Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) Distance Education Admissions 2019, Fee Structure, Eligibility

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About Karnataka State Open University

Realizing the growing need for introduction and promotion of Open Universities and Distance Education systems, Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) was established in 1996. It is situated in the North-Western end of the Manasagangotri campus in Mysore. The campus is boasts of the Administrative Office, academic block, lecture halls, a library, guest house cottages, a canteen, a girls hostel and a few more cottages as a limited accommodation for students coming to attend Contact Programs and Term-end examinations. It has enlightened over 9,00,000 students over its long journey of over 20 years into various courses/programs.

Karnataka State Open University(KSOU) Admission Procedure


  • Photocopies of latest qualifying exam and statement of marks (certificate of degree or mark sheet). The same should be notarized/attested.
  • A photocopy of the SSLC/SSC Marks Card or Transfer Certificate. It should include the Date of Birth attested by the Gazette Officer/ Notary.
  • School Admission Register extract. It should be certified by the Head of Institution.
  • The candidates Birth Certificate, issued by any Government or semi-Government institutions (attested).
  • Extract from the passport (attested).
  • All documents mentioned above should be attested by a gazette officer of the Government.


KSOU opens its doors for student’spursuing Bachelor, Masters and Diploma courses in various streams. The procedure for admission is the following:-

  • Visit the official page at http://www.iikm.net/ksou/ and select the ‘Online Program’s tab. Click on ‘Apply Now’.
  • Fill the required details and upload the relevant documents asked for.
  • After submitting the application, note down the system generated Reference Number for further references.
  • The fee payment can be both online or offline.

Online method

  • The students have been given the option to pay the fees through credit/ debit card/ net banking from the comfort of their homes.
  • The students are guided to the fee payment page just after filling the online admission form.

Offline method

  • Take a printout of the application form from the university website.
  • Send a printout of the above mentioned pre-requisites, duly attested/ notarized by a Gazette officer.
  • Send 3 passport size photos of the student.
  • A Demand Draft along with a photocopy in case of a DD payment.
  • Download the ECS form from the University website. Fill the form, get a banker’s signature and send it along with all the above documents.
  • Send all the documents in hard copy in sets of 3 to “Registrar (evaluation), Karnataka State Open University, Manasagan-gotri, Mysore-570006”.
  • KSOU provides the option for Free Counselling to students who are facing difficulty in deciding the courses or want to know more about the university. Candidates can speak to the KSOUcounselors as per their requirement at 1800-102-2493 (Toll Free).
  • In case of online application form, candidates are required to send the completed application form by email or by post.
  • The candidates are can either pay the fees yearly or pay the fees in lump sum. They can avail fee discounts or convenient installments with the latter option. This is a very unique option and it isn’t present in majority of the universities today.
  • Once the documents are received, KSOU sends them for further verification, after which, the candidates admission is confirmed.

In the end, the student ID is generated and the study material is made available within 7-10 working days.


KSOU provides Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Diploma courses. It offers specialized MBA courses, Executive MBA, BBA, MSc IT, BSc IT, M.Com, B.Com, Diploma in Management/ IT Stream ect. All of these courses are provided trough Distance Learning.

The basic eligibility set by the University for the above courses is 10+2 for UG and Graduation for PG programs. The students should meet certain other eligibility criteria’s as well.

Under Graduate courses

  • Candidate must be 10+2 pass out.
  • Candidate must had done any 3 yr. Diploma course.

Admission in Second Semester

  • Candidate must be 10+2 pass out.
  • Candidates must have done a half or one year IT course.
  • Candidate must had completed 3 years in Polytechnic Diploma

Admission in Third Semester

  • Candidate must be 10+2 pass out.
  • The candidate must have 3 yr. Polytechnic Diploma in IT/ C.Sc./E&C or 2nd semester of GNIIT/ ADCA from TCIL- IT/ DIT/ DCA from CAL-C after 10+2.


  • Degree in B.A/ B.Sc. or M.A/ M.Sc from any recognized or Deemed University.
  • The candidate must be a full time teacher at the time of applying for the Program. It can be on any recognized educational institute.
  • The candidate must had completed atleast 2 years of service and must be able to produce a Service Certificate fro the Head of Institution at the time of admission.


  • Bachelor’s degree from a recognized University.

Executive MBA

  • Pass out with a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized University with 3 years of work experience from any sector.


Post Graduate courses

Admission in First Semester

  • Pass out of BCA/BIT/B.Sc.(C.Sc.)/BE/B.Tech/AMIE or Graduate
  • Half/one year IT Experience.

Admission in Second Semester

  • Graduates from 4 semesters of GNIIT.

Admission in Third Semester

  • Graduation or PGDCA/PGDIT from a university or GNIIT or B.E.(C.Sc./IT) or DOEACC “A” Level Certificate.

M.Tech. (IT)

  • E./B. Tech/ AMIE pass out or MCA/ M.Sc. (CS)/ MSc(IT)/ MIT/ MCM or MSc pass out. Mathematics should be a major component in B.Sc. from any recognized University or DOEACC’B’ Level.

Information Technology Courses
General Scheme

  • Candidate must be 10+2 pass out.
  • The candidate will obtain a Certificate in IT (CIT) after the successful completion of the first year.

The complete list can be found at http://www.pilotageedutech.com/fee-karnataka-state

Karnataka State Open University had last provided scholarship in 2013 to the poor students admitted in the year 2011-12 and got at least 50% or higher marks in the 2012 examination under the MuktiSanjeevini scholarships. However, no scholarships were announced since then.


Karnataka State Open University was established on 1st June, 1996 vide Government notification no. ED 1 UOV 95 dated 12th February 1996 (KSOU Act- 1992). This empowered KSOU to be recognized as well as establish, maintain and recognize colleges, regional and study centers in India.

KSOU got Distance Education Council’s (DEC) accreditation  to offer Programs/ Courses. This recognizes KSOU as a legal and satisfactory University that can practice Distance Education Programs.

It is also a permanent member of AIU, ACU, AAOU and COU.

KSOU was UGC approved until June 2015, when the University Grants Commission stopped recognizing KSOU.
However, after recent developments and further meeting between the UGC, the Karnataka Government, the Vice- Chancellor of KSOU and the Union Minister of Human Resource Development, the University will likely be recognized very soon and the admission will commence for the 2017-18 academic year.KSOU is not AICTE approved.

Contact Information


KSOU ICT Enabled Programs

1st Floor,

Admission Building,

Karnataka State Open University,



Student Support Team– +91 9513 382 550

E-mail id[email protected]

Study Centres

KSOU has various study centers, both inside and outside Karnataka.

Some of the regional study centres are as follows:-

  • Osteen College Bengaluru – 560018
  • Shantiniketan Education Institutions Bengaluru – 560 076.
  • Vokkaligara Yane Gowdara Seva Sangha, Mangaluru–575006.
  • Old Jillapanchaith Building, 2nd Floor Banaje, Udupi-576 101.
  • Vaibhav Drugs Disributors, Near Amir Talkies, Vijayapura – 586 101

A complete list can be found at  regional study centers

Awards and Achievements

  • The university won the prestigious Government Sctor Initiative in Education Award at World Education Summit at New Delhi in 2014.
  • It scaled new mountains by winning the Best Distance/ Online Learning Award in Education (IEEA) in Singapore which was organized by Business Excellence and Research Group (BERG)
  • For the much acclaimed ICT Enabled Programs, KSOUViceChanvellor won the Best Education Project- Gold Awards in Jaipur.
  • KSOU bagged the Visionary Leadership Award in E-Learning Category at the World Education Congress in 2012.
  • It curbed e-india awardon 15th November 2012 for Best Online Program of the country.

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