IGNOU Distance MBA
Indira Gandhi National Open University is perhaps the largest Open University in the world, established in the year 1987. Today the university has grown so large that it serves over 3 million students, across 21 schools of studies and 67 regional centers, and with the help of 29 overseas partners. IGNOU can in fact be called the de facto standard in Distance Education in India.
To begin with the admission procedure after verifying the candidate’s eligibility he must obtain the prospectus. The prospectus may be obtained in person by paying Rs1000/- in cash at any of the regional centers or study centers of IGNOU Headquarters; the candidate may obtain it online by downloading from the IGNOU Official Website, and pay the amount of Rs1050/- by DD, which should be attached along with the filled in form. Furthermore, the candidate may also request the application by post, by sending a DD in favor of IGNOU.
The candidate must fill in the form 1 which is the application for OPENMAT and send it to the IGNOU Headquarters (address given below), on or before the last date of submitting form 1.
Registrar Student Evaluation Division,
Block 12, IGNOU Maidan Garhi,
New Delhi – 110 068
The candidate must then write the OPENMAT exam, and then finally on passing the exam, must send the filled in form 2 of the application along with the required documents to the IGNOU Headquarters for admission. The required documents include: Attested copies of documents proving educational qualification, Original OPENMAT Scorecard and Hall Ticket, Category and Experience Certificate (if applicable), filled up identity card (Identity card is available in the prospectus). The applicant will also need to send the program fee as a DD along with the Form-2.
The total program fee for the distance MBA course is Rs31, 500/- that can be distributed as Rs1500/- for each of the 21 courses the program entails. The Fee for international students from the SAARC Countries is Rs3000/- per course, and Rs63, 000/- for the entire MBA. Similarly for the international Non-SAARC students the fee per course is USD $250, and a total program fee of $7350. The fee may be paid online or through demand draft or also through Bank Challans at the designated India Bank and IDBI Bank Branches.
All students including the reserved category students are expected to pay the full tuition fee for the MBA course, but SC/ST students are eligible for scholarships from the central government. The students are advised to collect the forms from the Directorate of Social Welfare or Office of the Social Welfare Officer of the concerned State Government, and submit the filled in forms to the corresponding authority, to obtain the refund of the tuition fees.
The eligibility criteria for the admission at IGNOU for distance MBA are as follows:
- The candidate must be a graduate from any recognized university with a minimum of 50% aggregate score (45% for reserved category students), with 3 years of managerial or supervisory experience. The candidate must otherwise have a professional degree in Medicine/Engineering/Accountancy/Cost and Works/Law, with a 50% aggregate in the degree.
- The candidate must qualify for the OPENMAT exam that will be held that academic year by IGNOU.
- The program entails no age restrictions.
IGNOU offers a wide range of specializations in its MBA courses, of which most are offered in collaborations with other universities. The university offers MBA specializations in: Aviation Business, Banking and Finance, Biotechnology Management, Corporate governance, Hospitality and Healthcare management, Insurance, Information Technology, Retail, Textile, Services, Network Infrastructure, Marketing/HR/Finance/Production and Operations, Telecom Management, etc.
The courses on offer at IGNOU are AICTE approved, and the university is recognized as a central university by the UGC and has its courses approved by the Distance Education Council, India.
Indira Gandhi National Open University is the largest Open University in the world, and is very well known for all its courses. Careers360 has ranked it as the best university for Distance Education throughout India in 2012. IGNOU has also ranked 17th among the traditional universities in India competing with the IITs, NITs, IIMs, etc. The university is ranked as the best institute in terms of reach and resources.
Entrance Exams for the MBA Programs are held twice a year, and the student must complete and submit his applications in time to be eligible for admissions. The following are the important dates in the timeline of admissions at IGNOU:
- Last date for submission of Application forms:
- OPENMAT XXXVI – 15/07/2014
- OPENMAT XXXVII – 15/12/2014
- Entrance Exam Dates:
- OPENMAT XXXVI – 17/08/2014 (10:00AM TO 1:00PM)
- OPENMAT XXXVII – 01/02/2015(10:00AM TO 1:00PM)
- Admission application dates:
- OPENMAT XXXVI – Session January 2015 – 30/11/2014
- OPENMAT XXXVI – Session July 2015 – 31/05/2015
- OPENMAT XXXVII – Session July 2015 – 31/05/2015
- OPENMAT XXXVII – Session January 2015 – 31/11/2015
For any enquiries regarding admissions, the applicant may contact:
Student Registration Division (SRD)
Maidan Garhi, New Delhi-110068, India
Phone No. :011- 29532741
Fax No: 011- 29532686
E-Mail: [email protected]
The university has a dedicated Campus Placement Cell, to support the students in placement after completion of their distance education courses. The Placement cell is distributed over 6 regional centers of IGNOU having large IGNOU alumni so as to reach out the IGNOU alumni more effectively. The CPC cell of the university organizes Job fests for placement in the college.
IGNOU has a vast number of regional centers and study centers throughout the country and abroad, and caters to an overly large number of students. The details about the study centers are very well documented in the prospectus of the university. Nevertheless, the details may be obtained at: http://www.ignou.ac.in/ignou/aboutignou/studycentre/centre