Frequently Asked Questions [FAQs]

 ADMISSION DEPARTMENT (General)
Q. What are the criteria of study period that AIOU is offering?
A. The University has divided its study programmes into “Semesters” each spanning six months. Students studied their courses, prepare assignments and also do preparation for exams within a semester and after that they participate in Exams at end of semester.
Q. What is the Admission Procedure that AIOU is offering?
A. Study is based on a modified semester system. The academic year is divided into two semesters namely Spring and Autumn. General education and functional courses are offered in each semester. Ph. D, M.Phil, M.Sc/MA and Teacher Education Programmes i.e. PTC, CT, B.Ed, M. Ed are announced once a year. Study period for each semester generally lasts 18 weeks, plus Two weeks for preparation for examination. Admissions are offered twice a year as given below:
Semester         Admission open

 Spring            February to March
   Autumn        July to August
Q. From Where Can I Get the Information about AIOU Admission?
A. You can get the information about AIOU admission from any of the following sources:
1. Advertisements through Print Media
2. Advertisements through Electronic Media
3. AIOU Website: www.aiou.edu.pk
4. AIOU Regional offices
Q. How I can get admission?
A. 1. Buy a prospectus from any Regional office of AIOU.
2. Fill your form as per given instructions in the prospectus.
3. Submit your form in nearest bank. (banks names are given in the prospectus)
4. Get receipt of form from bank officer.
Q. From Where Can I Get the Application Forms?
A. Fresh student can get admission form in prospectus and admission forms for continuing students AIOU dispatched to them. If somehow any of students has not received the admission form of Continue Student then he/she can download the same from AIOU website, link is following as: http://www.aiou.edu.pk/Downloads.asp
Q. What is eligibility to take Admission in Matric/ Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Programme?
A. A candidate applying for Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Programme must have passed the Middle/9th pass or fail or SSC fail certificate Examination and hold its certificate issued by the respective Board/Government School or Registered School. In case, the middle standard examination has been passed from any Private school, it must bear the Registration Number or attestation by the District Education Officer.
Q. What is eligibility to take Admission in M.A/ M.Sc??
A. A student have at least 2nd class bachelor degree along with relevant subject will be eligible to take admission in M.A/ M.Sc. (Merit will be determined in case of Statistics, Mathematics, Mass Communication, Sociology, Physics, Chemistry, Urdu & Forestry Extension)
Q. When Admission in M.Phil/MS and PhD Admissions will be open?
A. Admissions in PhD and M.Phil/MS programmes are opened once a year in December to January.
Q. What are the Eligibility Criteria for Admission in MS/MPhil and in PhD Programmes?
A. Eligibility in Admission in MS/MPhil Programmes: Relevant masters degree with minimum 2nd division and must have passed NTS GAT (general) test with at least 50% marks.
Eligibility in Admission in PhD Programmes: MS/MPhil 1st division/3 CGPA in the relevant subject and must have passed NTS GAT (Subject) Test with at least 60% marks.
Q. Does AIOU Confirm My Registration?
A. After two months of submitting the “Application Form” you can confirm your admission and check status of his/her admission while Browsing AIOU website www.aiou.edu.pk clicking Link "Admission Inquiry" while providing his/her Name, Roll No, Challan No, or Registration No, to the Website. And also confirm/check the books status in “Books Inquiry” the books dispatch detail.
Q. My Admission is not confirmed from AIOU Website??
A. After two months of closing date of Admissions you can received Books and you can confirmed your Admission from the following link:
http://www.aiou.edu.pk/Admission.asp
If you can’t find your Admission confirmation detail, then can also check it from the objectionable admission Forms from the following link:
http://www.aiou.edu.pk/Admission-Objection.asp
If you have objection on your admission, then please remove it as soon as possible with copy of objection letter and send it by post to Admission Department.
Directorate of Admissions
Academic Complex, AIOU
H-8 Islamabad
Q. Does AIOU offers M.Sc. Mass Communication and what is medium of instruction Urdu or English?
A. AIOU offers M.Sc. Mass Communication. Medium of Instruction is English. If you wanted to do in Urdu language, then books in Urdu you can purchase from market.
Q. What is the procedure of submitting the Admission form?
A. For open merit programs submit fee and admission form along with documents to any designated bank branch of NBP, ABL, FWBL, Bank Alfalah and MCB Bank. For merit based programs send admission form along with documents, without fee, to concerned department.
Q. How much do I have to pay for the complete degree?
A. Registration fee Rs:200 Fee for viva voce Rs. 350 Admission fee Rs. 700 Technology fee Rs. 100 Course fee Rs. 26460 per course.
Q. How I can take admission first time in B.A B.Com?
A. Dear student purchase a prospectus during admission session (in February and August every year last date of admission 27th) from AIOU Regional Campus all about the admission is mentioned in the prospectus for further information contact us.
 DIRECT. OF STUDENTS ADVISORY & COUNSELLING SERVICES
Q. How many assignments are there for each Subject?
A. Half credit courses have 2 assignments and Full credit course have 4 assignments.
Q. If I am unable to submit assignments?
A. The students who are unable to submit assignments are marked as fail.
Q. Are there any tutors for Students? And how I can get Tutor information?
A. Yes, you received Tutor Letter/Workshop Schedules by post on your Postal address, if somehow you can’t get any tutor information then please contact with your concerned regional office and visit aiou website and find your Tutor from the following link
http://www.aiou.edu.pk/Tutors.asp
Q. I submitted my assignment to tutor but why am I fail in it??
A. Please contact to your concerned regional office. Write an application with proof and submitted to your Regional Director. Then they forward your case to the main Campus then your result will be revised.
 LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCES
Q. What is the period of admission to MLIS programme?
A. The admission of MLIS is offered in February- March session every year.
Q. Is admission to MLIS programme granted to every applicant?
A. Yes, all the eligible candidates across Pakistan will be given admission provided they have fulfilled the required formalities. But, the tutorial classes and workshops will only be held in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta, Hyderabad, Bahawalpur, Sargodha and Multan, provided that sufficient number of students is available in that particular region to form a group. On the basis of availability of sufficient number of students, groups will be formed in respective AIOU aforesaid regions in Pakistan according to the addresses of the students mentioned on admission form. However, the student may write the name of region of his/her choice from among the aforesaid regions for tutorial classes and workshops on the top of first page of admission form. In case of low enrollment in any aforesaid region, the students will be allotted any other nearby region from among the aforesaid regions.
Q. What are the number of seats for admission to MLIS programme?
A. Unlimited as everyone can get admission.
Q. Can the applicants other than Islamabad/Rawalpindi apply for admission to MLIS programme?
A. Yes. All may apply across Pakistan, but the tutorial classes and workshops will only be held in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta, Sargodha, Multan, Bahawalpur and Hyderabad.
Q. What is the age limit for admission to MLIS programme?
A. There is no age limit for taking admission in MLIS program.
Q. What is the procedure of submitting application forms and fee for admission to MLIS programme?
A. An applicant having bachelor’s degree with any subject(s) in second division (at least 45% marks) from any HEC recognized university is eligible to get admission. There is no age limit. There is no merit. Interested candidates should deposit the prescribed fee and completed admission form alongwith all required documents (attested copies of detailed mark sheets, certificates, degrees of matriculation, intermediate, graduation and NIC and/or domicile, photos, etc) in any designated bank as listed in the prospectus.
Q. What is the medium of instruction for MLIS?
A. Most of the course material is in English. However a student may opt Urdu for assignments and examination. The tutors instruct the students in the tutorial and workshop meetings in English/Urdu as the students wish.
Q. What is the period of admission to MLIS programme?
A. The admission of MLIS is offered in February- March session every year.
Q. Is admission to MLIS programme granted to every applicant?
A. Yes, all the eligible candidates across Pakistan will be given admission provided they have fulfilled the required formalities. But, the tutorial classes and workshops will only be held in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta, Hyderabad, Bahawalpur, Sargodha and Multan, provided that sufficient number of students is available in that particular region to form a group. On the basis of availability of sufficient number of students, groups will be formed in respective AIOU aforesaid regions in Pakistan according to the addresses of the students mentioned on admission form. However, the student may write the name of region of his/her choice from among the aforesaid regions for tutorial classes and workshops on the top of first page of admission form. In case of low enrollment in any aforesaid region, the students will be allotted any other nearby region from among the aforesaid regions.
Q. What are the number of seats for admission to MLIS programme?
A. Unlimited as everyone can get admission.
Q. Can the applicants other than Islamabad/Rawalpindi apply for admission to MLIS programme?
A. Yes. All may apply across Pakistan, but the tutorial classes and workshops will only be held in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta, Sargodha, Multan, Bahawalpur and Hyderabad.
Q. What is the age limit for admission to MLIS programme?
A. There is no age limit for taking admission in MLIS program.
Q. What is the procedure of submitting application forms and fee for admission to MLIS programme?
A. An applicant having bachelor’s degree with any subject(s) in second division (at least 45% marks) from any HEC recognized university is eligible to get admission. There is no age limit. There is no merit. Interested candidates should deposit the prescribed fee and completed admission form alongwith all required documents (attested copies of detailed mark sheets, certificates, degrees of matriculation, intermediate, graduation and NIC and/or domicile, photos, etc) in any designated bank as listed in the prospectus.
Q. What is the medium of instruction for MLIS?
A. Most of the course material is in English. However a student may opt Urdu for assignments and examination. The tutors instruct the students in the tutorial and workshop meetings in English/Urdu as the students wish.
Q. What is the eligibility criteria for MLIS admission?
A. An applicant having bachelor’s degree with any subject(s) in second division (at least 45% marks) from any HEC recognized university is eligible to get admission. There is no age limit. There is no merit. Interested candidates should deposit the prescribed fee and completed admission form alongwith all required documents (attested copies of detailed mark sheets, certificates, degrees of matriculation, intermediate, graduation and NIC and/or domicile, photos, etc) in any designated bank as listed in the prospectus.
Q. What is the eligibility criteria for MLIS admission?
A. An applicant having bachelor’s degree with any subject(s) in second division (at least 45% marks) from any HEC recognized university is eligible to get admission. There is no age limit. There is no merit. Interested candidates should deposit the prescribed fee and completed admission form alongwith all required documents (attested copies of detailed mark sheets, certificates, degrees of matriculation, intermediate, graduation and NIC and/or domicile, photos, etc) in any designated bank as listed in the prospectus.
 ADMISSION B.A Gen,BLIS,B.Com,B.A Mass.Comm only
Q. How I can take admission first time in B.A B.Com?
A. Dear student purchase a prospectus during admission session (in February and August every year last date of admission 27th) from AIOU Regional Campus all about the admission is mentioned in the prospectus for further information contact us.
 COMMONWEALTH MBA / MPA
Q. What is Commonwealth?
A. The commonwealth is described as a family of nations, originally linked together in the British Empire, and now building on their common heritage in language, culture and education, which enables them to work together in an atmosphere of greater trust and understanding than generally prevails among nations. Bringing together some 1.7 billion people of many faiths, races, languages, traditions and levels of economic development, the Commonwealth represents almost one-third of the world’s populationsCommonwealth represents almost one-third of the world’s populations.
Q. What is Commonwealth of Learning?
A. The Commonwealth of Learning (www.col.org) is an intergovernmental organization created by Commonwealth heads of Governments in 1987 to encourage the development and sharing of open learning/distance education knowledge, resources and technologies. Working with and providing services to hundreds of institutions throughout the 54 Member Commonwealth, COL is helping to increase the capacities of developing nations to meet the demands for improved access to quality education and training. With Headquarter based in Vancouver, Canada, this International Organization serves the 54 Member Commonwealth with a mandate to widen opportunities for learning by promoting the development and sharing of open and distance learning resources and communication technologies.
Q. Who are the Participating Institutions in this programme?
A. Commonwealth MBA / MPA Program is being offered in different Open Universities of Asian and African countries also. Currently, this Program is being offered in Allama Iqbal Open University, Indira Ghandi National Open University, Bangladesh Open University, Open University of Sri Lanka, WAWASAN Open University College, Malaysia and National Open University of Nigeria.
Q. Why Commonwealth MBA/MPA Programme of AIOU?
A. Commonwealth MBA/MPA (CMBA/CMPA) Programme for Executives aims to complement existing MBA/MPA programmes currently being offered in the Commonwealth in meeting the social and professional demands for management and public administration education at the postgraduate level. The objectives of the Programmes are: i. To enable students in the Commonwealth countries where the programmes are offered to obtain Masters degrees in the areas of Business Administration and Public Administration, contributing to their professional growth and career advancement and to their countries’ Development. ii. To develop human resources in various aspects of the areas noted above iii. To develop quality Post-Graduate Programmes that can be implemented widely in Commonwealth countries and can be recognized across the Commonwealth.
Q. What are the different levels or exit points on CMBA / CMPA?
A. Three levels. There are four stages of study modules in the CMBA/ CMPA Program Core, Specialist Compulsory, Electives, and those required for the Degree. Attainment of different levels of academic awards (Post Graduate Professional Certificate, Post Graduate Diploma and MBA or MPA Degree) will depend on the successful completion of each of the stages of study. There are four stages of study modules in the CMBA/ CMPA Programme Core, Specialist Compulsory, Electives, and those required for the Degree. Attainment of different levels of academic awards (Post Graduate Professional Certificate, Post Graduate Diploma and MBA or MPA Degree) will depend on the successful completion of each of the stages of study.
Q. How many courses do we have to study for a complete degree?
A. Student has to complete fifteen (15) courses for the degree of CMBA / CMPA.
Q. What is the period of study?
A. Minimum Two (02) years if the student does not give break in his or her studies. Maximum time allowed for completing the degree is five (05) years.
Q. What is the eligibility criterion for admission in CMBA / CMPA?
A. The CMBA/CMPA Programmes seeks highly capable and qualified individuals committed to self-development and higher level of achievement in their professional lives. Admission to the CMBA/CMPA Programme for Executives requires the following criteria: • At least second class Bachelor’s degree from a recognized University. • A minimum of two years of experience. • Residency in Pakistan. • A working knowledge of the English language. • Satisfactory score of the CMBA/CMPA Admission Test. The Admission Test will be conducted by the offering institution. The Admission Test is designed to provide an additional dimension of measure for the selection of candidates for this vigorous and demanding Programme of study. There are four (4) portions of the admission test which includes • General Awareness • English Language • Quantitative Aptitude • Reasoning The passing marks are 50% in the admission test. The result can be viewed on www.colaiou.org or www.aiou.edu.pk/col. Applicants successfully completing the admission test shall be eligible for admission in the year they clear the test. Registration for the CMBA/CMPA Programme shall be valid for 5 years from the date of admission However, in case the candidate is not able to complete the Programme within 5 years, he/she shall be eligible for re-registration. The institution that you register with will announce condition of re-registration.
Q. What is the procedure of submitting the Admission form?
A. The applicants are required to send their admission forms along with all the required attested documents at the following address: Majed Rashid Block No 13, Allama Iqbal Open University, H-8 Islamabad. Pakistan Majed Rashid Block No 13, Allama Iqbal Open University, H-8 Islamabad. Pakistan.
Q. How much do I have to pay for the complete degree?
A. Registration fee Rs:200 Fee for viva voce Rs. 350 Admission fee Rs. 700 Technology fee Rs. 100 Course fee Rs. 26460 per course
Q. What is Commonwealth?
A. The commonwealth is described as a family of nations, originally linked together in the British Empire, and now building on their common heritage in language, culture and education, which enables them to work together in an atmosphere of greater trust and understanding than generally prevails among nations. Bringing together some 1.7 billion people of many faiths, races, languages, traditions and levels of economic development, the Commonwealth represents almost one-third of the world’s populationsCommonwealth represents almost one-third of the world’s populations.
Q. What is Commonwealth of Learning?
A. The Commonwealth of Learning (www.col.org) is an intergovernmental organization created by Commonwealth heads of Governments in 1987 to encourage the development and sharing of open learning/distance education knowledge, resources and technologies. Working with and providing services to hundreds of institutions throughout the 54 Member Commonwealth, COL is helping to increase the capacities of developing nations to meet the demands for improved access to quality education and training. With Headquarter based in Vancouver, Canada, this International Organization serves the 54 Member Commonwealth with a mandate to widen opportunities for learning by promoting the development and sharing of open and distance learning resources and communication technologies.
Q. Who are the Participating Institutions in this programme?
A. Commonwealth MBA / MPA Program is being offered in different Open Universities of Asian and African countries also. Currently, this Program is being offered in Allama Iqbal Open University, Indira Ghandi National Open University, Bangladesh Open University, Open University of Sri Lanka, WAWASAN Open University College, Malaysia and National Open University of Nigeria.
Q. Why Commonwealth MBA/MPA Programme of AIOU?
A. Commonwealth MBA/MPA (CMBA/CMPA) Programme for Executives aims to complement existing MBA/MPA programmes currently being offered in the Commonwealth in meeting the social and professional demands for management and public administration education at the postgraduate level. The objectives of the Programmes are: i. To enable students in the Commonwealth countries where the programmes are offered to obtain Masters degrees in the areas of Business Administration and Public Administration, contributing to their professional growth and career advancement and to their countries’ Development. ii. To develop human resources in various aspects of the areas noted above iii. To develop quality Post-Graduate Programmes that can be implemented widely in Commonwealth countries and can be recognized across the Commonwealth.
Q. What are the different levels or exit points on CMBA / CMPA?
A. Three levels. There are four stages of study modules in the CMBA/ CMPA Program Core, Specialist Compulsory, Electives, and those required for the Degree. Attainment of different levels of academic awards (Post Graduate Professional Certificate, Post Graduate Diploma and MBA or MPA Degree) will depend on the successful completion of each of the stages of study. There are four stages of study modules in the CMBA/ CMPA Programme Core, Specialist Compulsory, Electives, and those required for the Degree. Attainment of different levels of academic awards (Post Graduate Professional Certificate, Post Graduate Diploma and MBA or MPA Degree) will depend on the successful completion of each of the stages of study.
Q. How many courses do we have to study for a complete degree?
A. Student has to complete fifteen (15) courses for the degree of CMBA / CMPA.
Q. What is the period of study?
A. Minimum Two (02) years if the student does not give break in his or her studies. Maximum time allowed for completing the degree is five (05) years.
Q. What is the eligibility criterion for admission in CMBA / CMPA?
A. The CMBA/CMPA Programmes seeks highly capable and qualified individuals committed to self-development and higher level of achievement in their professional lives. Admission to the CMBA/CMPA Programme for Executives requires the following criteria: • At least second class Bachelor’s degree from a recognized University. • A minimum of two years of experience • Residency in Pakistan. • A working knowledge of the English language. • Satisfactory score of the CMBA/CMPA Admission Test. The Admission Test will be conducted by the offering institution. The Admission Test is designed to provide an additional dimension of measure for the selection of candidates for this vigorous and demanding Programme of study.There are four (4) portions of the admission test which includes • General Awareness • English Language • Quantitative Aptitude • Reasoning The passing marks are 50% in the admission test. The result can be viewed on www.colaiou.org or www.aiou.edu.pk/col.
 ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND APPLIED LINGUISTICS
Q. You have mentioned in the prospectus that BA in 2nd division or BSc/BBA/BCom, etc in 2nd division (having attempted/passed papers of 150/200 marks in English are eligible). What does this mean?
A. Some of the universities do not offer English as a compulsory subject for BSc/BBA, etc students; while some universities offer English as a subject which carries less than 150 or 200 marks. Candidates with their bachelor's degrees without having studied English as a subject or studied it carrying less than 150 or 200 marks are not eligible for admission. We accept applications from only those candidates who have studied English as a subject carrying 150 or 200 marks. We do not take into consideration the marks the candidates have obtained in the subject.
Q. Do MA English and BEd/MEd degrees help in winning admission?
A. While determing the merit, credit may be given to these degrees.
Q. Can teaching experience help in getting admission?
A. It may be taken into account for awarding admissions.
Q. Do you follow an open policy in awarding admissions?
A. No, we do not. Admissions are awarded on merit keeping the regional/ provincial quota in view.
Q. Are candidates with MA English degree eligible for admission to the MA TEFL programme?
A. No, only the candidates with a Diploma in TEFL/TESL, etc or equivalent qualification is eligible.
Q. Do you offer MA English?
A. We offer MA in Teaching of English and not English literature. AIOU only offers M.A Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). You can see further details from the following link:
http://www.aiou.edu.pk/DeptDetail.asp?DeptID=48
Q. Is a candidate with BA/BSc dgree eligible for admission to Diploma in TEFL?
A. Yes, candidates with BA/BSc in second division are eligible, but the candidates with the BA/BSc degree can apply only if they have studied compulsory English with 200/150 marks. It may also be noted that admissions are awarded on merit; only the BA/BSc degree may not enable the candidates to get admission.
Q. Do you offer MA English ?
A. We offer MA in Teaching of English and not English literature.
Q. Is a candidate with BA/BSc dgree eligible for admission to Diploma in TEFL?
A. Yes, candidates with BA/BSc in second division are eligible, but the candidates with the BA/BSc degree can apply only if they have studied compulsory English with 200/150 marks. It may also be noted that admissions are awarded on merit; only the BA/BSc degree may not enable the candidates to get admission
Q. Do MA English and BEd/MEd degress help in winning admission?
A. While determing the merit, credit may be given to these degrees.
Q. Can teaching experience help in getting admission?
A. It may be taken into account for awarding admissions.
Q. Do you follow an open policy in awarding admissions?
A. No, we do not. Admissions are awarded on merit keeping the regional/ provincial quota in view.
Q. Are candidates with MA English degree eligible for admission to the MA TEFL programme?
A. No, only the candidates with a Diploma in TEFL/TESL, etc or equivalent qualification is eligible.
Q. You have mentioned in the prospectus that BA in 2nd division or BSc/BBA/BCom, etc in 2nd division (having attempted/passed papers of 150/200 marks in English are eligible. What does this mean?
A. Some of the universities do not offer English as a compulsory subject for BSc/BBA, etc students; while some universities offer English as a subject which carries less than 150 or 200 marks. Candidates with their bachelor's degrees without having studied English as a subject or studied it carrying less than 150 or 200 marks are not eligible for admission. We accept applications from only those candidates who have studied English as a subject carrying 150 or 200 marks. We do not take into consideration the marks the candidates have obtained in the subject.
 EXAMINATION
Q. I appeared in the Exams but “absent” has been reflected in the result card, why is it so?
A. There are many reasons for such mistake in the result: - The student has not written the Roll Number. - Has written wrong Roll Number. - The answer script remained unchecked by the examination and not included in the award list or any other. In such a case the students are advised to write an application to the Controller of Examinations for verification of record and issuance of correct/revised result card.
Q. I have been declared fail in course and I am quite dis-satisfied with the marking of examiners, I want to get my paper re-evaluated. Whom should I approach?
A. For all matters regarding exams and results, the student has to approach the Controller of Examinations. As regards re-evaluation it is informed that re-evaluation is not allowed. On the request of student rechecking is done in which it is ensured that all the questions and parts of questions are checked and marked and that the total is correct.
Q. How much I have to pay for re-checking of my paper?
A. Re-checking fee of Rs.300/- (Rupees three hundred) is charged in the form of Bank Draft in favor of Treasurer, AIOU, along with application for the purpose.
Q. I have successfully completed my courses of the programme. Now I want to get a degree, what should I do?
A. On completion of the program i.e. successfully passing required credits of the program, the student has to apply for the certificate/degree to the Controller of Examinations on the prescribed proforma usually given at the end of the prospectus and is also available in all the Regional Office of AIOU. The documents to be attached with the application and other details are given on the back of the same proforma.
Q. How long will issuance of degree take?
A. After submission of application for grant of degree, the transcript is issued within 3-4 weeks whereas the degree is issued after two years.
Q. I urgently need my degree, what is the procedure?
A. For urgent release of degree, the student has to pay double certificate/degree fee.
Q. I have lost my certificate/degree, how can I get the duplicate one?
A. For issuance of duplicate degree/certificate, the student is required to first report the same in the newspaper and lodge an FIR with the nearest Police Station and a declaration on the Stamp Paper of at-least Rs.5/- mentioning that the certificate/degree has been misplace and a duplicate needs to be issued by the University whereas if the lost certificate is found at the later stage, the same shall be reported and returned to the University immediately. As regards fee for issuance of Duplicate certificate/degree, the double degree fee will be charged. The request shall be made to the Controller of Examinations.
Q. When shall exams commence?
A. The general schedule of exams for each semester is as follows: Spring Semester: November-December Autumn Semester: May-June However the dates may vary due to some operational reasons. Students are advised to confirm the examination dates from their respective Regional Office or Controller of Examinations before the above dates.
Q. What is the procedure for seeking approval of the writer in the examination?
A. For blind candidates, Controller of Examinations and Regional Directors are authorized to accord permission of writer. The applicant has to write an application in favour of either of the above officials and submit along with the recent photograph of the writer. Please note that the qualification of the writer should not be more than the level of program of the blind student.
Q. I have to appear in the examination but I have not yet received my date sheet?
A. You are advised to contact the Office of Controller of Examinations on Ph. No.051-9250012 or051-9250111 Ext: 4319. In case the time is less, you may approach your respective Regional Office. Regional Directors are authorized to issue provisional date sheets/admit slips after verifying from the record.
Q. This is my first experience for appearing in the AIOU exam, kindly guide what are the pre-requisites?
A. AIOU Examinations are conducted on the same pattern as are of different Boards/Universities. Your examination centre will be written on the date sheet issued from the Controller of Examinations which you shall receive 10-15 days ahead of exams. You are advised to take your original Identity Card and in case you don’t have your I.D. card take your original B. Form and an attested recent photograph to prove your identity in the centre.
Q. I have received letter to appear before the UMC whereas according to my knowledge, I have done neither any misconduct nor copied from any material?
A. Appear before the UMC on the date given in the letter and prove your innocence.
Q. I am not satisfied with the decision of UMC?
A. You have the right to submit your appeal to the Controller of Examinations against the decision of UMC.
Q. We appeared in the examination, result is still awaited, and how much time it will take for declaration?
A. Declaration of result takes at-least three months after the completion of exams.
Q. When my Semester will be end?
A. Every semester end after submission of your last assignment and final Examination. You can download Date Sheet from the following link:
http://www.aiou.edu.pk/DateSheet.asp
Q. How Can I get the Roll Number slip and date sheet?
A. You can get your Roll Number Slip contains Test Venue and date sheet on your mailing address. You can also visit AIOU website for confirmation.
If somehow any of students has not received “Roll No Slip” before exams then he/she can download the same from AIOU website, link is following as:
http://www.aiou.edu.pk/RollNoSlips.asp
You must take that Slip with you to the Examination Center otherwise you are not allowed to sit in the Examination Hall.
Q. I can’t receive my Roll Number Slip through postal address but I take it from AIOU website. Is it acceptable in the Examination Centre??
A. Yes, it will be acceptable with two attested pictures and attested Identity Card and original Identity Card.
You are advised to take your original Identity Card and in case you don’t have your I.D. card take your original B. Form and an attested recent photograph to prove your identity in the Examination Centre.
Q. want to change my Examination Centre, Is it possible??
A. Change of Examination Centre is not allowed by AIOU, under normal conditions. However, in hardship cases change of Examinations Centre is allowed subject to:

(a) Production of valid documentary proof - Nikah Nama, Transfer letter/posting letter with recent Photograph attested from back side, copy of NIC attested by Govt. Officer BPS-18. The charge if occurred after taking admission will be acceptable.

(b) The candidate or his father changes the place of business or shifts to another station, not more than three months before the final examination, a certificate from Government Officer not lower than the rank of BPS-18 may please be provided.

Download form from following link, fill up, follow instructions carefully and send it by post with required documents/fee to the Deputy Controller of Exams (Results).
http://www.aiou.edu.pk/Downloads.asp
Q. In my Result I am Re-Appear in one course, what does it mean?
A. If you are re-appear then you will only give exam of that course code and if you will be fail then you should send new admission of that course code in next semester.
Q. I am not satisfied with the decision of UMC?
A. You have the right to submit your appeal to the Controller of Examinations against the decision of UMC.
Q. We appeared in the Examination, result is still awaited, and how much time it will take for declaration?
A. Declaration of result takes at-least three months after the completion of exams.
Q. What is the procedure for seeking approval of the writer in the Examination?
A. . For blind candidates, Controller of Examinations and Regional Directors are authorized to accord permission of writer. The applicant has to write an application in favour of either of the above officials and submit along with the recent photograph of the writer. Please note that the qualification of the writer should not be more than the level of program of the blind student.
Q. I have to appear in the Examination but I have not yet received my Date Sheet?
A. If somehow any of students has not received “Date Sheet” before exams then he/she can download the same from AIOU website, link is following as:
http://www.aiou.edu.pk/DateSheet.asp
Q. This is my first experience for appearing in the AIOU exam, kindly guide what are the pre-requisites?
A. AIOU Examinations are conducted on the same pattern as are of different Boards/Universities. Your examination centre will be written on the date sheet issued from the Controller of Examinations which you shall receive 10-15 days ahead of exams. You are advised to take your original Identity Card and in case you don’t have your I.D. card take your original B. Form and an attested recent photograph to prove your identity in the centre.
Q. I have received letter to appear before the UMC whereas according to my knowledge, I have done neither any misconduct nor copied from any material?
A. Appear before the UMC on the date given in the letter and prove your innocence.
Q. I appeared in the Exams but “Re-Appear” has been reflected in the result card, why is it so?
A. There are many reasons for such mistake in the result: - The student has not written the Roll Number. - Has written wrong Roll Number. - The answer script remained unchecked by the examination and not included in the award list or any other. In such a case the students are advised to Download Form of Revision of Result, fill up, follow instructions carefully and send it by post to Examination Department, Secrecy Branchfor issuance of correct/revised result card. Form you can download from the following link:
http://www.aiou.edu.pk/Downloads.asp
Q. I have been declared fail in course and I am quite dis-satisfied with the marking of examiners, I want to get my paper re-evaluated. Whom should I approach?
A. For all matters regarding exams and results, the student has to approach the Controller of Examinations. As regards re-evaluation it is informed that re-evaluation is not allowed. On the request of student rechecking is done in which it is ensured that all the questions and parts of questions are checked and marked and that the total is correct. Result Re-Checking Form you can download from the following link:
http://www.aiou.edu.pk/Downloads.asp
Q. How much I have to pay for re-checking of my paper?
A. Re-checking fee of Rs.600/- (Rupees Six hundred) is charged in the form of Bank Draft in favor of Treasurer, AIOU, along with application for the purpose.
Q. I have successfully completed my courses of the programme. Now I want to get a degree, what should I do?
A. On completion of the program i.e. successfully passing required credits of the program, the student has to apply for the certificate/degree to the Controller of Examinations on the prescribed Performa usually given at the end of the prospectus and is also available in all the Regional Office of AIOU and AIOU website. The documents to be attached with the application and other details are given on the back of the same Performa.
Q. How long will issuance of degree take?
A. After submission of application for grant of degree, the transcript is issued within 3-4 weeks whereas the degree is issued after two years.
Q. I urgently need my degree, what is the procedure?
A. For urgent release of degree, the student has to pay urgent degree fee.
Q. I have lost my certificate/degree, how can I get the duplicate one?
A. For issuance of duplicate degree/certificate, the student is required to first report the same in the newspaper and lodge an FIR with the nearest Police Station and a declaration on the Stamp Paper of at-least Rs.20/- mentioning that the certificate/degree has been misplace and a duplicate needs to be issued by the University whereas if the lost certificate is found at the later stage, the same shall be reported and returned to the University immediately. As regards fee for issuance of Duplicate certificate/degree, the double degree fee will be charged. You can download Duplicate Degree Form from the following link:
http://www.aiou.edu.pk/Downloads.asp
Q. When shall exams commence?
A. The general schedule of exams for each semester is as follows: Spring Semester: November-December Autumn Semester: May-June However the dates may vary due to some operational reasons. Students are advised to confirm the examination dates from their respective Regional Office or Controller of Examinations before the above dates.
Q. What is the procedure of AIOU Degree Verification??
A. Degree Verification: (For Students)
Please find your required information and further details from following link:
http://www.aiou.edu.pk/Downloads.asp
Download Degree Verification Form, fill up, follow instructions carefully with required Degree & Fee of Verification 200/- per Degree ( Bank Drafts only made in favor of "Treasurer Allama Iqbal Open University") send it by post to the Examination department. By post it will take time around 15 days. You can also get it same day if you submitted Degree Form “by Hand” before 11:30 am then you received Verified Degree “by Hand” after 3:00 pm.
Postal Address: Examination Department, Verification Section, AIOU H-8, Islamabad
Degree Verification: (For a Company/Institution)
 MAILING SECTION
Q. From where I can get the Study Material??
A. After admission, the courses material and other details are mailed to you. In case, the study material is not received by the due date, you are advised to contact the Mailing Officer, Block # 28, Allama Iqbal Open University, and Islamabad along with your particulars for verification.
Q. I send admission in four subjects and I received only two books now from where I can get my remaining books?
A. First of all you confirm your admission detail from the following link:
http://www.aiou.edu.pk/Admission.asp

If your admission will be confirmed in four subjects then:
Write an application to the Mailing Section send it by post with admission confirmation detail and about Book receiving detail and with request to send the remaining books on the following address:
Assistant Registrar Mailing
Department (MAILING SECTION)
Block # 28
Allama Iqbal Open University, Sector H-8, Islamabad
Phone: 0519057611-12
Email: mailing@aiou.edu.pk
Q. Wrong Book Dispatched to me, from where I confirm it?
A. Please confirm your course codes from the following link:
http://www.aiou.edu.pk/Admission.asp
if these course codes are different then send your books back with your application to the Mailing Section AIOU.
 DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS
Q. Can I do MSc (Mathematics) without attending classes?
A. MSc (Mathematics) requires a minimum of four (4) semester course work.
Q. How long is the MSc (Mathematics) programme?
A. No. MSc (Mathematics) is a face to face program and requires 80% of attendance as a compulsory part.
Q. Are the degrees offered by AIOU at Department of Mathematics and Statistics recognized by HEC?
A. Certainly yes, AIOU is a public sector university and therefore all degree programs offered by AIOU are recognized by HEC.
 Directorate of Overseas Education & e-Learning
Q. How many Admission Programmes that AIOU is offering for Overseas Students?
A. Allama Iqbal Open University only offers Matric, Intermediate and B.A level programmes for Overseas Pakistanis residing in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, Oman and Bahrain. For further information you can contact here:
Overseas Coordinator, Directorate of Overseas Education & E-Learning, Allama Iqbal Open University, Sector H-8, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Phone: 051-9250175 & 051-9057165
Website: http://del.aiou.edu.pk & E-mail: overseas@aiou.edu.pk
Q. How many Bachelor level Programmes that AIOU is offering for Overseas Student’s Admission?
A. AIOU offers Bachelor level programmes for Pakistanis in Middle East (Few Countries) which are following as:
1. Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com)
2. Bachelor of Arts (Library & Information Sciences Group)
3. Bachelor of Mass Communication
4. Bachelor of Arts (General Group).
Q. Is it any Certificate Course for Overseas Students?
A. Elementary Arabic Course is offered by the University to improve the Arabic language skills. The duration of this Course is only one Semester. After successful completion of the Course, the Student is awarded a Certificate of Course completion.
Admission form can be submitted by hand or via post to the following address:
Directorate of Overseas Educational Programmes and e-Learning, Room # G-19-G-20, ICT Building,
ALLAMA IQBAL OPEN UNIVERSITY, H-8, Islamabad, Pakistan
Q. What is the amount of fee for registration?
A. First time registration fee is 10 U.S Dollar for all Programs. Courses fee is mentioned in the Prospectus.
Q. Where can I get the prospectus??
A. Prospectus can be downloaded from our website at: http://del.aiou.edu.pk
Q. What documents do I require for admission?
A. : All previous educational certificates, Visa and passport copy, CNIC/Overseas ID, one photograph (with any background color).
All documents must be attested by Gazetted officer (Board or University attestation is not compulsory); photographs need not to be attested.
Q. How I can submit Admission fee?
A. : Admission fee should be deposited through bank draft drawn in the name of “Treasurer ALLAMA IQBAL OPEN UNIVERSITY”.
Q. Which currency I can deposit fee in?
A. Deposit fee only in US Dollars.
Q. Which programs are offered to overseas student?
A. AIOU offer Matric, F.A/I.Com, B.A/B.Com Programs.
Q. How student get the books?
A. AIOU mail the books to the address mentioned by applicant in admission form. (Note: Care must be taken while providing the book mailing address)
Q. If student get wrong books?
A. immediately contact us and return the books, we will send the correct books.
Q. What should I do when I found some pages of Books are misprinted?
A. Please contact mailing section AIOU.
Q. What is the address of coordinator overseas department?
A. Our mailing address is:
Overseas Student Coordinator
Room G-19/G-20,
ICT Building,
AIOU, H-8 Islamabad 44000 Pakistan
Q. What are your office hours?
A. Undergraduate Admissions advisers are available from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., with limited advising available during the lunch hour. You may reach us during these hours by phone at 92-51-9057165 or 92-51 9250175.You do not need to make an appointment to speak with an adviser.
Q. How many assignments are there for each subject?
A. Half credit course have 2 assignments and Full credit course have 4 assignments.
Q. If I am unable to submit assignments?
A. The students who are unable to submit assignments are marked as fail.
Q. Are there any tutors for overseas students?
A. We do not allot tutors for overseas students; students send the assignments at the following address:
Directorate of Overseas and e-Learning
Room: G-19 G-20,
ICT Building,
Allama Iqbal Open University,H-8, Islamabad.
Q. When assignment results are announced?
A. Assignment results are announced after the final papers.
Q. If assignments are not submitted in mentioned dates?
A. if you are late to submit the assignments, immediately contact coordinator overseas.
Q. how can I get the roll number slip?
A. Roll no slip is sent to your mailing mentioned is admission form, you can also download the roll no slip from AIOU website at:
http://del.aiou.edu.pk
Q. How can I know the location of exam center?
A. The location of exam center is mentioned in roll number slip.
Q. What should I do if there is a mistake in my exam center or roll number.
A. When you get the roll number slip, and you think that the exam center or roll number is wrong, immediately contact to overseas department by e-mail or landline:
overseas@aiou.edu.pk
+92-51-9250175, +92-51-9057165
Q. When the results are announced?
A. Results are announced after two months of exams.
Q. When should I apply for degree and DMS (Detail Mark Sheet)?
A. When you complete all of your courses and all results are announced, you should then apply for degree and DMS.
Q. How can I get degree and DMS after applying?
A. For normal cases it takes 2 years to get degree and DMS, if you apply for urgent , degree and DMS are issued within 2 months.
Q. What is Normal Degree fee and Urgent Degree fee?
A. Degree fee is mentioned in back site of the degree application form.
Q. How can I get degree Form?
A. Degree application form can be downloaded from our website at: http://del.aiou.edu.pk

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