IPM-IIM Preparation Strategy


Indian Institute Management, Indore (IIM-I) offers a five-year program called Integrated Programme in Management (IPM). This program is for students who cleared their 10+2 exam. The total seat intake for this course is around 120. Candidates meeting the eligibility criteria can register online at www.iimidr.ac.in. Once the registration process is completed, candidates will further undergo other selection steps. They are-

  • Written Ability Test (WAT)
  • Personal Interview (PI)

Section-Wise Strategy for IPM- IPM Preparation

Quantitative Ability (QA):

The important topics to focus from the Quantitative Ability section includes LCM & HCF, Number system, Arithmetic, Algebra, Binomial Theorem, Algebra, Geometry, Data Interpretation, Quadratic equations, Functions, Mensuration, Set Based, Logarithms, Time, Functions, Speed and Distance, Time and Work, Profit, Loss and Discount, Series and Unitary Method, Matrices and Determinants, Simple and Compound Interest, Geometry & Mensuration, Progression – AP, GP, HP, Ratio and Progression, Alligation and Mixture, Permutation Combination and Probability, Trigonometry, Set Theory, Inequalities, Ages, Equations, and more.

Practicing these topics and being familiar with it will give a massive advantage. The best way to start cultivating the habit of practicing is to religiously solve the NCERT questions, mocks, and the previous years’ question papers.

The short-answer section of Quant section will not have options to choose your answer. It will require you to manually calculate the solution and write it down in the section/box provided.

Verbal Ability (VA):

The important topics to focus from the Verbal Ability section include Grammar, Reading Comprehension, Correct usage of words and phrases Synonyms and Antonyms, Sentence completion, Sentence Rearrangement, Sentence correction, Verbal analogies, and more.  To better the preparation of Verbal Ability- read constantly. Any kind of reading will behoove the reader because it will help in improving both the skill and speed of reading which is very crucial while attempting the VA section. Read the newspaper to keep up with the current happenings, and the news. This is very helpful in the Personal Interview (PI) round and Written Ability Test (WAT) round as well. Finally, do not forget to write mock tests, and to practice the question papers from the previous year exam.


IPMAT Topic Division:

  • Quantitative Ability (short answers) – 40 minutes- 20 questions.
  • Quantitative Ability (multiple-choice based) – 40 minutes- 40 questions.
  • Verbal Ability- 40 minutes- 40 questions.

*quantitative ability topics are clubbed as one section


IPMAT Exam Pattern:

IPMAT consists of 100 questions in the form of multiple-choice based and short answer questions. Candidates who get shortlisted in the exam will be called for the PI (personal interview) round, then move on to the WAT round. During the WAT round, candidates are allotted 30 minutes to write an essay. These rounds of test other than the IPMAT exam held as an attempt to test the expression strength, knowledge, and more, of the candidate.

  • Multiple-choice based questions.
  • Short-answer based questions.
  • 4 marks for every right answer.
  • -1 deduction for every wrong answer.
  • The exam duration is for 2 hours.
  • There is no negative marking for Quant short answers section.


While preparing for the IPMAT exam, make sure to make notes. Write down the important formulas so it will be easier to spot while doing final revision. Follow a time table to make the best use of your time. Time tables enable a structured preparation, and this way, it will lead to more dedicated and devoted study time. While studying religiously is the key to cracking any exam, please don’t to forget to take breaks in between. The human brain will automatically do the opposite if we don’t let it rest and keep pushing it more than what is supposed to consume. Hence, refresh your mind by taking breaks. Lastly but probably one of the most important- eat healthily and sleep well.

Good Luck!