Ignou BAG Syllabus: Know your BA General Subjects Semester-wise

 Every new student needs clarity on the Ignou BAG Syllabus after taking admission. As you all are aware that recently Ignou changed the BA syllabus to new BA General CBCS. Therefore you should read this article to have a clear idea about your Ignou Syllabus for BA General course.

Since this is a new program and there are a lot of electives, it is obvious to have doubts and concerns. And to clear all your doubts and concern about Ignou BAG Syllabus you need to read this article properly.

Let’s begin.

First of all, you should know some key points about Ignou BAG Course.

  1. Bachelor of Arts General is a Minimum 3 year’s undergraduate degree.
  2. The student will get Maximum 6 years to complete this course.
  3. This course in under Credit Based Choice System (CBCS).
  4. In order to complete Ignou BA Course, a student needs to have a total of 132 Credits.
  5. You will earn 22 credits after the completion of each semester.
  6. One credit is equal to 30 hours of study credit.

Now we will discuss the main topic of Ignou BAG Syllabus.

We will explain the complete Ignou Syllabus for BA General course in a very simple way. Hope there will be no doubt after reading this. Because we are going to explain the syllabus semester-wise.

First of all please look at this picture and then we will go to the semester-wise subject chart.

This chart shows you, how you will get 132 credits out of 24 subjects. So there are a total of 24 Ignou BAG Books, 4 subjects in every semester. You will get 22 Credits from 4 subjects in the First Semester.

First Year Ignou BAG Syllabus:  Semester 1 & 2

First-year of Ignou BA General course will include semester 1 and semester 2. Each semester will make you earn 22 credits. Hence the first year = 44 credits.

You will study 4 subjects in the first semester and 4 subjects in the second semester. You will choose the subjects from the following three elective categories in each semester respectively.

  1. One Subject from Language Elective- Core Course
  2. Two subjects from two different discipline- core course.
  3. One subject from Ability enhancement Course (AECC)

Check out the following chart for semester 1 & semester 2 subject list.

Language Elective Core Course:

Choose any one subject from the following semester list. In the first semester, you have 4 language elective options but in 2nd semester only two options are there. You can take any one subject in each semester.

for Semester 1 for Semester 2
  • Hindi: BHDLA 135 हिंदी भाषा: विविध प्रयोग
  • English: BEGLA 135 English in Daily Life
  • Sanskrit: BSKLA 135 संस्कृत भाषा और साहित्य
  • Urdu: BUDLA 135 Study of Modern Urdu Prose and Poetry
  • Hindi: BHDLA 136 हिंदी भाषा: लेखन कौशल
  • English: BEGLA 136 English at the Workplace


Discipline Core Course:

There are 12 different discipline available in Ignou BAG syllabus. You can select any two discipline in the first semester. And you will choose two subjects from the same discipline in the all upcoming semesters.

Note: You cannot change the discipline in the 2nd Semester. So you have to select the two subjects in the 2nd semester under the same discipline.

For the example- if you choose Anthropology and Public Administration in the first semester, then you will repeat the same discipline Anthropology and Public admin in all semesters.

Here is the list of subjects available in 1st & 2nd Semester for Ignou BAG Course.

  For Semester 1 For Semester 2
Anthropology BANC 131 Anthropology and Research Methods BANC 132 Fundamentals of Biological Anthropology
Economics BECC 131 Principles of Microeconomics-I BECC 132 Principles of Microeconomics-II
History BHIC 131 History of India from the Earliest Times Up To C. 300 CE BHIC 132 History of India from c.300 to 1206
Public Admin BPAC 131 Perspectives on Public Administration BPAC 132 Administrative Thinkers
Psychology BPCC 131 Foundations of Psychology BPCC 132 Introduction to Social Psychology
Pol. Science BPSC 131 Introduction to Political Theory BPSC 132 Indian Government and Politics
Sociology BSOC 131 Introduction to Sociology BSOC 132 Sociology of India
English BEGC 131 Individual and Society BEGC 132 Selections from Indian Writing: Cultural Diversity
Hindi BHDC 131 हिंदी साहित्य का इतिहास BHDC 132 मध्यकालीन हिंदी कविता
Urdu BUDC 131 Study of Prose and Poetic Forms in Urdu Literature BUDC 132 Study of Urdu Classical Ghazal
Sanskrit BSKC-131 संस्कृत पद्य साहित्य BSKC 132 संस्कृत गद्य साहित्य
Mathematics BMTC 131 Calculus BMTC 132 Differential Equations

Ability Enhancement Compulsory Course (AECC)

from AECC category you can choose one subject in Semester 1 and one subject in semester 2. Each subject in this section carries 4 credits.

for Semester 1 for Semester 2 (Choose anyone)
BEVAE-181 Environmental Studies
  • BEGAE 182- English Communication Skills or
  • BHDAE 182-fहिंदी भाषा और सम्प्रेषण

Second Year: Semester 3 & 4 of Ignou BA General

So’ first-year subjects are clear now. Henceforth we will see which 8 subjects of third & fourth Semester Ignou BAG Syllabus.

likewise in 1st and 2nd semester, you will study 1 Language Course, 2 Discipline core course and one Skill enhancement subject in each sem 3rd and 4th. Hence You will get a total of 22 Credits from each semester and a total of 44 credits from the Second year of BAG.

Language Core Course for semester 3 & Semester 4 BA General:

You can choose any two from the following two options each semester.

For Semester 3 For Semester 4
  • BHDLA 137 हिंदी भाषा: सम्प्रेषण कौशल
  • BEGLA 137 Language Through Literature
  • BHDLA 138 हिंदी साहित्य: विविध विधाएँ
  • BEGLA 138 Reading And Speaking Skills

Discipline Core Course for third & 4th Semester Ignou Syllabys BA General:

Choose two discipline likewise in semester 1st and 2nd. Choose from the same discipline as per the first semester. You have to choose two subjects from two different discipline but it should be same as in the first semester.

  For Semester 3 For Semester 4
Anthropology BANC 133 Fundamentals of Social and Cultural Anthropology BANC 134 Fundamentals of Archaeological Anthropology
Economics BECC 133 Principles of Macroeconomics-I BECC 134 Principles of Macroeconomics-II
History BHIC 133 History of India from c.1206 to 1707 BHIC 134 History of India from 1707 to 1950
Public Admin BPAC 133 Administrative System at Union Level BPAC 134 Administrative system at State and District Levels
Psychology BPCC 133 Psychological Disorders BPCC 134 Statistical Methods and Psychological Research
Pol. Science BPSC 133 Comparative Government and Politics BPSC 134 Introduction to International Relations
Sociology BSOC 133 Sociological Theories BSOC 134 Methods of Sociological Enquiry
English BEGC 133 British Literature BEGC 134 Reading the Novel
Hindi BHDC 133 आधुनिक हिंदी कविता BHDC 134 हिंदी गद्य साहित्य 
Urdu BUDC 133 Origin and Development of Urdu Language BUDC 134 Study of Urdu Nazm
Sanskrit BSKC 133 संस्कृत नाटक BSKC 134 संस्कृत व्याकरण 
Mathematics BMTC 133 Real Analysis BMTC 134 Algebra

Skill Enhancement Course (SEC) for Semester 3rd and 4th:

These are skill enhance course subjects. You can any one subject from the common pool each semester. SEC subjects are applicable 3rd semester onward in Ignou BAG Syllabus.

For Semester 3 For Semester 4
  • BANS 183 Tourism Anthropology
  • BPCS 183 Emotional Intelligence
  • BPCS 185 Developing Emotional Competence
  • BEGS 183 Writing and Study Skills
  • BHDS 183 अनुवाद सिद्धांत और प्रविध


  • BANS 184 Public Health and Epidemiology
  • BECS 184 Data Analysis
  • BPAS 184 Logistics Management
  • BPCS 184 School Psychology
  • BPCS 186 Managing Stress
  • BSOS 184 Techniques of Ethnographic
    Film Making
  • BHDS 184 रेडियो लेखन

Third Year Ignou Syllabus BA General: 5th & 6th Semester

3rd year means the final year of Ignou BAG Syllabus has 8 subjects like the first year and second year. 3rd year means 5th semester and 6th semester.

In the 5th Semester, you will study 4 subjects out of the following three elective categories.

  • 2 Discipline-Specific Electives (DSEs) : 12 Credits
  • 1 Skill Enhancement Course (SEC): 4 Credit
  • 1 Generic Elective (GE): 6 Credit

Similarly in 6th Semester, you will study the 4 subjects from the above elective categories. Now let’s see what are the subject options available in each elective category for 5th & 6th Semester.

Discipline-Specific Elective Subjects: 5th & 6th Semester

You have multiple choices in this section. But remember:

  • Choose the one subject from two Discipline.
  • And choose the same discipline category which you have taken at the beginning of the course.
  • Suppose you have taken Anthropology and History Discipline, you can choose one subject from Anthropology and one from history.
  For Semester 5 For Semester 6
Anthropology BANE 145 Applied Anthropology BANE 146 Anthropology of Indigenous
Economics BECE 145 Indian Economy-I BECE 146 Indian Economy-II
  • BHIE141 History of China c.1840-1978
  • BHIE143 History of Modern East Asia: Japan (c.1868-1945)
  • BHIE145 Some Aspects of European
    History 1789-1945
  • BHIE142 History of Environment 
  • BHIE144 Traditions of History Writing in India
Public Admin
  • BPAE141 Right to Information
  • BPAE143 Administrative System in BRICS
  • BPAE142 Organisational Behaviour
  • BPAE144 Social Policies and Administration
Psychology BPCE 145 Counseling Psychology BPCE 146 Industrial/ Organisational
Pol. Science
  • BPSE141 Gandhi and the Contemporary World
  • BPSE143 State Politics in India
  • BPSE145 Democracy and Development in Northeast India 
  • BPSE142 India’s Foreign Policy in a  Globalising World
  • BPSE144 Introduction to South Asia
  • BPSE146 Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding
  • BSOE141 Urban Sociology 
  • BSOE143 Environmental Sociology 
  • BSOE145 Religion and Society 
  • BSOE142 Indian Sociological Traditions
  • BSOE144 Reading Ethnographies
  • BSOE146 Marriage, Family and Kinship
  • BSOE148 Social Stratification
  • BEGE141 Understanding Prose 
  • BEGE143 Understanding Poetry
  • BEGE145 Soft Skills
BEGE142 Understanding Drama
  • BHDE141 अस्मितामूलक बिमर्ष और हिंदी साहित्य
  • BHDE143 प्रेमचंद
  • BHDE145 कबीर
  • BHDE142 राष्ट्रीय काव्यधारा
  • BHDE144 छायावाद
  • BHDE146 छायावादोत्तर हिंदी कविता
Urdu BUDE 141 Study of Poet Mirza Ghalib  BUDE 142 Study of Prose Writer Meer
Amman Dehlvi
Sanskrit BSKE 141 आयुर्वेद के मूलाधार BSKE 142 रंगमंच और नाट्यकला
Mathematics BMTE 141 Linear Algebra  BMTE 144 Numerical Analysis

Skill Enhancement Course (SEC) for Semester 5th and 6th:

Select one subject from this  SEC section. You will have 4 options in semester 5 & four options in semester 6. You are going to get 4 credit for one subject.

For Semester 5 For Semester 6
  • BPCS 187 Managing Human Resources
  • BSOS 185 Society through the Visual
  • BEGS 185 English Language Teaching
  • BHDS 185 टेलीविज़न लेखन
  • BPAS 186 Stress and Time Management
  • BPCS 188 Application of Social Psychology
  • BEGS 186 Business Communication
  • BHDS 186 समाचार संकलन और लेखन

Generic Electives (GE) for 5th & 6th Sem

Generic Electives is the fifth category of Ignou BAG Syllabus. There are many subjects in this category but you have to choose one subject in semester 5 and one subject in semester 6.

Each subject is equal to 6 credit. you may choose any one out of the following. Choose the same nature’s subject in 5th and 6th semester.

for Semester 5 for Semester 6
BEGG171 Media & Communication Skills BEGG172 Language and Linguistics
BEGG173 Academic Writing And Composition BEGG174 Creative Writing
पाठ्यक्रम: समाचार पत्र एवं फीचर लेखन पाठ्य
पाठ्यक्रम: सृजनात्मक लेखन के विविध क्षेत्र पाठ्य
BPAG171 Disaster Management BPAG172 Governance: Issues and Challenges
BPAG173 E-governance BPAG174 Sustainable Development
BPCG171 General Psychology BPCG 172 Youth, Gender and Identity
BPCG 173 Psychology for Health and Well Being BPCG174 Psychology and Media
BPCG175 Psychology for Living BPCG176 Psychology of Gender
BSOG171 Indian Society: Images and Realities BSOG176 Economy and Society
BSOG173 Rethinking Development BGDG172 Gender Sensitisation: Society
and Culture

This was all about Ignou Syllabus BA General, we hope this will help you find your subjects easily. You can plan your study accordingly by downloading Ignou BAG Books here.

Do let us know in the comment about this article and if need any other detail or info about the same.

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