IPM 2019 analysis
IPM entrance test 2019 was conducted by IIM Indore on May 10, 2019. The exam contained 100 questions across three sections viz. Quantitative Ability (MCQ) – 40 Q, Quantitative Ability (Short Answers) – 20 Q and Verbal Ability – 40 Q. Each section had a time limit of 40 min. One could move to the next section any time before the completion of the sectional time limit, but could not come back to the previous section. The order of sections was pre-defined.
In Quantitative Ability (MCQ) & Verbal Ability Sections, each correct answer fetched 4 marks and each incorrect one attracted a penalty of 1 mark. In Quantitative Ability (Short Answers) section, answers had to be typed in the box provided against the question. These questions did not attract any negative marking.
Let us look at individual sections.
Section 1 - Quantitative Ability (MCQ) – 40 Questions (40 Min)
Topic |
Number of Questions |
Numbers & number applications |
7 |
Data Interpretation |
5 |
Geometry |
3 |
Inequalities |
3 |
Probability, P&C |
2 |
Coordinate Geometry |
2 |
Logarithms |
2 |
Functions |
2 |
Ratio and proportion |
2 |
Sequences & Series |
2 |
Compound interest |
1 |
Time speed distance |
1 |
Averages & Percentages |
1 |
Trigonometry |
1 |
Mensuration |
1 |
Averages |
1 |
Set Theory |
1 |
Equation with single variable |
1 |
Matrices |
1 |
Function |
1 |
Total |
40 Q |
As can be seen, this section had a wide mix of topics. There weren’t many sitters. DI case let was easy. The questions on inequalities could have been solved using options. The questions based on functions were difficult while those based on coordinate geometry were moderately tough, and logarithms were doable. The rest were a mixed lot. Choice of right Q would have made a lot of difference to scoring. 25-28 would have been a good attempt. With 80% accuracy, a good raw score would be 75+.
Section 2 - Quantitative Ability (Short Answers) – 20 Questions (40 Min)
Topic |
Number of Questions |
Geometry/coordinate geometry |
3 |
Matrices |
3 |
Algebra |
2 |
Logarithms |
2 |
Numbers |
2 |
Averages & percentages |
2 |
Sequences & Series |
1 |
Ratio and proportion |
1 |
Sets |
1 |
Trigonometry |
1 |
Mensuration |
1 |
Functions |
1 |
Total |
20 Q |
The questions were time consuming & moderately difficult. A good attempt would have been 10-11 Q. With 75-80% accuracy, one would have earned 28-32 marks as a raw score.
Section 3 – Verbal Ability - 40 Questions (40 Min)
This was an easy section and students wouldn’t have missed scoring opportunities, if they used available time well. Here was the topic wise break up:
Topic |
Number of Q |
Reading Comprehension (2 passages of 300 words and 250 words each, based on labour distribution and gender stereotypes. Most Q were fact based & could be easily answered) |
12 |
Fill-in-the-blanks (Usage of appropriate words) |
6 |
Fill-in-the-blanks (Usage of appropriate sentence) |
6 |
Incorrect word usage |
5 |
Fill-in-the-blanks (Logical word usage) |
4 |
Fill in the blanks (Paragraph completion) |
3 |
Para jumbles (Type-in-The-Answer) |
3 |
Fill-in-the--blanks (Usage of 3 words) |
1 |
Total |
40 Q |
There were no pure vocabulary questions. A serious attempt of 35-36 Q was possible. With 80% accuracy, it comes to a raw score of 105.
The overall difficulty level of the exam was similar to that of 2018 & a total raw score of 210 should be good to get a PI-WAT call.
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