How to Crack IPMAT 2020 – Things to do and not to do in the last month

The most sought-after Integrated Program in Management Aptitude Test (IPMAT) is not far away and your preparations must be underway. IPMAT 2020 is scheduled to be held in 7th September 2020. The national level test is a gateway for admission to the five- year Integrated Program in Management offered at IIM Indore. We would like to help you out with a few tips and tricks to crack the entrance test and score high in IPMAT 2020.



Plan Your Calendar

  • The last month before the exam is crucial. Planning your entire month based on the subjects and topics you want to focus on is necessary.
  • Plan the activities across the day and follow the same routine through the month.
  • Ideally, your sleep time in your daily routine should not fall during the duration of the IPMAT exam timing. 
  • To help you with your calendar, we have come up with a plan for the last month.

Total No. of Days for Exam Preparation

30 Days

Total No of Sections 


Suggest No. of Hours Per Day

7 Hours

Total No of Sub Topics to be covered in a Day

At least 5

Total No of Topics to be covered in a Week

7 Topics

Total No. of Days/ Months to Complete All Chapters

22 Days

Total No of Sample Papers/ Mock Test Per Day

2 Everyday

Time for Revision

8 Days

Previous Year Papers/ Test Series

Last 8 Days





Daily Routine

  • Monitor your daily routine. Include adequate amount of sleep to keep yourself fresh.
  • Exercise Daily as physical activity will help you be rejuvenated
  • Eat Healthy Food and in smaller quantities will help you in focussing on your studies better.


Healthy Breaks

  • Your breaks should be healthy breaks where you solve puzzles, riddles, brain games
  • Mental Calculations: learning to do calculations mentally will help you save time and solve questions faster.


IPMAT Special Preparation

  • Cover the basic concepts of Maths and Grammar from class 6 to class 10, revise them regularly and practice questions based on these concepts. Also cover the class 11 and 12 Maths.
  • Practice Chapter by Chapter: Practice easy to medium level of difficulty questions chapter by chapter. And master each topic that you feel can be your strengths.


Weightage Based Time Allocation

  • You must allocate your time focussing on the sections/topics that have good weightage in terms of marks.


Total Question

Time Duration

Quantitative Ability(MCQ)


40 minutes

Quantitative Ability(SA)


40 minutes

Verbal Ability


40 minutes



Quantitative Ability Section 2 with 20 questions is a TITA (type in the answer) based section with no negative marking. This mostly contains questions from 11th and 12th Mathematics and the answers have to be typed-in using a virtual keypad. No options are given. So students should focus on solving questions without options too.


Verbal Ability section tests your Comprehension, Grammar and Vocabulary Skills. It has got paragraph jumbling questions which are TITA based and do not have negative marking. Reading newspapers regularly, covering wide range of topics will help.


Summary Notes for Quick Revision

  • Take your summary notes for each topic that you are studying.
  • The notes should ideally have pointers or highlights and in such a way that they help you recollect the entire content at a glance.


Test Series Preparation

  • Register and take a Test Series to get yourself into the habit of undertaking examination in a time bound setup
  • Understand which questions are time consuming or difficult to solve
  • Practice taking the tests on a laptop/ Desktop instead of using a pen/paper to improve your speed in computer based setting
  • Ensure that you spend at least 1 hour qualitatively analysing each mock test that you write. Reattempt the paper before looking at solutions. Analyse your strengths and weaknesses. This will help you realize the types of questions that you should probably leave or how you can solve them correctly and bridge the gap in your preparation and the IPMAT cut-off.


Solving Questions in Exam

  • It’s a good strategy to solve easy questions first to get the confidence and then move on to tackling the tougher ones
  • For each correct response, you will be given 4 marks, whereas, for each wrong response, 1 mark will be deducted.
  • It is advisable for you to attempt only those questions you are absolutely sure of, in order to avoid losing marks in the entrance examination. ​





  • Only if believe in yourself, you will be able to crack IPMAT.


10 Things Not to do in the Last Month before Exams

  1. Do not Use Social Media as a Distraction Tool
  2. Do not ask Your Friends – How much have you finished studying?
  3. Do not use new reference book in the last month.
  4. Avoid Procrastination
  5. Do not Get Influenced by Someone Else’s strategy (Stick to Your Plan)
  6. Do Not Change your Time Table that you have planned
  7. Do not attempt to learn Topics you have not studied. Instead Revise for the Topics already studied.
  8. Do not Eat Unhealthy Food
  9. Do Not Oversleep
  10. Do Not skip your Fitness routine. (Walk, Run, Play)