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OPENMAT is an entrance test that is conducted for offering admission to MBA/PGDM at IGNOU. It is a national-level exam. This entrance exam is conducted in a computer-based test mode for MBA/PGDM courses OPENMAT scores can be used for admission during the two sessions conducted for admission every year. If the exam is held in July then the score can be used for January and July (the following year) and, likewise, if the OPENMAT exam is conducted in January-February, the scores can be used for admission during July and January next year. Read on to find out more.

Features Details
Exam  OPEN MBA Admission Test  
Conducting Authority Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)/National Testing Agency
Conducted for Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)
Mode of the examination Computer-Based Test mode (CBT)
Frequency of exam Twice a year
Exam Duration 3 Hours
Courses offered MBA/PGDM (various specializations)

Important Dates for OPENMAT

Event Date
Online application for admissions starts 28th December 2022
Last day for application 31st March 2023
Dates for correction TBA

Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for candidates who wish to apply for the OPENMAT as prescribed by IGNOU are mentioned below :

  • Students must have completed their bachelor’s degree in any field including – Cost Accountancy/ Company Secretariat etc
  • Students must have completed three years of the bachelor’s degree
  • Students must have secured at least 50% marks aggregate in all subjects in their bachelor’s degree
  • Students of SC/ST/ PWD must have secured at least 45% marks aggregate in all subjects in their bachelor’s degree

Documents Needed For the Application Form

Before registering for the exam, all applicants must ensure that they have the following documentation and details available. Candidates shall have the following records on them:

  • Scanned most recent photographs (sizes ranging from 10 kb to 200 kb) in JPG/ JPEG format only.
  • Scanned signature (size 4 kb to 30 kb) only in JPG/JPEG format
  • Aadhaar number, Election card, Passport number/ Ration card number/ PAN number, or some other identification evidence from the government
  • Mobile phone number and email address
  • Bank details for fee payment
  • Mark sheets for details

Courses available through OPENMAT

Through OPENMAT, students are eligible for admission to a list of management courses offered by IGNOU. We have listed the courses below :

  • Master of Business Administration 
  • Post Grad Diploma in Human Resource Management (PGDHRM)
  • Post Grad Diploma in Operations Management (PGDOM)
  • Post Grad Diploma in Financial Management (PGDFM)
  • Post Grad Diploma in Marketing Management ( PGDMM)
  • Post Grad Diploma in Finance Markets Practise (PGDFMP)

How to apply for OPENMAT?

We have described below the detailed procedure that students are required to follow for applying for OPENMAT :

  • Registration: Aspirants must log on to the official website and Apply Online. Fill in the required details to get a unique id and password to go further with the application process.
  • Submit Application Form:  After successful registration, aspirants must fill the application form with the accurate and necessary information the form asks for. The application form is divided into three sections – Personal Details, Qualification of Details and Successfully uploading documents. 
  • Application Fees: The final step would be the payment of application fees to successfully complete the form.

How To Fill Out The  Application Form

IGNOU will make the registration a simple process. Candidates should fill out the application form by following the steps outlined below.

Visit the university’s official website at
Fill out the registration form with basic details.
You will get one “Application Number.”
Log in again and complete the application form.
Upload required documents
Make the payment of the Application Form
Download and take print of the Application Form

Application Fees

The application fees for OPENMAT can be paid in online mode – credit card/debit card and net banking. The application fees for each category have been given here –

  1. General / OBC – INR 1000
  2. SC/ST/EWS – INR 800

OPENMAT Paper Pattern

Type of Questions MCQ based
Marking Scheme  +1 – Correct Answer0 – Incorrect Answer
Language English
Total Questions 200

OPENMAT Paper Sections

The paper is divided into 4 sections with a number of questions being asked from each. We have listed the sectional breakdown below –

1. General Awareness – 30 questions
2. English – 50 questions
3. Quantitative Aptitude – 50 questions
4. Reasoning – 70 questions

Syllabus of the Exam

The OPENMAT entrance exam will consist of four parts, each with a different number of questions.

Subject Topics
General Awareness Basic general questions related to history, geography, politics, economy, law, government, famous people
Trade – import-export
The world economy, Summits
English Language Reading Comprehensions
Fill in the Blanks
Sentence Correction
Quantitative Aptitude Mixtures and Allegations
Permutation and Combination
Coordinate Geometry
Speed, Time, and Distance
Time and Work
Set Theory
Reasoning Coding and decoding
Critical reasoning
Statements and assumptions
Assertion and reasons
Statements and conclusions
Symbol Based problems
Family tree

Marking Scheme of the OPENMAT Exam

Particulars Details
Marking Scheme One mark for each correct answer will be awarded
Negative Marking No

Exam Centers

The Indira Gandhi National Open University will shortly have a list of official exam centres. Candidates who take the IGNOU entrance exam would have the option of selecting a preferred exam centre that is close to their place. Changes to the exam city centre will be made in no way.

Exam Day Guidelines

Students must follow the exam day guidelines as given in the admit card or specified at the time of applying. 

  • Aspirants should carry their admit card and it should not be in a digital or scanned format.
  • Aspirants must reach the exam centre an hour before the exam to avoid any delay.
  • Aspirants are not allowed to carry any electronic devices to the exam venue.
  • Aspirants must carry a photo identity proof along with the admit card which could be any of these – Aadhar Card, Passport, Pan Card, Voter ID Card, Driver’s License 

How To Check OPENMAT Result

Candidates will be able to see their results by logging in with their login information, including their registration number, birth date, and protection pin. After reviewing the result, candidates can download and print their results.

Details in the Result

After downloading the IGNOU OPENMAT MBA result, candidates must double-check the information provided. Details or data such as the following will be included in the IGNOU OPENMAT MBA result:

Candidate’s information
Roll number
Total marks scored
Sectional marks
Date of birth


Can the form be filled in offline mode?

No, the form cannot be filled in an offline mode.

When will the results be declared?

The results are likely to be declared in the last week of April.

When is the exam going to be held?

The exam was conducted on 11th April.

We hope this blog was helpful and informative. If you want to follow an MBA but aren’t sure what specialization to choose, contact Leverage Edu, who will help you select a suitable MBA course that suits your desires and goals and provides you with the requisite knowledge and skills required to kick-start your career.

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