Introduction to IGNOU MBA

Indira Gandhi Open University (IGNOU) has been educating students since decades now. IGNOU MBA is one of the most popular courses offered by the university.

The IGNOU MBA is a 2.5 years distance education course offered by the university and fee structure of the​ course is quite affordable.

Having notable alumni like Vani Kapoor, Deepika Padukone (Left before completion), Ashok Khemka, Celina Jaitley, and other successful corporate pioneers, IGNOU has survived brilliantly through word-of-mouth only.

The university has excellent programmes designed specifically to nurture a management aspirant across borders with ease.

In this article we will discuss about various distance education courses offered by the university and their admission procedure, eligibility criteria, fee structure and more.​

Benefits of doing MBA from IGNOU via distance education mode:

  1. Ranked as number 1 education providers in distance mode by respectable entities.
  2. A degree attained from IGNOU has been recognized by many recruiters and HRs of multinational corporates.
  3. IGNOU has regional centres in countries like UAE, Singapore, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, and Europe.
  4. IGNOU offers good flexibility to any student to pursue MBA. The duration ranges from 2.5 years - 8 years.
  5. IGNOU degree has a global acceptance and companies from all geographic entities accept IGNOU noted in resume.
  6. IGNOU has been recognized by UGC, AICTE and DEB (Distance Education Bureau) as well.
  7. Recently High Court released an order stating that a degree from IGNOU is valid for getting employment in India.

Management Courses Offered by IGNOU

IGNOU offers a distance education MBA and four post graduate diploma courses under its school of management.

Here is the list of management courses offered by IGNOU

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Financial Management (PGDFM)
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management (PGDMM)
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Operations Management (PGDOM)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management (PGDHRM)
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Financial Markets Practice (PGDFMP)

Eligibility Criteria and Admission Procedure

Eligibility Criteria

  1. In order to enroll for MBA degree, one must have a graduation degree with at least 50% in aggregate (for general quota), and 45% for reserved categories. Professional experience is an added advantage while pursuing a degree with IGNOU. No age bar in applying for the degree.
  2. IGNOU requires the management aspirants to clear an online entrance examination-OPENMAT, details of which can be found on the university’s website. The last date to enroll for the test is 15 July and 15 December every year.

Step-by-step process to apply for any MBA course offered by IGNOU in distance education mode:

  1. Applying for admission in IGNOU is easy. Students can log into the university’s website or visit the authorized regional centers of IGNOU.
  2. Students are required to buy prospectus and fill the second form enclosed within the prospectus. Note: Only those students can apply for the course who have passed OPENMAT and have received the admission invitation from IGNOU.
  3. Students need to attach the following documents and send it to the regional director of IGNOU.
  4. After successful submission of the application with all the required details, students will receive confirmation of admission from IGNOU in few weeks, stating the details of the course.

Attach the following documents:

● Photocopy of Birth Certificate.

● Photocopy of 10, 10+2 and graduation marksheet.

● Photocopy of Aadhar Card/Passport/PAN card/ Driving Licence/ Electricity or Phone Bill/ or any Bank account statement if none of the above are available in order to submit residential proof.

● Acknowledgement of undertaking for any GAP in education and any supplementary like backlogs. In case students are applying in their last semester then they are required to attach the result-awaited application approved by the college.

● Two colored passport sized photographs.

  • Demand Draft of fee.

IGNOU MBA Fee Structure

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    1. The total fee of any management degree from IGNOU is around 31,500 INR which is very economical as compared to other colleges and universities offering the same course.
    2. IGNOU prefers the payments through Demand Draft.
    3. Scholarships options are available and students need to check with the admission counsellors or university for the same. Students from reserved category can apply for scholarship after checking the required details enclosed on the university’s website.
    4. After filling up the demand draft, students are advised to write their enrollment number, address and name at the backside of DD, before sending it to the regional director.

Course Name

Total Fee

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

INR 31500

Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management (PGDHRM)

INR 15000

Post-Graduate Diploma in Financial Management (PGDFM)

INR 10500

Post-Graduate Diploma in Operations Management (PGDOM)

INR 13500

Post-Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management (PGDMM)

INR 15000

Post-Graduate Diploma in Financial Markets Practice (PGDFMP)

INR 9000

Other Benefits of doing MBA from IGNOU:

  1. Radio Counselling: IGNOU effectively conducts Phone-in and radio programs. Enrolled students can obtain their schedules from respective IGNOU study centers.
  2. Interactive Counselling Sessions: IGNOU conducts around 6 counselling students for their students in each course. These special sessions are managed by Study Center Coordinators of IGNOU.
  3. Audio and Video Media Aids: In an effort to make students understand the core concepts of management, IGNOU has created video and audio hearing aids. Designed by Subject Matter Experts, the study material helps enhance the learning experience of students.
  4. Printed Study Materials: Unlike other universities, IGNOU sends printed study material to the students on their registered home address.