IGNOU Distance MBA Admission Procedure 2021-2022

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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 Entrance Exam Conducted by IGNOU.
  2. Meet the eligibility requirements for admission to the management programs 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 overview of the 5 steps that you have to go through while getting admission to distance MBA program.

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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 through multiple ways:

  • Download it from the IGNOU official website.If you decide to take this route then you will have to pay the application fee when you apply with the Form from the downloaded prospectus.

    The Fee is ₹ 1,050 and should be drawn as a demand draft in favor of IGNOU payable at New Delhi. It should be attached along with the filled in Application Form.

  • You can also obtain the prospectus from  From Regional Centers or Study Centers or IGNOU Head Quarters on payment of  ₹1,000.
  • The candidates can also obtain the prospectus by post, by requesting for the prospectus along with a Demand Draft drawn in favor of IGNOU payable at New Delhi.

Step 3: Apply online for OPENMAT online.

Now you can apply for OPENMAT exam online through IGNOU website.

Previously this was done using an offline application form. Now applications to OPENMAT can ONLY be done online.

The link for applying online is : https://testservices.nic.in/examsys/root/Home.aspx?enc=Ei4cajBkK1gZSfgr53ImFV5lck2uN3TpLWnZAmJtBeYPh0z5Dq2nxH5F1IYV6ZYO

Step 4: Fill up and submit the form online

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: Prepare and Attend the Entrance Test

After you have sent the application form for OPENMAT, you should start preparing for the exam.

You can download the admit card (hall ticket ) from INGOU website (http://ignou.ac.in). The admit card will be uploaded to the IGNOU website 10 days before the OPENMAT Exam.

Learn more about OPENMAT exam and preparation here:

You can know the result of the exam through IGNOU website or through the score card sent to you by IGNOU. Once you are qualified in the OPENMAT exam by scoring the cutoff mark or above, you can proceed with Step 6.

Step 6: Apply for Admission to MBA

This step assumes that you have already qualified in the OPENMAT exam.

Now you have to apply to secure your admission to MBA. The application form to be used for the purpose is Form 2 which is available with the prospectus. The form should be filled properly and sent to the IGNOU Regional Director nearest to your place along with the following documents:

  1. Attested copies of certificates proving your educational qualifications
  2. Original of the OPENMAT scorecard
  3. Original of the OPENMAT Hall ticket
  4. Category Certificate in the case of SC/ST/OBC students.
  5. Experience Certificate if required (Candidates without a professional degree, for details see the eligbility criteria page)
  6. Filled up Identity Card (The identity card is available towards the end pages of the prospectus.)

You should also include the Program Fee as a Demand Draft or Bank Challan drawn in favor of IGNOU payable at the place where your Regional Center is located.

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.

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