IPMAT 2018 Analysis and Cutoff: Moderate test with tough Quantitative Ability section
Aditi Garg, 12 May 2018, #IPMAT

IPMAT 2018 Analysis – Integrated Programme in Management Aptitude Test, popularly known as IPMAT, was conducted by the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Indore on May 11, 2018, to select eligible candidates for admission to the five-year Integrated Management Programme. Careers360 brings to you IPMAT 2018 Analysis as provided by experts from Career Launcher and IMS Learning. According to experts, the difficulty level of IPMAT this year was medium.

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Before we move on to the IPMAT analysis 2018, let us first take you through the IPMAT exam pattern 2018 for a better understanding of the analysis:

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IPMAT exam pattern 2018

Section

Number of Questions

Time
(in minutes)

Good Score

Quantitative Ability (SA)

20

40

36-40

Quantitative Ability (MCQ)

40

40

60-68

Verbal Ability (MCQ)

40

40

112-120

Total

100

120

208-228

Unlike, previous IPMAT, the structure of the exam was changed this year, with Quantitative Aptitude Section divided into two. Though IPMAT 2017 did have 9-10 questions which were supported by no options, but IPMAT 2018 treated those kind of questions in a separate section altogether.

 

IPMAT 2018 Analysis

We bring you the section wise IPMAT analysis 2018:

 

IPMAT 2018 Analysis - Quantitative Ability (MCQ)

As per the IPMAT analysis 2018 put together by experts from Career Launcher, the level of difficulty of Quantitative Ability section in IPMAT 2018 was similar to 2017. Unlike last year, questions on complex numbers were missing. There was a set of Data Interpretation. They tried to maintain balance among the topics. Overall, the section was difficult.

An attempt of 18-20 questions can be considered a good one as most questions were easy & straight forward. Except logarithm based questions that were lengthy, other questions were not lengthy.

There were 40 questions in this section. As per experts from IMS Learning Centre, “With 75% attempt & accuracy each, 80 could be a good raw score here.” In the table given below, we bring you the entire list of topics and the number of questions from each topic:

 

Number of Questions in Quantitative Ability MCQ

Topic

Number of questions

Number System

3-4

Arithmetic

6-7

Algebra

5-6

Geometry & Mensuration

4-5

Permutation Combination and Probability

4-5

Set Theory

3-4

Data Interpretation

1 Set (5Q)

Matrices and Determinants

2-3

Total

40

IPMAT 2018 Analysis - Verbal Ability

The difficulty level of Verbal Ability section was easy. The 40 questions in this section could easily be completed in around 45 minutes, as suggested by experts at Career Launcher.

There were two Reading Comprehension passages. The topic for one passage was on ‘birds’ while the second passage focussed on social media. Even during IPMAT conducted last year, there was a passage on Social Media and networking. In the Para jumbles questions, options were not provided and thus the students had to enter the correct order.

Fill in the blanks questions were easy. The sentence correction questions tested the student’s concept of grammar. Overall, students found this section to be easy, and thus cut-off for this section is expected to be high, like last year. Experts from Career Launcher said that an attempt of 34-35 was possible in this section.

 

The break-down of this section is as follows:

Number of Questions in Verbal Ability

Topic

Number of questions

Reading Comprehension

12

Fill in the Blanks (Two-Three Blanks)

8-10

Sentence Completion

5-6

Para Jumbles

3-4

Sentence correction

3-4

Para completion

3-4

Total

40

IPM Analysis 2018 - Quantitative Ability (SA)

For the first time, IPMAT had a separate section on short answer type questions for Maths consisting of 20 questions. There was no negative marking for this section; however, the section was moderately difficult and time consuming. Most of the questions were from Logs, Arithmetic Progressions and Geometric progressions. There were questions on Permutation & Combination, Probability, Geometry (cube) too. This section also saw mix of concepts for the questions.

An attempt of 10-12 can be considered good, despite no negative marking. “With 85% accuracy, it is possible to score roughly 38-40,” according to experts at IMS Learning Centre.

 

They have also provided a break-down of this section is as follows:

Number of Questions in Quantitative Ability-Short Answer

Topic

Number of Questions

Sequences & Series (AP, GP)

4 Q

Algebra

4 Q

Logarithms

4 Q

Averages

4 Q

Percentages

2 Q

Probability & Venn Diagram

2 Q

Total

20 Q

The overall difficulty level of the management entrance exam was medium. According to experts from IMS Learning, the overall difficulty level of the exam was quite similar to 2017 & a total raw score of 230+ should be good to get a PI-WAT call.

 

IPMAT Expected Cutoff 2018

The cutoff of IPMAT 2018 refers to the minimum marks to be scored by test takers in order to qualify or get shortlisted for the further rounds of the selection procedure. The shortlisted students will then have to appear for Personal Interviews at IIM Indore. After this, the final merit list will be declared around the second week of June 2018. Until the officials announce IPMAT cutoff 2018, candidates can check the previous year’s IPMAT cutoff to get an estimate.

 

Factors Influencing the IPMAT Cutoff 2018

Candidates must know the factors that are taken into consideration while preparing the IPMAT 2018 cutoff in order to better assess their chances of qualifying for the counselling. The factors are listed below:

  • Total Number of students

  • Availability of seats

  • Reservation of seats

  • Previous year cutoff trends

  • The difficulty level of examination

  • Marking scheme

  • Performance of the candidates

  • Lowest and average marks scored by candidates in IPMAT 2018.

Previous Year IPMAT cutoff

The below table explains the cutoff scores of previous year’s IPMAT Exam across categories, gender and the total number of shortlisted candidates. It also highlights the minimum and maximum Aptitude Test Score.

 

IPM Category-wise Cutoff Scores 2017

Category

Female

Male

Total Shortlisted

Minimum ATS

Maximum ATS*

General

140

256

396

35.86

91.67

NC-OBC

80

148

228

19.23

63.69

SC

58

118

176

10.35

51.56

ST

28

62

90

4.07

40.93

PWD (DA)

6

26

32

4.07

48.87

*ATS – Aptitude Test Score

IPM Section-wise Cutoff Scores 2017

Category

QA

VA

General

40

100

NC-OBC

24

64

SC

16

48

ST

8

24

PWD (DA)

8

24

Approximately 17,000 applicants are expected to have appeared for IPMAT 2018. The number of intakes would be around 120 after the selection procedure of IPMAT 2018 has taken place.

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