Established in 1857, the University of Madras is one of the oldest universities in India. It is a distinguished Public State University located in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Started in 1981, The Madras University Distance Education offers various courses in distance mode and Open University system. University of Madras Institute of Distance Education has been a boon for students who couldn’t complete their studies due to multiple reasons. The distance education of the University follows a similar syllabus for both regular and distance learning to keep the standard of the distance courses on par with the regular classes. Distance education of Madras University is one of the best platforms to obtain a valid degree through distance mode without spending too much money.

IDE Madras University Approval Status

Madras University Distance Education Department is NAAC accredited and recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC), Distance Education Council New Delhi and Association of Indian Universities. Earlier the UGC had granted approval for only two courses but in 2019, UGC granted recognition to 35 distance education programs conducted by the University. (University Grants Commission Distance Education Bureau Order No,F.No. 1-18/2018 (DEB-I) Dated: 08-05-2019)

Madras University Distance Education Admission-2020-2021 

  • On-the-spot Admissions: First-year students can get admission through the on the spot admission centers at various centers. Students should carry all the original educational certificates, ID proof and, required fees and Passport size photos for admission. Students looking forward to getting admission through the on the spot admission centres should also carry a complete set of copies of all the documents.
  • Single Window Admissions at University:  Students can approach the admission centre located in the IDE Building of Chepauk Campus of the University with all documents. The admission centre is open from 10 AM to 5 PM from Monday to Saturday.
  • Online Admission
    Interested students can apply for the desired course through online mode. The application form can be downloaded from the university website, and after registration, they can fill the application form online. Once the registration process is completed, they can take the print out of the acknowledgement and pay the admission fee by online and submit to the University.

Online Admission Link for All Courses

  • UG Admission Form download Here
  • Download PG Admission Form Here
  • MCA/MBA Admission Form Download
  • Certificate, Diploma, PG Diploma Admission Form Download

The Madras University Distance Education Cell offer programs in two academic sessions. A candidate can join a distance learning program in either the June to May academic session or the January to December academic session.

The students can take admission in a distance learning program admission, both online and offline.

IDE- Cost of Application Form , Course Duration

  • The cost of online application form is INR 200, and for offline application is INR 100 or INR 150.
  • The University of Madras has established many admission centres and learning centers all over India because of the growing demand for Distance Education.
  • The UG courses are 3-year courses.
  • The PG courses are 2-year courses.
  • The Distance MBA program offered is a 2 years course.
  • The PG Diploma and Diploma courses are offered for 1 year.
  • The Certificate courses are offered for 1 year, 6 months and 3 months.

Distance Education Prospectus and Application Form Details

The details of the courses and other information are available in the prospectus of the University. Candidates can obtain the prospectus from the university counter, by post or download from the university website. 

  • Personal Collection: The prospectus and admission form can be collected directly from the University admission counter in Chennai. The cost of the prospect ( Rs- 100) is to be paid in cash at the counter
  • E-Prospectus: The prospectus and application form can be downloaded from the University website The students who have downloaded the e prospects are required to submit the application fee ( Rs 100) at the time of submission of the application form.
  • By Post:  The prospectus and admission form can be obtained by post by writing to the distance education cell of the University along with a demand draft of Rs 150 payable at Chennai drawn in favour of The Director, IDE, University of Madras. Chennai.

Courses Offered

The Institute of Distance Education, University of Madras offers 71 programs via the mode of distance education. These programs include 15 UG programs, 20 PG programs, 8 PG Diploma programs, 16 Diploma programs and 12 Certificate programs. (As on 10/05/2020)The Certificate courses offered by the Institute of Distance Education, University of Madras are offered in collaboration with various industries.

Undergraduate Courses

Madras University Distance education cell offers a wide range of undergraduate courses. The main attractions of the undergraduate courses are low fees structure and flexibility. The undergraduate program in distance mode is an ideal way for the aspirants to cut down the educational expenses. Undergraduate courses in distance mode include weekend classes, online classes and teacher support.

For Admission to UG programs, a candidate should have passed any one of the following from a Government recognized institute:

· Higher Secondary Examination (Academic or Vocational).

· Intermediate Examinations (10 + 2).

· Pre-Degree Examinations.

· Pre-University Examinations.

· Any Board under 10+2/10+3/11+1/11+2 Pattern.

· Plus 2 from NIOS, New Delhi.

Undergraduate Courses

 BA in Tamil.

· BA Literature in Tamil.

· BA in English.

· BA in Economics.

· BA in Historical Studies.

· BA Public Administration.

· BA Criminology and Police Administration.

· B.Com.

· B.Com. Corporate Secretaryship.

· B.Com. Bank Management.

· B.Com. Computer Applications.

· BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration).

· B.Sc. Mathematics.

· B.Sc. Psychology.

· BCA (Bachelor of Computer Applications).

Postgraduate Courses

The distance education, University of Madras offers a wide range of postgraduate degree programs in distance mode which allows the students to study at a time that suits them and combine their studies

Listed below are the Postgraduate courses offered by IDE, University of Madras.

Details  of  PG programs & Eligibility criteria.

ProgramsEligibility Criteria
MA coursesA candidate should hold a Bachelor Degree in the relevant field of study.
M.ComCandidates, holding a degree in B.Com, BA (Industrial Organisation), BA (Economics), BBA, B.Sc. (Mathematics), B.Sc. (Computer Science) or BCA can apply.
M.Sc. in MathematicsA candidate must have passed either B.Sc. (Mathematics/ Applied Sciences/ Physics/ Chemistry) or B.Tech.
M.Sc. in Psychology & Counselling PsychologyCandidates holding any UG Degree can apply.
M.Sc. in Cyber Forensics & Information SecurityCandidates holding a UG Degree in a relevant field of study can apply.
M.Sc.Information TechnologyCandidates who hold a UG Degree in Mathematics or any related subject to Mathematics can apply.
MCA (Master of Computer Applications) BCA/ BES/ B.Sc. In Computer Science/ Mathematics/ Physics/ Applied Sciences/ Statistics.  B.Tech/ B.E/ MBA. Candidates holding a Bachelor Degree with Mathematics as a major subject can also apply. The candidate will have to qualify in the Entrance Test conducted by IDE, University of Madras.

MBA Admission 2020-2021

MBA Distance education is a popular course in India as a lot of students, and working professionals want to earn an MBA degree while working. MBA program in distance mode is a lucrative career option for working professionals who wish to upgrade their skill without leaving their career. The distance MBA program of IDE Madras University is a boon for those who cannot afford the high cost of the course and need a flexible schedule for study.

Distance MBA Program – Overview.

Admission Process- Online & Offline

Medium: English

Duration of MBA Programs

MBA General- 2 years

MBA Executive- 2 Years (1-year theory and 1-year project work)

MBA Integrated 5 years

MBA Eligibility Criteria

MBA General- Eligibility

· A degree from a recognized University under 10+2+3 pattern

· A Degree in Engineering/Technology/Medicine/Architecture/Law in 10+2+3 Pattern

A professional qualification in Accountancy / Cost & Works Accountancy / Company Secretaryship

MBA Executive- Eligibility

· A degree from a recognized University under 10+2+3 pattern

· Minimum 3 years work experience in the public sector companies or semi or quasi-Government organizations or an executive, managerial or supervisory rank in a business organization.

MBA Integrated- Eligibility
12th Pass under 10+2 Pattern

MBA Courses offered

· Apparel Management

· Travel and Tourism

· Marketing Management

· Hospital Management

· Human Resource Management.

· Educational Management

· Export-Import Management

· Financial Management

· Human Resource Management

· International Business Management

· Logistics and Supply Chain Management

· Operations Management

· Shipping and Port Management

· Systems Management

MBA Course Fees

  • MBA General- INR 37550
  • MBA Executive- INR 32,000 
  • MBA Integrated-INR 29,000

MBA Other Fees

Application Form- INR -500

Application Form by Post- 600

Duplicate Admission Card- INR -700

Postgraduate Diploma Courses

Madras University offers some of the best distance learning Postgraduate diploma programs in India. These Postgraduate diplomas courses are beneficial to students to upgrade their education as per their requirement with flexibility and help to move ahead in the carrier path.

Find the details of postgraduate courses offered at the University below.

  • · PG Diploma in Computer Science.
  • · PG Diploma in Exports and Imports Management.
  • · PG Diploma in Hospital Management.
  • · PG Diploma in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
  • · PG Diploma in Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences.
  • · PG Diploma in Public Relations.
  • · PG Diploma in Shipping and Port Management.
  • · PG Diploma in Urban Planning and Management.

Eligibility For PG Diploma Courses

An individual who has qualified for a Degree program in any Government recognised university under 10+2+3/ 11+1+3/ 11+2+2 pattern is eligible to apply for the PG Diploma courses.

Diploma Courses

The Diploma courses of the Madras University Distance education provide a thorough knowledge of the chosen subjects. The well-designed curriculum provides an opportunity to improve professional skill and aptitude. The students can choose the specialization according to their interest and requirement from a comprehensive list of diploma courses listed below.

· Diploma in Accounting and Auditing.

· Diploma in Functional Arabic.

· Diploma in Information Security and Cyber Law.

· Diploma in Labour Law.

· Diploma in Management.

· Diploma in Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences.

· Diploma in Police Administration.

· Diploma in School Management.

· Diploma in Tourism and Travel Management.

· Diploma in Taxation.

· Diploma in Yoga.

Eligibility For Diploma Courses

Degree from a recognized university under 10+2+3/ 11+1+3/ 11+2+2 pattern is eligible to apply for the Diploma courses.

Certificate Courses

The distance education department of the University of Madras provides short term certificate course starting from 3 months to 1 year through distance mode. These certificate courses are highly specialized courses and more focused on curriculum-based learning. Certificate courses are best suited for students who want to focus on a specific area of interest and earn a valid certificate.

· Certificate Course in Computer Applications. (1 Year course)

· Certificate Course in E-Commerce. (1 Year course)

· Certificate Course in Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences. (1 Year course)

· Certificate Course in Police Administration. (6 Months Course)

· Certificate Course in Spoken Tamil. (6 Months Course)

· Certificate Course in Written Tamil. (6 Months Course

· Certificate Course in Library and Information Sciences. (3 Months Course)

Eligibility Criteria For Certificate Courses

Anyone who has passed the Higher Secondary Examination (10+2) conducted by any Government recognized Board can apply for admission to the Certificate Programs offered by the University of Madras via Distance Education.

How to Apply ?

Candidates who want to obtain admission to a Distance Education Program offered by the University of Madras can collect the Admission form either online or offline.

· Candidates can collect the admission form directly from the university campus or the spot admission centers of the University for INR 100.

· It can also be obtained by sending a DD of INR 150 to the Director of the Institute of Distance Education, University of Madras.

· Admission form can also be filled online by making a payment of INR 200.

The Application form, along with all the supporting documents, has to be sent to the University.

For a few programs, the candidate has to appear for the Entrance Test conducted by the Institute of Distance Education, University of Madras.

Madras University Distance Education Fees Details

Listed below are the details of Madras University Distance Education Fees for UG, PG, MBA, Certificate Courses and Post Graduate Diploma Courses.

Name of the CourseDurationEligibilityAdmission Fees(INR)University Fees (in INR)Total
BA- English3 12th200 33003500
BA- Administration3 12th200 33003500
BA- Tamil3 12th200 33003500
BA- Economics3 12th200 33003500
BA -Criminology and Police3 12th200 33003500
BA- Public Administration3 12th20055005700                      
BA -Christian Studies3 12th20060006200
B Litt1 12th20025102710
B Com3 12th20025102710
B.Sc -Mathematics3 12th20060006200
BSc -Geography3 12th20060006200
BSc -Psychology3 12th20060006200
BSc -Medical Sociology3 12th20060006200
BBA3 12th20060006200
BNat -Naturopathy and Yogic Science3 12th20060006200
B Com -Computer Application312th20060006200
Bachelor of Commerce -B.Com312th25015,39515645
Diploma in Business Management1 12th2504,7004950
Diploma in Commerce1Degree2504,6504900
MSc -IT2 Degree250 33003550
MA- Political Science2Degree250 33003550
MA -Historical Studies2Degree250 33003550
MA –English2Degree250 33003550
MA -Public Administration2Degree250 33003550
MA- Economics2Degree250 33003550
MA -Sociology2Degree250 33003550
MA -Human Rights2Degree250 33003550
M Com2Degree25033003550
MSc -Mathematics2Degree250 33003550
MSc-Medical Sociology2Degree250 33003550
MSc -Psychology2Degree250 33003550
MSc -Geography2Degree250 33003550
MSc -Counselling Psychology2Degree250 33003550
PG Diploma1Degree2504,6504850

Madras University Distance Education Exam Fees Online Payment

The students pursuing various courses through distance education can make the exam fees through an online payment. Madras University Distance Education Exam Fees Online . Read More About IDE Madras University Exam Fees Online

Previous Question Papers

You can download the models question papers and previous question papers of the Institute of distance education Madras University here  Old question papers of UG, PG, including MCA and MBA, Certificate courses, PG Diploma course, and UG foundation courses are available for download.

IDE Madras Hall Ticket

All the candidates can download the E-Hall Ticket from the official website of the Institute of Distance Education, the University of Madras via the link given below

Once you visit the site, you will have to select your course from one of the following:

  • UG/Diploma & Certificate.MA/ M.Sc./ M.Com/ MCA/ M.Sc.(IT).MBA.
  • After that, you will have to enter your Enrollment Number, and you will be able to download your Hall Ticket.

IDE Madras University Results

The IDE of Madras University conducts semester and annual examinations for UG/ PG courses. The annual exams are held in March and April, and results are announced during May- June Months. The Madras University Distance Education Results will be published on the official website of the University ( The results of the all UG, PG, Postgraduate Diploma, Diploma and Certificate courses will also be published on this website after results are published on the university website.

Check Madras University Distance Education Results Here

Useful Information & Links

Results Declaration– After Two Months of Exam

Dispatch of Identity Card– After three Months of Admission

Duplicate ID card Fees– Rs -100

Mode of Payment- Cash/DD/Challan/Online

Online Study (Web based learning)

The Institute of distance education provides web-based learning for all programs. Please visit the below link for details

Examination Time Table

For further information regarding the examination time table, please visit the below page

Contact Details of the Learner Support Centre:
With Name, Mail ID & Phone Number

Frequently Asked Questions

1) Is Distance Education degree from Madras University valid?

Ans– Yes, it is valid in India.

2) Is Madras University Private or State University?

Ans- It is a Public State University.

3) Does UGC approve Madras University Distance Education?

Ans- Yes. The UGC, Distance Education Council & Association of Indian Universities have approved the distance education programs of Madras University Distance Education. (University Grants Commission Distance Education Bureau Order No, F.No. 1-18/2018 (DEB-I) Dated: 08-05-2019)

4) Is attendance compulsory in Theory classes of MSc Psychology?

Ans- Minimum 50% attendance is mandatory for getting the hall ticket of examination.

5) Is attendance compulsory in the Practical of MSc Psychology?

Ans-  The University will conduct theory and practical classes every year and attendance is practical classes is mandatory for seven days.

6. Is it mandatory to attend the personal contact programs?

Ans- Attendance in personal contact programs (PCP)is compulsory for practical but not mandatory for theory classes. The details of the Personal Contact Program Details are updated on this page

7. Are the MBA programs of Madras University Distance Education recognised by the UGC & AICTE?

Ans- Yes. Both UGC and AICTE recognise the MBA programs of the IDE of the University of Madras.

8. How to Apply for Duplicate ID Card?

Ans- Step -1. Download the application from the website

Step- 2. Fill the form and attach a photo and submit

Step -3. Pay the fees online

Step -4. Take the print out of the payment receipt

9. What is the procedure for getting a Migration Certificate?

Ans- Step -1. Download the application 

Step- 2. Fill the form and attach TC, Provisional & Degree certificates and then submit

Step -3. Pay Migration Fees Rs 525 Online

Step -4. Take the print out of the payment receipt

10. What is the procedure for getting Transfer Certificate?

Ans- Step -1. Download the Application

Step- 2. Fill the form and attach provisional and course completion certificates and then submit

Step -3. Pay the fees online

Step -4. Take the print out of the payment receipt.

11. What is the procedure for getting Consolidated Mark Statement?

Ans- Step -1. Download the application 

Step- 2. Fill the form and attach provisional and degree certificates and then submit

Step -3. Pay the fees online Ts 1500  

Step -4. Take the print out of the payment receipt.

12. Is there any lateral entry programs in Madras University Distance Education?

Ans- Yes. Students can apply for direct admissions to Second & Third-year programs of BCA & MCA. For details about the lateral entry, programs visit the official website


If you are thinking about pursuing a degree via Distance Education, University of Madras can be an excellent choice for you. The fee is minimal, and a degree from the University of Madras holds a lot of value. The admission process is also very simple. You have to ensure that you fulfill the eligibility criteria prescribed by the university.

Contact Details of Institute of Distance Education, Madras University

Institute of Distance Education, University of Madras,
IDE Building, Chepauk, Chennai- 05
Telephone: +91 44-25613716. India


University Office Timings

Monday to Friday: 10.Am to 5.45
Closed on Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holiday
General Enquiry Section : +91 44 25613727/28/ 29/30/31

Contact Details of Admission Section

UG – Admission- +91 44  25613713 Email:

PG – Admission- +91 44  25613748 email:

M.B.A- Admission- +91 44 25613770 email:

Single Window Admission Section
 +91 44 25613830 email:

Courses and Eligibility conditions– +91 44 25613768 Email:

Personal Contact Programme Details– +91 44 25613760 Email: 0

Single Windows Admission Section-+91 44 25613830 Email:

Online Windows Admission Section-+91 44 25613742 Email:

Contact Details of Examination SectionAddl- Controller of Examinations- -+91 44 25613704, 25392231 Email:

Certificate, Diploma, PG Diploma Courses +91 44 25613723 Email: 

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