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IGNOU Agriculture Courses: Admission and other details

IGNOU School of Agriculture (SOA): Established in January 2005 at Indira Gandhi National Open University, the IGNOU SOA is approved by Indian Council for Agriculture Research and affiliated with IGNOU University. It was started with aim to educate the rural unemployed youth in the field of agriculture. Located in Maidan Ghari, New Delhi, the IGNOU SOA offers wide range of courses in different disciplines of agriculture. The influence of agriculture education through distance mode will soon be visible in the enlargement of new breeds of industrialists, better employment opportunities, higher wages and improved work environment. The School of Agriculture has puts its major emphasis on educational and extension activities in agriculture at the domestic and international level.

Salient features of IGNOU School of Agriculture (SOA)

Established in: 2005

Avialable Application Form 2020

Location: Maidan Ghari, New Delhi

Approved By: ICAR

Affiliated To: IGNOU University

Contact Number: 29571000

Programme offered

The SOA College of IGNOU imparts many academic programmes in UG and PG level. The department offers courses in Online, Distance and Regular mode. At present, IGNOU comprises 21 schools of learning offering different educational programme. The most sought courses offered in IGNOU School of Agriculture are listed below:

Doctoral Degree (PhD)

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Agriculture Extension (PHDAGE)
  • Ph.D in Dairy Science and Technology (PhDDR)

PG and Advance Certificate

  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Agriculture Policy (PGCAP)

PG and Advance Diploma

  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Food Safety and Quality Management (PGDFSQM)
  • Post-Graduate Diploma In Plantation Management (PGDPM)

Diploma level courses

  • Diploma in Dairy Technology (DDT)
  • Diploma in Watershed Management (DWM)
  • Diploma in Value Added Products from Fruits and Vegetables (DVAPFV)
  • Diploma in Value-added Products from Cereals, Pulses and Oilseeds (DPVCPO)
  • Diploma in Fish Products Technology (DFPT)
  • Diploma in Meat Technology (DMT)


  • Certificate in Sericulture (CIS)
  • Certificate in Poultry Farming (CPF)
  • Certificate in Bee Keeping (CIB)
  • Certificate in Water Harvesting and Management (CWHM)
  • Certificate in Organic Farming (COF)

Non-Credit courses

  • Training Programme on Betel Vine for farmers (Two Weeks) (TPBV)
  • Awareness Programme on Value Added Products from Fruits and Vegetables (APVPFV)
  • Certificate in Integrated Pest Management Technology in Potato Cultivation (CIPMT)
  • Awareness Programme on Dairy Farming (APDF)

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IGNOU School of Agriculture (SOA) – Fee structure

Serial no. Programmes Details of Fee

Ph.D. in Agricultural Extension (PHDAGE)

Rs.7,000/- per year extra Rs. 7,000 for Course work
2. Post Graduate Diploma in Food Safety and Quality Management (PGDFSQM) Rs 12,000/-
3. Diploma in Value Added Products from Fruits and Vegetables (DVAPFV) Rs. 12,000/-
4. Post Graduate Diploma in Plantation Management (PGDPM)

Rs. 5,500/-


Ph.D. in Dairy Science and Technology (PHDDR)

Rs. 7,000/- per annum extra Rs. 7,000 for course work and plus Rs. 15,000/- per annum for 3 years as laboratory fee
6. Post Graduate Certificate in Agriculture Policy (PGCAP) Rs. 3,000/-
7. Diploma in Dairy Technology (DDT) Rs. 12,000/-
8. Certificate in Organic Farming (COF) Rs. 4,000/-
9. Diploma in Production of Value Added Products from Cereals, Pulses and Oilseeds (DPVCPO) Rs. 11,000/-
10. Diploma in Watershed Management (DWM) Rs. 10,000/-
11. Diploma in Meat Technology (DMT) Rs. 12,000/-
12. Diploma in Fish Products Technology (DFPT) Rs. 9,000/-
13. Certificate in Sericulture (CIS) Rs. 3,500/-
14. Certificate in Poultry Farming (CPF) Rs. 3,000/-
15. Certificate in Water Harvesting and Management (CWHM) Rs. 2,000/-
16. Certificate in Beekeeping (CIB) Rs. 1,100/-
17. Awareness Programme on Dairy Farming (APDF) Rs. 1,100/-
18. Awareness Programme on Value Added Products from Fruits and Vegetables (APVPFV) Rs. 1,000/-

SOA International fee structure

Course Payable amount in Rs (for SAARC) Payable amount in US$ (for Non-SAARC)
Post-Graduate Diploma in Food Safety and Quality Management (PGDFSQM) 33000 2550
Diploma in Watershed Management (DWM) 27000 2110
Post-Graduate Certificate in Agriculture Policy (PGCAP) 8000 570
Diploma in Value-added Products from Cereals, Pulses and Oilseeds (DPVCPO) 30000 2340
Diploma in Value Added Products from Fruits and Vegetables (DVAPFV) 32000 2550
Post-Graduate Diploma In Plantation Management (PGDPM) 15000 1130
Diploma in Dairy Technology (DDT) 32000 2550
Certificate in Organic Farming (COF) 11000 850
Diploma in Fish Products Technology (DFPT) 24000 1870
Certificate in Sericulture (CIS) 9000 700

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to IGNOU School of Agriculture (SOA)

  1. What is the duration of the courses offered at IGNOU SOA?

Type of study programme

Minimum Maximum
All Diplomas and PG Diplomas 1 year 4 years
All Certificates and PG Certificates 6 months 2 years
  1. When are the SOA academic courses being provided?
  • The university offers all diploma and PG diploma courses of School of Agriculture (SOA) only once in a year i.e. July session only
  • All certificate and PG Certificate courses of SOA are being offered twice in a year namely January session and July session.
  1. Does the admissions are open throughout the year?

IGNOU organizes ‘Walk-in admission’ process where interested candidates who want to get enroll in any of the programmes have to approach the concerned Regional Director during office hours. The admission for SOA courses will remain open throughout the year. However, according to the admission schedule the candidates will be allotted admission to the respective sessions. For example, if an applicant has submitted the application form after the due date of admission for that particular session, his/her application would be considered in the next academic session.

  1. How to get admission for  IGNOU School of Agriculture Programme?

Interested and eligible candidates can get admission to School of Agriculture (SOA) programmes using the brochure and Application Form of IGNOU for all the courses of School of Agriculture (excluding Ph.D. admission).

  1. How can I get the School of Agriculture application Forms?

The information booklet along with application form can be obtained from the “IGNOU Headquarters, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi -110068” as well as from all the Study Centres and Regional Centres of IGNOU. To know the more details about regional centre, please visit the below link:

  1. What is the last admission date for SOA courses?

The expected schedule for submission of filled in application form for January and July sessions are provided below:

Session Without late fee With late fee of Rs. 300
January Session 30th November 15th December
July session 31st May 15th June

The above dates are tentative and subject to change as per the IGNOU SOA official admission notification. To know the actual last date for submission of SOA application form for that particular session, you are recommended to go through the official website of IGNOU i.e. on regular basis.

  1. Where should I need to submit the filled application form along with the prescribed fee?

Candidate should submit the filled in application form along with the prescribed course fee to the concerned Regional Centre. The details of Regional Centre area mentioned in the information brochure or can be accessed from link.

  1. What is the procedure to submit the SOA programme fee?

The prescribed course fee should be submitted using Demand Draft or Cash challan or credit card. In case of payment through Demand Draft, the DD should be drawn in favour of IGNOU payable at the city of the Regional Centre.

If you are paying through Cash Challan/ Bank Draft, then at the back of DD/Challan Copy you need to provide some details like name, Auto generated Control Number issued by IGNOU and course applied. However, for downloaded application form you need to add the cost of prospectus in addition to the above said details.

  1. Can I apply through online mode?

Of course yes. To apply online for any of the School of Agriculture study programmes, Please go through the following admission link:

  1. Whether I can get simultaneous admission in two study courses of IGNOU?

Those who are already registered in a course of one year or more than one year duration can also simultaneously enroll themselves for any certificate programme of 6 months duration. However, in case of any clashes in counselling and exam dates of both courses, the University will not be in liable to make adjustment.

  1. If I have not done the programme in prescribed maximum duration, what should I do?

Students, who are failed to complete their study programme within the prescribed maximum period of time, can take re-admission for extra time. Such students have to make fee payment per programme on pro-rate basis. The   complete details of pro-rate fee and the Re-admission Form are given at the Regional Centres for all the programmes.

  1. Where counselling process is conducted?

The theory and practical counselling sessions are organized at the Study Centre/Programme Study Centre (PSCs) allotted throughout the country.  It should be noted that the study centre may varies from course to course.

  1. Is it must to be present at the counselling sessions?

It is necessary for all the students to attend the practical counselling held at PSCs for all School of Agriculture courses with practical component. At least 75% attendance is required to appear for the examinations.

  1. Where I should submit my assignments?

Assignments can be submitted at the Programme Study Centre given to you.

  1. When is the Term End Examinations (TEE) conducted?

Term End Examinations (TEEs) are organized twice in a year i.e. in the month of June and December

  1. Where are Term End Examinations (TEEs) held?

TEEs will be organized at the IGNOU notified exam centre situated throughout the country.

IGNOU School of Agriculture (SOA) Contact details


School of Agriculture,

G Block, Zakir Hussain Bhawan,

IGNOU- Maidan Garhi

New Delhi – India (110068)

Contact number: +91- 011-29533167, +91-011-29533167

Email id:

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