You can start preparing for IPMAT without coaching along with ISC boards preparations by following the points below:
Go through the revised IPMAT exam pattern
Read thoroughly the IPMAT syllabus 2020
Pick out your strong and weak areas in all the four sections
Gather the best books and study material for IPMAT preparation 2020
Improve on your weak areas and monitor the improvement regularly
Take as many Mocks during your preparation and do the analysis of each Mock.
Without analysis of Mock, attempting a mock test may not be useful.
As per the revised IPMAT 2020 pattern, the exam will consist of 3 sections (Effectively 2) with a total of 100 questions. The number of questions in each section vary and are of different types.
Your plan for IPMAT preparation 2020 needs to ensure a high score in each section as there will also be a sectional score cut off in IIM Indore IPM admission.
Your IPMAT preparation has to be as per the revised IPMAT pattern which is as under:
IPMAT 2020 is an objective-type test comprising MCQs and Short Answer (SA) questions
There are two sections namely Quantitative Ability and Verbal Ability
There are 100 questions in total with a time duration of 2 hours
Each correct answer carries 4 marks.
There is a negative marking of 1 mark for each wrong answer for MCQs.
There is No Negative marking for Short Answer (SA) questions
Candidates must answer the sections in a pre-specified order and this order is the same for all the candidates.
Quantitative Ability section has a time limit of 80 minutes
Verbal Ability section has a time limit of 40 minutes.
Best IPMAT Preparation Books
IPMAT preparation books play a major role in helping you in IPMAT self preparation and score high in the IPMAT exam.
A few of the best books for IPMAT preparation recommended by experts are:
IPMAT Preparation Book for Quantitative Aptitude section
Following books and study material have remained a good IPMAT preparation tool for Quantitative Aptitude :
‘How to prepare for Quantitative for the CAT’ - by Arun Sharma, published by MGH Education
‘The Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude for competitive exams’- Dinesh Khattar, Published by Pearson
Maths class 11 and 12th – Published by NCERT
IPMAT Preparation Book for English section
'How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT’- by Arun Sharma & Meenakshi Upadhyay
‘Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT’ - by Nishit K Sinha
‘Word Power Made Easy’ – by Norman Lewis
‘High School English Grammar & Composition’ – by Wren & Martin
The Pearson Guide to IIM Indore-IPM (Integrated Programme in Management) Entrance Examination – Published by Pearson
There is no substitute of self study in IPMAT exam preparation as it does not require any coaching, until and unless you are stuck.
Therefore, what I will suggest, that you should start your preparation without coaching and through self study and later make it a mix of self study as well as help from coaching to avoid wastage of time.