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Updated on Feb 21, 2024 11:57AM IST

Netaji Subhas Open University Kolkata Latest Update

February 21, 2024 11:57 AM

MBA selection test 2024 will be conducted on March 5-6, 2024. 

February 21, 2024 11:55 AM

Admission to PG courses, BLIS, and Advance Diploma courses is ongoing and the last date to apply is March 15, 2024.

February 19, 2024 9:34 AM

Join Netaji Subhas Open University's Certificate Course in Communicative Bengali for Professionals - Batch-1.

February 19, 2024 9:34 AM

Netaji Subhas Open University announces MBA Programme selection test for January 2024 session.

February 19, 2024 9:33 AM

Check out Netaji Subhas Open University's counseling instructions and merit lists for PG courses.

February 19, 2024 9:33 AM

Netaji Subhas Open University cancels NSOU-RET Part-II (Viva-Voce) for Zoology. Stay updated.

February 16, 2024 9:33 AM

Netaji Subhas Open University: Notice for Bengali Viva-Voce for Academic Session 2022-2023.

February 16, 2024 9:33 AM

Netaji Subhas Open University: Notice for Sociology Viva-Voce for Academic Session 2022-2023.

February 13, 2024 4:48 PM

Online classes for PGJM course papers 4A and 4B will be held on February 15, 22, 19 and March 07, 2024. 

February 9, 2024 1:09 PM

Netaji Subhas Open University: Notice for NSOU-RET Part-II (Viva-Voce) in History.

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NSOU Overview

NSOU Admissions 2023: NSOU B.Ed 2nd mop-up round for counselling and spot admission will happen on September 20, 2023.  Also, NSOU UG admissions 2024 second phase has started from August 8, 2023. NSOU admission portal for second phase will close on September 22, 2023. 

Netaji Subhas Open University (NSOU) is a state level open university founded in Kolkata in 1997. The university is recognised by the University Grants Commission (UGC), the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) and the Government of West Bengal. NSOU is accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with grade ‘A’. 

NSOU Kolkata is a member of the AIU, AAOU, and ACU. NSOU Kolkata offers undergraduate and postgraduate distance education programmes in the arts, science, commerce, and a variety of other fields under six schools. The university has 100+ study centres spread over West Bengal with regional centres in Durgapur, Jalpaiguri, Kalyani. It began offering a bachelor's degree in science in 2000 and a master's degree in mathematics in 2002. 

It also offers an online course through SWAYAM (a Government of India project) for which the university provides study material. A central library at the Kalyani campus, online chat, audio-video lectures, and an online e-store for books and resources are also available. The university also assists students in applying for several national scholarship programmes. 

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NSOU Highlights

Have a look at the table below to go through the highlights of NSOU, including university type, recognition, approvals, student intake, facilities, courses, rankings, etc.

Netaji Subhas Open University Highlights

Establishment year 1997 
Ownership TypeOpen
Approved by UGC
Accredited byNAAC ‘A’ Grade
No. of study centres100+
No. of departments6
Number of faculty77
Application modeOnline
No. of courses offered109 courses 
Faculty student ratio1:8
Entrance exam conductedUGC NET/ GATE/ SET
Types of scholarshipsMerit-based
Mode of educationDistance 
Gender intakeCo-ed
Admission CriteriaMerit-based/entrance-based
AIU MembershipYes
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NSOU Top Courses & Fees

B.Ed1 CourseFees40,000
MA8 CoursesAnnual Fee7,600 - 26,000
PGD7 CoursesAnnual Fee8,300
MSc3 CoursesAnnual Fee10,400 - 36,000
MHRDM2 CoursesAnnual Fee6,500 - 9,500
M.Com1 CourseAnnual Fee9,500
Diploma21 CoursesAnnual Fee7,000 - 30,000
Certificate20 CoursesAnnual Fee3,500 - 9,500
PhD2 CoursesAnnual Fee21,000 - 30,000
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NSOU Courses and Fees 2024

The NSOU courses include 109 undergraduate and postgraduate courses through its six departments. The duration of NSOU UG and PG courses varies depending on the course. It also provides a PhD degree in a variety of specialisations with a three-year minimum course time. NSOU also provides certificates, diplomas, advanced diplomas, and PG diploma programmes in a variety of subjects, including journalism & mass communication, english, vocational studies, medical laboratory technology, yoga, interior decoration, and more. You can check NSOU fees and courses along with the eligibility criteria in the table below. 

NSOU Courses, Fees and Eligibility Criteria 

CoursesFeesEligibility Criteria
BA Hons.Rs 11,575 (for three years)Class 12 with more than 50% marks
MARs 8,675 (for two years)Graduation with more than 50% marks
B.Sc Hons.Rs 17,275 (for three years)Class 12 with more than 50% in science stream
M.ScRs 11,475 - Rs 37,075 (for two years)Graduation in relevant stream
B.Com Hons. Rs 11,575 (for three years)Class 12 with more than 50% having commerce as a subject
M.ComRs 8,675 (for two years)Graduation in relevant stream.
BSWRs 7,600 (for three years)Class 12 with more than 50% marks.
MSWRs 11,475 (for two years)Graduation in relevant stream
B.Lib.I.ScRs 5,200 (for one year)Class 12 with more than 50% marks
M.Lib.I.ScRs 10,475 (for one year)Graduation in relevant stream
B.EdRs 40,000 (for 30 months)Graduation in relevant stream
Certificate CoursesRs 9,000 (for 17 weeks – one year)Graduation with more than 40% marks in any stream.
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NSOU Admission Dates 2024

NSOU UG and PG second phase admissions are ongoing for some courses. Students can visit and apply. However, you will need some important documents to apply for NSOU admissions 2024

Important Documents for NSOU Admissions

  1. Docmuents mandatory for all applicants
  • Passport size photograph
  • Signature of applicant
  • Proof of name such as Aadhar Card/ Voter Card/ Pan Card
  • Proof of DOB or age such as birth certificate, class 10 marksheet, digital ration card
  • Class 10 pass certificate
  • Class 12 pass certificate

The following documnets are also required for NSOU UG admisison if applicable:

  • Caste certificate for SC, ST, OBC-A, OBC-B for West Bengal Domicile
  • Gender Certificate if applicant is transgender 
  • PwD certificate
  • BPL certificate
  • Defenceand security force certificate
  • Candidate employment certificate 

NSOU Application Process 2022

NSOU admissions are done online using the university's official website. To know about the NSOU application process, follow the steps listed below.

Step 1: Visit the NSOU official website and click on the ‘Admission’ button. It will direct you to the NSOU admission portal. You can also visit the admission portal directly. 

Step 2: Click on the “Click on the UG/PGAdmission” button. 

Step 3: Click on the registration button. Read all the information carefully and click on the ‘Click Here To Proceed' button. 

Step 4: Fill out all the information, accept the declaration and submit. Note down the ID and password. (Set the learner support centre preference for PG admission in geography and zoology. )

Step 5: Click on the ‘Login’ button and fill out the NSOU application form and submit it. 

Step 6: Click on the ‘select course’ button, fill up the information and save. 

Step 7: Click on the ‘Upload Document’ button. Read all the instructions and upload the required documents. 

Step 8: NSOU will verify the documents uploaded. Check the application status and complete formalities if any.

Step 9: If the application status is ‘Verified and Approved’, log in and pay the NSOU application fees. You can also pay the application fee offline by submitting a bank challan.

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NSOU Merit List 2023

Netaji Subhas Open University has admitted students to its B.Ed and PG programmes based on their performance in the previous qualifying test in 2023. Multiple rounds of counselling took place depending on the availability of seats and confirmation of candidates for admission. NSOU Merit list 2023 has been published on the official website after the final counselling. Applicants must confirm their seats after checking their names on the merit list by paying fees and completing admission formalities. You can check which NSOU Merit list for 2023 has been published along with the date of publishing in the table below:

NSOU Merit list 2023

Name Date of Publishing
NSOU PG Geography Merit List 2023 (6th)January 1, 2023
NSOU B.Ed Admission 2023 Merit List July 21, 2023

How to check NSOU merit list 2023? 

NSOU has published the 6th provisional merit list for PG programmes and B.Ed on its official website for 2023 admissions. Students who applied for admission to these courses can check for their names on the merit list. You need to follow the following steps mentioned below to check the merit list of NSOU easily. 

Step 1: Visit the NSOU official website. 

Step 2: Click on the 'Student Zone,' menu, then to ‘Admissions,’ and then to ‘Merit List/Waitlist.’

Step 3: Select the year from the drop-down menu to see the NSOU merit list

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NSOU Placements

NSOU is an open university, it does not provide direct placement opportunities to the students. Despite the fact that the college does not offer direct recruitment, it is an excellent way to be recognised by top recruiters and firms.

Students can upload their resumes to the NSOU Placement Facilitation Service for the School of Vocational Studies. Employers will see these resumes and will make contact with the students who have been shortlisted. 

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NSOU Scholarships

NSOU scholarship schemes comprise a variety of government-sponsored scholarships. Students can apply through the National Scholarships Portal. The link is available on the NSOU website. Students can select from Central, State and UGC/AICTE schemes as per the eligibility criteria to avail NSOU scholarship. The following are some of the government scholarships available at the portal:

  • Post Matric Scholarships Scheme for Minorities.
  • Merit Cum Means Scholarship for Professional and Technical Courses(CS).
  • PG Scholarship for university rank holders(1st and 2nd rank holders).
  • PG Scholarship scheme for SC and ST students pursuing professional courses.
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NSOU Campus Facilities & Infrastructure

NSOU is an open university that provides limited campus facilities like a library and classrooms but a lot of online facilities for the students. Regional centres and learner support centres are a part of NSOU infrastructure. NSOU online facilities include ICT-enabled learner services, e-SLM, audio-video lectures etc. To Know about the NSOU facilities in detail, go through the list below.  

Library: NSOU has a central library at the Kalyani campus. It has 2,194 sq. feet of carpet area, one air-conditioned reading room, two stack rooms, wifi connectivity along with scanning and printing facilities. NSOU Library has access to the World Book Library, Web Dewey, JSTOR e-aggregator, etc. NSOU Library is a member of DELNET. It has seven study corners at Govt. libraries throughout West Bengal.  

Learner Support Centres: NSOU learner support centres are available for all the courses in different districts of West Bengal. NSOU regional centres are available at Kalyani, Durgapur, and Jalpaiguri. 

Online Facilities: NSOU provides several online facilities to the students. NSOU online facilities include ICT services for 29 programmes, e-self-learning materials for almost all the courses, audio and video lectures, NSOU web TV, NSOU web radio, live chat, e-store and e-content. 

Other Facilities: 

  • SWAYAM: Under the SWAYAM system, NSOU provides online certification courses for the students. 
  • Gyan Vani FM Channel: On 105.4 MHz, NSOU launched Gyan Vani FM, a radio station in Kolkata. Students can listen to the programmes related to their course.
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NSOU Awards, Recognition, Accreditations, and Collaborations

NSOU Awards

  • In 2006, the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) awarded the institution with the 'Excellence in Distance Education Award (EDEA)' for institutional achievement.
  • At the 8th Innovative Education Awards (2016), DNA and Star Group named the university as the Best Innovative University for the use of ICT in vocational education and training. 

NSOU Recognition

  • NSOU is recognised by UGC, DEC, AICTE, RCI and the Government of West Bengal.  

NSOU Accreditations

  • NSOU is accredited by NAAC with grade - A. 

NSOU Collaborations

  • NSOU is a member of AIU, AAOU, and ACU. 
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NSOU Contact Details

NSOU Address: 

  • NSOU Main campus: DD-26, Sector-I, Salt Lake City, Kolkata - 700 064.
  • NSOU Regional Centre Kalyani: Ghoshpara station road, Kalyani, Nadia, Pin - 741 235.
  • NSOU Regional Centre Durgapur: Mouz-Fuljhore, P.S.- New Town, Durgapur, Dist: Burdwan. (Adjacent to Durgapur Govt. College campus).
  • NSOU Regional Centre Jalpaiguri: Mouza-Patkata, P.S. Kotwali, Dist: Jalpaiguri.

NSOU Contact Number and Emails:

OfficesPhone No. Email 
NSOU Main Office 033 4066 3220NA
NSOU controller of examinations033 2463 0292NA
NSOU admission office 

033 4066 3220,

033 4066 3223 (BDP),

033 4066 3215 (PG)
NSOU examination office

033 2463 0292,

033 2463 0293
NSOU School of Sciences

033 4066 3217,

033 2357 7644,

033 2582 6611
NSOU School of Humanities033 4066 3214


School of Education

033 4004 7570,

033 4004 7571


NSOU School of Social Sciences033 4066 3219NA
NSOU School of Professional Studies033 4066 3210NA


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NSOU Campus

The University now operates from the following six (6) campuses:

CampusesAddressPhone numberFax
Headquarters of all administrative works1 Woodburn Park+91-33-2283-5157Fax: +91-33-2283-5082
Office of the Controller of Examinations & Centre for Language Studies2nd Floor, 134/1, Meghnad Saha Sarani, Kolkata 700029Ph. +91-33-2463-0292,Fax: +91-33-2465-6936
Transmission Centre of FM Channel Gyan Vani24/8, Garcha 1st Lane, Kolkata 700019Ph. +91-33-2454-5524
School of Science, Publication Department1st Floor, K2, Bidhannagar Fire Station, Sector-V, Salt Lake City, Kolkata 700091Ph. +91-33-2357-2947, 2357-7491
Store for Study MaterialsBen Fish Bhavan, Salt Lake, Sector-V, Kolkata 700091; Ben Fish Bhavan, Salt Lake, Sector-V, Kolkata 700091
University's First Eco-friendly Green CampusRegional Centre, Netaji Subhas Open University, Kalyani Ghoshpara, Kalyani—741235Ph. +91-33-2502-5066

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NSOU Reviews

rating of 4.1 out of 5
By Bapi Sarkar
Feb 19, 2024 6:37:12

Overall: Netaji Subhas Open University (NSOU) has an overall rating of 4.1 out of 5 based on 24 verified reviews. Academic: 8.4/10 Faculty: 8.6/10 Infrastructure: 8.3/10 Social Life: 8.3/10 Accommodation: 7.0/10 Placement: 7.3/10 NSOU is a state-open university that was announced in 1997. It is recognized by the Government, DEC, and UGC. In 2006, it received the Excellence in Distance Education Award (EDEA) from the Commonwealth of Learning (COL)

Placement: I have observed too that the education system of this university is very good. So it is not that difficult for the students to get placed with the respected companies in a country. Even I am I'm also working in a good company.

Infrastructure: University has initiated the process of setting up a strategic partnership with the existing network of public libraries. The strategic partnership has been started with the following public libraries at different locations: 1. State Central Library, Kolkata 2. Uttarpara Jaikrishna Public Library, Hooghly 3. Kolkata Metropolitan Library 4. North Bengal State Library, Coochbehar 5. Uttar Dinajpur Govt. District Library, Uttar Dinajpur 6. Taki Govt. District Library, North 24Parganas 7. North 24Parganas Govt. District Library

Faculty: Faculties from different region teach the students in this university. Faculty is in our course have great knowledge about each subject and they prepare the students well for the examination to score good marks.

Hostel: According to some sources, Netaji Subhas Open University (NSOU) in Kolkata, West Bengal does not offer hostel facilities. Other sources say that NSOU does offer accommodation facilities and has a clean and healthy environment for students to stay. NSOU also has departmental-based laboratories, sports facilities, an excellent IT infrastructure, a library, a playground, a cafeteria, medical facilities, and computer labs.

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FAQs about NSOU

What is the passing criteria for NSOU?

Students studying at NSOU must secure 40% marks in each subject for UG programmes and 40% marks in PG programmes to pass the exam. If any student fails to complete his course on time, they may continue reappearing in examinations for the next three years by paying Rs 600 per year.

How can I get admission to Netaji Subhas Open University courses?

Students willing to take admission to NSOU BDP and PG courses may visit the NSOU official website and apply under the admission section. Applicants are required to give some documents such as a class 10 certificate, Adhaar card, Migration etc. along with Rs 900 as NSOU application fee.

Is Netaji Subhas Open University a private or government university?

NSOU is a government university owned by the Government of West Bengal. It was established in 1997 and is accredited with NAAC 'A' grade. It offers 109 courses through six schools including UG, PG, diploma and certificate courses. It was established in the birth centenary year of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

What are the fees for Netaji Subhas Open University 2023?

NSOU course fee ranges between Rs 5000 to Rs 12000 per year. The fee may vary depending on the duration and type of course. For instance, NSOU B.Sc (Hons) fee for three years is Rs 17, 275 and NSOU fee for two years is Rs 8,675.

What is the Netaji Open University 2023 admission fee?

NSOU admission fee is Rs 900 inlcuding Enrollment Fee Rs 175 +Online application processing fees Rs 275 + Fees for Identity cum Registration Card Rs 100 + Annual Development Fee Rs 175 + Fee for Prospectus Rs 150 + Migration Fee Rs 25 which is paid after registration and verification of documents. It can be paid online or through a bank challan in offline mode.

Can students at NSOU get scholarship?

NSOU does not provide any scholarships directly. However, they host a portal from where students may apply at the National Scholarship Portal, Distance education Bureau, and University Grants Commission, Indira Gandhi National Open University, West Bengal State Council for Higher Education, and Department of Education, Government of West Bengal.

Where do I find my NSOU enrollment number?

Students have to fill the NSOU BDP or PG admission form, submit the required documents online and get them verified at the study centre. They will be issued the NSOU enrollment certificate online along with their NSOU enrollment number which will be sent to the registered mobile number of the applicants.

Who is eligible to apply for Netaji Subhas Open University admission?

For taking admission to NSOU UG programmes, applicants should have completed their class 12 with a minimum 50%. Admission to PG courses are done on the basis of graduation in the relevant screen. Students may apply at the NSOU official website and fill the application form for NSOU second phase admission.

IS NSOU Kolkata NAAC accredited?

NSOU is accredited with NAAC 'A' grade and it is also recognised by the University Grants Commission (UGC), All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) and the Government of West Bengal. It has recently won the Excellence in Higher Education Award, 2023 in the category 'Outstanding Vocational Education Programs' category.

Is NSOU recognised by UGC?

Yes, NSOU is recognised by University Grants Commission (UGC). It is also recognised by the Distance Education Council (DEC), the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) and the Government of West Bengal.

What is the last date to apply for Netaji Subhas Open School Admission 2023?

Netaji Subhas Open School Admission 2023 for phase 2 are ongoing. The registration willremain open till September 22, 2023. Students will have to visit the website, click on ‘register’ and log on to fill out the application form, upload picture, signature, documents, etc. After verification, students may pay the application fee and wait for the NSOU enrollment certificate and enrollment number.

Which course are available at Netaji Subhas Open University?

NSOU provides admission to 109 courses through its 6 departments namely, School of Humanities, School of Social Sciences, School of Sciences, School of Education, School of Vocational Studies, and School of Professional Studies. Students can visit the offcial website to apply for the desired programme. NSOU admissions 2023 second phase will end on September 29, 2023.

What are the scholarships available at NSOU?

NSOU scholarships include many central, state and UGC/AICTE schemes such as Post Matric Scholarships Scheme for Minorities, Merit Cum Means Scholarship for Professional and Technical Courses (CS), PG Scholarship for university rank holders, PG Scholarship scheme for sc st students for pursuing professional courses.

How to contact NSOU?

You can contact NSOU at 033 4066 3220 or visit the headquarters located at DD-26, Sector-I, Salt Lake City, Kolkata - 700 064.

What are the NSOU distance courses available?

NSOU offers several UG, PG and diploma courses like BA, B.Sc, B.Com, MA, M.Sc, M.Com, BSW, MSW, B.Lib.I.Sc., M.Lib.I.SC, B.Ed, and many certificate courses.

Has the NSOU merit list 2022 been released?

Yes, the NSOU merit list for PG and B.Ed admission has been released on the official website.

Is NSOU government or private?

NSOU is a state open university recognised by the Government of West Bengal.

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priyal Babbar, Student / Alumni

-Answered on Dec-26-2023
Hi there, LPU offers scholarships and financial aid on the basis of several criteria. The admission at LPU has begun for the next academic session. You can register on the LPU website and get in touch with the LPU officials for further info. Good Luck

Ashish Aditya, Student / Alumni

-Answered on Sept-25-2023

Dear student,

The Netaji Subhas Open University scholarships for OBC students are provided through the National Scholarship Portal. You need to check the ‘Ministry of Minority Affairs’ section, which is available in the central scholarship schemes option. Here, you can check the scholarship eligibility, scholarship amount, application dates, and more. You can also apply for Netaji Subhas Open University scholarships directly from the National Scholarship Portal. 

If you have any more questions, feel free to post a question. 

Thank you

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