How to Prepare for IPMAT

It is the dream of several Indian youngsters to get into one of the prestigious IIMs (Indian Institute of Management) for their MBA. However, the competition is extremely stiff and moreover depends on the profile of the candidate. While these facts are still true, there has recently been a change which can reward candidates who are extremely clear about their goal. This change has come in the form of the IPMAT or Integrated Program in Management Aptitude Test.
The IPMAT is a test conducted by two IIMs: IIM Indore and IIM Rohtak. It grants admission to candidates who have just passed their 12th Standard for a 5-year Integrated Course with the final 2 years being dedicated to the MBA. The IPMAT Exam tests the candidate on Quantitative Ability and Verbal Ability.
Given the potential of the IPMAT Exam to transform the career of the candidates, it is important to understand exactly how to prepare for IPMAT.  Follow a time table to make the best use of your time. This will enable a proper plan and result in clear concept learning and the application of the concepts. Discover your strong and weak areas, and work on it to improve. Keep ironing your strengths to improve even more.

IPMAT Exam Pattern

The first thing that candidates need to know, before they decide on a plan on how to prepare for IPMAT, is the IPMAT Exam Pattern. The IPMAT Exam consists of two basic sections:

  1. Quantitative Ability
  2. Verbal Ability

The Quantitative Ability Section consists of 60 questions while the Verbal Ability section consists of 40 questions. These 100 questions are to be solved in 120 minutes which means that the IPMAT Exam is as much a speed test as it is an aptitude test.
Knowing this should be a good start into how to prepare for the IPMAT.

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How to Prepare for IPMAT Exam

There are basically two components to any study plan for competitive exams. The first component is the concept learning, where the candidate should be going through each component of the IPMAT Exam Syllabus to make sure that they are adequately prepared.

Concept Learning

In terms of the concept learning, the IPMAT Exam is fairly straightforward. The name “Quantitative Aptitude” is something of a misnomer since it also includes questions of data interpretation and logical reasoning. The quantitative aptitude section consists of portion up to Class 12 which means that the candidate will have to brush on some topics which they might have left behind in Class 10 as well. The data interpretation and logical reasoning section is fairly easy.
The data interpretation portion consists of:

  • Basic Graphs
  • Data Sufficiency

On the other hand, the logical reasoning portion consists of:

  • Team Selection
  • Arrangements

These topics are fairly easy for to grasp with some practice.
The Verbal Ability Section consists of fewer topics in comparison to the Quantitative Ability section but can take as much time (if not more) to prepare due to the vastness and ambiguity of it. A few question types which are regularly asked in the IPMAT are:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Paragraph jumbles
  • Idioms and Phrases
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Paragraph completion
  • Vocabulary type

There is little concept to be learnt in these types of questions with the candidate benefiting most from becoming a voracious reader. Apart from reading as much as possible, researching word roots so that the candidate can make a guess at the vocabulary type questions may also work.
While IIM Indore’s IPMAT syllabus doesn’t include Logical Reasoning, it is a part of IIM Rohtak’s IPMAT syllabus. Logical Reasoning is one of the easiest sections of the paper. Roughly 40 questions are asked from a range of topics but with a balanced approach. The important topics from Logical Reasoning Section includes-

  • Missing Number in the series
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Problem-Statement
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Mirror Images
  • Sequencing
  • Clocks & Calendars
  • Aging
  • Statement-Information
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Venn Diagram
  • Direction Sense
  • Analogy
  • Family Relation
  • Series
  • Statement-Conclusion
  • Statement-True/False

Practice makes perfect

Knowing how to prepare for IPMAT is as much about the strategy to crack the Exam as it is about the knowledge that the candidate has. Therefore, it is essential for the candidates to give as many mock tests as possible.
This will have a dual benefit of increasing the time taken to solve the question while also helping them refine their strategy. In order to do this, the candidate needs to identify their strengths and weaknesses. While the strengths and weaknesses are meant to be worked on, they also give a starting point in terms of preparing the IPMAT Exam strategy.
The strengths are generally topics which can be solved fast as well as accurately by the candidate. These are generally the questions that the candidate should be attempting first to get some marks in the bag. It is not enough to classify the questions as only strengths and weaknesses. Therefore, it is necessary for the candidate to find topics across the sections that they are comfortable with. With these topics in mind, the strategy can be built. Following these topics, the candidate should be solving their weaker topics. While they might not be as confident about these topics as they are about the other topics, the candidate should have a look at each of the questions to ensure that they are not missing out on the easier questions which are generally peppered throughout the question paper.

Conclusion

This is one of the simplest guides on how to prepare for IPMAT which lays a general roadmap on what the candidate should be doing in order to clear the IPMAT Exam and move on to the next round. The IPMAT may appear to be quite simple at first glance but the time pressure along with the competition means that it is not quite as straightforward as the candidate may anticipate. Therefore it would serve the candidate well if they first understand how to prepare for IPMAT and then put that plan into action.