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IGNOU Admission 2024 (Jan Session): Last Date, Application Form, Eligibility, Status, Re-Registration

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Q:   What is the last date to apply for IGNOU admission 2024?


IGNOU 2024 registration window for the Jan 2024 session is open. Tabulated below are some of the important events along with the dates:

Jan 2024 re-registrations10 Mar '24
Last date for IGNOU Jan '24 application submission10 Mar '24

Q:   What should I do after taking online admission in IGNOU?


Here are few things that students will recieve after taking admission in IGNOU:

  • Once a students get admission into IGNOU, he or she will recieve the enrollment number and ID for future login to the samarth portal of the university.
  • Based on the choice made by the candidate while filling the application form, he or she will then recieve the study material. Soft copy is available on the official website of the university. 
  • Registered students also recieve a mail from the regional or study centre for counselling. It is an induction ceremony where the course is introduced to the students.
  • A schedule of classes is also shared through mail. For any query regarding classes, students must contact their study centre.

Q:   What is the IGNOU admission process for an international student?


IGNOU offers only very selective programmes to international students through its overseas partner institutes. These partner institutes render student support services to such students. Such students aspiring to pursue IGNOU programmes must contact the concerned partner institute in their vicinity and fill out the admission form along with the requisite fees within the stipulated time. Click here to view the list of partner institutes along with their contact details.


Q:   Are there any scholarships available for IGNOU students?


IGNOU Scholarship 2023 application forms are currently open and the last date to apply for IGNOU Scholarships is October 22, 2023. Students who belong to reserved categories, such as SC or ST categories and those who are physically challenged can apply online on the official web portal of the university. Beyond the reserved categories, IGNOU scholarships are also awarded to Jail Inmates and Economically Weaker students, weaver community students and transgender in the form of tuition fee While thousands of students apply for the IGNOU scholarship, every year, the selection is on first-come-first-serve basis.


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IGNOU Application Process 2024

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Q:   How do I apply for admission in IGNOU?


The application process for IGNOU is completely online. Candidates willing to apply must visit the official website and apply. A step-by-step process of filling IGNOU registration form is as follows:

Step 1: Visit the official website of IGNOU. Click on 'Register Online' and then on 'Fresh Admission'.

Step 2: In the next window, select ' Click here for New Registration'.

Step 3: Register online by adding all the required details. 

Step 4: Log in using the credentials created during the registration process, fill out the form, pay the application fee and submit it.


Q:   How can I take admission to IGNOU after the last date of registration?

If you missed the last date of registration for admission to IGNOU you can still apply for admission through the "late admission" process. IGNOU offers a provision for late admission with a late fee, which allows students to apply for admission even after the last date has passed. To apply for late admission to IGNOU you can follow these steps: 1. Visit the official website of IGNOU and go to the "Admissions" section. 2. Click on the "Late Admissions" link and read the instructions carefully. 3. Select the programme that you wish to apply for and fill in the required details in the online application form. 4. Pay the admission fee and late fee online through the available payment modes. 5. Upload the required documents and submit the application form. After submitting the application form, you will receive a confirmation message or email from IGNOU. You can also check the status of your application by logging in to your IGNOU account. It is important to note that the late admission process is usually open for a limited time and seats may be limited. Therefore, it is recommended to apply for admission as soon as possible after the last date has passed to avoid missing out on the opportunity to enroll in your desired programme.

Q:   How can I apply for the Term End Exam (TEE) of IGNOU?


The Jun 2023 Term-End Examinations of IGNOU will commence from Jun 1 and will conclude on Jul 6. The online link for submission of the IGNOU exam form by the students for Jun' 2023 TEE was open till May 10 and  the schedule and necessary instructions/guidelines thereof are also out. The students were able to submit the IGNOU online examination form accordingly. This last date if IGNOU exam form submission was with a late fee of INR 1,100.


Q:   What is the procedure for admission to BTech at IGNOU?


The aspirant can apply for the course in any of the two admission cycles that are in January or July. The authority for this degree or programme comes under the School of Engineering and Technology that is SOET (IGNOU). The aspirant can apply through both online that is on the official website and offline mode for admission that is by collecting the form from any regional centre of IGNOU. Thus, the procedure for admission is a simple walk-in process. IGNOU BTech registration form is open for IGNOU courses till the last date as specific officially on the website, To get registration, collect the IGNOU registration form from a nearby regional center and fill up the registration form and submit it to your nearest regional center.


IGNOU Admission Status 2024

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Q:   How does the distance education through IGNOU work? How is the submission of assignments done and how are the semester and exams conducted?


Once you get admission in IGNOU in distance education, students have to submit assignments, appear for term end exam and if required submit practical file. 

  • Assignments: Students can check the assignment on the official website of IGNOU as per their year of admission. Students have to submit the assignment within the specified time to their designated study centre. Some study centre might accept online submission. However, it is advised to submit a hard copy as well. Assignment has weightage of 30%.
  • Term End Exam: Term End Exam are conducted two times a year-one in December and other in June. Candidates can check the datesheet for the same on the official website of IGNOU.

Q:   How many days does it take to confirm IGNOU's admission status? I want to know this.


Candidates who have filled out their IGNOU applciation form 2024 can check IGNOU admission status 2024 by visiting the official website of the university, i.e., ignou.ac.in. The status can be verified for both fresh applicants and students who have applied for re-registration here. Apart from checking the same online, IGNOU admission status can also be confirmed by the candidates by waiting for two months (from the time of application submission) to receive a confirmation email or text message from IGNOU informing them about the same.

Q:   Who should I contact after the successful submission of IGNOU application form?


Once the application form is submitted successfully, it will be scrutinised by IGNOU admission authorities. If it fulfils the eligibility criteria, candidates will receive a confirmation on the registered email address. If a deficiency is found in the application, a communication is sent via IGNOU informing the candidates about the discrepancy. After the successful processing of the form, the University will provide further information concerning confirmation of admission, allotment of the study centre and other details for induction, etc. in due course of time.


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Companies like IBM, Cisco, Wipro, Tata, etc., visit our college to recruit the students who pass with a good academics score.
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At last, I can say that it is very difficult to get a job with a degree from our college without any other degree or experience.
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I am fully dissatisfied with IGNOU.
Placements: I was pursuing Bachelor of commerce in general. I have got no information regarding placement cell. Infact, I have not met with batchmates during my course. No mail/message has been sent from IGNOU for the placement purpose. Those who want to get placement, I would not recommend IGNOU for the same.
Infrastructure: I have not attended classes because not getting proper mail/message from IGNOU for the class. They used to conduct classes on the other colleges which is mostly connected with IGNOU. There is no Wi-Fi facility, and library availability to IGNOU students. I am not aware about the games, sports and medical facilities .
Faculty: I have not integrated with teachers. I could not say, that teachers are helpful, qualified, and knowledgeable. I may say that teachers are in a hurry to complete the syllabus as soon as possible. Teachers mostly gave overview of the chapters but not explain the chapters or lessons completely or in deep.
Other: I would recommend that please provide classes on time to the students. Please provide library and sports facility to the IGNOU students. Good part of IGNOU is that it provides scholarship to the students on the basis of some criteria.
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Online Bachelor of Computer Applications (BCAOL) - Batch of 2024
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College campus is the best .
Placements: 70% of students are placed, with an average salary of 3 LPA. The recruiting company is Teleperformance, offering roles primarily in IT support, network engineering, and web development. The college provides top job opportunities to shape our future.
Infrastructure: Wi-Fi, labs, and classrooms are well-maintained. Hostel facilities, including canteen services and medical facilities, are superior. Additionally, sports grounds are available on the hostel campus for recreation. The environment is neat and clean for activities.
Faculty: Faculty and curriculum are helpful to students. Teachers are well-educated and create an enjoyable environment. The curriculum and education are supported by the faculty. Semester exams are conducted on time in college. The passing percentage is 75% in many more activities.
Other: Campus, faculty and crowd are neat and clean.
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I am satisfied with this college because of the course.
Placements: A few companies visit our college to recruit students. Students won't get placed in our college, because the highest salary package offered was 3 LPA. Top recruiting companies are Air India, Sats, and Aptara. The top role offered is customer executive. Students have to find internships by themselves.
Faculty: Teachers do not care about students. There is a lot of confusion in almost everything because no one knew anything. A few teachers are not helpful. Some teachers were helpful. They teach us very well. They are always ready to help students. The course curriculum is good and relevant. Exams are not much difficult if you study well.
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Placements: MCA 3rd semester students are eligible for campus placements. However, there are limited opportunities, and not many companies participate, selecting a small number of students. The package generally ranges from 3 to 8 LPA. The percentage of students selected depends on the company, with some taking 60% while others take 70%. After completing the degree, all students plan for jobs and placements.
Infrastructure: I rented a PG 2 km away from the college, which was affordable and managed by a family with excellent manners, providing a homely atmosphere. My PG charges Rs. 3700,, inclusive of rent, food, room, and other facilities. The PG is well-maintained and highly hygienic. Hostel Fee: INR 60000 per year.
Faculty: Having completed my graduation in Bachelors in Computer Application, I aimed to enter the technical field, leading me to choose MCA. A senior recommended the NIT college entrance exam. There is adequate faculty for every course, ensuring quality education. The faculty members are highly qualified and knowledgeable in their respective fields. Each semester consists of two exams—one for the term and one for the end term. The exam difficulty level is moderate, and the faculty prepares students for what they need to write on the paper. Class size: 67 Course fee: INR 60000 per year.
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Very best college for pursuing M.A.
Placements: For campus placements, students are eligible to sit for interviews and apply for jobs during the final semesters. A few companies that have visited the campus for placements in the last decade are: Line Group, Dabur India, Reliance Industries, Tata Motors, SPCL, and Infosys, to name a few. The highest package has been 18–20 LPA, and the average ranges from 8–12 LPA. Approximately 75% of students get placed in major companies in their first few years. In my case, I am preparing for the UGC NET exam to secure the minimum qualification for the post of assistant professor.
Infrastructure: No, I am not staying in a hostel but I know very well about the condition of the rooms and the food given to students in the hostel. The hostel provides separate rooms for every student but those rules, which are bigger, were shared by the two individuals. They know they don't have PG every month for food and login; it costs around INR 5,000. The food is good but not up to par.
Faculty: We have a semester pattern being followed and 4 semesters for 2 years of study. Each semester, we have 4 theory papers and 1 skill development paper. In the first year, we study the ancient history of the world and our nation. In the second year, we study the modern history of India and the role of history in the tourism department. We also have vivas at the end of each semester. The syllabus system motivates us to learn. Class size:-45 Course fee: INR 17000 per year.
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IGNOU Admission 2024 FAQs

Q:   What are the top 5 courses in IGNOU?


One of the leading universities in India, IGNOU offers over 200 UG, PG, diploma, certificate and doctoral courses via open and distance learning (ODL) mode. Candidates interested in IGNOU admission can apply through the online admission portal for ODL programmes, i.e. ignouadmission.samarth.edu.in. In addition, the university launched an Online Education portal under its umbrella and now, it offers more than 40 UG, PG, Diploma and Certificate courses via the same. 

Out of all these courses, some of the popular ones are listed below:

  • BA
  • BCom
  • BSc
  • MBA
  • B.Ed

Read more on top IGNOU courses. Check all IGNOU courses


Q:   What is the qualification required to join IGNOU?


IGNOU admission to courses for the July 2023 session is currently. Eligible candidates can register online by visiting the official website of the University. The following table mentions the eligibility for some of the popular UG, PG and Diploma programmes:

Popular Courses

Eligibility Criteria


Any UG degree with 50% aggregate


Any UG/PG degree with 50% OR BE/BTech with 55%


Class 12 with Science subjects


UG degree in Science stream


Any UG degree


Class 12

PG Diploma

Any UG degree


Any UG degree with 50% + Maths in Class 12 


Class 12


Class 12


Any UG degree with 50% aggregate


Q:   What is the admission procedure at IGNOU for BA course?

The mode of application process for IGNOU is online. Candidates willing to apply must visit the official website. Follow the steps to apply for admission to the B.A. Course at IGNOU. n Step 1: Visit the official website of IGNOU. Click on 'Apply Online'. Step 2: In the next window, select the ' Click here for New Registration' option. Step 3: Register online by adding all the important details. Step 4: Log in using the created credentials, fill out the form, pay the application fee, and submit the form.

Q:   When will IGNOU results be out for PhD admission?


IGNOU results for PhD admission are out on the official website of the institute. Candidates who have at least 50% aggregate in the entrance test (45% aggregate in case of SC/ ST/ OBC (Non Creamy layers)/ Differently abled persons) are shortlisted for the interview subject to the maximum limit of five times of the available seats. The entrance test carries a weightage of 70% and 30% weightage is allocated to the interview/ viva.


Q:   Is Post Graduate Diploma in Geriatric Medicine available at IGNOU via distance learning mode?

Yes, the Post Graduate Diploma in Geriatric Medicine offered by Indira Gandhi National Open University IGNOU is a distance learning course. IGNOU is a renowned open university in India that offers various programs through distance education, allowing students to pursue their studies without the need for regular classroom attendance. The Post Graduate Diploma in Geriatric Medicine is designed to provide healthcare professionals with specialised knowledge and skills in the field of geriatric medicine, which focuses on the healthcare needs of older adults. The programme aims to enhance the understanding of aging-related issues, promote geriatric care, and develop expertise in the management and treatment of geriatric patients. As a distance learning course, IGNOU's Post Graduate Diploma in Geriatric Medicine offers study materials, online resources, and periodic contact classes to facilitate learning. Students can access the course material, engage in self-study, and submit assignments as per the prescribed schedule. The programme also includes practical training and fieldwork to gain hands-on experience in geriatric care. It's important to note that while the programme is offered through distance learning, there may be certain practical components or clinical requirements that need to be fulfilled. It is recommended to visit IGNOU's official website or contact the university directly for detailed information about the course structure, eligibility criteria, admission process, and any specific requirements. Distance learning programs can be a flexible option for individuals who wish to pursue higher education while managing other commitments. However, it's crucial to ensure that the course meets your specific requirements and aligns with your career goals before enrolling.

Q:   Is a degree from IGNOU valid?

Yes, IGNOU is a trusted and accredited distance education university. It is a central university which was established by an ACT of parliament in 1985. Therefore, a distance education degree from IGNOU is equivalent to a degree granted by any recognised university in India. Also, the degree from IGNOU University is acceptable and valid overseas and in foreign countries with ease. The reason behind this is IGNOU is a recognised university under the UGC and is a governmental university too. Adding further, an IGNOU degree is approved by DEC and AICTE as well.

Q:   When does IGNOU conduct practicals for term-end exams?

According to the IGNOU Academic Year Calendar, the term end practicals were held in January and the next practical exam date will be released soon. Practical exams are held in the study centres only. These exams are conducted either a month before the theory exam or after the theory exam. These exams are not very tough and the questions are framed according to the topics taught in the lectures. So attend the lectures very seriously and prepare well in advance for the practicals.

Q:   Do SC/ST candidates get free education at IGNOU?

As per a recent notification released by the IGNOU university, SC/ST students seeking fresh admission and re-registration to the July session of IGNOU admission 2023 are exempted from fee payment. Students willing to avail themselves of this facility must submit their applications online along with a soft copy of the documents required for the claim.

Q:   Is IGNOU offered pre primary teacher training or not.


Yes, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) offers a programme called "Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education" (DECE) which is specifically designed for individuals interested in pre-primary teacher training. The DECE programme focuses on providing knowledge and skills related to the care and education of young children in the age group of 0-6 years.


Q:   Is an IGNOU degree valid for UPSC?

Yes, all IGNOU degrees are valid for any purpose, whether you are appearing for any entrance exams or employment exams. It has recognition at the national as well as international levels. IGNOU is a recognized university under the UGC and a government university. Adding further, an IGNOU degree is approved by the Distance Education Bureau (UGC) and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) as well. Additionally, IGNOU provides free UPSC CSE coaching to scheduled caste candidates at no cost. Every year, IGNOU invites applications from scheduled caste students for free coaching of UPSC IAS (prelims and mains).

Q:   What is the time frame to get admission confirmation from IGNOU?


All the admission forms submitted via the Online Admission System are scrutinised and confirmed for admission subject to the fulfilment of eligibility criteria. These forms are processed region-wise on a first-come-first-serve basis. Therefore, the time required for the processing of forms for different regional centres may vary depending on the number of applicants from the respective region. However, the university claim that within two months, every student receives admission confirmation via email or on the student portal. Read more on IGNOU admission here


Q:   What all documents are required during IGNOU admission?


 The list of documents required during IGNOU admissions is as follows:

  • Passport size photograph
  • Identity card
  • Academic certificate (s)
  • Birth certificate or documentary proof of birth
  • Experience certificate, if applicable

Q:   What is IGNOU re-registration all about?


IGNOU re-registration is the procedure to register for any course for the next semester/ year. Students who have already enrolled in the undergraduate or postgraduate courses of IGNOU can apply for re-registration on university's official website. Students who have not appeared for the term-end exams or those who have not submitted their assignments can also fill out the IGNOU re-registration form. The status of re-registration at IGNOU can be tracked after 30 days of filling out the application form. Students can use their registered login credentials on the official website to track the same. 


Q:   Can I take admission in IGNOU in August? What was IGNOU admission last date 2023?


IGNOU admission is conducted in two cycles, i.e. January and July. While the registrations for the January session generally get over in March, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) admission for the July session opens in June and remains open till Jul-Aug and sometimes even till September. The admissions are mainly based on the aggregate obtained by candidates in the last qualifying degree. Students who were not able to take admission in the January batch are open for admission in the July batch. Hence, the alswer is almost yes. Candidates who were interested in IGNOU admission 2023 were able to apply through the online admission portal for ODL programmes, i.e. ignouadmission.samarth.edu.in across the year fir different intakes (Jan or July).


Q:   What if I don't bring an IGNOU ID card during an exam?


 It is compulsory to carry IGNOU ID-Card when appearing for the exam. However, in case a students forgets to bring the same, he or she can show an identity proof like Aadhaar Card, PAN Card, etc. Most of the exam centres accept identity proof in such cases but to avoid any kind of conflict, students must carry their IGNOU ID-Card along with an identity proof and admit card.


Q:   What happens when IGNOU Hall Ticket is generated without submitting assignments?


Students need to submit assignments before the deadline given by the university. As per the information collated from web, If any student does not submit the assignment and recieves the hall ticket, he/ she can appear in the Term End Exam conducted by IGNOU University. However, the assignment section in the grade card will show 'Not Completed'. Assignments are an integral part of the curriculum because the same carry 30% weightage during evaluation. A student for clearing his exam needs 40%, assignments carry a significant weightage in academics. 


Q:   What is the last date to fill IGNOU scholarship form ?


As per the details collated from various sources on the web, IGNOU Scholarship 2023 application forms are currently open and the last date to apply for IGNOU Scholarships is October 22, 2023. Students who belong to reserved categories, such as SC or ST categories and those who are physically challenged can apply online on the official web portal of the university.


Q:   What after IGNOU application process is over?


Students who have applied for B.Ed, MBA or PB BSc Nursing must appear for the required entrance and check if they've qualified it. Followed by application, application fee payment and entrance, students who have completed their registration can check their status by entering their registration number on the IGNOU admission status page. The university also notifies students about their admission confirmation or rejection through an email and a text message in the next two months.


Q:   Can I pursue 2 courses from IGNOU at the same time?


As per the official brochure released in the year 2023,   a student is allowed to pursue two academic programmes simultaneously through ODL / Online mode, as per the illustration given below.

One certificate programme with any
other Programme
Admission in both programmes can be taken in the same
admission cycle
One UG + One PG ProgrammeAdmission has to be taken in two different
admission cycles
*Admission can be taken only in specified courses. Details
are available on IGNOU website
Two UG Programmes
Two PG Programmes

Certain programmes are not allowed under the simultaneous registration. Students are advised to visit
the official prospectus for the same. Additionally, there will be no change in the counseling/ assignment submission/ examination schedule in case dates for the above clash for the courses in which a student has taken admission.



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Answered 2 months ago

For the January cycle, the applications are accepted between the November-December month of the previous year. For the July cycle, a candidate is required to apply in the month of May-August. 


Manori Sahni

Contributor-Level 9

Answered 2 months ago

Once the MSc application form is submitted successfully, it will be scrutinised by IGNOU admission authorities and if it fulfils the eligibility criteria, candidates will receive a confirmation on the registered email address. If a deficiency is found in the application, a communication is sent via



Manori Sahni

Contributor-Level 9

Answered 2 months ago

All the admission forms submitted via the Online Admission System are scrutinised and confirmed for admission subject to fulfilment of eligibility criteria. These forms are processed region wise on a first-come-first-serve basis. Therefore, the time required for the processing of forms for different



Manori Sahni

Contributor-Level 9

Answered 12 months ago

To get admission to the B.Com (CA&A) course offered by IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University) specialised for CS students, you need to follow the below steps: Visit the IGNOU official website and go to the "Admission" section. Click on the "Register Online" link and fill in the required deta



Uttkarsh beriwal

Guide-Level 15

Answered 4 months ago

Certainly, you can apply for the Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) MBA programme if you hold a B.Com degree from IGNOU. The admission requirements for the JMI MBA programme are as follows:

1. A bachelor's degree from a recognised university with a minimum aggregate GPA of 50%.

   - Candidates belonging to SC



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