IGNOU Admission January 2023 – Last Date, Fees, Procedure and More

Great news for students seeking admission to IGNOU! The January 2023 admission cycle has officially begun, providing a new opportunity to enroll in this highly respected distance learning institute. The admission cycle was delayed due to the extended closure of the July 2022 admission session, but now students can jump right in and apply for the upcoming session.

For those interested in applying, it’s important to explore the latest admission procedures and keep track of the important dates to ensure a smooth enrolment process. The January 2023 session is available for all programmes offered by the university, and will run from December 2022 until the end of March 2023.

The admission process for IGNOU January 2023 is now open and available online. The last date for Indian and international students to apply is March 31, 2023. Keep in mind that this date is final, and no further applications will be accepted beyond this deadline. If you missed out on the previous July 2022 session, the current January 2023 session is your chance to catch up.

Choosing IGNOU as your distance learning institution is a smart choice for a number of reasons. For one, the degree you receive from IGNOU is considered equivalent to those from accredited institutions. Additionally, the affordable fee structure makes education accessible to all, regardless of financial limitations. Finally, IGNOU is a popular choice among students preparing for national exams such as the UPSC and civil services exams, thanks to the high-quality study materials provided by the institute.

If you’re considering applying to IGNOU, it’s important to be aware of the admission process and key dates. Regularly check the IGNOU Admission Last Date for January 2023 to ensure you don’t miss out on this excellent opportunity to further your education through distance learning.

Official DatesEvents
27th December 2022 (Official)IGNOU Online Admission Start Date Jan 2023

31st March 2023 (Official)IGNOU Online Admission Last Date Jan 2023
No Provision NowLast Date with Late Fees
TBAIGNOU Online Courses Commencement Date
To be announced laterIGNOU Online Courses Exam Date

Update: Note that the admission process for the January 2023 semester-based programs and certificate courses has been closed. However, candidates can keep checking the important date section on IGNOU’s website for updates on the extension of the last date for submission of online application forms. The given last date of admission applies to all master’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, diplomas, certificates, and other programs.

IGNOU Provisional Admission 2023

In case you have completed your 10+2 or equivalent exams and are awaiting the final mark sheet, you can still apply for provisional admission to IGNOU.

Candidates taking admission on a provisional basis have to submit all the required documents by the due date set by IGNOU officials. Failure to submit the necessary documents may lead to the cancellation or rejection of admission.

IGNOU Admission Eligibility 2023 IGNOU is one of India’s largest open universities, and it now operates at an international level as well. If you are interested in pursuing an educational course through IGNOU, we can help you understand the eligibility requirements for all programs.

Advanced Certificate – Candidates should hold a 10+2 certificate or any equivalent certificate from a recognized institute.

Bachelor’s degree course – Candidates must have passed both the 10th and 12th standard exams.

Post-graduate diploma – Candidates must have completed a graduation course in the same stream.

Master’s degree courses – Candidates must have completed a bachelor’s course from an accredited university.

M.Phil courses – Candidates must have a Master’s degree with a minimum score of 55% (general category), while SC/ST/OBC candidates must have a minimum of 50%.

Ph.D. courses – Candidates must have either a Master’s degree or M.Phil degree with a minimum of 55% marks.

Once you have checked the eligibility criteria for your chosen course, you can begin the admission process right away. For more information, you can download the brochure or prospectus for your desired program from IGNOU’s website.

It is important to note that students who wish to pursue two educational degrees from IGNOU should be aware that the university does not allow admission to two distance degree programs simultaneously. However, it is possible to join one regular degree program and one distance program at the same time. It is recommended to avoid making this mistake. Students can enroll for one degree and one certificate program at a time.

IGNOU offers admission twice a year. For the January cycle, admission forms can be submitted between November and January, while for the July cycle, the application period is from May to August. It is important to check the availability of courses before deciding on an admission cycle as some courses are available only in specific cycles.

Candidates can apply for admission through the online mode, which is easy and time-saving. They can register on the Online Admission portal, fill out their application form, and pay the fees online. Alternatively, they can follow the offline procedure by downloading the IGNOU Prospectus from the official website and submitting the application form to the IGNOU Regional Centre before the due date. However, it is important to note that the offline method is available only for limited courses, and only a few regional centers accept offline applications.

If you prefer the offline admission process, you can download the IGNOU application form from the IGNOU Prospectus. After printing it out, you can fill in the required details and send it to the nearest IGNOU Regional Centre. Once your application is received, you will have to wait for the admission approval from the university.

IGNOU offers certain courses for which students must go through an entrance examination to secure their admission. These courses include the MBA or management courses for which the IGNOU OPENMAT entrance examination is mandatory. Similarly, students who want to pursue Ph.D. programs must appear for the IGNOU Ph.D. Entrance Examination, and those seeking admission to the IGNOU Bed program must take the IGNOU Bed entrance exam. For other courses, IGNOU has shared the eligibility criteria, which students must fulfill.

To apply for admission to IGNOU for ODL courses, students can begin the process of filling the application online as the process to collect applications has officially started.

To be able to secure admissions to IGNOU, every student has to complete the process of online admission form submission. If needed, the option of offline form filling is also available. The process of admission to IGNOU involves the following steps:


  • Visit the link given for Online Admission Jan 2023 to proceed with the registration.
  • If you are a new student, click on the New Registration Link to proceed ahead.
  • Fill up the registration form, including Username, Candidate’s Name, Email, Mobile Number, Password, and Captcha Code, and click on register to successfully register for the portal.
  • Your username and password will reach you through SMS on the number you have provided.

Login to Fill Online Application:

  • Login again using the details to fill out the admission form.
  • Check the program for which you are applying and click on it.
  • While filling out the admission form, ensure that you mention every detail with utmost consciousness to avoid errors or delay.
  • Ensure that the photograph and signature uploaded are 100KB in size and JPG format.
  • Read the declaration form and click on the checkbox to accept it.
  • Validate the data or details entered on the admission form and rectify any mistakes.
  • Pay the fee using the online payment mode, such as net banking, debit/credit card, etc.
  • Wait for the SMS confirming successful fee payment.
  • Verify the form once again and take a hard copy of the submitted admission form. The next step would be to download and save the form on your laptop or PC for future use.

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Required Documents for IGNOU Admission

To take admission in IGNOU, you will need to submit the following documents. You can also submit them in scanned format:

  1. Photographs (passport size)
  2. A valid identity card
  3. Birth certificate
  4. Category certificate
  5. Experience certificate
  6. Academic certificate
  7. BPL certificate
  8. Signature

Note that the photograph and signature must be less than 100kb while all other documents must be less than 200kb.

IGNOU Admission Fees and Refund Policy 2023: The university receives one-time registration fees at the time of taking admission in IGNOU for the first year or semester of a particular program. The registration fee is non-refundable. IGNOU program fees are refundable under some circumstances if the student cancels their admission to IGNOU within a given period.

Here are the refund policies:

  1. If a student cancels their admission to IGNOU before the last date of admission, they will receive 100% refund of their program fees by deducting the registration fees of Rs 200.
  2. If the student cancels their admission within 15 days after the closing of the admission session, they will receive the course fees by deducting the amount of Rs 500.
  3. If the admission is canceled within 30 days after the last date of admission, then the amount of Rs 1000 is deducted from the program fees.
  4. If the admission is canceled after 30 days from the last date of admission, then no refund will be issued to the student.

Payment Methods: You can pay the admission fees using the following methods:

  1. Credit/Debit Card
  2. Net Banking
  3. Bank Draft (DD)
  4. Cash Challan

If Your Form Still Showing Incomplete After Payment of Fees: If you have already paid your admission fees but the form still shows incomplete or asks you to pay the fees again, you can email the online department of admission at [email protected] and [email protected] with your payment details and control number to get updated on your fee status online.

IGNOU Admission Status 2023: Once you have completed all your admission procedures and paid the fees, you may have to wait some time to get a confirmation message from your regional center regarding your application. Candidates will be able to check their application status post 10 days from the registration date to get the status for it. The max duration for the verification of your documents is 40 working days.

Candidates need to follow the admission status link in order to fetch brief details about their registration be it the admission being approved or rejected by the university and other details that they might be seeking for.

IGNOU Online Courses Admission 2023

IGNOU University has announced the online admission for 34 online programs so the students who want to complete the program through online mode can now take fresh admission in the January 2023 session. The university is working on increasing the number of courses as an online mode so that more and more students will benefit from completing their education through the online mode.

IGNOU has recently introduced a separate admission portal for international students who wish to apply for various programs offered by the university. This portal is specifically designed for candidates who are from outside India, including SAARC, Non-SAARC, NRI, and FSRI candidates.

The international students can apply for admission to IGNOU by visiting the online admission portal for foreign candidates. They can choose their desired program and follow the admission process mentioned on the portal. The admission process for international students is similar to that of Indian students, except for a few additional requirements.

International students are required to submit their passport and visa details along with the other mandatory documents for admission. The university may also ask for additional documents, such as English proficiency test scores, depending on the program chosen by the candidate.

The admission fees for international students may vary from that of Indian students, and they may be required to pay the fees in foreign currency. The mode of payment for international students is through online banking or wire transfer.

Once the admission process is completed, international students can track their application status through the online admission portal. The university will also communicate with the candidates through email regarding the status of their application and other relevant information.

The admission process for international students is quite straightforward, and the university aims to provide a hassle-free experience to candidates who wish to pursue their education at IGNOU.

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