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Updated on
April 29, 2021

IIM Indore has changed and revised the IPMAT 2021 exam structure, scoring pattern and selection process as compared to last year. Now the IPMAT 2021 exam will be on its original pattern as existed till 2019. The exam is scheduled as computer based test on July 16, 2021 in morning 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 IPMAT 2021 closes on May 5, 2021. 

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IPMAT 2021: Test Structure – Key Features

  • IPMAT 2021 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 2021 has again gone up to 100 as compared to 60 last year
  • Time duration is increased to 2 hours this year from 90 minutes last year
  • 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.

IPM Aptitude Test 2021: Revised Structure as Compared to Last Year

Section Name
Number of Questions  & Sectional Time Duration in IPMAT 2021
Number of Questions  & Sectional Time Duration in last year IPMAT 
Quantitative Ability (QA): Multiple choice (MCQs)
40 in 40 Mins
20 in 30 Mins
Quantitative Ability (QA): Short Answer (SA)
20 in 40 Mins
10 in 30 Mins
Verbal Ability (VA): Multiple Choice (MCQs)
40 in 40 Mins
30 in 30 Mins

IPMAT 2021: Question Topics and Marking Scheme

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

IPMAT Test Taking Tips
Following exam taking tips will help you to improve your score and crack the IPMAT 2021 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. 

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In next 30 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 12-15 questions on these topics with accuracy in 30 minutes. 

Quantitative Ability
You should spend around 45-50 minutes to solve Quant questions of MCQ and SA type, 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
  • Target to solve around 35-40 questions with 85-90% accuracy
  • Attempt all SA questions as there is no fear of negative marking

Quantitative Ability: Difference between MCQs and SA Questions; Tips to attempt
Quantitative Ability (QA) questions in IPMAT exam pattern 2021 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 2021
Time Limit to Solve
40 Minutes
40 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 10 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 40-45 questions but do not feel bad if you are able to solve fewer questions

Final submission

  • You have solved more than 40 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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