Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) conducts OPENMAT entrance exam for admission to the following courses:

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Management
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Operations Management
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Markets Practice

The entrance test is held twice a year - August and February. Admission to the Management Programme (MBA and specialisation PG Diplomas in HRM, FM, OM, MM and FMP) is done on the basis of the score obtained in the OPENMAT, conducted all over India twice a year.

Important Dates


  • Last Date to Apply: 15 December, 2016
  • Date of Exam: 28 August, 2017


  • Date of Exam: 4 February, 2018

Eligibility Criteria

You should have a graduation in any discipline with 50% marks for general category / 45% for reserved category, with 3 years managerial, supervisory or professional experience. Or A professional degree with 50% marks in Engineering/ Medicine/ Chartered Accountancy (ICAI) / Cost and Works Accountancy (ICWAI)/ Company Secretaryship (ICSI)/ Law.

There is no age bar.

Exam Pattern

The test consists of four sections with total 200 multiple choice questions.

  1. General Awareness: 30 Questions
  2. English Language: 50 Questions
  3. Quantitative Aptitude: 50 Questions
  4. Reasoning: 70 Questions

There is no negative marking.

About School of Management Studies, IGNOU

School of Management Studies began its operations in 1987 with the launch of Diploma in Management. This is one of the largest management school in the world with objective of imparting flexible management education resulting in reaching the unreached. The school has international presence also and it is offering management programmes in various African and West-Asian countries. The programmes offered by the school are designed in modular framework so as to give the student maximum flexibility and multiple exit points.