JNU MBA Admissions: Has the university forgotten Nehruvian objectives while charging hefty fees?
Apratim Chatterjee, 08 Feb 2019, #JNU
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What can be more shocking to a JNU aspirant than paying an amount as hefty as Rs. 12 lakh against the admission fees for pursuing Masters in Business Admissions (MBA) at the central university. An MBA aspirant from General Category needs to pay Rs. 12 lakh against the tuition fees for the newly ‘introduced’ full-time postgraduate management programme offered at Jawaharlal Nehru University. The fees for the MBA 2019-21 batch need to be paid in four equal instalments with the commencement of each semester of the two-year management programme. The sensitive part here is that the ‘hefty’ fee is being charged by an institution which is running on ‘Nehruvian objectives’ of social justice, secularism by promoting in the students and teachers an awareness and understanding of the social needs of the country and prepare them for fulfilling such needs.

Nevertheless, the tuition fees of other PG programmes on offer at Jawaharlal Nehru University doesn’t cost more than Rs. 216 in total. However, the MBA tuition fee is way 6000 times heftily charged than the other PG programmes.

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Taiyabba Khatoon, a JNU MBA aspirant says that she thought it to be a printing mistake/typo (typing error) when she first noticed Rs. 12 lakh as fees on the official website but to her utter surprise, it came out to be true after she confirmed it from the JNU officials. “I could not believe my eyes and ears when came to know that I will need to shell out Rs. 12 lakh for pursuing MBA programme at Jawaharlal Nehru University,” shares Taiyabba.

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The next big question is how a nationally acclaimed institution like JNU which has a de-facto communist ideology in its roots, can charge the fees for a programme which on the other hand gives a ‘capitalist’ impression. The Jawaharlal Nehru University charging fees in lakhs for a professional programme doesn’t go hand-in-hand with its anti-capitalist ideology.JNU-PG-Programmes-FeesJaykant Mishra (name changed), a JNUite says that in the semi-centennial history of the university, this has been the first time that such fee is being levied for pursuing a PG programme. “Barring a PG Diploma programme in Big Data Analytics (PGDE) which charges Rs. 10,000, a student has to pay Rs. 216 as tuition fee for any postgraduate regular programme in JNU. The university charges almost nothing for the excellent academic programmes, it offers,” agrees Mishra.

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Admission and Tuition Fees

Being a professional programme, the MBA has an altogether different fee structure from other PG programmes. While the JNU offering other postgraduate programmes charge a fee as nominal as Rs. 4.50 for student activity, an MBA student will need to pay Rs. 5000 for the same component.

Besides the tuition fees, the largest chunk a general postgraduate student pays is Rs. 40 as a security deposit that too is refundable.

Surprisingly, the MBA programme fee is a 100-time of fees for other PG programmes.

Find below the different fee components of JNU for both MBA and other PG programmes.

JNU Admission Fees: MBA vs Other PG programmes


Fee Component*



MBA Programme Fees*



Other PG Programme Fees*



Student Activity Fee             



Rs. 5000.00



Rs. 4.50



University Development Fund



Rs. 2000.00






Admission Fees (One Time)



Rs. 1000.00



Rs. 5.00



Enrolment Fees (One Time)



Rs. 1000.00



Rs. 5.00



Examination Fees



Rs. 2000.00






Medical Insurance



Rs. 500.00






Alumni Fee (One Time)



Rs. 1000.00






Security Deposit (Refundable; One Time)



Rs. 5000.00



Rs. 40.00



Medical Fee



Rs. 9.00



Rs. 9.00



Medical Booklet



Rs. 12.00



Rs. 12.00



Sports Fee






Rs. 16.50



Literary & Cultural Fee






Rs. 16.50



Students’ Union Fee






Rs. 15.00



Library Fee






Rs. 6.00



Identity Card Folder






Rs. 10.00



Student Hostel and General Information Guide






Rs. 15.00



National Service Scheme






Rs. 20.00






Rs. 17521.00



Rs. 174.50


*Fees calculated annually

Application Fees

Notwithstanding the tuition fees, the application form fee/entrance exam fee costs just the double for MBA programme what it would have cost on the choice of three PG programmes.JNU-MBA-Application-Form-Fees

If a JNU General Category aspirant chooses to apply for three PG programme entrance examinations, Rs. 1000 needs to be paid, while for one PG programme, it would cost Rs. 530. The MBA programme application fee, on the other hand, costs Rs. 2000 for a General Category candidate.


Big Questions

There are three big questions concerning the MBA applicants of JNU.

  1. Why did JNU charge such a heavy fee for its MBA programme when it claims to have ‘Nehruvian objectives’?

  2. Even though it’s not conducting any entrance examination, why is the application fee so high like that of CAT?

  3. What special assistance will be given to the MBA students at Rs. 12 lakh that other PG programme students wouldn’t avail while studying at JNU?

Other institutions offering PG programme in Business Administration at a lower fee

There are a number of institutions that charge much less than what JNU is offering MBA.

Click here to check the list of institutions offering MBA at low-cost.

What next?

Careers360 is trying to reach out to the university seeking inputs on hefty fees of MBA programme. We will keep you updated with the responses.

*This is a developing story. Will be updated with more inputs in coming days.

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For the admission in Jawaharlal  Nehru University  the candidate has to appear for the Common Aptitude Test (CAT.) conducted by IIM's.

JNU uses the CAT score for short-listing the candidates for the MBA program.The candidates will have personal interview and the selected candidates will be selected on the performance in CAT which is taken as 70% and in the performance in interview which is 30% considered.

The candidate must have   minimum of three years of bachelor degree with minimum of 60 % or 55% for reserved categories like OBC quota. The students applying under PWD/SC/ST quota further get relaxation .the minimum requirement of marks in bachelors degree is 45 percentage.

The candidates one who has appeared for their final year bachelors exam and are waiting for the results can also appear for the MBA program. Such candidates has to submit the required documents for the college.

For the students applying for JNU MBA at ABVSME (Atal Bihari Vajpayee of Management and Entrepreneurship) has to pay application fee of Rs.2000 for general category and OBC applicants.

Rs.1000 is the application fee for the reserved categories like SC/ST/PWD.

The candidate can either take CAT or the ABVSME or both the exam for the shortlisting in JNU.The IIM's do not have any role in short-listing of candidates or the conduct of the program.

The intake of the students is 50 for MBA.

The candidate can apply for the exam on JNU website.

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