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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.
  • The number of questions in each section are as follow –


 No. of Questions

General Awareness


English Language:


Quantitative Aptitude






Total Duration:- 3 Hours
Total Questions:-200
Total Marks:- 200
Marking System:-

  • There shall be no negative marking.  
  • For each correct answer, the candidates will be awarded with 1 mark.

How to prepare

Preparation Strategy
Make a proper Time Table

It is very important that you make a time table and stick to it and you will have an exact idea of what you are required to study and the time required for it.
Concept clarity rather than rote learning
It is essential that you have a clear idea of the formulas and concepts rather than rote learning of things for the papers. While you might require it for memorizing formulas it is important that for other stuff you make sure you clear your basics and concepts before moving on.
Prepare Notes
It is very important make small notes or a comprehensive list of formulas on each covered topic and chapter which will come in handy at the time of revision. This will require you to be regular with your work but will surely make things easy at the time of revision.
Seek guidance
It is not possible for you to know everything in your syllabus, at least not at the time of preparation. Sooner or later you will run into a concept or so which will give you trouble and then it is best you seek guidance from an instructor or a teacher. It is necessary that you clear your doubts at regular intervals and don’t prolong things for long. Getting into a good coaching class is nothing to be ashamed off and if anything a regular coaching class will enable you to avoid roadblocks in your preparation.
Sample Papers
Even though there may be a complete change in the exam pattern or the expected questions altogether,it is important that you practice on the sample and previous years question papers. You will know the existing pattern and have a fair idea of the type of questions to expect in the paper along with the time constraint.
Mock tests
The paper pattern , duration of the paper and the number of questions to be attempted in the given amount of time is not something you will be able to pick up on the day of the examination. A Mock Test tests a student’s abilities as it not only provides a similar feel of real exams but also helps in building speed and confident to face the exam. Furthermore, they can improve their performance to get an extra edge in actual exams.
Time Management
Time management can be learnt through thorough practice and regular test taking. So it is important that you practice it and practice it well.

Duration : 3 Hours

Important Instructions

  1. Candidates need to send the fresh application to Regional Centre with necessary testimonials,fee and identity card.
  2. Candiadtes must note that there is no request of changing your mailing address wiil be entertained by the authority till the admission process gets finished.
  3. Incomplete aplications/aplications received after the notified deadline, are liable to be rejected by the authority.
  4. Handbook and Prospectus will be only applicable to candidiates staying in India.
  5. Candiadtes need to submit requisite as proof of their eligibility.
  6. Candiates should be very carefully while choosing courses for study in each semester.A programme once opted should not be repeated.Making chenge in option of a course is allowed.Study Centers of IGNOU.