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IGNOU Distance MBA Program OpenMAT, Syllabus, Fee Structure and Admissions

Introduction

  • Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) School of Management Studies (SOMS) provides students across the world access to its distance learning MBA education program.
  • The Correspondence MBA school of IGNOU became operational for admission in the year 1987. At that time, it used to award just one pilot program – i.e. Diploma in distance learning  MBA education. It has now evolved into offering more than 10 programs comprising of 50 courses or more for students.
  • Not only does it cater to education in India, but also in Africa. In terms of scale, IGNOU MBA has a vast presence and one of the highest number of students across the globe.
  • It is a Central University.

Courses at IGNOU  

  • Master’s Degree
    • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Doctoral Degree
    • Doctor of Philosophy in Management (Ph.D. (M))
  • PG and Advance Diploma
    • Postgraduate Diploma in Management (PGDIM)
    • Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Management (PGDFM)
    • Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management (PGDHRM)
    • Postgraduate Diploma in Operations Management (PGDOM)
    • Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing Management (PGDMM)
    • Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Markets Practice (PGDFMP)
    • Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Research in Management (PGDTRM)
  • Diploma
    • Diploma in Management (DIM)
  • Certificate
    • Certificate in Entrepreneurship (CIE)
    • Certificate in NGO Management (CNM)
  • Note that even though a lot of postgraduate programs are being offered by IGNOU, only one course is actually a real MBA degree. Students can opt for other IGNOU courses which are in the postgraduate domain; however, one should note that technically, these are not equivalent to the normal MBA.

Details of Course

  • Duration: 2.5 years
  • Maximum duration to complete course: 8 years
  • Eligibility Criteria: 
    • Graduation in any discipline with 50% marks for general category and 45% for the reserved category with 3 years managerial/supervisory/professional experience                 OR
    • Professional Degree with 50% marks in Engineering/ Medicine/ Chartered Accountancy (ICAI)/ Cost and Works Accountancy(ICWAI)/ Chartered Secretaryship (ICSI), and Law
    • Clear OPENMAT conducted by IGNOU.
    • There is no age bar
  • Medium: English
  • Specializations offered
    • Financial Management
    • Marketing Management
    • Human Resource Management
    • Operations Management
    • Financial Markets Practice

IGNOU Distance MBA Fee

The fees to pursue IGNOU MBA course is INR 37,800.

IGNOU Accreditation Status

IGNOU is accredited by the central government. You are eligible to apply for CAT too.

Pertinent Information Regarding IGNOU course

The MBA course consists of 21 courses in total. These courses combine PGDIM, specialization courses, compulsory courses, and project courses. It is very important that students should only opt for the courses which are available during that particular year. The courses within each keep changing every year and it may lead to complications at a later stage.

Openmat Preparation

Open is the test conducted by IGNOU before you can start with your MBA education. It’s not that tough a paper but you may want to prepare for it sincerely. There are not that many books on this topic but here is one book you can refer to.

The exam consists of four sections:

  • Mathematics or Quant – 50 questions
  • English – 50 questions
  • Reasoning – 70 questions
  • General awareness – 30 questions

Total Questions – 200 and time for solving the paper is 180 minutes, The Openmat test form can be downloaded here – Link.

  • Download Openmat previous year paper over here. Enjoy :)

How to Apply

  • For students who want to make it to the IGNOU MBA course, there is an entrance test which needs to be cleared first. If a student has taken any national level aptitude test for MBA such as CAT, then he might be exempted based on a certain level of marks. These may be determined each year depending on the proclivity of the IGNOU authorities.
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q1: Should I prefer IGNOU Distance MBA over the regular MBA Program?

Ans: It totally depends on your situation. If you believe that it would be difficult for you to follow a fixed schedule of MBA, then a Distance MBA program would be a good option for you as it provides you great flexibility.

  • Q2: What is the duration of the IGNOU Distance MBA Program?

Ans: Its normal duration in 2.5 years. The maximum duration to complete this program is 8 years. 

  • Q3: What is the placement scenario at IGNOU?

Ans: In order to be a part of the IGNOU MBA course, you should pass an entrance test. If a student has taken any national level aptitude test for MBA such as CAT, then he might be exempted based on a certain level of marks.

  • Q4: What is the eligibility criteria of the IGNOU Distance MBA Program?

Ans: You should have a professional graduation degree with 50% marks for general category and 45% for the reserved category with 3 years managerial/supervisory/professional experience. Besides that, you should clear OPENMAT conducted by IGNOU.

  • Q5: What is the maximum age limit for this MBA program?

Ans: There is no age bar for the IGNOU Distance MBA Program. Everyone can enroll in this program without any age restrictions. 

  • Q6: Can OpenMAT be taken online?

Ans: To the best of our knowledge, no.

  • Q7: OpenMAT fee structure? 

Ans: Yes, you have to pay a nominal fee for taking the exam

  • Q8: Once the exam is cleared, what is the process for admission?

Ans: You will be enrolled in that years’ batch and would have to apply for admit card etc to appear for the exam. Note that you would be required to pay the overall fee before you can take the exams.

  • Q9: How many times does IGNOU conduct examinations for distance MBA in a year?

Ans: Two times (June and December)

  • Q10: Can international candidates apply for distance MBA at the institution?

Ans: Yes, the program is open to international students

  • Q11: Are there age limitations for distance MBA?

Ans: No, there is no maximum age requirement

  • Q12: Can I discontinue my studies if I am unable to continue paying the school fee?

Ans: Yes, students are allowed to discontinue their studies. However, if they intend to continue with the study in the future, they should apply for a deferral instead.

Also, the institution can allow students, who are unable to complete the entire course, to complete only 5 courses in a particular area of specialization alongside one other mandatory course. Once achieved, the student will be awarded Post Graduate Diploma in that specific specialization

  • Q13: When does the learner become eligible for obtaining the final degree?

Ans: Students must complete all the practicals, assignments, projects, theory papers, and other evaluation techniques that the lecturer may deem fit

  • Q14: Will I get a provisional certificate after completing my studies?

Ans: Yes, students are provided with a provisional certificate as they await for the conferment of degree during the institution’s convocation ceremony. The provisional certificate is certified and can be presented to any employer

  • Q15: What are the requirements for undertaking a distance MBA exam at IGNOU?

Ans: All students must have attended a minimum of 75% of all the lectures. Additionally, students will only be allowed to sit for the exams only after clearing all the fee balances

  • Q16: I missed the deadline for distance MBA application, can I ask for special consideration?

Ans: No, once the admission portal is closed, candidates must wait for the next intake. IGNOU has two admission schedules (January and December)

  • Q17: Is IGNOU distance MBA recognized?

Ans: Yes, IGNOU is a central university that was established through an Act of Parliament in 1985. It is approved by AICTE and AIU 

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sagar kumar

I am a working personnel and completed BE in 2017.
I want to do distance MBA from IGNOU in operation.
is it compulsory OPENMAT exam for distance MBA?
update in detail about the admission process, fee structure, duration and study center in Vishakhapatnam.

Vaishali

Is it compulsory to have experience

Kumar Nilanchal

Entrance examination is must pass out to admitted

Neelam Rawat

Is 50% a compulsory requirement?

Vishal Guleria

Do I need to attend classes or can I just appear in the exams?

Maahi

Is 50%a compulsory requirement after pg???

Adhira

How are the study materials provided and are any online classes conducted??

Shivansh

Exams during mba are conducted online or offline??
I mean do I need to come to new delhi to give the exams??

sagar kumar

I am a working personnel and completed BE in 2017.
I want to do distance MBA from IGNOU in operation.
is it compulsory OPENMAT exam for distance MBA?
update in detail about the admission process, fee structure, duration and study center in Vishakhapatnam.

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Hector M
Reply to  sagar kumar

Yes, its compulsory.

All details are mentioned in the article.

Vaishali

Is it compulsory to have experience

Admin
Hector M
Reply to  Vaishali

Yes

Kumar Nilanchal

Entrance examination is must pass out to admitted

Admin
Hector M

yes

Neelam Rawat

Is 50% a compulsory requirement?

Admin
Hector M
Reply to  Neelam Rawat

yes

Vishal Guleria

Do I need to attend classes or can I just appear in the exams?

Admin
Hector M
Reply to  Vishal Guleria

The latter

Nikita Singh
Reply to  Vishal Guleria

I graduated form Guwahati university B. A major in philosophy with 45% marks can i apply? or Hv to give entrance at ignou?

Maahi

Is 50%a compulsory requirement after pg???

Adhira

How are the study materials provided and are any online classes conducted??

Shivansh

Exams during mba are conducted online or offline??
I mean do I need to come to new delhi to give the exams??

Admin
Hector M
Reply to  Shivansh

Ignou has a lot of regional centers and exams are conducted offline. You can most probably give an exam in any city wherein IGNOU has a center.

Gireesh K V

I’m a b.tech civil engineer, i would like to join with you for an online MBA course.
Please reply the required documents and certificates for join the course.

preeti

the degree provided by IGNOU is valid in foreign country collages

Shan

Good afternoon I just want to know about the fee structure of MBA in education

Rakesh kumar singh

SIR I AM IN JOB . SO I WANT MBA FROM DISTANCE

Amit Sarnekar

I have cleared my graduation with 72% in b. Com and also completed m. Com and I am working in C. A firm as audit assistant. so I am eligible for the MBA course or not?

Pritam

Sir,

Please guide me, I have been completed my graduation 2009 and exeperience 9 + yers in accounting.
I have below percentage of 50% and belongs to general catagory.

Please let me konw i am eligible for take admission in MBA from ignou.

Thanks

Rohit Bose

i graduated form Calcutta university B. com hons with 42% can i apply? or Hv to give entrance xm at ignou?

Shruti

I m BA graduate with 42% marks m i eligible for mba Or not??

sanjana

how can i take admission is it compulsory to come over there

Anurag

Is there compulsory experience in above mentioned stream or not ?

Sreekala

Please let me know about MBA in education distance mode

RUMI SEN

I am a LLB Graduate.I want to do MBA by Distance mode with HR Specialization.Where will I contact and when?

Subir Chatterjee

My daughter has passed MA in History from RBU of West Bengal in 2019 ,now she has been working in a private firm as data entry operator ,and has become interested to study MBA in IGNU in HR, what procedure she has to be followed,plz advice me,as I am deeply worried thinking of her future

Deepti Tanwar

Is there any job experience is necessary for applying MBA from ignou?

Basavaraj bellunki

MBA program information distance

Basavaraj bellunki

MBA program information

Khushipal

I have completed my graduation with 48% bcom…m i eligible for mba distance or. Not

Bhawna

I am general category student and i am ba graduat with 46 percent marks am i eligible for mba admissions are not

Shreasi Roy Biswas

I graduated form burdwan university B. A with 45% marks can i apply? or Hv to give entrance at ignou?

Kavita

I have completed my graduation with bcom from du with 49.40%marks .can i eligible for mba distance or not?

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