IGNOU OPENMAT MBA and Management Entrance Exam 2023

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IGNOU OPENMAT is the entrance exam conducted by NTA on behalf of Indira Gandhi National Open University, for admission to its MBA program. It is an aptitude test designed to assess the candidate’s 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.

Read the sections below to know more details about the OPENMAT entrance Exam. 

Note: This page is about OPENMAT Entrance Exam, it is not presently a requirement IGNOU Distance MBA admission (2023 Sessions).

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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?

OPENMAT is the management aptitude test conducted by National Testing Agency on behalf of  IGNOU for admission to its management programs including MBA.

When is the next OPENMAT exam?

OPENMAT exam for July 2021 and January 2022 was cancelled. OPENMAT exam for 2022 is yet to be announced, stay updated regarding the same through out website. 

Which is the last date for submission of OPENMAT Application Form?

The last date for the next OPENMAT, i.e, OPENMAT XLV is not announced yet. 

How to apply for OPENMAT?

The application for OPENMAT exam is done online thorugh IGNOU website. To know more about applying for OPENMAT, click here.

How to clear OPENMAT exam?

Prepare for OPENMAT using the syllabus and exam pattern for OPENMAT. You can also read the tips on how to prepare for OPENMAT.

How to fill OPENMAT application form.

You can fill the OPENMAT application form online through IGNOU website. To know more details about how to fill the form, click here.

How to download OPENMAT admit card?

The OPENMAT admit card will be available for download on the IGNOU website. The latest link will be published here when it becomes available.

Is there negative Marking in OPENMAT exam?

No, There is no negative marking for wrong answers in OPENMAT exam.

Is OPENMAT tough?

The OPENMAT exam is not easy if you don’t prepare enough. However the fact that it doesn’t have negative marking will help in clearing the exam when compared to other tests like MAT, CAT etc.

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