IGNOU OPENMAT MBA and Management Entrance‬ ‭Exam 2024‬

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IGNOU‭ OPENMAT used to be an entrance exam conducted by IGNOU (later by NTA) to‬ admit‭ aspirants into their much-reputed management programs such as IGNOU’s MBA,‬ ‭Executive MBA, MBA specialization, and PG Diploma programs. IGNOU OPENMAT was‬ once‭ a prominent part of the IGNOU MBA admission procedure but has since been‬ ‭discontinued. The last IGNOU OPENMAT exam was conducted in 2021.‬
Candidates‭ looking to gain admission to IGNOU’s well-renowned MBA programs are no‬ longer‭ required to attend or clear the OPENMAT exam but can instead visit IGNOU’s online‬ ‭admission portal to apply for the programs. Admissions to IGNOU MBA, Online MBA, MBA‬
Specialization‭ and PG Diplomas in Management programs will be given on a merit basis‬ after‭ a detailed assessment of a candidate’s admission form. A detailed breakdown of‬ ‭IGNOU MBA admission is available on our admission procedure page.‬

Note: This page is about OPENMAT Entrance Exam, it is not presently a requirement IGNOU Distance MBA admission (2024 Sessions).


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How‭ to apply for IGNOU MBA admission without OPENMAT‬

After the scrapping of the IGNOU OPENMAT entrance exam, IGNOU MBA admission is‬ ‭presently being conducted through IGNOU’s online admission portal. Interested candidates‬ ‭can log in to the IGNOU admission portal to fill and submit their admission forms during the‬ January‭ and June admission windows. Please make sure that the information provided in‬ the‭ admission form is genuine and upload every required document before submitting your‬ form‭. Visit our admission procedure page for more information regarding IGNOU MBA‬ ‭admission.‬

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IGNOU MBA admission event Date
‭IGNOU MBA admission last date‬ 15th July 2024

Quick Info: OPENMAT Entrance Exam

The information about the OPENMAT entrance test given below are for quick reading. To get a detailed picture about each section, click on the respective links on each and read the detailed guides.

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Exam Dates and Frequency

The OPENMAT entrance test is conducted twice every year usually in the months August and February. The entrance exams for the year 2023 is yet to be announced.  The dates of the entrance exam and the related dates can be found here:

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OPENMAT Application and Forms

If you wish to apply for OPENMAT test in 2023, then you have to apply via IGNOU website. You can submit the application online ONLY. You can get the details about the application link and how to fill the application form below.

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Test Syllabus

The OPENMAT test syllabus is designed to check the candidates overall aptitude in Management. You will be tested the on the basis of the following topics:

  1. General Awareness
  2. English Language
  3. Quantitative Aptitude
  4. Reasoning

The detailed syllabus, list of topics and exam patterns can be obtained from the link below.

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Previous Year Question Papers

The question papers for the OPENMAT entrance exams conducted in the previous years can help you understand the pattern of questions and help you prepare better. You can obtain the solved and unsolved question papers for the past years from our question papers page.

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Validity of OPENMAT Score

The results of OPENMAT are valid for two semesters after qualification. You will be qualified in the OPENMAT entrance exam if  you score the cut off marks or above. You can seek admission to IGNOU MBA or other management programs for the 2 subsequent  semesters after qualification in OPENMAT. This means that there will be two admission openings every year and you can choose for admission in any one of the two sessions.


The results for the exam are published on the IGNOU official website and the Score Card is dispatched to your address via post.

How to Prepare for OPENMAT

We have created a section on how to prepare for the OPENMAT entrance exam. We have collected all the resources for exam preparation. You can also get exam tips and help from our experts. The resources are FREE of cost for you.

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This section helps you find the books that you would find useful in your preparation for OPENMAT exam. These books are specially authored to meet the requirements of students appearing for OPENMAT Exam.

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Courses Covered by OPENMAT

If you are qualified you can get admission to the MBA program by IGNOU and other Diploma courses in Management. The list of the diploma programs are given below.

Diploma in Management (DIM)

Post-Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDIM)

Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management (PGDHRM)

Post-Graduate Diploma in Financial Management (PGDFM)

Post-Graduate Diploma in Operations Management (PGDOM)

Post-Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management (PGDMM)

Post-Graduate Diploma in Financial Markets Practice (PGDFMP)


Some of the Frequently Asked Questions about IGNOU OPENMAT Entrance test are answered here.

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What is OPENMAT?

‭IGNOU OPENMAT was an entrance exam conducted by NTA on behalf of‬ IGNOU‭ for admitting candidates to IGNOU MBA programs.‬

When is the next OPENMAT exam?

IGNOU‭ OPENMAT exams have been discontinued and will not be conducted‬ ‭any more. IGNOU MBA admissions can be directly sought through IGNOU’s‬ online‭ admission portal.‬

What is the last date for the submission of the IGNOU OPENMAT application‬ form?‬‭

You can no longer apply for the OPENMAT entrance exam. IGNOU MBA‬ ‭application can be directly submitted through IGNOU’s admission portal.‬

How to apply for OPENMAT?‬

‭IGNOU OPENMAT entrance exam have been discontinued.

‭How to clear the OPENMAT exam?‬

You are no longer required to clear the OPENMAT entrance exam to seek‬ ‭admission for IGNOU MBA programs.‬

How to fill an OPENMAT application form?‬

The OPENMAT entrance exam has been scrapped for the time being.‬ Candidates do not have to attend the exam to gain admission to IGNOU MBA‬ programs‭.‬

How to download the OPENMAT admit card?‬

OPENMAT admit card is no longer available to download as the exam has‬ ‭been discontinued.‬

Is there negative marking in the IGNOU OPENMAT exam?‬

The OPENMAT exam is no longer being conducted for IGNOU MBA‬ ‭admission.‬

Is OPENMAT tough?‬

OPENMAT exams had been difficult in the past but fortunately, it is no longer needed for IGNOU MBA admission.

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