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IBSAT 2019 Exam Pattern: Check Marking Scheme and Syllabus

IBSAT organised by ICFAI foundation for students seeking admission to various PGDM and MBA programs. It is a computer based test conducted in English language only. IBSAT Exam Pattern is published on the official website i.e. www.ibsindia.org.

  • Questions are in multiple choice format and are objective in nature.
  • Duration of the exam is 2 hours (120 minutes)
  • Total 140 questions will be asked in the exam
  • Every question will have 5 alternative responses; out of which candidate has to choose one that seems the most appropriate choice.
  • Question paper is divided into 4 sections i.e. Reading Comprehension, Verbal Ability, Quantitative Aptitude and Data Adequacy and Data Interpretation.
  • Every correct answer will be awarded +1 mark for every correct answer.
  • There will be no negative marking

The difficulty level of the entrance exam is generally moderate. IBSAT 2019 Syllabus is based on Higher Secondary level knowledge. The registration process for IBSAT examination has begun from the 1st week of July 2018 and the exam will be conducted in the 3rd week of December 2018.

IBSAT 2019 Exam Pattern Highlights

The following table provides the main highlights of IBSAT Exam Pattern:

Exam Mode Online (computer based test)
Question Paper type Objective (MCQs)
Number of Sections 4 (Reading Comprehension, Verbal Ability, Data Interpretation, Quantitative Aptitude and Data Adequacy)
Total no. of questions 140
Marks awarded for correct answer +1
Total marks 140
Exam duration 2 hours (120 minutes)
Medium of language English

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IBSAT 2019 Exam Pattern in Detail

IBSAT 2019 question paper will be divided into 4 sections- Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Data Adequacy and Interpretation and Quantitative Aptitude. Candidates can attempt the question paper in any order of their choice. No specific time restriction is allotted to a particular section. Also, no sectional cut off will be applicable.

The sections comprising IBSAT Exam Pattern are discussed below:

  • Verbal Ability: This section is intended to test the student’s knowledge and proficiency in the English language. 50 questions in total are asked in this section.
  • Reading Comprehension: This section includes unseen passages and candidates have to answer questions based on these passages. 30 questions in total are asked in this section. Generally, the questions are direct and to the point and the difficulty level is easy to moderate.
  • Quantitative Ability: This section is planned to assess the basic mathematical ability of candidates. A total of 30 questions will be asked in this section. It is considered to be a scoring section, among all the 4 sections, though the level of difficulty for this section is moderate to high.
  • Data Adequacy and Data Interpretation: In this section, the visualization power of candidates is analyzed by examining their ability to understand graph, charts, tables and patterns from the data given. This section consists of 30 questions in total and the difficulty level is moderate.

The section wise distribution of questions and marks is tabulated below:

Section Question Marks Duration
Verbal Ability 50 50 2 Hours
Reading Comprehension 30 30
Quantitative Aptitude 30 30
Data Adequacy & Data Interpretation 30 30

IBSAT 2019 Marking Scheme

Candidates should note that the marking scheme is in order to decide that how to attempt the questions in the aptitude entrance examination. There are no major changes expected in the marking scheme of IBSAT 2019 and it is the same as that for the year 2017. Also, there is no negative marking in the test. Following is the marking scheme:

  • Every correct answer will be awarded +1 mark
  • There will be no penalty of marks for wrong or incorrect answers i.e. there will be no negative marking
  • No mark will be deducted for not attempting any question or leaving it blank
  • There will no sectional cut off score and no sectional time limit for the exam.


IBSAT 2019 Reference Books

The management entrances are always a challenge since the pattern of examination is slightly more generalized and there is no particular curriculum to focus upon even though the sections are specified. Candidates can find below a list of helpful reference books to understand the structure and gain hands-on practice for IBSAT.

Subject Book Publication/ Author
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

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