IGNOU Distance MBA Admission Procedure 2022

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Admissions to IGNOU Distance MBA program takes place twice every year usually in the months of November  and May. You will be assured admission if you:

  1. Attain the minimum cut off marks or more in OPENMAT test conducted by NTA (OPENMAT Exam has been temporarily cancelled, thus aspirants can skip steps regarding OPENMAT for the time being).
  2. Must meet all the eligibility requirements for the MBA program offered by IGNOU.

Read the sections below to know more about the steps involved in getting admission in IGNOU for MBA.

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Admission Procedure: Overview

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This is the general overview of the steps that you need to go through while taking admission for the IGNOU MBA program. 

Note: Aspirants do not have to attend the OPENMAT Entrance Exam for MBA admission at IGNOU (Applicable for July 2021 and January 2022 admissions).

Click on each step to read more in detail. You can also watch the animated video below to know more about the steps involved in admission.

Step 1: Check your Eligibility

Firstly, before attempting to get admission, You should verify the eligibility criterion requirements for admission.

Graduation is the basic eligibility criterion for admission to IGNOU distance MBA. To know in detail about the eligibility criterion click here.

If you meet the requirements then check the next step.

Step 2: Obtain the Prospectus

To have an in-depth idea of the management programs and MBA offered by IGNOU and also to get the application forms you should obtain the prospectus. You can get the prospectus by

Step 3: Register on IGNOU Website

You can register yourself as a student on IGNOU’s website and then start filling up the admission and entrance test forms.

Step 4: Fill up and submit the form online

Note: Examination cancelled (Aspirants can directly apply for admissions for July 2021 session)

You should fill and submit the online application before the last date of submitting the OPENMAT Form. The dates are given below:

OPENMAT-XLIX25th March 2021

You should fill and submit the online application before the last date of submitting the OPENMAT Form. The dates are given above.

Very Important: Keep a Photocopy of all the application forms you send to IGNOU. This will be helpful for future references.

Step 5: Apply for Admission to MBA

This section details the MBA admission process through the IGNOU admission window that you can access through IGNOU’s official website. Aspirants must follow the steps given below:

  • Visit IGNOU’s official website and open the admission window. The following link will take you directly to the fresh admission window of IGNOU. 
  • Link: https://ignouadmission.samarth.edu.in/ 
  • Register here (using your Email ID and Phone number).
  • After the registration, login back in using your UserName and Password.
  • After logging in, the applicant will be presented with an admission form, the form has numerous pages including Personal details, Programme details, Qualification details, Course details and Correspondence details. All pages must be filled with care and must be reviewed thoroughly before submitting. 
  • Next step is to upload all necessary documents, all applicant must have the following digital copies with them:
    • Scanned Photographs (100 KB)
    • Scanned Signatures (100 KB)
    • Scanned copy of Age Proof (200 KB)
    • Scanner copy of Relevant Qualifications (200 KB
    • Scanned copy of Experience Certificates (In case of MBF programme) (200 KB)
    • Scanned copy of category Certificates (if SC/ST or OBC) (200 KB)
    • Scanned copy of BPL Certificated (If Below Poverty Line) (200 KB)
  • Applicant must carefully go through the preview of his/her admission form.After filling the form and reviewing it, applicant can now pay the application fee. It can be done using these methods.
    • Credit card (Mastercard/Visa)
    • Debit card (Mastercard/Visa/Rupay)Net Banking
  • Make the final submission and keep a copy in your hand for future references.
  • Please do keep in mind that, the student has to register for the programme in the first semester. All IGNOU MBA students must re-register for every subsequent semester after joining the programme.


Note: The above admission process is applicable for July 2021 and January 2022 intake, as the OPENMAT Exam has been cancelled for this period. It may change in the future.

11The forms for the Experience Certificate, Category Certificate, Identity Card etc are available towards the end of the Prospectus. Use them while obtaining the certificates from the authorities concerned. 

Last Dates for Admission 

The application should reach the Regional Director on or before the last date for the reciept of Application forms. The Last dates for admission for 2021-2022 is as follows: 

OPENMAT QualifiedAdmission toLast Date of Submission of Form 2
OPENMAT-XLVIISecond intake of 2020 (July 2020)To Be Announced 
OPENMAT-XLVIIFirst intake of 2021 (January 2021)To Be Announced
OPENMAT-XLIXFirst intake of 2021 (January 2021)To Be Announced
OPENMAT-XLIXSecond intake of 2021 (July 2021)To Be Announced

 If qualified for an OPENMAT, you can seek admission in any one of the two subsequent Admissions. 

For Example, In the case of OPENMAT XLIV , you can take admission to either of the semesters starting in January or July of 2019. 

You will be given admission after IGNOU Regional Center verifies your certificates and after confirming your eligibility and other procedures. 

Once you are given admission you can start attending the counselling sessions and other course activities as per the schedule of operations given in the prospectus. 

Even if you meet all the requirements above, the decision of allowing you admission is taken by the university. They can either accept or reject you. It should be noted that this is not at all an issue in the normal cases.

Admission Procedure Video

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