IGNOU OPENMAT – Dates, Eligibility, Admission Process, Syllabus & More

NTA or National Testing Agency conducts the IGNOU OPENMAT exam twice a year (July and January). By qualifying this entrance test, candidates are able to take admission to IGNOU’s MBA/PGDM programmes. This year, the OPENMAT test will be conducted in more than 100 cities in India. 

IGNOU OPENMAT 2020 was conducted in CBT or Computer Based Test mode. The question paper contained 200 questions and the candidates were given 180 minutes to attempt all the questions. 

Buddy4Study has compiled and updated all the information in this IGNOU OPENMAT article so that aspiring candidates can get a better idea of what they can expect from this entrance test.

IGNOU OPENMAT – Key Highlights

It is essential for candidates who have registered and applied for the IGNOU OPENMAT exam to prepare for the exam with the right strategy. Here are a few key points that they should keep in mind:

UGC NET Key Highlights

Particulars Details
Exam name Indira Gandhi National Open University Open Management

Aptitude Test (OPENMAT XLVII) 

Exam Conducting Body National Testing Agency (NTA)
Official Website http://ignou.ac.in/ https://ignouexams.nta.nic.in/ (NTA)
Duration of Exam 3 hours or 180 minutes
Examination Mode CBT/Computer Based Test (Online)
Medium of Exam English only
Type of Questions Objective/Multiple-Choice (MCQ)
Number of Questions 200
Allotment of Marks
  • General Awareness – 30 Marks
  • English Language – 50 Marks
  • Quantitative Ability – 50 Marks
  • Reasoning – 70 Marks

Total Marks – 200

Marking Scheme +1 for Every Correct AnswerNo Negative Marking for Incorrect Answers or Unattempted Answers
Age Criteria No age limit
Mock Test Preparation https://www.nta.ac.in/Quiz/Home/Login?PaperID=218 

IGNOU OPENMAT – Important Dates and Events

NTA has announced a few important events and their dates for the IGNOU OPENMAT XLVII 2020 exam. 

IGNOU OPENMAT Exam Dates 2020 

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Events Dates
Availability of IGNOU OPENMAT application form 28th February 2020 onwards
Last date to fill the OPENMAT application form 30th June 2020 by 5 PM (extended)
Last date for application fee payment 30th June 2020 (by 11:59 PM)
Online Form Correction Window 6th July 2020 to 20th July 2020
IGNOU OPENMAT Admit Card Release 3rd September 2020
IGNOU OPENMAT 2020 Exam Date 15th September 2020
IGNOU OPENMAT Result 2020 To be Announced

IGNOU OPENMAT – Eligibility Criteria

Candidates who apply for IGNOU OPENMAT have to fulfil the predetermined eligibility criteria to register and sit for the exam. The below table will highlight the eligibility criteria of IGNOU OPENMAT in terms of educational qualification and age.

Educational Qualifications for IGNOU OPENMAT

Educational Qualification
  • Candidates belonging to reserved category (SC, ST, PwD) must have obtained a minimum of 45% marks in graduation
  • General category candidates should have scored at least 50% aggregate marks in graduation
  • The minimum duration of a bachelor’s degree must be 3 years
Age Limit There is no age limit for admissions

Courses Offered through OPENMAT

From a list of management programmes (available through IGNOU OPENMAT), candidates can opt for their preferred course before registering themselves for the OPENMAT entrance test. The different management programmes under IGNOU OPENMAT 2020 are listed below:

  1. Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  2. Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Management (PGDFM)
  3. Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management (PGDMM)
  4. Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management (PGDHRM)
  5. Post Graduate Diploma in Operations Management (PGDOM)
  6. Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Markets Practice (PGDFMP)

Note: The programmes mentioned above are offered via a countrywide network of study centres affiliated with IGNOU. The university enrols candidates for the above-mentioned Management Degrees or Diplomas through the IGNOU OPENMAT.

IGNOU OPENMAT – Application Form

IGNOU OPENMAT application process 2020 comprises online registration, application and fee payment. The foremost thing candidates need to do is register themselves for the exam. They need to visit the official IGNOU OPENMAT website, register themselves, fill up the application form and submit it after paying the application fee.

Candidates can find below the detailed steps to fill the IGNOU OPENMAT application form correctly.

Step 1 – Online Registration

The information to be filled includes:

Application Components Requirements
Personal Details
  • Candidate’s Name*
  • Mother’s name*
  • Father’s name*
  • Date of birth in ‘dd/mm/yyyy’ format*
  • Identity type (Aadhar Card, Student ID, Bank Account, Ration Card, Passport, Voter ID or any other photo ID document)
  • Gender
  • Identification Number

(*names and DOB recorded in the SSE or equivalent Board/ University Certificate)

Contact Details
  • Address 
  • Locality
  • City/Town/Village
  • State
  • District
  • Pin code
  • E-mail address
  • Phone number
  • Landline (if any)
Generate Password (Change Password)
  • Select a password between 8 to 13 characters with a mix of one UPPER case alphabet, one lower case alphabet, one numeric value and one special character (Example – Abcdefg1@)
  • Confirm the same password
  • Choose a security question from the dropdown menu and fill it with the answer in the adjacent blank
  • Now enter the Captcha Security PIN shown in the image and click on ‘Submit‘ tab
  • The filled-in registration form will appear on the screen. Check and review the details
  • Click on ‘I Agree‘ checkbox and ‘Submit’ tab to complete the registration
  • Candidates will receive an email in their respective email IDs and confirmation SMSs in their mobile numbers
  • Note down the application number and login details

Step 2 – Filling the IGNOU OPENMAT Application Form

After successfully filling the Registration slot, candidates need to complete this step:

  • Use the noted application number and password for logging in to the candidate (user) account
  • Fill in all the necessary details marks, academic qualification, category (Gen/SC/ST/OBC), choice of University/College
  • Candidates need to choose any four cities of their choice as their IGNOU OPENMAT XLVII examination centre from the available drop-down menu

Step 3 – Uploading Documents

Candidates need to upload their recent passport-size photograph and scanned signature as per the specifications mentioned below:

Specifications for Uploading Documents

  • The photograph should be passport-sized
  • It should be in JPG or JPEG format
  • File size must be between 10 KB to 200 KB
  • The photograph should be coloured or black/white with 80% face coverage, ears clearly visible and the print should be of clear contrast
  • The signature should be scanned
  • It should be a full signature in running hand
  • Blue or black inked signature
  • The scanned file should be in JPG or JPEG format
  • File size should be between 4 KB to 30 KB

Important Points to Remember:

  1. The photograph should not be taken wearing goggles or cap 
  2. Polaroid and computer-generated photographs are not acceptable
  3. Photos of candidates wearing spectacles are allowed if they use it regularly
  4. Unclear photographs are liable to be rejected
  5. Photograph needs to be taken on or after 7th February 2020
  6. Writing the full name in capital letters would not be accepted as ‘signature’

Step 4 – Payment of Application Fee

Candidates need to pay the registration fee for IGNOU OPENMAT to apply for the examination. Before making a payment, the candidates should carefully read all the eligibility criteria. Candidates must note that the application fee amount is non-refundable. 

Before filling up the form, the candidate should make a duplicate copy and fill it up first. Any mistakes or fields left accidentally may lead to the rejection of the IGNOU OPENMAT application form.

The fee structure for IGNOU OPENMAT as per candidate categories are as follows:

IGNOU Application Fee Structure

Category Application Fees
SC, ST, EWS Rs. 600/-
UR, OBC-NCL Rs. 800/-

Step 5 – Submitting the Application and Confirmation

  • Candidates must wait for the payment status after they have paid the application fee. 
  • Only after the final submission of IGNOU OPENMAT application form is done, a confirmation page appears on the screen. It marks the success of the application fee payment. If the confirmation page does not appear on the screen, it means that the submission of the OPENMAT application form was unsuccessful. 
  • Later, download the application confirmation page and take 4 print outs of the same for future references.

IGNOU OPENMAT – Application Form Correction Window

After the application/registration window closes, NTA opens the application correction window for 2-3 days. Candidates, during this period, can edit or delete any incorrect or misleading information filled earlier. The online IGNOU OPENMAT 2020 application correction window was open from 6th July 2020 to 20th July 2020.

Candidates can follow the steps below to rectify the details in the application form:

  1. Visit the official NTA IGNOU OPENMAT XLVII website
  2. Click on ‘Correction in Application Form for OPENMAT XLVII
  3. Enter the application number, password and security pin
  4. Click the ‘Submit’ tab
  5. Go to the User dashboard and click on the form correction tab 

Candidates must submit the correct information as the details are used at the time of IGNOU OPENMAT result declaration and admission process.


3rd September 2020 is the revised date for the release of IGNOU OPENMAT admit card 2020. Candidates were able to collect/download their IGNOU OPENMAT admit cards by logging into the official IGNOU website.

After the IGNOU OPENMAT admit card download link is made active, candidates have to follow the below-mentioned steps to download their admit cards:

1. Visit the official IGNOU OPENMAT website 

2. Click on the ‘Download Admit Card: OPENMAT XLVII‘ button 

3. Enter the below-mentioned details:

  • Registration ID/ Application No
  • Date of Birth
  • Security Pin

4. Click on the Submit button

5. This will open the window displaying the OPENMAT admit card 2020. Cross-check the details mentioned on it 

6. Download the OPENMAT admit card 2020 and print multiple copies of it for further use 

7. Affix photograph as uploaded for IGNOU OPENMAT Application Form 

Note: For any error in the OPENMAT admit card (incorrect information, spelling mistake, etc.), candidates must contact the given helpline numbers 0120-6895200 between 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

IGNOU OPENMAT – Guidelines for Exam Day

Candidates must follow the online test instructions and guidelines set by UGC NET authority. The test instructions will help the candidates to attempt the computer-based exam without any hassles. Given below is a list of online test instructions set by the IGNOU panel that candidates need to abide by:

  1. The candidate/s must report at the examination centre at least an hour before the allotted exam time
  2. The candidate/s must compulsorily bring the admit card (hard copy). The test centre officials will verify it and then allow the candidate to sit for the examination.
  3. Admit cards must be in good condition. Dismantled, disfigured or mutilated admit cards compromising the details of the candidate will not be accepted
  4. A seat with Roll Number will be allotted to each candidate. They should find and sit on their allocated seats only
  5. No baggage is allowed inside the examination hall

Candidates need to carry any one of the original Photo ID Cards specified below (not their xerox copies) along with the admit card: 

  • Aadhar card
  • Voter ID card
  • PAN card
  • Driver’s license
  • Passport

Note: Xeroxed, scanned or digital photocopy of the admit card is unacceptable as a valid document

What can you carry inside the IGNOU OPENMAT exam centre?

  • A hard copy of admit card
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Black or Blue ballpoint pen
  • Photo ID Proof 

What can you NOT carry inside the IGNOU OPENMAT exam centre?

  • Instruction sheet
  • Mobile phone
  • Pagers
  • Calculators
  • Mathematical/Log Tables
  • Digital Watch
  • Loose sheets of paper
  • Expensive items
  • Electronic gadgets
  • Books

IGNOU OPENMAT – Mandatory COVID-19 Guidelines

  • Social distancing was maintained strictly at the exam centres. Candidates had to maintain at least 6 feet or 2-metre distance from other candidates.
  • Exam authority ensured that monitor, keyboard, mouse, webcam, desk, chair, etc. were thoroughly sanitised.
  • A significant gap had to be present between two seats inside the exam hall.
  • Hand sanitizers were present at the entrance door and various places inside the exam centre for both candidates and the staff.
  • Invigilators distributed rough sheets to candidates wearing gloves.
  • To avoid crowing, exam room numbers were not displayed outside the centre.
  • Exam centres kept stock of fresh masks to ensure hygiene and stop unfair means during the exam.
  • Candidates violating COVID-19 directives/advisories were not allowed to sit for the exam
  • Candidates were allowed to leave the test centre one at a time to avoid the rush and maintain social distancing.

IGNOU OPENMAT – Exam Centres

IGNOU conducts the IGNOU OPENMAT XLVII 2020 entrance examination in more than 100 centres via online mode. The exam centre allotted to each candidate is printed on their respective admit cards.  Please note that the candidates cannot make the changes once the preferred centres are submitted by them during the application process.


Test Zone Test Centre Locations/Areas
Assam Silchar


Arunachal Pradesh Naharlagun/ Itanagar
Andaman and Nicobar Visakhapatnam




Port Blair

Bihar       Purnia (Purnea)




Chhattisgarh Bilaspur


Chandigarh Mohali/ Chandigarh
Delhi Delhi
Goa Goa
Gujarat Vadodara






Himachal Pradesh Kangra



Haryana Faridabad





Jharkhand Ranchi



Jammu & Kashmir Srinagar


Kerala Kozhikode







Karnataka Mysore







Mizoram   Aizawl
Meghalaya Shillong
Manipur   Imphal
Maharashtra Amravati






Mumbai/ Navi Mumbai

Madhya Pradesh Indore




Nagaland Kohima
Odisha Jeypore








Punjab Patiala




Rajasthan Bikaner





Sikkim Gangtok
Tripura Agartala
Telangana Warangal


Tamil Nadu   Tirunelveli




Uttarakhand Haldwani



Uttar Pradesh Meerut




Noida/ Greater Noida






West Bengal Kolkata



IGNOU OPENMAT – Exam Pattern

Candidates who have registered and applied for the exam should go through the exam pattern thoroughly and practice well with the help of online mock tests before attempting the exam. Here are a few key points that they should keep in mind.

1. IGNOU OPENMAT will be conducted in CBT mode (online)

2. 200 questions are asked in the exam

3. Questions asked  are multiple choice or MCQ-type

  • All questions have 4 options

4. There is no negative marking in UGC NET exam

5. IGNOU OPENMAT XLVII exam is conducted for 3 hours or 180 minutes

6. The exam is conducted in morning shift only, i.e., between 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

OPENMAT Exam Pattern

Test Sections Subjects Maximum Questions Maximum Marks
Test I General Awareness 30 30
Test II English Language 50 50
Test III Quantitative Aptitude 50 50
Test IV Reasoning Ability 70 70
Total 200 200

IGNOU OPENMAT Marking Scheme

Type of Answers Marks Allotted
Correct Answer +1
Unattempted question No marks awarded or deducted
Wrong Answer 0 (No Negative Marking)


NTA has released the IGNOU OPENMAT 2020 syllabus along with the official IGNOU OPENMAT XLVII Information Brochure 2020. Candidates can find the syllabus by visiting the official website.

IGNOU OPENMAT syllabus is divided into 4 segments. It comprises 200 national-level questions on General Awareness (30 marks), English Language (50 marks), Quantitative Aptitude (50 marks) and Reasoning Ability (30 marks).

Candidates can find below all the important topics related to each subject covered in the prescribed syllabus of OPENMAT XLVII 2020.

General Awareness 

General Science People & Places History of India
General Knowledge General Economic Study World Organizations
National Events Awards Sports
Sports Events Countries Democratic Polity

English Language

English Comprehension Synonyms Idioms and Phrases
Sentence Improvement Choose Analogous Pair Pair of Words

Quantitative Aptitude 

The quantitative aptitude section is designed to test the general aptitude and numerical reasoning of students. Candidates should start brushing up the basics of 9th and 10th grade Mathematics (8th to 10th Standard Mathematics books from NCERT). 

Simplification Compound Interest Sets
Table Ages Permutation and Combinations
Algebraic Equations Square Root Profit and Loss
Average Probability Problems on Train
Clocks and Discount LCM and HCF Time and Work
Logarithms Percentage Mixture and Allegation
Area and Parameter Calendar Pipes and Cisterns
Volume and Surface Area Decimals and Fractions Number System


Analytical Reasoning Blood Relations Ranking Test
Cubes and Dice Questions Number Analogy Test Direction And Distance
Decision Making Complete Word Analogy Number Series Test
Logical Diagrams Number Test Letter Series Test
Logical Reasoning Mixed and Substitution Coding Letter Test

IGNOU OPENMAT – Recommended Books

Candidates need to prepare well from the topics highlighted as per the IGNOU OPENMAT syllabus to score well in the upcoming entrance test.

Buddy4Study advises candidates to prepare well for their upcoming exam with the help of the below-mentioned books that are recommended by candidates who cracked the exam successfully in the previous years.

IGNOU OPENMAT Books for all 4 Sections

Book Name Publication/Author
NTA IGNOU OPENMAT Entrance Exam Guide Book Neeraj Publications
GPH OPENMAT Management Entrance Guide Gullybaba Publications
A Perfect Solution of Management Entrance Exam/OPENMAT Suraj
Objective General English S.P. Bakshi

IGNOU OPENMAT Books on Quantitative Aptitude

Book Name Publication/Author
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examination Abhijit Guha
How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT  Arun Sharma
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examination RS Agarwal

IGNOU OPENMAT Books on General Awareness

Book Name Publication/ Author
Manorama Yearbook The Malayala Manorama (Mammen Mathew)

IGNOU OPENMAT Books on Reasoning Skills

Book Name Publication/ Author
How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT Arun Sharma
A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning R. S.  Aggarwal
A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning R. S. Aggarwal

IGNOU OPENMAT Books on the English Language

Book Name Publication/ Author
High School English Grammar Wren and Martin
OXFORD Practice Grammar John Eastwood

Online Preparatory Resource for the English Language

My English Pages Website (Free Grammar Lessons) – CLICK HERE


UGC NET and NTA will release the preliminary answer key on the official IGNOU OPENMAT website after the exams are conducted. Candidates can download the answer key, which will be available in PDF format. They can calculate their probable scores with the help of the answer key and response sheet, much before the results are declared.

Candidates who have taken the test can raise objections against the preliminary answer key if they find any discrepancy or error in one or more answers. Candidates will have to pay Rs. 1000 per question as objection fee to file their objection/s. 

After the exam authority evaluates and rectifies the errors in the preliminary answer key (if the objections are found genuine), the rectified final answer key shall be released. Candidates whose objections are found genuine will be refunded the objection fee. Candidates cannot raise objections against the answers published in the final answer key.


For now, the schedule for UGC NET result declaration remains unannounced. The exam authority will release the result on the official website in due time. Once the notification for the results is out, candidates can check their results online by using their registration number and date of birth.

Candidates must download a copy of their result and verify the details highlighted below:

  1. Name of the candidate(Spelling)
  2. Application Number
  3. Roll number of the candidate
  4. Date of birth of the candidate
  5. Category of the candidate
  6. Section-wise distribution of the marks obtained by the candidate
  7. The total marks scored by the candidate in the exam
  8. Merit Rank

IGNOU OPENMAT – Counselling

Only those candidates who clear the IGNOU OPENMAT cutoff score will be allowed to take part in the OPENMAT counselling procedure. IGNOU OPENMAT counselling is conducted in different centres only after the results are announced and the merit list is prepared.

The counselling is generally organized on weekends, i.e., Saturday and Sunday. The IGNOU OPENMAT counselling sessions are conducted as per the schedule decided by the Study Centre Coordinator. 

Candidates must carry the documents that they had previously submitted during the IGNOU OPENMAT application process. The OPENMAT counselling 2020 will have 6 sessions, which will last for 2 hours and 30 minutes for each course. The counselling will be held in the form of a face-to-face interview.

Documents Required for Counselling

Candidates must take the following list of documents with them to the IGNOU OPENMAT Counselling procedure.

  • Original and attested copies of certificates in support of the candidate’s educational qualification/s (candidates must take Class 10, Class 12 and Graduation mark sheets)
  • Counselling Letter
  • 2 Passport Size Coloured Photographs
  • IGNOU OPENMAT 2020 Admit Card
  • Original Migration Certificate
  • Caste Certificate (If applicable)
  • Printout of IGNOU OPENMAT result
  • Demand Draft for Rs. 15,000/- (First-year admission fee) drawn in the favour of IGNOU)


How many times is IGNOU OPENMAT conducted in a year?

IGNOU OPENMAT entrance test is conducted twice every year.

What is the age limit for IGNOU OPENMAT XLVII exam 2020?

There is no university-specific age limit for candidates who wish to appear for IGNOU OPENMAT XLVII.

What is the duration of IGNOU OPENMAT exam?

The exam duration is 180 minutes (3 hours) without any break.

How many questions will be asked in the IGNOU OPENMAT exam?

A total of 200 questions will be asked in the IGNOU OPENMAT exam.

How will I know if I have registered for OPENMAT 2020 successfully?

Candidates will receive a confirmation SMS and email if they are registered successfully for IGNOU OPENMAT 2020.

How can I download my IGNOU OPENMAT admit card?

Candidates need to visit the official IGNOU OPENMAT website and enter their IGNOU OPENMAT login credentials, i.e., registration ID and date of birth to download the admit card.

Where can I check the IGNOU OPENMAT answer key?

The answer key will be made available by the NTA and IGNOU authority on their official website.

Is there any negative marking in IGNOU OPENMAT 2020?

No. There is no negative marking for any wrong answer. Candidates can attempt all the questions without worrying about negative marking.

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