About IPM

What is IPM

IPM stands for the Integrated Programme in Management (IPM). It is a five-year programme in management offered by the Indian Institute of Management, Indore (IIM Indore). The programme is aimed at students who have passed out of class 12th / Higher Secondary or equivalent from various schools in India.

It is definitely worth a try even for those who have just joined their Bachelor's course elsewhere.

Why IPM?

It is for the first time that a management institute of the repute of an IIM is offering a course admitting students who completed their higher secondary examinations. IIM Indore aims to develop competent management professionals, change agents and outstanding leaders through this program. It provides an excellent opportunity for young aspirants, who want to pursue a career in management. The programme will help the students getting a head start in the field of management much earlier than they could have through the more traditional approach of post graduation or a masters program. The program will also aid students in overall personality development and bring about societal awareness in them.

There are several other reasons why this program would excite a student fresh out of school:

  • Better training in management - thanks to a wider training horizon and a world-class IIM faculty
  • The brand value of being an IIM graduate alongside your graduation
  • Much improved employability as compared to traditional graduation options
  • Relatively easier entrance test as compared to the other management entrance tests post graduation where the number of applicants is much higher

Candidates satisfying the following criteria are eligible to apply for the Five-Year Integrated Program in Management (IPM) of IIM Indore.

  • Minimum 60% in Std. X and Std. XII - General and NC-OBC Category
  • Minimum 55% in Std. X and Std. XII - SC,ST and PWD (DA) Category
  • Maximum age limit for General and NC-OBC Category is 20 years as on July 31 of the exam year
  • Maximum age limit for SC,ST and PWD (DA) category is 22 years as on July 31 of the exam year
  • Candidates who are likely to complete Std. XII or equivalent by the end of June 30 of the exam year can also apply
  1. The percentage of marks obtained by the candidate in X and XII Standard would be calculated based on the aggregate marks of all subjects that appear in the mark sheet/grade sheet, irrespective of the Board’s regulation.
  2. In case the candidates are awarded letter grades or grades points instead of marks, the conversion of grades to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure certified by the Board/ Competent Authority.
  3. Applicants pursuing their X and/or XII standard from international schools affiliated to foreign Board’s like IGCSE and IB can also apply.
  4. IIM Indore reserves the right to decide the eligibility conditions in terms of equivalence, percentage marks, and the recognition of the qualifying examination, intake etc.

The candidates will be selected on the basis of overall performance in Aptitude Test (AT), Written Ability Test (WAT) & Personal Interview (PI). Any candidate who fails to appear either in AT and WAT & PI or both shall not be considered for selection. The selection process is as follows:

Stage 1: The candidates satisfying the minimum eligibility criteria should submit their application online

Stage 2: Based on the applications received, candidates satisfying minimum eligibility criteria will be called for the Aptitude Test (AT) to be conducted across various cities in the country

The pattern of AT will be as follows:

  1. There will be three sections in the Aptitude Test namely Quantitative Ability (Multiple Choice Question-MCQ), Quantitative Ability (Short Answer Question-SA) and Verbal Ability (Multiple Choice Question-MCQ).
  2. Each question will carry 4 marks.
  3. There will be a negative marking of 1 mark for each wrong answer except Quantitative Ability (SA) Section (these questions will not carry any negative marking).
  4. The AT will be structured as under

    Section Number of Questions Weightage (%) Time duration for the section
    QA (MCQ)403040 Minutes
    QA (SA)203540 Minutes
    VA (MCQ)403540 Minutes
  5. Candidate must answer the sections in a pre-specified order and this order will remain same for all the candidates. The above table does not indicate the final order of sections..

Stage 3: In this stage, the eligible pool for Stage-4 {i.e. shortlisting for Written Ability Test (WAT) & Personal Interview (PI)} is created considering only the candidates having positive raw scores and a minimum mark in each of the three sections of Aptitude Test. The minimum cut off mark in each section will be decided by the Admissions Committee. The minimum cut off mark in each section will be based on the categories of applicants. Individual regret letters will not be sent to applicants who are rejected at this stage.

Stage 4: Sufficient number of candidates for WAT and PI for each category (General, NC-OBC, SC, ST and PWD/DA) will be shortlisted from the eligible pool using the merit list generated based on Aptitude Test Score (ATS) as mentioned in the Table below:

Component Score
Score in Quantitative Ability (MCQ) Section 30 * (Candidate ′ s Score − Minimum Score)/ (Maximum Score − Minimum Score)
Score in Quantitative Ability (SA) Section 35 * (Candidate ′ s Score − Minimum Score)/ (Maximum Score − Minimum Score)
Score in Verbal Ability (MCQ) Section 35 * (Candidate ′ s Score − Minimum Score)/ (Maximum Score − Minimum Score)
Aptitude Test Score (ATS) Sum of above scores

Note: Maximum and Minimum scores are the highest and lowest scores obtained in respective sections by the candidates from the eligible pool.

Final Selection:  Category wise merit list will be generated based on Composite Score (CS) as mentioned in the Table below:

Component Weightage (%)
Aptitude Test Score (ATS) 50
Personal Interview (PI) 35
Written Ability Test (WAT) 15

No intimation will be sent to candidates who are not selected for final offer


As per Government of India requirement,

  1. 27% of the seats are reserved for Other Backward Classes candidates belonging to the “Non-Creamy” layer (NC-OBC),
  2. 15% for Scheduled Caste (SC),
  3. 7.5% for Scheduled Tribe (ST)
  4. 4% for Economically Weaker Sections (EWSs)
  5. 5% for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwD).