IGNOU Distance MBA 2022

Get all the information on IGNOU's distance/correspondence MBA program. Admission guidance, entrance preparation materials, important dates, prospectus and more.

IGNOU Distance MBA Overview

Distance Learning MBA offered by IGNOU, is one of the most “in Demand” distance learning courses in India.  It is also ranked at a very significant position among the universities offering Master of Business Administration course in the distance Learning mode, see rankings. 

Read the sections below to know more about the correspondence/distance MBA program.

₹ 62,000
This is the total fees for the distance MBA program. See the detailed fee structure and comparison for further details and breakdown of fees for each semester or course. [Read More]

Course Duration

2-4 years

The distance MBA can be completed within the minimum duration of 2 years and a maximum of 4 years. The course duration is pretty generous, but it is always recommended  that you stick on to the minimum time. This will help you stay focused and obtain your degree with the least delay.

The prospectus for IGNOU distance MBA and other management programs are available both online and offline. The details of how and where to get the prospectus is given here: [Read More]

To know how to get admission for MBA in the distance learning mode from IGNOU, please see our detailed how to guide article and video given here:  [Read More]

Colleges/Study Centers

Study centers are the institutions like colleges that offer counselling and classes for those admitted for MBA. You should choose your study center so that it is convenient for you to attend the sessions.

The basic eligibility is graduation. See the detaild eligiblity for distance MBA by clicking the read more link below: [Read More]


OPENMAT entrance exam used to be a requirement for gaining admission for IGNOU’s Distance MBA program but currently the exam has been halted and aspirants can directly visit IGNOU’s admission portal to apply for IGNOU Distance MBA admission. 

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The application procedure involves applying  for entrance exam. After qualification in the exam you need to apply for admission. For the distance MBA application procedure and Forms visit: [Read More]

To make sure that you complete the admission application, attend the entrance exam on time, you need to keep check of the important dates. [Read More]

Regional Centers

Regional Centers are the nodal centers of IGNOU. The study centers fall under the jurisdiction of their respective RCs. You have to submit the admission to application form (Form 2) to the RC chosen by you.

The distance MBA program can allows you to specialize your MBA in any one of the following streams:

The specialization stream should be specified during the time of admission. There is a provision for specifying your specialization during the time of admission to the distance MBA program.

Detailed Program Description

Learning Methodology

The mode of learning used is the Open Distance Learning Mode. Here the study materials are provided to you from time to time by IGNOU. You have to learn using these study materials and prepare assignments, projects etc. and finally prepare for the examinations.

Learning Materials

IGNOU uses a variety of means to provide the learning materials to the students, these include:


The eGyanKosh by IGNOU, is an online archive of educational materials that is freely available for students and educators for free. eGyanKosh primarily houses a large number of self-study materials (ebooks and video classes) for variety of programs that are offered by IGNOU. Students attending the IGNOU programs (including the distance MBA program) are expected to utilise the easily accessible online library of eGyanKosh for completing their program.

eGyanKosh can be accessed through this link: https://egyankosh.ac.in/

IGNOU e-Content Mobile App

The e-Content Mobile App is an initiative by IGNOU to further digitalise their distance learning programs. The primary objective of the e-Content app is to deliver important course materials to learners though an easily accessible online media, IGNOU students can access all their learning materials through their internet-connected handheld devices such as smartphones and tablets.

Printed Study Materials
The printed materials for learning will be sent by IGNOU, to the address opted by the students during the admission. The cost of these materials are covered in the course fee.

Counselling Sessions
The counselling sessions for MBA are scheduled by the Study Center Coordinators. There would be 6 counselling sessions for each course. Usually these counselling sessions are conducted on Saturdays and Sundays.

Interactive Radio Counselling
The interactive sessions are conducted via AIR and are Phone-in programs. Schedules for the same can be obtained from the Study Centers.

Other sources of learning Material are: GyanDarshan Broadcasts, GyanVani and e-Gyankosh (An online digital repository for free course materials http://www.egyankosh.ac.in/)

Audio and Visual Media Aids

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  • Broadcast Via DD1,AIR etc.
  • Screening during Counselling sessions at the Opted Study Centers.
  • Recordings which can be purchased from IGNOU Head Quarters on request.


The students must ensure a minimum attendance of 75% for counselling sessions of theory courses. If any practical counselling is involved, the attendance should be 95% for practical sessions

Examinations and Assessments 

Since the MBA program is offered in the distance learning mode, assessments of the students are carried out through the following methods:


Exams are conducted in June and December of every year. 70% weightage is given to end-term exams. If a student fails to achieve pass marks for any course, he/she may appear in the subsequent chances, till the end of the program duration.


Assignments have a weightage of 30%, in the final program result. The assignment questions comprise of Case Studies, Multiple Choice Questions, Objective Type, Short Answer and Long Answer questions. Assignments help you to summarize everything learned during each course.

Why Choose IGNOU For Distance MBA?

IGNOU is one of the largest providers of Distance Education in the world. There are many advantages unique to IGNOU as far as distance learning MBAs are concerned. Some major advantages are listed below:


The university was established by the Government of India and is an autonomous institution under it. This makes the courses offered by IGNOU very legit. The courses offered by IGNOU are considered for recruitment to various government agencies.


The MBA from IGNOU is affiliated to both AICTE (All India Council of Technical Education)as well as the UGC (University Grants Council).

Modularity of the MBA Program

The distance  education MBA by IGNOU is designed in such a way that the learner has multiple exit points. This means that if you drop out at some point, there is a high chance you get at least a Diploma in Management or similar diplomas because you might have completed the course combinations required for being awarded a diploma. This is because the syllabus of correspondence MBA from IGNOU is a super set of all the diploma programs. To know more about this feature, see: Course Structure.

Low Cost

The fee for the course is comparatively less compared to other Indian universities offering distance MBA. See the full fee comparison between IGNOU and other distance education universities for MBA.

FAQ - Distance MBA

Some of the Frequently Asked Questions about IGNOU Distance MBA is answered here.

Yes the IGNOU distance MBA program is recognized by both University Grants Commission(UGC) and All India Council for Technical Education(AICTE). 

Since the program is approved by the UGC and AICTE. This makes it acceptable anywhere in in India, that being said, the recruiters might have their own set of norms for the candidate they prefer and varies widely from company to company. The placement prospects for the program varies from company to company. If you have the right set of skills along with a distance MBA, you are always a contender for a better job.

IGNOU’s MBA is a certification that you have successfully completed the courses prescribed by IGNOU. You will need skills relevant to your field of work to be successfully placed in a company.

Yes, most government agencies and public sector companies accept IGNOU’s MBA program.


Yes, the counselling sessions are held in the weekend holidays, so you can continue with your work while you learn.

Currently there are not entrance tests. 
Previously you had to qualify in the OPENMAT entrance test to get admission in the distance MBA program offered by IGNOU.


Candidates can seek for IGNOU MBA admission through their official admission portal.

Yes, IGNOU’s MBA programs are valid, the programs are accredited by both UGC and AICTE.

Yes, IGNOU’s MBA programs are valid abroad.

Yes, IGNOU’s MBA porgrams are accredited by both UGC and AICTE, making them perfectly valid for all further studies.

OPENMAT entrance exam is not currently required for IGNOU Distance MBA admission.

Yes, IGNOU do offer their programs at select foreign locations. We recommend to contact the nearby IGNOU regional centre for further information.

Yes, IGNOU’s MBA programs are highly respected and is valid across the globe.

Candidates who wish to obtain an MBA degree through the distance education or online mode are more than welcome to opt for IGNOU.

IGNOU Distance MBA program do rely on some online sources but is not an entirely online program. On the other hand, IGNOU does offer a completely online MBA program named as IGNOU Online MBA (MBAOL).

IGNOU Distance MBA program is packaged in a completely online form and is offered as the IGNOU Online MBA program (MBAOL).

Advantages of IGNOU’s MBA programs are many fold. The MBA programs offered by IGNOU is exceptionally flexible and is not only ideal for new students but is also a comfortable means of excellent education for employed students. It is also an affordable MBA program than can match the quality of much of expensive programs offered by other universities.

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