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. Other details regarding the Entrance Test has been given below.
|Event||IGNOU MBA 2019|
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|Date of Exam||27 Jul 2019||To be Notified!||Last week of Apr 2021|
IGNOU MBA 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 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 http://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.
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
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.
IGNOU MBA Admission
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.
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.
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