IBSAT 2020 Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme, Syllabus and Books

    Neha Rani Neha Rani
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    IBSAT Exam Pattern 2020 is designed by ICFAI University for entry into their post graduate management programs. The exam will be conducted on December 21 and 22, 2020 in online mode. Candidates seeking admissions into MBA/ PGPM or Ph.D. program in management offered by 9 IBS institutions, can submit IBSAT Application Form from July 1 – December 12. IBSAT 2020  asseses a candidate’s quantitative aptitude, verbal ability, reading comprehension and data adequacy and data interpretation. To gain insight into the exam pattern, candidates should take the IBSAT 2020 Mock Test that is available on the website till December 12, 2020. 

    IBSAT 2020 is a university level aptitude test that grants candidates admission into 9 ICFAI Colleges i.e. IBS Hyderabad, IBS Pune, IBS Gurgaon, IBS Hyderabad, IBS Ahmedabad, IBS Bengaluru, IBS Kolkata, IBS Mumbai, IBS Dehradun and IBS Jaipur. The exam is 2 hours long and has 140 multiple choice questions with a time duration of 2 hours. There is no sectional time limit and candidates don’t have to worry about negative marking. All the questions will be objective in nature and medium of communication will be English. IBS Aptitude Test is easier than other management exams like CAT or XAT as IBSAT Syllabus is based on Higher Secondary level.

    Read on to know more about the exam pattern of IBS, marking scheme, section-wise question distribution, syllabus etc.

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    IBSAT 2020 Exam Pattern Highlights 

    Pattern Detail
    Mode of Exam Computer Based Mode i.e. Online
    Medium of Exam English
    Nature of Questions MCQ (Multiple Choice Questions)
    Marking Scheme +1 mark for correct answer, no negative marking
    Number of Questions 140
    Sections  4 (Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Aptitude, Data Adequacy and Data Interpretation)
    Duration 2 hours 

    IBSAT Exam Pattern 2020 

    The official IBSAT Paper Pattern prescribed by ICFAI is mentioned below in detail:

    • It will be a Computer Based Test (CBT), in which each candidate will be assigned a computer/ desktop with the IBSAT software pre-downloaded. 
    • The duration of the exam is 2 hours, wherein there is no restriction regarding solving a particular section within a stipulated time limit.
    • The medium of the test is English only, each question in the exam will be asked in english only and a candidate must provide the answer in the same language.

    Number of Sections

    There are four sections namely Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Data Adequacy and Interpretation and Quantitative Aptitude.

    • Verbal Ability: This section will test the student’s knowledge and proficiency in English language. 
    • Reading Comprehension: It comprises of unseen passages that must be answered based on the information or facts given in the passage. The questions are usually direct and the difficulty level is easy to moderate.
    • Quantitative Ability: This section will assess the basic mathematical ability of individuals. 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 and also their visualization power is analyzed. 

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    IBSAT 2020 Section-wise Question Distribution

    Tabulated below are the number of questions that a section will carry in IBSAT Exam paper:

    SectionsNumber of Questions
    Verbal Ability50
    Reading Comprehension30
    Quantitative Aptitude30
    Data Adequacy & Data Interpretation30
    Note: There will be no sectional cutoff score and no sectional time limit for the exam.

    IBSAT Marking Scheme

    As of now, no changes is notified by the official authorities in the marking scheme of IBSAT. The marking scheme is as follows:

    Accuracy of AnswerMarks
    Correct Answer+1 
    Incorrect/ Wrong Answer0
    Unattempted Answer0
    Note: As there is no provision of negative marking in the examination, it is advisable to attempt all the questions.

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    IBSAT Mock Tests 2020

    ICFAI will be released the official national mock test. This paper will help candidates to get a fair idea about the exam pattern and kind of questions that will be asked in IBSAT 2020. Candidates can take the National Mock Test live on the website during of the 21 day test window. Last day to take the mock test is December 12, 2020.  Check IBSAT 2020 Mock Test 

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    • Taking the IBSAT 2020 mock test will help reduce any candidate’s apprehensions about the layout as well as the interface of the university level aptitude test. 
    • It is vital that candidates who appear for the IBSAT 2020 Mock Test are able to get an idea about the topics that appear most frequently in the IBSAT examination. 
    • Since there is no negative marking, it will help candidates familiarize themselves to a scoring pattern that is different from other management exams. 

    IBSAT 2020 Exam Pattern vs. XAT 

    Factors IBSAT XAT 
    No. of Papers 11
    No. of Questions 14099
    Duration2 hours 3 hours 
    No. of Sections 4
    Level of Difficulty LowModerate 
    Marking SchemeCorrect Answer: + 1 markCorrect Answer: +1 
    No negative markingIncorrect Answer: -0.25
    No. of times the exam is conducted in a year 11
    Top colleges accepting score All 9 IBS Colleges, AIMIT Bangalore, FMS – Manav RachnaXLRI, KJ Somaiya, XIME, SP Jain 

    IBSAT 2020 Exam Pattern vs. CAT, CMAT, MAT, ATMA

    No. of Papers 11111
    No. of Questions 140100200180100
    Duration 2 hours 3 hours150 minutes 3 hours 3 hours 
    No. of Sections 43564
    Level of Difficulty LowHigh Moderate ModerateModerate 
    Marking SchemeCorrect Answer: +1Correct Answer: +3Correct Answer: +1 Correct Answer: +1 Correct Answer: +4
    No negative Marking Incorrect Answer: -1 Incorrect Answer: -.25Incorrect Answer: -.25Incorrect Answer: -1
    No. of times the exam is conduced in a year 11451
    Top colleges accepting exam score All 9 IBS Colleges, AIMIT Bangalore, FMS – Manav RachnaAll IIMs, FMS Delhi, JBIMS, KJ Somaiya, SIMSREEChrist University, NDIM, IPE, DSIMSPUMBA, DY PATIL, IFIM, NDIM, Christ UniversityGoa Institute of Management, JBIMS, IFMR, KJ Somaiya, SIMSREE, PUMBA DMS

    IBSAT Syllabus 2020

    IBSAT 2020 Syllabus is based on English, Mathematics and Data interpretation of higher secondary level knowledge. Students must make sure that they follow the right syllabus to prepare well for the exam. The section wise syllabus is given as follows:

    Section 1: Verbal Ability

    This section will assess applicants’ grasp on English language. A student’s vocabulary, grammar and verbal ability will be tested in this section. The important topics for verbal ability 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--

    Section 2: Reading Comprehension

    Reading Comprehension 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. 

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    Section 3: Quantitative Ability

    Quantitative Ability section evaluates the applicant’s ability to solve numerical problems with speed and accuracy. It will include questions to analyse 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

    Section 4: 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 and 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 Books 2020

    Success in an exam depends on what kind of books you refer. One should study from the books that are exam oriented. Here, we are enlisting IBSAT Reference book for students’ guidance:

    SubjectsBooksPublication/ 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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    IBSAT Exam Pattern FAQ's

    Ques: How many programs does IBS offers?

    Ans: IBS offers a 2-year MBA, a 4-year Ph.D program (Full Time/Part Time) in Management , a 2-year PGPM (Postgraduate Program in Management) and a 4 year Ph.D program in Economics. 

    Ques: In which mode will IBSAT 2020 is be held?

    Ans: IBSAT 2020 is going to be held in online mode only.

    Ques: What is the marking scheme for IBSAT 2020?

    Ans: For every correct answer you will be awarded with 1 marks and for incorrect answers there is no negative marking.

    Ques: Do we have to attempt a section in a prescribed order or can we choose any?

    Ans: No, there is no predefined order to answer the questions.

    Ques: My english is not so good. Can I answer the questions in hindi?

    Ans: No, you have to answer the questions in english only.

    Ques. Do I need to prepare GK for IBSAT? 

    Ans. No, there is no requirement to prepare general awareness for IBSAT 2020. However, even though it will not be assessed in the examination, it is important to have a handy knowledge of general affairs to crack the group discussion and personal interview rounds for the top ICFAI Business Schools. 

    Ques. Will I need to carry a calculator to the IBSAT exam hall?

    Ans. No, candidates are not allowed to bring any of their personal materials to the exam hall. 

    Ques. Have there been any changes in the IBSAT syllabus? 

    Ans. No, for the past couple of years the IBSAT syllabus remains static. There is not been any official change in the IBSAT 2020 syllabus. 

    Ques. Which section of IBSAT is the most important? 

    Ans. Although all sections of the exam are important, the level of preparation varies according to the weightage and level of difficulty. Many previous candidates report experiencing the most difficulty in the Quantitative Aptitude section, while the Verbal Ability sections holds the most weightage as it carries more marks (50 as compared to 30) than any other section in 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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