If you are looking for an All-In-One preparation guide for IPMAT 2022 Quants you have come to the right place! This blog will elaborate on all the important matters one by one. Let’s start!!!

## 1. Assess the Pattern of IPMAT Quants

The pie chart below gives a percentage wise break up of prominent topics which have appeared in the IPMAT paper over the past two years.

Analysing the pie chart would help you focus on topics which carry more weightage. Categories such as Arithmetic and Modern math carry enough weightage for you to concentrate on it during your preparation. Apart from this, to bolster your score well beyond the cut offs, you should definitely focus on topics like functions and progressions, which have consistently been asked over the last three years. Along with this, dedicatedly solving one/two DI sets everyday will surely increase your chances of scoring those juicy 20 marks in IPMAT 2022 Quants.

## 2. Know your Mathematical and Logical Abilities

Preparing for an exam is all about fortifying your strengths, working on your weakness and choosing your battles wisely. The same goes for the IPMAT exam as well. Your education stream doesn’t come into question as much as your ability to solve intriguing and heavy duty math questions.

#### A. Quantitative Aptitude

Most of Arithmetic, modern math, parts of geometry like mensuration, parts of algebra like progressions and LR (Logical Reasoning) puzzles can be classified as Quantitative Aptitude. This is because you have to think actively during the exam to crack these problems. It is based more on your intuitive logical sense and less on standard application of formula. Irrespective of your academic background, if you have picked up the ability to skillfully navigate through reasoning puzzles these topics become easier with practice.

If you are a candidate with a good base in 11th and 12th mathematics you have already covered most of the syllabus. But, I am sure that you don’t want to leave any stone unturned. So, it would be prudent to get accustomed to specific question types through mocks and advanced level tests. A tiny sub-tip would be to become familiar with questions that look easy but end up being super tricky. Sometimes even the best candidates run in circles because of the inability to handle non-routine questions.

If you are starting fresh with math, (Don’t fret!) identify interesting topics from areas which carry more weightage and nail those. There is usually at least 1 question from set theory, 5/6 from Arithmetic, 2-5 questions from Number theory, and 1-2 sure shot questions from P & C. If you get these right it can guarantee an acceptable score (even clear cut offs). As question selection would be absolutely critical for you, create a good exam taking strategy during mocks. Finally, stick to your guns and give your best in IPMAT 2022 Quants!

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#### B. Pure Mathematics

I won’t beat around the bush and waste your time with comforting verbiage. There is a set of problems which require the aspirant to have sound knowledge of pure mathematical concepts. These are rigorous questions where you have to put your head down and solve. Questions on matrices, functions, coordinate geometry, exponents & logs, and inequalities fall under this bracket. You should have dealt with these topics squarely in your 11th and 12th to sail through them in the exam.

For those students who are extremely confident of having all the question types in the bag, I would urge you to reconsider attempting all of them. However tempting they maybe, don’t get caught in tedious questions. The thumb rule is to complete those which can be solved quickly and then jump on to those that appear to be lengthy.

## 3. Taking Mocks

There isn’t a perfect time to start taking mocks. My suggestion would be to sit down and understand yourself to some extent before diving into it. If you are a student who can withstand oscillating mock scores start right away, in the blink of an eye. On the other hand, if you get frustrated with mediocre or low scores wait till you are confident with 35-45% of the IPMAT 2022 Quant topics and then start with your mock marathon.

This purpose of this idea is to instill and maintain self-belief throughout the journey. But please remember that an attitudinal shift takes you a long way while taking mocks. Confidence is your best friend throughout your preparation. So, make sure you don’t let it hit rock bottom even if the scores do (Which happens to everybody).

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Analysis of your mock exam is a must after its completion. You may want to take note of the following aspects during the analysis.

#### A. Time Management

This part involves analysing the number of minutes spent on right answers, wrong answers and un attempted questions. The goal should be to minimize the time spent on the decision to skip complex questions and figure out efficient ways to tackle those which you got right.

#### B. New Question Types and Formulae

It will surely benefit you to note down new question types and their respective formulae to solve them quicker. Many may know the conceptual framework of a topic like sequences and series, but only the one who has been exposed to a variety of question types will find it easier to do those in the exam. As far as formula are concerned, do whatever helps you retain and reproduce automatically. Personally speaking, I used to write them down on a sheet of paper and stick them on the wall opposite my study desk.

#### C. Question selection

Choosing the right questions is a very important skill that you will have to pick during your preparation. It is not just an intuitive mind, but an experienced one that organically develops the skill of selecting the right questions. Sometimes it is between a tough question in a familiar topic and a freebie in a less-explored area. At times it is between a logical question and a lengthy usual question. So, tailor your strategies according to what suits you best.

## 4. Keep Calm!

I am not going to hurl jargons and preachy sayings at you. I am sure that the ordeal of your 12th standard would have taught you enough and more lessons on why it is important to be in a good head space before your exams. So, take a deep breath whenever you feel things are out of control, and believe in yourself.

## 5. Eat, Practice, Sleep, Repeat!

Needless to say, following a fixed routine is indispensable for IPMAT 2022 Quants preparation. Reiterative practice in quant is the holy grail to solving questions intuitively. Over-compromising on sleep to clock extra hours might end up being counter productive. So, work super hard, but don’t forget to rest.

And ……. Make sure to have fun on the D-day.

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Cheers and best wishes!

*Rajesh Balasubramanian** runs 2IIM and takes the CAT every year and is a 4-time CAT 100 percentiler. He likes few things more than teaching Math and insists to this day that he is a better teacher than exam-taker.*

Raj says

Very informative, thank you every student who is preparing for the exam need to read this.