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IGNOU MBA Entrance Test 2018 – OPENMAT XLIV and XLV: IGNOU has released the notification for MBA Entrance Test 2018. Interested and Eligible candidates may fill their downloaded application form from here. The complete detail of IGNOU MBA Entrance Test 2019 – OPENMAT XLIV and XLV such as application form, eligibility criteria, selection process etc. are given below.

Latest: Admit Card for IGNOU OPENMAT XLIII Exam has been released. Candidates can download it through the link provided below.

IGNOU MBA Entrance Test 2018 for OPENMAT XLII and XLIII

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 years 2018-2019 in First and Second Semesters respectively. The students should opt for registration of those courses only which are on offer during a particular semester.

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

Last date of submission of application form (form 1) 15 Dec 2017 2nd week of Aug 2018 3rd week of Dec 2018
Date of Exam 04 Mar 2018 24 Jun 2018 3rd week of Sep 2018 1st week of Mar 2019
Last date of submission of application form (form 2) 31 May 2018 (1st Sem)
30 Nov 2018 (2nd Sem)
Last week of Nov 2018 (1st Sem)
Last week of May 2019 (2nd Sem)
Last week of May 2019 (1st Sem)
Last week of Nov 2019 (2nd Sem)
Validity of OPENMAT score and eligible to seek admission in 1st Semester (July 2018)
2nd Semester (January 2019)
1st Semester (January 2019)
2nd Semester (July 2019)
1st Semester (July 2019)
2nd Semester (January 2020)

IGNOU MBA Entrance Test 2018 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 `1500/- 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.

Change / Correction of Address and Study Centre

In case there is any correction/change in the address, the learners are advised to make use of proforma provided in the Prospectus and send it to the Regional Director concerned who will forward the data to SRD, IGNOU, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi-110 068. Requests received directly will not be entertained. The form for change of address can also be downloaded from IGNOU website www.ignou.ac.in. Learners are advised not to write letters to any other officer in the University in this regard.

Normally, it takes 4-6 weeks to effect the change. Therefore, the learners are advised to make their own arrangements to get the mail redirected to the changed address during this period. In case a change of Study Centre is desired, the learners are advised to fill the proforma and address it to the Regional Centre concerned. Counselling facilities are not available for all Programmes at all the Study Centres. As such, learners are advised to make sure that counselling facilities are available for the subject she/he has chosen, at the new Study Centre opted for. Request for change of Study Centre is normally accepted subject to availability of seat for the programme at the new Study Centre asked for. Change of address and Study Centre are not permitted until admissions are finalized.

Migration Certificate

For Migration Certificate, requisition may be sent to the Regional Director along with the following documents:

  1. Application (can be obtained from the Head Office or photocopy of the one given in programme guide could be used).
  2. Attested copy of the Grade card and Provisional certificate.
  3. Fee of Rs. 400/- in the form of demand draft drawn in favour of IGNOU payable at the city where Regional Centre is located.

Schedule of Operation

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