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What is Distance learning MBA?

As its name suggest, In distance learning MBA a candidate remains physically separated from university & complete his qualification, however course material, classes & other important support is provided by University/B-School under permitted mode. There is no minimum criteria for attending academic & Counselling sessions, Usually all distance programs come with greater flexibility so that it can be done along with job. For successful completion of course, student need to face exam at semester level & need to submit assignments and project report as required. Many distance learning Universities offer you great flexibility even in term exams. There is no age limit to join Distance MBA in India

Benefits of Distance MBA

Many students are not able to join Regular MBA because of financial reason, non selection in desired B Schools, non availability of MBA institutes in nearby area, already have joined job in their earlier phase or can be any other, distance or correspondence MBA is always very useful & attractive mode for all such candidates. There are many working professionals who have joined their job after their technical or any other professional qualification like B Tech, Accounts & Finance, hospitality,  etc. but after a period of time Master in Management is required for them to grow in their professional life, now the only option they have is MBA distance learning. Distance learning MBA is also very popular among Defence Personal now a days.

Difference between MBA & PGDBM

In India only a University can offer you a degree and Autonomous Institution like IIM, XLRI usually offers you PG Diploma in Business Management. If we talk about Corporate, there is no difference between MBA & PGDBM/PGDM, even some corporate prefer PGDBM over MBA if it is offered by Reputed B Schools like IIM, XLRI or Narsee Monjee. It is always advisable to check content and reputation of institution/university before joining any distance MBA or PGDBM/PGDM. If you are looking for further qualification like PhD only then MBA over PGDBM is preferable other wise there is no difference and PGDBM is equivalent to MBA. Please also notice that 9 out of 10 top Management institution offers you PGDBM.

Recognition of Distance MBA

Before joining any distance learning MBA / PGDBM please verify whether that institution is legally allowed to offfer that program or not. UGC & DEB recognition is mandatory to offer Distance MBA & now NAAC Accreditation is also necessary for DEB Recognition. Next thing which is very important is 1.) A central university can offer distance courses throughout the country if its act permits. 2.) A state university can only offer distance education within state where it is located. 3.) A deemed university can only offer distance learning in its headquarter area with the permission of UGC 4.) In March 2018 Ministry of HRD(Govt of India) declared 60 universities as Autonomous which are now exempted from such restrictions*.

Specializations available in MBA

Almost all universities are now offering all major specializations like HR, Marketing, Finance, Operations, International Business, Health Care Management, IT etc. & you can also find some super specialization like Supply Chain Management, Banking, Retail, Project Management etc. Choice of specialization is always depend on 3 factors 

Previous Qualification – e.g It is always beneficial to choose finance for a commerce pass out in comparison to non commerce.

Work Experience – MBA along with same work experience always add strong worth to your profile.

Future Plan – Many people want to change their work profile like Marketing person may want to join Health Care Sector, in such cases you can opt specialization as per your plan.

Eligibility, Duration & Examination Process

Distance MBA / PGDBM generally consists of 2 years having 4 semesters. Every semester is of six months. Minimum eligibility to join distance learning MBA is graduation with any stream, however some university need minimum 50% in graduation or they may require some work experience with graduation to join MBA distance. Very few institutions conduct entrance exam for entry into MBA Distance.

MBA exam consists of mainly two components – Internal Assessment & University Examination. For internal assessment student needs to submit his assignment to university whereas in University Exam he needs to appear personally at some neutral venue under vigilance of University. In final semester, student needs to submit Project report to complete the Program.

Minimum passing percentage varies between 40-50% with different universites.

Which university is best for mba distance in india

On the basis of Brand Reputation, NAAC Score, Awards & Recognitions, Course Content, Price, Learning Support, Use of Techonology & learner’s feedback we have chosen 3 best possible option for Distance MBA

NMIMS distance MBA


Narsee Monjee Instiute of Management Studies is among the Top B-Schools in India, Completely Recognised & In March 2018 Govt of India Declared it Autonomous under Category I.

Strong Industry Experience, Latest Course Content, Excellent Delivery of Course through Web & Mobile Platform, Prompt Services, Best in class support & flexibility and Brand of NMIMS makes it popular choice among the aspirants. NMIMS have great network of Regional Offices among all major cities in India.


Indira Gandhi National Open University, established by Govt of India to fulfil requirements of Open & Distance Learning is now world’s largest university in term of no. of students.

Wide range of program, economical fees structure, excellent network of Regional and study centre throughout the country & recognition among all sectors is the main attraction of IGNOU. However complex system and absence of flexibility also restrict students to opt IGNOU MBA.

Amity Open University Distance

Amity OPEN

If you wish to add global edge to your MBA distance, Amity is giving you the opportunity. Amity University in partnership with The open university, UK offers you to earn global degree.

Accredited by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) EQUIS (the European Quality Improvement System), and AMBA (Association of MBAs), The Open University, UK along with Amity can be dream of anyone. However high investment must be considered.

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Whatever is your reason to join MBA distance but a wrong choice of University can spoil your plans. Some times urgent requirement of degree or under-price of course attract us but it can be harmful for our career if it is not verified properly. Before joining MBA Distance please ensure few things which are very important.

Don’t join MBA Distance from any such University which

  • is not recognised to offer you distance learning
  • offer you out of the way support in examination
  • ensure you to enrol from back date to save your time
  • website link is suspicious or not verifiable
  • providing you regular mode degree in the name of distance

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