IPMAT 2022 Analysis, IPMAT 2022, IPMAT-22, IPMAT 2022 Exam Analysis, IPMAT 2022 IIM Indore Analysis

When IIM Indore launched the 5-year IPM in 2011, and subsequently the first IPM AT, the paper started gaining a reputation. Because the eligibility criteria for IPM included a math background, it attained an unfair reputation of being math-heavy, and therefore biased towards science-background students.  

11 years since, all experiments accomplished, IPM AT has finally hit adolescence. IPM AT-2022 showed that the test is moving towards resembling its much elder and more famous counterpart, CAT (Common Admissions Test).  

Why do we say that?


  1. The test finally changed its appeal. This year, it was not about how many you can attempt. It was about how many tricky questions you can identify and avoid. Selection skills – the forte of CAT toppers every year.  
  2. The difficulty level of all three sections became evidently balanced. Till IPM AT-2021, the cut-off for Verbal Ability was significantly higher than even the combined cut-off for Quantitative Ability. This year, with all three sections approaching similar difficulty levels, cut-offs will be more balanced. 
  3. The emphasis on higher math almost disappeared. There were so few questions from 11th and 12th standard math that you could skip all of them and yet easily clear cut-offs.  
  4. A typical question type became more common – a question type that can take you several minutes to solve if the logic does not click. 11 years ago, CAT had a question – how many 4-digit numbers of the type aabb are perfect squares? If you weren’t good with squares and cubes, this was a bummer. Else, it is a 1-second answer – 7744, the square of 88.  Fast forward to IPM AT 2022. There was a binomial expansion question: sum of the coefficients of (5x – 9)4. If you know the logic of finding the sum of coefficients, you would replace x with 1, and get the answer as (5 – 9)4 = 256. Otherwise, you would struggle with binomial expansion. That was the essence of at least 30% of the math questions across both sections 
  5. For those with clarity about their strengths, Verbal Ability was a clear discretion – what do you want to invest in? 4 or 5-sentence Para-jumbles with no options yet negative marking? Or RCs? Or non-RC questions? 
  6. The heart of VA was conversational. The language of the passages, the word usage questions, the fill-in-the-blanks – all of them maintained English at a conversational/familiar level for teenagers appearing for IPM AT. No exotic vocabulary, no head-banging level of text.  

IPMAT 2022 Exam Analysis: IIM Indore (Paper Pattern & Summary)

The overall paper moved to a difficulty level of Moderate to Difficult. Our summary analysis is below:  

Section  No. Of questions  Time Allotted  Overall difficulty  Suggested attempts   Predicted cut-off 
Quantitative Ability (SA)  15  40 minutes  Difficult  5 – 6   16  
Quantitative Ability (MCQ)  30  40 minutes  Moderate to Difficult  12 – 13   32 – 33  
Verbal Ability  45  40 minutes  Moderate  27 – 28  79 – 80  
Total  90  120 minutes  Moderate to Difficult  54 – 56   126 – 128  

Overall, with the increase in the number of questions, duration of each section, and difficulty level, we believe the cut-off score for an interview call from IIM Indore will not rise significantly. 

IPMAT 2022 Analysis: IIM Indore (Sectional Analysis)

Quantitative Ability (Short Answers):

With the announcement of an increase in the time limit, most people anticipated 20 questions, a la 2019 format. Instead, the number of questions only increased to 15. Absolutely no surprises in there – the same old mixed bag of 30% Algebra questions (5-6), 30% Arithmetic questions (5-6), and the remaining (4-5) equally divided between Geometry and Higher math. Continuing its legacy, the section was both tricky and lengthy. That is why, against a cut-off score of 12 last year, we see the cut-off score increase by only 4 marks. Put simply, against last year, the test takers had to answer just one more question correctly to clear the cut-off in this section.  

Prediction: There is no negative marking in this section, so 5-6 attempts with a 90% accuracy or 7-8 attempts with an 80% accuracy should help you clear the cut-off.  

Quantitative Ability (Multiple Choice Questions):

This section threw up a surprise and a shock. The surprise (happy) was that against the expectation of 40 questions in 40 minutes, this section only had 30 questions in 40 minutes. The shock (unnerving) was a set of 5 questions based on pure logical reasoning, rather than a table or a pie-chart. What should you have done? Skipped it. But sadly, many test-takers attempted it and got stuck. Why would you do that? This was not supposed to be net practice for your SET scheduled for tomorrow! 

Besides this set, questions were properly divided into different conceptual areas for a thorough evaluation of your quantitative skills. 8 questions from Arithmetic, 8 questions from Algebra, 6 from Modern Math (Numbers, Set Theory, Probability, and P & C), and just 3 questions from Higher Math. 

We said earlier that the theme this year was knowing what questions you should not attempt. This section reflected that theme well. Even for the most proficient math students, there were at least 5 questions that should have been left un-attempted 

Prediction: 12-13 attempts with 90% accuracy or 16-17 attempts with 80% accuracy will be sufficient to clear the cut-off. 

Verbal Ability:

Unlike QA (MCQ), VA had two shocks: the number of questions increased to 45 in 40 minutes, and the parajumbles, despite being Type-in-the-answer, had negative marking. If you were one of the test-takers who did not notice this catch and attempted Parajumbles randomly, Oh child! What have you done? 

But besides this, the section was exactly what we had predicted for our students. This includes an extra RC with 6 questions (there was only one RC last year), higher emphasis on vocabulary and grammar questions of the quick type, and lower emphasis on Verbal Logic-based time-consuming questions.  

The section had 12 questions in RCs (2 passages with 6 questions each), 8 questions on Sentence Completion, 10 questions related to Word Usage, 4 questions related to rearranging sentence fragments, 5 parajumbles, and 6 grammar-based questions. As always, RC questions were time-consuming but not abstract. Sentence Completion made test-takers gasp – 4 words for each question, but the sentences and words were easy. Word Usage and grammar-based questions were easy to moderate. The difficult part was Parajumbles. 3 parajumbles with 5 sentences each, 2 with 4 sentences each, but all 5 with a common element – you could find only 2-3 links within 1 minute, but finding the last link too another 2 minutes. Just not worth investing so much time into it, with the risk of negative marking embedded in it.  

Prediction: 27-28 attempts with 90% accuracy or 32-33 attempts with 80% accuracy are required to clear the cut-off score. Should not be so difficult if you did not bleed time in RCs or parajumbles. 

That’s it from our side. JIPMAT for IIM Jammu and IIM Bodhgaya is up next followed by this year’s revelation CUET. In 2 weeks IPM AT scores are likely to be declared. So, if you ask us what next, we would say, take a 1-2 day break. Then come back and work on your interviews ahead. If you need assistance with preparing for interviews, you can reach out to us at 8733003330

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