IGNOU Ph.D admissions 2021-22 online registrations open

Interested to do Ph.D. through Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) for the academic year 2021-22? Know more about the admission process including the Ph.D. specializations, eligibility, application procedure, selection process, etc

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), established by an Act of Parliament in 1985, is inviting applications from eligible candidates for the Ph.D. programs 2021-22. The admission will be made through an entrance test conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA), (an autonomous organization under the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Government of India). Usually, IGNOU offers part-time and full-time Ph.D. programs, and the minimum and maximum duration of the IGNOU Ph.D. program are three years and six years respectively. However, for women and persons with disabilities, a maximum of 8 years is given for completing the program. Also, the program involves coursework during the first six months of admission, which is supposed to be conducted in the IGNOU New Delhi campus only. The other details regarding the Ph.D. program offered by IGNOU are given below.

Areas of specializations

Anthropology, Political Science, Chemistry, Geology, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Commerce, Management, Education, Women's Studies, Interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary studies, Environmental Science, Tourism Studies, Computer science, law, Nursing, Translation studies, Vocational Education and training, English, Sanskrit, Urdu, Hindi, Child development.

Number of seats: If you are interested to know the number of seats in each area of specialization, you need to check the link given below.


Candidates with at least 55% marks/equivalent grade in their Master's degree in relevant discipline are eligible to apply for the Ph.D. program 2021-22 conducted by IGNOU. But for SC, ST, and OBC (Non-creamy layer)/Differently-Abled candidates and those who obtained Masters degrees before 19th September 1991, only 50% marks are required.

How to apply

Interested candidates who wish to apply for IGNOU Ph.D. 2021-22 should do so online through the IGNOU official website mentioned below. You need to submit only one application form.

Entrance exam fees and mode of payment

  • General (UR)/ OBC-(NCL)/ General-EWS candidates: Rs 1000/-
  • SC/ST/PwD/Third Gender: Rs 800/-

This fee can be paid through ICICI Bank/ Canara Bank / Credit Card/ Debit Card/Net Banking/UPI. If there are any applicable service/processing charges & GST in addition to this exam fee, the candidates are responsible for paying it to the concerned Bank/ Payment Gateway Integrator.

Selection process

There will be an entrance test conducted by NTA in association with IGNOU. This will be a LAN Based CBT (Computer Based Test) for 180 minutes. Altogether there will be 100 questions of which each question carries 4 marks. 50% marks will be based on Research methodology while the other 50% will be given for the Specific subject. There won't be any negative marks. English/Hindi will be the medium of the question paper. Candidates who have secured at least 50% marks in the Entrance Test will be called for an interview /presentation of Synopsis before the Discipline Specific Doctoral Research Committee. Only the selected candidates will receive offer letters. For SC/ST/OBC (Non- Creamy layers) / Differently abled persons, only 45% marks are required in the entrance test. 70% weightage will be given to the entrance test while 30% will be given to interview/viva. The selected candidates will be governed by IGNOU Ordinance/IGNOU Regulation/Guidelines for conducting their Ph.D. degree program. If you are interested to know the syllabus of this entrance test, you can refer to the link mentioned below.

List of examination cities/codes for IGNOU Ph.D Entrance Examination 2021

  • Visakhapatnam AP18
  • Naharlagun AL01
  • Guwahati AM02
  • Patna BR07
  • Chandigarh CH01
  • Raipur CG03
  • New Delhi DL01
  • Panaji GO01
  • Ahmedabad GJ01
  • Kurukshetra HR07
  • Shimla HP06
  • Jammu JK02
  • Srinagar JK04
  • Ranchi JH04
  • Bengaluru KK04
  • Kozhikode KL12
  • Leh LL01
  • Bhopal MP03
  • Mumbai MR16
  • Imphal MN01
  • Shillong MG01
  • Aizawl MZ01
  • Kohima NL02
  • Bhubaneswar OR04
  • Ajmer RJ01
  • Chennai TN01
  • Hyderabad TL01
  • Lucknow UP12
  • Dehradun UK01
  • Kolkata WB10

Important dates

  • Last date and time for submitting the online application form: 22 December 2021, 5:00 PM
  • Last date for successful transaction of Examination Fee: 23 December 2021, 11:59 PM
  • Date for making the corrections in the application form online only: 24-26 December 2021
  • Date for downloading the admit cards: Will be announced later
  • Date and time of entrance exam: 16 January 2022, 10:00 AM- 1:00 PM
  • Date of declaring results: Will be announced later

Contact information

If you have any doubts regarding the program/fees, you can contact using:
Email: ignou@nta.ac.in
Tel: 011-40759000(Working days between 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM)
Website: https://ignou.nta.ac.in/, www.nta.ac.in

Useful links:
Brochure: https://ignou.nta.ac.in/downloads/IGNOU_Ph.D.brouchure2021(with_replica).pdf
Notification: https://ignou.nta.ac.in/downloads/IGNOUPublicNotice2021.pdf


Author: Sheo Shankar Jha25 Feb 2022 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 3

Aspirants engaged in regular jobs but are interested in persuading a PhD degree, IGNOU would not be a bad idea since undertaking such a degree from this open university will be at par with the degrees received from any regular university. So far the question of receiving an able guide is concerned, there is no dearth of competent scholars who can guide you in the area in which you would like to pursue your doctorate degree.

One more important thing, the aspirants should enquire about the support and quality of the PhD course of IGNOU from some senior students who have persuaded their doctorate course from this university. In that way, they might be more comfortable after receiving the feedback.

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