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Updated on
September 9, 2020

IPM AT 2020 exam was conducted in after-noon on September 7, 2020 as a computer based test of one and half hour session. Earlier the exam was postponed twice due to Covid-19 pandemic. This year IIM Indore introduced many changes in the IPMAT exam pattern, number of questions, sectional and overall time duration, difficulty level among others.

 

IPMAT is the mandatory entrance exam for admission to 5 year Integrated Program in Management at IIM Indore.  The candidates for IPM 2020-25 Batch will be selected on the basis of overall performance in IPMAT 2020 Exam, Written Ability Test (WAT) & Personal Interview (PI). 

 

IPMAT 2020 Analysis by MBAUniverse.com
IPMAT 2020 exam analysis by MBAUniverse.com is shared below:

IPMAT 2020: Changes in Exam Pattern

  • IPMAT 2020 was conducted in afternoon session instead of morning session last year
  • Total questions reduced to 60 from 100 earlier
  • Sectional Time limit reduced to 30 minutes for each section from 40 earlier
  • Test duration reduced to 90 minutes from ealier 120 minutes
  • Maximum Marks reduced to 240 from 400 earlier
  • Selection process is based on Video Assessment instead of personal interview
  • Candidates had to answer the sections in a pre-specified order and this order was same for all the candidates.

IPMAT 2020: Overall Analysis

  • Test Pattern: Objective-type test with MCQs and Short Answer (SA) questions
  • Two Effective sections: Quantitative Ability was divided into 2 sections of MCQs and SA questions while the other section on Verbal Ability consisted of only MCQs
  • Scoring Pattern: Each correct answer carried +4 marks. 
  • Negative Marking: -1 mark for each wrong answer for MCQs; No Negative marking for Short Answer (SA) questions
  • Maximum Marks: 240 (Reduced from earlier 400 Marks)
  • QA (MCQ) Section Time Limit: 30 Minutes (Reduced from earlier 40 Minutes)
  • QA (SA) Section Time Limit: 30 Minutes (Reduced from earlier 40 Minutes)
  • VA Section Time Limit: 30 Minutes (Reduced from earlier 40 minutes)
  • Movement between the sections: Test takers could move to the next section only after the sectional time limit for the section they were attempting, was over.
  • Overall IPMAT 2020 was of moderate difficulty level
  • Sectional cut-off applied in all the three sections. Candidates had to prove competence in all the sections.

Overall IPMAT 2020 Exam Pattern
The overall exam pattern of IPMAT 2020 with revised structure, scoring pattern and important topics in each section was as below:

 

IPMAT 2020: Revised Test Structure & Time duration
IIM Indore IPMAT 2020 exam structure was revised as under

Sections in IPMAT Exam 2020
IPMAT Exam Question format
Number of Questions
Time duration for each section in IPMAT exam 2020  (In minutes)
Quantitative Ability (QA)
Multiple choice (MCQs)
20
30
Quantitative Ability (QA)
Short Answer (SA)
10
30
Verbal Ability (VA)
Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
30
30

Overall Revised Marking Scheme, Key Question Topics in IPMAT 2020
IPMAT 2020 marking scheme has been changed with reduced number of questions in each section as under:

Section
Key Topics
Total Number of Questions
Time Allotted
Marks for Right Answer
Marks for Wrong Answer
Quantitative Ability (MCQs + SA)
Quantitative Ability: Percentages, Profit and Loss, Number System, Average
Data Interpretation (DI)
Logical Reasoning (LR)
30
60 Mins
4
-1 (only for 20 MCQs)
Verbal Ability
Reading Comprehension;
Vocabulary; Para Jumble & Logical Completion of Paragraph
30
30 Mins
4
-1
Total
 
60
90 Mins
 240
 

Expected Cut off
Overall and sectional expected cut off score in IPMAT 2020 are as below:

Sections
Section wise Questions
Maximum Score
Expected Cut off score for shortlisting
Quantitative Ability (SA)
10
40
22 - 26
Quantitative Ability (MCQ)
20
80
44 - 48
Verbal Ability
30
120
78 - 82
Overall expected cut off
60
240
144 - 156

Source: MBAUniverse.com IPMAT 2020 Analysis 

 

Apart from IPMAT 2020 analysis by MBAUniverse.com, below is shared the IPMAT 2020 analysis in detail by top coaching institutes including T.I.M.E., IMS with expected cut off 

 

IPMAT 2020 Analysis by T.I.M.E.
In the second and the third sections, each question carried 4 marks and there was a negative marking of 1 mark for each of the wrong responses. However, in the first section, the answers had to be typed in the box provided against each of the questions. There was no negative marking for incorrect answers in this section.

 

Sectional cut-off applied in all the three areas which means that the test-takers were expected to show their competence in all the sections. The total duration of the test was 90 minutes as against 120 minutes last year. The sectional time limit was 30 minutes for each of the sections and one could move to the next section only once the sectional time limit was over.

 

In comparison to the last year’s question paper, the exam this year had relatively easier questions.

 

Let us now have a look at the individual sections:

 

Section 1: Quantitative Ability (Short Answer Type Questions)
As the case was last year, IPM-AT had a separate section on short answer type questions in quantitative ability area. There was no negative marking in this section. This section was medium-high in terms of difficulty. The questions were predominantly asked from the topics like Logarithms, Sequence & Series, P&C, Probability, Arithmetic, Venn Diagrams, etc. Following is the distribution of the questions from various topics:

Topic
No. of Questions
Functions
2
P&C and Probability
2
Matrices & Determinants
1
Geometry & Mensuration
1
Arithmetic
3
Logarithms
1
Total
10

A score of (24 +/- 2) can be considered a good one in this section.

 

Section 2: Quantitative Ability (MCQ)
The Quantitative Ability (MCQ) section was mostly doable. The section saw questions from a gamut of topics. A significant number of questions were present from Numbers, Algebra, and Pure Maths. A single set on Data Interpretation (Five questions) was also there. The break-up of the topic-wise questions is given as under:

Topic
No. of Questions
Numbers & Number System
1
Algebra (Progressions, Log, Matrices & Det, Functions, etc)
6
Arithmetic
1
Pure Maths (P&C, Probability, Co-ordinate Geometry, Trigonometry, Venn Diagram, etc)
6
Geometry & Mensuration
1
Data Interpretation (1 set)
5
Total
20

A score of around (45 +/- 2) can be considered a good score in this section.

 

Section 3: Verbal Ability
There were no surprises in the Verbal Ability section this year, as the pattern was similar to that of the last year. The section was easy-moderate, and all the questions could have been attempted in the given time.

 

Following is the broad distribution of questions in this section:

Area
No. of Questions
Reading Comprehension (Single passage)
7
FIBs (Single, double blanks)
7
Sentence Correction
5
Para Jumbles (Non-MCQ)
3
Correct usage of words/phrases
3
Para completion
5
Total
30

An attempt of 23-24 can be considered a good attempt in this section and a score of (80+/- 2) should be a good one.

 

Overall Verdict
Owing to the higher difficulty level of the exam, the cut-offs are expected to be around (150 +/- 5).

 

Disclaimer: All information on cut-offs, analysis, and scores are based on independent analysis and evaluation made by T.I.M.E. We do not take responsibility for any decision that might be taken, based on this information

Source: T.I.M.E IPM-AT (IIM Indore) 2020 Analysis  

 

IPMAT 2020 Analysis by IMS
IPM Indore entrance test 2020 was conducted by IIM Indore on 7 September 2020. The exam contained 60 questions across three sections viz. Quantitative Ability (MCQ) – 20 Q, Quantitative Ability (Short Answers) – 10 Q and Verbal Ability – 30 Q. Each section had a time limit of 30 min. One could move to the next section only after sectional time limit was over, but could not come back to the previous section. The order of sections was pre-defined.

 

In Quantitative Ability (MCQ) & Verbal Ability Sections, each correct answer fetched 4 marks and each incorrect one attracted a penalty of 1 mark. In Quantitative Ability (Short Answers) section, answers had to be typed in the box provided against the question. These questions did not attract any negative marking. Let us look at individual sections.

 

Section 1 - Quantitative Ability (MCQ) – 20 Questions (30 Min)

Topic
Number of Questions
Data Interpretation
5
Probability, P&C
2
Averages
2
Numbers & number applications
1
Geometry
1
Coordinate Geometry
1
Logarithms
1
Functions
1
Ratio and proportion
1
Averages & Percentages
1
Trigonometry
1
Set Theory
1
Matrices
1
Function
1
Total
20 Q

Overall, the section was of medium difficulty. Time was a restraint. Instead of solving, elimination options would have helped in 6-8 Q. A good attempt would be 15-16 Q with 80% accuracy

Good score - 45

Section 2 - Quantitative Ability (Short Answers) – 10 Questions (30 Min)

Topic

Number of Questions

Numbers

3

Geometry/coordinate geometry

1

Matrices

1

Time speed distance

1

Averages & percentages

1

Ratio and proportion

1

Sets

1

Functions

1

Total

10 Q

The questions were of easy to medium difficulty. A good attempt would have been 8 Q, with 75-80% accuracy

 

Good score - 32

 

Section 3 – Verbal Ability - 30 Questions (30 Min)
This was an easy section and students wouldn’t have missed scoring opportunities, if they used available time well. Here was the topic wise break up:

Topic
Number of Questions
Reading Comprehension (1 passage of 300 words)
6
Fill-in-the-blanks (Usage of appropriate words)
6
Fill-in-the--blanks (Usage of 3 words)
5
Incorrect word usage
5
Fill-in-the-blanks (Logical word usage)
3
Para jumbles (Type-in-The-Answer)
3
Fill in the blanks (Paragraph completion)
2
Total
30 Q

A serious attempt of 30 Q was possible, with 80% accuracy.

 

Good score - 90

 

Overall Good Score
Overall good score would be 165+ to fetch a call for video assessment round. IMS would be happy to help the short listed students with preparation of video assessment round.

 

Source: IMS IPMAT 2020 Analysis

 

IPM AT Analysis for previous year is shared below:  
IPMAT detailed analysis with key changes in the IPM AT exam pattern, difficulty level, expected overall and sectional cut off is shared below.

 

Before we delve deep into the IPM AT 2019 exam analysis and expected cut off, it is important to know the IPMAT 2019 Exam Pattern

Sectional composition Section wise Questions Time
(in minutes)
Expected Score for shortlisting
Quantitative Ability (SA) 20 40 36-40
Quantitative Ability (MCQ) 40 40 60-68
Verbal Ability 40 40 112-120
Total 100 120 208-228

IPM AT 2019: Section Wise Analysis

Out of the three sections in IPM AT 2019 exam, theQuantitative Aptitude Section was divided into 40 MCQs and 20 SA type questions. The Analysis for both is shared below:

Section-1 Analysis on Quantitative Ability (SA)

IPMAT 2019 had a separate section on Quantitative Ability short answer questions

 

  • The section had 20 short answer questions.
  • This section had no negative marking
  • Quant (SA) section in IPMAT 2019 was more difficult and was time consuming.
  • Level of difficulty was similar as that of last year
  • Many questions in the test paper were based on Logs, Arithmetic Progressions, Geometry, P&C, Probability, and was a mix of concepts.

 

Topics &Number of Questions in Quantitative Ability-SA

Topics in the section No. of  Questions
Sequences & Series (AP, GP) 4
Algebra 4
Logarithms 4
Averages 4
Percentages 2
Probability & Venn Diagram 2
Total SA Questions 20

Good Attempts

  • An attempt between 11-12 could prove good with 85-90% accuracy
  • Expected score with these attempts could be 40

 

Section-2 Analysis on Quantitative Aptitude (MCQs)

  • This section had 40 MCQs
  • Level of difficulty was similar to last year
  • No questions on complex numbers
  • Data Interpretation question set was present
  • Questions were not very lengthy and were doable
  • Difficulty level was slightly higher

Composition of Questions in Quantitative Ability (MCQ)

Question Topics No. of Questions
Number System 4
Arithmetic 8
Algebra 6
Geometry & Mensuration 5
Permutation Combination and Probability 5
Set Theory 4
Data Interpretation 5 in one set
Matrices and Determinants 3
Total Questions 40

Good Attempts & Cut offs

An attempt between 18-20 questions could be good for shortlisting

Candidate could score around 80 with 80% accuracy in this section

 

Section-3 Analysis on Verbal Ability

  • Section has 40 MCQs
  • Difficulty Level was Moderate
  • 45-48 minutes were sufficient to attempt 40 MCQs
  • 2 RC Passages – one on Birds and other on Social Media figured in VA section
  • There were questions on Fill in the Blanks which were easy
  • Other questions included English grammar, sentence correction, parts of speech among others
  • Questions on Jumbled paragraphs were not followed by options and required the candidates to enter the correct order of sentences

Sectional Composition of Questions in Verbal Ability

Topic Number of questions
Reading Comprehension 12
Fill in the Blanks 10
Sentence Completion 5
Para Jumbles 4
Sentence correction 5
Para completion 4
Total 40

Good Attempts & Cut off

  • Section was moderate, cut off is expected to go high
  • An attempt of 33-34 questions with 85% accuracy can be considered good for shortlisting.

Expected IPM AT 2019 Section-wise Cutoffs

It is expected that the following cut offs may be applied for shortlisting for final selection round for 5 year IPM 2019-2024 batch.

Category QA VA
General 40 100
NC-OBC 24 64
SC 16 48
ST 8 24
PWD (DA) 8 24

IPMAT 2018 Exam Analysis
In accordance with the pre announced IPM-AT 2018 exam schedule, IIM Indore conducted IPM Aptitude Test on May 11, 2018 in a changed test pattern. IIM Indore split the Quantitative Ability section into two separate sections with 20 and 40 questions each. The first Quant section with 20 questions had all short answer questions without negative marking. Such questions used to be present in earlier years also but they were included in the single section of Quantitative Ability.

 

IPMAT 2018 had 100 questions divided in three sections. Overall difficulty level was moderate although Quant had a few difficult questions. Total maximum score for the 100 questions was 400 marks with a penalty of 25% marks for wrong answer. Each section had individual time limit of 40 Minutes. The three sections in IPMAT 2018 were Quantitative Ability (Short Answers); Quantitative Ability with all MCQs and Verbal Ability with MCQ type questions .

 

IPMAT: Last 3 years Analysis
Below is shared a broad analysis of last three of IPM AT exams:

Components
IPM AT 2018
IPM AT 2017
IPM AT 2016
Exam Date
May 11, 2018
May 16, 2017
May 13, 2016
Exam Format
Computer Based
Computer Based
Computer Based
Total questions
100
100
100
Test duration
120 Minutes
120 Minutes
120 Minutes
Overall Difficulty Level
Moderate to Difficult
Easy to Moderate
Moderate to Difficult
Number of sections
3
2
2
Sectional Time Limit
40 Minutes
QA: 75 minutes
VA: 45 minutes
QA: 80 Minutes
VA: 40 Minutes
Marks for Each Correct Answer
4
4
4
Negative Marking
1
1
1
Qs in Section-1:Quantitative Ability (SA)
20*
NA
NA
Qs in Section-2: Quantitative Ability (MCQs)
40
60 (MCQs + Non-MCQs)
60 (MCQs + Non-MCQs)
Qs in Section-3: Verbal Ability (MCQs)
40
40
40

*Short Answer Questions without answer options and without negative marking.

 

Section wise Analysis

 

Section-1: Quantitative Ability (Short Answer)
This section was introduced separately in 2018 for the first time in IPM AT. It had 20 short answer questions. One of the biggest benefits for the candidates was that this section did not have any negative marking. The candidates had to type the short answers in the given space on the computer screen as the there were no answer options for the questions in this section.

 

This section was slightly more difficult and despite having only 20 questions to be attempted in 40 minutes, candidates were seen gasping for time. Major topics on which questions were framed were Arithmetic, Arithmetic Progressions, Geometry, Logs, Permutation & Combination, Probability among others. An attempt of 11-13 questions with 90% accuracy could clear the cut off.

 

Section-2: Quantitative Ability (MCQ)
This section had 40 questions with moderate to high difficulty level. Some of them were too difficult for the test takers. The section had 25% negative marking and the candidates were found attempting the questions in this section cautiously.

 

Some of the major topics on which questions appeared in this section were Arithmetic and number system-10 questions; Algebra, Geometry and Mensuration-13 questions; Probability, PnC, Set Theory-10 questions; Data Interpretation-5 questions in one set; Matrices etc.-2 questions. It is expected that an attempt of 18-20 questions with high accuracy level could clear the cut off in this section.

 

Section-3: Verbal Ability

Verbal Ability with 40 MCQs was found to have moderate difficult level questions. The section had to be attempted in 40 minutes. Each question carried 25% of negative marking for wrong answer. Candidates were found quick on this section and most of them completed their attempts within the prescribed time limit of 40 minutes if they skipped the difficult questions and selected the doable questions.   

 

Verbal Ability section in IPMAT 2018 had two RC passages – One on Social Media and the other on Birds. The Verbal Ability questions on Jumbled Paragraphs were not followed by answer options. The correct order of sentences had to be written in the given space. Other questions were on Fill in the blanks, Error correction in sentences.

 

RC Passages were followed by 12 questions; 10 questions were on Fill in the Blanks; Sentence completion and sentence correction had 10 questions; there were 4 questions on Jumbled paragraphs and 4 questions on para completion.

 

The cut off for VA section may go high and a good attempt of 30+ questions could clear cut off.

 

Cut offs
The expected cut-offs with the corresponding score for each section and overall are shared below:

Section
Score
Cut off  Expected
Quantitative Ability (SA)
38
 26
Quantitative Ability (MCQ)
70
 20
Verbal Ability
110
100
Overall
118-120
146+

The result of IPM AT 2018 was declared in the last week of May 2018. IIM Indore announced the shortlist immediately after the IPM AT 2018 result was declared.

 

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