IPMAT 2020 Exam Analysis

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Overview of IPMAT 2020 for IIM Rohtak:

The IPMAT 2020 exam for admission to the five-year Integrated Programme in Management (IPM) of IIM Rohtak was finally conducted today on 20th July 2020, after multiple postponements due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  On Day 1 today, the test has been conducted for students from General/SC/ST/OBC categories. On Day 2, the test would be rendered for PwD candidates.

After having faced technical glitches in conduction of the Remote proctored Online test earlier, the institute decided to go in for a Google forms based online test.  The technical requirement for taking up the test was very basic – laptop with minimum internet bandwidth requirement of 512 kbps. A smartphone also could have been used in case of an emergency. Google form link for the two sections of the test was shared with students on 18th July (Saturday). Students had to refresh the page at the exam start time to begin the exam. Students have reported facing technical glitches at the start of section 1 due to heavy traffic on the webpage. This resulted in a loss of 2-5 minutes for some students. Also, since a Google form does not have a provision of auto form submission, the onus of timely exam submission was put on the students. This caused undue pressure on the students.

Paper Pattern of IPMAT 2020 – IIM Rohtak:

There was a change in the exam pattern as compared to the previous year. Unlike a 120 Question, 120 minute test of last year, this year the test comprised of two sections. Section 1 had 60 questions spread across Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal Ability (VA) and Logical Reasoning (LR) to be attempted in 45 minutes.  Section 2 was a Written Ability Test (WAT) wherein students had to attempt 2 short essays in a duration of 30 minutes.  This new pattern had already been notified to the students beforehand by the institute.

This exam was an open book, open notes and open material exam. However, referring to any external source for help would have definitely slowed down the student in this speed based exam. The candidate was allowed to do rough work during the exam using pen and paper.

Section Exam Type Description Duration Start Time Total Score
Section 1 Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) Total 60 questions from Quantitative Ability, Logical Reasoning and Verbal Ability 45 minutes 03:30 PM (IST) 240


15 minutes 04:15 PM (IST)
Section 2 Written Ability Test (WAT) 02 Short Essay on the topics given, in not more than 1000 characters (250 words approx.) each 30 minutes 04:30 PM (IST) 80

IPMAT 2020 Exam Analysis – IIM Rohtak

Section 1: Aptitude

Students were required to enter the below details at the start of Section 1-

  • Full Name of student
  • Application ID
  • Registered Email ID
  • Class XI and XII percentage marks (students could leave this field blank if he/she did not have the percentage)

All 60 questions of Section 1 were on the single page of Google form. There were 20 questions each on QA, VA and LR. Questions of QA, VA and LR were all grouped together and appeared in the mentioned order.  There was no sectional time limit. The marking scheme in this section was +4 for each right answer and a negative marking of 1 mark for each wrong answer.

  • Quantitative Ability:

No. Of Questions: 20

Arithmetic was the most dominant area in QA comprising of 7-8 questions.  Questions were spread across the topics of Simple Interest- Compound Interest, Profit & Loss, Time Speed Distance, Percentage and Averages. Students have reported typo error/data inconsistency in approx 2 arithmetic questions. Permutation & Combinations and probability together had another 7 questions.  There was a single question on Linear Equations as well. Questions on Square root & cube root have been reported to be easy.  From an overall QA perspective, students have reported that while some questions were easy there were a few time-consuming questions as well.

Level of difficulty:  Moderate
Ideal attempts:  12+
Ideal correct:  9+
Time to be allotted:  15 mins

Question Type Number of Questions Detail
Numbers 2-3 Square root, cube root
Algebra 1-2 Linear Equation
Arithmetic 7-8 SI-CI (2), Profit and Loss (1), TSD (1), Percentage (1), Average (2-3)
Permutation and Combinations 4-5
Probability 2
  • Verbal Ability:

No. of Questions: 20

Vocabulary and Sentence Rearrangement:

There were around 8 questions based on vocabulary with 2-3 questions on One-word substitution, 2-3 questions on Fill in the blanks and 2 questions on analogies.

There was a single question based on Sentence Rearrangement. The format in which Sentence Rearrangement was asked in this paper was quite interesting. There was a Match the following based question in which 4 sentences were divided into two columns and the student had to find the correct match.


There were 3 questions based on Spotting the error and Identifying the correct/incorrect sentence. One interesting question type that came up in the test were the questions which had 4 sentences and 2 of these 4 sentences were required to be connected using one of the conjunctions given in the options. There were 2 such questions and students would have found these questions to be time-consuming.


This section had 3 passages, of around 3-4 lines, with 2 questions each. Most of the questions from these passages were direct and could be answered quite easily.


Level of difficulty: Easy
Ideal attempts: 15+
Ideal correct: 12+
Time to be allotted: 10 minutes

Question Type Number of Questions Details Level of Difficulty
Vocabulary based 8 One word substitution; FIB; Analogies Moderate
Sentence Arrangement – Match the following 1 connect the sentences in two columns Moderate
Analogies 2 Easy
Grammar 3 Error Detection; Identify the correct/incorrect sentence Easy
Conjunctions 2 Connect the sentences using the conjunctions given in the options Moderate
Passage based – 3-4 sentences 6 All direct Easy
  • Logical Reasoning:

No. of Questions: 20

There were around 15 questions on Analytical Reasoning and Mental Ability whereas 5 questions on Verbal Reasoning.

Analytical Reasoning and Mental Ability:

There were 2 questions on series – one each on the identification of the missing number and finding the incorrect number in the given series.  These questions have been reported to be easy. There was an easy question on Number coding.  Students found the blood relations questions (2-3 questions) also to be easy. There was one question each on Dices and Directions. Linear and circular arrangements made up for 5-6 questions in this section some of which were a little time-consuming.

Verbal Reasoning:

There were 5 questions on Syllogisms which were of moderate difficulty level.


Level of difficulty: Easy
Ideal attempts: 15+
Ideal correct: 12+
Time to be allotted: 20 mins

Question Type Number of Questions Details Level of Difficulty
Arrangements 5-6 Linear and Circular Arrangements Moderate to Difficult
Series 2 Missing Number, incorrect number Easy
Coding 1 Number Coding Easy
Dices 1 Moderate
Blood Relations 2-3 Easy
Directions 1 Easy
Verbal Reasoning 5 Syllogisms Moderate

Section 2: Written Ability Test (WAT)

After the aptitude test (Section 1), students were given a break of 15 minutes post which they had to attempt the WAT section. A separate Google form link had been provided to the student for this section.

Students were required to enter the below details at the start of Section 2-

  • Full Name of student
  • Application ID
  • Registered Email ID

The total duration for the WAT section was 30 minutes in which students had to attempt two short essays (250 words or 1000 characters). Each essay would be evaluated out of a maximum score of 40 marks.

The topics of the essay were:

  1. Post-COVID World
  2. What does being successful mean to you?

The first topic tested the students on their understanding of the current global situation. The second topic, in a very subtle way, asked students to describe their long term goals.


IPMAT 2020 IIM Rohtak paper was moderate, given the changes in test-pattern and mode of conduction this year.

Shortlisting of students for the personal interview would be done basis on-

Parameter Weightage
IPM Entrance Exam (MCQ) 60%
IPM Entrance Exam (WAT) 20%
Past Academics 20%

Below are the indicative ideal attempts and a good score for the MCQ portion (Section 1) of the IPM AT exam.

  • Ideal Attempts – 45+
  • Good Score – 130+
Title Number of Questions Level of Difficulty Time Allocated Ideal Attempt Good score
Quantitative Ability 20 Moderate 15 mins 12+ 35+
Reasoning 20 Easy 20 mins 15+ 45+
Verbal Ability 20 Easy 10 mins 15+ 45+
Overall 60 Moderate 45 Mins 45+ 130+

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