While all management aspirants in India dream of pursuing a degree from IIMs, but considering the level of competition in the CAT exam, it is a known fact that it is not easy to get into the prestigious group of institutes. Concerned and solution-seekers need to know that there are IIMs that offer five-year integrated MBA programs to come under the authority of IIMs after class XII. Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Indore and Rohtak conduct their National Aptitude Test (IPMAT) every year. year, which has now been subsumed by IIM Jammu, Ranchi and Bodh Gaya. The Aptitude Test facilitates admission to their five-year integrated program in Management, where around 20000 students appear for the exam annually. The admission process is done in various stages, starting with IPM Aptitude Test (IPMAT), Written Aptitude Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI). Apart from IIMs, there are many other institutes also which offer this five year integrated course. Programs like NALSAR, Hyderabad have recently started the course and it is also expected that Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) is ready to start this program from this academic year. Why is this useful? It is a five-year integrated MBA program for class XII pass out students who wish to pursue a career in business management. It stimulates the managerial skills and knowledge of the students based on ethical considerations. Students who wish to pursue an integrated MBA will have an added advantage in terms of curriculum as there is no repetition of syllabus or subjects. The integrated program does not require candidates to appear for the entrance test and selection process twice (at UG and PG level), hence saving one year which goes into preparation for the entrance test. A management curriculum introduces students to the tools and techniques used strategically in improvement. Business practices and performance. To get admission in this course a management candidate has to qualify the entrance test. Once the course is completed, they can look for employment profiles in the service sector, manufacturing sector, IT sector, banking sector etc. Students aim for a five-year integrated program as it offers the following: a) to contribute to learning and to introduce them to a knowledge assimilation and skill acquisition approach. b) Provide young managers with a strong foundation of management, law, philosophy and psychology for all-round personality development. c) It emphasizes more holistic thinking ability than just a process-driven approach to foster innovation and logical decision making d) It is a part of their summer internship and live projects in diverse decision scenarios, realities and complexities Creates opportunities to gain practical exposure in the form so as to develop an in-depth and relevant understanding. ) To nurture the entrepreneurial aspirations of the students and guide them towards concrete milestones during the programme. Key Features To crack the IPM Exam while preparing for any exam requires a lot of hard work and dedication. It is important that a student should understand the pattern of the paper”. Some tips about IPMAT preparation: a) Basics- It is very important to cover the basic concepts of the topics Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning and Verbal Ability. This will help you to understand the questions well and take this entrance exam efficiently. b) Calculations- A student must work on his calculations. Timing is important as we have to clear the sectional cut-off in stipulated time. c) Reading- A student should focus on reading and increasing his vocabulary. d) Practice- Your goal as an aspirant for IPMAT entrance exam should be to achieve accuracy as there is a sectional cut-off. The only way to get accuracy is through practice. It helps you identify the types of questions in each section that you are good at, and the ones you are not so good at. It helps to work on improving these topics and save time during the actual exam) Tests- The more you practice and the more you work on strengthening the basic concepts, it will help you to increase your score. It is extremely important to be regular in taking these mock tests and analyze them thoroughly. It helps you to plan well in advance for the actual exam. (Author Ankit Kapoor is Co-Founder and Director, First Test Prep. Views expressed here are personal.)


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