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IBSAT Exam Pattern 2018

IBSAT Exam Pattern is prescribed by ICFAI University. The pattern for the management entrance exam has not seen any major changes over the years. For this year, the exam is scheduled from December 21 to December 24, 2017. Candidates seeking admissions to MBA and PGPM programs have to apply for IBSAT 2018.

Listed below are quick facts related to IBSAT Exam Pattern:

  • ICFAI Business Studies Aptitude Test (IBSAT) is conducted in online mode.
  • The questions are of objective type in nature (Multiple Choice Questions)
  • A total of 140 questions is asked, that is further divided into 4 sections namely Verbal Ability (VA), Reading Comprehensions (RC), Quantitative Aptitude (QA) and Data Adequacy/ Sufficiency and Data Interpretation (DA/ DI)
  • The total number of questions asked in the entrance test are 140.
  • The syllabus is based on Higher Secondary or 10+2 level knowledge. CheckIBSAT Syllabus
  • For each correct answer, 1 mark is awarded. There is no provision of negative marking.
  • The total time duration of IBSAT 2018 is 120 minutes. No extra time is provided to any candidate under any circumstances.
  • The difficulty level of the entrance exam is moderate. Prepare better withIBSAT Sample Papers

IBSAT 2018 Exam Pattern Highlights

The exam pattern highlights of IBSAT 2018 is given below in the table:

Exam ModeOnline (Computer Based Test)
Duration2 hours
Question Paper typeObjective (MCQs)
Number of SectionsVerbal Ability
Data Interpretation and Data Adequacy
Quantitative Aptitude
Reading Comprehension
Total no. of questions140
Marking Scheme

Correct Answer – +1

No/ Wrong Answer – No

Total marks140

IBSAT 2018 Exam Pattern

IBSAT 2018 is a computer based online test and consists of 140 objective questions to be solved within a duration of 120 minutes. The maximum marks an aspirant can score in IBSAT 2018 are 140.

The question paper will be segregated into 4 sections- Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Data Adequacy and Interpretation and Quantitative Aptitude. Candidates can choose to attempt the question paper in any order they want. There is no restriction regarding solving a particular section within a stipulated time limit. Sectional cut off will not be applicable.

  • Verbal Ability: This section will be designed to test the student’s knowledge and proficiency in English language. The total number of questions asked from this section will be 50.
  • Reading Comprehension: It comprises unseen passages and aspirants have to answer questions based on these passages. A total of 30 questions will be asked in this section. The questions are usually direct and to the point and the difficulty level is easy to moderate.
  • Quantitative Ability: This section will assess the basic mathematical ability of individuals. 30 questions will be asked from this section. It is considered to be relatively a scoring section though the level of difficulty for this section is moderate to high.
  • Data Adequacy and Data Interpretation: In this section, the ability of applicants to understand graph, charts, tables, and patterns from the data given as also their visualization power is analyzed. It will consist of 30 questions and the difficulty level is moderate.
Verbal Ability50502 hours
Reading Comprehension3030
Quantitative Aptitude3030
Data Adequacy & Data Interpretation3030

IBSAT 2018 Marking Scheme

Individuals must know the marking scheme in order to decide how to attempt the questions in the aptitude entrance examination. There has been no change in the marking scheme of IBSAT 2018 and it is the same as it was for the year 2017. It should be noted that negative marking will not be applicable for the test. The marking scheme is given as follows:

  • +1 marks will be awarded to individuals for marking every accurate answer.
  • There will be no penalty of marks charged for marking wrong or incorrect answers i.e. negative marking will not be applicable
  • No mark will be deducted from the total score of the applicant for leaving a question blank or failure in attempting it.
  • There will no sectional cut off score and no sectional time limit for the exam.

IBSAT 2018 Exam Syllabus

The syllabus for IBSAT 2018 is based on English, Mathematics and Data interpretation of higher secondary level knowledge. It will be as decided by ICFAI for every section. Students must make sure that they follow the right syllabus to prepare well for the exam. The section wise syllabus is given as follows:

Verbal Ability

This section will assess the grasp an applicant has on the English language. A student’s vocabulary, grammar, verbal ability and reasoning skills will be tested in this section. The important topics for this section are:

SyllogismsContextual usage
English GrammarCloze test
Incorrect wordsSpot the error
Usage of appropriate wordsIdioms and Phrases
Synonyms and AntonymsReplace the missing words
VocabularyPara Jumble
Sentence completion--

Reading Comprehension

This section will consist of unseen passages. Aspirants must comprehend the contents of the passage and utilize correct phrases, words and expressions to answer these questions.

Quantitative Ability

This section of the test aims to evaluate the applicant’s ability to solve numerical problems with speed and accuracy. It will include questions to evaluate how aspirants can work with numbers, do numerical calculations and understand various arithmetic questions.

They must have a good understanding of basic mathematical concepts to score well in this section. The important topics for this section are as follows:

Arithmetic ProgressionNumber System 
AverageProfit and Loss
Co-ordinate GeometryPercentage
Installment PaymentsProbability
Time and WorkPermutation and Combination
Time, Speed and DistanceMixtures and Alligations

Data Adequacy and Data Interpretation

This section will determine the candidate’s ability to think accurately and swiftly. Students can expect questions on diagrams, figures, charts, tables as also analogies in this section. Questions on the following topics will be asked:

TablesPie chart
Data InterpretationVenn diagram
Data SufficiencyVisual reasoning
Cause and effectsCritical reasoning
Logical ReasoningBar graphs and Column graphs
Graphs representing areaStatements and Conclusions
Assumption-Premise-ConclusionMatrix arrangements

IBSAT 2018 Reference Books

IBSAT reference books are given below to help students score well:

SubjectBookPublication/ Author
Verbal AbilityVerbal Ability and Reading ComprehensionArun Sharma
Word Power made EasyNorman Lewis
Objective General English 10,000+ questionsR.S. Aggarwal
Business English and CommunicationClark
Quantitative AptitudeQuantitative AptitudeArun Sharma
Quantitative Aptitude for MBA EntranceAbhijit Guha
Quantitative AbilityNishit Sinha
Data Interpretation and Data AdequacyData Interpretation and Logical ReasoningArun Sharma
Logical and Analytical ReasoningAshok Gupta
Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical ReasoningPearson Publication



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