IPMAT 2016: Last week preparation tips
Urvashi Dalal, 10 May 2016, #IPMAT

The Integrated Program in Management Aptitude Test (IPMAT) 2016 is scheduled to be conducted on Friday, May 13 in computer based mode. This year, around 17,000 candidates will appear in the test for admissions to the five year integrated BBA-MBA programme at IIM Indore.


The number of seats approximately is 120, and around 20% of the test takers are shortlisted for final admissions. As per the analysis of previous years, IPMAT is generally of moderate to difficult level, compelling students to develop a different strategy for preparation, especially in the last week of the test. Careers360 presents ‘last week preparation tips for IPMAT 2016’ to let aspirants know about the systematic preparation schedule and tips to follow in the last week to tackle the test for good scores.  


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As per the Test pattern, IPMAT 2016 is being conducted in computer based mode for the first time. The test will be an objective type multiple choice question test where test takers have to select the correct answers from the options provided. The total number of questions will be 100, to be answered within the duration of 2 hours. IPMAT broadly has two test sections- Quantitative Ability and Verbal Ability. Since it is being conducted in an online mode for the first time, it is time to focus on the below given points in the last crucial week.


1. Focus on section wise topics: In the last 3 years, the exam pattern had changed from the initial years. The number of sections reduced from 3 to 2 and the number of questions and marks doubled. The difficulty level also increased with each passing year. Though General Awareness formed a part of the exam in the first year, the section was discontinued in the next years. The two sections to prepare are,

  • Quantitative Ability: This section has topics like Arithmetic, Algebra, APGP, Trigonometry, Mensuration, Geometry etc. Gautam Puri, Vice Chairman of Career Launcher mentions that the questions of Quantitative Ability could be time-consuming. 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.”

  • Verbal Ability: The questions are based on Reading Comprehension and English Usage. There are chances that the questions on Synonym-Antonym would be a bit difficult, so focus on improvising the same. The rest of the topics include Para Jumble, Grammar, Fill in the blanks, Word usage, and Para completion.

2. Solve mock tests: Your preparation level and scores are well reflected through your mock tests. How you are performing, which section you face troubles, notice the weak areas and focus on the weakness in the last week.


3. Time Management – There is no section wise time limit of the test, hence you have to be careful about the time management factor. Divide the time wisely between the two sections while solving mocks. Allot time to each section and save the last 15 minutes for revision. Follow the same through the last week and on the test day.


4. Make a plan: The right thing to follow in the last few days is to stick to the plan. If not, make a study schedule and stick to it. You must follow your plan in order to cover the entire syllabus and revise the same in a relaxed and planned manner.


5. Keep yourself relaxed: The most important thing you must remember is not to burden your mind with the exam day stress. Keep calm and be confident about your preparation so far. It is a must to stay relaxed. 


6.  Revise:  Revision matters most at the last few days before the test. By now it is expected that you have completed the syllabus. 


Test day tip:  Select the questions carefully. Since there is negative marking scheme, accuracy factor has to be taken care of in order to clear the cut off marks.


IPMAT is a national level test conducted by the Indian Institute of Management Indore for admissions to its five-year regular undergraduate academic programme. The final selection list of IPM Aptitude Test 2016 will be based on the performance in the written test and personal interview. The selection list will be published on the official website of Institute of Management Indore in the third week of June 2016.


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In which month exam is conducted??

Payal 16th Sep, 2019

Hii aspirants

let me clear your doubt. Integrated Program in Management Aptitude Test (IPMAT)  was conducted by the Indian Institute of Management (IIM)And this year the exam was conducted on may 10.

I hope my answer will be helpful for you.

if you have any doubt feel free to ask in comment section.

Good luck


which is the best verbal ability book for Ipmat?

Payal 15th Sep, 2019

Hii aspirants.

let me clear your doubt. Here are few books name for verbal ability preparation in ipmat exam.

Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis.

Better English by Norman Lewis.

English Grammar and Composition by Wren and Martin.

I hope my answer will be helpful for you

Good luck


how i prepare for ipmat in home

Sunanda Dhar Student Expert 13th Sep, 2019

IPMAT is an Aptitude test which tests your skills in Quantitative Ability and Verbal Ability for an admit to the prestigious IPM Program of IIM Indore. Though questions are based on basic concepts and language skills given the competition it is desirable to have a properly structured IPMAT preparation strategy in place to crack the exam. In this article we bring to you How to Prepare for IPM exam to get into IIM Indore for the 5 year integrated management programme.

Preparation for IPM must include the following steps that I am mentioning below:

Your preparation strategy should consist of the following components:

Having a proper plan for:

Concept Learning

Learning how to apply those concepts

Practicing what you have learnt

Figuring out Weaknesses and Strengths & Improving weak areas

Zeroing in on a strategy to attempt the actual test

We’ll now address them one by one:

Proper Planning

Set weekly targets and aim to achieve the same before time. Why I am focusing on a weekly timeline is because it gives you the flexibility to cover the targets while also accommodating other engagements!

So, at the start of every week segregate topics which you will be studying that week and build a daily plan like the one below:

30 minutes a day of reading + VA practice

1 Quant concept a day (theory)

1 LR set (from dedicated IPMAT Preparation Courseware)

15 minutes a day of quants practice

This can be changed according to when you are starting i.e. the time left for preparation. This particular target plan will work if you have around a year to prepare! Note that it covers all the sub-heads mentioned above.

However, if you do miss out on some preparation time one day you can compensate for that some other day in that week itself! Even if there is a spillover you can easily cover for it over the next week, which should be avoided until and unless it is absolutely necessary.

Follow this for around 2/3rd of the time left from where you are starting and you should be done with concept-based learning and will also have learnt how to apply those concepts. If you look at this as a bunch it will take you 1-1.5 hours a day but if you segregate it then around 4-5 15-20 minutes sessions will also take care of it and this amount of time you can easily take out in between your school studies. Also find ways to use the time you think goes waste everyday. For example I used to read while I used to commute in the Mumbai locals. So, I used to make use of that 1 hour in train, which would have gone waste otherwise.

Figuring out weaknesses and Strengths & Improving weak areas

In the leftover 1/4th of the time left till the exam take. Its wise to finish the theoretical part of preps before mocks start if possible! These mocks will help you find your strengths and weaknesses. You can do so by the following process:

Across the first 3 mocks you take:

Analyse the mocks together:

For each topic segregate the questions and consider the following:


Percentage of questions attempted

Time taken

A topic is your strength if:

Accuracy of questions attempted in that topic > 75%

Percentage of questions attempted for that topic > 70%

Average Time for attempting questions < 1.5 minutes

Now if a topic is your strength you should look for the questions from that topic and attempt them first.

A topic is your weakness if it satisfies only 1 or lesser criteria

Post finding your strengths and weaknesses you should go back and revisit the concepts and practice more in case of your weaknesses!

Zeroing in on a strategy to attempt the actual test

This will also be done through mocks!

Keep a track of the following while analyzing mocks:

Accuracy – there’s always a tradeoff between accuracy and speed – so figure out what’s working for you

The best approach to solve a problem – What is the best way to solve a problem; have you used the same?

In what order are you solving the questions – Questions Strength areas first and then questions from weak areas or easy questions first and then the tougher ones – what suits you the best?

The number of mocks will vary according to the time left for preparation. However you should start slow and then ramp up! For Example you can start slowly with 1 mock per week – taking at least 3–4 days analyzing them and later on graduate to 2 mocks per week – slowly you will see that the time taken for analyzing also reduces!

So to summarize:

In the first 2/3rd of the time left for IPMAT preparation:

Set weekly/daily targets – provides flexibility

Start off with learning concepts

Learn to apply them

Practice as you learn

Try to complete your topic wise learning before mocks start.

Hope you find it helpful

let me know in the comment box if you are having any further doubts


Good Luck!


my 67% marks in 12th can i give ipmat

Ankhi Banerjee 12th Sep, 2019


You can be eligible for the IPMAT if you have scored atleast 60%(for gen and OBC) and 55%(for SC/ST and PwD) in your class 10's examination as well as the eligibility criteria is that one should obtain a minimum of 60%(for gen and OBC) and 55%(for SC/ST and PwD) in both class 10 and in class 12 in order to be eligible for the examination. So going by the criteria, as per your class 12's boards you are eligible but you also have to check your class 10's result to be fully confirmed.


suggest the best english grammar book for Ipmat

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 11th Sep, 2019

Wren and Martin is the best grammar book.

Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis is great for vocabulary,

In addition to this, you may consider going through newspaper such as The Hindu, The Economic Times, The Indian Express or reading sites such as the Harvard Business Review

Going through all these will not only increase your knowledge in your domain but there's high possibility of improving English language as well.

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