IGNOU MA Admission 2021 is now ongoing for the January session. Candidates can find details on IGNOU MA Admission 2021 on the official web portal. The University focuses on providing access to education to each and every segment of society. IGNOU aims to provide and share professional capability and resources in order to improve the quality of distance education in the nation. The university also works continuously in order to improve and develop its means and methods in order to provide a better education system to its students.

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IGNOU MA Admission 2021 Details

For IGNOU MA Admission 2021, candidates can fill and submit the application form through online mode. IGON University admission board releases the merit list as per the candidate’s marks in the UG degree. Shortlisted candidates have to report at the respective Regional of the university with all the required documents. Admissions are offered in both the January & July cycle of a year. Candidates holding a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university are eligible to apply for IGNOU MA admissions. The table given below contains all the dates for the admission process. Candidates are requested to take a note of it, so as to not miss any deadline.

Events January 2021 session July 2021 session
Admission Begins February 3, 2021 First week of June, 2021 (For UG/ PG/PG Diploma/ Diploma/Appreciation/Awareness)
Last Date of IGNOU Admission 2021 March 15, 2021 Last week of December, 2021
IGNOU Re-Registration December 1, 2020 to March 15, 2021 Fourth week of April to last week of September, 2021
IGNOU 2021 Exam Form Release Second week of October, 2021 First week of June, 2022
Term End Exam Form Submission Last week of January, 2022 Last week of June, 2022
Term End Examination First week of February to second week of March, 2022 First to last week of July, 2022
Release of Hall Ticket Last week of January, 2022 10 days before the examination
Results of IGNOU Term End Exam April, 2022 August, 2022
Result Revaluation May, 2022 September, 2022

Steps to MA Admission 2021

IGNOU MA Admission is an online process, where candidates can select their desired program and specialization. They must fill in the online application on the IGNOU official website. Every specialization details such as fee structure, duration are mentioned for candidates to understand better. Every application form must be filled in carefully following the guidelines. If any discrepancy is found in the application form, the university might cancel the admission. Once a candidate is shortlisted, they have to go through the counseling round. After the counseling round, the candidate’s admission is finally confirmed. Candidates can follow the given instructions to apply MA Admission online.

  • Visit the official website of IGNOU, ignou.ac.in
  • Click on "Link for Admission forJanuary 2021 session”.
  • Candidates need to click on “Click Here for New Registration" tab.
  • The new student registration form will appear on the screen.
  • Enter all the required details in the registration form and click on “Register” tab.
  • Select the programme and mode of study material.
  • Upload the required documents and pay the application fee through debit card, credit card, ATM card (PNB) or net banking.
  • Click on the "Submit" button.

List of IGNOU MA Course 2021 

The IGNOU MA course is widely categorized into various specializations. Hence, the candidates have many options to choose from based on their interests. The minimum duration of MA being 2 years while the maximum duration is 5 years. All the courses are offered in English. The candidate has a variety of specialization to choose from for the IGNOU MA program. There is no age limit for the candidates in order to apply. IGNOU MA course has a diverse number of specializations. The list is mentioned below.  

Course Specialization 
MA Economics, Education, Distance education, Adult English, English, Extension and Development Studies, Gandhi and peace studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, Hindi, History, Philosophy, Journalism and Mass Communication, political science, public administration, Rural Development, Sociology

IGNOU MA Admission Eligibility 2021

MA being provided in various specializations in IGNOU.The IGNOU MA Admission for each specialization has its own separate eligibility criteria. MA at IGNOU is a minimum 2 years course and a maximum of 5 years. Candidates must pay attention to IGNOU Eligibility For MA before applying. This IGNOU Eligibility For MA is set up by the university which you must satisfy in order to be eligible for admission. 

Courses Eligibility Criteria
MA(Economics) Bachelor's degree or a higher degree in any discipline from a recognized university.
MA(Education) Bachelor's degree in any discipline, with or without a degree in education from a recognized university.
MA (Adult Education) Bachelor's degree from any recognized university or institute.A maximum of up to 100 students is admitted to this program.Hence, the admission will be based on the merit base of the Bachelor's degree.In other scenarios, when all the above criteria are equal then the higher preference is given to candidates with higher qualifications and candidates working already in and the related field of Adult Education.
MA(English) Bachelor's degree or a higher degree from a recognized university.
MA (Extension and Development Studies) The candidate must have a Graduate degree in any discipline.
MA (Development Studies) The candidate must have a Graduate degree in any discipline.
MA (Gandhi and Peace Studies) Bachelor's degree or a higher degree in any discipline from a recognized university.The course is offered through ODL mode in both Hindi and English medium
MA (Gender and Development Studies) Bachelor's degree or a higher degree in any discipline from a recognized university.
MA (Women’s and Gender Studies) Candidates must have a Bachelor's degree
MA(Hindi) Candidates must have a Bachelor's degree or a higher degree from a recognized university.
MA(History) The candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree
MA (Philosophy) The candidate must have a graduation degree
MA (Journalism and Mass Comm) The applicant must have a Bachelor's degree in any discipline.The applicant must also have the basic knowledge about word documents and access to a system and internet facility available
MA(Political science) The candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree or higher degree in any discipline from a recognized university.
MA(Public Administration) The candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree or higher degree in any discipline from a recognized university.
MA (Psychology) The applicant must have a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university.
MA (Rural Development) Applicants must have a Graduate degree in any discipline
MA(Sociology) The applicant must have a Bachelor’s degree or higher degree in any discipline from a recognized university.
MA (Distance Education) The applicant must have completed his graduation in any discipline.
MA (Translation studies) The candidate must have a graduate degree in any discipline.The candidate must have knowledge of Hindi and English
MA (Anthropology) The candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree or a higher degree from a recognized university.

IGNOU MA Admission Checklist 2021

All candidates interested in the IGNOU MA course offered by IGNOU must ensure and double-check the following points in order to avoid any mistakes or confusion during the application procedure. Following are the checklists to keep in mind.

  1. It is necessary to register with the Online Admission System before the candidates can submit their admission forms online.
  2. The program fee can be paid online using Payment Gateway through net banking, debit/credit card, or UPI. 
  3. In a particular admission cycle, the facility for fee exemption is available to SC/ST students and can be claimed for one program only.
  4. The Certificates to be submitted must be less than 200 KB and photos size less than 100KB.
  5. Applicants are suggested to scan documents from their original certificates.
  6. There is no need to send the hard copy of the Admission Form to the Regional Centre of Admission.  

IGNOU MA Admission Important Points 2021

During the time of admission, the following are some important extra points to keep in mind for every aspiring IGNOU MA applicant: 

  • The Applicant’s name and other details entered need to be the same as in all the Educational Documents.
  • The Applicant can log in to the admission portal through their active and registered email address only.
  • The applicants are encouraged to use the latest version of the Google Chrome web browser for filling the application form.
  • In case of any discrepancy in the Admission Form, the candidates are advised to remove the discrepancy within a specified time. 

Documents for MA Admission 2021

Admission in IGNOU is granted based on marks in the qualifying degree examination. The university's admission committee released a merit list as per the applicant's marks in the under-graduation degree. Shortlisted candidates have to report to the respective regional or center of the university with all the required documents as below mentioned. 

  • ID Proof and photocopies
  • Mark sheets of Graduate course and its photocopies
  • Class 10 mark sheet and photocopy
  • Class 12 mark sheet and photocopy


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