The test was of 100Q (60 Maths, 40 English) and of 120 min duration. Marking scheme was +4 for correct answer and -1 for wrong answer. There was no sectional time limit.
Similar to 2015, questions were of moderate-high difficulty level. This section tested strong math fundamentals taught till 11/12th standard across topics. Someone who has taken maths in 12th standard had a clear advantage. On screen calculator was provided.
Topic wise break-up
|Coordinate geometry (Graph based)||3|
|Sequences and series||2|
|Matrices (New category)||3|
|Number applications (AP/GP, binomial expansion, remainders)||3|
|Quadratic & higher order equation, inequalities||3|
|Time Speed Distance||1|
|LR - 2 sets – Circular, Matrix arrangements||8|
|DI - Condition based Selection criteria||3|
4 questions across topics were of Type in The Answers (TITA) nature – Without answer options.
Good attempt would be 25-30 Q with 85% accuracy. Good score in this section will be 80+ marks. 100+ score will be quite good
Predictably, English was an easier section. There were no tricky or unexpected question types. Difficulty level was easy-moderate. Fill in the blanks and vocabulary were given high importance
Topic wise break up
|2 RC passages (Short, Inferential questions, no fact based)||5 Each|
|Vocab (Synonyms, Medium-Tough)||6|
|Usage of words||5|
|Fill in the blanks|
Good attempt here will be 30-32 Q with 85% accuracy, which will lead to 95+ score. Good score will be 100+
Overall cut-off should be 180-200 marks
All the best to IPM 2016 takers for results!!