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IGNOU OPENMAT 2024: Syllabus, Fees, Eligibility, Admission

Apr 10, 2024 12.7K Reads

OPENMAT is a national level entrance exam to get enrolled in courses like MBA and PGDM in IGNOU. Students need to clear the entrance exam to take admission in MBA/PGDM and the admission is based upon both OPENMAT score and the graduation score.

IGNOU closed its registration window for the Jan 2024 admission on 31st March 2024. IGNOU will soon re-open the registration window for the July 2024 session however, there are some alternatives of IGNOU you can look at. For more details click here.

IGNOU OPENMAT 2024: Exam Highlights

IGNOU conducts the OPENMAT exam twice a year, i.e., one for the January session and the other one for the July session. Due to the condition of the 2020 pandemic, OPENMAT was postponed and it was about to happen in the month of April instead of January, but now this date has also been postponed.

The updated dates of IGNOU OPENMAT are yet to be announced and students need to check the official site of IGNOU for the same. Furthermore, IGNOU OPENMAT is conducted by the National Testing Agency and the score of the exam is valid up to 1 year which means the OPENMAT score of January will be valid in the June session as well.

OPENMAT is an important exam for MBA in Ignou aspirants and these are the major highlights for students below:

Features Details
Exam Name OPEN MBA Admission Test  or OPENMAT
Exam Conducting Authority Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)/National Testing Agency
Exam Conducted for Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)
Exam Mode Computer-Based Test mode
Frequency of exam Twice a year
Exam Duration Three hours
Courses offered MBA/PGDM (various specializations)
Exam Date April 11, 2021
Score validity One year (for two sessions)


Official website www.ignou.ac.in

OPENMAT Eligibility Criteria

There are certain criteria to check whether the student is eligible for IGNOU OPENMAT or not.

OPENMAT is for courses like MBA and PGDM of IGNOU and hence students need to have some prior educational qualifications to appear for MBA/PGDM entrance.

Educational Qualifications

  • A graduation degree of 3 years in any discipline.
  • Courses like CA/CS/Cost Accountancy along with the graduation degree.
  • The graduation score must be at least 50% for the unreserved category and 45% for the reserved category.

Age Limit

There is no age limit for the OPENMAT exam.

Read: Why MBA through Distance Education?

OPENMAT Important Dates

There are some important dates related to the application and commencement of OPENMAT but unfortunately, IGNOU was not able to conduct the OPENMAT exam on the given date which was 11th April 2021. Hence, there will be a different date for IGNOU OPENMAT that will be announced later.



Application process starts 03-Mar-2021
Application process ends
IGNOU OPENMAT 2021 Admit Card
IGNOU OPENMAT 2021 Exam 11-Apr-2021

Courses offered through OPENMAT

Students often get confused regarding when they need to give an entrance exam for any distance learning course.

Although it is to be very clear that OPENMAT of IGNOU is only constrained to MBA and PGDM programs, still there is this entire list of the programs for which you need to give OPENMAT.

Program Details

Course Duration

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Minimum 2 & Maximum 5 years
PG Diploma in Human Resource Management (PGDHRM) Minimum 2 & Maximum 3 years
PG Diploma in Financial Management (PGDFM) Minimum 1 & Maximum 3 years
PG Diploma in Operations Management (PGDOM) Minimum 1 & Maximum 3 years
PG Diploma in Marketing Management (PGDMM) Minimum 1 & Maximum 3 years
PG Diploma in Finance Markets Practice (PGDFMP) Minimum 1 & Maximum 3 years

OPENMAT Selection Process

The selection in MBA/PGDM is based on the OPENMAT score and check the given steps to give the OPENMAT exam.

  1. Online Registration: Students need to register themselves on the website of IGNOU for the OPENMAT exam. The online registration process is pretty simple and includes the following steps:
    1. Visit the official site of IGNOU.
    2. Fill the form with required details like contact details, qualifications, chosen program, exam center, and so & so forth.
    3. Submit fees online.
    4. Cross-check all the details.
    5. Submit the application form.
  2. Download OPENMAT admit card: Students are advised to check the admit card dates timely on the website. Once the admit card becomes available on the IGNOU website, students can download that and have a printed copy of it.
  3. Appear for OPENMAT exam: IGNOU announces the dates for its OPENMAt exam on the website and students need to appear for it in the exam center chosen by them. Students are required to bring their admit cards on the day of their exam. The exam will be for 3 hours and there will be 200 MCQs from subjects like Quantitative Aptitude, English Language, Reasoning, and General Awareness.
  4. Time for the OPENMAT result: Students can check their OPENMAT result on the official website of IGNOU by entering their login details. The final admission is based on the OPENMAT cut-offs.
  5. Apply for Admission: Candidates who qualify for the exam need to apply for admission to the regional director of the IGNOU regional center. Students can download the admission form from the prospectus of MBA/PGDM and submit it to their regional center of IGNOU. Read: Why An Online MBA?

OPENMAT Exam Centers 2024



Test Cities

Andaman and Nicobar 01 Port Blair
02 Kurnool
03 Tirupati
04 Vijayawada
05 Visakhapatnam
Arunachal Pradesh 06 Naharlagun/Itanagar
Assam 07 Guwahati
08 Silchar
Bihar 09 Darbhanga
10 Bhagalpur
11 Patna
12 Purnia (Purnea)
Chandigarh 13 Chandigarh/Mohali
Chhattisgarh 14 Bilaspur
15 Raipur
Delhi 16 Delhi
Goa 17 Goa
Gujarat 18 Ahmedabad
19 Gandhinagar
20 Rajkot
21 Mehsana
22 Surat
23 Vadodara
Haryana 24 Ambala
25 Kurukshetra
26 Gurugram
27 Karnal
28 Faridabad
Himachal Pradesh 29 Shimla
30 Hamirpur
31 Kangra
Jammu & Kashmir 32 Jammu
33 Srinagar
Jharkhand 34 Dhanbad
35 Jamshedpur
36 Ranchi
Karnataka 37 Bangalore
38 Belgaum
39 Gulbarga
40 Hubli
41 Mangaluru
42 Manipal
43 Mysore
Kerala 44 Thrissur
45 Thiruvananthapuram
46 Ernakulam/Kochi
47 Kannur
48 Kottayam
49 Kollam
50 KozhiKode
Madhya Pradesh 51 Gwalior
52 Jabalpur
53 Bhopal
54 Indore
Maharashtra 55 Mumbai/Navi Mumbai
56 Nagpur
57 Pune
58 Aurangabad
59 Nanded
60 Nasik
61 Amravati
Manipur 62 Imphal
Meghalaya 63 Shillong
Mizoram 64 Aizwal
Nagaland 65 Kohima
Odisha 66 Bhubaneshwar
67 Sambalpur
68 Balasore
69 Cuttack
70 Rourkela
71 Berhampur-Ganjam
72 Dhenkanal
73 Jeypore
Punjab 74 Amritsar
75 Bhatinda
76 Ludhiana
77 Patiala
Rajasthan 78 Jaipur
79 Jodhpur
80 Udaipur
81 Ajmer
82 Bikaner
Sikkim 83 Gangtok
Tamil Nadu 84 Chennai
85 Coimbatore
86 Madurai
87 Tirunelveli
Telangana 88 Hyderabad
89 Warangal
Tripura 90 Agartala
Uttar Pradesh 91 Lucknow
92 Varanasi
93 Allahabad
94 Bareilly
95 Ghaziabad
96 Noida/Gr Noida
97 Agra
98 Aligarh
99 Kanpur
100 Meerut
Uttarakhand 101 Dehradun
102 Roorkee
103 Haldwani
West Bengal 104 Kolkata
105 Siliguri
106 Kalyani

OPENMAT Exam Day Guidelines

  • Keep the printout of your downloaded admit card, scanned and photocopy of the admit card will not be accepted.
  • Reach your exam center at least before 1 hour of the commencement of the exam.
  • Carry your ID proofs along with your Photo ID, your ID proofs can be:-
    • Aadhar card
    • Voter ID card
    • Pan Card
    • Passport
    • Driving license
  • You are not allowed to carry any electronic gadget to the exam hall

Read: Salary MBA In India!

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

There is no age limit to appear in the IGNOU OPENMAT 2023 but there are definitely educational criteria.

You can apply for this exam by registering yourself on the official website of IGNOU.

IGNOU OPENMAT is a national-level exam and it is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA).

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