IGNOU OPENNET 2019IGNOU OPENNET 2019 : IGNOU offers admission in Post Basic Nursing. It is a three years course and the admission is done through an entrance Test known as OPENNET. The Post Basic Nursing course offered by IGNOU is approved by Indian Nursing Council (INC). The admission to the programme will be done strictly on the basis of merit in the entrance examination and counselling will be done Regional Centre wise, strictly on order of merit.

IGNOU OPENNET( VIII) 2019 Important Dates

Last date of submission of Application formJuly 2019
Date of Entrance TestSeptember 2019
Declaration of ResultNovember 2019
Region wise CounsellingDecember 2019/January 2019
Final AdmissionJanuary 2019

IGNOU OPENNET Eligibility Criteria 2019

Education and Experience

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  • In-service Nurses i.e. Registered Nurses and Registered Midwives (RNRM) having 10+2 with three years Diploma in General Nursing and Midwifery (GNM) with a minimum of two years experience (after registration as RNRM) in the profession.


  • In-service Nurses (RNRM) having 10th class (Matriculation) or its equivalent with three years Diploma in General Nursing and Midwifery (GNM) with a minimum of five years experience (after registration as RNRM) in the profession.
  • For male nurses, who have not done midwifery in the GNM programme, should have a certificate in any of the Nursing courses of 6-9 months duration prescribed by the Indian Nursing Council in lieu of midwifery, in addition to the above educational qualifications.
Note: Candidates with less than two years of experience after RNRM are not eligible to apply.

Age Limit

There is no maximum age limit for Applying to the course.

Duration of Programme

The Course is of a minimum duration of three years. However, a maximum of 5 years is allowed for completion.

Candidates who do not complete the course even in five years from the date of registration will have to fill the Readmission form with payment of the prorata fee for each incomplete course of theory and practical components.

IGNOU OPENNET Application Form 2019

The Application procedure for OPENNET VIII available. Candidates can obtain the forms from IGNOU centres or it can also be downloaded from the internet.

Note the following points Regarding IGNOU OPENNET VIII:

  • The admission will be made once in a year for in-service nurses.
  • The application form can also be downloaded from the IGNOU website www.ignou.ac.in. or obtained from Regional Centre IGNOU directly or by post on payment of Rs.1000/-
  • In case the entrance test form is downloaded, a demand draft of Rs.1050/- should be sent along with the form.
  • The applications should be submitted in prescribed form (OPENNET-VII) so as to reach the following address before the due date:

Student Evaluation Divison,
Block-12, IGNOU,
Maidan Garhi,
New Delhi-110068

Note: Candidates must keep photocopies of the submitted Application form as it will be required for verification at the time of counselling if the entrance exam is cleared.

IGNOU OPENNET Exam Pattern (VIII) 2019

The following points highlight the exam pattern of OPENNET VIII:

  • The questions will be objective type in nature.
  • The number of questions in the exam will be 120.
  • Every question will bear 1 mark for every question.
  • The question paper will cover subjects taught in GNM.


Result of entrance test will be declared tentatively in mid of October/November 2018, which will be uploaded in the IGNOU website www.ignou.ac.in. Information about next step of admission process will be communicated by concerned regional centre. So, contact the regional centre for further information.

IGNOU OPENNET Merit List 2019

Region wise merit list for admission to Post Basic B.Sc. Nursing January, 2019 session will be prepared on the basis of marks obtained in the OPENNET – VII (Entrance Test) and will be displayed in the IGNOU website after the declaration of results.

Criteria for breaking a Tie

In case of a Tie i.e candidates scoring same marks in the entrance, the following aspects in the given order of preference will be exercised to break it:

  1. Length of relevant experience: Candidates with more years of experience will be ranked higher.
  2. Over all percentage of marks secured in GNM examination : If the tie does not get resolved, aggregate marks of GNM in all the three years will be considered for calculating the percentage/merit.
  3. Date of Birth: If the tie between the candidates still does not get resolved, date of birth will be considered. Candidates born earlier will be given a higher rank than those born later.
  4. Draw of Lot: If there is a tie even after applying all the above criteria, then the rank will be decided through a draw of lot.

Counselling Procedure of IGNOU OPENNET VIII

  • Counseling will be done at the respective IGNOU Regional Centres as per Region wise merit list drawn.
  • In case, there are more than one Programme Study Centre (PSC) under a Regional Centre, candidates will be asked to give their options(s). This option will be treated as final for the purpose of counselling & allocation of Centre will be done on region wise merite basis.
  • Number of applicants called for counseling may be more than the total number of seats available in order to make an effort to fill the seats.
  • However, in case any seat(s) remains vacant after 1st counseling, additional counseling session(s) will be conducted as may be required by the concerned Regional Centres.

At the time of counselling, the following documents will have to be submitted by the candidates for verification:

  • Original admit card for entrance test
  • 10+2 certificate
  • Valid RNRM Registration Certificate
  • Experience Certificate (to be counted after RNRM registration till last date of receipt of application form by the University).
  • GNM Mark Sheet
  • Certificate of date of birth
  • NOC from the organization where you are working
  • Category Certificate for SC/ST / Non Creamy layer of OBC (validity not more than three years after issuance till the last date of submission of application form)/ PH/ Kashmiri Migrant/War Widow candidates wherever required.
  • Income certificate in case of Non-creamy layer of OBC
  • Two (2) passport size photographs
  • Photocopy of application form


The Programme fee of Rs.15,000/- will have to be submitted during the time of counselling. The programme fee should be paid only by Demand Draft drawn in the favour of IGNOU. On the back of Demand Draft write your name, address and telephone number to ensure proper credit to your account.

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  1. I,m 29 years male, i have 2 years of Diploma in Dialysis with 6 years work experience and graduated in B.Sc general (distance).

    My Diploma registered in DME Directorate of medical Education. Am i Eligible for Post Bsc Nursing. I have no GNM certificate but i have BSC (BZC) certificate.