IBSAT 2020 PATTERN & SYLLABUS
NATIONAL LEVEL ONLINE TEST
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.
|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)|
The official IBSAT Paper Pattern prescribed by ICFAI is mentioned below in detail:
There are four sections namely Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Data Adequacy and Interpretation and Quantitative Aptitude.
Tabulated below are the number of questions that a section will carry in IBSAT Exam paper:
|Sections||Number of Questions|
|Data Adequacy & Data Interpretation||30|
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 Answer||Marks|
|Incorrect/ Wrong Answer||0|
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
|No. of Papers||1||1|
|No. of Questions||140||99|
|Duration||2 hours||3 hours|
|No. of Sections||4||4|
|Level of Difficulty||Low||Moderate|
|Marking Scheme||Correct Answer: + 1 mark||Correct Answer: +1|
|No negative marking||Incorrect Answer: -0.25|
|No. of times the exam is conducted in a year||1||1|
|Top colleges accepting score||All 9 IBS Colleges, AIMIT Bangalore, FMS – Manav Rachna||XLRI, KJ Somaiya, XIME, SP Jain|
|No. of Papers||1||1||1||1||1|
|No. of Questions||140||100||200||180||100|
|Duration||2 hours||3 hours||150 minutes||3 hours||3 hours|
|No. of Sections||4||3||5||6||4|
|Level of Difficulty||Low||High||Moderate||Moderate||Moderate|
|Marking Scheme||Correct Answer: +1||Correct Answer: +3||Correct Answer: +1||Correct Answer: +1||Correct Answer: +4|
|No negative Marking||Incorrect Answer: -1||Incorrect Answer: -.25||Incorrect Answer: -.25||Incorrect Answer: -1|
|No. of times the exam is conduced in a year||1||1||4||5||1|
|Top colleges accepting exam score||All 9 IBS Colleges, AIMIT Bangalore, FMS – Manav Rachna||All IIMs, FMS Delhi, JBIMS, KJ Somaiya, SIMSREE||Christ University, NDIM, IPE, DSIMS||PUMBA, DY PATIL, IFIM, NDIM, Christ University||Goa Institute of Management, JBIMS, IFMR, KJ Somaiya, SIMSREE, PUMBA DMS|
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:
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:
|English Grammar||Cloze test|
|Incorrect words||Spot the error|
|Usage of appropriate words||Idioms and Phrases|
|Synonyms and Antonyms||Replace the missing words|
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.
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 Progression||Number System|
|Average||Profit and Loss|
|Time and Work||Permutation and Combination|
|Time, Speed and Distance||Mixtures and Alligations|
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:
|Data Interpretation||Venn diagram|
|Data Sufficiency||Visual reasoning|
|Cause and effects||Critical reasoning|
|Logical Reasoning||Bar graphs and Column graphs|
|Graphs representing area||Statements and Conclusions|
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:
|Verbal Ability||Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension||Arun Sharma|
|Word Power made Easy||Norman Lewis|
|Objective General English 10,000+ questions||R.S. Aggarwal|
|Business English and Communication||Clark|
|Quantitative Aptitude||Quantitative Aptitude||Arun Sharma|
|Quantitative Aptitude for MBA Entrance||Abhijit Guha|
|Quantitative Ability||Nishit Sinha|
|Data Interpretation and Data Adequacy||Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning||Arun Sharma|
|Logical and Analytical Reasoning||Ashok Gupta|
|Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning||Pearson Publication|
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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