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IBSAT Syllabus 2018

Updated On - March 20th 2018

IBSAT evaluates a candidate’s ability in analytical reasoning, data interpretation, quantitative techniques, reading comprehension and vocabulary. The syllabus for ICFAI Business School Aptitude Test (IBSAT) is decided by ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education each year. No changes are intimated for IBSAT Syllabus 2018 as yet. 

Here is a brief about all the section-wise topics in IBSAT:

  • Questions in Quantitative Aptitude are based on percentages, geometry, ratios & proportion, time, etc. 
  • In Verbal Ability section, questions are on sentence correction, idioms, one-word substitution, analogies etc.
  • For the Reading Comprehension section, candidate’s are evaluated on the basis of an unseen passage. Practice  IBSAT Sample Papers 
  • Questions in Data Interpretation are based on puzzles, linear arrangements, cause and effect, bar graphs etc.
IBSAT Official Mock Test 2018 Released

IBSAT 2018 is scheduled from December 21 to 24, 2018. According to IBSAT Exam Pattern, there will be 125 objective questions. The total duration of the exam is 2 hours. However, there is no sectional-time limit. The exam will be conducted in more than 100 IBSAT Exam Centers in India.

Given below is the weightage of each section in IBSAT carries:

SectionNumber of QuestionsTotal Marks
Verbal Ability5050
Reading Comprehension3030
Quantitative Ability3030
Data Sufficiency and data interpretation3030

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 2018 for Verbal Ability

  • Verbal Ability in IBSAT is aimed at testing candidates’ acquaintance with English and its usage.
  • The questions under the section test candidates’ reading, writing and comprehension skills.
  • The curriculum in ICFAI Business School and later prospects involve a frequent application of English and hence the same is tested in the exam.
  • The section comprises 50 questions for a total of 50 marks.
  • The section holds the highest weight in IBSAT 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 for Verbal Ability section:

Syllabus for Verbal Ability
English grammarSentence correction
SyllogismContextual usage
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 Preparation Books for Verbal Ability

IBSAT 2017 Preparation Books for Verbal Ability
BookPublication/ Author
Word Power made EasyNorman Lewis
Objective General English 10,000+ questionsR.S. Aggarwal
Business English and CommunicationClark
Mastering the Verbal Ability for CAT COMMON ADMISSION TESTAjay 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 Sample Questions

Find the correctly spelled words:

Question 1. Solve as per the direction given above

A. Efficient

B. Treatmeant

C. Beterment

D. Employd

Ans: A

Qustion 2. Solve as per the direction given above

A. Pessenger

B. Passenger

C. Pasanger

D. Pesanger

Ans: B

IBSAT Syllabus 2018 for Reading Comprehension

  • There are total 30 questions in Reading Comprehension section to attempt.
  • The section comprises three unseen passages with eight question dedicated to each passage.
  • The nature of the questions asked in this section are direct and seek factual answers.
  • The difficulty level of the section is moderate with only few surprise questions.
  • This section aims at testing comprehension skills, reading and understanding ability of the candidate. 

IBSAT Preparation Books for Reading Comprehension

IBSAT 2017 Preparation Books for Reading Comprehension
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 2018 for Quantitative Ability

  • The quantitative ability section of IBSAT 2018 comprises 30 questions in total.
  • The level of this section is considered higher compared to other sections.
  • The Quantitative Aptitude section tests the basic mathematical understanding of candidates.
  • The questions in this section are designed to test the candidates’ ability to deal with numbers.

The complete IBSAT Syllabus for Quantitative Ability is given below:

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

IBSAT Preparation Books for Quantitative Ability

Given below are some of the most recommended preparation books for IBSAT. Along with them, candidates must solve IBSAT Sample Papers for better preparation. 

IBSAT 2017 Preparation Books for Quantitative Ability
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 Excel IBSAT

IBSAT Sample Question for Quantitative Ability

Questions on Time and Distance:

Question A distance is covered in 2 hours 45min. at 4km/hr. How much time will be taken to cover it at 16.5 km/hr:

  1. 40min
  2. 41min 15sec
  3. 45min
  4. 90min

Answer: Option A

Question Two trains start at the same time from Aligarh and Delhi and proceed towards each other at 16km/hr and 21km/hr respectively, When they meet, it is found that one train has travelled 60 km more than the other. The distance between the two stations is:

  1. 445km
  2. 444km
  3. 440km
  4. 450km

Answer: Option B

IBSAT Syllabus 2018 Data Sufficiency and Data Interpretation

  • There are a total of 30 questions in Data Sufficiency and Data Interpretation section.
  • The level of this section ranges in between easy to moderate.
  • The section is further divided into various topics viz. Data Sufficiency, Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation.
  • 15 questions come from data sufficiency, 5 question comes from logical reasoning and 5 question from Data Interpretation.
  • In this section, the candidates’ ability to deal with a large amount of data is tested.

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 Preparation Books Data Sufficiency and Data Interpretation

IBSAT 2017 Preparation Books for Data Adequacy and Interpretation
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

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IBSAT Sample Questions

Question 2: The bar graph given below shows the sales of books (in thousand numbers) from six branches B1, B2, B3, B4, B5 and B6 of a publishing company during two consecutive years 2000 and 2001.

Question What is the ratio of the total sales of branch B2 for both years to the total sales of branch B4 for both years?

  1. 2:3
  2. 3:5
  3. 4:5
  4. 7:9

Ans: (4)

Question 2: Total sales of branch B6 for both the years is what percent of the total sales of branches B3 for both the years?

  1. 68.54%
  2. 71.11%
  3. 73.17%
  4. 75.55%

Ans: (3)

IBSAT 2018 Exam Pattern

  • IBSAT is held in a computer-based test (CBT) format.
  • The medium of the exam is English.
  • The total duration of IBSAT is 2 hours (120 Minutes).
  • All the question in MCQ (Multiple Choice questions) form, the total number of question is 125.
  • Candidates can choose to attempt the question paper in any order they want.
  • There is no restriction regarding solving a particular section within a stipulated time limit.
  • Also, Sectional cut off will not be applicable.
  • Each question will carry one mark and there is no negative marking.

Read complete  IBSAT Exam Pattern

We hope we could deliver enough insights about IBSAT Syllabus to all of you. Make sure you do not compromise on your practice sessions and we assure you a good result. Good luck!

*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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