Integrated Program in Management is one of its kind of a program, available in the most prestigious institute of IIM, Indore. IPM AT is mandatory to crack to get admission in the five integrated courses to get a dual degree of BBA as well as an MBA . IIM IPM Question Papers and mock tests boost the preparation to another level as the exam pattern is almost the same through the years. 

To crack one of the toughest exam of the country Toprankers is providing:

  • IIM IPM Preparation Tips,
  • Revised exam pattern and section - wise structure of the paper, 
  • correct method to approach questions in the IIM IPMAT exam and 
  • short tricks to solve questions quickly, 

everything in detail from experts as well as previous years toppers.

How to Approach Questions in IIM IPM Exam 2021?

Previous year, the IPMAT Exam Pattern was revised which has impacted many aspects of exam pattern. Major changes introduced in session 2020 which would follow in 2021 as well, are listed below:

  • IIM Indore has raised the IPMAT exam score weightage to 85% in the final selection process which includes WAT and PI as the second round. Earlier, the weightage was distributed equally for both the rounds, i.e., 50 - 50% for each round.
  • The structure of the IPM AT exam has also changed as it will consist of a total of 60 questions divided into three parts ( effectively two).
  • The time duration alloted for the IPMAT exam has reduced to one and a half hours which was two hours before.
  • The Quantitative Section is granted a time duration of 60 minutes (1 Hour) and Verbal Ability Section is provided with a time duration of 30 minutes ( Half- an-Hour).

Candidates must be very careful for their time management for each section as the guidelines for providing time limits to attempt each section are very strict and cannot be exempted in any case.

Section-wise IPMAT Exam Structure 2020

IIM Integrated Program in Management Exam is an objective type exam consisting of Multiple Choice Questions as well as Short Answer Questions in two sections namely Quantitative Ability and Verbal ability. Candidates are allowed to attempt both the sections in a pre-specified order only.

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Each correct answer is awarded with four marks and one mark is detained for a wrong answer. There is no negative marking in Short Answer type Questions.

Section Name Question Format Number of Questions
Quantitative Ability Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) 20
Quantitative Ability Short Answer Questions (SAQs) 10
Verbal Ability Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) 30

IPMAT Last Minute Preparation Tips

IPM AT has a high level of difficulty to clear the exam due to the very limited number of seats available at the prestigious institute of IIM Indore. Aspirants need to practice tough questions from IPMAT Syllabus 2021 to increase speed and accuracy altogether. Although it is near to impossible to attempt all questions in the exam, candidates should recognise their strengths and weaknesses and must act accordingly while preparing for the exam.

Preparation strategies to maximise the scoring capacity of a candidate are:

Get a print out of the latest IPMAT 2021 exam pattern and syllabus

It is the most important step to score better with ease by thoroughly understanding the exam pattern and syllabus. As it saves a lot of time and efforts to prepare for the toughest level of competition.

  1. Candidates have two options to prepare for the exam. The decision could be life changing for the aspirant. Hence it is important to choose wisely whether to get a coaching/Crash course to beat the competition or to gather the best study material out there and crack the entrance by self-study.
  2. Analysing strengths and weaknesses plays a key role while preparing for the exam as the best analysis could help the candidate to crack the exam much more efficiently.
  3. Practice section wise questions and mock tests to increase real time efficiency to attempt more number of questions in less amount of time with accuracy.
  4. Time Management in an effective way while preparing the concepts, knowing which topic requires more time and which topic could be prepared easily with high accuracy can open the gateways of getting admission to the most prestigious institute for IPM in the country.
  5. While preparing the topics, aspirants must acknowledge themselves with all kinds of tricks related to that topic which could help them solve the questions more quickly and effectively.

A well planned and structured preparation increases the chances of the candidate to crack the entrance and get admission in prestigious IIM Indore, which secures future growth of the candidate in managerial or leadership careers.

How to Approach Questions in IPMAT 2021?

After having a full - proof preparation of the exam, the way to approach questions during the exam is the key factor to decide the success of the candidate. The duration of the exam is the most appropriate time to showcase knowledge, time management skills, skill to drive answers with accuracy, skill to work under pressure and candidates analysing skill to choose questions which would help them to score better reducing the risk of negative marking.

Candidates should keep in mind the following points while they attempt questions in IPMAT 2021 examination:

1. Select easier questions first

To select easier questions first it is important for the candidate to know his / her strengths. For example, if algebra, functions, areas and volumes, geometry in quant section and Vocab and grammar, para jumble, sentence completion in verbal ability section are strengths to the candidate then he/ she must go through the paper at once and find questions from the topics in the time provided for the section. As the difficulty level of the entrance exam is high, even less number of right answers can help the candidate to crack the exam in comparison to a candidate trying to attempt more number of questions by guessing or having low accuracy.

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2. Keep the risk factor as low as possible

As MCQs have negative marking and also attempting SAQs that the candidate is not confident about could eat up the time allotted to finish the section. Attempting questions by approximation or guessing or trying to answer questions randomly could negatively affect the final results.

3. Time-division per question

Aspirants should make up their mind to attempt a question in 1.5 minutes or less. If the time permits after going through all the questions per section they can obviously come back to attempt more number of questions or can use their left over time to check accuracy of attempted questions and rough work.

If the candidate devotes less time to a question than required,it can affect the accuracy and if the candidate increases the time bracket for a question unnecessarily then it could affect the flow of attempting next questions.

4. Avoid Tussles

If a question seems to be easy but it is taking more time to solve then it is highly recommended to avoid the question in the first go and come back to it later if the time permits. Manage time in the exam to attempt more questions quickly with more accuracy by choosing the easiest way to solve a problem and also using tricks to find accurate answers with less calculations.

Short Tricks to Solve Verbal Ability in IPMAT 2021

According to IPMAT Exam Analysis, the Verbal Ability section is the most scoring part in the IPMAT Examinations. Candidates with decent command over English language can easily score higher than sectional cut-off for this section. A few tricks can assure an even higher score to the candidate maximising the overall score. 

  • Candidates should read english newspapers on a daily basis while preparing for the exam.
  • Aspirants need to increase their vocabulary for this section which could be easily done with freely available apps like dictionary, word up etc.
  • TITA type of questions are usually tricky ones, so one must attempt them only if they are pretty sure about the answer otherwise a negative mark would deduct their hard earned score.
  • Passage reading is the easiest part with highest weightage. So, candidates need to practice at least 100 passages to get a hand on solving passages quickly.
  • Sentence completion and sentence correction are easier to guess accurately due to options available in MCQs. But the candidate should have some idea about the guessed answer, it shouldn’t be a blind guess.

Short Tricks to Solve Quant Section in IPMAT 2021

The Quantitative section in IPMAT 2021 consists of 30 questions out of which 20 questions would be multiple choice questions and 10 questions would be short answer questions. Negative marking is only applicable to MCQs type questions but Attempting short answer question with a wrong answer will cost time which is equally important in the exam.

Quant Section is based on basic concepts of advanced mathematics of 11th and 12 th standard.

So, there are lots of short tricks to solve MCQs as method of solving the problem is not considered but the correct answer is the only thing which is considered.

For example, 

  • Short trick for calculating percentage of a number if calculated as it is usually done than it could consume a lot of time but if 100% of number is calculated (i.e. the number itself) then 1% of the number is calculated (i.e. the same number with two decimal places) then percentage of number could be easily calculated.

To understand the above let us find out 24 percent of 88. 100 percent of 88 is 88.So, 50% of 88 is 44 and 25% of 88 will be 22. 1% of 88 is 0.88. So, 24% of 88 will be 22-0.88 =21.12.

 If the same question was done as it is usually done the 24 divide by 100 multiplied by 88 would be reduced by their factors then dividing and multiplying a large number would have stolen the allotted time.

  • Similarly Squares and Cubes of any number could also be generated with help of simple tricks without creating a hustle.
  • Multiple and factors of numbers could also be found with the help of simple tricks by multiplying a number at one’s place and subtracting the result with preceding digits, as simple as that.

So, there are many short tricks available on hand, especially in the era of the internet. Candidates need to find and practice these short tricks to get answers quickly and accurately.


What is the difficulty level of the IPMAT exam?

The difficulty level of IPMAT exam is very high as it would earn the brand name of most prestigious institute of IIM Indore. Some other institutes like Nirma institute of management also accept IPMAT score for admission. Clearing IPMAT Exam, in itself ensures future growth of candidates in managerial and leadership fields.

Is there any change in the exam pattern of IPMAT?

Yes, the exam pattern and structure was revised in the 2020 session which would be followed for the 2021 session as well. Major changes are as listed below:

  • IIM Indore has raised the IPMAT exam score weightage to 85% in the final selection process which includes WAT and PI as the second round. Earlier, the weightage was distributed equally for both the rounds, i.e., 50 - 50% for each round.
  • The time duration for commencement of the IPMAT exam has reduced to one and a half hours which was two hours before.
  • The structure of the IPM AT exam has also changed as it will consist of a total of 60 questions divided into two parts.
  • The Quantitative Section is granted a time duration of 60 minutes and Verbal Ability Section is provided with a time duration of 30 minutes.

How to approach questions in IIM IPM AT exam?

The best approach to answer IPMAT questions involves:

  • Select easier questions first.
  • Keep the risk factor as low as possible.
  • Fix a time bracket of 1.5 minutes or less for each question.
  • Avoid Tussles
  • Choose the easiest way to solve a question as steps involved in getting the answer do not carry any weightage.

What is the eligibility criteria for IPMAT exam?

The eligibility criteria include a lower age limit of 20 years with no upper age limit applicable. And the candidate is required to have attained at least 60% marks from a recognised board in 12 th standard. A relaxation of 55% is permitted to SC/ST/PwD categories.

Failing to fulfil any of the above two criteria, candidates would not be allowed to appear in the examination.

What are the documents to be carried in the exam centres?

IPMAT admit card and one photo Id proof are the only documents needed to enter the exam centre.

What is the process of selection in IIM IPM exam?

The selection process is a two-step process which involves:

  • IPM AT exam which is an aptitude test comprising of two sections:
  • Quantitative Section : It consists of MCQs type questions as well as short answer type questions with a time limit of 60 minutes for this section.
  • Verbal ability Section : It is a MCQs based section with a time allotment of 30 minutes for this section.
  • WAT and PI round: The WAT and Personal Interview happens together one after another. WAT is just an essay writing question to judge the ability of the candidates to express themself on a topic with a good command over English Language.

What are the last-minute tips to keep in mind while preparing for the IPMAT exam 2021?

While preparing for IPMAT exam 2021 following tips should be kept in mind:

  • Go through the exam pattern and syllabus with proper understanding.
  • Analyse strengths and weaknesses and act accordingly.
  • Revise tricks to solve the questions efficiently and quickly.
  • Manage time effectively to get the best out of it.