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IGNOU OPENMAT 2020 Syllabus: Subjects, Important Books

Updated On - February 07 2020 by Pragya

IGNOU OPENMAT 2020 Syllabus is set by the Indira Gandhi National Open University. Candidate must be aware of the syllabus and topics to prepare for OPENMAT. The scores of qualified candidates is valid for a year e.g. if a candidate appears in January session and qualifies then he/she would be eligible to take admission in the coming July and in January next year, same is for July session, if they qualify the exam then it would be valid for the following January next year and July after that. Candidate can read the given below article to know more about IGNOU OPENMAT 2020  Syllabus.

IGNOU OPENMAT 2020 Syllabus

OPENMAT exams usually have the same pattern every year. There will be four sections in the question paper General Awareness  English Language Quantitative Aptitude Reasoning. Given below the topics from each sections:

General Awareness 
  • General Knowledge
  • World Organizations
  • Sports CE
  • Person, Places, Awards
  • Countries
  • Sports
  • General Economic Study
  • General Science - Biology, Physics, Chemistry 
  • National CE
  • Democratic Polity
  • History of India
For English Language 
  • Reading Comprehension – Passages,
  • Fill in the blanks,
  • Pairing of words,
  • Sentences,
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Sentence Improvement             
  • Idioms and Phrases
  • Analogous Pair
For Quantitative Aptitude 
  • Number System
  • LCM and HCF
  • Decimals and Fractions
  • Simplification
  • Average
  • Algebraic Equations 
  • Geometry      
  • Ages
  • Ratios
  • Percentage
  • Sets
  • Calendar
  • Table
  • Profit and Loss
  • Time and Work
  • Logarithms
  • Area and Parameter
  • Clocks
  • Discount
  • Permutation and combinations
  • Probability
  • Square root
  • Compound Interest
  • Volume and Surface Area
For  Reasoning 
  • Diagrams and figures
  • Statements
  • Direction and distance
  • Logical reasoning
  • Analytical reasoning
  • Blood relations
  • Mixed and Substitution coding
  • Number Analogy test
  • Complete word Analogy
  • Number series test
  • Letter series test

IGNOU OPENMAT 2020 Exam Pattern

Candidate must be aware of the IGNOU OPENMAT 2020 exam pattern. There will be a total of 200 Multiple Choice Questions(MCQ) whicha candidate will have to complete in 3 hours. Given below the section wise distribution of marks:

General Awareness


English Language


Quantitative Aptitude


Logical Reasoning


Total Questions


 Given below the topic-wise question from each subjects (according to previous year)

In General Knowledge
TopicsNumber of Questions
General Knowledge6
World Organizations2
Sports CE1
Person, Places, Awards3
General Economic Study1
General Science7
National CE4
Democratic Policy1
History of India3
In English Language
TopicsNo. of Questions
English Comprehension15
Pair of Words5
Sentence Improvement10
Idioms and Phrases5
Choose Analogous Pair5
For Quantitative aptitude
TopicsNo. of Questions
Number System7
LCM and HCF1
Decimals and Fractions1
Algebraic Equations4
Profit and Loss1
Time and Work1
Problems on Train1
Pipes and Cisterns1
Mixture and Allegation1
Area and Parameter2
Clocks and Discount2
Permutation and combinations1
Square root1
Compound Interest1
Volume and Surface Area1
For Reasoning
TopicsNo. of Questions
Cubes and dice questions5
Decision Making5
Ranking Test2
Number Test3
Logical diagrams5
Direction and distance2
Logical reasoning5
Analytical reasoning15
Blood relations5
Mixed and Substitution coding3
Letter test1
Number Analogy test5
Complete word Analogy4
Number series test2
Letter series test2

Important books recommendation for OPENMAT 2020

Candidate can refer to the given below books to prepare for the entrance exam.

Name of the BookAuthor NamePrice of the book
STUDY MATERIALS FOR IGNOU OPENMAT Saurav sir's classesRs. 1989
A Perfect Solution of Management Entrance Exam/OPENMATSurajRs. 99
Manorama Yearbook 2019Mammen Mathew Rs. 193
Quantitative Aptitude for competitive examinationRS Agarwal-
Objective General English S.P. Bakshi-

IGNOU OPENMAT 2020 Preparation Tips

Candidate can follow the given below IGNOU OPENMAT 2020 preparation tips to score well in OPENMAT.

For General Awareness
  • Make a habit to read the daily newspaper. It gives lots of information about various things like Politics, Science, Sports, Bureaucracy, Governments, National and International Events etc.
  • Read Year Book like the popular Manorama Yearbook or similar to get the complete years information and use them while travelling or during leisure time. 
For Quantitative Aptitude
  • The math textbooks for classes 8 to 10 published by NCERT will be a very good option for brushing up everything learned at school.
  • There are several other textbooks by renowned authors specially created for competitive exams like CAT, OPENMAT, read them.
For Reasoning
  • Candidate's reasoning ability depends on how well a candidate can interpret the given data.
  • Solve previous year question papers and mock test papers.
For English
  • Solve previous year question papers and mock test papers.
  • Check the online resources for the English language.

The candidates must analyze their weakest section and firstly focus on that.


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