IGNOU Admission 2023: Eligibility, Application Process & Dates

Yusuf Khan Yusuf Khan | May 29, 2023
Yusuf Khan
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Updated on - May 29, 2023

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The IGNOU admission is open for various courses at PG and Doctoral levels, along with Diploma courses. Popularly abbreviated as IGNOU, the Indira Gandhi National Open University admission 2023 is available for programs like M.Com, MA, M.Sc, PhD, Diploma, and more. IGNOU Admission to some courses is conducted through the entrance examination. The accepted entrance exam for IGNOU admission is IGNOU OPNMAT.

The courses are offered by the colleges in 3 modes, which are distance, regular and online. Each course offered at the University of IGNOU has minimum eligibility criteria that the candidate must fulfil, along with a valid score in the entrance examination. IGNOU admissions are conducted in January and July (twice a month); candidates who appeared for the IGNOU entrance exam and met other IGNOU admission requirements can enrol.

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IGNOU Admission Highlights 2023

Below is an overview of IGNOU admission 2023. Apart from regular programs, IGNOU 2nd-year admission is also open to various courses through lateral entry.

Institution  Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)
Type of Institute Public, Central University
Courses Offered MA, M.Com, MCA, M.Sc, MLIS, MAEDU, PhD and PG Diploma Courses.
Application Mode Online/ Offline
Entrance Exam  IGNOU OPENMAT
Mode of Exam  Online
Selection Criteria Entrance score, Class 10+2 with the required aggregate, UG degree with required aggregate, PG with required aggregate. (for PhD admissions).

IGNOU UG Admission 2023

IGNOU admission for UG is provided to the eligible candidates. More information on the various programmes offered at IGNOU admission for UG is provided below.

IGNOU UG Admission
IGNOU BA Admission IGNOU BSc Admission IGNOU BCom Admission
IGNOU BBA Admission IGNOU BCA Admission IGNOU BEd Admission
IGNOU B.Lib.I.Sc Admission IGNOU BSW Admission  

IGNOU PG Admission 2023

IGNOU admission to PG programmes is offered to candidates holding a Bachelor's degree in the relevant subject field. Candidate must also meet the IGNOU eligibility criteria to get admission at this University. Applicants of the reserved category

More information on the various programmes offered at IGNOU admissions is provided below.

IGNOU PG Admission
IGNOU MA Admission IGNOU MCA Admission IGNOU M.Ed Admission
IGNOU M.Lib.I.Sc Admission IGNOU M.Sc Admission IGNOU M.Com Admission
IGNOU MBA Admission    

IGNOU Research Admission 2023

The Master of Philosophy programme is of one to two years of duration. IGNOU admission is granted to candidates who meet the required criteria for the PhD programme.

IGNOU Diploma Admission 2023

IGNOU admission to diploma programs is provided to candidates. To pursue this programme, candidates must satisfy the IGNOU eligibility criteria. 

More information on the Diploma courses at IGNOU is provided below.

IGNOU Admission Date 2023

All tentative dates regarding the IGNOU admission process, like the IGNOU application form submission date, result date, etc., are tabulated below for quick reference. 

Event Date
Application (UG and PG) May 31, 2023 - September 30, 2023
IGNOU Exam Form Submission (Late Date) December 2023 (January intake) and July 2023 (July intake)
Hall Tickets Release Date One week before the exam for January intake and August 2023 for July intake
Results 2023 (January intake) July 01, 2023
Results 2023 (July intake)  To be announced

IGNOU Entrance Exam 2023

IGNOU admission will be based on eligibility criteria of the programmes they offer like M.Sc, M.Com, MA, PG Diploma, Research programmes and more. However, the MBA admission is based on scores obtained by the candidate in the OPENMAT entrance examination of IGNOU conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). Candidate needs to qualify for the national level Entrance Test conducted by IGNOU for admission to M.Phil and PhD courses. 

Admission to IGNOU is offered directly, the number of seats in each program varies. The seat intake for few programmes offered at IGNOU admissions are tabulated below.

Course Seat
M.Sc 30
PhD Varies
PG Diploma 30

IGNOU Application Process 2023

Candidates interested in any of the courses offered by IGNOU can apply online or offline. The application process varies as per the course desired and the entrance exam required for IGNOU admission 2023; however, the candidates must meet the IGNOU eligibility criteria before applying for any programme.

For IGNOU online admission 2023 and to acquire the application form, candidates must register on the official website. To know more about the course-wise fee structure, refer to the IGNOU Courses and Fees page. Applicants can submit offline at the IGNOU Admission, New Delhi, or any other nearest centre. The IGNOU application form fee must be paid through Demand Draft at the respective study centres/offices.

Steps to Apply for IGNOU Admission 

IGNOU online admission admission_year is open for the next academic session. The steps below will help you register online and apply for the desired program.

  • Step 1: Visit the official IGNOU website.
  • Step 2: Click on “Register Online”.
  • Step 3: Register yourself by filling in the required registration details.
  • Step 4: The username and password will be created and sent to the registered Email ID and Phone number.
  • Step 5: Log in to your account.
  • Step 6: Fill the application with legit information.
  • Step 7: Upload the scanned copy of the documents asked for.
  • Step 8: Pay the application fee and submit.

Documents Required for Application Process 

After submitting the IGNOU application form, the following documents should be scanned and ready before starting the IGNOU online admission process.

  • Signature (less than 100 KB)
  • Passport size photo (less than 100 KB)
  • Proof of age (less than 200 KB)
  • Educational Qualification (less than 200 KB)
  • Experience Certificate (if any) (less than 200KB)
  • Category Certificate if SC/ST/OBC (Less than 200 KB)
  • Scanned copy of the BPL certificate is below the poverty line (less than 200 KB)

IGNOU Admission Helpline #admission_helpline

For further guidance or assistance in relation to the admission process, refer to the below-mentioned IGNOU Admission helpline contact details.

IGNOU Admission Contact Details
Phone Number 011-29571528, 011-29571301, 011-29571302
Fax 011-29532686
Address Indira Gandhi National Open University, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi, India – 110068

IGNOU Admission FAQs

When do the admissions open at IGNOU?

The admission to IGNOU happens twice a year - July and January.

What is the application fee at IGNOU?

The application fee at IGNOU is INR 800 for General and INR 600 for SC/ST catagories.

What is the last date for form submission at IGNOU?

The last date for form submission at IGNOU is 17 April.

What are the top courses at IGNOU?

The top courses at IGNOU are B.Ed, M.Ed, BBA, MBA, MCA, etc.

Is there an age limit for IGNOU?

No, there is no age limit for any courses at IGNOU.

What are the documents required for IGNOU admission?

Applicants must submit the following documents - passport size photo, scanned copy of the signature, education certificates, caste certificates (If part of the reservation category), proof of age and address.

What is the last date of IGNOU admission in 2022-23?

The last to submit the IGNOU application form is October 27, 2022.

Is the IGNOU degree valid for UPSC?

Yes, IGNOU is a Centra University which was enacted by the Parliament of India. Any degree or diploma obtained from IGNOU is valid for the UPSC or any other selection Board in India.

Is IGNOU government or private?

It is an Institution introduced by the Central Government of India.

Does IGNOU take an entrance exam?

IGNOU conducts the IGNOU OPENMAT entrance test for candidates interested in enrolling for MBA. Most IGNOU admissions are based on merit.

What is the IGNOU entrance test?

IGNOU OPENMAT test is mainly for MBA candidates. It is a national-level entrance exam conducted by the NTA in the months of July and January.

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  • Indira Gandhi National Open University, [IGNOU] New Delhi - Maidan Garhi, Delhi-110068, India
  • www.ignou.ac.in

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