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All about IPMAT Exam
April 16 2024

After 12th standard exams most the students write IIT JEE for admission to IIT. Now as an alternative to JEE, the emerging trend is Integrated Program in Management course which is popularly known as IPM - of IIM Indore. IIM Indore gives you an opportunity to the students after 12th to pursue a graduation in Management followed by post-graduation in IIM Indore. IPMAT is followed by WAT and PI rounds for students who have been shortlisted. In this article we will be discussing in detail all about IPMAT exam and what IPMAT is.

Eligibility criteria for IPMAT:

  • Academic Qualifications:

    • Candidates must have passed the 10+2/XII/HSC examination.
    • Qualification must be from arts, commerce, science stream, or equivalent.
    • A minimum of 60% aggregate marks is required (55% for candidates from SC/ST/PwD/Transgender categories).
    • Qualifying year includes 2022, 2023, or candidates appearing in 2024.
  • Appearing Candidates:

    • Candidates currently in their final year of 10+2/HSC or equivalent are eligible to apply.
    • They should expect to complete their standard XII/HSC or equivalent by 31st July 2024.


Test Duration and Pattern:

  • Exam Structure Details
    Number of Sections

    3 Sections:

    • Verbal Ability (MCQ)
    • Quantitative Ability (MCQ)
    • Quantitative Aptitude (SA)
    Duration of Exam 120 minutes or 2 hours
    No.of Questions 100
    Mode of Exam Online
    Total Number of Questions 100
    Marking Scheme +4 for every correct answer
      -1 for every incorrect answer


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IPMAT Exam structure:

  • Quantitative Ability Section:

    • Total Number of Multiple Choice Questions: 25
    • Time Limit: 40 minutes
  • Short Answer Quantitative Ability Section:

    • Total Number of Questions: 25
    • Time Limit: 40 minutes
  • Verbal Ability Section:

    • Total Number of Questions: 50
    • Time Limit: 40 minutes
  • Score Target:

    • According to analysis by CATKing's expert team, aiming for a score between 170-180 marks is considered safe for general merit candidates to secure shortlisting for further rounds.
  • Selection Process:

    • Candidates who meet the cutoff set by IIM Indore are shortlisted for subsequent rounds.
    • The next rounds after IPMAT include Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI).
    • Admission decisions are based on the overall performance of candidates across all rounds.



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Tips for cracking IPMAT:

  1. Verbal Ability Section Strategy:

    • Allocate 10-15 minutes to complete all doable questions, such as idioms and phrases, vocabulary, and fill in the blanks.
    • Prioritize accuracy over speed and focus on maximizing the number of correct attempts within the allocated time.
  2. Quantitative Ability Section Strategy:

    • Exercise caution and avoid attempting difficult or doubtful questions in the first round.
    • With the presence of negative marking, refrain from making wild guesses to minimize the risk of attracting penalties.
    • Focus on maximizing attempts while maintaining accuracy by tackling questions you are confident about.
  3. Preparation Tips for Quantitative Ability Section:

    • Practice NCERT Questions, previous year IPM model papers, and mock tests to familiarize yourself with the exam pattern and types of questions.
    • Regularly solve and analyze mock tests to identify strengths and weaknesses and refine your test-taking strategy.
    • Revisit and revise challenging questions from mock tests and IPM exam past question papers to strengthen your understanding and improve performance.
  4. Pre-Exam Day Strategy:

    • Avoid taking any mock tests on the day before the exam to ensure mental relaxation and avoid unnecessary stress.
    • Instead, focus on reviewing key concepts, revisiting challenging questions, and maintaining a calm and positive mindset for optimal performance during the exam.

Last Minute strategy for the exam Once you have given all the mocks, go through and analyze the mocks once again. Know your strengths and weaknesses after analyzing, this will help you in selecting questions for attempting on your D day. If any particular topic is your weak area, do not unnecessarily waste time in solving that and if in case it turns out to be wrong then it will attract you negative marking. Make sure you focus on your strong areas and maximize your score

All the Best!!! 

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