IPM 2019 Analysis

IIM Indore conducted the IPM-AT on 10th May, 2019 across various centres in the country. The test was a computer based test and had a total of 100 questions. The structure of the test was similar to last year’s paper. The questions were spread across three sections – Quantitative Ability (Short Answer Type questions), Quantitative Ability (MCQs), and Verbal Ability with 20, 40, and 40 questions respectively. Order of sections was also pre-defined. For the second and the third sections, each question carried 4 marks and there was a negative marking of 1 mark for each of the wrong responses. However, in the first section, the answers had to be typed in the box provided against each of the questions. There was no negative marking for incorrect answers in this section.

Sectional cut-off applied in all the three areas which means that the test-takers were expected to show their competence in all the sections. The total duration of the test was 120 minutes – 40 minutes for each of the sections and one could move to the next section only once the sectional time limit was over.

In comparison to the last year’s question paper, the exam this year had more difficult and lengthier questions.

Let us now have a look at the individual sections:

Section 1: Quantitative Ability (Short Answer Type Questions)

Like last year, IPM-AT had a separate section on short answer type questions in quatitative ability area. There was no negative marking in this section. This section was medium-high in terms of difficulty. The questions were predominantly asked from the topics like Logarithms, Sequence & Series, P&C, Probability, Arithmetic, Venn Diagrams, etc. Following is the distribution of the questions from various topics:

Topic No. of Questions
Algebra 3
Numbers 2
Matrices & Determinants 3
Geometry & Mensuration 2
Coordinate Geometry/Trigonometry 3
Arithmetic 3
Logarithms 2
Sequences & Series 1
Venn Diagrams 1
Total 20

A score of (33 +/- 2) can be considered a good one in this section.

Section 2: Quantitative Ability (MCQ)

The Quantitative Ability (MCQ) section proved to be yet again a difficult one. The section saw questions from a gamut of topics. A significant number of questions were present from Numbers, Algebra, Pure Maths, and Arithmetic. A single set on Data Interpretation (Five questions) was also there. A break-up of the topic-wise questions is given as under:

Topic No. of Questions
Numbers 7
Arithmetic 6
Pure Maths (P&C, Probability, Functions, Co-ordinate Geometry, Trigonometry, etc) 18
Geometry &Mensuration 4
Data Interpretation 5
Total 40

A score of around (70 +/- 2) can be considered a good score in this section.

Section 3: Verbal Ability

There were no surprises in the Verbal Ability section this year, as the pattern was similar to that of last year. The section was easy-moderate and all the questions could have been attempted in the given time.

Following is the broad distribution of questionsin this section:

Area No. of Questions
Reading Comprehension 12
Sentence Completion (Single blank & Multiple blanks) 12
Sentence Correction 5
Para Jumbles (Non-MCQ) 3
Correct usage of words/phrases 5
Para Completion 3
Total 40

An attempt of 30-32 can be considered a good attempt in this section and a score of (98+/- 2) should be a good one.

Overall Verdict

Owing to the higher difficulty level of the exam, the cut-offs are expected to be around (160 +/- 5).

Disclaimer: All information on cut-offs, analysis, and scores are based on independent analysis and evaluation made by T.I.M.E. We do not take responsibility for any decision that might be taken, based on this information

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Team T.I.M.E.