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IBSAT 2019 Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme, Syllabus and Books

Updated On - September 3rd 2019 by LOKESH GUPTA

IBSAT Exam Pattern 2019 is designed by ICFAI University. The exam will be conducted on December 21 and 22, 2019 in online mode. Candidates seeking admissions into MBA/ PGPM or Ph.D. program in management offered by 9 IBS, can submit IBSAT Application Form from July 1 – December 12

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  • The university-level exam, IBSAT 2019 is an aptitude test.
  • The exam is 2 hours long having 140 multiple choice questions with a time duration of 2 hours.
  • It has four sections and all the questions will be asked in English only.
  • 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 Exam Pattern, IBSAT Paper Pattern

IBSAT Exam Pattern 2019 

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

Mode of Exam 

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

Duration of Exam

  • The duration of the exam is 2 hours, wherein there is no restriction regarding solving a particular section within a stipulated time limit.

Medium of Exam

  • 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 2019 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 has been 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 2019

ICFAI releases official mock tests for IBSAT Preparation. These paper will help candidates to get a fair idea about the exam pattern and kind of questions that will be asked in IBSAT 2019. The tests will be available on from September 2019 onwards. Stay Tuned!

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IBSAT Syllabus 2019

IBSAT 2019 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 2019

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 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 2019 is going to be held?

Ans: IBSAT 2019 is going to be held in online mode only.

Ques: What is the marking scheme for IBSAT 2019?

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 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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