IGNOU MBA Course – Everything You Should Know.

Well, you’ve decided to get an IGNOU MBA degree. Congratulations! you are at the right place for information about the distance learning MBA programs of IGNOU.

Getting an MBA has a lot of advantages and would be a boost to your career and can even be the life changing experience that you’ve always wanted.It 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. The Master of Business Administration degree from IGNOU is highly ranked and very much in demand among the distance MBA programs available in India.

How to Get Distance MBA from IGNOU

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What is IGNOU MBA? Course Description

Distance Education MBA from IGNOU is the Master of Business Administration  programme offered by Indira Gandhi National Open University. Its mode of study is the Open Distance Learning method, in which candidates learn using the study materials provided and using the prescribed syllabus and write the exams of IGNOU. Class room presence is not required or is nil here. While the distance learning method has its own advantages, it has its fair share of disadvantages too, nevertheless it is becoming more and more popular in the recent times.

It  is approved by the AICTE and is recognised by the UGC. It is also approved by the Distance Education Council, which is the premier body for regulating distance education in India.

Types of MBA offered by IGNOU

IGNOU is provides a lot of options to the MBA aspirants by providing different specialization MBAs.

Course Structure

The MBA program primarily consists of 21 courses (or you can call them papers),  which include the compulsory papers, electives and the project (which is equivalent to 2 papers).

Course Duration

Minimum Duration: 2.5 years
Maximum Duration: 8 years

You can complete the course within the minimum duration of 2.5 years,  but you have the time upto 8 years to complete your MBA. This is where MBA from IGNOU truly becomes flexible, if you are working presently and do not have the time to do a regular MBA then this can be your option. You can complete it taking  your own time, may be  3 years or so. But it is advised that you complete the course within the minimum duration.

IGNOU MBA Fee Structure

The total course fee is Rs. 31,500 which is distributed for the 21 courses. This gives a fee of Rs.1500 per course.

Fee Per Course(paper)= Rs.1500
Number of Courses=21

Total Fees = Rs.1500 x 21 = Rs. 31,500

The tuition fee of IGNOU is very low and affordable comparing with the other institutes in India offering Distance learning MBA programmes.

How Learning/Studying is Done

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).

Eligibility Criterion

Well now you have to check if you are eligible for doing MBA from IGNOU, the following are the eligibility criterion for admission. You should fulfill the requirements in order to be eligible.

  1. You should be a graduate holding  bachelors degree in any fields from a university recognised by IGNOU. Your marks for graduation should be a minimum of 50% if you belong to the general category. If you are of the reserved category then you need to have only 45% marks for graduation. You should also have at least 3 years experience after graduation in professional or managerial or supervisory roles.OR

    You should be a holder of a professional degree  in

    • Law
    • Medicine
    • Engineering
    • Chartered Accountancy
    • Cost and Works Accountancy
    • Chartered Secretaryship

    Your marks obtained in the professional degree course must be at least 50%.

  2.  You should Qualify in the OPENMAT Entrance examinations conducted by IGNOU.
  3. There is no age restriction for admission, so its never late for you to get an MBA from IGNOU.

Who Should Consider Doing this Course

You should consider doing distance MBA from IGNOU if you belong to the following:

  1. Working Graduates
  2. Executives
  3. Freshers (who are campus placed)
  4. People who don’t have time to attend the regular classes

Since the distance MBA program does not require you to attend classes, if you are having low time to do a regular course then this would be the best option available in front of you.

Foreign Students  can also pursue the course if you have student visa that is valid for the duration of your course.

OPENMAT Entrance Test for Admission to MBA

IGNOU conducts OPENMAT entrance examinations for admission to various management programs including MBA offered by its School Of Management Studies (SOMS). OPENMAT exams are conducted twice every year usually in the months of February and August. The aim of the OPENMAT test is to check your :

  • General Awareness
  • English Language
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • Reasoning

The OPENMAT test is objective in nature and you will be required to answer OMR sheets for multiple choice questions.

Why You Should Consider Doing an MBA From IGNOU

Why should you choose MBA from IGNOU?

We have compiled a list of advantages of getting an MBA degree through IGNOU.

  1. Freedom of Movement: You can be anywhere and learn from any where as long as you are attending the examinations and submitting your assignments.
  2. Low Cost: The IGNOU MBA course is very inexpensive compared to the other distance MBA programmes and very cheap if comparing to a regular MBA course.
  3. Not Time Bound: You are free to carry on with whatever you were doing ( may be a job, or any other engagement) along with your studies in MBA

How To Get Admission For IGNOU MBA

IGNOU MBA Admission Procedure Infographic

In this section we will explain the step by step procedure on how to obtain the admission for doing distance MBA in IGNOU.

Step 1: Check if You are eligible or Not. The eligibility criterion are given here.

Step 2: Download or Get the prospectus for Management programmes of IGNOU from the official website 0r IGNOU regional centres.

Step 3: Fill in the Application form (Form 1) for OPENMAT exam, which is the entrance test for IGNOU MBA and various other management programmes. The Form 1 comes along with the prospectus.Send the filled in application form to the IGNOU Headquarters in such a way that it reaches there on or before the last date of submission of the application forms.

Step 4: Study, prepare and attend the OPENMAT Exams

Step 5. If you are qualified in the OPENMAT test, congratulations!  Now you can apply for admission to MBA course from IGNOU by using the Form 2 which came along with the prospectus. Send the filled application form for admission along with the required documents to the Regional Director of the region of IGNOU under which you are currently living.

NB: Please keep a photocopy of the applications that you send to IGNOU, this can be used in case if required.

You can also watch this video on how to take admission:



If you have fulfilled all the Eligibility Criterion and also qualified for OPENMAT exam, then there is nothing that stops you from obtaining your dream MBA from IGNOU.

When Can You Take Admission To IGNOU

Admissions to IGNOU MBA take place twice every  year usually during January and July months. You can find the correct dates of admission in 2014 here and for 2015 here.

Alternatives To Distance MBA from IGNOU

There are many private as well as government universities that provide MBA in the distance learning mode. They include Sikkim Manipal University Distance Education, Symbiosis Center For Distance Learning etc.You can find the best alternatives to IGNOU here.

Last Updated on 3/07/2014