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IBSAT Exam Pattern 2017

Updated On - December 14th 2017

IBSAT 2017 Exam Pattern has not seen any major changes over the years. Candidates seeking admissions to MBA and PGPM programs must prepare their strategies in tandem with IBSAT Exam Pattern and Syllabus. A good understanding of them and half the battle is won. For this year, IBSAT is scheduled from December 21 to December 24, 2017.

IBSAT Official Mock Test 2017 Released

Listed below are quick facts related to IBSAT Paper Pattern:

  • ICFAI Business Studies Aptitude Test (IBSAT) is conducted in online mode.
  • A total of 125 objective-type questions are asked in the paper. However, this may vary each year.
  • There are 4 sections in IBSAT viz. Verbal Ability (VA), Reading Comprehensions (RC), Quantitative Aptitude (QA) and Data Adequacy/ Sufficiency and Data Interpretation (DA/ DI)
  • IBSAT Syllabus is based on Higher Secondary or 10+2 level knowledge. 
  • For each correct answer, 1 mark is awarded. There is no negative marking.
  • The total time duration of IBSAT 2017 is 120 minutes. No extra time is provided to any candidate under any circumstances.
  • The difficulty level of the entrance exam has generally been moderate. IBSAT 2017 is expected to be the same too. Check IBSAT 2017 Paper Analysis

We suggest you begin with your preparations as soon as possible. For this, you may take help from our IBSAT Sample Papers. Read on to know the complete paper pattern, marking scheme and helpful books.


  1. Candidates can choose to attempt the question paper in any order they want.
  2. There is no restriction on the sectional time-limit.
  3. Sectional cut off will not be applicable.

Highlights of IBSAT Exam Pattern 

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 questions125
Marking Scheme

Correct Answer – +1

No Negative Marking

Total marks125

Sectional Details

Verbal Ability50502 hours
Reading Comprehension3030
Quantitative Aptitude3030
Data Adequacy & Data Interpretation3030

IBSAT 2017 Exam Pattern for Verbal Ability

  • This Verbal Ability section is designed to test the student’s knowledge and proficiency in English language.
  • This section contains the maximum number of questions- 50.
  • Candidates who are good with vocab can easily clear this section.

IBSAT 2017 Syllabus for Verbal Ability

IBSAT 2017 Syllabus for Verbal Ability
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--

IBSAT 2017 Preparation Books for Verbal Ability

IBSAT 2017 Preparation Books for Verbal Ability
BookPublication/ Author
Word Power made EasyNorman Lewis
Objective General English 10,000+ questionsR.S. Aggarwal
Business English and CommunicationClark
Mastering the Verbal Ability for CAT COMMON ADMISSION TESTAjay Singh

IBSAT 2017 Exam Pattern for 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.
  • The questions must be answered on the basis of the information, stated or implied, provided in the passage.

IBSAT 2017 Preparation Books for Reading Comprehension

IBSAT 2017 Preparation Books for Reading Comprehension
BookPublication/ Author
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading ComprehensionArun Sharma & Meenakshi Upadhyay
CAT Verbal Ability & Reading ComprehensionGautam Puri
30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary Mass Market PaperbackWilfred Funk & Norman Lewis/ Simon & Schuster
Verbal Ability & Comprehension for CAT/XAT/GMAT/IIFT/CMAT/MAT/Bank PO/SSCBharat Patodi and Aditya Choudhary

Check  IBSAT Sample Papers

IBSAT 2017 Exam Pattern for 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.
  • 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.

IBSAT 2017 Syllabus for Quantitative Ability

IBSAT 2017 Syllabus for Quantitative Ability
Arithmetic ProgressionNumber System 
AverageProfit and Loss
Co-ordinate GeometryPercentage
Installment PaymentsProbability
Time and WorkPermutation and Combination
Time, Speed and DistanceMixtures and Alligations

IBSAT 2017 Preparation Books for Quantitative Ability

IBSAT 2017 Preparation Books for Quantitative Ability
BookPublication/ Author
Quantitative AptitudeArun Sharma
Quantitative Aptitude Abhijit Guha
Quantitative AbilityNishit Sinha
Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Common Admission Tests for Admission into IIMsSarvesh. V Kumar

IBSAT 2017 Exam Pattern for Data Adequacy and 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.
  • This section will determine the candidate’s ability to think accurately and swiftly
  • It will consist of 30 questions and the difficulty level is moderate.

IBSAT 2017 Syllabus for Data Adequacy and Interpretation

IBSAT 2017 Syllabus for Data Adequacy and Interpretation
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

Check Detailed  IBSAT Syllabus

IBSAT 2017 Preparation Books for Data Adequacy and Interpretation

IBSAT 2017 Preparation Books for Data Adequacy and Interpretation
BookPublication/ Author
Data Interpretation and Logical ReasoningArun Sharma
Logical and Analytical ReasoningceAshok Gupta
Data Analysis & Interpretation Data SufficiencyThink Tank of Kiran Prakashan
Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning

Pearson Publication

IBSAT 2017 Marking Scheme

Individuals must know the marking scheme in order to decide how to attempt the questions in IBSAT. There has been no change in the marking scheme of IBSAT 2017 and it is the same as it was the last year. 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.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College



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