IGNOU MBA 2021: National Testing Agency conducts the OPENMAT exam twice a year for admission to PG Management programs in the Indira Gandhi National Open University. The entrance exam is conducted on behalf of IGNOU to determine the eligibility of candidates for admission to the MBA program offered by the IGNOU University. The prospectus of OPENMAT XLVIII 2021 is yet to release at the official website i.e. ignouexams.nta.nic.in. Based on previous year schedule, the computer based test is expected to be conducted in centres throughout the country in the last week of April 2021. Read this article to get the details of the OPENMAT exam for IGNOU MBA 2021 as per the previous year information brochure.
IGNOU MBA 2021
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Masters of Business Administration offered by IGNOU is considered highly beneficial for those who have time and financial constraints. It is very popular among Graduate employed candidates who wish to pursue Master’s degree in Business Administration while working. Many obtain the degree to climb up the corporate ladder in the private as well as public sector. Check out the expected scheduled of events related to OPENMAT XLVIII for IGNOU MBA 2021 in the table below based on the previous year schedule of events.
|IGNOU MBA 2021||Date (Expected)|
|Start of registrations||Last week of Feb 2021|
|End of registrations||3rd week of Mar 2021|
|Application Form Corrections||Last week of Mar 2021|
|Admit Card||1st week of Apr 2021|
|Expected Exam Date||Last week of Apr 2021|
|Answer Keys||Available after the exam|
|Results||To be announced|
IGNOU MBA 2021 Exam Date
Last year, the NTA announced that the online registration for OPENMAT exam will be conducted from Feb 28 to March 23. However, the registrations were later postponed to start in March. This year, the exact exam date is yet to be announced as the NTA is expected to release the official information brochure at ignouexams.nta.nic.in as per schedule.
IGNOU MBA 2021 Expected Exam Date: Last week of April 2021
Check out IGNOU MBA exam date of the last few years below.
|IGNOU MBA||Exam Date|
|2019||10 Mar 2019|
IGNOU MBA 2021 Programs Offered
As per the previous year information brochure of IGNOU MBA 2021, the OPENMAT XLVIII exam this year is expected to be conducted for admission to Master of Business Administration Program only. The program consists of 21 courses in all and the program is delivered in a modular approach.
The Modular MBA program of IGNOU means that if a particular candidate take admission but fails to complete all the courses, then they are provided with exit points. The benefit of this is that candidates are eligible to be awarded qualifications even if they do not complete the whole course. For example, if a candidate completes 06 courses of the program with a particular specialization and the compulsory basic course, they are awarded the Post Graduate Diploma in that particular specialization.
Check out the program structure of IGNOU MBA 2021 below.
- All courses from MS-1 to MS-11.
- 5 courses from any specialization disciplines.
- 2 compulsory courses i.e. MS-91 & MS-95.
- Any elective course among MS 92/93/94/96/97.
- Project Course (MS-100) is equivalent to 2 courses.
Fee Structure for IGNOU MBA 2021
Based on the previous year information brochure of OPENMAT, the MBA program offered through OPENMAT XLVIII for IGNOU MBA 2021 is expected to have the following fee structure.
- The course-wise fee is Rs 2000 per course.
- There are 21 courses in all in the IGNOU MBA 2021.
IGNOU OPENMAT Eligibility Criteria
The eligibility criteria for admission to IGNOU MBA 2021 provided here below through OPENMAT XLVIII is as per the previous year information brochure.
|Age Limit||There is no upper age limit to apply for OPENMAT XLVIII|
|Degree||Candidates must have a graduate degree in any discipline in order to apply for OPENMAT XLVIII for IGNOU MBA 2021.|
OR Candidates who have completed Chartered Accountancy, Cost Accountancy and Company Secretaryship are also eligible to apply.
|Minimum Marks in Qualifying Exam||Candidates must have obtained at least 50% marks in the graduate degree exam in order to apply.|
For candidates belonging to reserved categories, the minimum qualifying marks is 45%.
Note: Candidates must necessarily clear the OPENMAT XLVIII entrance in order to become eligible for IGNOU MBA 2021.
IGNOU MBA 2021 Syllabus
As per the previous year OPENMAT exam, the syllabus of the OPENMAT XLVIII is expected to consist of the subjects of General Awareness, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning.
Candidates can check the detailed syllabus of each subject as per previous year exam below.
|Current Affairs of India||Indian Constitution, Government, Law, |
Famous People, Achievements, Organisations,
History, Geography, Economy, Politics, States
|World||Countries, Organisations, Leaders, Global Economy, Summits|
|Science||Physics, Biology, Chemistry|
|Industry||Statistics, CEO etc.|
|Trade||Export, Import, Balance of Trade etc.|
- Reading & Comprehension
- English Grammar
- Fill up the blanks
- Sentence Correction
- Synonyms & Antonyms
- Ratios & Proportions
- LCM & HCF
- Mean, Mode & Median
- Permutations & Combinations
- Arithmetic & Geometric Progressions
- Number Systems
- Assertions & Reasons
- Cause & Effect
- Coding & Decoding
- Critical Reasoning
- Family Tree
- Statements & Assumptions
- Statements & Conclusions
- Symbol Based problems
- Visual Reasoning
Exam Pattern of IGNOU OPENMAT XLVIII
As per the previous year information brochure, the OPENMAT XLVIII for IGNOU MBA 2021 admissions are expected to be conducted for four papers as follows.
- Test I for General Awareness consisting of 30 questions.
- Test II for English Language consisting of 50 questions.
- Test III for Quantitative Aptitude consisting of 50 questions.
- Test IV for Reasoning consisting of 70 questions.
Check out more details about the IGNOU MBA 2021 Exam Pattern as per previous year information brochure below.
|Exam Mode||Computer Based Test|
|Exam Duration||03 Hours|
|Number of Papers||04|
|Number of Questions||200|
|Marks per question||01|
|Negative Marking||Not Applicable|
Best Books For IGNOU MBA 2021
There are various guide books and other learning materials available commercially for the OPENMAT exam conducted for IGNOU MBA admissions. Candidates can become confused at time as to which books to buy and which can be spared. Thus, we have provided direct links to get a few useful books for the exam.
|Book Title||Purchase Link|
|Neeraj Openmat Entrance Exam Paperback – 1 January 2019||Click Here|
|Ignou Neeraj Openmat Exam Guide Paperback – 1 January 2019||Click Here|
|Gullybaba IGNOU Management OPENMAT Entrance Exam Guide 2019- 2020 Paperback – 1 January 2018||Click Here|
|GPH OPENMAT- GUIDE BOOK (2019-2020) Paperback – 1 January 2020||Click Here|
|Openmat Management Entrance Guide – 1 January 2018||Click Here|
How to Prepare for IGNOU MBA 2021 Entrance Exam?
Candidates aiming to appear in the OPENMAT XLVIII for IGNOU MBA 2021 must ensure that they start preparations well in time. With the availability of the official syllabus and exam pattern, candidates can refer to the following tips to start preparing for the exam.
#1: At first, know the syllabus in details. Identify important topics and prioritize the topics as per difficulty level and time taken to prepare.
#2: Refer to good knowledge resources including previous year papers and solved papers.
#3: For the General Awareness section, candidates must refer to current affairs sources like newspapers and other online sources.
#4: Prepare for static GK by practising extensively. Make use of books and also refer to online GK practice questions to brush up the knowledge.
#5: Candidates are advised to refer to CAT, CMAT books for preparations of the Reasoning & Quantitative Aptitude sections.
#6: Focus on the basics of Grammar and practice English Comprehension and language exercises. Refer to good books for English proficiency build-up.
IGNOU MBA 2021 Application Form
As per the previous year conventions of the OPENMAT exam, the registration and form fill up process is conducted online at the official website i.e. ignouexams.nic.in. No other form of application is accepted under any circumstances. We are detailing the step by step process to register and apply for OPENMAT XLVIII for IGNOU MBA 2021 as per the previous year information brochure below.
Step 1: Go to the official website i.e. ignouexams.nic.in and click on the link for new user registration.
Step 2: Candidates have to fill up the online registration form by entering basic information including name, mother’s name, father’s name etc. Candidates must provide their own email ID and Mobile Number.
Step 3: Complete the registration process by submitting the form online after carefully checking the information provided.
Online Application Form
Step 1: Enter the Application Number, Date of Birth and Security PIN at the login section to open the IGNOU MBA 2021 online application form.
Step 2: Fill up the application form by entering the correct postal address with PIN code, preference of exam centres and other details.
Step 3: Upload the scanned copies of necessary documents including photograph and signature at designated spaces.
Step 4: Submit the application form by carefully ensuring that all the information provided are correct and supported by proper documents.
Step 5: The Confirmation page is generated on successful submission of the online application form. Candidates are advised to take a print out, once the Confirmation page is generated.
As per the previous year information brochure, the following application fee amount is payable by applicants for OPENMAT XLVIII for IGNOU MBA 2021.
Mode of Fee Payment
As per the previous year information brochure of OPENMAT, the following modes of fee payment will be available for OPENMAT XLVIII for IGNOU MBA 2021.
- Credit Card
- Debit Card
- Internet Banking
IGNOU MBA Admit Card 2021
As per the previous year information brochure of OPENMAT, IGNOU MBA 2021 Admit Card for OPENMAT XLVIII is expected to release at the official website i.e. ignouexams.nta.nic.in as per schedule before the exam. Candidates have to download the admit card by logging in to the website using the Application Number and Date of Birth.
If the previous year conventions are followed this year too, then the IGNOU MBA 2021 Admit Cards will be issued to the registered candidates subject to their satisfying of the eligibility conditions. The centre, date and time are specified in the Admit Card. In addition, the admit card also contains important exam instructions which must be carefully followed by the candidates.
Important points to remember about IGNOU MBA 2021 Admit Card
- Candidates must appear at the examination centre with the printed copy of the IGNOU MBA Admit Card 2021.
- No candidate will be allowed to appear at any centre other than the one indicated on the admit card. They must report to the centre as per the indicated date and time.
- The IGNOU MBA Admit Card is not sent by post.
- Under no circumstances, the NTA will issue a duplicate admit card for OPENMAT XLVIII at the exam centre.
- Candidates are advised not to mutilate or distort the admit card.
- Candidates who submit incomplete applications are not eligible to be issued admit cards.
- It is important that candidates preserve the admit card as it is required in subsequent counselling stages.
- Candidates must carry extra copies of the photograph as submitted online to the exam centre for pasting on the Attendance Sheet.
IGNOU OPENMAT Exam Centres
As per the previous year information brochure, the OPENMAT XLVIII for IGNOU MBA 2021 is expected to be conducted in the following centres across the country.
|ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR||PORT BLAIR|
|JAMMU & KASHMIR||Jammu|
|JAMMU & KASHMIR||Srinagar|
|UTTAR PRADESH||Noida/Gr Noida|
IGNOU MBA 2021 Answer Key
- Last year, the NTA released the answer keys of the Computer Based Test through the official website i.e. ignouexams.nta.nic.in.
- Candidates were allowed to challenge the answer keys against the provisional answer keys by paying a fee of Rs 200 per question.
- With the answer keys, the question paper of the CBT was also released.
- Candidates whose challenges were found to be valid were reimbursed the challenge fee.
- A similar schedule of events related to the IGNOU MBA 2021 Answer Key is expected to be followed this year too.
IGNOU MBA 2021 Result
- Last year, NTA released the results of OPENMAT for IGNOU MBA through the official website only.
- Based on these trends, it is expected that IGNOU MBA 2021 Result will be released at ignouexams.nta.nic.in as per schedule after the exam.
- Based on the qualification of the candidate in the OPENMAT XLVIII exam they will be offered admission to IGNOU MBA 2021 through admission form fill up.
Steps to check result >> In order to download the IGNOU MBA 2021 Result, candidates must visit the official website as per schedule. Thereafter, one can download the result by entering the “Enrollment Number”. The link to download the result is activated on the website as it is released online.
Last year, certain reservation rules were applicable on IGNOU MBA admissions which are likely to be implemented in IGNOU MBA 2021 admissions through OPENMAT XLVIII. Reservations for the following categories of candidates are expected to be available for IGNOU MBA 2021.
- Scheduled Castes
- Scheduled Tribes
- OBC (Non-creamy Layer)
- War Widows
- Kashmiri Migrants
- Physically Disabled
The Indira Gandhi National Open University, abbreviated as IGNOU is a centrally run open university in India. It was established in the year 1985 by the Government of India and is located at Maidan Garhi, New Delhi. Named after former Indian Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi, IGNOU has a total active enrollment of more than 4 million students throughout the country. The University operates through its Schools of Study located in various cities across India.
Providing a range of UG and PG degree courses, IGNOU was established with the aim to serve the Indian academic scenario by means of distance and open education. The University operates with the vision to make quality higher education available to all segments of the society. The University acts as a national resource centre while thriving continuously to promote and standardize distance education in India.
IGNOU Contact Details
IGNOU Telephone Exchange: 29571000
Student Service Centre (SSC): 29572513, 29572514
Material Production & Distribution Division (MPDD): 29572008, 29572012, 29572013
MPDD Additional Contact Numbers: 29534521, 29572002
Student Evaluation Division (SED) Helpline: 29572218
Admission/Enquiry for M.Phil/PhD: 29534229, 29534326, 29571984
Click Here for last year prospectus of IGNOU OPENMAT.
IGNOU MBA 2021 FAQs
Ans. Yes. MBA from IGNOU is recognized by AICTE and UGC approved.
Ans. There is no upper age limit for OPENMAT. Candidates of any age can apply.
Ans. Many organizations hire MBA freshers and since MBA from IGNOU is approved and recognized, there is no question as to why one cannot get a job after MBA from IGNOU.
Ans. MBA from IGNOU is highly beneficial for those who have time and financial constraints. It is most sought by those who are already employed.
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