IGNOU Admissions 2021: Important Dates, Application Process, Syllabus & Eligibility Criteria

Last Modified: 18 May 2024

IGNOU 2021: Popularly called IGNOU, the Indira Gandhi National Open University is a distance learning national university providing admission through ODL (Open and Distance Learning) mode. With more than four million students enrolled in its various programmes, IGNOU is claimed to be the largest university in the world. Working professionals, housewives, candidates residing in remote areas and persons with disabilities need not suppress their eagerness for high education. IGNOU 2021 offers them admission through the ODL (Open and Distance Learning) mode.

Candidates wishing to pursue degree, diploma and certificate programmes need to sit for various entrance examinations. IGNOU exam 2021 is held twice a year. The first session is held in the month of January. The second session is conducted in the month of July. By clearing the exam, the applicants can get admissions in courses like B.Sc. Nursing, B.Ed., M.Ed., OPENMAT for management, advanced certificate, PG Diploma in Library Automation and Networking, etc.

IGNOU 2021 Important Dates (Tentative)

The exam is conducted in two sessions – January (for December Term End Examination - TEE) and July (for June Term End Examination). Candidates looking to appear for IGNOU 2021 January session exam, can fill the application form in the month of October. For candidates looking to appear for IGNOU 2021 July, session exam can fill the application form in the month of April. Let’s sneak peek into the IGNOU 2021 exam schedule and take note of the exam dates of various entrance exams –

Course Names

Exam Events

Tentative Dates

B.Ed. & B.Sc. Nursing

Last date to apply

2nd week of August 2021


Avail admit card

2nd week of September 2021


Exam commencement

4th week of September 2021


Result declaration

4th week of September 2021

M.Phil. & PhD.

Last date to apply

4th week of July 2021


Avail admit card

2nd week of August 2021


Exam commencement

1st week of August 2021


Result declaration

4th week of September 2021


Admission form available

3rd March 2021


Last date to apply

25th March 2021


Avail admit card

Two weeks before the exam


Exam commencement

11th April 2021


Result declaration

May 2021 (tentative)

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IGNOU 2021 Application Process:

The Indira Gandhi National Open University is going to release the common prospectus in January for all courses. Interested candidates are strictly instructed to read through the guidelines mentioned in the information bulletin and fill the application form in online mode. There will be no offline or hard copy of the application form provided for filling in the details of the form. Moreover, the application form will be available at the official portal of IGNOU. Remember, the Open University does not entertain correction facilities. Hence, all the applicants must ensure that the IGNOU 2021 application form is submitted correctly.

  • The application registration began in the month of March 2021.
  • There will be different dates for different programmes. So, the candidates must be careful while choosing the desired course. They need to carefully fill up all the details.
  • While filling the application form, you must possess the documents such as scanned copies of passport-size photograph, signature, DOB, BPL certificate, education as well as work experience, category certificate, etc.
  • Submit the form and get a username from IGNOU right in your email ID or mobile phone.

Candidates applying for the OPENMAT examination are required to download the form, fill it with required details and send it to the following address:


Student Evaluation Divison

IGNOU, MAIDAM GARHI, New-Delhi-110068

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Step-by-step Guide to Apply for IGNOU Exam 2021:

  • Visit the official portal of IGNOU - http://www.ignou.ac.in
  • Check for the ‘Applicant Login’ tab. New users need to register themselves by clicking on the ‘Register Yourself’ link
  • Fill in the details as per the instructions are given and register
  • The candidates will receive the system generated user ID and password right in their registered email ID.
  • By using the login credentials, the applicants need to fill the application form. The details should be filled out carefully. Check twice when entering personal details, educational information, etc.
  • The next step demands you to upload the scanned images of photograph, signature, category certificate, qualification certificates, DOB, etc.
  • The next action that needs your attention is the payment of the application fee. Note that the payment mode is online.
  • After the payment is done, click on ‘Submit’.
  • Take the printout of the confirmation page for future use.

Application Fee Payment:

The application fee prescribed by IGNOU is ₹ 200/-. It can either be paid either through credit card, debit card, net banking or via DD in favour of IGNOU.

IGNOU 2021 Exam Pattern & Syllabus:

The courses offered by IGNOU are quite vast, so are the eligibility criteria and exam pattern. The main programmes offered by the Indira Gandhi National Open University are Doctoral Degree, M.Phil Programmes, Master’s Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, Diploma, Certificate, PG and Advance Diploma, PG and Advance Certificate, Non-credit Programmes and Online Programmes.

As far as the exam pattern and syllabus are concerned, IGNOU has a different syllabus set for every course. If the exam has 100 marks, the duration would be 3 hours. If the exam carries 50 marks, it will be for 2 hours. The weightage of the theoretical exam is 70%, while the assignment weightage is 30%.

IGNOU 2021 Eligibility Criteria:

Undoubtedly, IGNOU is the People’s University. All the courses prescribed by the Open University suits all types of candidates. However, it has a set of eligibility rules that an applicant must satisfy before making further progress. Here’s a mere list of the courses and their eligibility criteria. Let’s check them out.

Course Names

Qualification Requirements


The minimum qualification required for this course is 12th pass (with science subject) or equivalent exam


12th certificate from any recognised board is the minimum requirement


Candidates must possess either 12th pass certificate or hold a Bachelor’s Degree


Bachelor’s Degree from any recognised board or university. If a student is preparing for his final year examination, he is eligible to apply.


10+2 or BPP from IGNOU or equivalent from any recognised university

MA (History/ Economics/English), MSW

To pursue a Master’s Degree course, candidates must showcase their graduation certificates from recognised institutes.

PGD in Rural Development

Bachelor’s Degree is the minimum education qualification required.

Diploma in Dairy Technology or Tourism Studies

BPP from IGNOU or 12th or equivalent certificate

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Age: There’s no upper age limit to study at IGNOU. All that you need is to satisfy the educational needs to pursue your dream career.


Q: I didn’t find much information about the syllabus. Where should I look for?

A: The best platform to check the vast syllabus of all IGNOU programmes is the official website. http://www.ignou.ac.in is the web portal of the Indira Gandhi National Open University.

Q: What’s the easiest method of making the application fee payment?

A: There’s only one method to pay the fee for the application form. It is through online mode – credit card, debit card and net banking.

Q: How much is the application fee? Does it vary from candidate to candidate as far as the categories they belong to?

A: The application fee amount is ₹ 200/- for all.

Q: I’m a housewife and a mother to a five-year daughter. Seeing my daughter busy in her study, I want to resume my career too. I’m 28 years old. Am I eligible?

A: Yes, you are.

Q: What is the full form of ODL?

A: Open and Distance Learning.


swalahiyya, March 13, 2022

Exams are year base?

Aditya kokane, April 12, 2021

How are exams held for odl courses?

Exams Planner, July 12, 2021

Pen-and-Paper Based which can be given from the nearest IGNOU center.

Krishna Mohan pathak , August 28, 2019

Study materials kab milega.

Exams Planner, August 31, 2019

You must check out with the university or regional centres.

sangeeta, June 2, 2019

may i know exam pattern of bcom. is it yearly basis or semester pattern?

Exams Planner, June 12, 2019


Amey vikrama, May 22, 2019

hey, may i know the paper pattern please? like how many questions and options from one unit?

Exams Planner, May 31, 2019

Dear Amey, they are the authorities of IGNOU. We have no relation with them and there employees. I will suggest to email them, or try contacting them again in working hours Monday - Friday.

Amey Vikrama , May 24, 2019

MEG! Even i contacted to one of your IGNOU teacher but got no response from them.

Exams Planner, May 23, 2019

The exam pattern is different for different courses. Please mention the course for which you want to know the exam pattern.

Niju Mishra, March 24, 2019

Dear Sir/Mam, I am not being able to get syllabus and sample paper for entrance exam of PhD in management. Can u plz help to find it out. Thanks

Ichigo, December 21, 2018

When compulsory exams are held? In ignou first year

Exams Planner, December 24, 2018

The term end exams at IGNOU are held twice a year in the month of June and December.