Exams are one of the most dreaded part of student life and in terms of competitive exams even more so. This daunting question of who dared to come up with this dreaded concept of exams always seems to wreck my brain. Well, but I guess at least in this lifetime we’re not going to get away from giving exams. So, I thought of giving you all some insights into how I prepared for the JIPMAT exam for IIM Jammu and IIM Bodhgaya and what are the general unsaid key points you can remember to help in your JIPMAT preparation.
JIPMAT Exam Pattern
I feel the most important part of giving any exam is knowing what the exam is all about because it helps you strategize and plan your study well. So, to give you all a little brief about the exam, JIPMAT stands for Joint Integrated Program in Management Aptitude Test. It’s an entrance exam conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for students who are aspiring to get admission into IIM Jammu and IIM Bodhgaya for the IPM course. The candidates from all streams are eligible for the IPM course in IIM Jammu and IIM Bodhgaya. Now let’s dive into the details of this exam. The exam pattern, consists of three sections, namely:
|Sections||No. of questions||Marks awarded per question||Negative marking|
(-1 marks )
|Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning||33||+4||Yes|
|Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension||34||+4||Yes|
Total Questions: 100
Duration of exam: 2 ½ hours
Another important aspect this year for the exam would be that there is going to be a sectional cut off in the exam. Sectional cut off means that you need to clear the cut off all the individual sections to get a call letter. So, this actually makes it slightly challenging because now you have to perform well in all sections and cannot just rely on your strong points among the three sections.
JIPMAT Preparation tips
Once you have clearly understood the exam pattern, the next step is to understand how to go about the preparation for the exam. Preparing for the competitive exams along with the 12th standard board exams is certainly not an easy task as both the exams are equally important and both have an entirely different strategy for preparation. However, I feel that this problem can be solved if you plan your day well. You should plan your day in such a manner that every day you are able to devote two to three hours to the preparation of JIPMAT.
Quantitative aptitude section –
There are no hard and fast rules as to which time of the day to be devoted to what. Everyone has their most productive and least productive hours in the day and keep in mind that you should plan your schedule for the day. The three sections of the exam would require different preparation strategies.This section focuses on covering various concepts of mathematics up to class 10th level.
I feel that whenever you are preparing any concept or topic of math it is very important to understand the concept very well. This is because the problem given to you could be anything under the sun, but as long as you are thorough with your concepts you would be able to think on your feet and would thus be able to solve any given problem.
Moreover, in order to score well in this section practicing various concepts on a day-to-day basis is extremely important. Another important aspect which comes into play while solving this section is the time factor. Since in JIPMAT you have a time constraint and you need to solve correctly as many questions as you can, merely practicing questions wouldn’t help.
You also need to pay attention to the methods you use for solving various questions. The most efficient methods are to be adopted. I mostly used the Pearson book for the IPM entrance exam along with some handouts which I used to get from my coaching classes to prepare for the quantitative aptitude questions.
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning section –
This section would consist of questions wherein sets of data would be provided to you and a series of questions would be asked based on the data set being provided. Data interpretation questions are likely to have big and complex numbers being given to you. But the trick to solving such questions is to master the trick of approximation. In this technique, you try to approximate the answer as close to the actual value as possible by either rounding off the values or taking whole numbers instead of decimals where ever there is a scope to do so. This will save your time and since the choices will be provided you can make an intelligent guess.
For the logical reasoning questions, one very important thing to keep in mind is that you need to devout sufficient time to understand the caselet being given to you and get the logic correct. This is extremely important because answering the follow-up questions becomes very easy if you have been able to understand the caselet correctly.
Verbal ability & reading comprehension section –
Before we discuss how to go about the preparation for this section, I’d like to say that please do not take this section lightly. We tend to think that it’s just basic English. But mind you, this complacency can land you in serious trouble. In my opinion, this is like the make-or-break section which can either take you high up in the merit or pull you down. The reading comprehensions which you get in JIPMAT can be from varied topics like science, technology, cultural issues, generic stories or incidences etc.
Your reading and comprehension speed would matter a lot for these passages. Merely reading fast would not help because until and unless you understand what you’ve read you obviously wouldn’t be able to answer the questions being asked.
Another aspect is working on your vocabulary. Now, this isn’t something which you can do overnight. Small habits like reading the newspaper daily, doing some casual reading like novels etc would help you learn a lot of new words and phrases along with their contextual meanings. Grammar would require proper practice on a daily basis. You can make use of any English grammar book you may possess.
Topics to cover for the exam
There is a large number of topics that you need to cover for your JIPMAT preparation, which are:
- Quantitative aptitude section:
• Simple equations
• Time and work
• Time and distance
• Mixtures and allegations
• Profit and loss
• Simple and compound interest
- Data interpretation and logical reasoning section:
• Data arrangement
• Blood relations
• Direction sense
• Sets and caselets
• Data sufficiency
• Seating arrangement
• Venn diagrams
• Data structures
• Clocks and calendars
- Verbal ability and reading comprehension section:
• Reading comprehension
• Proper usage of words
• Fill in the blanks
• Paragraph jumbles
• Synonyms and antonyms
• Sentence correction
|JIPMAT Exam Details||Dates|
|Registration for the JIPMAT exam begins||1st April 2022|
|Last date for registration||30th April 2022|
|Exam Date||19th June 2022|
Lastly, I’d just like to say that as you enter a new phase of your lives by opting for higher education, the objectives and goals are no more going to be restricted to just giving exams and doing the syllabus. The focus will now shift to skill-building and multifaceted learning. Education isn’t just acquired to get a job. It is acquired because it adds value and meaning to your life and you should always have the hunger to learn and grow.
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