IGNOU OPENMAT Syllabus – Topics, Marks Weightage, Books, Sample Papers

NTA (National Testing Agency) will conduct IGNOU OPENMAT 2020 (Indira Gandhi National Open University Open Management Aptitude Test). Held twice a year as a national entrance test, OPENMAT accesses the aspirant’s capabilities to get admission in IGNOU’s post graduate management programmes. 

The IGNOU OPENMAT syllabus is vast. However, the pattern of the exam remains the same every year. 200 questions are asked in the IGNOU OPENMAT examination and candidates are required to answer all of them within 3 hours. Candidates must note that the OPENMAT Prospectus does not mention the IGNOU OPENMAT syllabus. Hence, in this article, the Buddy4Study Team provides you with a list of topics as per the previous years’ question papers.  

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IGNOU OPENMAT Syllabus – Topics

IGNOU has not set any specific syllabus for the OPENMAT entrance examination. So based on previous years’ question papers, candidates can find an overview of topics from which questions will be asked in IGNOU OPENMAT exam 2020.  

IGNOU OPENMAT Topics

SectionsTopics 
English Language
  • Reading and Comprehension
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
Reasoning
  • Idioms and Phrases
  • Reading Comprehension
General Awareness
  • Current Affairs – India
  • Current Affairs – World
  • Science
  • Industry
  • Trade
Quantitative Aptitude
  • Algebra
  • Statistics
  • Progressions
  • Geometry
  • Number Systems
  • Trigonometry

IGNOU OPENMAT Syllabus – Section-wise Arrangement (Detailed)

The IGNOU OPENMAT syllabus is divided into 4 sections. It comprises national-level questions on General Awareness (30 questions), English Language (50 questions), Quantitative Aptitude (50 questions) and Reasoning Ability (70 questions).

Candidates will find below all the important topics in detail (in addition to the above-highlighted topics) that cover the IGNOU OPENMAT syllabus prescribed for this entrance test.

Test I – General Awareness 

General SciencePeople & PlacesHistory of India
General KnowledgeGeneral Economic StudyWorld Organizations
National EventsAwardsSports
Sports EventsCountriesDemocratic Polity

Test II – English Language

English ComprehensionSynonymsIdioms and Phrases
Sentence ImprovementChoose Analogous PairPair of Words
Antonyms

Test III – Quantitative Aptitude 

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

SimplificationCompound InterestSets
TableAgesPermutation and Combinations
Algebraic EquationsSquare RootProfit and Loss
AverageProbabilityProblems on Train
Clocks and DiscountLCM and HCFTime and Work
LogarithmsPercentageMixture and Allegation
Area and ParameterCalendarPipes and Cisterns
Volume and Surface AreaDecimals and FractionsNumber System

Test IV – Reasoning

Analytical ReasoningBlood RelationsRanking Test
Cubes and Dice QuestionsNumber Analogy TestDirection And Distance
Decision MakingComplete Word AnalogyNumber Series Test
Logical DiagramsNumber TestLetter Series Test
Logical ReasoningMixed And Substitution CodingLetter Test

IGNOU OPENMAT Syllabus – Sectional Weightage 

According to NTA’s official announcement, there will be 4 sections dedicated to 4 specific subjects in the IGNOU OPENMAT XLVII exam. Each section will carry a different number of questions to test the skills of the candidates. The Reasoning section will include the maximum number of questions followed by Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness and English language sections. 

Apart from the IGNOU OPENMAT syllabus, candidates must know about the details of the exam structure, how it will be conducted, distributions of questions and marks, etc. This will help the candidates to prepare strategically for IGNOU OPENMAT.

IGNOU OPENMAT  – Section-wise Weightage of Marks 

Test SectionsSubjectsMaximum MarksMaximum Questions 
Test IGeneral Awareness3030
Test IIEnglish language5050
Test IIIQuantitative aptitude5050
Test IVReasoning ability7070
Total200 Marks200 Questions

IGNOU OPENMAT Syllabus – Recommended Books 

The IGNOU OPENMAT syllabus is vast since questions asked in the entrance test are not limited to a fixed course or curriculum. Candidates need to prepare well from the topics highlighted above to score well in the upcoming entrance test.

To get a better grip on various IGNOU OPENMAT topics, candidates will find a number of expert-recommended books and online resources in the tables below.

IGNOU OPENMAT Books for all 4 Sections

Book NamePublication/ Author
NTA IGNOU OPENMAT Entrance Exam Guide BookNeeraj Publications
GPH OPENMAT Management Entrance GuideGullybaba Publications
BOOK HIVE INDIA RESOURCE BOOK TO MBA IGNOU (OPENMAT)BHI EDITORIALS
STUDY MATERIALS FOR IGNOU OPENMATSaurav Sir’s classes
A Perfect Solution of Management Entrance Exam/OPENMATSuraj
Objective General EnglishS.P. Bakshi

IGNOU OPENMAT Books on Quantitative Aptitude

Book NamePublication/ Author
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive ExaminationAbhijit Guha
How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT Arun Sharma
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive ExaminationRS Agarwal

IGNOU OPENMAT Books on General Awareness

Book NamePublication/ Author
Manorama YearbookThe Malayala Manorama (Mammen Mathew)

IGNOU OPENMAT Books on Reasoning Skills

Book NamePublication/ Author
How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CATArun Sharma
A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal ReasoningR. S.  Aggarwal
A Modern Approach to Logical ReasoningR. S. Aggarwal

IGNOU OPENMAT Books on the English Language

Book NamePublication/ Author
High School English GrammarWren and Martin
OXFORD Practice GrammarJohn Eastwood

Online Preparatory Resource for English Language

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

IGNOU OPENMAT Exam Pattern

Candidates should go through the IGNOU OPENMAT 2020 exam pattern thoroughly and practice well with the help of online mock tests before the exam day. Here are a few key points that they should definitely keep in mind:

OPENMAT Exam Pattern

ParticularsDetails
Exam nameIndira Gandhi National Open University Open Management Aptitude Test (OPENMAT XLVII) 
Exam Conducting BodyNational Testing Agency (NTA)
Official Websitehttp://ignou.ac.in/ https://ignouexams.nta.nic.in/ (NTA)
Duration of Exam3 Hours or 180 minutes
Examination ModeCBT/ Computer Based Test (Online)
Medium of ExamEnglish
Type of QuestionsObjective/Multiple-Choice (MCQ)
Number of Questions200
Marks per Question1 Mark
Total Marks200 Marks

  • General Awareness – 30 Marks
  • English Language – 50 Marks
  • Quantitative Ability – 50 Marks 
  • Reasoning – 70 Marks
Marking Scheme+1 for Every Correct AnswerNo Negative Marking for Incorrect Answers or Unattempted Answers
Exam Shift9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Mock Test Preparationhttps://www.nta.ac.in/Quiz 

IGNOU OPENMAT Syllabus – Sample Question Papers 

As an effective method of preparation, candidates must attempt the online mock tests available on the official IGNOU OPENMAT website. Also, they should solve sample question papers to raise their chances of scoring well in IGNOU OPENMAT 2020 entrance exam. Candidates can find a list of sample question papers in the table below.

IGNOU-OPENMAT Previous Years’ Question Papers

Question PapersLinks
IGNOU-OPENMAT-2019-Question-PaperCLICK HERE
OPENMAT XLII 2017 Question PaperCLICK HERE
OPENMAT XLI 2017 Question PaperCLICK HERE
OPENMAT XL 2016 Question PaperCLICK HERE
OPENMAT XXXI 2012 Question PaperCLICK HERE

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IGNOU OPENMAT Syllabus – FAQs

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 many questions will be there in the Reasoning section?

There will be 70 multiple choice questions in the Reasoning section of IGNOU OPENMAT.

What are the important topics of the Reasoning section in IGNOU OPENMAT?

The important topics in the Reasoning section include─ Diagrams and Figures, Statements, Direction and Distance, Logical Reasoning, Analytical Reasoning, Blood Relations, Mixed and Substitution coding, Number Analogy test, Complete Word Analogy, Number Series test and Letter Series test.

Are there advanced level topics from Mathematics in IGNOU OPENMAT 2020 syllabus?

No. Questions from Mathematics topics (included in the Quantitative Aptitude section of IGNOU OPENMAT) pertain to Class 9 and 10. Students can refer to 8th to 10th Standard Mathematics books from NCERT.

Will broad questions be asked in the IGNOU OPENMAT exam?

No. IGNOU OPENMAT exam includes only MCQ-type or multiple-choice questions.

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