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IGNOU-OPEN-MAT - Indira Gandhi National Open University OPEN-MAT
Pen & Paper | State Level Exam
Application Fee - General / OBC / SC / ST - Rs.1000
Important Dates
Registration Date
Dec 01, 2016
Admit Card Date
Feb 02, 2017
Test Date
Feb 05, 2017
Result Date
Mar 25, 2017

How to Prepare for IGNOU OPENMAT 2016

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.

IGNOU OPENMAT 2016 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.


1) I am an MBA student of IGNOU working in a multinational company. My office has asked for the reference of the notification related to the recognition of IGNOU MBA by AICTE.

Notification F.No.AICTE/Academic/MOU-DEC/2005 dated May 13, 2005 issued by All India Council for Technical Education, New Delhi, regarding recognition of IGNOU’s MBA and MCA Programmes.

2) Tell me something about IGNOU?

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), established by an Act of Parliament in 1985, has continuously striven to build an inclusive knowledge society through inclusive education. It has tried to increase the Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) by offering high-quality teaching through the Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode.

3) Where can I obtain OPEN MAT Application?

Download Application Form from the official site.

4) What if I forget to take printout of Online Application Form after submission?

You will have to revisit the website, enter your registration details to preview the application form, and then download/print the form.

5) Are MBA and MCA Programmes offered by IGNOU recognised by AICTE?

Yes, they are. Please refer to Notification F. No. AICTE/Academic / MOU – DEC / 2005 dated May 13, 2005 issued by All India Council for Technical Education, New Delhi, regarding recognition of IGNOU’s MBA and MCA Programmes.

6) What should I do after submitting online application ? 

After submitting the online application, the applicant is required to submit following documents along with the computer generated Control No. to the concerned Regional Centre on a before the last date.

  • Print out of the filled online admission form with photograph affixed and duly signed.
  • Demand Draft/Cash Challan for the programme fee/ fee for the first year/semester and have written your name, programme code and online Control No. on the reverse. The Demand Draft should in favour of IGNOU and payable at the city of the Regional Centre opted.
  • Attested copies of certificates in support of your educational qualification(s).
  • Experience certificate where required.
  • Category certificate for SC/ST/PH/Minority candidates.
  • Age certificate wherever required.

7) Can a student who is a drop out from another University in subsequent years complete the program from IGNOU?

A dropout student of another University can complete the program by taking admission in the respective program of IGNOU and then seek examination / credit transfer for the courses completed by her or him from the parent University.

8) How many times the University conducts the examination in a year?

OPENMAT Entrance Examination is held twice a year most probably in the month of February and August.

9) What is the fee Amount & Mode of the Payment?

  • The amount of fee to be paid along with this form is Rs. 1000/-.
  • In case the form has been downloaded from the website, a demand draft of ` 1050/- drawn in favour of IGNOU, payable at New Delhi has to be sent along with OPENMAT form. Prospectus will be sent to such candidates after receipt of the form along with the demand draft.
  • The fee submission could be done via Demand Draft drawn in favour of IGNOU payable at New Delhi. Please send your Application Form for Entrance Test (OPENMAT) FORM-1 by Registered/Speed Post at the following address:

Registrar, SED, Block 12

IGNOU, Maidan Garhi

New Delhi - 110068

  • Applications received after the due date will not be accepted.

10) Is programme fee refundable?

Fee once paid will not be refunded under any circumstances. It is also not adjustable against any other programme of this university. However, in case where University denies admission, the programme fee will be refunded after deduction of registration fee through a/c payee cheque only.

11) What if PIN Code is not available?

As PIN Code is mandatory, if in case you do not have PIN Code then please fill 000000 (6 times zero) in the field code.

12) What is the mode of conduction of IGNOU-OPEN-MAT Exam?

Offline or Pen & Paper based exam.

13) What is an auto generated Control Number?

An auto generated Control Number is allotted provisionally after submission of online application form.

14) When is it conducted?

It is usually conducted in the months of February and August.

This year, the entrance test is being conducted on 5 February 2017.

15) What will be the medium of examination?

Medium of examination is English.

16) What are the various Eligibility Norms of IGNOU-OPEN-MAT Programme?

  • Bachelor Degree in any discipline under at least (10+2+3) pattern or equivalent.
  • Graduation in any discipline with 50% marks for general category/ 45% for reserved category as per Government of India rules, with 3 years’ managerial/ supervisory/ professional experience. OR
  • Professional Degree with 50% marks in:Engineering/ Medicine/ Chartered Accountancy (ICAI)/ Cost and Works Accountancy (ICWA)/ Company Secretary (ICSI)/ Law.

17) What is the maximum time limit for completion of the MBA ?

8 years.

18) When are IGNOU-OPEN-MAT Results Out?

Results will be available on the website within 6-7 weeks from the exam date.

19) Is it possible to appear in counselling without qualifying this EXAM ?  

No. Only eligible candidates will be allowed to appear for further processes.

20) Can I pay fee for DTS programme in installments ?

No. IGNOU does not provide facility of payment of fees in instalments. However, for several programmes like MBA, MCA, BCA, payment is to be made semester-wise.

21) Do you have facility of on demand examination?

As of now there is a facility for about 135 courses covering 50 programmes. Under this scheme, a learner can be permitted to appear for the examination only after completion of the minimum required study period. For example, the said period for a diploma programme is one year. Therefore one cannot be allowed to appear for the examination before one year has elapsed after one’s taking admission into the programme.

22) How to download the Cash Challan?

You will be able to find the link for the same in the application stages of the process on the official website of the university.

23) What details will be mentioned in the Admit Card?

The admit card will contain the following details:

  • Name of the candidate
  • Test date
  • Test City & Centre address
  • User ID / Registration Number
  • PWD/DA status

24) What will be the exam structure of IGNOU-OPEN-MAT ?

  • 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 follows –


No. of Questions

General Awareness


English Language:


Quantitative Aptitude







25) What is maximum Age Eligibility Criteria ?

There is no upper or lower age limit.

26) Will there be any negative marking?

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

27) Am I allowed to carry a calculator or mobile into the test venue?

No, you are not allowed to carry a calculator or mobile into the test venue.

28) For how long is the IGNOU-OPEN-MAT score valid?

The IGNOU-OPEN-MAT score is valid for just one year.

29) When will I get the Score card?

The candidates will receive the score card after the 6-7 Weeks of the test.

30) Is it necessary to carry original mark sheet of Qualifying examination or marks will be verified from photocopy of mark-sheet? 

No. It’s necessary to carry original mark sheet of qualifying examination. Marks will be verified from the original mark sheet only. You must produce original mark sheet at the time document verification.

31) What is the fee structure for the programs at IGNOU-OPEN-MAT?

IGNOU-OPEN-MAT Course Fee: Rs. 31,500

32) I’ve lost my admit card . What should I do now? 

You won’t be allowed to proceed to the process of document verification without admit card, so download your duplicate admit card from the official web page. If you find any difficulty, then contact Document Verification (DV) Center & Choice Locking Center (CC) Center In-charge.

33) Will the results be available online?

Yes, on IGNOU-OPEN-MAT University website.