IGNOU 2018: Admission, FAQ, Application Form, Registration, Exam Dates, OPENMAT

IGNOU 2018 Registrations: tentative dates, eligibility criteria, registration fee etc. IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University) will provide a wide range of courses. Currently ranked among the largest open universities in the world, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) was established in 1985 by the Central Government of India in order to provide education to everyone irrespective of age, region, religion and gender by the means of distance and open education. The university currently offers 227 academic programmes through 67 Regional Centres spread across the country.

Courses Offered by IGNOU Delhi

 B.A. B.Com B.E. / B.Tech B.Ed B.Lib.I.Sc. B.Sc. BCA M.A. M.Com M.Lib.I.Sc. M.Sc. MBA/PGDM MCAStreams Accounting & Commerce Business & Management Studies Engineering Hospitality & Travel Humanities & Social Sciences IT & Software Medicine & Health Sciences Science Teaching & Education. 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.

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IGNOU 2018

Course Specialization Eligibility Criteria Duration Course Fee
MBA Business Administration Graduation in any discipline with 50 % marks for general category and 45 % for reserved category 2.5 years Rs. 31,500
Banking & Finance The Candidate should be a member of the Indian Institute of Bankers and a graduate from any recognized Institute
Admission to BEd
Applications for Entrance Test April/May
BEd Entrance test First Sunday of August
Admission to MBA (Except B&F)
OPENMAT-XLI February 5, 2018
OPENMAT Entrance application form (Form 1): Last Date July
Validity of OPENMAT score (OPENMAT-XL) 1st Sem. 2018 (January, 2018)

2nd Sem. 2018 (July, 2018)

Validity of OPENMAT score (OPENMAT-XLI) 2nd Sem. 2018 (July, 2018)
1st Sem. 2018 (January, 2018)
Submission of application form for Admission (Form 2)- (OPENMAT-XL) 30th November, 2016

31st May, 2018

Submission of application form for Admission (Form 2)- (OPENMAT-XLI) 31th May, 2018

30th November, 2018

Registration for all other Courses
July Session January Session
February 1 to March 31 August 1 to October 1
April 1 to April 30 October 3 to October 31
May 1 to May 31 November 6 to November 30
June 1 to  August 18 December 1 to January 27

The registrations will be started for various fields including management /nursing /commerce /arts/ IGNOU-2018technical/ education for diploma/ degree/ certificates and doctoral programmes. IGNOU provides the distance learning mode  of education specially for those students who can’t take regular classes, some weekly or evening classes option are also their as per your need. Every year IGNOU conducts the entrance exams to provide admissions in various graduate/ undergraduate/ doctorate level programmes. So those aspirants who want to apply for the courses can apply online and visit the official website. To get the more updates stay tuned with us on our official website.

IGNOU (Indra Gandhi National Open University) is a distance learning Open University which was formed in 1985 which offers various undergraduates, postgraduates and many others programmes which are related in the field of Art, Science & Commerce and many more. Admission form of IGNOU will be issued via online as well as by offline mode.


इग्नू में जनवरी 2018 सत्र के लिए प्रवेश शुरू

लखनऊ। कार्यालय संवाददाताइन्दिरा गांधी राष्ट्रीय मुक्त विश्वविद्यालय के जनवरी 2018 सत्र के लिए स्नातकोत्तर स्नातक स्नातकोत्तर डिप्लोमा डिप्लोमा एवं प्रमाण-पत्र कार्यक्रमों में ऑनलाईन प्रवेश की प्रक्रिया शुरू कर दी है

IGNOU B.Ed. Admission 2018: Admit Card, Exam Dates
IGNOU Admission 2018-19: Courses Details, Application Form
IGNOU OPENMAT 2018: Syllabus, Dates, Preparation Tips
IGNOU Admission 2018 Application Form, Eligibility Criteria
IGNOU Distance MBA Admission Procedure 2018-2018

Minimum Eligibility Criteria for UG & PG Courses

To secure admission to UG programs, the candidate ought to have cleared 10+2 or its equivalent from a recognised Board. Candidates happiness to General class ought to have obtained a minimum of fifty marks within the same and candidates happiness to reserved classes should have obtained a minimum of forty fifth marks.

To secure admission to PG programs, the candidate ought to hold any Bachelor’s degree of minimum three years length from a recognised University. Also, candidates happiness to General class ought to have obtained a minimum of fifty marks in graduation and candidates happiness to reserved classes should have scored a minimum of forty fifth marks in graduation.

List of all the UG courses (including Diploma) along with fees offered by IGNOU


Admission form availability 5th July 2018
Due date to submit application 21st August 2018
Date of entrance exam 24th September 2018


Due date to submit application 15th December 2018
Date of entrance exam 4th February 2018

For M. Phill & Ph. D.

Application form will start July 2018
Last date to apply July 2018
Exam date August 2018

For B.Ed. & B.Sc. Nursing

Last date to submit application August 2018
Exam date September 2018

January Session

Admission form availability 4th October 2018
Last date to submit Application To be announced

IGNOU Exam Dates

The tentative exam dates of IGNOU 2018 are given below:

Exam Event Date (Tentative)
M.Phill & Ph.D. Application starts from 4th week of Sept 2018
Application Form Last date Last week of Oct 2018
Exam Date 1st week of Dec 2018
OPENMAT XLI Online Admission Form Available 3rd week of June 2018
Application Form Last date 3rd week of Dec 2018
Exam Date 1st week of Feb 2018
OPENMAT XL Online Admission Form Available 3rd week of June 2018
Application Form Last date 2nd week of Sept 2018
Exam Date 4th week of Oct 2018
B.Ed. & B.Sc Nursing Application form Last Date 2nd week of Sep. 2018
Exam Date 4th week of Oct 2018

IGNOU Application forms 2018

As the registration for IGNOU 2018 will started soon in first week of February 2018 so here are some details discussed below regarding the form:

  1. The aspirants who want to apply for IGNOU 2018 can apply online only.
  2. The registration will be started online in the 1st week of February 2018.
  3. The candidates need to fill the personal, communication and educational details clearly.
  4. The candidates need to upload the scanned photograph and scanned signature during the registration process.
  5. The candidates can pay their registration fee online via (debit card/credit card/IMPS/NEFT/net banking/fund transfer) etc.
  6. Take the print out of the registration form for the future use.

IGNOU Application fee for the registration

  1. Candidates need to pay an amount of Rs.2000/– via online mode (debit card/credit card/IMPS/NEFT/net banking/fund transfer).
  2. The registration fee will not be refund in any case once initiated.

Eligibility criteria for IGNOU 2018

  1. For Graduation Programmes: the aspirants must have 12th passing certificate from a well recognised board.
  2. For Post Graduation Programmes: the aspirants must have a 3 years bachelor’s degree in relevant stream from a well recognised university.
  3. For MBA Programme: the aspirant must have a bachelor’s degree from a well recognised university.

Those candidates who are in their final year can also apply for it.

Tentative dates for IGNOU 2018

  1. The registration for IGNOU 2018 will be started in the 1st week of February 2018.
  2. The admissions will be started in the 3rd week of June 2018 and due date will be till 3rd week of December.
  3. The exam date will be in 3rd week of September 2018 or 1st week of February 2018.

Eligibility Criteria

No. Courses Eligibility
1. Diploma in Dairy Technology Passed 10+2 or equivalent or BPP from IGNOU.
2. Diploma in Tourism Studies Passed 12th or equivalent or BPP from IGNOU.
3. BCA 12th or equivalent exam passed & no age limit.
4. BA & B.Com Passed 12th or equivalent or BPP from IGNOU.
5. BSW Passed 12th or equivalent or BPP from IGNOU.
6. B.Sc 12th with science subjects or equivalent exam.
7. MCA Bachelor degree of minimum three years from any recognized university and also hold the graduation or 12th level with mathematics subject & no age limit.
8. MBA Bachelor degree in any stream or appearing in the final year will also eligible for apply.
9. MA (English/ Economics/ History), MSW Bachelor or a higher degree from any recognized college.
10. PG Diploma in Rural Development Bachelor’s degree.

How to apply online for IGNOU 2018

  1. Initially go to the official webpage of IGNOU then clicks on the option ‘online registration 2018’.
  2. Now a new page will open and you need to fill all the required details clearly.
  3. Now you can upload your scanned photograph and signature during the registration.
  4. Now cross check all the details carefully and then initiate the registration amount.
  5. Once the registration complete take the print out for future use.

List of all the PG courses (including Diploma) with fees offered under IGNOU

Documents required at the time of Counselling

  • Result card or score card
  • Photograph and Identity card
  • 10th class certificate in support of age.
  • 12th certificates or Graduation degree whichever is applicable
  • Category certificate if applicable

To get ore updates regarding the IGNOU 2018 candidates can go through the official notification in detail. For more latest updates stay tuned with us on our official website.

  • Can I apply online for all the programmes offered by IGNOU?

    You can apply for all the academic programmes on offer through the Common Prospectus in January 2018 session. For details of the Programmes on offer, please see the Common Prospectus at http://www.ignou.ac.in/userfiles/common_prospectus_2017_eng.pdf
  • Is it compulsory to register myself before submitting an admission form online?

    Yes, it is compulsory to register with our Online Admission System (https://onlineadmission.ignou.ac.in/admissioin) before you can submit your admission form online.
  • What are the benefits of applying online as compared to submitting admission form offline at the regional centre?

    Online submission of application forms is preferable for the following reasons:

    • Admission form submission is instant.
    • Confirmation of successful submission is instant through email and SMS.
    • Documents are uploaded online and there is no need to send the hard copy of the admission form and documents by post to the Regional Centre.
    • The payment is accepted online instantly, so there is no need to get the Demand Draft prepared.
    • In case of rejection of admission form due to ineligibility or any other reason, refund of fee is made electronically into the credit/debit card/net banking account from which payment was made.
  • Can I use one E-mail address to fill multiple admission forms?

    Yes, you can use one E-mail address to fill multiple admission forms. However, rules related to simultaneous registration to academic programmes apply.
  • If the power/internet connection fails during the application process, what should I do?

    Since the data is saved at the end of every stage with the ‘Save’ button, your data is automatically saved till the previous stage. If you are within a particular stage and the system is interrupted due to power failure or loss of connectivity, then your current stage data will not be saved. Please log in again using your ID and password and complete the form submission process from the stage where the system got interrupted.
  • What is the detailed process for submission of online admission form?

    The submission of admission form passes through the following stages:

    • Open the URL (https://onlineadmission.ignou.ac.in/admission)
    • Complete Registration process (which creates ‘User Name’ and ‘Password’ for you)
    • Your ‘User Name’ and ‘Password’ is informed through SMS and email
    • Re-login to the system using your ‘User Name’ and ‘Password’
    • Fill Admission Form online
    • Upload your recent Photograph (maximum size 100KB  in JPG format)
    • Upload your specimen signature (maximum size 100KB  in JPG format)
    • Upload scanned copies of the relevant documents (maximum size 400KB  each document in JPG/PDF format)
    • Read the declaration and check the ‘Declaration’ box
    • Preview your data and confirm details
    • Make payment of Fee through the Credit/Debit card/Net Banking
    • Payment confirmation message is sent to you through SMS and email
    • Press Next button to see the form preview

    Take Print/Save your filled in  Registration Form

  • How should I pay the programme fee?

    Programme fee for online Admission can be paid through credit/debit card/ net banking.
  • What kinds of Credit/Debit cards are accepted for payment of the programme fee? Is there Internet banking facility is also available?

    The Visa and Master Cards are accepted for making the payment of programme fee. Yes, the payment of fee can also be made through Net Banking.
  • Payment has been deducted from Credit Card/Debit Card/ my account but I have not received any confirmation. What should I do?

    If the payment has been deducted but you did not get acknowledgement for the same, please email the transaction details including your name, programme opted, mobile number, amount paid etc. to the Online Admission Support Team at 011-29572514 or submit your request at www.igram.ignou.ac.in.
  • Can I apply for both PG and Certificate and UG and Certificate program through a single application form?

    No, for each programme you have to submit a separate Admission Form with requisite programme fee. You can register for a certificate programme along with a Degree, Diploma or another Certificate programme. However, two diploma or degree programmes cannot be taken simultaneously. For further details please refer to the Prospectus at http://www.ignou.ac.in/userfiles/common_prospectus_2017_eng.pdf.
  • After Payment of the Admission fee, what information shall I receive through email/ SMS?

    You will get the confirmation of payment made by you through SMS as well as email.
  • Where do I have to contact after successful submission of form?

    Once the Admission Form is successfully submitted you will receive a confirmation to that effect. The University will provide you further information with regard to confirmation of your admission, allotment of study centre and other details for induction etc. in due course.
  • Is it possible to change my programme before final submission of admission form?

    Yes, the Programme can be changed. For details please refer to the Prospectus athttp://www.ignou.ac.in/userfiles/common_prospectus_2017_eng.pdf.
  • If there is any discrepancy in the admission form, from where and within which time shall I get the information about the same?

    In case of error in factual information submitted by you in the Admission form, you may contact the concerned Regional Centre for the same.
  • What is the time frame for getting confirmation of my admission?

    The admission form submitted by you needs to be scrutinized, verified and accepted by the Regional Centre concerned for confirmation of your admission. The Regional Centre shall communicate with you as soon as the process is completed.
  • Is it mandatory to upload/attach a photograph and scanned copy of the educational documents while submitting the form online?

    Yes. It is mandatory to upload the photograph of the desired size and scanned copies of the documents in support of your eligibility for admission to the desired programme. In the absence of relevant documents your admission form is liable to be rejected.
  • What are the documents to be submitted for applying for certificate, diploma, P G Diploma and Post Graduate Programme of IGNOU?

    The details of document(s) required to be uploaded are displayed on the Online Admission System. For further details you may also refer to the Prospectus at http://www.ignou.ac.in/userfiles/common_prospectus_2017_eng.pdf.
  • If a particular programme is not reflected under the regional centre under which I am applying, what should I do?

    If the name of a particular programme does not appear in the list of the programmes available at a particular Regional Centre it simply means that the programme is not available in that Regional Centre. In such a case you may opt for the nearest Regional Centre/Study Centre where the programme is available.
  • If I want to withdraw from the programme after confirmation of my admission, shall I get my fee refunded?

    Fee once paid will not be refunded under any circumstances. It is also not adjustable against any other programme of this University. However, in cases where University denies admission, the programme fee will be refunded after deduction of processing fee, if any, electronically to the credit/debit/net banking account from where payment was made.
  • As a student of IGNOU, shall I get access to library facility?

    The students who seek admission to a programme of the University through Online Admission System will get the same facilities as those who join the programme in off-line mode. In case you are staying in the city where your Regional Centre is located, you can make use of the library at the Regional Centre. In addition, you can also use the multimedia facility (recorded audio/ video lectures, etc.) at the Regional Centre. Your Study Centre is also equipped with library/multimedia facility. You may use the facility during the working hours of the Study Centre.
  • What is Credit System?

    The University follows the ‘Credit System’ for all the programmes. Each credit in our system is equivalent to 30 hours of study comprising all learning activities (i.e. reading and comprehending the print material, listening to audio, watching video, attending counseling sessions, teleconference and writing assignment responses). Thus, a 4-credit course involves about 120 hours of study. This helps the learner to know the academic effort he/she has to put in, to successfully complete a course. Completion of an academic programme (Degree/ Diploma/ Certificate) requires successful completion of the assignments, practicals, projects and the term-end examination of each course in a programme.
  • What is the system of evaluation followed by IGNOU?

    The system of evaluation in IGNOU is different from that of conventional universities. IGNOU has 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 and seminar/workshops/extended contact programmes, term-end examination, project work, etc. The evaluation of learners depends upon various instructional activities undertaken by them. A learner has to write assignment responses compulsorily before taking term-end examination from time to time to complete an academic programme. A learner has to submit tutor marked assignments (TMA) responses to the Coordinator of the Study Centre concerned to which s/he is attached.
  • Can I join two Programmes of IGNOU at a time?

    Students who are already enrolled in a programme of one year or longer duration can also simultaneously register themselves for any Certificate programme of 6 months’ duration. However, if there is any clash of dates of counselling or examination schedule between the two programmes taken, the University will not be in a position to make adjustments. Simultaneously pursuing two academic Programmes of one year or longer duration either from the same University, or one from the Open University (under ODL mode) and the other from Conventional University (regular or face-to face mode) is not permitted, as of now, except add-on courses.
  • Is there any provision for scholarship or reimbursement of fee in IGNOU?

    Learners of IGNOU belonging to reserved Categories, viz. Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Physically Handicapped are eligible for reimbursement of fee from the respective state governments. Further, scholarship scheme of National Centre for Promotion of Employment of Disabled People (NCPEDP) for Post Graduate level programmes is applicable to the students of this University also. Such students are advised to apply to the awarding authority directly. However, at the time of admission all applicants are required to pay the full fee.
  • I am a foreign national residing in India. Can I take admission in IGNOU?

    Foreign nationals residing in India are eligible to seek admission in IGNOU programmes through offline mode, provided they have valid student visa for the minimum duration of the programme. So if you have a valid student visa for the minimum duration of the programme of your choice, you may apply for admission. Please note that you will be required to pay the fee applicable to foreign students. Details of fee applicable to foreign students are available on our website at http://www.ignou.ac.in/userfiles/Fees%20structures%20of%20programmes%20(Revised)(2).pdf. Further, admission in programmes having limited number of seats is not available to foreign nationals residing in India.
  • If I move to another city after joining a programme, can I continue my studies in the new place, or do I have to come back to my old place for completing the course?

    IGNOU has a national network of Regional Centres and Study Centres. So in case you change your place, you can continue your studies uninterrupted from your new place. You only have to request your Regional Centre to change your Regional Centre/Study Centre Code and update your new address.
  • Are the Degrees/Diplomas/Certificates awarded by IGNOU recognized?

    IGNOU Degrees/Diplomas/Certificates are recognized by all member universities of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and are at par with Degrees/Diplomas/ Certificates of all Indian Universities/ Institutions, as per UGC Circular letter No. F.1-52/2000(CPP-II) dated 5th May, 2004, AIU Circular No. EV/11(449/94/176915-177115 dated January 14, 1994, AICTE Circular No. AICTE/Academic/ MOU-DEC/ 2005 dated May 13, 2005 and UGC/DEB/2013 dated 14.10.2013.
  • If I join a programme of IGNOU but fail to appear in the examination at the first instance, will my registration be cancelled?

    Flexibility in pace of learning is one of the important features of IGNOU’s programme delivery. Recognizing the fact that all our learners may not be able to study at the same pace due to various personal reasons, IGNOU has prescribed a ‘minimum’ and ‘maximum’ duration for successfully completing the programme. Thus, while you can complete your programme in the minimum prescribed period, your registration shall remain valid for the ‘maximum duration’ of the programme. This helps you pace your studies at your convenience. However, if you are aiming at the University Gold Medal, you must complete within the minimum prescribed period.

List of all the M.Phil. and Ph.D. courses with fees offered under IGNOU

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