How to prepare for IPMAT with Class 12?

IPMAT (Integrated Program in Management Aptitude Test) is a competitive exam for which thousands of students appear every year. Every student requires intense preparations and dedication to score well and succeed in a pool of competitive and devoted students. The exam requires a student to prepare consistently, give regular mock tests and work on strengths and weaknesses to make the cut-offs.

On the other hand, the 12th board exams are also crucial in competing for seats in the best universities. So, if you are in class 12, it is an apparent struggle and challenge to prepare and appear for both- board exams and competitive exams together. The focus should be on studying efficiently to produce favorable results on both ends.

Thus, this article will help strategize and devise a plan on how to prepare for IPMAT with class 12.

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Formulating a Study Plan for Board Exams

Success and results cannot be achieved without a well-established strategy to reach the goal. So, the first step to scoring good marks on the 12th board is to make a study plan. To help you on this journey, given below are some tips for preparations:

  • Start preparing from the very beginning of the school year. This will provide you with stability, clarity, and the opportunity to improve. So when the exam dates come closer, you will be better prepared and not be under pressure. Preparing in advance will also allow you to study for competitive exams on the side.
  • Strategize your study plan such that you devote the required time to polish each subject. Assigning hours to each subject will enable you to work without lagging in any one.
  • Choose to study from good and reliable study material. It will help prevent indulgence in several books and concepts that might confuse you. Firstly, pay attention to the NCERT books. After you are through with NCERT, turn towards other study material.
  • Learn, revise, and re-revise. Consistently practicing and revising learned concepts will allow you to remember the syllabus easier and apply it effectively. So remember to go through what you have already learned.
  • If you are taking any external classes, do not rely solely on what you study in class. Self-study is most important as it reinforces what you have already learned.
  • Consistency is the key to everything. Stay consistent with your study plan, and it will show good results.

How to prepare for both Class 12 and IPMAT

Strategizing and scheduling is the key.

We recommend that you follow the 70-30 rule till the exams. It means- you allocate 70% of your time to IPMAT self-preparation and 30% to the syllabus pertaining to Class 12.

Note: we are talking about self-study time and not the time spent attending classes or tuitions for either test. It also means that you will be required to commit to IPMAT self-study along with your tuition and IPMAT coaching.

  • We assume that you are in class 12 and understand the basics of the subjects till now. This would entail your being abreast with the syllabus and the important topics that are normally tested on the exams.
  • Spend at most 2 hours on class 12 subjects, including the revision. You should devote 3 hours to IPMAT self-preparation daily.
  • Schedule weekdays such that you spend 2 hours/day on either DI or QA and 1 hour on VA. On weekends you could easily add 3-4 hours more to your study time.
  • So, in a particular week, you are spending a total of 25 hours (3hours/day M-F; 5 hours/Sat-Sun) preparing for IPMAT. Following this pattern, the subject-wise allocation would be 15-16 hours on QA/DI and the rest for VA. Spend at least a month following this schedule.
  • Once you have completed this schedule, start targeting mock IPMATs online and gauge your performance. It would help you analyze your performance, weaknesses, and strengths and work on your preparation accordingly.
  • Alongside, you would get insight into your class 12 performance through school exams. The idea is to have a fair idea of your performance on both fronts.
  • The next step would be to reverse the time you spend on 12th prep and IPMAT. Spend 70% of your time on Class 12 boards and 30% on IPMAT Self Preparation.
  • Now, you would be spending less time on theory and more time giving section-based tests, full-length tests, and mocks. Your focus will be on tests and identifying the questions you are getting wrong.
  • Increase the frequency of giving tests to at least 2 mocks per week and spend almost equivalent time analyzing your performance. Meanwhile, with pre-boards in sight, you would be revising or revisiting the concepts to perform well( after all, you would have another month or so to improve your scores for Class 12 boards). 
  • With the availability of the 12th exam schedule, plan your studies for IPMAT around it. Unless you have consecutive exams or just a day between two exams, make sure you spend at least 2-3 hours on IPMAT practice questions. Be sure to increase the time given to preparation around the exams that are not very demanding.

Over the years, the students who have made it through IPMAT recommend that a few months are spent on concepts and topics tests of IPMAT. We feel with the above approach you would be able to handle both –IPMAT preparation and Class 12 Boards.

A proper balance between your IPMAT preparations & class 12th board exams will help you to achieve your goal.  If you want to know more on ‘How to prepare for IPMAT with class 12’, check the link IPMAT Preparation and enhance the preparation levels for the IPMAT.  Start preparing and stay ahead of your peers!