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How to prepare for an IPMAT interview?

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How to prepare for an IPMAT interview?

IPMAT is an aptitude test conducted by IIM Rohtak and IIM Indore for admission to its five-year integrated program (bachelors + masters) called Integrated program for management or IPM. IPMAT stands for Integrated program for management aptitude test. This aptitude test consists of WAT (written ability test) and PI(personal interview). There are many best IPMAT coaching out there that helps you in these tests. You can also check them out.

After you have written your WAT, you will be shortlisted and called for a personal interview. The WAT focuses on core knowledge of the topics taught in your respective stream up to class 12 while the personal interview is more focused on your overall personality and presence of mind.

Without wasting any more of your precious time by telling you things that you already know, let me elaborate in detail about the structure of the interview and most importantly, the questions asked.

Broadly, the interview is divided into three parts. First of all, you will be required to introduce yourself briefly. You should include your name, personal background, and academic qualifications in your introduction. Keep your introduction as precise as possible and conclude it with some incident or reason that has inspired you to select IPM over other courses (not too much detail though).

The first part – Introduction

After your introduction, in the first part of the interview, interaction will revolve around the details you mentioned in your introduction. The first part of the interview is kept short and that is why it is advisable to keep your introduction precise.

Second part – Objective questions from your respective stream in class 12th

After a couple of questions centered around your background, questions will be asked based on the knowledge you gained in your entire school life. Deep knowledge of each subject you have ever studied is not required, only a superficial awareness about all the topics is sufficient.

Some sample questions asked are:

  • Which is your favorite subject and why?

  • What forces are acting on a moving car?

  • How do you find the transpose of a matrix?

  • Difference between micro and macroeconomics?

  • What element is used in making the lead of a pencil?

Why does light refract?

Questions are asked according to your stream, therefore no special preparation should be required for this part if you have a decent knowledge about your subjects in school. The answers expected in this part are objective which means no detailed explanations are required. Try to be spontaneous and deliver to-the-point answers within a sentence or two.

Third part: General knowledge and awareness

The third part will be the most lengthy and scoring one as this is where the interviewers will actually judge your IQ, general knowledge, critical thinking, and opinions. Answers expected in this part are subjective and you are expected to elaborate in detail including facts as well as your personal opinions.

Tricky questions based upon current affairs are also asked frequently and it is advised to answer practically without reaching an extremist view as it may not coincide with the interviewer’s perspective.

Some sample questions are:

  • If you move from Kanyakumari to Srinagar, what states will you pass through?

  • name two women chief ministers of India and their parties

  • name the finance minister of India

  • What is meant by leadership according to you?

  • What is the importance of organization?

Questions asked in the conclusion of the interview

Q) What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Explain your real strengths first and steer away from generic answers like hard working, dedicated, disciplined, and so on. Name two or three strengths along with short incidents to support them.

For example, “I am a curious person and my general intrigue drives my motivation to learn new things” or “I find myself to be relatively quicker at understanding concepts”.

Keep the weakness part as short as possible and DO NOT  try to fabricate your strengths as your weaknesses. Make sure to include the efforts you are putting in to overcome your weaknesses. Mention something like “I don’t know any foreign language but I hope to learn one during college” or “It’s difficult for me to provide constructive criticism as I think too much about how someone will feel”.

Q) Why should we select you?

Explain confidently about your skills and achievements and how this selection can further help you develop as a professional.

Explain what talents you have and how you can help in bringing out the best version of your colleagues.

Q) Why do you prefer IPM over other courses?

Mention why you are interested in this field generally and how an integrated course can help you gain more knowledge efficiently.

Some quick tips for the interview

  • Be well-groomed.

  • Be well updated about local, national and international affairs.

  • Do mock interviews

  • Keep yourself calm, relaxed, and confident throughout the interview

  • Don’t give the interview like an exam, deal with it like you are simply talking to someone professionally. 

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