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.  


Sections Topics 
English Language
  • Reading and Comprehension
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • 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.

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Test I – 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

Test II – English Language

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

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). 

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

Test IV – Reasoning

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 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 Sections Subjects Maximum Marks Maximum Questions 
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 Marks 200 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 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 English Language

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


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

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
Type of Questions Objective/Multiple-Choice (MCQ)
Number of Questions 200
Marks per Question 1 Mark
Total Marks 200 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 Shift 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Mock Test Preparation https://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 Papers Links
OPENMAT XLI 2017 Question Paper CLICK HERE
OPENMAT XL 2016 Question Paper CLICK HERE

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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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