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IGNOU-OPEN-MAT - Indira Gandhi National Open University OPEN-MAT Exam Pattern

Exam Pattern

OPENMAT exams usually have the same pattern every year. There will be a total of 200 Multiple Choice Questions which you will have to complete in 3 hours time. The questions are divided into four sections.

General Awareness : 30 Questions

English Language: 50 Questions

Quantitative Aptitude: 50 Questions

Reasoning: 70 Questions

According to the OPENMAT exam pattern, there are 200 questions to be solved in 3 Hours.

How to prepare


The OPENMAT will test your ability in the following fields:

General Awareness-

Current affairs


         World Records

         Top officials of big companies

         Famous awards and Prizes

         Books and Authors

         Punch line of companies


         International Organization

         Important Quotations

         Social issues




         Major Corporate news






English Language- Verbal ability is an important part of every MBA exam. Here are the core topics for OPENMAT verbal section:

         Verbal Reasoning


         Fill In the Blanks

         Contextual usage


         Different usage of same word


         Sentence completion

         Jumbled paragraphs

         Foreign language words used in English

         Sentence correction


         One word substitution


 Quantitative Aptitude-

 Geometry, (Lines, angles, Triangles, Spheres, Rectangles, Cube, Cone etc.)

         Ratios and Proportion

         Number system

         Work and time

         HCF & LCM


         Profit & Loss

         In-equations Quadratic and linear equations

         Geometric Progression



         Partnership (Accounts)



Reasoning- Prepare the following subjects :

Family tree

Strong Arguments and Weak Arguments

Multi-dimensional arrangements

Course of Action


Visual reasoning



Numeric grid

Pie Chart

Blood Relations

Critical Reasoning


Coding & Decoding


Statement Conclusions

Column graphs

Graphs representing Area


Preparation Strategy

OPENMAT exam’s main objective to test speed and accuracy. Candidates need to attempt each question in less than 80 seconds. Selection is crucial here.

Aspirants should focus on core quant topics and theory. Try and finish all the topics in the next two months. Thereafter, do not touch new topics or comfortable areas. The chief strategy should be to attempt familiar questions and leave non-familiar/non-comfortable questions. Candidates should be able to decide this within 10 seconds.

Speed will be also very critical in OPENMAT exam. Apart question learning to select a question, candidates should also to reject a question in less than 10 seconds.

Expect some calculation-heavy problems. These questions are meant to be left alone. Give it a try only if are not very close.

So focus on CAT quant syllabus. Here are some core topics that you can expect:

Candidates can safely ignore Trigonometry & Statistics. This topic has a maximum of one to two questions, which are generally easy. Questions related to Data Sufficiency has not been observed so far.

Logical reasoning is comparatively easier than Quant and Data Interpretation in OPENMAT exam. We can expect a similar pattern in OPENMAT exam 2016. Questions in LR can range from Decision Making to Verbal Logic.

Verbal ability section usually consists of grammar, reading comprehension. There’s no different strategy for VA section. Candidates need to focus on an overall strategy for MBA exams while preparing for verbal sections, because all the exams have similar syllabus.

While revising GENERAL AWARENESS, candidates need to go through top news stories regularly. Apart from that, focus on static topics.

Except for the section on General Awareness, all the other sections of OPENMAT get well covered with a good preparation for CAT. However, it would be advisable for a student to work on his/her speed OPENMA. Some of the questions under Data Interpretation tend to be calculation intensive. 

For preparation on General Awareness, in addition to reading newspapers regularly, it would be advisable for a student to prepare from the following sources:

Also, in the various issues of MBA Education & Careers magazine, focus on features like Business GK, Current Issues & Events, and Current Event Chronicle (this feature captures important tid-bits). 
In addition to the above, please run through the GK Model Papers feature titled, improve your GK.

Go through the GA Note (Study OPENMATerial) booklet for stock GK (like history and geography). Also use the GAT papers, each with 50 questions.

Manorama & CSR Year Book - it helps in preparation for stock type questions In Manorama Year Book and CSR, please focus on the following chapters.

Who is who

What is what

Science scan

Human body


Landmarks of history

The Universe

While preparing for this section, a student should focus on issues related to National & International Events, World Bodies, and Foreign Trade related inforOPENMATion.

Finally, practicing past years' OPENMAT question papers as well as Mock Tests of various players are perhaps the best source for preparation. It provides opportunity to plug the loopholes in the preparation of OPENMAT entrance exam and one should give maximum importance to these question papers.

Duration : 3 Hours

Important Instructions

1. Application Form for OPENMAT (XXXVIII or XXXIX) Entrance Test (Form 1), as the case may be, has been provided in a separate envelope alongwith this Student Handbook & Prospectus.Please see the instructions for filling up Form 1. 2. Hall Tickets will be provided to the candidates before ten (10) days of the entrance test. In case of non-receipt of Hall Ticket three (03) days before the entrance test, candidate can download hall ticket from IGNOU website ( and report to the examination centre for appearing in the entrance test. 3. The OPENMAT result card will be sent to the students within 6-7 weeks from the date of the OPENMAT examination. In case of non-receipt of the result card, result card can be downloaded from the IGNOU website. 4. *Those who qualify for admission will have to apply on the Admission Form (Form 2) given in this prospectus to the Regional Director concerned. Such students will have a choice to take admission in any of the two subsequent semesters, i.e., one who qualifies the Entrance Test in August 2015 may take admission in the semester commencing in January 2016 or July 2016. Similarly, the student who qualifies in February 2016 OPENOPENMAT will be eligible for seeking admission in the semester commencing in July 2016 or January 2017.