Netaji Subhash Open University (NSOU), founded in 1997, is the state-level open university in Kolkata. It offers distance education programs at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in arts, science, commerce, and various other streams. Currently, the university has over 120 study centres across West Bengal and home to nearly 2.5 lac students.

NSOU Quick Update

  • June 13: NSOU Live Class Schedule Released. Check Here
  • June 10: NSOU Notification for Date Extension BDP [3rd Phase] & PG [2nd Phase] Renewal released. Check Here
  • June 06: NSOU Schedule of Online Counselling Session of PGPS, Paper-IV. Check Here
  • June 06: NSOU Schedule of Online Counselling Session of PGPS, Paper-III. Check Here
  • June 06: NSOU Revised Online Class Routine for PGMT Course for June 2021. Check Here
  • June 06: NSOU Blended VET Admission 2021 has started. Check Here
  • June 01: NSOU Live Class Schedule Released. Check Here 

NSOU has released “ List of Selected Candidates & General Notification for PhD. Programme in Political Science Admission 2021” on March 15, 2021. Visit the official website to check.

As per latest updates, NSOU has released the Selected Candidates’ List and General Notification for PhD in English. Candidates who applied for NSOU Admission 2021 to check the merit list and course work fee payment details. 

NSOU has also released the 5th Provisional Merit List for NSOU PG Admission January Session 2021. Candidates can visit the official website to check the merit list for Masters in Zoology and Geography courses.

NSOU Kolkata Highlights

Official website
Approval UGC, Distance Education Council (DEC), AIU
Course UG and PG 
Basis of Admission On Merit basis
Mode of Registration


NSOU is known as the Second Best university in the state of Kolkata for offering distance education degrees. 
Commonwealth of Learning (COL) has awarded NSOU as Excellence in Distance Education Award (EDEA) for institutional excellence.
NSOU also offers the unique opportunity of designing your own course under the SWAYAM scheme where the student can choose his own subjects.

NSOU Kolkata Courses

The university offers various courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels besides various Certificate, Diploma, PG Diploma programs under many specializations. Tabulated below is a program-wise eligibility with fee of the programs:




Fees in INR


Economics, Geography, Hindi, History, Journalism, Political Science, Sanskrit, Public Administration, Philosophy Sociology, Vedanta, Journalism, and Mass Communication, Music, Bengali, English

Intermediate passed with above 50% marks.



Economics, English, Bengali, History and Archeology, Political Science, Sanskrit, Urdu, Public Administration, Sociology, Journalism and Mass Communication, Music

Graduate with above 50% marks.



Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Botany, Chemistry, Computer Science, Electronics, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Microbiology, Physics, Zoology

Intermediate passed in the Science stream with above 50% marks.



Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Botany, Chemistry, Computer Science, Electronics, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Microbiology, Physics, Zoology

Graduate in relevant stream.



Commerce and Hotel Management and Catering, Computer Applications, Tax Procedure and Practice, Tourism and Travel Management

Intermediate passed above 50% marks with Commerce as subject.




Graduate in relevant stream




Intermediate passed with above 50% marks




Graduate in relevant stream.




Intermediate passed with above 50% marks




Graduate in relevant stream


Certificate Courses

Safety Skills & Security Management, English for Communication, Human Rights, Manabi -Vidya-Amra Pari (Women Program), Organic Agriculture and Horticulture         

Intermediate passed with above 50% marks




Intermediate passed with above 50% marks




Graduate in relevant stream




Graduation with above 40% marks in any stream.


Read More NSOU Kolkata Courses and Fee Structure

NSOU Kolkata Admissions

The registration process of Netaji Subhash Open University starts in the month of July every year. The application forms will be available online at the University’s website – . The final selections will be based on the marks obtained in the latest exam attended (depending on the program opted). Read More NSOU Kolkata Admissions

  • An applicant can only apply to one of the bachelor’s programs. 
  • Pay the fees at any branch of Allahabad Bank using the pre-printed challan collected at the time of online submission.
  • Application forms photocopies must be signed and stamped by the person attending their Study center.
  • With the form, all the necessary documents, photographs and copy of challan obtained from the bank must be submitted at the time of admission.
  • Those who have a BPP or vocational background can directly buy the prospectus of INR 150 from study centers.
  • An application once submitted along with fees cannot be refunded under any circumstances.
  • Merit List and other information regarding counseling for admission will be notified by the university on the official website.
Note:  Postal applications will not be accepted under any circumstances. One has to visit the center to submit the application.

NSOU Kolkata Facilities

  • Varied Student Support Services (SSS) are available, having brilliant Network of Study Centres.
  • The public transport facility is also there and thus the centers are very well connected.
  • Regular tests and exams are held at the alloted study centers.
  • The library has a huge collection of books, journals, periodicals, and magazines.
  • Students Grievance Redressal Cell and Women Harassment Prevention Cell is also there for addressing any complaints.

NSOU Kolkata FAQs

Ques. Can I change my Study Centre of Netaji Subhash Open University?

Ans. Application for change of Study Centre after taking admission can be made together with a fee of INR 500 (payable through DD drawn in favoUr of Netaji Subhas Open University payable at Kolkata.Such an application will be considered under circumstances like a change of place of service, shifting family and change of marital status only with documentary evidence.

Ques. I Lost my Enrolment-cum-Identity Card, what should I do?

Ans. The applicant must register a General Missing Diary (GD) with the local police station at earliest. To get a duplicate Enrollment-cum-Identity Card you should write an application addressed to the registrar of this University along with a DD of INR 500 (drawn in favor of Netaji Subhas OpenUniversity payable at Kolkata) and the GD.

Ques. Can I choose my Study Centre, or shall the university allot me the Study Centre?

Ans. You can choose your Study Centre as per your convenience. However, since all your programs are not available at all the Study Centres, you should ensure that the course you are applying for is available at the Study Centre opted by you. Normally the Centre opted by you shall be allotted to you.

Ques. How should I pay the course fee of Netaji Subhash Open University?

Ans. The fee can be paid through online (via payment gateway) and offline (through bank challan) mode. For more details regarding the payment method, please see the detailed admission notification or guideline for the online admission process in the University website.

Ques. When and where should I submit the assignments?

Ans. You should submit the assignment response at your study centre as per the date mentioned in the assignment. One has to visit the center and submit the assignment manually. Assignments sent through the posts will not be accepted.

Ques. I want to apply for I have scored 45% in my graduation. Am I eligible for Masters in commerce?

Ans. Yes, You’re Eligible to apply for the M.Com programme as the varsity does not have any requirement for minimum percentage for admissions.

Ques. Where can I get the Application form for admission at NSOU?

Ans. Candidates can get the application form for admission at the official website of NSOU. However, candidates must download the application form within the stipulated time.

Ques. I have completed my graduation from another state. Do I need to submit Migration Certificate for admission?

Ans. Yes, a candidate is required to submit the migration form if he wants to get admission at NSOU.

Ques. How many courses are offered at NSOU and which courses are popular?

Ans. NSOU offers a total of 59 courses across 9 streams. PG Diploma and M.A. Courses are the most sought by students.

Ques. What approvals and affiliations does NSOU have?

Ans. NSOU is approved by University Grants Commission and has an affiliation with DEC.