IGNOU OPENMAT 2019 is the exam to take admission in the management programme by the IGNOU. Candidates who have decided to appear for the exam this year must start their preparation with right strategy and books. Though IGNOU OPENMAT is easier than CAT or XAT, it still requires strenuous preparation to qualify for the exam. No exam is easy or hard, it is the right approach which will help you to crack the exam. So, prepare your timetable right now without any delays. Keep extra time for a section like General Knowledge, it is the area which can rank you higher than other students. In this article, we have brought you preparation tips and strategy to clear the entrance test. First of all, we will focus on exam pattern, marking scheme, syllabus etc. After that, we will discuss sections wise preparation tips.

IGNOU OPENMAT 2019 Syllabus

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The candidates must prepare for the entrance test as per the syllabus is given below:

General Awareness Reasoning Quantitative Ability English Language
Current Affairs Assertion and reasons Algebra Reading and Comprehension.
India: Constitution, Government, Laws, Famous People, Achievements, Organisations, History, Geography, Economy, Politics, States Assumption-Premise-Conclusion Ratios and Proportions Grammar
World: Countries, Organisations, Leaders, World Economy, Summits. Cause and Effect LCM, HCF Fill in the blanks
Science: Physics, Biology, Chemistry basic concepts, and application Visual reasoning Statistics Sentence Correction
Industry: Statistics, CEO Symbol Based problems Mean,mode,median Vocabulary
Trade: Export, Import, balance of trade Statements and conclusions Permutations and combinations, Synonyms
Statements and assumptions Progressions Antonyms
Family tree Arithmetic Progression
Coding and decoding Geometric Progression
Critical qreasoning Geometry
Number Systems

IGNOU OPENMAT 2019 Exam Pattern

IGNOU OPENMAT is an offline based test, i.e. pen-paper based test. The candidates need to mark the answers in an OMR Answer Sheet. The test will be of 180 minutes and the candidates need to solve 200 MCQ questions in the given time limit. Each question is of 01 marks and there is no negative marking for the entrance test.

  • Mode of exam: Pen-paper based
  • Duration of the test: 180 minutes
  • Number of questions: 200
  • Maximum Marks: 200

The distribution of question for IGNOU OPENMAT 2019 is as follows:

Section Name Number of Questions
General Awareness 30
English Language 50
Quantitative Aptitude 50
Reasoning 70

Marking scheme: 

  1. For every correct answer, 01 marks will be given.
  2. There is no negative marking for an incorrect response

IGNOU OPENMAT 2019 Sample Papers

For the better preparation, students can solve these sample or mock available by IGNOU.

Sample Paper 1 – Check the pdf below or download Here.

Sample Paper 2

Sample Paper 3

Books Recommended for IGNOU OPENMAT 2019 Preparation

There are not many books available for IGNOU OPENMAT. However, we have listed the name of a few books which you can use to prepare well for the exam.

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Click Here to buy Rs. 476


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A Perfect Solution of Management Entrance Exam/OPENMAT

Click Here to buy Rs. 99

Manorama Yearbook 2018

Click Here to buy Rs. 193

How To Prepare for IGNOU OPENMAT 2019?

To further help you in your preparation, we have provided a few preparation tips which can help you to excel in the entrance test:

  1. Understand the Syllabus – In order to accomplish any task, it is necessary that you should plan it strategically. The first and basic step for exam preparation is to analyze the syllabus. You must be aware of the topics and chapters that will come in the examination. In addition to this, you should have known about the exam pattern.
  2. Create a Study Plan – Now this can be tricky for most of the students. However, you should make a study schedule and follow it religiously. You must follow it for at least 3-4 days and then you will get used to it. By creating a study plan you can do your preparations effectively. Do not make long study sessions and add short breaks in your study schedule.
  3. Make Notes – It is advised to the candidates to make notes of the important formulas, new words, etc when they are studying. This will be handy at the time of revision.
  4. Solve Previous Year Question Papers – You should make a habit of solving at least 2-3 question papers a week. Also, do not bump into solving the previous papers before revising your concept. Always, clear your basics first and then proceed to problem-solving.
  5. Read Daily – Other than the book, the best study material for GK and English section is reading a book, novel, newspaper, blog, etc.


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    • It depends if you have already learned the concepts then 1 month is enough. Otherwise, give at least 2-3 months to learn concepts and to attempt mock tests.

  1. How can I get thew detail of exam on the site and I have registered for the openmat 2019 july batch is it required to fill the application form for entrance exam or after entrance we have to do this.

  2. Mam, tell me the procedure to change my regional centre which i had entered in my registration. Pls help me before i get my hall ticket for openmat 2019.Pls help me mam.

    • Post-submission of the application form of OPENMAT (xlv) 2019, you will not able to edit the regional centre. While taking the admission you can fill the performa to change your study/regional centres.

  3. I want to admit in PGDOM Course (Post Graduate Diploma in Operations Management) from IGNOU, do I need to clear Openmat test or it is through direct entry. I am BA (Honours Graduated).

  4. Madam, I am confused with both the IGNOU MBA prospectus , can I get the admission to IGNOU PGDOM course with my BA (3yrs) degree without Openmat exam, pls let me know.

  5. I am confused on how to prepare for this exam.As i work from 8-8.What can be the best strategy to prepare for it??

    I have ignou openmat book from gullybaba.com

  6. Hello May I know the last date of application form for the openmat exam for July 2019? May I know all dates of openmat exam and the respective sessions they are held for?

    Also if I give June 2019 exam will I be eligible for July 2019 session?

    • Hi Tira
      If you are talking about OPENMAT (45) then the last day to submit the admission form is 31 May.
      Now the notification for next OPENMAT session is expected in the month of September 2019.

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