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IPMAT 2020- IIM Rohtak: Exam Analysis

IIM Rohtak conducted its 2nd Integrated Program in Management Aptitude Test (IPMAT) today with the help of google form for its five-year Integrated Program in Management after class XII( senior secondary exams). Due to the current pandemic situation, the exam dates were being postponed multiple times in the previous few months. However, to the surprised everyone, just 4 days before the entrance exam, IIM Rohtak announced for the exam will be conducted through a google form, which is unheard of. A day before the exam, the instructions released for the exam by the institute, made the exam open book, open material, leading to confusion and apprehensions malpractices.
IPMAT by IIM Rohtak is a computer-based test designed to test the analytical and reasoning abilities of the candidates. The paper, being conducted in a google form format, the structure was altered and students were given only 60 questions (20 across each section-Quant, Logical Reasoning and Verbal ability) instead of 120 questions, with the duration of the exam curtailed to 45 minutes, with no sectional time limit. Each correct attempt would fetch 4 marks and each incorrect attempt would attract a penalty of 1 mark.
Post a break of 15 minutes after the MCQ paper, students were required to attempt the Written Ability Test (WAT) wherein they had to write essays on two short topics provided. The time duration for the WAT exercise was 30 minutes.
Just when the exam started, many students were in for a shock as the website had crashed. Many students complained that they could log in only after a gap of 10-15 minutes which affected the number of attempts.
Like the previous year, the paper was easy with no questions from Higher Maths as they had thought because of the IPM factor.
Candidates will be short-listed for Personal Interview basis their performance in the IPMAT consisting of WAT and their past academic records. The final merit list will be drawn from among the shortlisted students, at a later stage.

Given below is a general overview of IPMAT (IIM Rohtak) 2020:

SectionNo of QuestionsGood AttemptDifficulty
Quantitative Ability208-12Moderate-High
Verbal Ability208-12Moderate-High
Logical Reasoning2010-14Moderate-High
it is our estimate! it has been given as per analysis by experts!

Quantitative Ability

This section had a total of 20 questions with a few typing errors. Most students found the section to be a little time consuming, but an easy one. The strategy to solve this section was speed and time management.

Topic wise break of questions:

SubjectNo. of Questions
Time, Speed and Distance2
Permutation & Combination7
Simple Interest1
Square Root1

Logical Reasoning:

One of the easiest sections in the paper, had 20 questions. Questions were from a range of topics and the section had a balanced approach.

Topic wise break of questions:

AreaNo. of Questions
Blood Relations2

Overall, an easy section and an attempt of 14-15 questions can be considered a good one.

Verbal Ability:

This section was as per expectation; with a wide range or areas being covered. Overall, an easy section for the candidates.

Topic wise break-up of questions:

AreaNo. of Questions
Word Usage9
Word Pairing2
Sentence Completion2
Word Replacement2
Error Identification2
Passage based2

An attempt of 8-12 questions were possible in this section with a good accuracy

Overall, the paper seems to be easy and the cut offs are likely to be on the mid range side. One could have managed to attempt 28-40 questions easily with some time management and speed.

Written Ability Test (WAT)

For the first time, this section was conducted in an online format on the same day of the MCQ exam. The topic given (Post COVID World & What does being successful means to you?) didn’t pose any problem to the students. The essays were to be written in half an hour and within a limit of 250 words. One could have easily completed the same within the given time. This section will carry 80 marks with 40 marks assigned to each topic.

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