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How to Prepare for IIM Indore IPMAT Exam 2024: Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI)

How to Prepare for IIM Indore IPMAT Exam 2024: Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI)

Edited By Team Careers360 | Updated on May 21, 2024 04:26 PM IST | #IPMAT

The Integrated Program in Management Aptitude Test (IPMAT) is a five-year management program the exam of which is conducted by IIM Indore. It is a specially designed management program for class 12th students. It combines undergraduate and postgraduate studies, thus it is a BBA+MBA degree. This article will discuss how to prepare for IIM Indore IPMAT Exam 2024 WAT and PI.

The selection process for IPMAT conducted by IIM Indore involves the entrance examination in which two subjects are asked - quantitative ability and verbal ability. The paper has 25 questions on Verbal Ability (MCQ format), 25 on Quantitative Ability (MCQ format) and 25 on Quantitative Ability (Short answer format).

Successful candidates from the first stage test, that is, the Aptitude Test proceed to the next stage, involving Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI) rounds.

How To Prepare For IIM Indore IPMAT Exam 2024 WAT And PI

If you are an IPMAT aspirant, you need to know how to prepare for IIM Indore IPMAT exam 2024 PI and WAT which are crucial stages to clear this exam. Just clearing the cut-off or scoring well in the IPMAT exam is not a guarantee of admission. You need to perform well in the WAT and PI rounds too. Some tips are:

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  • Understand the WAT and PI format
  • Develop writing skills
  • Build communication skills
  • Practice using mock interviews
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Importance of effective preparation for WAT and PI stages

The exam level is generally moderate to difficult. Only disciplined preparation can help you crack the exam and kickstart a successful career in management after completing your IPMAT. It will get you the much-coveted seat in leading institutes of the country as the score is accepted by some of the top institutes such as IIM Indore, IIFT, Nirma University, IIM Ranchi, Alliance University, NICMAR and NALSAR University.

Understanding the IPMAT Exam and Selection Process

If you want to know how to prepare for IPMAT exam 2024 PI and WAT, you need to know the intricacies and nuances of the selection process and work towards it accordingly.

  • The IPMAT 2024 exam is a two-stage process. The first stage is the IPMAT Aptitude Test (AT). The second stage has Written Ability Test (WAT) & Personal Interview (PI).

  • It is a computer-based test (CBT).

  • There’s a sectional time limit which you need to adhere to.

  • You cannot switch between sections and have to follow the order of the test.

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IPMAT Syllabus for IIM Indore


Total Questions

Time Duration

Quantitative Ability (MCQ format)



Verbal Ability (MCQ)



Quantitative Ability (SHORT ANSWER format)



  • Each correct answer gets you four marks.

  • One mark is deducted for every wrong answer.

  • No negative marking for the Quantitative Ability questions in the short answer format.

  • The division of the number of questions keeps varying. For instance, last year the short answer category consisted of 15 questions, while the MCQ section consisted of 30 questions.

Weightage of WAT and PI in the selection process

Those who clear the IPMAT Aptitude Test move on to the second stage, which has a Written Ability Test (WAT) and a Personal Interview (PI). This second stage plays an important role in preparing the final merit for admission.

Given below is the weightage scheme of IIM Indore IPMAT -



Aptitude Test






Key criteria evaluated during WAT and PI stages

  • The WAT essentially involves writing an essay or a short piece on a specific topic within a specified time limit like 10-20 minutes.

  • The objective is to judge your understanding of the subject, writing fluency, problem-solving abilities, and logical thinking ability.

  • The PI is an attempt to gauge your coherence of thoughts and ideas, communication skills, confidence, general awareness, persuasion skills and personality.

Both WAT and PI need a sound strategy. We have discussed below how to prepare for IPMAT Exam 2024 PI and WAT to help you have an edge in this exam.

Preparation Strategies for Written Ability Test (WAT)

Understand the WAT Format

  • As discussed above, you are given a topic or case to write an essay or response on in 10-20 minutes.

  • Go through the IPMAT previous years’ questions to know what kinds of questions are asked in this section. Prepare such topics very well.

  • Get in the habit of writing. Prepare essays on the most important topics.

  • Think of all the topics that can be asked. Note down at least the key points that you may cover of the topics which are of less importance but may be asked.

  • Any topic may be given, social, environmental, business-related or related to current affairs for example, brain drain, climate change, ethical hacking, cybercrime, social media as a marketing tool, etc

  • Familiarize yourself with current issues which may be asked. Don’t just know the news. Try to form views on the current issues.

Develop Writing Skills

  • Clarity and coherence of expression and brevity in writing are important to fetch you marks.

  • Practice more and more to improve writing skills and keep certain things in mind while practising and taking the test.

  • Read more and more. If you do not have a diversified knowledge, you cannot write on a given topic no matter how good your English grammar or vocabulary is.

  • Write on a certain topic. Get it checked by teachers or mentors or give it to your friends to read. Take their feedback seriously and work on those weaknesses.

  • See if there is any recurring error you are making. Rectify it.

  • The first 2-3 lines of your essay can often be the game changer if your entire essay is of a good quality. So focus on making the introduction attractive.

  • Delve straight into the topic. Do not write a long and indirect introduction. For this you need to be prepared beforehand. Think of and be ready with all the topics and themes that may be asked.

  • Try to find some good quotations on the topics that may be asked. Memorize them. It is not necessary that you quote someone word for word. You may write the quote in your own words without inverted commas (“...”).

  • If you find it difficult to form long sentences, revise basic grammar - tenses, basic conjunctions and basic prepositions and make the shortest possible sentences. This minimizes your chances of making a grammatical error.

  • Be to the point while writing. The examiner is smart enough to understand if your knowledge is very limited and you are just trying to increase the number of words with a play of words.

  • You don’t need to learn any extra vocabulary for WAT. Keep the vocabulary as simple as possible, like a conversation. Using good words is always welcome but only if you fully understand the word, its part of speech and the context it should be used in.

  • Don’t use rare words. It shouldn’t appear to the examiner that you are showing off.

  • Write a concise conclusion that follows the same idea as the essay does. Do not introduce anything new in the conclusion.

  • Do not write anything against the system - the government, various institutions or the system you are about to be a part of - the corporate world. If you need to criticize something, take a balanced approach. Do not be caustic or disrespectful.

  • Do give data wherever required.

  • Quote credible sources. Do not make up any fake data. It is a matter of minutes to verify your source in this age of internet.

  • While giving some ideology or argument, give evidence in support of it which is persuasive.

  • Do not digress. Stick to the topic.

Time Management Tips

  • Practice writing. Work on your speed.

  • Spend ample time forming a mental framework of the things you have to write. Work a basic structure of your essay in your mind and then start writing. This will help you maintain a logical flow of thoughts. Your thoughts should be organized.

  • Try to maintain speed throughout the writing time so that you are left with a little time to go through what you have written and check for mistakes.

Preparation Strategies for Personal Interview (PI)

Understand the PI Format

  • In this, you will face a panel of interviewers who will assess your communication skills, general knowledge, personality, and suitability for the IPM program.

  • There is no specific syllabus of PI. Be ready for anything.

  • Be thorough with the current issues in the news. Not the intricate details but the basic ones and your views regarding them.

  • General knowledge questions may be asked, related to things taught in school.

  • The following have been asked earlier, as told by the candidates -

  1. What is the lead of a pencil made of?

  2. What is graphite made of?

  3. Diamond and graphite are made of carbon. But they have different properties. What is this property called?

  4. When you sit on a chair what are the forces that are acting?

  5. Which law in Physics enables you to ride a cycle? (The candidate was also asked to draw the graphs of equations and their transformation).

  6. Name three woman chief ministers of India and their parties

  7. Who is Elon Musk?

  • Some common questions that may be asked are as follows -

  1. Why do you want to join IIM Indore?

  2. What are your strengths and weaknesses?

  3. Why have you chosen this career path for yourself?

  4. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

  5. What are your hobbies?

  6. What should a leader be like and have you ever displayed such qualities?

  7. What do you expect to gain from the course?

  8. What is your plan B?

  • Questions may be formed on the basis of your biodata - your education, hometown, etc. Be prepared with everything.

Building Communication Skills

  • To be a good speaker, you need to be a good listener. Listen to the question in its entirety. Do not be in a hurry to answer. It also shows your nervousness and eagerness to get over with the interview as fast as possible. Besides, you can answer correctly only after knowing the exact question.

  • Work on nonverbal communication as well. It is the transmission of messages through a nonverbal platform such as eye contact, body language, etc. Remember that you have to keep these in mind when preparing as well as when facing the interview.

  • Learn communication skills in order to connect more with your interviewers and to be more persuasive and sound more credible.

  • Practise speaking in English as much as you can.

  • Work on your grammar, especially tenses and the basics of conjunction and preposition.

  • You don’t need to use difficult or high-sounding words. Use normal conversation English.

  • Make short sentences. The longer the sentence, the greater the chance that you make an error unless you have command of English.

  • Talk slowly and clearly. Stay calm during the interview. Also, be loud enough to be heard easily. Talking too softly may be taken as a sign of timidity. But you also don’t have to sound rude.

Interview Practice

  • Take mock interviews before your PI. Try to get enrolled in at least 3-4 such interviews.

  • Mock interviews simulate a real interview environment thus providing you with an opportunity to experience the actual interview setting. This helps you become familiar with the entire process, reducing anxiety and nervousness on the actual interview day. Therefore you should enroll yourself in mock interview sessions.

  • Mock interviews provide you with constructive feedback from experienced interviewers which can be very useful for identifying strengths and weaknesses, allowing you to refine your approach and address areas that need improvement.

  • Facing a mock interview helps you build confidence. By repeatedly participating in simulated interviews you can overcome nervousness, develop the ability to handle unexpected questions with composure and adapt to different panel styles enhancing your performance.

Additional Tips for Success

  • As discussed for WAT, do not be critical of the system in PI as well. Be balanced and respectful even while criticizing to a certain degree.

  • Even if you are nervous in PI, don’t show it. No one is going to hire you out of pity. The very purpose of the PI is to test how you are able to handle yourself under stress and to judge your overall personality. Appear pleasant and confident.

  • If you do not know the answer to a certain question in PI, do not try to fool the interviewers. It’s safer to simply admit it by saying “Sorry, I don’t know.”

  • Also, don’t ignore the importance of body language and your appearance in PI which doesn’t mean your looks, but the way you present yourself. Wear formal attire as you need to present yourself professionally.

  • When giving examples in support of your point, use reputable sources and avoid giving personal experiences unnecessarily.

  • Don’t try to act smart. For example, in a question regarding your weakness, a common mistake is “I can’t stand lies.” This is not a weakness. You are, in fact, praising yourself indirectly saying that you are totally honest and never lie. Mention a point that is actually a weakness but which can be easily overcome. For example, I sometimes tend to postpone things until they become necessary to be done. This is a bad quality but not so bad that it will be detrimental to those selecting you.

  • Stay updated with current affairs. Also, develop the habit of debating on current issues with your friends, mentors, etc. This will help you develop logical arguments and also help in understanding other perspectives.

  • Read the best newspapers like The Hindu, The Financial Times, etc. read the news as well as the editorial section.

  • Indulge in self-reflection which is important for improvement. Go through your essays that you write for WAT and if possible, through video recordings of your mock interviews. Try to analyze what you can improve.

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Last-Minute Preparation Tips

  • When you are about to face the WAT and PI, review sample questions. Quickly revise the key points of the most important topics.

  • Revise the quotations that you have been learning.

  • Practise structuring responses. See how you will go about your answer depending on the type of question. For example, if you are from Kerala, and the interviewer praises the state and its culture and asks you to comment on it, remember that it can be a trick question. Your response should begin with thanking them for the appreciation. Then you should agree with them and tell them how the state or its culture is good. But at no cost should you say that your state or its culture is supreme or better than the rest. You can say that every state has its unique culture, customs are traditions and we should be proud of the good aspects and try to change anything about it. Always have a balanced approach.

  • Research the institute. Know its history and also get an answer ready regarding your interest in the institute. Never say that the institute or that particular choice of career is your plan B - that you chose it because you failed in something else.

  • Reflect on personal experiences as you may be asked to elaborate on them.

  • Relax and stay confident throughout. Appearing nervous will reflect very badly. Take proper sleep on the night before your WAT and PI and eat well. Also remember that some nervousness is natural.


WAT and PI help assess your potential to succeed in the IPM program. Through WAT and PI your soft skills are tested including your ability to express yourself clearly through speech and writing. It takes time to sharpen these skills. Even if you haven’t worked on these aspects of the IPMAT, if you start early and follow a disciplined action plan, you can definitely turn things around in your favour in which this article on How To Prepare for IPMAT PI And WAT will guide you. We wish you excel in this exam and get to study in your dream college and ultimately, in the years to come, get a dream job.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

1. How many stages does IPMAT have?

The IPMAT 2024 exam is a two-stage process. The first stage is the IPMAT Aptitude Test (AT). The second stage has Written Ability Test (WAT) & Personal Interview (PI).

2. Is current affairs important for PI?

Yes. In PI, questions may be asked related to current affairs. More than the academic details, your views and analysis of the situation are tested.

3. Is there negative marking for WAT?

No. There is no negative marking for WAT in IPMAT. However, there is negative marking in the first stage of the exam, the aptitude test. Each correct answer gets you 4 marks and 1 mark is deducted for every wrong answer.

4. Which subjects are asked in IPMAT Indore?

IPMAT Indore has just two subjects in the first stage (Aptitude Test)- Quantitative Ability and Verbal Ability. However, in the PI general knowledge and current affairs are very important. Besides, anything related to the subjects which you have studied can be asked.


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For VARC, read daily from diverse sources (newspapers, novels, journals) to improve comprehension and vocabulary. Practice RC passages and verbal ability questions regularly. For DILR (Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning) and QA (Quantitative Aptitude), solve previous years' papers and take mock tests to identify weak areas. Join a coaching institute or online courses for guidance and stay consistent with your study schedule. Review and analyze your performance in mocks to understand mistakes and improve. Maintain a positive mindset and stay disciplined in your preparation.

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  1. Symbiosis International (Deemed University), Pune
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  5. Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal
  6. St. Xavier's College, Mumbai

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The last last date for applying for IPMAT 2024 is over. The last date to apply for IPMAT for IIM Rohtak was April 10, 2024 and the date of exam is May 18, 2024. The last date for application for IPMAT IIM Indore  was closed on April 1, 2024 and the exam is scheduled on May 23.

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