IBSAT Syllabus 2020, Important Topics, Books and Tips

    Neha Rani Neha Rani
    Exams Prep Master

    IBSAT Syllabus 2020 is not officially released by the ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education. However, based on previous year question papers and analysis’, we have curated below the most important topics for IBSAT 2020. The exam is scheduled for December 21 and 22 in a computer-based format. The last date to apply online is December 12, 2020

    The syllabus of IBSAT 2020 is based on the curriculum of class 10+2 and although it does not include a section on general awareness, candidates should have a basic understanding of the same to crack the GD and PI rounds of the top ICFAI business schools. IBSAT 2020 will evaluate a candidate’s quantitative, verbal/reading, data interpretation and reasoning skills through a 2 hour objective exam comprised of 140 questions. Candidates’ should assess the syllabus based on the weightage of the section (i.e. verbal ability weighs for more than 30 percent of the exam) and difficulty of the section in previous papers.  

    IBSAT 2020 Syllabus Section-Wise Weightage

    SectionMaximum QuestionsTotal Marks
    Verbal Ability5050
    Reading Comprehension3030
    Quantitative Ability3030
    Data Sufficiency and data interpretation3030
    Total140 question140 marks

    Candidates must be thorough with IBSAT Syllabus and Exam Pattern before they begin with their preparation. The exam is generally of easy to moderate difficulty level. A total of 25% is specified for this written exam in IBSAT Selection Process. Read on to know about the topics from which questions are generally asked in the examination. A clear idea of the syllabus of IBS exam will help you prepare in a focused and a structural manner.


    IBSAT Syllabus 2020: Verbal Ability

    Verbal Ability questions test a candidates’ acquaintance with English and its usage. The section has highest weightage in the exam i.e. 50 questions of total 50 marks.

    The curriculum in ICFAI Business School involve a frequent application of English and hence the same is tested in the exam. There are 4 sub-sections under verbal ability and all the questions are derived from the topics mentioned below.

    1. Vocabulary- 25 questions
    2. English Usage- 10 Questions
    3. English Grammar- 10 Questions
    4. Cloze test- 5 questions

    Read below to know the complete syllabus of Verbal Ability section:

    Syllabus for Verbal Ability
    English grammarSentence correction
    SyllogismContextual usage
    AnalogiesAntonyms
    Fill In the BlanksJumbled paragraphs with 4 or 5 sentences
    Jumbled paragraphs (6 sentences with first and last fixed)Sentence Correction
    Foreign language words used in EnglishSentence completion
    Sentence correctionOdd man out
    IdiomsOne word substitution
    Different usage of the same word-

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    IBSAT 2020 Preparation Books: Verbal Ability

    IBSAT Preparation Books, IBSAT Books
    BooksPublication/ Author
    Word Power made EasyNorman Lewis
    Objective General English 10,000+ questionsR.S. Aggarwal
    Business English and CommunicationClark
    Mastering the Verbal Ability for CATAjay Singh

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      IBSAT Syllabus: Reading Comprehension

      There are 30 questions in the Reading Comprehension section that candidates have to attempt. The section comprises of three unseen passages with eight questions dedicated to each passage. The passages generally range from 500 to 600 words. 

      The questions asked in this section are direct and seek factual answers. Difficulty level is moderate with only a few surprise questions. Through this section, a candidate’s comprehension skills, reading and understanding ability is tested. 

      IBSAT 2020 Preparation Books: Reading Comprehension

      IBSAT Preparation Books, IBSAT Books
      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

      IBSAT Syllabus for Quantitative Ability

      The quantitative ability section of IBSAT 2020 comprises of 30 questions in total. The difficulty level is considered to be higher as compared to other sections. Through this section, candidate’s basic mathematical understanding/ ability to deal with numbers is analysed. The complete IBSAT Syllabus for Quantitative Ability is given below:

      Syllabus for Quantitative Ability
      AlgebraArithmetic Progression
      AveragesCo-ordinate Geometry
      DiscountGeometry
      MensurationNumber System
      PercentagesPermutations and Combinations
      ProbabilityProfit and Loss
      Time and WorkGeometric Progression
      Pipes and CisternsSimple Interest & Compound Interest
      Set TheoryVenn Diagram
      Installment PaymentsPartnership
      ClocksMedian
      Harmonic mean-

      IBSAT 2020 Preparation Books for Quantitative Ability

      Given below are some of the most recommended preparation books for IBSAT Quantitative Aptitude:

      IBSAT Preparation Books, IBSAT Books
      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

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        IBSAT Syllabus: Data Sufficiency and Data Interpretation

        There are 30 MCQs from this section. As per the trends, the level of difficulty is easy to moderate. It is futher divided into various topics viz. Data Sufficiency, Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation. The questions are framed to test the candidates’ ability to deal with a large amount of data. Questions are ideally based on pie charts, lines, tables and graphs. 

        The complete syllabus of IBSAT DI section includes:

        Syllabus for Data Sufficiency and Data Interpretation
        Data Interpretation based on textData Interpretation based on graphs and tablesIdentifying valid inferences
        Identifying Strong arguments and Weak arguments – Statements and conclusionsCause and EffectCritical reasoning
        Visual reasoningAssumption-PremiseConclusion
        Identifying ProbabilityProbably falseDefinitely true
        Definitely false kind of statementLinear arrangementsMatrix arrangements
        PuzzlesGraphs can be Column graphsBar Graphs
        Line chartsPie ChartGraphs representing Area
        Venn diagramAssertion and reasonsStatements and assumptions
        SyllogismsFunctionsFamily tree
        Identifying relationship among group of peopleSymbol Based problemsCoding and decoding
        SequencingIdentifying next number in series-

        IBSAT Books 2020 for Data Sufficiency and Interpretation

        IBSAT Preparation Books, IBSAT Books
        BooksPublication/ 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 Preparation Tips 2020

        Candidates should follow the below given preparation tips to score well in these sections:

        • Verbal Ability: Learn the basics and proper usage of grammar and improve your vocabulary. Only learning the language won’t help, you will also have to practice exam oriented questions.
        • Reading Comprehension: This section can only be done in time by daily practising one RC as it is very lengthy and time consuming.
        • Data Interpretation: Familiarize yourself with pie charts, tables, graphs and data analysis and their interpretations.   
        • Quantitative Aptitude: Solve as many problems as possible, this not only train your brain to finish the paper in time but also enhances your accuracy.
        • Move from Easy to Tough: First practice the topics that you are good at and followed by the complex topics, follow the same strategy in exam. Attempt easy questions first and move to tougher ones later.
        • Attempt Mock Tests: A full fledge mock test will let you know how prepared you are for the exam so that you can make the necessary changes in your preparation strategy.  

        IBSAT Syllabus 2020 FAQ's

        Ques: How many sections will be there in IBSAT ?

        Ans: IBSAT exam will be comprises of 4 sections.

        Ques: Name some prepration books for Reading Comprehension section?

        Ans: Some of the preparation books for RC are:

        • How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension by Arun Sharma & Meenakshi Upadhyay
        • CAT Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension by Gautam Puri

        Ques: Are there any last minute prepration tips to excel IBSAT?

        Ans: Yes, Click here to know last minute preparation tips for IBSAT. 

        Ques. What is asked in Data Sufficiency and Data Interpretation section of IBSAT? 

        Ans. This sections is comprised of 30 questions. Out of the 30 questions, 15 are based on data sufficiency, while the rest are on Data Interpretation. Most of the questions are focused on data sufficiency, pie charts, lines, tables and graphs. The difficulty level of this section is deemed as moderate. 

        Ques. Are there sectional time limits or any other constraints in IBSAT 2020? 

        Ans. No, IBSAT 2020 does not impose any sectional time limit or order on the candidate. Candidates can respond to the questions in any order as they please. 

        Ques. Is the IBSAT exam difficult? 

        Ans. The syllabus of IBSAT 2020 is based on the curriculum of class 10 + 2 and it does not include any general knowledge questions, thus on one front it is deemed as easier due to that. It is also less competitive than CAT, MAT, or CMAT which are regional/national examinations and has questions that are lower on the scale of difficulty. 

        Ques. How many questions are there in the verbal ability section of IBSAT? 

        Ans. Verbal ability is the largest section of the IBSAT examination. It is comprised of 50 questions in total which aim to test candidates on the english proficiency skills such as vocabulary, reasoning and grammar. 

        Ques. How many questions are there in the reading comprehension section of IBSAT? 

        Ans. There are a total of 30 questions in the reading comprehension section of IBSAT. Candidates will have to attempt to solve 4 unseeen passages that will have a maximum of 9 questions and a minimum of 5 questions. The difficulty level of this section is generally deemed as moderate. 

        *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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