IPMAT Exam Tips 2020

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Updated on
September 2, 2020

IIM Indore has completely revised the IPMAT 2020 exam structure, scoring pattern and selection process. The exam is scheduled as computer based test on September 7, 2020 in afternoon session.


IPM Entrance Test is an Aptitude Test which requires good IQ and Time Management skill to crack it with high score. Last date to apply for IPM AT 2020 closed on April 20, 2020.


IPMAT 2020: Revised Test Structure- Key Features

  • IPMAT 2020 is an objective-type test comprising MCQs and Short Answer (SA) questions
  • There are two effective sections namely Quantitative Ability and Verbal Ability
  • Total number of questions in IPMAT 2020 is reduced to 60 from earlier 100 questions
  • Time duration is reduced to 90 minutes to attempt IPMAT 2020 from earlier 120 minutes
  • Each correct answer carries 4 marks. 
  • There is a negative marking of 1 mark for each wrong answer for MCQs.
  • There is No Negative marking for Short Answer (SA) questions
  • Candidates must answer the sections in a pre-specified order and this order is same for all the candidates.
  • Quantitative Ability section has a time limit of 60 minutes
  • Verbal Ability section has a time limit of 30 minutes.

IPM Aptitude Test 2020: Revised Structure

Section Name
Questions format
Number of Questions
Time duration for the section (In minutes)
Quantitative Ability (QA)
Multiple choice (MCQs)
Quantitative Ability (QA)
Short Answer (SA)
Verbal Ability (VA)
Multiple Choice (MCQs)

IPMAT 2020: Question Topics and Revised Marking Scheme

Key Topics
Total Number of Questions
Time Allotted
Marks for Right Answer
Marks for Wrong Answer
Quantitative Ability
Quantitative Ability: Percentages, Profit and Loss, Number System, Average
Data Interpretation (DI)
Logical Reasoning (LR)
60 Mins
1 (only for 40 MCQs)
Verbal Ability
Reading Comprehension;
Vocabulary; Para Jumble & Logical Completion of Paragraph
30 Mins
90  Mins

Test Taking Tips
Following exam taking tips will help you to improve your score and crack the entrance exam:


Verbal Ability Section
In the Verbal Ability section first of all attempt the questions based on idioms and phrases, vocabulary, fill in the blanks. Complete the doable questions in 10 minutes. You need to solve around 10-12 such questions with accuracy. You can attempt these questions in first attempt as no guess work is required.


In next 20 minutes for verbal ability section, attempt following questions:

  • Grammar based questions - correction of errors in sentences
  • Other such questions based on Vocabulary which could not be solved in first attempt
  • Questions based on Reading Comprehension passages
  • Questions on Jumbled paragraphs
  • Critical Reasoning questions
  • You are required to solve around 10-12 questions on these topics with accuracy in 20 minutes. 

Quantitative Ability
You should spend around 40-45 minutes to solve Quant questions and adopt the following strategy:

  • In the first attempt choose only most doable questions. 
  • Don't attempt such questions which are difficult or you are doubtful about their answers
  • Solve around 18-23 questions 

Quantitative Ability: Difference between MCQs and SA Questions; Tips to attempt
Quantitative Ability (QA) questions in IPMAT exam pattern 2020 are divided into 2 parts – Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and Short Answer (SA) questions. Key points and guidelines to attempt each type of questions are given below:


Key Points of Difference/Similarity
MCQs – Multiple Choice Questions
SA-Short Answer Questions
Number of QA Questions in IPMAT 2020
Time Limit to Solve
30 Minutes
30 Minutes
Maximum Marks
Negative Marking
-1 for every wrong answer
No Negative Marking
Answer Options
4 ( Choose the right answer)
No Answer option given. Solve the question and write the correct answer in the given space
Difficulty level
How to Attempt?
Attempt from easy to difficult and skip the most difficult questions to avoid negative marking
Go from easy to difficult but try to attempt all the questions. Ne fear of negative marking

Final Attempt round

  • Now you are left with a little more difficult questions in Quant section 
  • By now you have also gone through the entire question paper
  • You still have  minutes left to attempt the remaining test paper
  • In next 15 minutes try to attempt as many questions as possible
  • Pick and choose the questions in Quant section without spending too much time on a particular one
  • Move on to maximise your attempts and avoid very difficult questions
  • Target total 24 questions but do not feel bad if you are able to solve fewer questions

Final submission

  • You have solved more than 45 questions by now
  • At even less than 90% accuracy, you can expect to be shortlisted for personal interview
  • Ensure that you have followed the instructions for attempting the exam 
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