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IBSAT 2018 Exam Analysis

IBSAT 2018 Exam Analysis : IBSAT entrance exam in 2018 comprised of 140 questions and 4 Sections. The duration of the test was 120 minutes. Each question had five options and carried one mark each; there was no negative marking.

IBS Aptitude Test or IBSAT EXAM is a national level MBA entrance exam conducted by ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education for admission to MBA/PGPM course. IBSAT scores are accepted by nine ICFAI Business Schools (IBS), namely IBS Hyderabad, IBS Mumbai, IBS Bengaluru, IBS Pune, IBS Gurgaon, IBS Kolkata, IBS Ahmedabad, IBS Jaipur and IBS Dehradun.

In this article, we have analyzed IBSAT 2018 paper in detail. This will help MBA aspirants to gain deeper insights about IBSAT exam pattern. This analysis provides an estimate the overall and sectional level of difficulty, IBSAT Syllabus, types of questions, number of attempts for good score, expected score for percentiles and do ability of questions.

IBSAT 2018 Exam Analysis:

The section wise questions pattern and difficulty in IBSAT 2018 is as follows:


SectionNo. of Q’sDoable Q’sLevel of Difficulty
Verbal Ability5032-35Easy to Moderate
Reading Comprehension3022-24Easy to Moderate
Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency3020-21Moderate
Quantitative Aptitude3022-24Moderate

Verbal Ability:

IBSAT 2018 Exam Analysis of Verbal Ability section:
  1. The Vocabulary section in IBSAT 2018 comprised a total of 25 questions – five questions each of synonyms, antonyms, analogy, a one-word replacement for a phrase, and idioms. The vocabulary segment was slightly difficult as compared to last year. The options for these questions had unfamiliar words. Some of the idioms were also difficult. 
  2. The Grammar area had a total of 10 questions. There were five questions on error spotting. The grammar part also had five questions on underlined phrase replacement. There were five questions where there was an underlined phrase and the same had to be corrected.
  3. The Verbal ability segment had a total of 15 questions within the section. These included five questions on paragraph or sentence formation questions where four sentences or parts of sentences were given jumbled up, five questions on double or paired fill in the blanks in a sentence, and five questions on Para completion (5 words missing in the paragraph). The level of difficulty of the Verbal Ability segment was moderate
Difficulty LevelNumber of Questions

A well-prepared candidate could have attempted 35-45 questions with 85% accuracy.

Reading Comprehension:

This section in IBSAT 2018 comprised four RC passages with a total of 30 questions. Two passages had 8 questions each, one passage had 9 questions and the fourth passage had 5 questions. The number of words varied from 380 to 870 words. The passages made for very interesting reading and the questions were also pretty much straightforward.

The passages had their fair share of specific detail, inference, and vocabulary based questions.

Difficulty LevelNumber of Questions
An attempt to 22-23 questions with 85-90% accuracy can be considered as a good attempt.

Quantitative Ability:

IBSAT 2018 Exam Analysis of Quantitative Ability section:

In IBSAT 2018, the Quant section had a good mix of questions from Arithmetic, Numbers, GeometryMensuration, and Higher Maths. The questions in this section can be classified as easy-moderate-difficult.

The Quant section this year had a toned-down difficulty level as compared to the paper two years ago. There were no questions on Coordinate, Differential Calculus, Geometry and Trigonometry.

Difficulty LevelNumber of Questions

An attempt of 25-29 with 90-95% accuracy can be considered as a good attempt in this section

Data Sufficiency and Data Interpretation:

IBSAT 2018 Exam Analysis of Data Sufficiency and Data Interpretation section:

The Data Sufficiency segment was purely Quantitative based in IBSAT 2018. There were no questions on logical reasoning. The Quant based DS section had questions mainly from Numbers, Probability, Mixtures and Alligations, Averages, Calendars, Time and Work and Geometry. The questions in the Data Sufficiency segment were all moderate questions. There were a total of 15 questions of this type. The Data Interpretation segment presented a total of 15 questions in three sets of five questions each

Difficulty LevelNumber of Questions

A well-prepared candidate could have attempted 25-28 questions with 90-92% accuracy in this section.


IBSAT 2018 Paper was pretty much similar when compared to previous paper analysis except that there were 4 sections this time and not five. Good vocabulary, high reading speed, smart question selection and keeping a tab on time would have ensured a student did well in IBSAT entrance exam. Leaving lengthy questions with lengthy choices especially in RC would have ensured that you maximized the number of attempts on the test. A total of 80 could be termed as a good number of attempts in IBSAT.

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