IGNOU OPENMAT Eligibility 2020

Deepika Narwal Updated On: 22 Aug, 2019 16:43 IST

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IGNOU OPENMAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria

IGNOU OPENMAT 2020 will be conducted in two sessions, in January and then in July 2020. Candidates need to be aware of the eligibility criteria before applying for admission to the management programmes at IGNOU. Candidates have to fulfill the criteria given below to get admission at IGNOU. Without meeting the eligibility criteria, no candidates will be able to get admission in the programme.

The first session is OPENMAT and the second one will be OPENMAT. Candidates can apply for either of the sessions depending upon when they want to take admission in the programme. The application form for IGNOU OPENMAT will be released on 31st January to 29th February 2020, and candidates will get less than one month to fill in the application form. Candidates need to be very careful with the form as any discrepancies in it will lead to rejection. The pen and paper-based entrance exam for MBA will take place on 29th April 2020. 

Candidates will be selected on the basis of OPENMAT and a result card will be sent to the candidates who have appeared in the OPENMAT exam. The result card will state if a candidate has qualified or not qualified on the basis of the cut-off score as set by the University.

Listed below are the eligibility criteria for OPENMAT 2020

IGNOU OPENMAT 2020 Eligibility Norms 


  • There is no age limit set by the IGNOU authorities to take the examination.


  • Not only Indian candidates, but even foreign candidates are eligible to appear for the exam. 

Educational Details:

For Indian Candidates:

  • Candidates should have a Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline including Company Secretaryship/Chartered Accountancy/Cost Accountancy/ with 50% in aggregate for General category candidates and 45% aggregate for Reserved category(SC/ST/PwD) candidates as per Government of India rules.
  • If the candidates have a valid CAT or MAT score, then it is not necessary for them to appear for the IGNOU OPENMAT 2020.
  • Candidates can apply for the management exam on the basis of CAT or MAT scores.

Important Points 

  • Bachelor’s degree should be of minimum 3 years duration.

  • The university has the right to accept/deny admission of any candidate.

  • Candidates who do not meet the eligibility criteria conditions mentioned in this post are not eligible to get admission into the mentioned programme.

For Foreign Nationals:

  • Foreign candidates living in India must have a valid student visa for the minimum period of the programme to become eligible for admission.
  • Candidates will be required to remit the fees as per IGNOU's fee requirements for foreign students.
  • Candidates will also be required to get clearance from the Ministry of External Affairs / Ministry of Human Resource Development. Their admission procedure will be conducted by the International Division of the University.

Why is it Important to Check Eligibility Criteria before Applying

It is important to check the eligibility criteria due to the following

  • Firstly, the candidates in the final year of graduation or those who have completed their graduation can fill IGNOU OPENMAT form. Hence, the candidates who want to appear for the exam in 2020 need to meet the eligibility criteria of the exam or else their application form will not be accepted.

  • There is no age limit.

  • Women candidates belonging to the reserved category will also need some kind of relaxation.

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