BA - Bachelor of Arts

Programme overview

The University offers Bachelor's Degree Programme leading to Bachelor's Degree in Arts(B.A.)

Minimum Duration: 3 Years
Maximum Duration: 6 Years
Medium of Instruction: English & Hindi
Course Fee: Rs. 6,000/- for full programme to be paid year wise @Rs. 2,000/- per year.
Minimum Age: No bar
Maximum Age: No bar
Eligibility: 10+2 or its equivalent or BPP from IGNOU

Credit System

The University follows the 'Credit System' for BA program. Each credit is worth 30 hours of student study time. Completion of the programme requires successful completion of both assignments and the Term End Examination of each course in the programme.
To earn Bachelor's Degree (BA), a learner has to earn 96 credits in minimum three years with 32 credits per year. For earning 96 credits, a student has to opt for courses from three categories.(1) Foundation Course (2) Elective Courses and (3) Application-Oriented Courses as given below.
Foundation Courses : 24 Credits
Elective Courses : 56 Credits or 64 Credits
Application Oriented Courses : 16 or 8 Credits

How to Choose Courses for B.A.

In the first year of study, you should take 16 credits in Foundation Courses (BSHF101, FEG1 or FHD2 and FEG2 or any one of MILs), and the remaining 16 credits in Elective Courses. In the second year you should take the remaining 8 credits of Foundation Course (FST1) and Elective Courses. In the third year you should take 16 or 24 credits in Elective courses and 16 or 8 credits in Application-Oriented Courses. We discuss below the choices available in all these groups.

Foundation Courses: In this category of courses, you have to choose from the following:

FEG 1 or FHD 2

FEG 2 or BHDF 1 or any one of the listed Modern Indian Languages.

BSHF 101 (Foundation Course in Humanities and Social Sciences), and FST 1 (Foundation Course in Science and Technology) are compulsory, in first and second year of study respectively.

Elective Courses: The main task is to select elective courses. Please remember that as a learner in an Open University you have this unique opportunity of free choice of courses. You must have noticed that the list of elective courses is very big and you have to choose courses worth 56 or 64 credits from this group. However, if you want to choose mathematics, we strongly recommend that you should have studied mathematics as one of the subjects at 10 + 2 level. If you want elective courses in a particular discipline you must take a minimum of 8 credits and a maximum of 48 credits in that discipline.

B.A. (Major)

If you want to study one particular discipline in depth to obtain B.A. Major or you want to pursue the same discipline for your postgraduate studies, you can select courses worth 48 credits from that discipline, except for Mathematics. In B.A., the option to do Major is available in English, Hindi, Urdu, Economics, History, Political Science, Public Administration, Sociology, Psychology, Philosophy and Mathematics. You have to select courses worth 40 credits, in Mathematics to obtain BA Major in Mathematics.

B.A. (General)

If you do not intend to specialise in one discipline you can choose courses from various disciplines. Here you will have to be careful. If you choose from many disciplines you might end up doing one course from each discipline which might not give you enough knowledge in any of the disciplines. You should try to select courses of your choice from 2 or 3 disciplines.

These courses would be available to you in a phased manner i.e. some would be available in the first year, a few more would be available in the second year and the remaining in the third year. This phasing has been done for the convenience of counselling and examination. In this scheme all the elective courses have been divided into 6 groups:

Group 1 - BEGE 101, BHDE 101, EHD 5, EEC 11, EHI 1, EHI 7, EPS 11, EPA 1, ESO 11, {ECO 1, ECO 2 (To be taken together)}, {MTE 1, MTE 4, MTE 5 (To be taken together)}, BSWE 4, {BPY 1, BPY 2 (To be taken together)}, {BPC 1, BPC 2 (to be taken together)} & BULE 1.

Group 2 - BEGE 102, EHD 2, BHDE 108, BECE 2, EHI 2, BPSE 212, BPAE 102, BRDE 101, ESO 12, {MTE 2, MTE 6 (To be taken together)}, {BPY 3, BPY 4 (To be taken together)}, {BPC 3, BPC 4 (to be taken together)} & BULE 2.

Group 3 - BEGE 103, BEGE 108, EHD 3, EEC 10, EEC 13, EHI 3, EPS 3, EPS 8, EPA 3, ESO 13, ECO 5, ECO 7, {MTE 7, MTE 8 (To be taken together)}, BSWE 5, {BPY 5, BPY 8 (To be taken together)}, {BPC 5, BPC 6 (to be taken together)} & BULE 3.

Group 4 -BEGE 105, BHDE 106, BECE 214, EHI 4, EPS 7, EPA 4, ESO 14, ECO 3, (ECO 6 or ECO 13), {ECO 12, ECO14 (To be taken together)}, {MTE 9, MTE 10 (To be taken together)}, BSWE 6, {BPY 6, BPY 7 (To be taken together)}, {BPYE 1, BPYE 2 (To be taken together)}, {BPCL 7, BPCL 8 (to be taken together)} & BULE 4,

Group 5 - BEGE 106, BHDE 107, BECE 15, EHI 5, EPS 15, EPA 5, ESO 15, ECO 8, ECO 9, {MTE 11, MTE 12 (To be taken together)}, {BPY 9, BPY 10 (To be taken together)}, {BPCE 14 or BPCE 15 or BPCE 17 (Choose any one)} and {BPCE 11 or BPCE 13 or BPCE 18 or BPCE 19 or BPCE 21 (Choose any one)}, BULE 5.

Group 6 - BEGE 104, BEGE 107, EHD 4, BECE 16, BECE 107, EHI 6, EPS 6, EPS 9, EPA 6, ESO 16, ECO 10, ECO 11, {MTE 13, MTE 14 (to be taken together)}, {BPY 11, BPY 12 (to be taken together)}, {BPCE 22, BPCE 23 (to be taken together)}, BULE 6.

Only Group 1 and 2 courses are available in the first year. In the first year you have to choose courses worth 16 Credits only from elective courses. Select 8 Credits from each group. Elective Courses from rest of the group would be offered in second and third year.

You should offer elective courses in such a way that overlapping is avoided i.e. you should offer courses of 8 credits from Group 1 and 8 credits from Group 2.

Application-Oriented Courses: In the third year you have to take courses worth 8 or 16 credits from this group. While selecting these courses make sure that they are of use to you in the profession, you are working in or intend to take up in future.

BA Term-end Examination

The University conducts Term-end Examination twice a year in the months of June & December. Students will be permitted to appear in term-end examination subject to the conditions that 1) registration for the courses, in which they wish to appear is valid, 2) minimum time to pursue these courses is elapsed, and 3) they have also submitted the required number of assignment(s)

Sample Question Papers

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How to Apply for admission in IGNOU

The prospectus and application form is available at all the regional centres of the university as well as at the head quarters. It is also available on the University's website Admission form can also be filled online

You can apply online

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. You are also requested to download the Common Prospectus 2016-17 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.
    1. Click on the button "REGISTER YOURSELF" that appears in the applicant login area and fill the required registration details.
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