Bachelor of Arts (BA) is a three-year undergraduate degree program in India. Students can apply for admission BA degree program after completing their 10+2 level e.g 12th standard from a recognized board in India.
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) is being offered in India through both regular and distance education mode. In this article, we will discuss the BA distance education program and top universities offering BA distance education in India.
Ideally, you should apply for a Bachelor of Arts (BA) distance education program just after your 10+2 result is declared.
Different universities have different eligibility criteria, so you must check if you’re eligible for admission before applying.
The fee structure of the distance BA degree program also varies from university to university.
During the 3 years of the course, students are required to learn 5 compulsory subjects. They are also required to choose electives as per their interest.
In this article, we will list down the top 10 distance education universities offering Bachelor of Arts (BA) program in India. We will also mention the eligibility criteria and fee structure of each university.
Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)
IGNOU is one of the top distance education universities in India offering Bachelor of Arts (BA) program.
IGNOU offers this course under its School of Social Sciences (SOSS).
IGNOU School of Social Sciences (SOSS) offers the program in eight disciplines: History, Economics, Political Science, Sociology, Public Administration, Library and Information Science, Anthropology, Psychology, and Gandhi and Peace Studies.
The IGNOU BA program is a 3 years degree course. The maximum duration to complete the course is 6 years.
There is no age bar to take admission in IGNOU BA program.
IGNOU offer admission in Bachelor of Arts (BA) program from both formal and non-formal scheme.
Formal scheme students are those students who have completed their 10+2, whereas Non-formal scheme students are those students who haven’t completed their 10+2. These students are required to clear the Bachelor’s Preparatory Programme (BPP) to be eligible for the course.
The total fee of the course is INR 6000.
Venkateshwara Open University
Venkateshwara Open University is one of the top open universities in India. VOU offers Doctoral, Post-Graduate and Graduate level courses.
The university runs its distance learning courses under its directorate of distance education. It offers Under Graduate and Post Graduate Programs in disciplines of Arts, Management, Library science, Social Sciences, and Information Technology.
The university offers the below Bachelor of Arts (BA) courses.
- BA – General
- BA – Hindi
- BA – History
- BA – Social Work
- BA – Psychology
- BA – English
- BA – Political Science
- BA – Public Administration
- BA – Philosophy
- BA – Geography
- BA – Sociology
- BA – Economics
- BA – Rural Development
Students who have completed their 10+2 can apply for admission in Bachelor of Arts (BA) courses offered by VOU.
The total fee of the course is 19500.
If you’re looking for an online BA program, the Amity online BA course is the right option for you.
Amity University is one of the top-rated universities in north India.
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) course offered by the university is a six semester (3 years) degree program.
The total fee of the course is Rs. 1,21,800, which is comparably higher than other universities. You should only join this course if you have a good budget and looking for an online-only degree program.
The medium of instruction for this course is English only.
Lovely Professional University
The lovely professional university is another top-rated private university in India. The university is located in Punjab and has won many prestigious awards.
LPU offers a 3 years BA degree program through distance education mode. The program is designed for students who can’t afford to attend regular classes but want to continue their higher studies.
The total fee of the program is Rs.9500 per year.
To apply for the BA course from LPU, students are required to buy a prospectus by paying Rs.350 fee. Prospectus can be purchased from the university campus or such other locations as specified by the university.
Jaipur National University
Jaipur National University is a well-known private university located in Jaipur, Rajasthan. The university was founded in the year 2007 and offering distance education courses since 2009 after receiving approval from DEC and the Joint Committee of AICTE-UGC-DEC.
The university offers various postgraduate and undergraduate degree courses including the Bachelor of Arts (BA) course.
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) course offered by the university is a 3-year degree program.
The total fee of the program is Rs. 11050/- per year. The fee can be paid through crossed bank Demand Draft in the name of the Jaipur National University payable at Jaipur city.
The University of Mumbai is one of the oldest universities in India. It was established in the year 1857. It is among the first three universities established in India.
The university offers a wide range of regular and distance education courses.
The university started offering distance learning courses in the year 1971-72 under its distance education wing “Directorate of Correspondence Courses”. In the year 1993, the Directorate of Correspondence Courses was upgraded as ‘Institute of Distance Education’ and acquired the status of ‘University Institution’.
The Distance BA program offered by the university is a 3-year degree program.
The eligibility criteria for admission in the 3 year BA degree program are: “10+2 from Maharashtra State Board Or equivalent Exam from other states, with English as a compulsory subject.”
Students with 3 years Diploma from MSBTE OR other boards recognized as equivalent can also apply for the program.
The total fee of the program is approximately Rs.9500.
University of Delhi
School of open learning (SOL) is the distance education wing of the University of Delhi. The SOL was formerly known as The School of Correspondence Courses and Continuing Education. It was established in 1962 and offers a wide range of correspondence courses.
The distance education BA program offered by Delhi University is a popular undergraduate course.
The university offers B.A (Program), B.A (Hons.) English, B.A (Hons.) Political Science courses.
Annamalai University is a NAAC ‘A’ grade university located in Annamalai Nagar, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu. The university offers courses in various disciplines including Arts, Agriculture, Science, Physical Education, Management, Medical, Humanities, and Engineering.
Annamalai University also offers more than 500 courses under distance education mode.
The university offers the following B.A courses under distance education mode. Most of the courses are available in English and Tamil medium.
- B.A. English
- B.A. English & Communication
- B.A. Economics (English Medium & Tamil Medium)
- B.A. Business Economics (English Medium & Tamil Medium)
- B.A. History (English Medium & Tamil Medium)
- B.A. History and Heritage Management (English Medium & Tamil Medium)
- B.A. Sociology (English Medium & Tamil Medium)
- B.A. Human Rights (English Medium & Tamil Medium)
- B.A. Social Work (English Medium)
- B.A. Social Welfare Administration (English Medium & Tamil Medium)
- B.A. Social and Civic Studies (English Medium & Tamil Medium)
- B.A. Police Administration (English Medium & Tamil Medium)
- B.A. Public Administration (English Medium & Tamil Medium)
- B.A. Political Science (English Medium & Tamil Medium)
- B.A. Population Studies (English Medium & Tamil Medium)
- B.A. Tamil
The total fee of the Annamalai distance B.A program is approximately Rs. 6000.
Aligarh Muslim University
Aligarh Muslim University is a NAAC ‘A’ grade Indian public central university. It was established by Sir Syed Ahmad Khan in 1875. The campus of the university is located in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh.
Aligarh Muslim University offers both regular and distance education courses.
The distance education courses are offered under the Centre for Distance Education, which is an integral part of the University.
The university offers B.A (Hons.) Arts & Social Science 3 year degree program under the distance education mode. The minimum duration to complete the course is 3 years and the maximum is 8 years.
There is no age bar to join the course.
You can write examination is Urdu, Hindi, and English language.
Students who have completed their 10+2 can apply for this program.
Andhra University is a NAAC ‘A’ grade university offering distance education BA program. The distance education wing of Andhra University was established in 1972.
Students pursuing distance education BA program study the same syllabus as students of regular stream study in Andhra University. The degree awarded to the distance education student is also the same as regular students of Andhra University.
The university has a distance education bureau affiliation to offer distance education courses.
Students who wish to join a distance education BA program from Andhra University are required to appear in common entrance exam conducted by the university.
These are the top 10 universities in India that students may consider to pursue their BA distance education degree course. We advise you should also research about the university before joining. Apart from the above mentioned universities, there are many other universities that offer a distance BA course. You may also consider joining them if they are approved by DEB to offer distance education courses in India.