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Karnataka State Open University (KSOU): Courses, Eligibility, Selection Criteria, Admission 2021

Last updated on August 24th, 2021 by Nikita Joshi

Karnataka State Open University AKA KSOU is located in the city of Mysore and is a state public university which was established in the year 1992. KSOU offers various courses at UG and PG level. Some of the popular courses offered by the KSOU are MA, MSc, MBA and BCom.

It has 21 well established Regional Centers, in addition to recognizing a good number of affiliated Colleges as Study Centers across the State. KSOU’s courses are recognised by University Grants Commission (UGC). The admission procedure at Karnataka State Open University is online and is done twice a year once in January and second time in June.

KSOU Highlight

Established | Institute Type 1996 | State Open University
Approved by University Grants Commission ( UGC)
Set by Government of India
Entrance Exam B.Ed Entrance Exams
Courses Offered Undergraduate, Post Graduate and Phd
Popular Courses MBA, M.Com, M.A, B.A
Application Mode Online
Admission Criteria Merit Based
Official Website https://ksoumysuru.ac.in/index.php

KSOU Courses Offered

Course Specialization Details
MBA ( Master of Business Administration) Supply chain management, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Hotel Management, E-commerce, Entrepreneurship Management, Customer Relationship Management, Capital Market, etc.
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Eligibility: UG Degree with at least 50% from a recognised board.
  • Admission Criteria: Merit Based
M.A (Master of Arts) Sanskrit, Punjabli, Bengali, Philosophy, Journalism and Mass Communication, Fine Arts, Environmental Science, Physical Education, Education, Hindi, English, Tamil, Sociology, Public Administration, Rural Management , Social Work, etc.
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Eligibility: Graduation in pertaining stream
  • Admission Criteria: Merit Based
B.A ( Bachelor of Arts) General, History, Political science, Hindi, Geography, Bengali, Punjabi, Environmental Science, Mathematics, English, Psychology, Education, Economics, Sanskrit, Malayalam, Oriya, Public Administration, Fine Arts, etc
  • Duration: 3 Years
  • Eligibility: 10+2 from a recognised education board.
  • Admission Criteria: Merit Based
B.Sc (Bachelor of Science) Mathematics, Environmental Science, Hardware and Networking, Food and Nutrition, Hotel Management, Computer science, IT, Fire and safety management, Footwear management, Fashion Designing, etc.
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Eligibility: 10+2 in pertaining science streams from a recognised education board.
  • Admission Criteria: Merit Based
M.Sc ( Master of Science) Chemistry, Physics, Zoology, Mathematics, Botany, Food and Nutrition, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Agriculture, Computer Science, Statistics, I.T.
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Eligibility: Graduation in pertaining fields.
  • Admission Criteria: Merit Based
BEd General and Special Education
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Eligibility: 50% marks UG and PG Degree in pertaining fields.
  • Admission Criteria: Entrance Exam conducted by KSOU
Diploma Hardware and Networking, Computer Application, Industrial Safety, Material Management, Nutrition and Health Education, Diploma in Nursery Teacher Training, Autocad Designing, Finance and Account, Software Technology, etc.
  • Duration: 1 to 2 year depending on the chosen course
  • Eligibility: 10+ 2 from a recognised board.
  • Admission Criteria: Merit Based
Post Graduation Diploma Nutrition and Health Education, Computer Application, Environment Science, Human Resource Management, Marketing Management, Retail Management, Finance, Insurance and Banking, Panchayati Raj Development, Disaster Management, etc
  • Duration: 1 Year
  • Eligibility: Graduation degree in a relative field.
  • Admission Criteria: Merit Based
Certification Web Designing, Finance and Accounts, Spoken English, Hardware and Networking, Hardware, Domestic Data Entry Operator, Domestic IT Helpdesk Attendant, Footwear Cutter, Customer Care Executive ( call center), Travel and Tourism, Mineral Technology, etc
  • Duration: 6 months
  • Eligibility: 10th pass and 12 pass depending on the course.
  • Admission Criteria: Merit Based

KSOU Admission

The admission procedure for any course at Karnataka State Open University is on the merit basis, it has only one entrance exam of its own- B.Ed entrance exam, for other courses the university takes into consideration the marks of the last qualifying exams.

How to apply?

Admission for Undergraduate, Post Graduate, Diploma, PG Diploma and certification programs is through an online application. Candidates are required to follow the below mentioned steps in order to apply for the course at the university

  • Visit the official website of the Karnataka State Open University, Mysore.
  • Scroll down and click on the online admission portal mentioned under the Admissions and Examination section which will direct candidate to a new web which has instructions for admission
  • Click on the ‘New Registration’ and fill out the application form along with the mentioned documents.
  • Pay and submit the application form as well as take out the print of the same for further proceedings.

KSOU Facilities

  • Library- the university has a spacious library built in an area of 18,850 sq. ft. the library has a collection of books, journals and non book material in social sciences, humanities, science and management disciplines.
  • Hostel- the University has separate hostels for boys and girls. The girls hostel has a capacity of accommodating 56 students at once while for boys, there are seven hostels comprising three rooms, nine students can stay in each hostel.
  • Canteen- The university provides hygienic and tasty food at affordable prices to the students who visit the office premise for the services.
  • Guest House- The guest house on the university campus is a 5 min walking distance from the academic block. It has 75 rooms, VIP, and VVIP Suits with modern facilities.
  • Healthcare Center- Located in the northwest of the university campus, the healthcare centre is open for students, staff and guests in case of any ailments or emergencies.


Ques. Does KSOU Mysore provide study material for the applied courses?

Last updated on May 31st, 2021

Ans. Yes ! the students can avail their study material from the nearest regional center after filing the form and making the payment. The students are required to show their fees payment receipt for the same.

Ques. What is the mode of fees payment accepted at the KSOU for admission in various courses?

Last updated on May 31st, 2021

Ans. The fees for admission for the course can be made by using any of the 3 online payment modes namely debit card, credit card or net banking.

Ques. What all documents are required for admission to KSOU Mysore?

Last updated on May 31st, 2021

Ans. The required documents include scanned photographs, scanned signature, scanned documents of the last qualified exam as per the applied course.

Ques. Can a candidate get direct admission to KSOU Mysore?

Last updated on May 31st, 2021

Ans. Yes, KSOU Mysore offers direct admission in the 2nd or 3rd semester to the students who fulfill certain eligibility criteria as mentioned by the university.

Ques. Is Ksou degree valid for UPSC exams?

Last updated on May 31st, 2021

Ans. Yes, KSOU – Karnataka State Open University is recognised and approved by University Grant Commission and hence a degree obtained from this University is a valid one.

Ques. Is the library membership fees refundable?

Last updated on May 31st, 2021

Ans. Yes, Any student who avails the library membership has to pay a refundable fee.

Ques. How much is the rent for Hostel at the Karnataka State Open University?

Last updated on May 31st, 2021

Ans. The rent for both the boys as well as for the girl’s hostel is INR 50 per day.