How to Apply for IGNOU PG, UG, Diploma Course admissions for January 2020 Session

How to Apply for IGNOU PG, UG, Diploma admissions for January 2020 session: Online registrations begins for January session. IGNOU has started the online application process for admission to courses offered in the January 2020 session. Last date for fresh admissions for above mentioned programs is December 31, 2019. Interested and eligible candidates can apply online to the desired program through the official website ignou.ac.in.




The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), established by an Act of Parliament in 1985, has continuously striven to build an inclusive knowledge society through inclusive education. It has tried to increase the Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) by offering high-quality teaching through the Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode. The University began by offering two academic programmes in 1987, i.e., Diploma in Management and Diploma in Distance Education, with strength of 4,528 students. Today, it serves the educational aspirations of over 2.7 million students in India and other countries through 21 Schools of Studies and a network of 67 regional centres, around 2,667 learner support centres.

The University offers about 228 certificate, diploma, degree and doctoral programmes, with strength of nearly 283 faculty members and 256 academic staff at the headquarters and regional centres and about 33,212 academic counsellors from conventional institutions of higher learning, professional organisations, and industry among others.


The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has begun the admission process for January 2020 session. The admission process has started for over 150 courses bachelors and masters degree programmes(PG and Degree Admissions) for its January 2020 session. Interested candidates can apply through the website- ignou.ac.in. The first time applicants are advised to click the available programme tab on the homepage of the online admission system and select the desired programme and carefully read the details of programme including eligibility criteria, fee details, duration, etc.


IGNOU PG Programmes
A. Online Mode Master’s degrees: Master of Computer Applications (MCA); Master of Science(Food Nutrition); MA (Rural Development); Master of Science (Counselling and Family Therapy); Master of Tourism and Travel Management (MTTM); MA (English); MA (Hindi); Master of Social Work (MSW); Master of Social Work (Counseling); MA (Philosophy); MA (Economics); MA (History); MA (Political Science); MA (Public Administration); MA (Sociology); MA (Gandhi & Peace Studies); MA (Psychology); Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS); MA (Anthropology); MA (Development Studies); MA( Adult Education); MA (Gender & Development Studies); MA(Women and Gender Studies); MA (Distance Education); Master of Commerce (M.Com); MA (Translation Studies)

Offline mode Master’s degrees: MA (Education); M.Com (F&T); M.Com (BP&CG); and M.Com (MA&FS) in collaboration with the Institute of Chartered Accountants Of India, Institute of Company Secretaries of India and Institute of Cost Accountants of India


IGNOU Degree Programmes:
a. Online mode Bachelor’s degrees: Bachelor of Computer Applications (BCA); Bachelor of Social Work (BSW); Bachelor of Library & Information Science (BLIS); Bachelor of Arts (BA); Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com); Bachelor of Science (B.Sc)

b. Offline mode Bachelor’s degrees: B.Com (A&F); B.Com(CA&A) and B.Com (F&CA) in collaboration with the Institute of Chartered Accountants Of India, Institute of Company Secretaries of India and Institute of Cost Accountants of India : BBA (Retailing).

The scheme of fee exemption to the SC/ST students would also be effective in January 2020 admission cycle for all academic programmes at Certificate level (advanced, under-graduate and post graduate; all academic programmes at Diploma level (advanced, under-graduate and post graduate) which are not part of undergraduate and master levels academic programme; Bachelor Preparatory Programmes (BPP); freshly registered in BDP (B.A.,B.Com,B.Sc.); freshly registered in BSW;BTS;BLIS and BCA.




IGNOU January Registrations last date extended: The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has extended the last date of online registration process for the January, 2020 academic session. All the candidates can now apply till December 31, 2019 on the official website, the link for which is ignou.ac.in

IGNOU admissions: Students will be able to apply for fresh admissions to all Master, Bachelor, Diploma, and Certificate program till December 31, 2019.


How to apply online for IGNOU Admissions 2020: 
Step 1: Go to the official IGNOU website: www.ignou.ac.in

Step 2: Click on the link for Online Admission for January 2020 session for the admission portal

Step 3: Click on the 'Register Yourself' link

Step 4: Fill in your details in the fields provided and Complete the application form and upload the relevant documents

Step 5: Upload the documents required and select the course that you wish to pursue.

Step 6: Apply for the course and download the application form for further reference.

Step 7: Pay admission fee in online mode

Step 8: Print the acknowledgement slip generated after application submission

Step 9: Also save and print your application form for future use



Only Indian nationals can apply online. Foreign students can apply in offline. It is suggested to scan documents from your originals. Once you have uploaded the document, click the next button you will get the Form preview option. Save / Print your form for future reference. Note: Furnishing of incorrect information/suppression of information would lead to rejection of application form as per IGNOU Rules.




Important documents for IGNOU Admissions 2020: 
Before beginning the application process, students should make sure that they have scanned copy of the following documents:

  • Scanned Photograph (less than 100 KB)
  • Scanned Signature (less than 100 KB)
  • Scanned copy of Age Proof
  • Scanned copy of relevant Educational Qualification (less than 100 KB)
  • Scanned Copy of Experience Certificate (if any) (less than 100 KB)
  • Scanned Copy of Category Certificate, if SC/ST/OBC (less than 100 KB)
  • Scanned Copy of BPL Certificate, if Below Poverty Line(less than 100 KB)

Students would be required to pay registration fee of Rs 400 along with the application form.


Instruction to Fill Application Form Online
1. If you are a first time applicant you are advised to click the available programme tab on the homepage of the Online Admission System and select the desired programme and carefully read the details of programme including eligibility criteria, fee details, duration, etc.
2. You are also requested to download the Common Prospectus  and read carefully the Rules of the University (Section 06) as mentioned in the common prospectus. You may also read section 1, 7, 8, 9, 12 and 13.
  • Click on the button "REGISTER YOURSELF" that appears in the applicant login area and fill the required registration details.
  • Remember, while choosing your UserName it must be in between 8 to 16 characters.
  • While choosing your password it must be alphanumeric and between 8 to 16 characters long.
  • After filling the mandatory information click the "SUBMIT" button.
  • Your username will be instantly sent to you via e-mail and SMS.
3. Remember your Username and Password for subsequent login.
4. If you have already registered i.e you are an existing user click the "LOGIN" button.
5. Before proceeding for filling the form online the applicant must have the following:-
  • Scanned Photograph (less than 100 KB)
  • Scanned Signature (less than 100 KB)
  • Scanned copy of Age Proof
  • Scanned copy of relevant Educational Qualification (less than 400 KB)
  • Scanned Copy of Experience Certificate (if any) (less than 400 KB)
  • Scanned Copy of Category Certificate, if SC/ST/OBC (less than 400 KB)
  • Scanned Copy of BPL Certificate, if Below Poverty Line(less than 400 KB)
6. Fee can be paid by following methods:
  • Credit Card (Master/Visa)
  • Debit Card (Master/Visa/Rupay)
  • Net Banking
  • ATM Card(PNB)
7. It is suggested to scan documents from your originals. Once you have uploaded the document, click the next button you will get the Form preview option. Save/Print your form for future reference. Note: Furnishing of incorrect information/suppression of information would lead to rejection of application form as per IGNOU Rules




Registration Steps
1. Steps for filling Online form:
2. Click on "LOGIN" button from the homepage of Online admission system and then login with your UserName and password by clicking the "LOGIN" button given on the login screen.
3. Fill personal details, programme details, qualification details, course details, and correspondence details. Remember, while filling qualification details :-
4. If your subjects are different than the subjects mentioned; click the "OTHERS" check box.
5. For those with qualification of graduation and above, in the field "Board Code" select "9999".
6. Upload Scanned Documents: Remember, before this step you should must have the relevant scanned documents (It is suggested to scan documents from your originals). These include:
Scanned Photograph (less than 100 KB)
Scanned Signature (less than 100 KB)
Scanned copy of Age Proof.
Scanned copy of relevant Educational Qualification (less than 400 KB)
Scanned Copy of Experience Certificate (if any). (less than 400 KB)
Scanned Copy of Category Certificate, if SC/ST/OBC. (less than 400 KB)
Scanned Copy of BPL Certificate, if Below Poverty Line. (less than 400 KB)
7. Pay your Programme fee through debit/credit card (Master/Visa/Rupay) and Net banking :-
Payment by Debit/Credit Card (Master/Visa/Rupay): You have to select Debit/Credit Card option to pay the programme fee and follow the online instruction to complete the payment of fee. After successful payment, you will be able to print/save the payment confirmation slip.
8. Payment by Net banking : If you have net banking account select this option. You will be redirected to your bank website.
Payment by ATM Card (PNB)
9. Once you have uploaded the document and click the "NEXT" button you will get the Form Preview option. Save/Print your form for future reference.

IGNOU is the largest Open University in India and offers students a chance to pursue courses through distance mode. There are 21 schools through which IGNOU offers undergraduate, postgraduate, diploma, and certificate courses

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