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IBSAT Syllabus 2018, Important Topics, Books

Updated On - July 11th 2018 by KRITIKA GUPTA

IBSAT Syllabus 2018 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 this year’s ICFAI Business School Aptitude Test. IBSAT 2018 is scheduledfor December 22 and 23 in a computer-based format. The last date to apply online is December 12, 2018. Register Now!

The syllabus of IBSAT is based on the curriculum of class 10+2. It evaluates a candidate’s quantitative, verbal/reading, data interpretation and reasoning skills. The paper has 140 MCQs that are to be completed in 2 hours. 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.

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Section-wise Weightage of IBSAT Exam:

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 of generally easy to moderate difficulty level. A total of 25% is specified for this written exam in the complete admission process. Read IBSAT Paper Analysis


IBSAT Syllabus: Verbal Ability

Verbal Ability questions are to test a candidates’ acquaintance with English and its usage. The section has the maximum questions i.e. 50 questions of total 50 marks.

The curriculum in ICFAI Business School and later prospects 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 derive 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-

IBSAT 2018 Preparation Books: Verbal Ability

IBSAT Preparation Books, IBSAT Books
BookPublication/ 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

IBSAT Preparation Tips for Verbal Ability 

There are some useful points that you must have to remember while taking up an English Competitive test:

  1. Learn the basics and proper usage of Grammar
  2. Improve your Vocabulary
  3. Go through the Comprehension skills
  4. Should avoid spelling mistakes
  5. Make sure that sentence formation is clear and concise

Read IBSAT Preparation Tips


IBSAT Syllabus: Reading Comprehension

There are 30 questions in Reading Comprehension section to attempt. The section comprises three unseen passages with eight question dedicated to each passage.

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 2018 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: Quantitative Ability

The quantitative ability section of IBSAT 2018 comprises 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 analysised. 

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 2018 Preparation Books: Quantitative Ability

Given below are some of the most recommended preparation books for IBSAT.

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

IBSAT Preparation Tips for Quantitative Ability

For each topic in Quants section, you must break the process into three steps: 

  1. Learn the theory from the first principles
  • Make a conscious effort to learn theory from basic ideas. We have a tendency to 'jump' steps when we get familiar with a topic. Resist the temptation to use plug-and-play formulae and learn the theory with an open mind.
  1. Do the grind post this
  • Do lots of practice. Intuition is important, but the ability to power through lots of questions is extremely vital. Major portions of the processes should be on 'auto pilot'. Fatigue is an important factor in ISBAT and it is nearly impossible to be switched on for 120 minutes continuously. When confronted with a tricky question, if you pick the right approach after may be 60 seconds of thinking, the remaining 100 seconds of actually solving the question should be done in a mechanical fashion; in a manner that does not take much out of you. 
  1. Handle tougher questions by revisiting theory
  • Once you have learned from first principles and done the grind, you would have learned all standard templates. Now the knowledge base is set, it is time build the ability to 'discover' newer frameworks. Ask more fundamental questions and work with proofs and properties.

Read  Last Minute Preparation Tips to Crack IBSAT


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 the candidates’ ability to deal with a large amount of data.

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 2018 Preparation Books: Data Sufficiency and Data Interpretation

IBSAT Preparation Books, IBSAT Books
BookPublication/ 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


Key Features of IBSAT Exam Pattern

  • Mode of Exam: Computer Based Test 
  • Duration of Exam: 2 hours
  • Medium of Exam: English only
  • Type of Questions: Multiple Choice Questions
  • Maximum Questions: 140 
  • Maximum Marks: 140
  • Marking Scheme: 1 mark/ question

Other Facts:

  • Answering of questions can be done in any order.
  • No sectional time allocated.
  • Sectional cut off will not be applicable.
  • No provision of negative marking.​​

Check complete  IBSAT Exam Pattern


*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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