**So What is a trimester?**

Trimester refers to one term of study in IPM. I am sure you must have heard about the semester system that most of the colleges follow. So, a semester is when you divide the yearly course load in 2 equal half calling every half a trimester. In contrast, a trimester is. When you divide the yearly courseload into three equal parts. Most of the B-schools in India follow a trimester system instead of a semester. Each year has 3 terms, so overall IPM has 5 x 3=15 terms.

**How does a usual term in IPM look like?**

Each trimester we IPMers have to complete a course load of 31-33 credits(where 1 credit= 5 classes of 75 min. each). A usual length of 1 term is 2.5-3 months. A term usually has a mid-term week (usually after the first month from the start of term) and an end-term week. You might have quizzes in between the exams as well. The number of exams(including mid-term,end-term, quizzes) and project submission(group and individual) vary from subject to subject. There are subjects where you wonâ€™t have any exams and only presentations, and then there are subjects where you can have 4 assignments,2 quizzes and 2 exams.It depends on the professor how he wants the grading to be.

**How many holidays?**

There is typically a 10-15 day off between any 2 terms. Apart from this, we have 45 days off between 1^{st} and 2^{nd} year and a 3 month off between 3^{rd} and 4^{th} year(although most students do an internship in that period, but that is optional). The gap between 2^{nd} to 3^{rd} and 4^{th} to 5^{th} year is filled with social and summer internship, respectively.

Apart from this, every Thursday is a holiday, and every Sunday is a half-day(2 classes only). But be aware, we still have exams on Thursdays as well, IPM is hard you see đź™‚

**Attendance?**

IPM follows a 80% attendance criteria in every subject. If you miss a single class below 80% you will have a grade cut of 0.25 per every class missed.Apart from this you can not have a re-exam unless there is a medical case.

**Grading?**

IPM follows relative grading. Realtive grading means that your absolute marks donâ€™t matter. What matters is how well you have performed in the batch & where do you stand.

The grading is done on a scale of 0 to 4.33

The grading scale is as follows-

The following percentage of people might get these grades –

The IPM manual states the minimum and maximum percentage of people that can get the following grades,rest depends on the professor how he/she wants the grading to be.