IBSAT - Previous Year Paper Analysis

The IBSAT previous question papers analysis is given below-

 

IBSAT 2019 Analysis-

The Test 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. Since there was no negative marking, a well-prepared candidate could have attempted all the questions.

The overall difficulty level of Verbal Ability was easy. All the questions were the objective type. Leaving the length questions, a well-prepared candidate could have maximised the overall attempts. A total of 80 could be considered as a good attempt in this exam.

Verbal Ability:

The below table gives the breakup of the overall difficulty level of the verbal ability section.

Difficulty
Level

Number
of Questions

Easy

21

Moderate

23

Difficult

6

According to the expert’s opinion, a well-prepared candidate could have attempted all the questions.

The reading comprehension section comprised of 16 easy questions, 11 medium and 3 difficult questions. Students could have targeted answering 25-27 questions with 85% accuracy in this section.

 

Quantitative Ability:

The QA section consisted of questions from multiple areas including arithmetic, geometry and analytical geometry.

The below table gives an analysis of the overall difficulty level of questions in the QA section.

Difficulty
Level

Number
of Questions

Easy

14

Moderate

12

Difficult

4

As per the expert analysis, 15-18 questions with 85-90% accuracy could have been attempted by a good candidate.

 

Data Sufficiency and Data Interpretation Section-

This section had questions on pi graphs, line graphs etc. The below table shows the break-up of the difficulty level.

Difficulty
Level

Number
of Questions

Easy

12

Moderate

17

Difficult

1

As per the expert’s opinion, the overall section was of moderate difficulty level. A good attempt in this section could be with an attempt of 15-18 questions with 85% accuracy.

IBSAT 2018 Analysis

The paper was pretty much similar when compared to previous paper analysis except that there were 4 sections this time and not five. The total number of questions was 140 and a student was given two hours to attempt the test. A student was given the flexibility to answer questions from any section, in any order, i.e. the sections were not timed. 

Good vocabulary, high reading speed, smart question selection and keeping a tab on time would have ensured a student did well on the test. 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 on this test.

 

Verbal Ability-

1. The Vocabulary section 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
Level

Number
of Questions

Easy

5

Easy-Moderate

15

Moderate-Difficult

20

Moderate

10

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

 

Reading Comprehension-

This section 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
Level

Number
of Questions

Easy-Moderate

17

Moderate-difficult

8

Moderate

5

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

Quantitative Ability:

The Quant section had a good mix of questions from Arithmetic, Numbers, Geometry-Mensuration, 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
Level

Number
of Questions

Easy

6

Moderate

23

Difficult

1

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

 

Data Sufficiency and Data Interpretation-

The Data Sufficiency segment was purely Quantitative based. 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
Level

Number
of Questions

Easy

12

Moderate

17

Difficult

1

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

 

IBSAT 2017 Analysis

The paper was similar when compared to previous papers and most of the questions were straightforward. RCs were easy reads with most of the questions directly from the passages, questions in QA were also easy barring a few which were from higher maths. The DI sets had moderate to lengthy calculations.

Good Vocabulary, high reading speed, smart question selection and keeping a tab on time would have ensured a student did well in the test. A total of 81-84 could be termed as a good number of attempts in this paper

Section

Number
of Questions

Verbal
Ability 1

45

Verbal
Ability 2

5

Reading
Comprehension

30

Quantitative
Ability

30

Data
Adequacy and Data Interpretation

30

Verbal Ability 1-

This section had a mix of vocabulary, grammar, and verbal ability questions.

Vocabulary comprised five questions each of synonyms, antonyms, analogy, the one-word replacement for a phrase, and idioms.

The Grammar area had 5 questions on error spotting where the sentence was divided into four parts. The fifth choice was labelled as ‘No error’. The grammar part also included five questions on underlined phrase replacement.

The verbal ability area within the section included five questions on double or paired fill in the blanks in a sentence and five questions on para formation questions where jumbled sentences were given.

Difficulty Level

Number
of Questions

Easy

20

Easy-Moderate

10

Moderate

10

Moderate-Difficult

5

An attempt to 32-25 questions with 85 % accuracy could have been considered as a good attempt.

Verbal Ability 2-

This section had 5 questions on Para completion. 5 words were missing in the paragraph. The level of difficulty was easy-moderate.

 

Reading Comprehension-

This section comprised four RC passages with a total of 30 questions. Two passages had 9 questions each and the remaining two passages had 5 & 7 questions respectively. The number of words varied from 380 to 870 words.

Difficulty Level

Number
of Questions

Easy

9

Easy-Moderate

5

Moderate-Difficult

9

Moderate

7

An attempt to 21-25 questions could have been considered a good attempt.

 

Quantitative Ability (QA)-

The difficulty level of QA section was comparatively on the lower side when compared to last year. The Quant section comprised questions from Geometry-Mensuration, Arithmetic, Algebra, and Higher Maths. Most of the questions can be classified as Easy to Moderate difficulty level.

Difficulty Level

Number
of Questions

Easy

10

Easy-Moderate

12

Moderate

8

An attempt to 20-22 questions could have been considered as a good attempt in this section.

Data Adequacy & Data Interpretation-

The Data sufficiency section comprised questions mostly on quants. There were three DI sets with two based on Tables and one on Bar Charts. There were 15 questions based on these sets.

 

Difficulty Level

Number
of Questions

Easy

4

Easy-Moderate

6

Moderate

5

An attempt of 10-12 questions with 90% accuracy could have been considered as a good attempt.

Keyword

Volume

IBSAT 2020

590

ICFAI

14800

IBSAT 2019

1600

IBSAT 2020 application

10

 
 

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