IGNOU Admission 2021: Application Form, Eligibility Criteria, Exam Date

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) invites the candidates for admission to the different degree programmes offered. Candidates who are interested in admission to this university can apply for the same through online mode. For different courses, the form will be released on different schedules as decided and communicated by the authorities. It is suggested that the candidates ensure their eligibility before applying for the admission. Complete information regarding the IGNOU Admission 2021 can be found here from this article.

IGNOU application form for the year 2021 is now available.

Courses offered at the Indira Gandhi National Open University

The following courses are offered at the Indira Gandhi National Open University:

Undergraduate courses:

B.Com (General), B.Com with Major in Corporate Affairs & Administration/ Financial and Cost Accounting/ Accountancy & Finance BA, BA (General), BA (General) in Urdu/ Hindi/ Sanskrit, BA Economics Honors, BA (Vocational Studies) Tourism Management
BBA in Retailing BCA
B.Sc, B.Sc (Hospitality and Hotel Administration) B.Sc Nursing (Post Basic)
Bachelor of Education Bachelor of Social Work
Bachelor of Library and Information Science

 

Postgraduate courses:

M.Com, M.Com in Business Policy and Corporate Governance/ Finance & Taxation/ Management Accounting & Financial Strategies MBA, MBA (Banking & Finance)
M.Sc in Food and Nutrition/ Hospitality Administration/ Mathematics with Applications in Computer Science/ Counseling and Family Therapy MA in Economics/ Distance Education/ Education/ Adult Education/ English/ Extension & Development Studies/ Development Studies/ Gandhi and Peace Studies/ Gender and Development Studies/ Women’s and Gender Studies/ Hindi/ History/ Philosophy/ Journalism & Mass Communication/ Political Science/ Psychology/ Public Administration/ Rural Development/ Sociology/ Translation Studies
Master of Education MCA
Masters in Anthropology Master of Social Work, Master of Social Work (Counseling)

 

Diploma courses:

PG Diploma in Audio Programme Production PG Diploma in Folklore and Culture Studies
PG Diploma in Computer Applications Diploma in Dairy Technology
Diploma in Panchayat Level Administration & Development Diploma in Women’s Empowerment and Development
PG Diploma in Sustainability Science Diploma in Fish Products Technology
PG Diploma in Environmental & Occupational Health Diploma in Value Added Products from Fruits and Vegetables
PG Diploma in Hotel Operation Diploma in HIV and Family Education
PG Diploma in Journalism & Mass Communication Diploma in Teaching German as a Foreign Language
PG Diploma in Social Work Counseling Diploma in Elementary Education
PG Diploma in Audio Programme Production Diploma in Nursing Administration
PG Diploma in Computer Applications Diploma in Urdu
PG Diploma in Folklore and Culture Studies Diploma in Modern Office Practice
PG Diploma in Sustainability Science

 

PG diploma courses:

PG Diploma in Audio Programme Production PG Diploma in Computer Applications
PG Diploma in Folklore and Culture Studies PG Diploma in Sustainability Science
PG Diploma in Environmental & Occupational Health PG Diploma in Hotel Operation
PG Diploma in Journalism & Mass Communication PG Diploma in Social Work Counseling

IGNOU 2021 Important Dates

The tentative dates related to IGNOU Admission 2021 are provided in the table below:

Events Tentative Dates
For B.Ed & MBA For Post Basic B.Sc Nursing
Availability of online application form June 2021, 3rd week To be notified yet
Last date to apply for admission July 2021, 1st week October 2021
Issue of admit card July 2021, 2nd week To be notified yet
Entrance exam date July 2021, last week To be notified yet
Result announcement To be notified yet November 2021/ December 2021
Beginning of admission process To be notified yet December 2021/ January 2021

Eligibility Criteria for IGNOU Admission 2021

The candidates should meet the eligibility criteria prescribed below to be eligible for IGNOU admission 2021:

For bachelor’s degree course:

  • BA, B.Sc B.Com, BBA and BCA: The candidates who have cleared their class 12th or equivalent exam from a recognized board are eligible.
  • B.Ed: Applicants should have any bachelor’s and/ or master’s degree in Sciences/ Social Sciences/ Commerce/ Humanity with not less than 50% mark. Those with BE/ B.Tech degree in any specialization with 55% marks are eligible too.
  • Bachelor of Library and Information Sciences: A bachelor’s degree with 50% marks for general candidates and 45% marks for SC/ ST/ OBC/ PH category is required.

For master’s degree course:

  • MA: The applicants should have completed their bachelor’s degree course in the relevant specialization to be eligible.
  • M.Com: Those with a bachelor’s degree in any field are eligible to apply.
  • MCA: A bachelor’s degree in any stream and Mathematics as a subject at 10+2 level or graduation level is required.
  • MBA: Applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree in any field or a Chartered Accountancy/ Cost Accountancy/ Company Secretaryship degree with not less than 50% marks (45% marks for reserved category candidates) are eligible.
  • M.Sc: The candidates should have done B.Sc with specialization field in order to be eligible.
  • M.Ed: Candidates with B.Ed degree with no less than 55% marks in aggregate and 2 years of experience can apply.
  • M.Tech: BE/ B.Tech in the relevant field of specialization is required to be eligible for M.Tech courses.

Diploma course:

  • Diploma in Event Management: A pass in class 12th exam with English as a subject is required.
  • Diploma in Dairy Technology: The candidates should have cleared their class 12th exam with to be eligible.
  • Diploma in Critical Care Nursing: Those who are in-service Nursing professionals and hold GNM/ B.Sc/ M.Sc Nursing are eligible.

Postgraduate diploma course:

  • PG Diploma in Computer Applications: A bachelor’s degree in any stream with Mathematics as a subject at 10+2 level or graduation level is required.
  • PG Diploma in Food Safety & Quality Management: Science Graduates with Chemistry/ Bio-Chemistry or Microbiology as one of the subjects are eligible to apply.
  • PG Diploma in Plantation Management: Candidates with graduation in any stream can apply for this course.

IGNOU Application Form 2021

The application form for IGNOU admission 2021 will be released on the official website of the university www.ignou.ac.in. The candidates must make sure that they fulfill all the prescribed eligibility criteria before applying for the admission process.

  • The candidates can fill the application form by providing their basic personal and educational details.
  • Photograph and signature of the candidates will also be uploaded in the application form in scanned format.
  • Once all the required information is provided into the form, the candidates can submit it online.
  • The application form should be checked carefully before submission as any kind of error can make it liable for rejection.
  • A printout of the application form should be taken after submission and kept safe for future reference.

Application fee:

  • For MBA & B.Ed courses, the application fee will be Rs. 600/-.
  • For Post Basic B.Sc Nursing, the application fee will be Rs. 1000/-.
  • Candidates can make payment of the application fee through online mode using net banking facility or debit card/ credit card.

IGNOU 2021 Exam Pattern

The basic pattern for the different entrance exam conducted for IGNOU admission 2021 is provided below:

For B.Ed:

  • Exam mode: Computer based exam
  • Duration of exam: 2 hours
  • Medium of test: English & Hindi
  • Number of questions: 100
  • Total marks: 100
  • Type of question: Multiple choice questions
  • Marking scheme: For every right answer, 1 mark will be awarded to the candidates.
  • Negative marking: There will be no negative marking.
Topics  No. of questions Total marks
General English Comprehension 10 10
Logical & Analytical Reasoning 20 20
Science/ Mathematics/ Social Studies/ English/ Hindi 20 20
Educational & General Awareness 25 25
Teaching- Learning & the School 25 25
Total 100 100

For MBA (OPENMAT):

  • Exam mode: Pen and paper based exam
  • Duration of exam: 3 hours
  • Number of questions: 200
  • Total marks: 200
  • Type of question: Multiple choice questions
  • Marking scheme: For every right answer, 1 mark will be awarded to the candidates
Topics  No. of questions Total marks
Reasoning 70 70
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50
English Language 50 50
General Awareness 30 30
Total 200 200

For Post Basic B.Sc Nursing (OPENNET):

  • Exam mode: Pen and paper based exam
  • Duration of exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Number of questions: 120
  • Total marks: 120
  • Type of question: Multiple choice questions
  • Marking scheme: For every right answer, 1 mark will be awarded to the candidates.
  • Negative marking: There will be no negative marking.

IGNOU Admit Card 2021

  • Admit card for IGNOU admission 2021 will be released a few weeks before the day of the examination.
  • The admit card can be downloaded by visiting the official NTA website www.ntaignou.nic.in and using the registration details of the candidates.
  • Upon downloading, the candidates should take a printout of the admit card and carry it to the exam center on the exam day.
  • Important details related to the exam like venue, date and time will be communicated to the candidates through the admit card.
  • Candidates are suggested to preserve their admit card till the complete process of admission is over.

IGNOU Admission 2021 Result

  • Authorities will declare the result of the entrance exam through online mode that can be checked from the official website.
  • On the basis of marks secured by the candidates in the entrance exam, a merit list will be prepared.
  • Further process of counseling and admission of the candidates will be conducted as per their names in the merit list.
  • For the courses with no entrance exam, the list will be drawn on the basis of marks of the candidates in the qualifying exam.

IGNOU Counseling 2021

  • Counseling of the shortlisted candidates will be done on the basis of their position in the merit list.
  • At the time of counseling, documents of the candidates will be verified and therefore they should carry all their documents (in original and photocopy) with them.
  • Candidates will also be allowed to provide their choice for course specialization at the time of counseling.
  • After successful verification of documents, the candidates will be allotted seats as per their merit.

IGNOU Admission 2021 FAQs

Do I need to appear for entrance exam for any course at IGNOU?

No. For some courses, admission is granted on the basis of entrance exam while for some others, on the basis of qualifying exam.

I haven’t cleared my qualifying exam yet. Can I still apply for admission?

The candidates who will clear their qualifying exam before the commencement of the admission process can apply for the same.

Can I ask for refund for the application fee once it is submitted?

Once paid, the application fee will not be refunded or transferred under any circumstances.

What if I fail to report for admission in the given time limit?

Those candidates who fail to report for the admission within the prescribed time limit will be considered as disqualified and their seat will be forfeited.

Where do I get the study material for my course?

The candidates who are shortlisted for admission can get the study material by visiting the concerned regional center.

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