IIM Indore IPM Aptitude Test - Past 5 year trends, last minute tips and strategy
Sreetama Datta, 10 May 2018, #IPMAT



IIM Indore IPM Aptitude Test dated Friday, May 11, 2018, will be taken by approximately 17,000 candidates. Since the intake is limited to 121, and as per IIM Indore, only 10 percent to 20 percent of the test takers would be shortlisted for the WAT-PI rounds, the candidates must perform well enough to clear the cut off marks.

This article of Careers360 will share last minute preparation tips for the IIM Indore IPMAT 2018.

Before sharing the last minute preparation tips, let’s have a quick recap of the exam pattern and a comparative analysis of the last 5 years’ papers conducted by IIM Indore.

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IPM Aptitude Test Pattern

 

The IPMAT exam pattern states that IPM Aptitude Test is a multiple choice objective type paper with 100 questions divided among two sections. The duration of the exam is two hours. Each question carries four marks and there is negative marking of 1 mark for each wrong answer. The sections and number of questions are given in the following table.

 

IPMAT Exam Pattern

Sections

Time

No. of Questions

Quantitative Ability- MCQ

40 minutes

40

Verbal Ability

40 minutes

40

Quantitative Ability- SA

40 minutes

20

 

As you can see, the Quantitative Ability section is given more weightage than the Verbal Ability section. The mode of the exam is computer-based.

Now we will have a look at the comparative analysis of the past years in terms of difficulty level, number of questions and topics. Refer to the following table.

 

Past 5 years analysis of IPMAT

Year

Sections

Number of Questions

Difficulty Level

2017

Quantitative Ability

Verbal Ability

60

40

Moderate to Tough

2016

Quantitative Ability

Verbal Ability

60

40

Moderate to Tough

2015

Quantitative Ability

Verbal Ability

60

40

Tough

2014

Quantitative Ability

Verbal Ability

60

40

Moderate

2013

Quantitative Ability

Verbal Ability

60

40

Tough

Now let us have a look at the section wise analysis of IPMAT 2017.

Quantitative Ability

 

The difficulty level of this section was of a tough level of difficulty. Out of 60 questions, as many as 10 were of TITA (Type in the answer) nature. Data Interpretation dominated this section with 10 questions, closely followed by Probability / P&C and Geometry. The other topics included Mensuration, Logarithms, Numbers, etc.

 

Verbal Ability

 

The difficulty level of Verbal Ability section was easy. The maximum number of questions were from topics like Reading Comprehension, followed by Use of correct phrases in sentences, use of correct words in sentences and fill in the blanks.

Last minute tips and exam taking strategy

 

Gautam Puri, Vice Chairman of Career Launcher mentions that the questions of Quantitative Ability could be time-consuming inspite of being on basic topics. Revise the Arithmetic and Algebra formulae. Puri suggests, “Students should keep in the mind the slight increase in the difficulty level of this exam, vis-à-vis other exams while preparing for the same.”

 

Revise your strengths from the IPMAT syllabus and do not start any new area.

 

Exam taking strategy

 

Selection of Questions - Select the questions carefully. Since there is negative marking scheme, accuracy factor has to be taken care of in order to clear the IPMAT cut off marks.

 

Time Management – There is no section wise time limit of the exam, hence you have to be careful about the time management factor. Divide the time wisely between the two sections.

 

Revise – After completing the paper, revise all the questions carefully, including your rough work done on the scratch sheet provided at the test centre.

 

On the exam day, ensure that you reach the exam centre within the stipulated time and carry the requisite documents like IPMAT 2018 Admit Card and ID proof.  

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