The notification for IGNOU OPENMAT 2012 exam scheduled to be conducted on 5th February, 2012 for admission to IGNOU MBA program is likely to come out in November 2011, last date to apply for which is 15.12.2011. What is an IGNOU MBA program, how good is it and how to apply for it?
This blog post tries to answer these questions.
IGNOU OPENMAT entrance test for admissions to MBA program is conduced twice every year in the month of February & August. You can even now apply for IGNOU OPENMAT August 2011 exam, last date for application to which is 15th July 2011.
If you are searching for study materials to prepare for IGNOU OPENMAT exam, please go through my subsequent blog post titled: IGNOU OPENMAT exam pattern, Previous papers and Books
.What is IGNOU:
IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University) is the largest university in the world
with 35,00,000 students in both India and 40 countries abroad in twenty one school and offers 175 academic programs comprising 1100 courses at certificate, diploma and degree levels.
The Association of Indian Universities (AIU) recognizes IGNOU degrees as on par with the degrees conferred by its members and the AICTE recognizes the MCA & MBA program of IGNOU
. You can know more about IGNOU from its About us page
.What is an IGNOU MBA program
You can do the IGNOU MBA programs in following four management streams:
Human Resource Management (HRM).
Financial Management (FM).
Operations Management (OM).
Marketing Management (MM).
IGNOU MBA program is structured into 4 phases comprising of 21 courses:Phase I
(11 Courses): Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDIM).Phase II
(5 Courses): The Specialization Diploma Programs (PGSDM).Phase III
(3 Courses): The Integrative Course. (2 compulsory, 1 elective course)Phase IV
(2 Courses): Project Course. (Total - 2 Courses)
The maximum duration of the MBA Program is 8 years, within which you have to clear all these 21 courses. And the minimum duration of the IGNOU MBA Program is 2 ½ years (i.e. 5 semesters).
After completion of the courses given in each phase, you would receive the respective certificates as below:DIM(Diploma in Management):
On completion of first 7 courses out of 11 PGDIM courses.PGDIM (Post Graduation in Diploma in Management):
On completion of remaining four PGDIM courses after DIM.PGSDM (Post Graduate Specialization Diploma in Management):
On completion of Phase II i.e. five specialization courses after PGDIM.MBA:
On completion of all 21 courses.
Thus, you can get the IGNOU management certifications as per above structure and continue for the next certification or leave the program at any stage.Is IGNOU MBA program recognized? How good is an IGNOU MBA?
IGNOU MBA & MCA degrees are recognized by AICTE and is treated as par with other MBA/MCA programs awarded by Association of Indian Universities (AIU). Hence you should have no hesitation in going for an MBA program from IGNOU.
However, there is always that question of a bias (in the minds of employer’s especially private organizations) towards a fulltime/campus course compared to a part-time/distance course and IGNOU MBA program is no exception. But please bear it in mind that having an MBA degree is better than not having it, so you should have it, rather than not having and wishing to have one.
If you are in total confusion and tend to think that IGNOU MBA would be a wastage, than please go through these feed back in Rediff.com
. These feedback would clear your mind to a great extent.
In short, IGNOU MBA would be great for any Govt. organizations (including PSUs), but for private sector organizations, there is a little confusion.Eligibility for IGNOU MBA OPENMAT:Age Eligibility:
There is no age bar.Academic qualification Eligibility:1.
Min 50% marks (for reserved category 45%) in Graduation (any discipline) OR
Bachelor’s Degree with 3 years of supervisory/managerial/professional experience. OR
Professional Degree in Engineering/ Technology/ Medicine/ Architecture/ Law/ Pharmacy. OR
Professional Qualifications in Accountancy/Cost and Works Accountancy/Company Secretaryship etc. OR
A Master’s Degree in any subject.2.
Candidates who have successfully cleared CAT, MAT and State Level Management Entrance Tests need not appear in OPENMAT. The cut-off percentage for admission of these candidates will be decided by the university.3.
Non-graduates (10+2 or equivalent) with six years of supervisory/ managerial/ professional experience can also apply, but they would be eligible for taking admission in Diploma in Management (DIM) only.IGNOU MBA program eligibility for foreign student:
The student has to reside in India with a valid student visa for the minimum duration of the program (minimum 2 ½ years i.e. 5 semesters).
IGNOU MBA Admission of foreign students is processed by the International Division of IGNOU after ensuring their antecedents from the Ministry of External Affairs/Ministry of Human Resource Development.IGNOU MBA OPENMAT Form 2012:
There are two OPENMAT forms:1.0 IGNOU OPENMAT Form-1:
This is the application form which you use to apply for the IGNOU OPENMAT entrance test. It should be sent after filling-up to following address by Registered/Speed post:
SED, Block 12, IGNOU, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi - 110 068.
How to fill IGNOU OPENMAT Form-1 is given very clearly in page-138 of the notification
.2.0 IGNOU OPENMAT Form-2:
You use this application form to apply for the specific MBA program after the OPENMAT test. It should be sent after filling-up (along with enclosures) to your regional centre.
How to fill IGNOU OPENMAT Form-2 is given very clearly in page-139 of the notification
.Where to find the IGNOU MBA OPENMAT Forms:
You can get the IGNOU OPENMAT forms in two ways: Offline
.IGNOU OPENMAT Offline forms
are available along with the IGNOU OPENMAT Prospectus which you can get at all IGNOU Regional Centers, Study Centers, and IGNOU Army, Navy & Assam Rifles recognized regional centers. You can find the list of IGNOU Study Centers & Regional Centers in page 22 & 62 of the IGNOU OPENMAT 2011-2012 Prospects-cum-notification
On the other hand Online IGNOU OPENMAT Form-1
can be downloaded from IGNOU website.Click here to download IGNOU MBA OPENMAT Form-1 Page-1
&Click here to download IGNOU MBA OPENMAT Form-1 Page-2
This OPENMAT Form-1
is common for appearing OPENMAT-XXIX, XXX, XXXI and hence you can use it to apply for OPENMAT – XXX (August 2011) to be conducted on 21.08.2011 as well as for OPENMAT – XXXI (February, 2012) to be conducted on 05.02.2012.Next IGNOU MBA OPENMAT Dates for Year 2012, 2013 & 2014:
As told in the beginning of this blog post, IGNOU OPENMAT is conduced twice every year: on the 1st/2nd Sunday of February & 3rd /4th Sunday of August as you can find from following exam date trend analysis of last six IGNOU OPENMAT dates:
The last date to apply for OPENMAT is 15th December for February exam & 15th July for August exam. The OPENMAT application forms are available from one month before this last date of application.
With above exam date trend analysis, following dates for IGNOU MBA OPENMAT is forecasted upto 2014:
February 2012 OPENMAT-XXXI Exam date:05.02.2012
February 2012 OPENMAT-XXXI Last date to apply:15.12.2011
August 2012 OPENMAT-XXXII Exam date:19.08.2012
August 2012 OPENMAT-XXXII Last date to apply:15.07.2012
February 2013 OPENMAT-XXXIII Exam date:10.02.2013
February 2013 OPENMAT-XXXIII Last date to apply:15.12.2012
August 2013 OPENMAT-XXXIV Exam date:18.08.2013
August 2013 OPENMAT-XXXIV Last date to apply:15.07.2013
February 2014 OPENMAT-XXXV Exam date:09.02.2014
February 2014 OPENMAT-XXXV Last date to apply:15.12.2013
Kindly note that above dates are only forecasted dates – you should check for the exact exam/application form dates in this webpage of IGNOU website
. Also IGNOU OPENMAT Form-1 is available Online for download in this Admission & Entrance Test webpage of IGNOU website
I have uploaded a copy of the IGNOU OPENMAT 2011-2012 Prospects-cum-notification in box.net, so that same remains available for you to know about the exam & application process even if server resource of IGNOU website changes. Click here to download
As told in the beginning, If you are searching for study materials to prepare for IGNOU OPENMAT exam, please go through my subsequent blog post titled: IGNOU OPENMAT exam pattern, Previous papers and Books