IGNOU MBA Admissions 2021-22 Fee Structure Prospectus Last Date

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Ignou MBA

Ignou MBA

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) was established in year 1985. It is the world’s largest university with 40 lakh students enrolled in it across 21 schools of studies and 67 regional centers, and with the help of 29 overseas partners.

IGNOU was established primarily to cater to the educational needs of students from marginalized and poor sections of the society. But today, the university also caters to those who drop out of formal education system and those working executives who want to reskill or upskill themselves.

Today, a degree from IGNOU is considered at par with full-time degree from other universities. It has found widespread acceptance in industry and academia.

Working professionals face a lot of challenges in pursuing their higher education. Open universities like IGNOU with a lot of flexibility and affordability in their course structure offer an excellent opportunity to complete education to these professionals.

IGNOU has been offering an MBA program in distance mode for many years. Recently the university also started offering an online MBA program. Students need to apply for distance and online MBA courses separately.

Latest Update

  • Registration for January 2023 sessions is on for ODL courses. Last date to apply is 31-January-2023. Visit https://ignouadmission.samarth.edu.in/ for registration. For programs offered in online mode, visit https://ignouiop.samarth.edu.in/
  • Openmat has been cancelled

Why MBA from IGNOU

AICTE Approved – While IGNOU is an autonomous university, its MBA program is approved by AICTE and is considered equivalent to any other full time course offered by other approved institutes.

Available anywhere in India – Unlike traditional universities that make it necessary to attend classes physically on the campus, IGNOU MBA course is available across India through various study centers.

Affordable Fee – Ignou being an open university, keeps its fee structure very affordable thus making it easy to students with financial constraints to pursue these courses.

IGNOU MBA Course Overview

MBA is offered by the school of management studies which was started in 1987. It offers 2 masters programs in management –

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Business Administration (Banking & Finance) (MPB)

IGNOU MBA is a 2 year program which can be completed in maximum 4 years.

The MBA program has 28 courses and students need not complete all of them. The final degree and specialization awarded to the student will depend on the number of IGNOU courses complete by her.

Get more details about IGNOU MBA Syllabus

IGNOU follows a modular approach. This means students can drop out before completing the full course. The degree awarded will depend on courses completed as show below.

Course Compulsory Subjects Electives
Diploma in management (DIM) MS-1, MS-2, MS-3 Only 2 out of MS-4, MS-5, MS-6, MS-7
Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGIDM) 1 course from MS-10, MS-91, MS-95 5 courses in a particular specialization
MBA MS-1 to MS-11, MS-95, MS-100, MS-91, 5 courses from a particular specialization Any one elective course out of MS-92,93,94,96,97

IGNOU allows you to complete the course at your convenience.

The MBA course can be completed in anywhere between 2 to 4 years.

MBA Courses Offered by IGNOU

Course Name Total Fee
Master of Business Administration (MBA) Rs. 58,000/-
Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management (PGDHRM) Rs.14,000/-
Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Management (PGDFM) Rs.14,000/-
Post Graduate Diploma in Operations Management (PGDOM) Rs.14,000/-
Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management (PGDMM) Rs.14,000/-
Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Markets Practice (PGDFMP) Rs.12,000/-

MBA Course plan

Semester Modules
1 Any five courses from MS-1 to MS-9 and MS-11
2 Rest of five courses from MS-1 to MS-9 and MS-11
  • Compulsory Courses MS-10, MS-95
  • Two specialization courses of your choice.
  • Project Course (MS-100) equivalent to 2 courses.
  • Compulsory Course MS-91
  • Three specialization courses from specialization stream opted in Semester-III and
  • Any one elective course out of MS-92, 93, 94, 96, 97

IGNOU MBA Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for IGNOU MBA, candidate should have a bachelor’s degree of minimum 3 years duration with minimum 50% marks for general category students and 45% marks for reserved category students. They also need to have 3 years of work experience.

From July 2022, openmat has been waived off.

The detailed eligibility criteria for the admission at IGNOU for distance MBA are as follows:

  1. Education – 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.
  2. Academic Score – CGPA should be more than eligibility percentage requirement.
  3. Age – The program entails no age restrictions.

Eligibility criteria for Master of Business Administration (Banking & Finance) (MPB)

To offer MBA education to banking professionals IGNOU has a specialized MBA program in collaboration with Indian Institute of Banking and Finance (IIBF)

  1. Candidate should be a member of Indian institute of bankers
  2. S/he should hold a graduate degree (no less than 3 years in duration) from a recognized university
  3. S/he should have passed CAIIB exam
  4. S/he should have at least 2 year’s of experience in banking and finance sector

IGNOU MBA Admission Procedure

To apply for IGNOU MBA students need to register on  https://ignouadmission.samarth.edu.in/. The registration for January 2023 intake is on.

For online MBA programs, students need to register on : https://ignouiop.samarth.edu.in/

From year 2022 ignou has waived off Openmat requirement. Students can apply directly without Openmat scores.

The admission process has 2 stages –

  • Stage 1 – Qualify Openmat Exam
  • Stage 2 – Apply for IGNOU MBA admission

Step 1 – Verify the eligibility

Start by verifying that you are eligible for the program. Please refer the details under Eligibility section.

Step 2 – Obtain the prospectus

The prospectus is available on the university website. There is a separate prospectus for MBA program. The website https://ignouadmission.samarth.edu.in/ also has a list of program along with their eligibility and other details.


Step 3 – Complete the Application Form and pay fees

Go to IGNOU admission website and click the New Registration button to start the online registration process.

Choose username and password. On submission, username will be sent to you by email and SMS.

Login and complete the rest of the registration process. Upload scanned copies of various supporting documents like Photo, signature, proof of age, experience certificate, educational qualifications, category (SC/ST/OBC) certificate and BPL (below poverty line) certificates.

The next step is to make an online fee payment. Payment can be made using credit card, debit card and netbanking.

The student can preview the form before submitting it.

IGNOU Course Schedule

IGNOU MBA Schedule

Fee Structure for IGNOU MBA 2023-2024

The total fee for IGNOU MBA 2023-24 course is Rs. 62,000/- which includes a fee of Rs.15,500 per semester.

The total fee structure for IGNOU MBA is Rs. 62,000/-

Course fee for each course Rs.2,000/-
Total Number of Courses 28
Total IGNOU MBA Fee (Year 2023-24) Rs.62,000/-
Exam Fee Per Course Rs.150
Openmat Registration Fee Rs.1000

The Fee for international students from the SAARC Countries is Rs. 3000/- per course, and Rs. 63, 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 in favor of IGNOU or also through Bank Challans at the designated India Bank and IDBI Bank Branches. Students need to mention their name, address and enrollment number at the back of the DD.

Besides the course fee, candidates are also required to Rs. 120 examination fee per course at the time of exams.

If student cancels the admission, fee will be refunded based on following rules –

Step Refund Amount
Before confirmation of admission Program fee is fully refunded.
Within 15 days of confirmation of admission Fee Refunded after deducting Rs.500/-
Within 16-90 days of confirmation of admission Fee Refunded after deducting Rs.1000/-
After 90 days of confirmation of admission No Refund

Exam form submission dates

IGNOU Exam Form Submission Dates

Other Fees

During the course of the program, candidate is required to pay fees related to various activities –

Examination Form Fee

Students need to pay exam fees based on when the form for a particular exam cycle is submitted.

Exam Cycle Semester Form Submitted between Fees
January To June Cycle 1-31st March Nil
1-30th April Rs.500
1-31st May Rs.1000
July To December Cycle 1-30th Sep Nil
1-31st Oct Rs.500
1-30th Nov Rs.1000

Project Course Fees

As part of the MBA program, candidates can take up the project course MS-100 to get acquainted with the various practical application of the managerial concepts. The course is considered to be equivalent to two courses and students need to pay Rs. 3,600 to get admitted into it.

Re-registration Fee

Fee of Rs.2,000 is to be paid if Student fails to complete a course within 4 semesters. Students are also required to pay the re-registration fee in case they decide to change the course.

Important Dates

Last date to apply for IGNOU MBA program January 2023 intake is 31st January 2023.

The following are the important dates in the timeline of admissions at IGNOU:

July Intake January Cycle
Submission of OPENMAT application form (Form 1) Exam Cancelled Exam Cancelled
Download Admit card online Exam Cancelled Exam Cancelled
Openmat Exam Exam Cancelled Exam Cancelled
Result Declaration Exam Cancelled Exam Cancelled
MBA Admission application dates August, 2022  31-January-2023

Also note that the dates shown above are tentative and IGNOU keeps changing deadlines every year. Kindly visit official website for the latest dates.

Openmat for the MBA Programs is held twice a year, and the student must complete and submit his applications in time to be eligible for admissions. Once the candidate clears the exams, s/he can take admission in any of the following 2 semesters.

Exams Month Admission Semesters
April First Semester in July Cycle or Second Semester in January Cycle next year
July First Semester in January Cycle next year or Second Semester in July next year

Study Material

Unlike a traditional university, open universities like IGNOU focus more on learners and deliver the course material through distance mode instead of face-to-face mode. The IGNOU MBA material will be delivered through following channels –

  • Printed Book – Study material is sent as printed booklets or e-books. These booklets are divided into blocks and units.
  • Audio-Visual Content – The university also provides additional material in audio-visual format. This material is played at learner support centers. The university also regularly runs programs on Doordarshan and All India Radio.
  • Counselling – Counselling sessions are conducted on Saturday and Sunday at the study centers. More details of counselling sessions conducted through radio and TV are available on university website. Students can also interact with faculty at the study centers and clarify their doubts.
  • eGyanKosh – This is a library of 2500 courses available online. The course is delivered in video format and is open to public at large.


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.

Distance MBA Specializations Offered

IGNOU offers Master of Business Administration (Banking & Finance) (MPB) besides a regular MBA program.

IGNOU offers a wide range of specializations in its regular MBA program, 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 (IT)
  • Retail
  • Textile
  • Services
  • Network Infrastructure
  • Marketing
  • HR
  • Finance
  • Production and Operations
  • Telecom Management
  • Approval

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.



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.

Study Centers

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Is IGNOU degree valid for MBA?

Yes IGNOU graduate degree is valid for MBA program from any AICTE/UGC recognized institute in India.

How to apply for MBA in IGNOU?

You need to appear for the OpenMAT exam which is held twice a year. Once you clear the exam you need to pay the course fee and submit the admission form.

Where to get IGNOU MBA prospectus?

You can get a pdf version of the form online on IGNOU website. You can also get it from the regional study centers. Please note that you need to pay Rs.1000 for the prospectus.

What is the eligibility criteria for IGNOU MBA course?

The candidates must have completed the graduation with 50% marks (45% for reserved category candidates). They also need to qualify Openmat exam. IGNOU also requires that candidate should have at least 3 years of relevant experience.

When is IGNOU openmat mba entrance examination?

The exam is conducted twice a year July and April. But the dates might vary from year to year.

What is the value of doing mba from IGNOU?

IGNOU is the largest open university in the world and it has earned quite a reputation in recent years. Many working executives working in banks and other government offices take up IGNOU courses to advance their career. Hence IGNOU courses have earned a wide acceptance in Indian corporate sector.

How much fees for mba in IGNOU?

IGNOU MBA costs Rs. 58,000. You might also need to pay additional fees for exams. IGNOU revises fee periodically. Please refer official brochure for latest updates.

Can I apply for Openmat exam offline?

No, the entire admission process is online.

Does IGNOU also provide placement after MBA?

IGNOU provides a distance MBA and hence does not provide an formal placement support. But IGNOU mba is recognized in the industry.


The exam is not as difficult as other MBA entrance tests like CAT, XAT, MAT or GMAT. With regular preparation students can easily clear the test. All those who clear the exam are eligible for admission.

What is the duration of the IGNOU MBA Program?

Generally, the MBA course can be completed in 2 years. Students can take maximum 5 years to complete the course.

What is the age limit to apply for IGNOU MBA?

There are no age restrictions. Anyone can apply so far other eligibility criteria are satisfied.

I am not an Indian. Can I apply for MBA offered by IGNOU?

Yes, many foreign students apply every year. Please refer the information brochure available on ignou site for more details.

Last Updated: 04-January-2023

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  •   posted   on 27/9/18

    Can you please tell me the process for the IGNOU admission?

    •   posted   on 28/9/18

      The process for admission into IGNOU is simple. You just have to buy the application form/prospectus from any authorized study centre of IGNOU. You can also download it from the official website. In case of of online, just fill it and send it to the IGNOU headquarter along with the application fee. For offline admission, just fill the form at the study centre and submit there with the application fee. But if you are interested in the IGNOU MBA program, you have to clear the OPENMAT Entrance test as well.

  •   posted   on 29/9/18

    I want to pursue MSc, do i have to give openmat?

    •   posted   on 29/9/18

      No, OPENMAT is only for students who are interested in MBA program. You just to just fill the form and submit it online or offline. Also, you need to have at least 50% in your bachelor’s degree (45% for SC/ST candidates).

  •   posted   on 30/9/18

    Where are the classes for IGNOU held?

    •   posted   on 30/9/18

      Being a distance education institute, no physical classes are provided. Study material and the required subject information will be sent to you by post. You just have to appear for the exams.

  •   posted   on 1/10/18

    What is the fee for the IGNOU MBA and can I pay it in installment or EMI?

    •   posted   on 1/10/18

      The fee for the IGNOU MBA program is around Rs 31,500 for the total course. No, there is no option of EMI or installment. Full fee needs to be paid at the time of admission.

  •   posted   on 1/10/18

    Is there a mininimum marks requirement for admisison into PG courses?

    •   posted   on 1/10/18

      Yes, for admission into the PG programs you need to have at least 50% in your bachelors degree (45% for reserved categories). Also, for MBA program you need to clear IGNOU’s OPENMAT Entrance Test.

  •   posted   on 1/10/18

    I am 30 years old with 5 years of experience will i get direct admission into the MBA course?

    •   posted   on 1/10/18

      There is no minimum and maximum age limit for admission into the MBA program, so you can apply. Though, you will be required to clear the OPENMAT Entrance test.

  •   posted   on 2/10/18

    I belong to the ST category, is there any scholarship i can get?

    •   posted   on 2/10/18

      Yes, you can get scholarship. IGNOU offers scholarship to SC, ST and OBC students. To be eligible the candidate needs to provide his/her caste certificate and the family income of the candidate should be below 3 lakhs per annum. Also, the institute offers scholarship to research students, irrespective of the caste.

  •   posted   on 2/10/18

    When can i give the openmat exam? Like when are the applications out?

    •   posted   on 2/10/18

      OPNMAT is conducted twice every year. The registration of OPENMAT XLIV closes around 2nd week of august and for OPENMAT XLV it is last week of December.

  •   posted   on 2/10/18

    I have scored 55% in my class 12th from CBSE, can i enroll into the b.com program. Do i have to give any entrace?

    •   posted   on 2/10/18

      No, you don’t have to appear for any entrance, you can directly take admission into the course.

  •   posted   on 3/10/18

    I want to get into the teacher line and thus want to pursue B.ed can you help me with the details?

    •   posted   on 3/10/18

      IGNOU offers a 2 year B.ed course. Below mentioned is the eligibility criteria for the course- at least fifty percent marks either in the Bachelor’s Degree and/or in the Master’s Degree in Sciences/Social Sciences/Commerce/Humanity. Bachelor’s in Engineering or Technology with specialization in Science and Mathematics with 55% marks or any other qualification equivalent thereto, and The following categories are eligible to be students of B.Ed. (ODL): Trained in-service teachers in elementary education. Candidates who have completed a NCTE recognized teacher education programme through face-to-face mode. A relaxation of 5% is provided to the reserved categories i.e SC/ST /OBC (Non-creamy)/PWD.

  •   posted   on 3/10/18

    I have completed my BCA with 62.7 % score from Regular college. How can i join the IGNOU MCA program?

    •   posted   on 3/10/18

      Yes, you can pursue MCA as you a bachelors in the similar discipline. Though, as per the official website, you need to have mathematics as a mandatory subject in your class 12th. If not, you have to clear a separate paper while pursuing the MCA course.

  •   posted   on 3/10/18

    Can i get placed after pursuing IGNOU MBA? Do they offers jobs?

    •   posted   on 3/10/18

      IGNOU has a dedicated placement cell i.e Campus Placement Cell. It organizes Job Fairs, as well as posts job opportunities on its official website.

  •   posted   on 4/10/18

    I want to pursue MBA in HR from IGNOU. What can i do?

    •   posted   on 4/10/18

      IGNOU offers 2 MBA program, one general and the other is specialization in Banking & Finance. The general MBA program has a unit/subject on Human Resource (MS-2), but it is restricted to certain content only. If you want to pursue Human Resource (HR) specifically, you can go ahead with Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource (PGDHR). It is a 1 year course and admission is provided post clearing OPENMAT.

  •   posted   on 4/10/18

    Can I pursue MBA from this institute. I just turned 36?

    •   posted   on 4/10/18

      Yes, you can pursue Distance MBA from IGNOU. There is no minimum or maximum age requirement for this course.

  •   posted   on 27/5/19

    How to apply for IGNOU MBA?

    •   posted   on 27/5/19

      Please refer "IGNOU MBA Admission Procedure" section above

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