11 Frequently asked questions about IPMAT

IPMAT is an entrance exam conducted by IIM Indore for its 5-year Integrated Programme in Management (IPM). The 5-year course has now become very popular. Every year thousands of students appear for this entrance exam. Here are the top 11 questions students seek while appearing for IPMAT.


Q1. How do I prepare for IPMAT?


Ans. If you have taken Maths then QA which is a major portion on IPMAT Indore, should be manageable for you. But still, you will have to learn to solve the questions quickly in MCQ format.


VA is grammar heavy and you will have to put extra effort to do justice to this section. You can check this website to see for practice material for the exam.


For the interview, you have to prepare your answers on the lines of why you want to do a management program. You have to know yourself i.e. what are your hobbies, interests, likes and dislikes. You have to have some reasonable opinions on the topics which would be going around at the time of your interview. Also, they ask some questions on higher maths in the interview. So, you need to prepare for that too.


Q2. Which books should I refer for IPMAT preparation?


Ans. There is not a single book which covers all the topics that are asked in QA in IPMAT.


There are topics ranging from basic maths that is percentages, profit and loss, averages, time and distance, time and work etc. These topics can be practised from any aptitude-based book. But, there are topics from higher maths such as Permutation and Combination, Probability, Functions, Inequalities, Sequence and Series etc. These topics can be practised from some MBA based books.


But there are few topics in IPMAT which are not available in any aptitude-based book. These are Matrices and Determinants, coordinate geometry (straight lines).


My point is, you will have to use multiple books. Your higher maths books form 11th and 12th would surely make it to this list.


For verbal, the primary focus is grammar. This can be practised with few MBA based books.


You can also explore some online resources too. Here you can get practice materials and topic wise tests for each topic apart from full-length tests. You can plan your preparation with this resource.



Q3. What is the difficulty level of IPMAT?


Ans. Compared with other exams which are conducted at this level for admission to similar courses, IPMAT is a bit difficult. There are two parameters for an exam being difficult. One is course content, and the other is the competition or number of applicants per seat.


IPMAT is difficult on both parameters. It has higher maths topics which other exams don’t have. Also, the number of applicants per seat is also very high.


Q4. What should be my strategy for IPMAT?


Ans. Offence is the best defence as they say in cricket. The best strategy is to practice for an exam by taking as many mock exams as possible. That gives one a clear-cut idea about one’s speed, accuracy and knowledge levels. After taking tests, analysis of these tests is a must. One should identify weak areas and then work on them specifically rather than studying all topics from thick books. That will save a lot of time.



Q5. What are the best online sites for online tests for the IPMAT?


Ans. If you are solely focussed on IPMAT, you can check this website for mock papers on IPMAT. Top-quality papers are provided without any extra baggage. i.e. you don’t have to buy the papers for any other exams that you don’t want to attempt.


Q6. What is the syllabus of IPMAT?

Ans. IPMAT IIM Indore exam syllabus can be divided into three parts- Basic Maths, Advanced Maths and Verbal Ability. The topics from advanced maths (11th and 12th maths) are as below:

  • Inequalities
  • Functions (domain, range, composite functions)
  • Matrices and determinants
  • Logarithms
  • Permutations and combinations
  • Probability
  • Set theory
  • Trigonometry
  • Sequence and series
  • Coordinate geometry (st. Lines only)


Basic maths topics are as below:

  • Number System, HCF, LCM, Remainders
  • Percentages
  • Averages
  • Profit and Loss
  • SI/CI
  • Time and Distance
  • Time and Work
  • Mensuration
  • Geometry (circles and triangles)


Verbal Ability topics are as below:

  • Usage of phrasal verbs (fill in the blanks type)
  • Para jumbles (Type in the Answer Type)
  • Paragraph Completion
  • Sentence Correction (Choose the grammatically correct sentence)
  • Reading Comprehensions


Q7. Is maths in the IPMAT of the JEE level?


Ans. There may be few questions of that level as there are few topics in IPMAT QA which are common with JEE. But, not all questions are of that level. So, students who have not prepared for JEE, don’t have to worry much regarding this.


Q8. Are there section cut-offs in IPMAT?


Ans. Yes, there are sectional cut-offs in IPMAT. There are three sections. 2 QA sections and 1 VA section. 1 QA section has MCQ based questions and other QA section has TITA (Type in the Answer) type questions. A candidate has to clear the cut-offs of all the sections individually and an overall cut-off.


Q9. How can I prepare for IPMAT in one month after 12th boards?


Ans. In such a short duration, the best strategy is to identify weak areas and work upon them, rather than studying all topics from scratch. You have to rely on the knowledge that you have acquired all these years. Take some mock exams on this website, identify weak areas and take the topic tests of those weak areas at the same portal. That is how you can prepare yourself for IPMAT in a quick time.


Q10. How can a science student prepare for IPM IIM Indore?


Ans. Being a science student does not make much of a difference when it comes to IPMAT by IIM Indore.


Because the exam has only QA (Maths) and VA (English). So, a commerce student or Humanities student who also has these two subjects Maths and English in 12th has equal chances as a science student.


If the science student is preparing for entrances like JEE then there may be some advantage in the QA section.


So, if a science student is interested in Integrated program, then it is suggested that they follow the same schedule as a commerce or Arts student.


Q11. How do we complete the IPMAT and boards (commerce with maths) syllabus together? Assuming we started preparing in December and boards are in March.


Ans. Assuming that you are in CBSE curriculum, first, let’s discuss maths.


Although they have removed properties of determinants from the boards' syllabus this year (due to covid), a question or two from this topic may still appear in IPMAT. Other topics from 11th, 12th Maths that appear in IPMAT are inequalities, functions, straight lines, Matrices, quadratic equations, set theory, Permutation and Combination and Probability.


We would suggest that topics that are there in 12th, you practice them more along with your boards' preparation. Leave 11th topics for later stages. You can focus on them and other basic maths topics after boards.


For English, we would suggest that you find some time along with your boards' prep. English is heavy on grammar and application.

If you are serious about IPMAT, then look for mock tests so that you get an idea about the level of difficulty of the exam and the kind of questions that they ask. You can check this link for mock papers.


I would not recommend going for full-length tests, but take small tests so that you do not waste much time on this and still get crucial preparation for the exam. You can start taking full-length mock exams after the boards are over.


We wish you all the best for your preparation. We also provide online and offline coaching for exam preparation. Reach out to us on +919586566655 for details or check our programmes. You can also use our subject wise and test series for the exam to prepare on your own. We have two packages to help you prepare. You could choose to take only 10 full-length mocks or go with the complete package with sectional and topic wise tests.