IGNOU OPENMAT Syllabus For 2020

  • By Kirti Yadav
  • 16 March 2020

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The IGNOU OPENMAT syllabus is created to assess the candidates' overall aptitude in management. The syllabus for the IGNOU MBA entrance exam is not officially released, however, it is quite similar to other management competitive exams. So, based on the previous year papers we have compiled a list of important topics questions have been regularly asked from. The MBA IGNOU OPENMAT syllabus consists of four sections General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning and English or Verbal Ability. The IGNOU MBA entrance exam 2020 is conducted by the National Training Agency (NTA) twice a year with a total of 200 questions to be answered in 3 hours. The IGNOU MBA OPENMAT exam is conducted for admission into the distant MBA programs in the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). Apply for the IGNOU OPENMAT exam Here

Check the important dates for the coming IGNOU OPENMAT 2020 exam below,

Online Application Starts 28th February 2020
Last day of Application/Registration Ends 23rd March 2020
Dates for Correction in Application 28-29th February 2020
Release of Admit Cards (OPENMAT XLVII) 9 April 2020
Examination Date (OPENMAT XLVII) 29 April 2020
Result (OPENMAT XLVII) 10 May 2020

 The MBA IGNOU OPENMAT exam is set to be conducted on 29th April 2020. The last date to submit the application form for MBA IGNOU entrance is 23rd March 2020. The OPENMAT is a computer-based exam consisting of multiple-choice questions. The IGNOU MBA entrance exam admit card is set to be released on 15th August 2020 on the official website.  Now that we know the important MBA IGNOU entrance exam events lets understand the IGNOU OPENMAT syllabus and important topics. Get all the details pertaining to the syllabus of IGNOU MBA entrance test 2020 here.


 The syllabus for IGNOU OPENMAT XLVII preparation includes four sections General Awareness, English or Verbal Ability, Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude. The list of topics given below covers the syllabus prescribed for the OPENMAT entrance test. Also read: How To Answer The 5 Most Common MBA Personal Interview Questions?

The IGNOU Openmat syllabus consists of the following four sections with a brief about the type of questions asked. 

  • General Awareness: This section includes questions from current affairs, latest happenings, changes in laws and regulations, famous people, award winners, economics, politics etc. 

  • English & Verbal Reasoning: This section assesses the candidate on their language ability. For instance, it includes questions on grammar, vocabulary, antonyms, synonyms etc.  

  • Logical Reasoning: This section tests candidates on their reasoning skills and critical thinking ability, statements & conclusions, symbol-based problems etc. 

  • Quantitative Aptitude: This questions in this section test the students on their numerical abilities and mathematical reasoning, HCF, LCM, trigonometry  & numerical system etc. In other words, the questions test your numerical ability.

IGNOU OPENMAT Syllabus - Topic wise division

The IGNOU OPENMAT Syllabus has a total of 200 questions to be answered in 180 minutes or three hours. Get the details of the number of questions per sections below:


Number of Questions

General Awareness 30 questions
Quantitative Aptitude 50 questions
Reasoning 70 questions
English or Verbal Ability 50 questions

Let us now look at the above-discussed sections in more detail for a better understanding of the IGNOU OPENMAT syllabus.

English Language & Reading comprehension

Reading Comprehension: You will be asked to read an unseen passage and then answer multiple-choice questions from the same passage. Grammar: the questions would test your skills your language and grammatical knowledge. Questions like edition. Omission, jumbled sentences etc. will be asked. In addition, this section contains questions like fill in the blanks, sentence correction etc. Vocabulary: This topic includes questions on antonyms, synonyms etc. 


No. of Questions

English Comprehension 15
Synonyms 5
Antonyms 5
Pair of Words 5
Sentence Improvement 10
Idioms and Phrases 5
Choose Analogous Pair 5



Quantitative Aptitude

The quant section is often one of the toughest sections to crack in any of the competitive entrance exam, especially management ones. Similarly, the IGNOU OPENMAT syllabus and exam is no exception to that. The important topics to prepare for this section are Algebra, Ratios and Proportions, LCM, HCF, Statistics, Mean, mode, median, Permutations and combinations.  In addition, there is Progressions, Arithmetic Progression, Geometric Progression, Geometry, Number Systems, Trigonometry etc.


No. of Questions

Number System 7
LCM and HCF 1
Decimals and Fractions 1
Simplification 6
Average 2
Algebraic Equations 4
Ages 1
Percentage 1
Sets 1
Calendar 1
Table 5
Profit and Loss 1
Time and Work 1
Problems on Train 1
Pipes and Cisterns 1
Mixture and Allegation 1
Logarithms 2
Area and Parameter 2
Clocks and Discount 2
Permutation and combinations 1
Probability 1
Square root 1
Compound Interest 1
Volume and Surface Area 1




This is the section that tests you on your abstract thinking and critical thinking abilities. In addition, keep in mind that the questions in this section are of moderate difficulty and tricky. The candidates should prepare the topics such as Cause and Effect, Statements and conclusions, Symbol Based problems, Coding and decoding, Critical reasoning, Family tree, Statements and assumption, Visual reasoning, Assertion and reasons, and Assumption-Premise-Conclusions etc. 


No. of Questions

Cubes and dice questions 5
Decision making 5
Ranking Test 2
Number Test 3
Logical diagrams 5
Direction & Distance 2
Logical reasoning 5
Analytical reasoning 15
Blood relations 5
Mixed & Substitution coding 3
Letter test 1
Number analogy test 5
Complete word analogy 4
Number series test 2
Letter series test 2



Note: Maximum number of questions are asked in this particular section. Above all, the secret to preparing for this section lies in the practice.

General Awareness

Considering the vast range of Current affairs topics, stay updated with the latest happenings of the last few years. Questions from topics such as Indian Constitution, Government, Laws, Famous People, Achievements, History, Geography, Economy, Politics, States should be prepared. Above all, read the latest events from the field of Science, Industry, and Trade etc. Daily reading of newspaper and magazines would help ace this section. 


No. of Questions

General Knowledge 6
World Organizations 2
Sports CE 1
Person, Places, Awards 3
Countries 1
Sports 1
General Economic Study 1
General Science 7
National CE 4
Democratic Polity 1
History of India 3



Note: To familiarize yourself with the examination scheme and type of questions, you should check the sample OPENMAT Entrance test paper is available in the e-prospectus. The E. Prospectus can be downloaded from IGNOU or NTA website

In conclusion, the IGNOU OPENMAT syllabus helps you get an idea of the topics and build on your existing knowledge accordingly. Management entrance exams are designed to test your general aptitude and thinking. In other words, if you prepare well enough, you will be qualified in the Exam and eventually selected for admission to the MBA Program from IGNOU. IGNOU OPENMAT enables students to get admission into the national university for a distance MBA or PGDM program. One can also explore full-time or regular MBA programs with a cutting-edge curriculum, preparing you for the ever-changing business world like the one offered at Sunstone. 

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