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What and How to prepare for IPMAT exams?



Integrated Program in Management Aptitude Test (IPMAT), conducted by the Indian Institute of Management Indore (IIM Indore), is an entrance exam to the 5-year Integrated Program in Management in IIM Indore.


IPMAT 2021 will take place in the first week of April. Registrations to attempt the test will begin in the second week of February 2021. It will be conducted online with Written Ability Test and Personal Interview, which follows after.


The 5-year Integrated Program in Management consist of 15 terms, of which each year has 3 terms of 3 months. Candidates will be finally selected based on their Composite Scores.


The IPMAT 2021 exam will consist of 3 sections with 100 questions in total. The duration of the exam is of 2 hours. The 3 sections include Verbal Ability MCQs, Quantitative Ability MCQs, and Quantitative Aptitude SA. The paper's Marking scheme is +4 for every correct answer and a negative marking for an incorrect answer.


What to focus on?

  • Candidates should familiarize themselves with the IPMAT exam pattern.

  • They should thoroughly read the IPMAT syllabus.

  • Distinguish the weak and strong areas in all four sections. Improve on the weak areas.

  • Gather appropriate study notes and books for the IPMAT preparation 2021.

  • Stick to the study plans and monitor regularly.

  • Attempt Mock Tests and review time taken and preparation in each mock.

  • The candidate should plan and ensure a high score in all sections as there is a sectional score cut-off.

How to prepare?

The candidate should prepare according to the exam pattern as listed below.

  • The paper will consist of objective-type questions such as MCQs and SA (Short Answer).

  • There are 2 sections – Quantitative Ability and Verbal Ability.

  • 100 questions must be attempted within 2 hours.

  • Correct answers will carry 4 marks, while the incorrect answer will deduct 1 mark. For questions not attempted by the candidate, there is no negative marking.

  • The quantitative Ability section should be attempted within 80 minutes, and the Verbal Ability section within 40 minutes.

What books to refer to?

Having the right and appropriate notes and study materials is a must for receiving a high score. Following are the best IPMAT books for preparation, recommended by experts:


Quantitative Aptitude Section

  • 'How to prepare for Quantitative for the CAT' - by Arun Sharma, published by MGH Education

  • 'The Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude for competitive exams'- Dinesh Khattar, Published by Pearson

English Section

  • 'How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT'- by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay

  • 'Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT' - by Nishit K Sinha

  • 'Word Power Made Easy' – by Norman Lewis

  • 'High School English Grammar & Composition' – by Wren & Martin

The Pearson Guide to IIM Indore-IPM (Integrated Program in Management) Entrance Examination – Published by Pearson


Preparing for the IPMAT exam by self-study is as equal as coaching classes. Coaching cannot be taken as a substitute except when there are doubts. We highly recommend starting the preparation for the IPMAT exam through self-study without coaching. Closer to the examination, take coaching classes into the mix to avoid any preparation time loss.

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