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IBSAT 2017 Exam Pattern

IBSAT (ICFAI Business School Aptitude Test) 2017 is an All India level competitive examination for admission into MBA at ICFAI Business Schools. Before starting preparation for IBSAT 2017, candidates should go through the IBSAT 2017 exam pattern to know the kind of questions. ICFAI Hyderabad is the examination conducting authority for IBSAT 2017.

Candidates can fill the IBSAT 2017 Application Form on the official website of IBSAT. After the successful conduct of exam, candidates can check the important details regarding IBSAT 2017 Result and selection process on the official website.

IBSAT 2017 Exam Highlights

Though ICFAI has not made any official announcements about the level of difficulty of the examination, the general trend of IBSAT 2017 exam pattern that has been observed over the recent years is that the IBSAT is quite balanced in its level of difficulty. It has been estimated that around 25% questions are easy, 25% questions are moderate and rest 50% are difficult questions.

The main highlights of the IBSAT 2017 Exam Pattern are mentioned in the table below:

Mode of Examination

Computer Based Test (CBT)

Medium of Examination


Total Duration

2 Hours (120 Minutes)

Total number of questions

140 Questions

Total number of sections

4 (Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Aptitude, Data Adequacy and Data Interpretation)

Number of questions/ section

Verbal Ability: 50

Reading Comprehension: 30

Quantitative Aptitude: 30

Data Adequacy and Data Interpretation: 30

Format of IBSAT 2017

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

Number of choices per question


Marking Scheme

1 mark for correct answer

0 mark for unmarked questions

No negative marking for incorrect answers

Sectional Cut Off


Sectional Time Limit


A candidate should have a good strategy over the IBSAT 2017 exam pattern in order to focus on maximising the score and attempt more number of questions from his/ her strong topics. The examination has 140 questions that are to be attempted in 120 minutes. Hence, speed becomes a crucial factor in determining the success in the IBSAT 2017.

There is no negative marking for an incorrect response, candidate could resort to guess and calculate approximations in attempting the questions in the IBSAT 2017 if there is time. The score of IBSAT 2017 will be valid for admission at all the 9 IBS campuses: Hyderabad, Mumbai, Gurgaon, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Pune, Dehradun and Jaipur.

IBSAT 2017 Exam Format

The exam pattern of IBSAT 2017 is a computer based test (CBT). This means that every candidate is required to take the exam at a designated computer system at the test centre specified on the IBSAT 2017 Admit Card.

IBSAT 2017 is to be completed in 2 hours. The questions will be of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). There will be 5 choices provided as options for each of the questions and only 1 will be the correct option.

The total number of questions in the IBSAT 2017 is 140, which is distributed across the 4 sections. The IBSAT 2017 has 4 sections: Verbal Ability (VA), Reading Comprehensions (RC), Quantitative Aptitude (QA) and Data Adequacy/ Sufficiency and Data Interpretation (DA/ DI). Out of these 140 questions, the number of questions in each section are mentioned in the table below:

SectionNumber of Questions
Verbal Ability (VA)50
Reading Comprehensions (RC)30
Quantitative Aptitude (QA)30
Data Adequacy/ Sufficiency and Data Interpretation (DA/ DI)30

IBSAT 2017 Marking Scheme & Test Duration

Each question carries 1 mark. Hence, the total marks for the exam is 140 marks. Zero ‘0’ mark is awarded for unmarked questions. An important point that the candidates should note that the IBSAT 2017 has no negative marking scheme. Hence, a candidate will not get any negative mark for an incorrect answer. There is no sectional cut off in the IBSAT 2017.

It is a Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) based examination. Each question has 5 choices out of which the test taker has to select the correct answer for that question.

The total duration of the IBSAT 2017 is 2 hours (120 minutes). There is also no sectional time limit in the IBSAT2017. Hence, the candidate can attempt the exam in any order of the sections and questions, as per their choice.

IBSAT 2017 Syllabus

It is imperative for candidates to be aware of the syllabus for the examination for a well-rounded preparation. Every year, ICFAI Hyderabad makes official announcements about the IBSAT 2017 exam pattern but it does not announce the syllabus for the examination.

However, over the years, the syllabus for the IBSAT has remained largely the same across the 4 sections-Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Aptitude and Data Adequacy and Data Interpretation (DA/ DI).

The expected syllabus for IBSAT 2017 for each section is explained in detail below:

IBSAT 2017 Verbal Ability Syllabus

This section has 50 questions that tests a candidate in topics related to basic usage of English language. The verbal section will have questions from the following topics:

  • Vocabulary (Synonyms/ Antonyms, Analogies and word relation, word/ phrase replacement, fill in the blanks)
  • General English Usage
  • English Grammar (spotting the error: subject- verb agreement, pronouns, tenses, parallelism, modifiers, prepositions etc.)
  • Jumbled Sentences

Considering the analysis of the exam and the general trends of IBSAT exam pattern over the years for the IBSAT, the level of difficulty of the Verbal Ability section is expected to be from easy to moderate.

The candidates who are strong in English are generally able to perform well on this section of the IBSAT and the ones, for whom English is not a strong area, could tackle this section with some preparation and focus.

IBSAT 2017 Reading Comprehension Syllabus

The Reading Comprehension section of IBSAT 2017 consists of 30 questions in total. This section ha unseen passages and the candidate is required to answer the questions based on the reading of the passage. According to the general trends of IBSAT exam pattern over the recent years, the questions from this section have been quite direct and to the point. They have not been of inference- type.

The passages are usually of moderate level of difficulty in reading. However, the IBSAT can give some tricky or inferential based questions as well. Hence, a candidate should be well prepared to tackle such questions. Overall, the number of difficult questions in this section is expected to be less compared to the number of direct questions.

IBSAT 2017 Quantitative Ability Syllabus

The Reading Comprehension section of IBSAT 2017 will have 30 questions in total. This section will test the candidates on topics and concepts dealing with basic Mathematics. Though the fundamentals of Mathematics, which are tested on the IBSAT, are quite familiar to the students.

The level of difficulty of the questions is higher to meet the level of a standard entrance examination meant for admission in postgraduate management courses. Overall, the general level of difficulty is expected to be moderate. The expected syllabus for Quantitative Ability for the IBSAT 2017, based on the previous years’ exam analysis and general trends is listed below:

  • Algebra
  • Arithmetic Progression
  • Average
  • Co-ordinate Geometry
  • Discount
  • Geometry
  • Mensuration
  • Number System 
  • Profit & Loss
  • Percentage
  • Probability
  • Permutation & Combination
  • Time & Work.

IBSAT 2017 Data Adequacy/Sufficiency and Data Interpretation Syllabus

The Data Adequacy/Sufficiency and Data Interpretation section of IBSAT 2017 has 30 questions in total. The sections will contain questions with graphs, tables, charts and other infographics, which the candidate will have to analyse to answer the questions.

By going to the previous years’ exam analysis and general trends the overall level of difficulty of the questions in this section for IBSAT 2017 is expected to be easy to moderate. The expected syllabus of IBSAT 2017 and the level of difficulty are based on the previous years’ exam analysis and general trends of the IBSAT exam pattern over the years.

The candidates must bear in mind that there is always some scope for surprises in any management examination, be it in the level of difficulty or in the expected topics for the test. Hence, the candidates are generally suggested to be well prepared to handle any such surprises in the IBSAT 2017 test paper on the day of the examination for their own good.                                                

IBSAT 2017 Sample Questions

Sample questions will give you a brief idea about the pattern of questions asked. The given below is a set of sample questions of IBSAT 2017.

Ques 1. Select the synonym of CANTANKEROUS.

  1. Quarrelsome
  2. Rash
  3. Disrespectful
  4. Noisy

Ans: (A)

Ques 2. The length of the bridge, which a train 130 meters long and travelling at 45 km/hr can cross in 30 seconds, is:

  1. 200 m
  2. 225 m
  3. 245 m
  4. 250 m

Ans: (C)

Ques 3. The miser gazed …… at the pile of gold coins in front of him.

  1. avidly
  2. admiringly
  3. thoughtfully
  4. earnestly

Ans: (A)

Ques 4. The sum of ages of 5 children born at the intervals of 3 years each is 50 years. What is the age of the youngest child?

  1. 4 years
  2. 8 years
  3. 10 years
  4. None of these

Ans: (A)

Ques 5. Success in this examination depends …… hard work alone.

  1. at
  2. over
  3. for
  4. on

Ans: (D)

Directions (6-9): Read the paragraph and answer the following questions:

Harold a professional man who had worked in an office for many years had a fearful dream. In it, he found himself in a land where small slug-like animals with slimy tentacles lived on people’s bodies. The people tolerated the loathsome creatures because after many years they grew into elephants which then became the nation’s system of transport, carrying everyone wherever he wanted to go. Harold suddenly realized that he himself was covered with these things, and he woke up screaming. In a vivid sequence of pictures this dream dramatized for Harold what he had never been able to put in to words; he saw himself as letting society feed on his body in his early years so that it would carry him when he retired. He later threw off the “security bug” and took up freelance work.

Ques 6. In his dream Harold found the loathsome creatures.

  1. in his village
  2. in his own house
  3. in a different land
  4. in his office

Ans: (C)

Ques 7. Which one of the following phrases best helps to bring out the precise meaning of ‘loathsome creatures’?

  1. Security bug and slimy tentacles
  2. Fearful dream and slug-like animals
  3. Slimy tentacles and slug-like animals
  4. slug-like animals and security bug

Ans: (C)

Ques 8. The statement that ‘he later threw off the security bug’ means that.

  1. Harold succeeded in overcoming the need for security
  2. Harold stopped giving much importance to dreams
  3. Harold started tolerating social victimization
  4. Harold killed all the bugs troubled him

Ans: (A)

Ques 9. Harold’s dream was fearful because.

  1. it brought him face to face with reality
  2. it was full of vivid pictures of snakes
  3. he saw huge elephant in it
  4. in it he saw slimy creatures feeding on people’s bodies

Ans: (A)

Ques 10. In the first 10 overs of a cricket game, the run rate was only 3.2. What should be the run rate in the remaining 40 overs to reach the target of 282 runs?

  1. 6.25
  2. 6.5
  3. 6.75
  4. 7

Ans: (A)

Ques 11. Select the antonym of HAPLESS.

  1. Cheerful
  2. Consistent
  3. Fortunate
  4. Shapely

Ans: (C)

Ques 12. The ratio between the perimeter and the breadth of a rectangle is 5 : 1. If the area of the rectangle is 216 sq. cm, what is the length of the rectangle?

  1. 16 cm
  2. 18 cm
  3. 24 cm
  4. Data inadequate

Ans: (B)

Ques 13. A, B and C can do a piece of work in 20, 30 and 60 days respectively. In how many days can A do the work if he is assisted by B and C on every third day?

  1. 12 days
  2. 15 days
  3. 16 days
  4. 18 days

Ans: (B)

Ques 14. Find the correctly spelt word.

  1. Foreign
  2. Foreine
  3. Fariegn
  4. Forein

Ans: (A)

Ques 15. In a certain store, the profit is 320% of the cost. If the cost increases by 25% but the selling price remains constant, approximately what percentage of the selling price is the profit?

  1. 30%
  2. 70%
  3. 100%
  4. 250%

Ans: (B)


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