A letter sent by the University Grant Commission (U.G.C.) under reference # F. No. UGC/DEB/2013 dated 14 October 2013 to the Registrars / Directors of all universities in India mentions that the Government of India has envisaged a great role for the Open and the Distance Education systems. The envisioned role may be fulfilled by recognizing and treating the Degrees/Diplomas/Certificates awarded through open /distance mode at par with the degrees obtained through the formal system of education ie., through regular colleges /universities.

A circular issued by UGC (letter F-1 No 52/2000 (CPP II) – Dated May 05, 2004) mentions that the Degrees/Diplomas/ Certificates awarded by Open Universities in conformities with UGC notification of degrees be treated as equivalent to the corresponding award given by the traditional universities of the country too bolsters this fact.

These notifications are proof enough that students obtaining degrees under Open and Distance education have the same level of recognition and value as those issued by regular universities and that no one can discriminate against the former based on this fact.

Yes, definitely distance education is valid for government jobs. If you wish to prepare for government services examinations like UPSC or state services you can go ahead with them. In Jan 2019 UGC has approved the distance learning degrees through online mode.