IGNOU Admission

IGNOU MBA Entrance Test: The Indira Gandhi National Open University was established by an Act of Parliament in  to achieve the objectives of making higher education accessible to everyone by providing education to the doorstep of the students. The main aim of the University is also setting and maintaining standards in distance education in the country as an apex body. With a view to this the University operates through Schools of Studies. Each Schools is headed by a Director who arrange all the activity related to the programme. The candidates who willing to do management course conducted by this University must have to full fill the eligibility criteria as per the AICTE norms. All the details regarding to the IGNOU MBA Entrance Test has been provided below.


IGNOU MBA Entrance Test

The Indira Gandhi National Open University conducts Entrance Exam for admission into programme two times in a year. The eligible candidates willing to take admission into the MBA Programme must have to qualify the Entrance Test i.e. known as OPENMAT. Before appearing into the Entrance Exam Candidates have to purchase the application form by paying the specific amount from authorized IGNOU Regional Centre. The candidates may download the application form from official website i.e. www.ignou.ac.in. Student Handbook and Prospectus will also be available on the university’s website. The candidates downloading the Form from website are required to send a Demand Draft of the specific amount drawn in favor of IGNOU payable at New Delhi. Other details regarding the Entrance Test has been given below.

Schedule for IGNOU MBA Entrance Test 2018 – OPENMAT, XLIV & XLV is given below.

Date of Exam To be announced! 1st week of Mar 2019

Eligibility Criteria

  • Graduation in any discipline with 50% marks for general category/ 45% for reserved category, with 3 years managerial/ supervisory/ professional experience.
    Professional Degree with 50% marks in: Engineering/ Medicine/ Chartered Accountancy (ICAI)/ Cost and Works Accountancy (ICWA)/ Company Secretaryship (ICSI)/Law.
  • Clearance of OPENMAT conducted by IGNOU.

There is no age bar for admission to the above programme.

Foreign Students

Foreign students residing in India and having a valid student visa for the minimum duration of the programme are eligible to seek admission in IGNOU programmes. Such students are required to remit the fee at par with foreign students (fee structure of foreign students could be downloaded from the website www.ignou.ac.in. Admission of foreign students residing in India will be processed by the International Division of the University after ensuring their antecedents from the Ministry of External Affairs/Ministry of Human Resource Development.

Details of IGNOU MBA Programme

Starting its operation in 1987, the School of Management Studies today offers a wide range of Programmes. The School follows a system of course-wise registration in its Management Programme.

In the Management Programme, semester system is followed as: January to June (first semester of the year) and July to December (second semester of the year). The following courses are on offer for the First and Second Semesters respectively. The students should opt for registration of those courses only which are on offer during a particular semester.

The MBA Programme consists of 21 courses in all. These include:

  • All the courses from MS-1 to MS-09 and MS-11.
  • Five courses from any one of the specialisation streams
  • Compulsory Courses (MS-10,MS-91, MS-95) and any one elective course out of MS
  • 92/93/94/96/97
  • Project Course (MS-100) equivalent to 2 courses.

Course Details Semester Wise

Semester I : Any five courses from MS-1 to MS-11 excluding MS-10
Semester II : Rest of five courses
Semester III : MS-10, MS-95, two specialisation courses of your choice and MS-100
Semester IV : MS-91, three specialisation courses from specialisation stream opted in
Semester-III and any one elective course out of MS-92,93,94,96,97.

Maximum Duration in Management Programme

  • The maximum duration of the MBA Programme is 5 (five) years. Thereafter, students seeking ‘fresh admission’ for completion of the left over course(s) will not be required to qualify the OPENMAT Entrance Test again. However, this facility is available only once. A separate admission form (Form 3), which is a part of this booklet, is required to be filled by such students.
  • If a student fails to successfully complete all the requirements for the award of Degree/Diploma in another 5 year duration (i.e., 5+5=10 years), then s/he will have to seek admission afresh by qualifying the OPENMAT entrance and no credit transfer facility will be provided. All formalities in such cases would remain the same as is applicable in case of a fresh student.

IGNOU MBA Entrance Test Important Information

Programme Structure

Successful completion of a specific combination of above courses would lead to:

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA), or
  • Diploma in Management (DIM), or
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDIM), or
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management (PGDHRM), or
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Financial Management (PGDFM), or
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Operations Management (PGDOM), or
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management (PGDMM).
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Financial Markets Practice (PGDFMP)

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The MBA Programme consists of 21 courses in all. These comprise of :

  • All the courses in PGDIM (Eleven Courses) i.e. MS-1 to MS-11
  • Five courses from any one of the specialisation streams
  • Compulsory Courses (MS-91, MS-95) and any one elective course out of MS-92/93/94/96/97
  • Project Course (MS-100) equivalent to 2 courses.

Entrance Test

Admission to Management Programmes of IGNOU is done through OPENMAT Entrance test, held twice a year. For appearing in the entrance test (OPENMAT) a student has to fill up Application Form for OPENMAT Entrance Test (Form 1) which is provided separately in an envelope alongwith this Student Handbook & Prospectus. Please see the instructions for filling up the OPENMAT Entrance Test-Form 1. You need to send the form in the same envelope by Registered/Speed Post so as to reach the IGNOU H.Q. on or before the last date printed on the application form. No other document is required to be submitted alongwith this form.

A student can appear in anyone of the above OPENMAT Examinations. If a student wants to appear in more than one OPENMAT Examinations s/he is required to apply separately.


Admission to the Management Programme (MBA, DIM, PGDIM and PG Diplomas in HRM, FM, OM, MM and FMP) will be done on the basis of the score obtained in the OPENMAT, conducted all over India twice a year as per above schedule.

A result card will be sent to all the candidates who have appeared in the OPENMAT examination. It will indicate whether the candidate has qualified or not qualified for admission on the basis of cut-off score as decided by the University. After qualifying in OPENMAT, a learner will have to apply for admission on the specified Application Form (Form 2) which is given in the Prospectus alongwith required documents to the Regional Director concerned.

Learners are advised to retain a Photo Copy of the Application Form submitted to IGNOU.

Validity of OPENMAT Score

Candidates who have qualified for admission on the basis of the score obtained in the Entrance Test (OPENMAT) will be eligible to seek admission into Management Programme in any of the following two semesters. For example, a student who qualifies for admission in August 2018 OPENMAT, may take admission in any of the following two semesters i.e., either in January 2019 or July 2019 semester. Similarly one who qualifies in February 2018 OPENMAT may take admission in July 2019 or January 2020 semester.

Those students who were admitted earlier to Management Programmes [including SDM (Direct Entry)] without the provision of Entrance Test are required to clear the mandatory requirement of clearance of Entrance Test while seeking fresh admission. Such students will fill the normal Admission Form (Form 2) for continuance in the Programme.

As indicated in ‘Re-Registration’ above, students would be allowed to register for maximum four courses in a semester to enable them to register/re-register for proper combination of 21 courses for the award of MBA Degree in five semesters. However, course(s) once registered must be successfully completed within four semesters, failing which s/he would need to re-validate the registration for the course as prescribed in point no. 5 above. The validity of a course registered after 7th year of the initial admission to the Programme would be reduced appropriately, so that the prescribed maximum duration of eight years would remain unchanged.


The University provides reservation of seats for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, non-creamy layer of OBC, War Widows, Kashmri Migrants and Physically Handicapped Learners, as per the Government of india rules, for admission to its various programmes. However, submission of forged certificate under any category shall lead not only to cancellation of admission but also be legally implicated as per govt. of India rules.

Fee Structure

Course fee of specific amount per course can be paid through a Bank Draft obtained from any one of the scheduled banks in favour of IGNOU and should be payable at the city where your Regional Centre is situated (both at the time of Admission and Re-registration). Please write your Name, Enrolment Number and address on the back of the Bank Draft to ensure proper credit to your fee account.

Fee once paid is not refundable under any circumstances. It is also not adjustable against any other programme of this university.

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