How was IPMAT 2020? What to expect in IPMAT 2021

Here’s everything you need to know about IPMAT by IIM Indore. It also includes, analysis of 2020 exam and what to expect in 2021.

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. The 5 year integrated program includes a BA (Foundations in Management) degree followed by an MBA. The total number of seats for the batch of 2020-2025 was only 150. Students from across arts, science and commerce streams appear for this exam.


Looking at the popularity, even IIM Rohtak has started a similar program with own entrance exam.


Due to the pandemic, this year a lot of changes were seen in the pattern of the admission process. There were changes in exam dates, paper pattern and even changes in the selection process. Till last year, all students who cleared the cut-off were called for a personal interview and a WAT – Written Ability Test. This year however, both these were cancelled and replaced with a video based assessment (VBA). 85% weightage was given on the score on entrance exam and 15 % on the VBA.


Exam was to be held initially on 30th April but was postponed on account of COVID-19 and finally held on 7th September 2020. And the shortlist was out in the next week by 13th September.


Bonus Tip 1: Nirma University, Ahmedabad also accepts the score of IPMAT. However, in 2020 the entrance to this university was based on performance in Board Exams.


Bonus Tip 2: In IPMAT IIM Indore, in addition to clearing the overall cut-off you also need to clear the sectional cut-offs. So don’t get stuck on a particular section.


Change of Pattern

Till last year, there used to be 3 sections, 2 based on Quantitative Aptitude (QA) and one on Verbal Ability (VA). In QA, one was multiple-choice questions (MCQ) format (40 questions in 40 minutes) with negative marking for wrong answers  and one was a Type-in-the-answer (TITA) format having 20 questions and 40 minutes with no negative marking. The VA, section also had 40 questions to be solved in 40 minutes and most were MCQ based questions.


In 2020 in the revised paper pattern, the numbers of questions were reduced as well as the time was reduced. However, the reduction in questions was more than that in time and students got more time to attempt each question. This also seems to be a reason for a high cut-off in QA section this year.


This paper pattern, is however, expected to be only for this year and not a format for future exams. So students are suggested to continue their preparations based on the old pattern only.


Verbal Ability Section

Let us look at the various types of questions in the verbal ability section. In all, this year there were 30 questions which were split across the below categories


Normally, there used to be 2 Reading Comprehension (RC) passages where this year only one RC that had 6 questions, on which only 2 questions were analysis-based, others were more direct in nature.


Bonus Tip 3: Read different types and genres of passages on a computer screen. Your reading speed will be different on paper vs. a computer screen. It also gives you a good practice, of not being able to mark on paper and make notes accordingly.


Practice analysis questions like what is the tone of the passage, what can be inferred from it, which of this is true according to the passage, what title can be given to the passage, etc.


Another very typical type of question of an IPMAT paper is Paragraph Completion. A few sentences of a paragraph are missing and you have to choose from the options of what is the right sentence for the paragraph. This comes more from practice. In a paragraph, theme needs to be same and you need to be aware of the tense, grammar and several other components in choosing the right option.


Paragraph Jumbles are Type-in-the-answer based, i.e. you do not have any options. For these questions, you need to solve the passage, understand it and then type the sequence of paragraphs.


Every year almost 3-4 questions are seen in Paragraph Jumbles and Paragraph Completion.


Phrasal Verbs & idioms are other sets of questions in English that comes only with practice. They can come in various formats like correct usage, fill in the blanks etc.


In addition to this, 4 questions were asked in sentence corrections and word-based fill in the blanks.


Quantitative Aptitude MCQ Section

Attempt this section strategically, some questions are very easy and some are tricky. Try to attempt all the easy questions first. Try not to get stuck on a particular question. All the sections are timed and you need to use that time very strategically. The different topics and the questions are detailed below:

Quantitative Aptitude Short Answer Section

Questions here were also were fairly balanced across different sections. The topic wise detailing is as below:


Section and Category wise cut-off

Factors that mattered


Several factors changed the results this year.

  • COVID did not let many students appear. The number of examination centres for IPMAT are less and students who could not travel to different cities, were not able to appear for this exam
  • More time per question. The number of questions was reduced while the time was not reduced proportionally and hence students got more time per question.
  • Lesser number of JEE aspirants appearing for IPMAT. Since, JEE aspirants were already travelling for JEE, they opted out of appearing for IPMAT.
  • Reduced Competition as DU JAT happened on same day. Many students who were considering both exams had to choose one.
  • Reduced Level of Difficulty as there were no JEE level questions like previous years in QA. The difficulty level of questions seemed to be lower especially in QA section.
  • Questions were both from basic mathematics and higher mathematics unlike old versions which had higher maths dominating the section.
  • 70 to 80 % was the ideal attempt  as can be seen from the cut-offs


Conversion Percentage

The below analysis is based on students who met the cut-off vs. those who were able to score a positive mark in the exam.

Of the 1000 shortlisted, only 150 were able to make in to the course basis their performance in the Video Based Assessment.


Are you now having a better idea for your preparation for IPMAT 2021?


Check out this video by Rachita Rasiwasia that summarises the key pointers for IPMAT 2021

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