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IBSAT 2018 Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme, Syllabus

Updated On - July 27th 2018 by KRITIKA GUPTA

IBSAT Exam/ Paper Pattern 2018 is designed by ICFAI University. For this year, the examination is scheduled for December 22 and 23 in online mode. Candidates seeking admissions into MBA/ PGPM or Ph.D. program in management offered by 9 IBS, can apply online before December 12. 

The university-level exam or IBSAT 2018 is an aptitude test. Syllabus for the examination is based on Higher Secondary or 10+2 level. In comparison to other management exams like CAT or XAT, the difficulty level is easy to moderate. Read on to know more about the exam pattern of IBS, marking scheme, section-wise question distribution, syllabus etc.

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Highlights of IBSAT 2018 Exam Pattern

IBSAT Exam Pattern, IBSAT Paper Pattern

IBSAT Exam Pattern – Detailed

Mode of Exam 

  • Computer Based Test, each candidate will be assigned a computer/ desktop, having IBSAT software downloaded. 

Duration of Exam

  • 2 hours, wherein there is no restriction regarding solving a particular section within a stipulated time limit.

Medium of Exam

  • English, each question in the exam will be asked in english only and a candidate must provide the answer in the same language.

No. of Sections

  • 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 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 as also their visualization power is analyzed. 

Section-wise Question Distribution

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

SectionMaximum Questions
Verbal Ability50
Reading Comprehension30
Quantitative Aptitude30
Data Adequacy & Data Interpretation30
Note: There will no sectional cut off score and no sectional time limit for the exam.

IBSAT Marking Scheme

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

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.

IBSAT Mock Tests

ICFAI University releases official mock tests for the examination. These paper will help a candidate to get a fair idea about the exam pattern and type of questions that will be asked in IBSAT 2018. The tests will be available on from September 2018 onwards. Stay Tuned!

IBSAT Sample Papers, IBSAT Question Paper

IBSAT Exam Syllabus

The syllabus for IBSAT 2018 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 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--

Section 2: 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.

Section 3: Quantitative Ability

This section evaluates 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

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 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 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

IBSAT Exam Pattern FAQ's

Ques: How many programs does IBS offers?

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

Ques: In which mode will IBSAT 2018 is going to be held?

Ans: IBSAT 2018 going to be held in online mode only.

Ques: What is the marking scheme for IBSAT 2018?

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

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

Ans: No, there is no predefined order to in 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.

*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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