Distance Learning Mba in Kolkata in 2022

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Why should one opt for a Distance MBA from Kolkata?

Kolkata is by far the most important hub for education in Eastern India, owing to its metropolitan nature. Also being the capital of West Bengal, it is a primary location and houses various institutions and Universities.

Below is a list of top Distance Education Institutes in Kolkata –

Institute Degree/Diploma Duration
IGNOU MBA MBA 2.6 years
Suresh Gyan Vihar University Distance Education(SGVUDE), Esplanade MBA 2 years
Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad University of Technology, Salt Lake City MBA 2 years
Amity Directorate of Distance and Online Education, Kadampukur MBA 2 years
Sikkim Manipal University DDE MBA 2 years
Symbiosis Centre of Distance learning, Salt Lake City PGDM 2 years
Institute of Management Technology (IMT CDL), Diamond Harbour Road PGDM 2 years
Netaji Subhas Open University (NSOU) PGDM 1 year

Other Institutes providing Distance Education MBA/PGDM courses are-

  • Vision Institute of Professional Studies, Santoshpur
  • IAS Academy, Jodhpur Park
  • Mahatma Gandhi University
  • Indian School of Business Management and Administration
  • Annex College, Salt Lake City


The city is home to important universities such as the Alliah University, University of Calcutta, Jadavpur University, Indian Institute of Management Kolkata, IISER (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research) Kolkata, and the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI). Netaji Subhas Open University (NSOU) in Kolkata is another university that is well known for its Post Graduate Diploma courses.


The below-mentioned institutes providing Distance Education in Kolkata are approved by UGC – Distance Education Council-

  • Suresh Gyan Vihar University Distance Education(SGVUDE)
  • Amity Directorate of Distance and Online Education
  • Carreograph Institute of Management Studies
  • Symbiosis Centre of Distance learning
  • Sikkim Manipal University DDE
  • ICFAI Distance MBA

Indira Gandhi Open University is also recognized by the AIU (Association of Indian Universities). The distance MBA and MCA programs are approved by the AICTE.

Carreograph Institute of Management Studies offers Distance MBA courses in affiliation to Vidyasagar University and Pondicherry University, which has its courses approved and accredited by the UGC – Distance Education Council.

Netaji Subhas Open University in Kolkata is another university that is well known for its Post Graduate Diploma courses. These courses are approved by Distance Education Council.

Further, Burdwan University Distance Education is also approved by the UGC and is recognized by the DEC. ICFAI has major regional centers in Kolkata which offer UGC approved courses. Kolkata also has various institutes that offer distance courses from other national open distance education universities.

Eligibility Criteria

The common Distance MBA eligibility criteria across all the institutes are as follows-

  • A Graduation degree with minimum 50% marks from a recognized University (10+2+3/4 system).
  • Scores of National and state level management entrance exams like CAT/MAT/XAT etc are accepted for most distance MBA courses. Burdwan University also conducts its own entrance test.
  • There is no age limit.
  • Some courses might a require candidate to have relevant experience in the industry.

NOTE- Some institutes provide a relaxation of 5% to candidates belonging to reserved categories. Some even accept students with just passing marks in graduation degree.

IGNOU conducts its own entrance exam namely OPENMAT Entrance Test. It is conducted twice; in August and February. For admission into the Banking and Finance specialization, the university has a different eligibility criterion. Check out the IGNOU Distance MBA page to know more.

Netaji Subhas Open University requires its students to be a graduate with a minimum aggregate of 50% to be eligible for the Distance MBA course.

Burdwan University conducts separate entrance test for the candidates who do not have a valid score in any of the Management Aptitude Tests.

Fee Structure

The fee of the Distance MBA programs is affordable in comparison to the regular MBA programs. For the ease of the aspirants, we have listed the fee structure of top Distance MBA Institutes in Kolkata.

Institute Duration Fee (Rs) Installment Option
Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning 2 years 37,000 YES
NMIMS Global Access School for Continuing Education 2 Years 83,000 YES
IMT- Centre for Distance Education 2 Years 88,000 YES
IGNOU 2 Years 31,500 NO
Burdwan University 2 Years 60,000 NO
Indian School of Business Management and Administration 2 Years 23,900 NO
Netaji Subhas Open University (NSOU) 1 Year 9,000 NO
Sikkim Manipal University DDE 2 Years 80,000 YES


  1. The above fee does not include admission fee, examination fee, study material fee, GST Charges etc.
  2. The candidates should keep in mind the maximum duration in which the course can be completed.

Specializations Offered

Below is a list of specializations offered by the Distance Education Institutes in Kolkata-

Institute Specializations
  • Post Graduate Diploma in-
  • General
  • Health Management
  • Financial Management
  • Hospital Administration
  • HR
  • Operations MBA
  • Marketing MBA
  • PGDM (1-yr)
  • 3-months (Executive)
  • PGDBA (1-yr)
Burdwan University
  • Financial Management
  • Marketing
  • HR MBA
  • Operations
  • Risk Management

Admission Process

Selection Criterion

The admission into most of the MBA/PGDM distance courses requires an undergraduate degree from a recognized university.

IGNOU, one of the most prestigious distance education institutes in India; accepts scores of its self-conducted entrance exam i.e OPENMAT. If the student fulfills all the required eligibility criteria, s/he needs to apply online or offline. For the offline process, the student needs to fill up the application form and send it to the university along with a DD. Once admitted, the student will receive admission details along with course material.

Burdwan University also conducts its own entrance test besides accepting MAT/CAT/CMAT and XAT scores. Qualified students need to appear for GD / PI.


The admissions into the Distance MBA programs are usually into multiple cycles. Candidates can get admitted into the program of their interest at any time before the session starts.

Institute Name Admission Cycle
IGNOU January and July
SCDL Across the year
Sikkim Manipal University (SMUDE) April
Institute of Management and Technology (IMT-CDL) January and July
ICFAI University Across the year
NMIMS March and September
Burdwan University June/July


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