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What is the expected difficulty level of IBSAT 2018?

IBS Aptitude Test (IBSAT) 2018 is scheduled for December 22 & 23, 2018 in 2 days test window. IBSAT 2018 is an important MBA entrance test conducted by ICFAI Foundation and is the gateway to MBA/PGPM programs at 9 campuses of ICFAI Business School. The national level test is considered slightly easier when compared to other exams like CAT, XAT, and CMAT.

IBSAT 2018 is an online computer-based exam that will have a test duration of 2 hours. IBSAT has 140 questions distributed across 4 sections namely- Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency sections. Quantitative Ability is on a bit difficult side than the other three sections. Therefore gear up your preparation and allot more time to this section.

You can get the fair idea of the exam pattern and we have further discussed the section wise analysis of IBSAT that will give you the complete knowledge about the difficulty level of IBSAT 2018 as well.

What is the test pattern of IBSAT?

The exam will be conducted in online mode (Computer Based Test) and the question paper will be in English language only with 120 questions in total to be completed in a duration of 120 minutes i.e. 1 minute is allotted to each question. The questions will be objective type and for every correct answer, one mark will be awarded. There is no negative marking process.

Section Number of Questions Marks
Verbal Ability 50 50
Reading Comprehension 30 30
Quantitative Aptitude 30 30
Data Adequacy & Data Interpretation 30 30
Total 140 140

Section wise Difficulty Level

The IBSAT 2018 exam doesn’t have the sectional cut-off and also there is no sectional time limit in this exam.

Verbal Ability

Verbal ability section of IBSAT exam has the easiest questions and interestingly it has the maximum marks i.e. 50. In this section, vocabulary questions are slightly on the higher difficulty level but the grammar part is easier.

In IBSAT 2017, the overall verbal ability section seemed quite easy. Only a few of the vocabulary questions were difficult and the grammar portion was comparatively easier. Overall, an average of 33-34 marks could be achieved under 25 minutes.

Reading Comprehension

Interestingly, the Reading Comprehension is a separate section in IBSAT exam. It has 2 passages with 8 questions each and the passages contain between 500- 600 words. The topics of passages are generic or current affairs. Some questions were direct and factual in IBSAT 2017, while some questions were inferential and took time to answer.

Quantitative Ability

The Quantitative Ability section is always a little bit of difficult in comparison to other sections. The difficult problems in Quant section include arithmetic, geometry, and algebra. However, the major questions were from speed, distance and time, ratio proportion, work problems, progressions, probability, percentages, and interest etc.

Data Adequacy and Data Interpretation

The Data Interpretation section is also the easy section of the exam which is directly based on calculation. The DI section in IBSAT 2017 was strongly focused on data adequacy and logical thinking. The exam had questions on pi graphs, line graphs, percentage change, the ratio between two values etc.

About the exam

Candidates should practice the online test series, sample papers, previous year question papers, etc. to completely understand the nature and difficulty of the exam. It will also help candidates to increase their speed in solving questions and scoring better in the exam.

Those who want to pursue MBA/PGPM program from one of the ICFAI B-schools should take IBSAT 2018. IBSAT 2018 Registration has been started from July 01, 2018 and it will be open till December 12, 2018.

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