How to Prepare for IPMAT Maths

Integrated Program in Management Aptitude Test (IPMAT) is probably one of the most competitive and feared entrance exams after class 12. But does that mean that IPMAT is the most difficult entrance exam that one may face after class 12? Answer is NO! It is rather a test of your speed and ability to pick and solve the right questions. Quantitative Aptitude is an important section in IPMAT Entrance Exam and therefore in this article we will answer some of most frequently asked questions related to IPMAT Maths. What is IPMAT Maths? How to prepare for IPMAT Maths? Can non-Maths student write IPMAT?

The key to cracking any exam is knowing the paper pattern. IPMAT gives high weightage to Quantitative Aptitude with 40 questions in MCQ format and 20 questions in Short Answer (SA) format. You do not have to attempt all questions to clear the cut-off, rather, very smartly pick only those questions that you are comfortable with. And therefore the answer to the question- Do I need to study Higher Maths to clear IPMAT or Do I need maths in class 11 and 12 to clear IPMAT? Is No! The entire funda of knowing Higher Maths for cracking IPMAT is a myth. You can skip easily skip Higher Maths questions in IPMAT and still clear IPMAT cut-off. Here’s how:

IPMAT Cut-off 2019 for General Category was: 256

Subject-wise IPMAT Cut-off for 2019 was:

Category QA (SA) QA(MCQ) VA
General 20 31 71

Keeping in mind that the IPMAT marking scheme is: +4 for each correct attempt, -1 for each incorrect attempt. You need to attempt only 5 questions out of 20 QA (SA) questions and only 8 questions out of 40 QA (MCQs) in order to clear 2019 IPMAT cut-off. Which amounts to approximately 25% of the entire QA section (SA+ MCQs). Attempting 25% of all QA questions with 100% accuracy would keep you clear of the woods.

Now, the ideal strategy would be to first pocket these bare minimum marks to clear the IPMAT cut-off and once that is done, you can focus on clearing the overall cut-off.

Again as per IPMAT 2019, Overall IPMAT Cut-off was 256. Now, there are two ways to go about it.

1. If you are strong in Quantitative Ability
2. If you are weak in Quantitative Ability.

If you are strong in Quantitative Ability- Focus on maximizing your score in this section. That is you should be looking at a score of 140-145 in QA (SA+ MCQs). That is an attempt of 35-37 questions out of 60 questions of QA. Given that the sections in IPMAT are timed you will not even get to attempt more than this. Thus focus on accuracy.

If you are weak in Quantitative Ability- Make Verbal Ability your best friend. Once you are sure you have attempted enough to clear the cut-off, you should be looking to maximize your score atleast upto 120 marks from QA sections and then focus on solving the entire VA section to clear the overall cut-off, i.e., a score of 136-140 in VA.

Again, the sections in IPMAT are time-bound and only good planning and rigorous practice through good quality mock papers and previous year papers will help you iron-clad your strategy for clearing the IPMAT cut-off. With limited time each section you cannot definitely solve all questions and therefore only focus on questions that are from topics that are your strengths. Time and again, Arithmetic and Algebra have been important topics for IPMAT and any other entrance exams. Thus, practice and master these topics as they hold a high weightage in IPMAT.

Important tips for How to prepare for IPMAT Maths and IPMAT 2020:

  • Identify topics that are your strengths and focus on mastering these topics first
  • Do not wait till after boards to start your preparation. Dedicate 1-2 hours daily for IPMAT preparation
  • Invest in a good, reputed IPMAT Test Series/ IPMAT Sample papers/IPMAT Mock papers
  • Solve IPMAT previous year papers
  • Focus on Arithmetic and Algebra in QA. Do not leave out these topics
  • Do not worry about higher math or leab=ving out maths in class 11 and 12
  • Make a study plan and stick to it

All the best
Team CL

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