What is IGNOU MBA – Things to know about IGNOU MBA

MBA Students GraduatingCongratulations on your decision to choose IGNOU MBA as your Masters program in business administration.

Getting an MBA has a lot of advantages and would be a boost to your career and eventually your living standards.

Acquiring an MBA is made a lot easier by distance learning and correspondence method. It becomes even special when it is offered by the largest university in the world, IGNOU.

Indira Gandhi National Open University was established in 1985 to provide quality higher education to all sections of the society and is rightly called “The People’s University” in its slogan. Today It serves over 4 million students through its 67 regional centers both in India and Overseas.

IGNOU offers academic programs in a variety of disciplines and are quite easily accessible, thereby making it a favorite choice distance university among distance education seekers.

IGNOU is recognized by the University Grants Commission(UGC) and is a member of Association of Indian Universities (AIU).IGNOU’s Distance Education Council (DEC) is responsible for maintaining and regulating Open Distance Learning System (ODL) system in the country.

IGNOU MBA Course Details

IGNOU MBA is recognized by AICTE and is ranked among the top distance learning MBA programs.It is also an immensely popular course offered by IGNOU.

→IGNOU MBA Course Structure

The IGNOU MBA program consists of a total of 21 courses (Papers), upon the successful completion of these 21 courses, the student is awarded an MBA Degree.

→Course Duration

Min. Duration: 2.6 Years
Max. Duration: 8 Years

IGNOU MBA has a minimum course duration of 2.6 years and a maximum of 8 years.i.e., the course needs to be completed only within 8 years of admission, which adds flexibility to the management program.

→Medium of Learning

Like other IGNOU programs, IGNOU MBA is also  offered through the Distance Learning / Correspondence scheme. Thanks to the advancements in the communication technologies, IGNOU uses a variety of modern technology aids like Audio Visual aidsInteractive Radio CounselingTV Broadcast (Gyan Darshan), Printed Material …etc. to deliver study materials to the students.

Counseling sessions for IGNOU distance learning are also held in the regional study centers on a schedule that is drawn beforehand and is held in the Weekends (Saturdays & Sundays).

→IGNOU MBA Fee Structure

The fees for IGNOU MBA is quite feasible and affordable compared to other programs.

Fee Per Course: Rs. 1000
Total Course Fee: Rs. 21,000 (Rs. 1000 x 21 Courses)

→Eligibility For Admission To IGNOU MBA Program

Age Restrictions: There is no age bar. You can pursue your MBA dreams at any age.

Qualifications Required:

1.Graduation in any discipline with 50% marks for general category and 45% for reserved category.3 years supervisory/managerial/professional experience after qualification is also required


Professional Degree in any of the following streams with 50% marks:

Medicine/Engineering/Law/Chartered Accountancy (ICAI)/ Cost and Works Accountancy(ICWAI)/ Chartered Secretary-ship (ICSI), and .

2.Successful Clearance of OPENMAT MBA Entrance Test Conducted by IGNOU.

Advantages of IGNOU MBA

There are many advantages for an MBA from IGNOU, some of them are listed below:


IGNOU is the top body in India for distance education (DEC) and is responsible for the distance learning system in India. So naturally there will be a quality and authority for an IGNOU MBA degree.


You can work and study at the same time.This flexibility is very much helpful for working professionals, who wish to boost their career with an added advantage of an MBA degree.It is also suitable for graduates who wish to kick start their career without spending 2 years on a regular MBA degree.


You can learn whenever you want no matter wherever you are.You can also learn at your own pace.All you need to do is complete the program within the long span of 8 years (but it is recommended that you take it enthusiastically and try to finish it within the minimum duration of 2 years) .

→Less Costly

You can save money since IGNOU MBA is less costly compared to conventional MBA programs and other competing distance education programs. It is the best option for students who can not afford to a regular MBA program.

→Availability of Resources

The resources of IGNOU MBA are easily available and accessible both online and offline. This makes learning an easy experience.

How To Get IGNOU MBA Degree

Now that you know all the basic information regarding MBA program offered by IGNOU, including the advantages, let’s look how to actually get one by securing admission to IGNOU MBA.


IGNOU conducts OPENMAT (Open Management Aptitude Test) twice every year for admission to IGNOU Management Programs including IGNOU MBA. OPENMAT exams usually are conducted in February and August every year.

The admissions to management programs are open twice a year.Candidates qualifying the OPENMAT are eligible to secure admission in any of the two subsequent admission openings.

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