IIM Indore: IPM 2017 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. This year it was conducted on May 16, 2017. 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) was a 2 hour test comprising of 100 objective type questions from the following two sections:
  • Quantitative Ability
  • Verbal Ability
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Both these sections carried a total weightage of 400 marks, i.e. 4 marks for every correct answer. Incorrect attempts were penalized with -1 mark. This year, the paper came with a surprise of questions that had more than 1 correct option to choose from. The test takers had an advantage of no negative marking for these questions.
General Overview of IPM 2017
SectionsTotal QuestionsDuration
Quantitative Ability6075 minutes
Verbal Ability4045 minutes
Total100120 minutes
Let us now look at the detailed analysis of individual sections:
Section I: Quantitative Ability
The level of difficulty of this section was moderate to difficult. It was on similar lines as of 2016. It contained a total of 60 questions to be completed in 75 minutes. Following is the break- up of this section:
  • 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.
Option Based Questions
AreasTotal Questions
Complex Numbers2
Set Theory3
P&C/ Probability9
Sequence and Series4
Speed, Distance and Time2
Data Interpretation ( 2 Caselets)10
Time and Work2
Type - in - the - answers : 10 Questions
AreasTotal Questions
Polynomials, Mensuration, Set Theory, P&C5
Probability and Functions5
Suggested Reading :
Check out the detailed list of previous years’ IPM cut- offs
Section II: Verbal Ability
The level of difficulty of this section was easy to moderate. A total of 40 questions were to be attempted in 45 minutes. 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 45 minutes. 
  • An attempt of 34-35 questions is fairly good with 85 percent accuracy.
The area- wise break-up of this section is as follows:
AreasTotal Number of Questions
Fill in the blanks (Passage- based)5
Use of words in sentences5
Paragraph Completion2
Paragraph Inference2
Para Jumbles3
Grammatical Error1
Use of Correct words in sentences5
Use of correct phrases in sentences5
Reading Comprehension ( 2 Passages, 250 words each)
Opinion Based Questions: 4
Vocabulary & Understanding Based Questions: 4
Fact Based Questions: 4
Total 40
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.
Further Reading :
Expert Tips to crack IIM Indore- IPM Personal Interview