organisation with at least 50% marks in aggregate||INR. 6,000|
|Translation||Graduate in any discipline with adequate knowledge of Hindi and English||INR. 3,000|
|Information Security||Graduation in any discipline||INR. 9,000|
IGNOU offers a total of 78 certificate programs at the UG and PG levels under the discipline of Engineering, Management, Banking and other Vocations.
Selection Criteria – For the purpose of admission, the candidates must qualify the eligibility criteria.
IGNOU offers 4 noncredit programs for a duration of 1-3 Months. These programs are offered to provide a formal certificate in the fields of Dairy farming, Value Added products fro fruits and Vegetables, Motor Cycle Service and Repair and an Appreciation course on Environment. The largest open university of the country has joined hands with the experts of the industry to provide the following courses:
Awareness Programme on Dairy Farming (APDF)
|2 Months||No Formal Education Required||INR 1000|
Awareness Programme on Value Added Products from Fruits and Vegetables (APVPFV)
|1.5 Months||Any 8th standard pass out who can read and write Hindi or English or regional language who is a Progressive farmer or good producer of the fruits and vegetables.||INR 1000|
Certificate in Motor Cycle Service and Repair (CMSR)
|2 Months||Functionally literate working motorcycle technicians||INR 1200|
Appreciation Course on Environment (ACE)
|3 Months||Graduation from a recognized university or equivalent qualification||INR 1400|
For January 2020 session, applications for admission to various UG, PG, Diploma, Certificate in Korean Language and Culture, Certificate in Japanese Language, and Post Graduate Certificate in Acupuncture will start in month of November/December 2019.
Steps for Online Registration:
Step 1: Before registration, all the first time applicants are advised to check the details including eligibility criteria, fee details, duration, etc. for the desired program from the “Online Admission System” portal available on the official IGNOU website
Step 2: Upon verifying the necessary details, candidates should click on the "Register Yourself" button which appears in the applicant login area and fill the required registration details.
Step 3: Upon filling the mandatory information, the candidate should click the "SUBMIT" button. The candidate’s username will be instantly sent to the registered e-mail ID and SMS. The student must remember his/her username and Password for subsequent login.
Note: Already registered/ existing users must click the "Login" button and enter their username along with the password to go any further.
Step 4: Upon registering through the “Login” button, the candidate will be required to enter personal details, program details, qualification details, course details, and correspondence details.
Pre-requisites for filling up the application form online:
Before filling-up the form online, candidates must possess the following documents:
In order to complete the online registration, candidates can submit the fee by the following methods:
Upon successful payment, candidates will be able to print/save the payment confirmation slip.
Note: Candidates are suggested to scan documents from their originals. Once the candidate has uploaded the document, they can click the next button for the Form preview option and save/Print the application form for future reference.
Ques. What documents are to be submitted while taking admission to IGNOU?
Ques. How many times IGNOU conducts the examination in a year?
Candidates are also required to submit assignments and project reports accordingly.
Ques. When I am Eligible for taking IGNOU examinations?
Ans. A student who has completed the minimum period of study becomes eligible for taking the examination.
For example, a student of Management Program becomes eligible after six months from the registration of the particular course.
Whereas, a student of Master‟s / Bachelor‟s Degree or Diploma program becomes eligible after a study of one year. Thereafter, the student can appear in the subsequent Term End Examination subject to the filling of the examination form.
Ques. What is the cost of IGNOU Examination Form?
Ques. How can I check my IGNOU Marksheet Dispatch status Online Duplicate Grade Card, Degree & Certificates?
Ques. Who can be admitted as an international student of IGNOU?
Ques. What is the fee chargeable to the International students for IGNOU programs?
Ques. Can an international student pursue IGNOU program from India?
Ques. How can I apply for a course in IGNOU?
IGNOU releases Notification for admission 2 times a year i.e July and January.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College