What to do if you fail in IGNOU?

Published on Tuesday August 8, 2023 11:00 by Ashish

If you are a student of IGNOU, then the question must be in your mind what to do after failing an IGNOU subject. Because if the exam paper does not go well, then there will be a problem.

As you know, admission is taken in degree courses, certificate programs, diploma courses, etc. through IGNOU. In such a situation, if the number in a given subject of a candidate is low or the student fails, then IGNOU also gives the student a number of chances to re-appear for the exam.
You can pass with good marks in (failed) IGNOU subject by sitting in the examination till the validity of the session.

After failing any subject of the IGNOU course, you can get a chance to pass by taking the exam for the second time. First of all, you have to know for which year your course is valid. For example, if the validity of your course is 2023-2028, then you can sit in the exam by December of 2028. In order to clear the subject, you will have to fill out the exam and re-appear for the exam.

How to Fill the Form?

To fill out the form for the subject in which the marks have come down, go to the official website of IGNOU. Its link is given BELOW:


Here you have to log in with the enrollment number.
After logging into the account, you have to choose the topic in which you have crossed.
You can also choose the subject in which the marks are low.
After re-filling the form in the subject, you have to go to the chosen center on the date of the upcoming examination. In this way, you can pass the exam.


It's crucial that the examination registration form is completed with the utmost attention to detail and precision. Please note that changes or modifications to the Exam Form will not be accommodated, once it has been submitted.

Here are some essential instructions

• Please make a careful choice when selecting your preferred Regional Centre and corresponding Exam Centre code. The selection process is based on a 'first come, first served' principle.

• If your preferred Exam Centre has reached its maximum capacity, you'll need to select an alternate or the next closest Exam Centre.

• For all courses you plan to sit exams for, ensure that you complete the registration form in a single attempt. Additional attempts to register for courses could result in changes to your Exam Centre or a lack of seating availability at your selected Exam Centre.

• If your registration appears as INVALID or your eligible courses for the Term-end Examination aren't showing in the drop-down menu, you are advised to reach out to the Registrar SRD via email at [email protected] or by phone at 011-29571301. However, if you do not get a response on either of the two, you will have to pay a visit to the center directly along with your documents.

• You should take the printout of the acknowledgment for your records and future use.

• Occasionally, the status of the submission of your examination form might take up to 72 hours to generate post-payment. The University will not be accountable if the status of the submission displays as 'Transaction Failed' after the submission deadline. To avoid this, please don't wait until the last day to submit your examination form. To verify your examination form status, click on the 'SEARCH OPTION'.

• In case no status is displayed, you will need to resubmit the examination form, along with the necessary fee, before the final submission deadline.

When to fill the form if you fail in IGNOU?

The exam at IGNOU is conducted twice a year. If you come to know that you have taken the exam in June and you have got fewer marks, then you can take the exam in the coming month of December. For this, you have to fill out the form from September to October.

If you failed to take the exam in December, then you can take the exam in the same subject in June. For this, you have to fill out the form in the months of March to April.

Allotment of the Examination Centre

The University will make every attempt to arrange for students to take their exams at the chosen examination center. If all seats are occupied at that particular center, students have the option to choose a nearby alternate exam center within the jurisdiction of the same Regional Centre.

Prescribed Fee for the Re-submission of Exam Form

Many students think that as they have already deposited the exam fee, re-payment of the fee is not needed. But, the fact is not such. Any student of IGNOU, who could not get pass marks in their examination, and hence need to fill the exam form, will also need to pay again the exam fee. However, for the amount of fee that is needed to deposit, the student should visit the website and know the latest information regarding this.

For payment, various options are available including Debit Cards, Credit Cards, and Internet Banking from any bank. Please note, any examination fee paid is final and will not be adjusted or refunded under any circumstances.
Before you confirm payment, a summary of your completed examination form will be displayed. It is crucial to thoroughly review this to prevent future issues.


You need not lose heart if you could not make in IGNOU Examination in first attempt. The University gives you a number of attempts to clear your subject and pursue your course. Just take into consideration the guidelines and adhere to the rules of IGNOU. You will be successful for sure.