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IGNOU Admission 2024- Last Date, Step by Step Procedure

May 20, 2024 22.2K Reads

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has extended its last date of admission 2024. The admission procedure of IGNOU is both online and offline. Students can take admission either by visiting the website of the university or can directly take admission from the regional center of IGNOU.

Good news for the students waiting for the IGNOU admission. IGNOU admission for the July 2024 session has been started and the last date to apply for the same is 30th June 2024. To apply for admission to the new session candidates can visit the online admission portal of IGNOU i.e. SAMARTH Portal. For more info Click here.

Follow the following steps to take admission successfully:

IGNOU Online Admission Process

Step 1: Visit the official website of IGNOU to fill out the application form.

Step 2: Click on the “Register Online” option and then choose the “Fresh admission” option from the drop-down.

Step3: Then fill in all the details in the student registration form.

Step 4: After completing the above process, students need to upload all the necessary documents for the verification process.

Step 5: Then, proceed to submit the academic fees online with the help of any digital payment option(Credit/debit card, net banking, Paytm, Google Pay, etc.) available on the portal.

Step 6: In the end, students will receive a confirmation mail after the verification of documents by the concerned regional center of IGNOU which generally takes 2 months.

Documents Required for the Application Process 2024

  • Scanned copy of your recent photograph
  • Scanned copy of the signature
  • Scanned copy of relevant educational qualifications
  • Scanned copy of Age proof
  • Scanned copy of experience letter (if any)
  • Scanned copy of category certificate (if you are from reserved category)
  • Scanned copy of BPL certificate (if any)

IGNOU Offline Admission Process

  • Visit the official site of IGNOU
  • Download the application form from the prospectus
  • Fill in all the details in the printed application form
  • Submit the application form along with the documents to your regional center
  • In the end, the regional center will send the confirmation mail after the verification process

Note: There are very few regional centers that are accepting the offline application form.

Important dates of IGNOU Admission 2024



IGNOU online admission start date

3rd February 2021
IGNOU online admission last date 15th April 2021
Last date with late fees No provision now
IGNOU online course commencement date May-June 2021
IGNOU online course exam date To be announced later

What Are the Benefits of Doing Distance & Online Program from IGNOU?

IGNOU is India’s famous distance university which was established when the concept of distance education emerged in India. The university is sabotaging all the stereotypes of distance education by providing excellence in its work.

The university was established under the Indira Gandhi National Open University Act in 1985 and has been recognized by the University Grants Commission-Distance Education Bureau (UGC-DEB). Read: PCM Career Options!

Apart from this, the university has gained NAAC accreditation from A++ Grade. There are some major benefits that you will get after being an IGNOU student:

  • Valuable degrees: it is an undeniable fact that IGNOU provides recognized and valuable degrees to its students. The university has gained approval from UGC-DEB and hence all its distance degrees have value and can help you in getting high-profile jobs ahead.
  • Printed study material: IGNOU delivers its study material in the printed form at the doorstep of students. The university offers both online and offline options in providing SLMs and it is up to the students which mode they prefer. Students need to choose the option of printed study material while completing the application process and need to pay some extra charges for the same.
  • Online teaching platforms: IGNOU has its mobile application where you can get the curriculum of any program and it also offers the classes on Swayam.
  • IGNOU Placement Assistance: IGNOU has its placement cell which organizes activities like placement drives, job fairs, and other employment-related events.

What is the Eligibility & Fee Structure for IGNOU Distance & Online Courses?

Admission to any program of IGNOU is on a meritorious basis and students need to comply with the selection or eligibility criteria of the programs of IGNOU. Students generally have to complete their bachelor’s degree to get selected in the Master’s program and 10 + 2 to get selected in the bachelor’s program.

  • MBA for Ignou: Graduation score plus OPENMAT score will be taken into consideration.
  • BA/B.Com/B.Sc/BCA/BSW/BBA: Score obtained in 10 + 2 or equivalent.
  • BBA in service Management: Admission based on entrance and interview.
  • PG Diploma: Admission based on the score obtained in graduation.
  • M.Com/M.Sc/MA: Admission based on the graduation score.

IGNOU MBA Admissions 2024

IGNOU offers you plenty of options under the school of management studies and students get the option of both MBA and PG Diploma programs in different disciplines.

IGNOU offers one general MBA program and the other MBA with specialization in Banking and Finance. Apart from MBA, students get the option of PG Diploma programs in different specializations. All the IGNOU PG Diploma specializations are:-

  • PG Diploma in Human Resource Management
  • PG Diploma in Financial Management
  • PG Diploma in Operations Management
  • PG Diploma in Marketing Management
  • PG Diploma in Financial Markets Practice


Specializations Eligibility Criteria  Duration 



1. General

2. Banking & Finance

1. Graduation in any discipline with at least 50% marks & the candidate should be a member of the Indian Institute of Bankers (for MBA banking and finance)

2. OPENMAT score

Minimum 2 years & Maximum 4 years INR 37,800

Read: Ignou MBA Admission Process!

IGNOU PG Diploma Admission 2024

IGNOU offers various specializations in Post-Graduate Diplomas to students who have completed their graduation from a recognized university.


Specializations 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 organizations in positions such as scriptwriter, 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 the  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
Animal Welfare Graduates willing to pursue Animal Welfare as a profession/animal lovers / Those associated with NGOs INR. 5,400

IGNOU BCA and MCA Admission 2023

Both BCA and MCA programs fall under the category of Information Technology or these programs are offered under the school of Computer and Information Sciences. Students who are willing to build their careers in the IT domain should go for options like BCA and MCA.


Specializations Eligibility Criteria 

Fees (in INR) 

B.C.A Computer Applications 10+2 or it is 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 MA, M.Sc, and M.Com Admission 2024

Distance MA, M.Sc, and M.Com are 2-year PG programs offered by IGNOU to students with bachelor’s degrees. Both MA and M.Sc come with different specializations so that students can gain the in-depth knowledge of particular subjects.


Specializations Eligibility Criteria

Fees(in INR)

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
Education INR 16,200
Distance Education INR. 10,800
Adult Education INR. 14,400
English INR. 12,000
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
History INR. 9,000
Philosophy INR. 9,000
Political Science INR. 12,000
Psychology INR. 15,000
Public Administration INR. 9,000
Rural Development INR. 9,000
Sociology 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 recognized 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 BA, B.Sc, and B.Com Admission 2024

IGNOU offers BA, B.Sc, and B.Com programs to students who have completed their intermediate level of education or 10 + 2 from a recognized board.

Students can pursue BA and B.Sc in whichever specialization they like because IGNOU offers these courses with specializations in different subjects.


Specializations Eligibility Criteria

Course Fees



10+2 or it’s equivalent

INR. 8,100
Economics (Hons.) INR 9,600
Tourism Management INR. 12000/-
B.Com General A person with 10+2 qualifications 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 its equivalent and registration in Company Secretaryship Foundation Programme
B.Com with Major in Financial and Cost Accounting 10+2 or its equivalent and registration in ICWAI Foundation Course
BBA BBA in Retailing 10+2 or its 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 is equivalent INR 1,27000 (Per Year)

IGNOU B.Ed and M.Ed Admission 2024

Both distance B.Ed and M.Ed programs come under the category of Education and the session in these programs depends on the entrance test. Students who are willing to build their careers in teaching in both private and government institutes.


Specialization Eligibility Criteria Selection Criteria


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
Entrance Test
INR 50000/-
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/-

IGNOU Ph.D. and M.Phil Admission 2024

The university also offers research-based programs like Ph.D. and M.Phil. These programs help students in gaming scholarly knowledge in different subjects. All those who are planning to take admission in any of the Ph.D. and M.Phil programs need to clarify the entrance exam.

In case, students who already have an M.Phil degree and cleared NET(National Eligibility Test conducted by UGC) and are willing to take admission in Ph.D. then they need not give any entrance exam.


Eligibility Criteria


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 a minimum 55% from any recognized university. 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 a 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 a 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

IGNOU Distance & Online Courses Common Prospectus 2024

IGNOU has uploaded common prospectus 2021 on its official website for the reference of students. There is one different management prospectus as well that provides all the nitty-gritty of the programs under the school of management studies.

Furthermore, students can get the information related to the university in the prospectus, for instance, the university’s achievements, faculty, approvals and recognition, and so and so forth. Also, the important information like IGNOU e-content app, online portals for research, and more. Download Prospectus!

Placement After IGNOU Distance & Online Degree

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has its own Campus Placement Cell which was established in the year 2005. The placement cell was established in the pursuit of making distance education worthy enough to get a high-profile job. The placement cell of the university provides placement assistance to each and every individual who needs it.

Likewise, the placement cell of IGNOU organizes events like placement drives, job fairs in regional centers which help in developing employable skills amongst students. Famous distance universities like IGNOU and NMIMS help students in gaining both theoretical and practical skills. Read: Highest Paying Jobs In World!

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Yes, you have to give OPENMAT which is a national level exam to take admission in the MBA program of IGNOU.

Generally, it takes 2 months to get a confirmation mail from IGNOU because the university confirms the admission after verifying all the documents.

The online classes of IGNOU programs will begin from May and June of 2021.

You can apply for any program of IGNOU just by visiting the official site of IGNOU. Students need to fill the application form and mention all the program related details in the form, upload all the documents, and pay fees online.

Foreign students who are residing in India can study from IGNOU if they have the study visa of the duration equal to the program’s duration.

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