IGNOU OPENMAT Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2024

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IGNOU OPENMAT syllabus and the topics are created in order to test your overall aptitude in Management. Apart from MBA it is also considered for admission to various other Management programs offered by School of Management Studies under IGNOU.

In the sections below, this page contains the information about the following:

  1. Exam Pattern for OPENMAT
  2. Syllabus and Topic list for OPENMAT

Note: OPENMAT entrance exam is not currently a requirement for IGNOU Distance MBA admission (2023 Intakes). The information given below is valid only when OPENMAT exams are conducted again.

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OPENMAT Exam Pattern

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OPENMAT exams usually have the same pattern every year. There will be a total of 200 Multiple Choice Questions which you will have to complete in 3 hours time. The questions are divided into four sections. They are:

  1. General Awareness : 30 Questions
  2. English Language: 50 Questions
  3. Quantitative Aptitude: 50 Questions
  4. Reasoning: 70 Questions

According to the OPENMAT exam pattern, there are 200 questions to be solved in 3 Hours. So for sections like General Awareness, don’t spend a lot of time thinking of an answer. If you are unable to answer a question in the first reading, simply leave the question and move to the next question. Attempt all the questions you know and then try for the questions you are somewhat doubtful. This way you can save a lot of time and attend maximum number of questions.

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OPENMAT Exam Syllabus

The list of topics given below cover the syllabus prescribed for OPENMAT entrance test. Detailed information about the topics are given in the boxes below. 

General Awareness

Current Affairs
India:Constitution, Government, Laws, Famous People, Achievements, Organisations, History,Geography, Economy, Politics, States.

World: Countries, Organisations, Leaders, World Economy, Summits.

Science,Industry, Trade etc.

English Language

Reading and Comprehension: You will be asked to read passages and then answer the multiple choice questions based on the passage.

Grammar: These questions would test your skills in English grammar. This section contains questions like fill in the blanks , sentence correction etc.

Vocabulary, Synonyms, Antonyms etc.

Quantitative Aptitude

This sections tests your numerical and math skills. The most frequent topics are:

Algebra, Ratios and Proportions, LCM, HCF,

Statistics, Mean,mode,median, Permutations, combinations,

Progressions, Arithmetic Progression, Geometric Progression

Geometry, Number Systems, Trigonometry etc.


This section checks your reasoning skills. The commonly asked topics are:

Assertion and reasons, Assumption-Premise-Conclusion, Cause and Effect, Coding and decoding, Critical reasoning, Family tree, Statements and assumptions, Statements and conclusions, Symbol Based problems, Visual reasoning etc.

Please note that this is not the official OPENMAT syllabus. The syllabus is not provided in the OPENMAT Prospectus. This is the list of topics curated based on the previous year question papers.

OPENMAT Exam Syllabus

We have created a dedicated section to help you prepare for OPENMAT. This section contains all the useful resources and Books that can help you a lot. See our OPENMAT Preparation Tips Page. If you prepare well enough, you will be qualified in the Exam and eventually selected for admission to the MBA Program from IGNOU.

Important Links

Apart from important dates of OPENMAT, You might also be interested in the following on OPENMAT entrance exam. These will help you in preparing for OPENMAT exam. 

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