The OPENMAT or Open Management Admission Test is a specific type of common entrance test which is conducted by the Indira Gandhi National Open University which is also called as IGNOU for its management programs. These examinations are conducted twice in a calendar year and it happens usually in the month of February and August.
The other programs the university offers you are Master of Business Administration, Post Graduate Diploma in Management, Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management, Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Management, Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Management and Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management. The admission will be completely based on the completion of OPENMAT and the scores obtained on the admission test. There are however exceptions for candidates who have cleared the test that pertains to admission test into management program conducted by specific institutions like CAT, MAT and state level tests, these candidates do not have to appear in the OPENMAT examinations.
The cutoff percentage or marks is decided by the university. There are options for non graduates to apply for the OPENMAT admission examination such as people who have six years of managerial or supervisory or professional experience. However clearance of OPENMAT is the primary criteria for admission into these courses.
The pattern for OPENMAT are General Awareness for thirty marks, English Language for thirty marks, Quantitative Aptitude for fifty marks and Reasoning for seventy marks. The number of questions is equal to the number of marks for each subjects. The total duration of the examination is three hours. The best part about the OPENMAT is that it does not have any negative marks for wrong answers. The language of the questions will be in English, and is on objective type so it does not matter in which order you would like to take it. The question paper booklet will allow you to mark the right answers and if none of the answer is applicable you just mark ‘0’.
There are many institutes which offer coaching for the OPENMAT entrance examinations. These type of coaching institutes are spread all across the country. Some important tips for people appearing for these examinations are not to panic and take time to read all the questions paying proper attention before starting to answer the questions that you know the answer for. There are also preparation exams available online which can help you get ready for the OPENMAT entrance examinations.