[Update] My distant Education degree is valid for IAS Exam or not?

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Update on my earlier blogpost regarding Distant Education Learning degree and its validity for IAS / other Government  jobs.
Here is the update, [Thanks to Kenneth Lyngwa’s email throwing light on this]


In short if you’ve got a degree from some Distant Education course, you need to first see whether its recognized by DEC ( Distant Education council) or not. Because if its not recognized, then you can’t sit in civil service or any central Government job exam using that degree.

Here is a copy paste job from DEC’s website.

The Dept. of Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development, Govt. of India notified vide the Notification No. 44 dated 01-03-1995 published on Saturday, April 8th, 1995 in the Gazette of India that:

on the recommendation of the Board of Assessment for Educational Qualification, the Government of India has decided that all the qualifications awarded through Distance Education by the Universities established by an Act of Parliament or State Legislature, Institutions Deemed to be Universities under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956 and Institutions of National Importance declared under an Act of Parliament stand automatically recognized for the purpose of employment to posts and services under the Central Government, provided it has been approved by Distance Education Council, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi – 110068.”

In view of the aforesaid directive of the Government of India, it is mandatory for all the Centres/Institutions/Directorates offering programmes through distance mode to apply to the DEC and obtain prior approval before starting a new Centres/Institution/Directorate or Programme.

It is informed that any degree/diploma/certificate offered through distance mode not recognized by the DEC shall not be accepted for employment in Government Services and the institution offering such programmes would face de-recognition.

Through media and advertisement, it is learnt that certain institutions are offering courses/programmes through distance mode which are not approved by UGC, AICTE and DEC. While the DEC has granted permission to institutions in respect of their capability to deliver the courses/programmes through open and distance learning mode, it was clearly stipulated that for any professional programme which requires the mandatory approval form the statutory authorities like AICTE, UGC, NCTE etc., it is the responsibility of the institution to get such approvals before they start any professional/ technical programme. The provisional approval granted by DEC is not to be construed to be in lieu of the approval required by the institutions from the AICTE in respect of the standards to be maintained for technical education programmes and from the UGC for offering any programme leading to award of a degree which is at variance with the nomenclature of degrees mentioned in the UGC Regulations under section 22 of the UGC Act 1956.

And, whereas, the said provisional approval by the DEC was subject to the concerned institution obtaining the approval from the appropriate statutory authorities such as the AICTE for technical and professional programmes and the UGC for general standards of higher education;

And, further whereas, it is in the public interest and in the interest of maintaining the standards of higher education that such institutions, which have not obtained the approvals of their programmes from concerned statutory authorities are not permitted to enroll students or offer such un-approved professional and technical programmes/courses;

Now, therefore, DEC hereby, notifies that institutions, whose approval is expiring this academic year or intending to offer programmes through distance mode shall not offer any professional and technical programmes of study in the coming academic session 2008-09 and onwards without seeking prior approval from the UGC-AICTE-DEC in terms of the procedure laid down and posted at the website of the UGC (www.ugc.ac.in), the AICTE (www.aicte.ernet.in) and the DEC (www.dec.ac.in).

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174 Comments on “[Update] My distant Education degree is valid for IAS Exam or not?”

  1. Hi ,sir
    I live in odisha .i am doing B.A from shobit university,uttar pradesh.2014 to 2017 as a distance mode . Is the degree valid for government job ? Plz rply ……

  2. sir i m Dipu kumar. i have done graduation from patna univery DDE college as a distance course in BCom this year. plz tell me . my course for graduation is valid for all govt. jobs and other exams or not…???

  3. Dear Sir/Madam

    My self subhash kumar wants to know whether I am eligible for upsc civil services exam or not, as I have completed my B.Com graduation through distance mode from SCHOOL OF DISTANCE EDUCATION Affilated to Andhra University, Visakhapatnam,Andhra Pradesh.

  4. Hello,
    I have done my mca(IT)lateral entry in nov 2013 under ptu distance education program(DEP).as per DEC ptu recognition was expired in 2012.is my degree completed in 2013 will ve considered valid or not.

  5. I have completed BCA from IGNOU (Distance learning) with 58.09% marks. Pls tell me whether i am eligible or not ?

    Pls don’t delete the comment

  6. Can l do Bed.in IGNOU after having the degree from Jaipur National University? Is the degree in distance mode from Jaipur National University valid for govt.job or not?

  7. Hello sir,
    I’m megala I have completed my degree bsc(it) from school of distance education affilated to bharathiyar university, coimbatore. Is this degree valid for the govt job. Plz reply.

  8. sir my name is manju ihave passed degree and i want to be join m.a english in kuvempu distance education college is it valid for jobs like professor,net exams and other govt jobs

  9. Is vinayaka missions universitys (salem)distantance education(B.A)degree in 2017 acceptable for IAS?

  10. sir… I have completed my 10th and 12th from uttar pradesh board allahabad hindi medium. then I completed diploma in chemical engineering in English medium. After it.. I completed my graduation in chemical engineering from Institution of Engineers India( IEI) through distant mode. Now I am a government employee on diploma basis in Hyderabad. My question is… 1. Whether institution of engineer(india) is recognized or not for upsc.
    2. which medium should I opt for writing upsc. I feel that I am equally good in hindi and english but not best in any language. I am from uttar pradesh village background. now I am in Hyderabad.
    3. which subject should I choose for upsc… my graduation is in chemical engineering…
    4. I am very worried about medium… I am average in both language also a working employee from 8. am to 6.0 pm.
    Sir please reply me in emails also.
    I shall be highly obliged to you
    thanks very much.

  11. Hi sir, this is sanndhya n dz is my fiancée ka fb tha ..
    mujhe ek baath Bahut pareshaan horey, pls clarify me sir _/\_
    1. I have a permanent tattoo on my right wrist , nd I knw ips mein disqualified but wat about ias ,???
    2. I’m doing my degree in distance so is that ok for civils ???
    3. Actually I got detained in BTech 3rd yr n didn’t go back , now I tuk degree … is that ok sir ??? I’m ST …. thnks but pls do reply ,. It seriously saves my life
    Thnks in advance

  12. Sir, i am doing degree final year in distance mode at Sri Krishnadevaraya University Anantapur which is approved by DEC (mentioned in their offical site). I dont know wheter is approved by UGC.
    SBI clerck notification says your university should be approved by UGC.
    Am i eligible for bank exams with my university please help me

  13. Sir i am studied bsc in correspondence in kuvempu university may I eligible for kas exams ? Please me

  14. Sir I work in Indian railways my education qualification is 10+2and iti .
    I want graduation degree what is proccess

  15. Sir main rajasthan se hu or maine distance education mode pe jaipur national university se bsc ki h to aap mujhe btaye ki kya ye degree sbhi jgh vaid h ya nhi main aapka sdev aabhari rhunga

  16. Sir if i complete my graduation from subodh college University (autonomous)..
    Shall I able to apply for upsc IAS exam

  17. sir i have made my bcom degree throught janardhan rai rajasthan vidyapeet udaipur (rvdu) am i eligible to write upsc exam

  18. Hi
    I had completed my B.sc in Annamalai University Distance education is it valid for KAS and IAS 2020 Passed out

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