IGNOU was established in the year 1985 by the act of parliament and now offers Admissions to 228 Certificate, Diploma, Degree and Doctoral Programs. The University has also established the Centre for Extension Education, National Centre for Disability Studies and National Centre for Disability Studies.

IGNOU has been a world leader in distance education and has been conferred with the awards of excellence by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Canada, several times. With the changing times, IGNOU is transforming itself as a technologically driven University. The emphasis is now on adding value to the traditional distance education delivery mode by transferring the availability of learning resources online to various platforms i.e Virtual class, eGyanKosh and Education Broadcast.

The most prominent courses IGNOU offers are B.Ed, MBA, M.Ed, MA, BCA, MCA, M.Sc, PhD, M.Com, BSW, MSW and many more. In the times of COVID 19, the University has further launched many online courses to support the educational endeavours of learners.

As per the latest updates, IGNOU B.Ed 2021 registration begins today (March 2) in online mode at the official website: ignou.ac.in, for admission to B.Ed courses in the academic session 2021-22. Meanwhile, IGNOU MBA Admission 2021 has also been started from March 2, 2021. Admission will be based on the entrance exam conducted by IGNOU, OPENMAT 2021. Interested can apply for both the January Session exams till March 20, 2021. 

IGNOU Admission 2021 for January Cycle has begun at the official website: ignou.ac.in. Interested candidates can apply for fresh admission till March 15, 2021. Applicants have to register first using Email ID and mobile number. 

IGNOU Re-Registration January 2021: Re-registration deadline has been extended again till March 15, 2021. Earlier the registration deadline was Feb 28. Candidates can visit the official website to apply for Re-registration for January 2021. Interested candidates with a bachelor’s degree in any discipline can apply for admission in 2021-22 academic session with a registration fee of INR 200. 

Result Update: IGNOU December Term-End Examination (TEE) 2020 has been declared today (Feb 23, 2021). Check IGNOU TEE Dec 2020 Result by entering 9-Digit enrolment number at the online result portal (ignou.ac.in). 

Registration to all the courses offered by IGNOU is conducted twice a year i.e in the months of July and December. Application for Admission to various IGNOU courses can be filled by visiting ignou.ac.in. The university also conducts semester wise exams or the Term End Exams (TEE) for its courses held twice a year.

IGNOU Highlights

Established | Type 1985 | Public
Recognised As National Open University
Recognised by Association of Indian Universities (AIU)
Mode of Learning Open / Distance / Online Modes
Medium of Instruction English & Hindi
Total Schools 21
Academic Programmes UG / PG / Diploma / PG Diploma / Certificate / Doctoral 
Number of Regional Centres 56
Admission Selection Either Entrance or Merit based or Both
Applications Accepted  Online / Offline
Application Fee INR 200 
Facilities  SLMs, Audio-Visual Material, eGyan Kosh, etc.

IGNOU Courses

IGNOU offers diploma, undergraduate degree, postgraduate, PG Diploma, Doctoral, and various other courses in online mode. To know more check below:

Course Name

Details

BCA / BSW / BA / B.Sc / B.Com / BLIS

Duration: 3 years

Eligibility: Passed 10+2 exams or equivalent in relevant stream or subjects.

Criteria: Merit based

BBA (RL) & (SM)

Duration: 3 years

Eligibility: Passed 10+2 exams in a relevant stream.

Criteria: Merit based

MCA / MA / M.Sc. / M.Com / MLIS

Duration: 2 years

Eligibility: Passed bachelor’s degree or equivalent in the corresponding subjects or relevant.

MBA

Duration: 2 years

Eligibility: Passed bachelor’s degree from a recognized institute.

Criteria: OPENMAT scores + Academic scores

Diploma 

Duration: 1 year

Eligibility: Passed 10+2 exams in a relevant stream.

PG Diploma 

Duration: 1 year

Eligibility: Passed graduation in any discipline.

Certificate

Duration: 1 year

Eligibility: Passed class X exams.

PG Certificate

Duration: 1 year

Eligibility: Passed graduation in any discipline from a recognized institution.

Know More: Top correspondence BCA colleges in India

IGNOU Admission Process

Candidates willing for admissions to various courses by IGNOU are selected o the basis of eligibility for the particular course followed by the Entrance score/ merit required in the examination. For example, selection to MBA program is done on the basis of OPENMAT Score whereas for Nursing Courses IGNOU conducts OPENNET and a prior experience is also required. However, for admission to MA, M.Com, MCA , BA, B.Com courses IGNOU grants admission on the basis of the marit in last qualifying examination.

Check IGNOU Fee Details

IGNOU Admissions: How to Apply?

The registration process for IGNOU is totally online, applicants can visit ignou.ac.in and opt for online registration. Next, the candidate needs to fill in the following OAS page with all the required information and attach all the required documents such as scanned copy of photo and signature, age proof, and scanned copy of marks sheet and certificates. 

IGNOU facilitates students to check their Application status once the application is submitted by simply clicking on “Know Your Status” Option. The students can also re-register themselves by following a similar process.

Moreover, Foreign students residing in India having a valid student visa are also eligible to apply for various IGNOU Courses. They will be required to pay an international fee applicable to them and apply on ignou.ac.in. However, programs with a limited number of seats are not offered to foreign candidates. 

IGNOU Scholarships

IGNOU also offers financial assistance to students belonging to reserved categories viz. Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. IGNOU Scholarship and Fee reimbursements are only issued to the students who are financially week or single girl child to their parents. To avail the scholarships candidates are required to fill the application form on the IGNOU website. 

Candidates from rural areas are entitled to 50% fee concession subject to production of domicile certificate. The urban students below the poverty line may be given a 50% fee concession. Moreover, Jail inmates residing and under trial in Indian prisons are also exempted from payment of programme fee, including the registration fee. 

IGNOU Placements 

IGNOU Placement cell was established in 2005 and since then the university has been successfully conducting placement drives and offering considering placements to students onboard. The Campus Placement Cell (CPC) is further trying to extend its base by introducing various new initiatives like soft skill development. 

Check IGNOU Placement

IGNOU: Assignment, Exam Form, Result/ Grade Card

IGNOU Course assignments are an integral part of the semester wise course structure, holding a 30% weightage in the overall marking scheme. 

Moving on, IGNOU requires students to fill in the exam forms for appearing in the Term End Exams (TEE) twice a year. Here, candidates can choose the examinations they wish to appear in the current term and pay accordingly. Once the exams are over, the university releases the Grade Cards of students in online mode.

Click here IGNOU Results

IGNOU FAQs 

Ques: How to apply for IGNOU admission?

Ans. The candidates 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.

Ques: When will I be notified about my acceptance at IGNOU?

Ans. You will be notified of your acceptance usually within two months after the receipt of your application in the Regional Centre when the review process has been completed.

Ques: What is the system of evaluation at IGNOU?

Ans. IGNOU follows a multi-tier system of evaluation - self-assessment exercises within each unit of study, continuous evaluation mainly through assignments which are tutor-marked, practical assignments as well as several seminar/workshops/extended contact programs, term-end examination, project work, etc. The evaluation of students will depend upon various instructional activities that they undertake. All assignments must be submitted by the stipulated date as announced by the university. These assignments are conducted prior to term examinations. 

Ques: What is the cost of registration at IGNOU and mode of payment? 

Ans. Candidates can find their respective fee structures based on the course on the university’s official website. Make a draft in favour of IGNOU payable at the city where your Regional Centre is situated. For BScN (PostBasic), PGDHHM, PGDGM, PGDMCH, DNA, CCENAM, CNIC, CMCHC) on Registration Fee of INR 100 is to be paid. The candidates of PGDCC will also pay a registration fee of INR 500 The Programme Fee will be collected from the candidates upon their selection.

Ques: What are the documents required for IGNOU admission?

Ans. The following documents are mandatory and must be produced at the time of application:

  • Print out of the filled online admission form with photograph affixed and duly signed.
  • Demand Draft/Cash Challan for the programme Fee / Fee for the first year/semester and have written your name, programme code and online Control No on the reverse The Demand Draft should in favour of IGNOU and payable at the city of the Regional Centre opted.
  • Attested copies of certificates in support of your educational qualification(s). If you are applying for BCA and have studied Mathematics at 10+2 level, attach mark sheet as proof.
  • Experience certificate where required.
  • Category certificate for SC/ST/PH/Minority candidates.
  • Age certificate wherever required

Ques: What are the cards accepted for fee payment?

Ans. The Visa and Master Cards are accepted for making the payment of the program fee. Payment of fee can also be made through Net Banking.

Ques: Are the Degree/Diploma Certificates provided by IGNOU recognized?

Ans. IGNOU Degrees/Diplomas/Certificates are recognized by all member universities of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and UGC. All the degree and Diploma offered by IGNOU are UGC recognized and are at par with Degrees/Diplomas/ Certificates of all Indian Universities/ Institutions.

Ques: Is there any provision for scholarship or reimbursement of fee in IGNOU?

Ans. Candidates belonging to reserved Categories, i.e  SC, ST and Differently abled candidates are eligibile for fee reimbursement by the state government. Apart from this, IGNOU also promotes Scholarship schemes like National Centre for Promotion of Employment of Disabled People (NCPEDP) for Post Graduate level programs. The scholarship can be obtained by applying at NCPEDP website. 

Ques: If I want to withdraw from the program after confirmation of my admission, shall I get my fee refunded?

Ans.  Fee once paid is not refundable in any circumstance. The admission fee paid  by a studentswill also not be adjusted in any other program. However, in case the university denies admission, the programme fee will be refunded after the deduction of processing fee in the same mode where the payment was made.

Ques: What is the time frame for getting confirmation of my admission?

Ans. The admission form submitted by all the applicants needs to be scrutinized, verified and accepted by the Regional Centre concerned for confirmation of the admission. It is the responsibility of Regional Centre to communicate with the applicants as soon as the process is completed. If the candidate has not been approached by Regional Centre, applicant can visit the Regional centre and seek information.