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Many candidates surf and search for informations about preparation for OPENMAT. The number of questions have been rising time by time after each period. The key questions are how to prepare, syllabus, difficulty level of the question paper, minimum cut off, from where to prepare etc.

Before we move towards the preparation areas, lets have some general FAQ's regarding OPENMAT.

1. What is OPENMAT?
OPENMAT is Open Management Aptitude Test conducted by I.G.N.O.U. Clearing OPENMAT enable the candidates to enroll themselves for the Management Programme (MBA).

2. Why and When OPENMAT is needed?
OPENMAT is a condition set by I.G.N.O.U to be eligible to take admission for MBA in the following specializations -

  • Human Resourse Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Operations Management
  • Finance Management
Note: No entrance exam is required for MBA (Banking & Finance), MBA (Social Enterpreneurship).

3. What is the qualification bar/eligibility criteria for OPENMAT?
(a) Graduation in any discipline with minimum 50% marks for General category and 45 % marks for SC/ST.
 Bachelor's Degree with 3 years of Supervisory/managerial professional experience.

(b) Clearance of OPENMAT. 

The Candidate who have successfully cleared the entrance test for admission into Management Programme conducted by instituitions like CAT, MAT and other state level tests, need not to appear in OPENMAT. They are eligible for direct admission for any of the above mentioned MBA specialization programme.

4. When OPENMAT takes place?
OPENMAT is conducted twice in an year. Generally in February and August.

Candidates need to apply for OPENMAT in May-June (for August) and in November-December (for February).

5. What is the validity period to take admission after clearing OPENMAT?
Candidates who have cleared OPENMAT, can take admission in any of the two subsequent upcoming semesters. 

For example: I cleared my OPENMAT in August 2009. Then, I could take admission till July 2010. There were two semesters' sessions in between - January 2010 and June 2010. So, the validity remains for one year.

6. What is the paper setting?

What sections are included in exam papers?

What is the type of entrance test paper?

The OPENMAT Exam paper is divided into four sections-

  • Test I    - General Awareness      30 questions                30 marks
  • Test II   - English Language         50 questions                50 marks
  • Test III  - Quantitative Aptitude   50 questions                50 marks
  • Test IV  - Reasoning                   70 questions                70 marks
  • There are total 200 questions.
  • All questions are compulsory.
  • Time allowed is 3 hours.
  • There is no negative marking in OPENMAT. So, Candidates should not leave any question.

7. What is the difficulty level of paper?
What is the percentage of ease of solving paper?

It depends on the candidates. Generally, the paper is very easy to solve. There is no negative marking in exam which is the best part of it.

8. What does each section of exam paper include?
What kind of questions have been asked in OPENMAT?

General Awareness
It includes questions based on social personalities, day to day business environmental activities, General Science, General Knowledge etc.

It includes unseen passages, comprehension, synonyms, antonyms, idioms & phrases, finding incorrect part of a sentence, similar relationships between the given word pairs etc.

Quantitative Aptitude
Fractions, time, speed, distance, algebra, equations, ratio, probability, profit and loss, simple & compound interest, word problems, time & work ( Maths knowledge upto 10 th standard).

Coding, decoding, relationship analysis, direction sense, logical diagrams, jumbled words etc.

Conclusion: To clear OPENMAT, one should have minimum knowledge of Maths and English atleast upto 10th Standard. However, the questions asked in Maths section are generally from practical Mathematics. Candidates need not to be much tensed about it. If a candidate hasn't been in practice Maths for more than 6-8 years, then he/she needs to work out over it.

For preparation, it's better to start solving the OPENMAT papers provided to you with prospectus. Write down the formulae at one space to recall and use the same to solve the papers.

If you wish to get referred a book that contain each and every kind of helpful study material, that let you solve complete papers by yourself then get - 

All the best.

Important contents for Ms 08

Hello friends,

Just wanna share some important contents of Ms 08. Take a look:

The most important units ( numerical wise)

1. Central Tendencies

2. General concepts of distributions like bayes theorem, binomial, pascal, poisson, normal etc.

3. Correlation & regression

Beside these, prepare small logics too from:

1. A.P. & G.P.

2. Limit and continuity

3. Differentiation and applications of derivatives ( Marginal revenues, average costs etc. Part C of R.S. Aggarwal from 12th standard will be useful)

4. Unit 3 from I.G.N.O.U Books

Just have a look on the given solved examples of these units from I.G.N.O.U books

and ofcourse previous years TEE papers.
If you have anything to share with us, then please do share.

All the best.

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Important TEE questions for MS 9 and MS 11

MS 9 and 11 are very interesting subjects.

Ms 09 contain small numericals also.

MS 09 has following chapters containing numericals :
  • Chapter 2         - The firm objectives and decision issues
  • Chapter 3         - Basic techniques of managerial economics
  • Chapter 4         - Demand concepts & analysis
  • Chapter 5        - Demand Elasticities
  • Chapter 7         - Production function
  • Chapter 8 & 9  - Cost concepts & analysis
  • Chapter 12       - Pricing under pure competition & pure monopoly
  • Chapter 14       - Pricing

So, first of all:
  1. Prepare the numericals part as those are very easy and would get you easily upto 30-40 marks in your exams.
  2. Prepare through previous years TEE solved papers & follow the pattern carefully.
  3. While studying topics of these subjects, strengthen up your understanding and co-relate with the live examples you know about business, jobs, corporates, small enterprises etc.
  4. Attempt any of the paper before your exam to check how much you can write and explain. This will improve your writing habits for exams.
  5. Pay attention to the diagrams & graphs related questions. Develop your understanding towards diagrams & graphs. In fact, learning with diagrams & graphs make you understand easily.

MS 04 TEE Suggestions - DEC 2010

Given below questions are important from exam point of view. Generally these questions have been asked in previous years papers. 

1. What is Accounting Standards? How do they differ from Accounting Concepts? Why should the accounting practices be standardized?

2. What do you understand by Zero Base Budgeting? Discuss the steps that
are involved in the preparation of Zero Base Budgeting and describe its advantages over a traditional budget.

3. What do you mean by DCF techniques of Capital Budgeting? Briefly
     explain the NPV method and IRR method. Which of the two would you
     rank better and why?

4. Distinguish between / Short notes:

a. Cash Budget and Cash Flow Statement
b. Right shares, Bonus shares and Preference shares.
c. Capitalization of Reserve and capital Reserve
d. Imputed costs, Opportunity costs, Sunk costs, and Shut Down costs
e. Gross Working Capital and Net Working Capital
f. Committed Fixed Cost and Discretionary Fixed Cost
g. Sales Price variance and Sales Volume variance
h. Internal Audit and External Audit
i. Absorption costing and marginal costing
j. Amortization and Appropriation
k. Business Entity, Accrual, Consistency and Materiality concept
l. Rolling Budget and Flexible Budget

5. Explain the following statements:

a. “An investor in shares considers not only its EPS but also PE ratio.”
b. “Higher profit margins need not necessarily lead to higher rate of return on investment.”
c. “A high operating leverage is not always desirable.”
d. “Dividend, Investment and Financing decisions are inter-dependent.”
e. “Weighted average cost of capital would always be higher, if the market value weights are used.”
f. “Accounting is closely connected with control.”
g. “The cost concept of accounting meets all the three basic criteria of relevance, objectivity and feasibility.”

6. How would you compare the actual performance of a business with the
     budgeted performance? Discuss the important ratios used for this

7. Discuss the relationship of financial leverage and operating leverage with 
     an example.  How would you appraise the technical feasibility and   
     financial viability of a project?

8. What do you understand by the term Pay-out ratio? What factors are 
     considered while determining pay-out ratio? Should a company follow a  
     fixed pay-out ratio policy?

9. What is composite cost of capital? How is it calculated? What is its role in 
     determining the optimal debt equity mix? Explain fully.

Contributed & Shared by : Ahmed Al Alawi

How to write solutions for case studies in Exams?

 For solving a case study, you need to take care of following things:

1. Go through the case study very well and understand the concepts applied to it e.g. merger & acquisition etc.

2. Point out or underline those lines in the provided case study which remind you of the terminology you studied in the concerned chapter.

3. Analyse the situations asked in the questions.

4. Finally, answer them as per your drawn conclusions.

5. For better understanding, refer previous years solved TEE papers those contain solved case studies. It will let you understand the theories applied in such case studies

6. You need not to be too professional to write the solutions. Just write what you grasp, analyse and find the perfect solution for the provided case

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Last Date for receipt of application forms is November 30, 2010.

Ignou MBA Assignment help

These days, so many candidates may surf over internet to find useful information and to get help for solving their assignments. Mostly candidates simply rely on what they find related to their assignments and just finish their assignments by copying the contents. But actually, they would not get success by this process.

However, candidates should get the reliable content but must not copy them. They should solve their assignments by the following process :

1. Before searching contents over websites, they should go through completely with the study materials supplied to them.

2. Once they go through the books, then they should point out topics and units related to those questions have been asked in assignments.

3. After this, they can easily search and surf what actually they want to get.

4. They should list up the useful website Urls on which they think the materials provided are convenient to them in understanding.

5. When they collect the data, after that they should go through them and underline the relevant points.

6. The candidates should try to redevelop the underlined points in their own and simple language without diverting the topic discussed.

7. Having done upto these steps, candidates should do a little more effort towards the graphs , diagrams or structures those can show and refer the points very well in support to the solutions.

8. Its always advised to candidates to give examples reflecting the idea and concept of the solutions. For this, candidates can go for live examples from day to day activities which we generally get via business news channels, newspapers, blogs etc. Citing live examples not only contribute towards understanding of the topics but ofcourse enhance the descriptive power of the candidate and make him/her more aware towards current affairs.

9. They can finally write down the solutions to the assignments.

Doing these much efforts and getting honestly through out this process, one can realize an increase in the descriptive power and the depth of understanding for the topics covered. This would not only helpful in getting good grades but would prepare candidates for their main exams too.

IGNOU Previous years MBA Question paper + Assignments sets and Exam preparation MANTRA

Exam fever is on and recurs after every 6 months, twice a year. IGNOU Students have to face the exam preparation with many different moods and problems. Some of them do very good job and even secure 60-70% easily but on the other side, there is a majority of students who get into trouble and hardly know what to do and how to do.

According to my survey and reports, I've found that it's actually not a big deal to pass the exams. How do other candidates make it possible?

Just read the following points and you will find the "PREPARATION MANTRA" for the exams:

1. Your assignments contribute major part to your exam preparation and to secure grades to pass through.

No matter what you've done this semester. Just be serious from the very next time and try to solve your assignments by yourself.

2. At least go through the study material provided by the university for once. IGNOU study material contains small chapters/units those can be finished within few days and the same are very easy to understand.

You can cover your syllabus by reading GPH (Gullybaba Publishing House) books. These books contains all the necessary topics in question answers format. Moreover, the units are prepared in such manner that anyone can finish/cover the syllabus within 3-4 days per course.

So its very important to get through and cover your syllabus demanded per course.

3. For Term End JUNE 2010 Exams, only 1 month is left. Students need to prepare for 4 courses to pass the semester.

1 month = 4 weeks = 4 courses preparation time

That means, you can cover your syllabus if you study 1 course in 1 week. Thats actually very sufficient for preparation. If you do it with GPH books, then you can even do this within 2 weeks.

4. Prepare your schedule/time table to prepare for your exams. By doing so, you will get time to study even if you are a working person. For working persons, 2-3 hours can be managed easily for exam preparation.

5. Get a set of atleast previous three years of assignments and term end question papers.
 If  you look at the pattern, you will find that the question paper covers contents from previous years assignments. So while studying, you can pay attention to what have been asked in previous years assignments and term end question papers. According to our lecturer and senior students, one can get 70% marks easily if have gone through previous years assignments and question papers.

6. Make short notes wherever its necessary for self understanding. By doing so, you will be prepared enough in your exams. Most of the students do not write before exams and this is how they face problems while giving explanations in exams.

7. Try to cover your syllabus atleast before 5-6 days of main exam date. e.g On 1st June,2010 MS 01 will be held and so on. So, you should have covered your syllabus till 23rd-25ft May,2010. In between the time gap, you will get sufficient time for revision.

8. Take a mock test or say solve a question paper of the concerned course atleast 2 days earlier to the main exam. By doing so, you will be known about your weakness for writing answers while solving the paper.
As you do it 2-3 days earlier hence you have sufficient time for making corrections.

One more important thing, if you don't have GPH books then its better to go and buy it yourself rather ordering via VPP facilities. As, you have very less time ( say just a month) and if you order your books to purchase then VPP will take 3-4 days to complete it in local area and approx. 7-10 days for outside orders. Such a waste of time it would be. So better to make it by your own and save time.

To download previous years MBA question paper and assignments, follow the link given below:

OR go to

2. For previous years question papers,

All the best,

Thanks & regards,
Pinkki Manohar