Tamil Nadu Open University (TNOU) Distance Education Admissions 2019, Fee Structure, Eligibility

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Tamil Nadu Open University was founded in 2002 by the Government of Tamil Nadu for introduction and promotion of Open learning  and Distance education .  With a cumulative strength  of 5,29,263 in 134 programs of study across various different levels from Certificate courses to Postgraduate courses through 13 academic school, 5 support divisions, 1 media centre and a network of 400 Learner Support and Service Centres across the state.


The following courses at various levels, from certificate to postgraduate, are offered by the university-

B.A Tamil, Functional Tamil, Urdu, English, English and Communication, History, History and Heritage Management, Tourism and Travel Studies, Economics, Business Economics, Public Administration, Political Science, Human Rights, Sociology, Social Work, Islamic Studies, Criminology and Criminal Justice Administration
B.Com General, Bank Management, Corporate Secrataryship, Accounting and Finance, Computer Applications
BBA General, Computer Application, Marketing Management, Retail Management
BCA General & Lateral entry
B.Sc Computer Science, Mathematics, Mathematics with Computer Application, Psychology, Geography, Visual Communication, Multimedia, Apparel and Fashion Design
B.Ed General & Special Education
MBA General, Hospital Administration, Shipping and Logistics Management
MA History, Sociology, Public Communication, Political Science, Economics, Tamil, English, Social Work, Tourism and Travel Studies, Women Studies, Criminology and Criminal Justice Administration, Human Rights, Development Administration, Police Administration, International Relations, Islamic Studies, Anthropology, Gender Studies
M.Com, MCA ———————————————–
M.Sc Computer Science, Mathematics, Psychology, Geography, Apparel and Fashion Design, Counselling and Psychotherapys
Diploma Management, Media Art, Acupuncture Science, Archaeology and Epigraphy, Museology and Conservation, Retail Management, Food Production, Food and Beverage Service, Bakery and Confectionary, Databases, Drama and Theatre Acting, Data Sciences and Big Data Analytics, Cloud Computing
P.G Diploma Computer Applications, Tamil Research Methodology, Spoken English, Psychological Counseling, Mathematics, Export Marketing, Applied Mathematics, Guidance and Counseling, Gerontology, Child Rights & Child Protection, Social Welfare Administration
Certificate NGO Management, Community Radio Technology


The admission process is throughout the under two admission cycles i.e Calendar year(Jan-June) and Academic Year(July-Dec).The admission procedure is conducted both online and offline. For the online application, before starting the admission process, ensure you have the following ready-

  • A valid email address
  • A valid phone number
  • JPEG file of highest qualification certificate (Class 10/ Class 12/ Degree/ Diploma)
  • Community certificate for the students who want to avail the scholarship
  • Scanned files of recent colour photograph, signature, and qualification certificates
  • Payment mode of credit card/ debit card/ internet banking


FVisit http://online.tnou.ac.in/dashboard. Create an account with the university, and after receiving the login details on your email address, log in to your dashboard. Fill all the details carefully, click the ‘Save’ button. Review the information once, and then click on ‘Apply Now’. The application fill be saved in ‘Draft’. Click on it, search your application, and then click on ‘Add to Cart’. Go to your cart, press ‘Confirm to Pay’ and then ‘Pay Now’. Choose your preferred payment mode and pay the fees using it.


Obtain admission form from University Sales Counter, Study Centres or Zonal Centres on payment of Rs. 100. For receiving prospectus and admission form by post, mail a demand draft of Rs. 150/- drawn in favour of Tamil Nadu Open University payable at Chennai to Deputy Registrar, MPDD, TNOU, 577, Anna Salai, Saidapet, Chennai– 600 015.

Carefully fill in the admission forms after reading instructions. Copies of relevant certificates, photograph and signature of candidate should be duly attested by Gazetted officer/ notary/ teaching or non teaching staff (assistant registrar and above) of Tamil Nadu Open University/ Principals of Colleges/ Headmaster or Headmistress of Government or Government Recognised high schools.

For payment of fees, use the remittance challan form included in the prospectus. Pay the fee at any branch of State Bank of India or Indian Bank. Retain the Student Copy of challan and include TNOU Copy with the application package. Submit the package to the Study Centre or Admissions Wing of the University by post or in person.


Course fees for some of the programs (in INR) are as follows-

MBA 20,000
MCA 42,000
MA & M.Com 6,000
M.Sc Psychology 8,000
M.Sc Computer Science 20,600
M.Sc Geography 11,800
B.A (all courses except Tourism and Travel Studies, Human Rights, Islamic Studies) and B.Com. 6,000
BBA 9,600
B.Sc. (Mathematics, Mathematics with Computer Application, Psychology, Geography) 9,000
B.Sc. Computer Science 28,200
BCA 24,000
PG Diploma in Information Technology Management 5,500
PG Diploma in Spoken English/ Mathematics/ Applied Mathematics 3,000
PG Diploma in Computer Applications/ Software Quality Management/ Information Security 9,000
Diploma in Management/ Databases 4,800
Diploma in Archaeology and Epigraphy/ Museology and Conservation 5,300
Diploma in Drama and Theatre Acting/ Data Sciences and Big Data Analytics/ Cloud Computing 10,000

Apart from the course fees, some of the Additional fees (in INR) are as follows-

Particulars Fee
Cost of Application 20
Mark Statement 100
Centre Fee 150
Provisional Certificate 150
Consolidated Mark Sheet 500
Late Fee (if applicable) 300
Fee per written paper

·         Undergraduate/ certificate/ diploma

·         Postgraduate/ PG diploma

·         MBA/ MCA/ M.Sc. Counselling/ P.G. Diploma in Counselling

·         MBA Hosp. Admin/ Ship & Log






Fee per practical paper

·         Undergraduate/ certificate/ diploma

·         Postgraduate/ PG diploma

·         MBA/ MCA/ M.Sc. Counselling/ P.G. Diploma in Counselling





Fee for submission of project/ dissertation

·         Undergraduate/ certificate/ diploma

·         Postgraduate/ PG diploma

·         MBA/ MCA/ M.Sc. Counselling/ P.G. Diploma in Counselling

·         MBA Hosp. Admin/ Ship & Log







For full fee details of all courses, refer to university prospectus at


Adidravidar and Tribal Welfare (ADW), SC / ST students pursuing distance education (formal stream) are eligible for reimbursement of the non-refundable fees if they are not employed and if the annual income of their parents does not exceed Rs 1,00,000/. Interested students should obtain required form from Offices of AdiDravidar/Tribal Welfare Department. Apply with this form and supporting information (applicant’s Savings Bank Account No., Name of the Bank, Branch, etc.) to the Director, SSSD, TNOU, after University fees are paid. Scholarship will be disbursed after due scrutiny by respective Government departments.

Differently-abled students pursuing a Programme at the University are eligible for tuition fee exemption. The candidate shall apply in the prescribed Application Form, for admission along with the core banking challan for Rs.300/- enclosing a copy of the disability certificate.


The eligibility criteria differ from course to course. The criteria for a few programs are mentioned below. For the complete details, refer to university prospectus at .

M.B.A, M.A all courses except Tamil and Islamic Studies, M.Sc. (Psychology and Geography) Graduate from any recognised university
M.C.A Graduate from any recognised university with mathematics in undergraduate/ +2 level
M.Sc. Counselling and Psychotherapy, Mathematics, Computer Science, Apparel and Fashion Design Graduate in respective fields
B.A, B.Com, BBA, BSW Social Work, B.Sc., BCA 10+2 or equivalent from recognised institution
PG Diploma in Information Technology Management, Spoken English, Software Quality Management, Computer Applications, Information Security, Gerontology, Child Rights & Child Protection Graduate from any recognised university
All diploma courses except management 10+2 from recognised institution


The university has been accorded approval by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

It has also been accredited by Distance Education Bureau [DEB], National Council for Teacher Education [NCTE], Rehabilitation Council of India [RCI]. It is a member of Association of Indian Universities (AIU). All its vocational programs have been made compliant with National Vocation Educational Qualification Network (NVEQN). It also has affiliations with Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU) and International Council for Distance and Open learning (ICDE).


The important dates for the academic batch for session 2015-16 were as follows-

Particular Last Dates
Last Date for submission of Admission forms 31st October
Last Date for submission of assignments 30th May
Last Date for submission of examination form 5th November (without a fine); 15th November (with fine of Rs. 300/-)

For the calendar batch, refer to the university prospectus available at


The university can be contacted via the following means-


The university has a dedicated placement cell. For registering with it, visit http://www.tnou.ac.in/placement-cell/ and fill the required form for receiving updates about opportunities.


The university has a vast network of study centres all over Tamil Nadu. Some of the study centres are as follows-

  • Mohammed Sathak College of Arts and Science, Chennai
  • Vazhikatti Mental Health Centre & Research Institute, Coimbatore
  • Karunakarya Community College, Kanchipuram
  • Sri SaiBharath College Of Arts And Science, Dindigul, Trichy
  • KodaiGrihini Community College, Kodaikanal
  • Abacus Computer College, Kanyakumari
  • Grace Community College, Nagercoil
  • Centre For Entrepreneurship Development, Tirupur
  • MorappurKongu College Of Arts And Science, Dharmapuri
  • Rural Development Institute, Mysore
  • Tnou Learning Resource Centre, Cuddalore

For the complete list of study centres, visit http://www.tnou.ac.in/sc/#1491479482385-a76c3971-3607

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