IPMAT (IIM Indore) 2020: Exam Analysis

IPMAT 2020 was conducted by IIM-Indore on September 7, 2020 for admissions into its five-year Integrated Programme in Management (IPM). After prolonged delay, the exam was conducted with a changed structure.

The paper comprised 60 questions across three sections: Quantitative Ability (MCQ); Quantitative Ability (Short Answers), and Verbal Ability (MCQ). The duration of the exam was reduced to 90 minutes (instead of the usual 120), with a sectional time limit of 30 minutes per section.

Every correct attempt would fetch 4 marks, while every incorrect attempt would attract a penalty of 1 mark (except for one section).

Overview: IPMAT 2020

Section

No. of Questions

Time
(in minutes)

Good Score

Expected Sectional Cut-off

Quantitative Ability (SA)

10

30

20-22

8-12

Quantitative Ability (MCQ)

20

30

50-55

24-26

Verbal Ability (MCQ)

30

30

80-85

48-50

Total

60

90

150-162

 

Analysis: Quantitative Ability (SA)
Like previous year, this was the first section of the paper, with 10 questions in total. There was no negative marking for this section; however, the questions were moderately difficult. This section also had questions with a mix of concepts.

Topic

No. of Questions

Logarithm

1

Determinant

1

Functions

2

Permutation & Combination

1

Probability

1

Geometry (Circles)

1

Time, Speed, and Distance

1

Arithmetic

2

 

An attempt of 6-7 questions can be considered good, despite no negative marking.

Analysis: Quantitative Ability (MCQ)

The level of difficulty of this section was similar to that of the previous year. There were 20 questions, with a sectional time limit of 30 minutes.

The breakdown of this section is as follows:

Topic

Number of questions

Data Interpretation (1 Set)

5

Progression

1

Logarithm

2

Probability

3

Determinant

1

Set-Based

2

Matrices

1

Functions

1

Trigonometry

1

Geometry

1

Number System

1

Three questions from data interpretation set were inference based; while the other two were slightly difficult. Just like last year, questions from higher maths were limited. Overall, this was a difficult section. An attempt of 14-15 questions can be considered a good one within the sectional time limit of 30 minutes.

Analysis: Verbal Ability (MCQ)

This section was easy-to-moderately difficult. The 30 questions could easily have been completed within the given time frame. The section was very much like the 2019 paper, with reduced number of questions due to the revised structure.

The breakdown of this section is as follows:

Topic

Number of questions

Reading-Comprehension (1 Passage)

6

Fill in the Blanks

5

Para Jumbles (TITA)

3

Sentence Correction

5

Word Usage

3

Idioms and Phrases

5

 

 

Given the revised structure, there was just one passage which was moderately lengthy. Similar to 2019, the questions on para jumbles did not carry any options.

Overall, students found this section to be easy; and thus cut-off for this section is expected to be higher than that of the other two sections, similar to last year. An attempt of 25-26 was possible in this section.

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