IPMAT 2020 (IIM Rohtak) Exam Analysis by Ajay Zener
The Integrated Program in Management Aptitude Test (IPMAT 2020) for IIM Rohtak was conducted today for the Five-year Integrated Program in Management for students after class XII. It was a surprise announcement four days back that the exam will be conducted on a google form for which the instructions were released yesterday. The exam was conducted in an open-book format which leads to a lot of concerns regarding malpractices.
This year the exam which was computer-based had questions from the Quantitative Ability, Logical reasoning, and Verbal Ability. Each of these sections had 20 questions, totally to a total of 60 questions, which were to be completed in 45 minutes. There was no section time limit and every correct answer scored 4 marks with a negative 1 for wrong answers.
The Written Ability Examination (WAT) which was usually a part of the interview process in the last year, was conducted as a part of the written examination this year. On completion of the 45 minutes of the written examination, the WAT started after a break of 15 minutes. The students had to write essays on two topics for which the time allocated was 30 minutes.
There were complaints from students and parents about the way the examination is being conducted and many students also complained of not being able to login to the test for about 10-15 minutes and losing crucial time.
The question paper was moderate, but with the change in format and with less time than the number of questions, the overall experience of the IPMAT 2020 would have been a difficult one.
- There were no questions from higher mathematics in IPMAT 2020 for IIM Rohtak
- Based on the performance of the IPMAT and the WAT, the students will be shortlisted for the Personal Interview Process.
General Structure of IPMAT (IIM Rohtak) 2020:
The LR section was also time-consuming but not difficult. It can be at best termed as moderate. An attempt to 11-13 questions in this section with 90% accuracy can be termed as a good attempt in this paper. The topics covered in this section were Syllogisms (2), Directions (2), Statement-Conclusions (2), Analogy (1), Arrangements and Puzzles (8), Series (2), Family Tree (2), Others (1), Coding-Decoding (1)
The VA section was the easiest of the sections and a student with good English proficiency could have easily attempted even the full paper. There were a lot of different kinds of questions in this section and an attempt at about 15-17 questions would be a good attempt in this section. The type of questions covered in this section was Usage of words (10), Sentence Completion (2), Short Passage Based (2), Word Replacement (2), Error Spotting (2), Pairing of Words (2)
The QA section was the most time consuming and hence can be termed as a moderate section. An attempt of about 10-11 questions in this section with an accuracy of about 90% can be termed as a good attempt in this section. The topics covered in this section were Percentages (1), Simple Interest (2), Time Speed and Distance (2), Square Root (1), Permutation and Combinations (7), Averages (5), Ages (1), Cube Root (1).
Written Ability Test (WAT)
This was the first time that WAT was conducted as a part of the main written examination. The topics were general.
- The Post COVID World
- What does success mean to you?
There were 30 minutes to write the essay, which was sufficient time for a word limit of 250 words. The total mark for WAT is 80, 40 marks for each of the topics.
The overall difficulty level of the paper can be termed as moderate, a good student could have attempted about 36-41 questions in the paper. With more questions than the minutes allocated, time management was the key to the examination. Students who will be shortlisted by IIM Rohtak for the Personal Interview will be notified at a later stage. The personal interviews are expected to be conducted online.
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