IIM Indore: IPM 2018 Analysis

One of the most sought after undergraduate program in the country, Integrated Program in Management (IPM) is a five year course conducted by Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Indore. Every year IIM, Indore conducts its national level aptitude test in the month of May and this year it was conducted on 11th May 2018. The test is followed by Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI). The candidates have to clear the overall and sectional cut offs to progress to these rounds.
The online IPM- Aptitude Test (AT) 2018 was a 2 hour test comprising 80 objective & 20 short answer type questions from the following three sections:
  • Quantitative Ability (SA)
  • Quantitative Ability (MCQ)
  • Verbal Ability (MCQ)
All these sections carried a total weightage of 400 marks, i.e. 4 marks for every correct answer and -1 mark for each incorrect answer in MCQ. However there was no negative marking in SA questions. This year, the sectional timing was 40 minutes for each section.
Overview of IPM 2018
SectionsTotal QuestionsDuration
Quantitative Ability (SA)2040 minutes
Quantitative Ability (MCQ)4040 minutes
Verbal Ability (MCQ)4040 minutes
Total100120 minutes
Expected cutoff and Good Attempt
SectionsGood Attempt (Number of questions)
Quantitative Ability (SA)12-14
Quantitative Ability (MCQ)16-18
Verbal Ability (MCQ)34-36

The cutoff in every section may vary from 15% to 25% of the total marks allocated to that section (depending on comparative performance of the students)

Let us now look at the detailed analysis of individual sections:
Section I: Quantitative Ability (SA)
Evaluation: This section was introduced first time and contained 20 short answer type questions. The level of difficulty of this section was moderate. There was no negative marking. The time allotted for this section was 40 minutes.
The area- wise break-up of this section is as follows:
AreasTotal Questions
Algebra8
Set and Probability4
Geometry4
Logarithms and sequence4
Total10
  • Out of total 60 questions, 50 questions were option- based.
  • There were 10 questions of TITA type, i.e. ‘Type- in- the- answer’.
  • There were 3 questions where more than one option was correct. 
  • An attempt of 25-30 questions is decent and an attempt of approximately 38 is exceptionally good; with 90 percent accuracy.
Attempt by Good Student: 12 – 14
Section II: Quantitative Ability (MCQ)
Evaluation: The level of difficulty of this section was moderate to difficult. This section was dominated by questions on geometry, probability, P & C, algebra and logarithm. The arithmetic questions were almost missing. There was a negative marking of 1 mark and the time allotted for this section was 40 minutes.
The area- wise break-up of this section is as follows:
AreasTotal Questions
Data interpretation5
Sets4
Geometry9
P and C, Probability10
Algebra and Logarithms10
Ratio etc.2
Total40
Attempt by Good Student: 16 – 18
Section III: Verbal Ability (MCQ)
Evaluation: The level of difficulty of this section was easy to moderate. A total of 40 questions were to be attempted in 40 mins. The pattern of this section was similar to that of previous years. Overall, it was not a difficult section and all the 40 questions could have easily been attempted in the time frame of 40 minutes. An attempt of 34-36 questions is fairly good with 80 percent accuracy
AreasTotal Number of Questions
Reading Comprehension12
Sentence Completion5
Sentence Completion (Multiple Blanks)5
Sentence Rearrangement4
Usage of words5
Para completion5
Sentence Correction4
Total40
Attempt by Good Student: 34-36
All the candidates who clear the cut- offs become eligible to appear in the next round, i.e. Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI). The scores are not officially released by IIM Indore, but, they generate a list of short-listed candidates and also send emails to the selected candidates regarding WAT-PI dates.
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