KSOU: Ranking, Courses, Fees, Admission, Placements

Saniya Qureshi Saniya Qureshi | Feb 28, 2023
Saniya Qureshi
Saniya Qureshi

Updated on - Feb 28, 2023

KSOU, or Karnataka State Open University, established in 1996, is one of India's pioneers and reputed open learning institutions. KSOU offers graduation and postgraduation courses in various disciplines, such as science, humanities, languages, education, management and commerce. Since it is an open university, admissions to KSOU are based on merit. The courses available include BSc, BA, BCom, MA, MSc, MCom, and MBA. The KSOU admissions are currently ongoing.

KSOU Latest Updates

  • February 03, 2023: KSOU Admission 2022-23 January Cycle Open for UG, PG, Diploma & Certificate Programs. Apply till March 31, 2023.

KSOU, or Karnataka State Open University, is a UGC-approved, AICTE and NCTE-certified. The AICTE certification enhances the value of the MBA degree offered by KSOU. Karnataka State Open University is located 5 km away from Mysore, with a calm and quiet atmosphere. KSOU currently has 15 colleges, all over India, under its affiliation, that impart education in various disciplines. The primary objective of Karnataka State Open University is to provide high-quality education to everyone, irrespective of age, region or formal qualifications.

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KSOU Quick Insights

KSOU is an open, distance learning institute located in Karnataka. Some essential information about KSOU is mentioned below.

Karnataka State Open University
Year of Establishment 1996
Type of Institute Public
Recognition UGC
Approvals AICTE, NCTE
Program Levels Offered Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Diploma, Certificate
Infrastructure Facilities Hostel blocks, dining, sports facilities, a cultural complex
Campus Area  36 acres
Location  Mysore, Karnataka

KSOU Admission Dates 2023

KSOU releases an academic planner for each session with important dates related to admission. The dates are different for UG, PG, diploma and certificate courses. The tentative dates are mentioned below.

Event Important Dates
Issue of Admission Notification First week of June 2023
Admission June 2023

KSOU Courses

KSOU offers 9 UG, 5 PG, 13 PG Diploma, 4 UG Certificate, 6 Diploma courses and PhD courses in multiple disciplines. The details about these courses are listed below.

Course Duration Selection Criteria
BA 3 years 10+2 completed
BCom 3 years 10+2 completed
BBA 3 years 10+2 completed
BCA 3 years 10+2 completed
BLibISc 3 years 10+2 completed
BEd 4 years 10+2 completed
MA 2 years Graduation
MCom 2 years Graduation
MBA 2 years Graduation
MSc 2 years Graduation
PhD 3-5 years Post Graduation

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KSOU Departments

KSOU has 32 departments that conduct academic activities on campus. KSOU has different departments to improve the efficiency of providing students with quality education. Below mentioned are the important departments of KSOU, and each department has its roles and responsibilities to be performed.

Kannada Physics Sanskrit
History Management Biotechnology
Ancient History and Archaelogy English Chemistry
Microbiology Journalish and Mass Communication Environmemtal Science
Food and Nutrition Information Technology Political Science

KSOU Admission

KSOU admission process is carried out offline and online. The admissions are made to undergraduate, postgraduate, PG diploma, and certificate courses. The admissions are direct and usually start in the month of June. Students can register on the official website of KSOU and choose the courses based on qualifications.

KSOU Eligibility Criteria

Before applying for the various courses at KSOU, the students must meet the institute's eligibility criteria.

BA/BSc/BCom Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates must have passed 10+2.

MA/MCom/MSc/MBA Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates must have passed graduation from a recognised university.

PhD Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates must have passed postgraduation from a recognised university.

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Why choose KSOU?

KSOU, or Karnataka State Open University, established in 1962, is an institute for higher education that offers multiple courses in science, commerce, humanities, management, languages, and education. KSOU has contributed highly to the GER of Karnataka, which is 25.3% (for 2018-19, AISHE).

KSOU Academic Advantages

  • KSOU is a UGC-recognised university.
  • KSOU has AICTE and NCTE approvals that increase the credibility of the courses. 
  • KSOU offers 9 UG, 5 PG, 13 PG Diploma, 4 UG Certificate, 6 Diploma courses and PhD courses in multiple disciplines.
  • There are 21 regional centres of KSOU all over Karnataka.
  • KSOU offers education without barriers by providing distance education and direct admissions.

KSOU Top Affiliated Colleges

KSOU has 15 affiliated colleges and 21 regional centres all over the country. These affiliated colleges offer BSc, BE/BTech, LLB and MBA/PGDM admission. Some top affiliated colleges are.

ANITECH College of Technology and Management Shantiniketan College of Management Khaitanji Law College
Odisha School of Management  Escape IT and Management and Research College

KSOU Result

KSOU results 2022 for the May end-term semester examinations have been declared. KSOU publishes all its semester, annual and final results on the official website; Students can check their results using the following steps.

  • Click on the Students Zone tab.
  • Go to Examinations
  • Enter details to check results. 

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KSOU Infrastructure

KSOU, an open university, has adequate facilities that help conduct academic activities. KSOU is 5 km from the central city of Mysore with a pleasant, calm and quiet atmosphere, which becomes an ideal place for studying. The infrastructure facilities provided by the university are.

  • Library
  • Hostel
  • Health Clinic
  • Canteen
  • Guest House
  • Post Office

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KSOU Placements

KSOU-affiliated UG and PG colleges offer placements to students pursuing studies at the institute. Annually, on average, 95% of placements are recorded. In 2022

  • 98% of students were placed.
  • Out of 431 students, 421 got placed.
  • The highest package offered was INR 10 LPA.
  • The average package offered was INR 2.5 LPA.

KSOU Top Recruiters

Various national-level companies visit the campus for placements. The top companies that visit the KSOU campus for placements are tabulated below.

South India Paper Mills Ltd Ferrero Foundries Pvt Ltd Automotive Axles Ltd
Bharti Axa Life Insurance Behr India Ltd Amcare Hospital
Compaq SBI  Union Bank

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KSOU Collaborations

KSOU collaborates with different industries to give students more practical and industrial knowledge. The higher officials persuade such MoUs since there has been pressure on students to grab internships, and since most students at KSOU come from rural backgrounds, the institute must provide them with as many employment and meaningful opportunities as possible. Some of these collaborations include.

National Collaborations

  • JK Global Academy
  • Supreme Pharmaceuticals
  • VST Tillers
  • GRS Engineering
  • Triveni Engineering
  • Brakes India Limited
  • Keynes Technology

KSOU Alumni

KSOU has produced brilliant minds in the past 25 years. The Karnataka State Open University Alumni Association (KSOUAA) was registered as an association under the Karnataka societies registration act 1960 under the name Karnataka State Open University Alumni Association. Some of the notable alumni of the institute are.

Notable Alumni Profession
Doddalahalli Kempegowda Shivakumar  Former Energy Minister, Karnataka
C.T. Ravi
Member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly
N.A. Haris
Member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly
J.C. Madhu Swamy
Minister of Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Legislation of Karnataka
U.T. Khader Member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly
Jayanth Sharma Indian Photographer
Shantanu Thakur
Minister of State for Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways of India

KSOU Highlights

Institution Type Public
Year of Establishment 1996
Genders Accepted Co-Ed

KSOU Courses & Fees 2023

Course Avg. Fees Duration
MBA -- 2 Years
B.Lib.I.Sc -- 1 Year
LLM -- 2 Years
BA -- 3 Years
B.Com -- 3 Years
B.Ed -- 2 Years
MA -- 2 Years
M.Com -- 2 Years
M.Sc -- 2 Years
BFA -- 1 Year

KSOU Courses and Fee Structure

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Courses offered by KSOU

LLM [Master of Laws]

Full Time On Campus

BA [Bachelor of Arts]

Full Time On Campus

B.Com [Bachelor of Commerce]

Full Time On Campus

B.Ed [Bachelor of Education]

Full Time On Campus

M.Com [Master of Commerce]

Full Time On Campus

BFA [Bachelor of Fine Arts]

Full Time On Campus


Does KSOU offer distance education?

Yes, KSOU is an open university and offers distance education.

What are the disciplines available at KSOU?

KSOU offers courses in science, humanities, languages, education, management and commerce.

What are the courses offered at KSOU?

KSOU offers 9 UG, 5 PG, 13 PG Diploma, 4 UG Certificate, 6 Diploma courses and PhD courses.

How to apply to KSOU?

All admissions are made online and offline. Students can directly apply by clicking on the admission tab on the official website. The admissions open around Jene every year.

Does KSOU offer scholarships?

No, KSOU does not offer scholarships.

KSOU Reviews

Overall Rating (Out of 5)


Based on 4 Verified Reviews

Distribution of Rating

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Fees & Scholarships


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Placements & Internships


Pc Swami Atm Any Tym Masti | , batch of 2016

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2018

  • 2
  • Fees 2

Fees & Scholarships : INR 10000 per semester and I had pay that fees.

Subramanya Mn | , batch of 2015

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2017

  • 2.3
  • Placements 1
  • Fees 3.5
  • Academics 2.5

Entrance Exams & Admissions : The eligibility criteria were 10+2 or equivalent. No separate entrance examination is conducted.

Deepak Kohali | , batch of 2015

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2017

  • 1
  • Placements 1

Entrance Exams & Admissions : Academic session at Karnataka State Open University, [KSOU] Mysore in India is normally from July to June. It is therefore advisable to start making enquiries and research about the courses and institutions at least 10 months in advance. By November / December you should finalize the course of study and the institutions where you want to apply. So by January you should be ready to submit applications forms. Make target of submitting your application latest by February.

Sathish Kumar | , batch of 2016

Reviewed on Nov 02, 2015

  • 1.1
  • Academics 1.5
  • Fees 1
  • Infrastructure 1
  • Placements 1

Academics & Faculty : Karnataka State Open University conducts weekly assignments. The teaching faculty is average.  It also conducts a lot of projects and seminars.

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