Ibsat 2014 Analysis Essay

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IBSAT 2017 was concluded on December 27, 2016.  As the exam has been conducted, candidates can go through the following article to know about IBSAT 2017 Paper analysis.

  • The overall difficulty level of IBSAT was moderate.
  • The question paper contained total 140 questions which were divided into four sections.
  • Each section carried 30 questions except Verbal Ability. It had 50 questions
  • Candidates had to attempt all the questions in the duration of two hours.  

IBSAT (ICFAI Business School Aptitude Test) is a national level online test which is conducted by ICFAI Foundation (Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India). The exam is held for admission to MBA or PGPM Programs offered by the top most IBS Business Schools. ​​

NOTE: IBSAT 2018 official notification has been released by the conducting authority. IBSAT Application Form is available on the official website of the exam. Interested and Eligible candidates can submit the applications till December 12, 2017. The exam is scheduled for December 21 to 24, 2017. 

IBSAT 2017 Highlights

All the questions asked in the exam had 5 choices. Each question carried one mark and there was no negative marking as well. The exam had following sections:

Sections in IBSAT ExamNo. of Questions
Section 1 (a) Verbal Ability45
Section 1 (b) Verbal Ability05
Section 2- Reading Comprehension30
Section 3- Quantitative Aptitude30
Section 4- Data Sufficiency and Data Interpretation30

All questions could be accessed at any time during the test. The level of difficulty of the exam varied from an easy to a moderate.

IBSAT Paper Analysis

The exam was conducted in four slots. It comprised of 140 questions in total. The time duration of the IBSAT Exam was 2 hours (120 minutes). The whole exam process went smoothly and without any technical glitches. 

SECTION 1 (a) – Verbal Ability

The section consisted of the usual VA questions, which students usually practice for all management entrance tests. Moreover, the questions were quite simple. There were five questions of each type. Usually, there was one difficult question in each type and the rest of the questions were on the easier side.

TopicNo. of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Meaning of idiom/phrase53 Easy, 2 Medium
Synonyms of the word53 Easy, 2 Medium
One word substitute of the given phrase53 Easy, 1 Medium, 1 Difficult
Jumbled Paragraph52 Easy, 2 Medium, 1 Difficult
Word Analogy53 Easy, 1 Medium, 1 Difficult
Double FIB54 Easy, 1 Medium
Replace the underlined part of the given sentence53 Easy, 2 Medium
Find error from four underlined parts52 Easy, 2 Medium, 1 Difficult
Antonyms52 Easy, 2 Medium, 1 Difficult

Students should have targeted attempting all above questions (as there was no negative marking) in about 30 minutes with about 85% accuracy.

SECTION 1 (b) – Verbal Ability

This section consisted of sentences having 5 blanks. Three of the questions were easy, one was slightly difficult and one was moderately difficult. These questions should have been solved in 5 minutes with about 80% accuracy.

SECTION 2 – Reading Comprehension

There were 4 passages in this section. One passage was very short, having about 500 words. 2 were longer (about 750 words) and 1 was very long (950+ words). Among the 30 RC questions in this slot, about 4-5 questions were vocabulary related and 4-5 were related to the main idea or purpose. The topics of the passages were quite simple to understand except for one passage on archaeology. In all, 20 questions were on the easier side, 7 could be solved with moderate effort and 3 were somewhat difficult due to the time involved in solving them. All the 4 RC passages could have been attempted in another 30-35 minutes with about 80-85% accuracy.

PassageNo. of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Tyrannosaurus rex (500 words)55 Easy
Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (750 words)85 Easy – 2 Moderate - 1 Difficult
Type I and Type II Diabetes (350 words)86 Easy – 2 Moderate
Archaeology (950+ words)94 Easy – 3 Moderate – 2 difficult

SECTION 3 – Quantitative Ability

Overall, this section was much easier than the QA section of IBSAT 2015. It was dominated by questions on Arithmetic, which were based on the concepts of averages, percentages and mixtures. The questions on Numbers involved simple application of number properties. The questions on Algebra were based on simple and linear equations. The questions on Geometry involved those of triangles, circles and mensuration. The Modern Math questions were those from sets, probability and permutation-combination. There was one question on differentiation.
The question break up of one slot is given below:

TopicNo. of QuestionsDifficulty Level
QA – Numbers524 – Easy and 6 – Medium
QA – Algebra5
QA – Arithmetic14
QA – Geometry2
QA – Modern Math5

Around 20 questions could have been easily solved in 25-30 minutes.

SECTION 4 – Data Sufficiency and Data Interpretation

The DS section involved 15 questions out of which 14 questions were quantitative-based and one was reasoning-based. All the questions were easy. The break up in one slot is given below.

TopicNo. of QuestionsDifficulty Level
DS – Numbers315 – Easy
DS – Algebra5
DS – Arithmetic4
DS – Geometry2
DS – Logical Reasoning1

In DI, there were 3 sets, all of which were calculation-based. Two of them involved tables and the third one was a combination of table, line graph and bar graph. Overall, this section can be considered to be of easy-medium level of difficulty.

All questions on Data Adequacy and at least 2 sets on Data Interpretation could be solved in 25-30 minutes.


It is mandatory for a candidate to score more than 50% and also not have zero marks in any of the sections, in order to get a call for the GDPI round.

IBSAT or the MBA entrance exam conducted by IBS Business School will be held in a computer based format for a window of 12 days starting from Saturday, December 12, 2015 to Wednesday, December 23, 2015. If you are planning to take the exam, you must be preparing hard for it. Along with preparation, knowing the past years’ trends and patterns will give you the idea about the expected features and elements of the test.

Latest: IBSAT 2016 will be conducted from December 16 to December 27, 2016. Candidates can fill IBSAT 2016 application form from July 1.


In this Careers360 article, we will give you the pattern of the past 5 years and preparation tips. Earlier, IBSAT was held in a paper pencil based pattern but since the past few years, the pattern has been changed to computer based. Another important aspect of the exam is that it has no negative marking scheme. Hence you can attempt as much question as you want to without the threat of reduction of marks.


The following table will share the trend of IBSAT over the past 5 years.



Number of Questions


Choice Per Question


120 minutes


4 – English Usage

Reading Comprehension

Quantitative Ability

Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency



120 minutes


4 – English Usage

Reading Comprehension

Quantitative Ability

Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency



120 minutes


4 – Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency



120 minutes


4 – Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency



120 minutes


4 – Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency


As you can see, IBSAT has maintained a fairly consistent pattern since past 5 years. Prior to that, the patterns were flexible and saw several changes. The overall difficulty level is easy to moderate, which is maintained over the years. Now we will share with you a detailed section wise analysis of IBSAT exam.

IBSAT Section Wise in Depth Analysis

As you have seen in the above table, there are 4 sections in the exam of equal weight. The distinguished feature of the exam is that the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension sections are different, whereas the majority of the MBA entrance exams have a combined section of Verbal Ability (English Usage) and Reading Comprehension areas. Each question bears 1 mark. The section wise analysis is given as follows.

English Usage


The English Usage questions are basically on grammar, vocabulary etc. In IBSAT 2014, as many as 20 out of the 30 questions were based on vocabulary and other 10 were grammar based. The questions were on identifying the grammatically incorrect part of a sentence, and replacing the underlined part of sentence with a correct phrase. The grammar questions were easy to solve, a few vocabulary questions were tough. 

Reading Comprehension

The Reading Comprehension section had 4 passages with varied number of questions. The passages were of 100 to 500 words and the questions were easy and direct in nature. However few questions were tricky as well.

Quantitative Ability

The difficulty level was toughest in the exam. The topics included Arithmetic, Numbers, Algebra, and Modern Maths. Very few questions can be classified as sitters, with most questions being of a moderate to high difficulty level and at least 3 questions reportedly had typos. One or two instances of correct option missing from the alternatives were also reported. 

The section had quite a few time guzzlers. When compared to IBSAT 2013, the Quant part is definitely a notch higher in terms of difficulty and a good student who prepared well should have been able to attempt around 15-18 questions correctly. 

Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency

The section saw table-based, line-graph and bar graph based DI sets and some of the questions were calculation-intensive while some were logic-based. Data sufficiency was dominated by Quant-based DI coupled with some reasoning-based questions. Regular questions like percentage change, ratio were seen in this section. 

IBSAT 2015 Preparation Tips

As you have known by now, the difficulty level of IBSAT is easy to moderate. Hence the preparation should not take much toll on you. In case you have not started taking the mock test yet, here is your chance to download the IBSAT sample paper and practice.


Since the IBSAT is conducted in a computer based format, you will get an added advantage on solving the sample paper online.


If you have already taken CAT 2015, MAT 2015, CMAT 2015, ATMA 2015 or taking XAT 2016, tackling IBSAT 2015 will not be of much difficulty for you. The difficulty level of IBSAT is comparable to that of MAT, CMAT and ATMA. The sections, areas and syllabus are also on the similar lines. Apart from practicing, revise the formulae, vocabulary and grammar.


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