IBSAT 2018 Exam Syllabus

The IBSAT 2018 exam syllabus consists of all important topics in 4 sections of the online test. The exam is divided into Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Quantitative  Ability, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency sections. Interestingly, the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension are two separate sections in IBSAT exam. The number of questions in each section is shared below:


IBSAT Test Section
Number of Questions
Verbal Ability
Reading Comprehension
Quantitative Ability
Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency


IBSAT Syllabus: Important Topics But Easy Questions
IBSAT conducted by ICFAI University offers MBA/PGPM admission opportunity in 9 campuses of IBS colleges, located across the country. The IBSAT exam Syllabus covers all the key topics in each of the four sections but the test questions are of moderate difficulty level.


IBSAT 2018: Section Wise Syllabus


Section-1: Verbal Ability
Verbal Ability is highest scoring section in IBSAT with 50 questions. Major topics on which questions are asked in this section, are:

  • Synonyms/Antonyms
  • Word Relation
  • Error Spotting
  • Phrase Replacement/one word substitute
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Jumbled Sentences

The difficulty level for overall verbal ability section is moderate.


Section-2: Reading Comprehension
Reading Comprehension is a separate section in IBSAT exam with 30 questions and is not clubbed to Verbal Ability section.  There are usually 3 RC passages followed by 8 questions each while one RC passage is followed by 6 questions. The passages have an average length of 500 to 600 words. Most questions are directly related to the RC passages and answers to them can be easily located in the RC passage itself, some of the questions are indirect and you have to check the inference drawn from the passage.

Number of RC passages
Each passage followed by
Difficulty level
 3 with word length of 500+
8 questions
Easy to moderate
1 with word length of 400+
6 questions
Easy to moderate


Section-3: Quantitative Ability
Quantitative Ability section has a mix of all the topics in Mathematics. Total questions in this section are 30. All the questions are of Easy to Moderate difficulty level. Following are the major topics on which questions are based in Quant section

  • Number System
  • Simplification & Algebra
  • Speed, Time and Distance
  • Profit, loss & Discount
  • Permutation & Probability
  • Work and Time
  • Percentage
  • Geometry and Mensuration
  • Simple interest & partnership
  • Time and Work
  • Ratio

The QA section in IBSAT has good mixture of problems including arithmetic, geometry and analytical geometry. The questions are framed on speed, distance and time, ratio proportion, work problems, heights, progressions, probability, percentages, etc.


Section-4: Data Sufficiency and Data Interpretation
Out of 30 questions in this section, 15 are based on Data sufficiency and rest 15 on Data Interpretation. This section has following major topics on which questions are based:

  • Data Sufficiency

Data Interpretation  (Pie chart ) 

  • Data Interpretation (Line  and Table)
  • Data Interpretation (Line, bar, graph)

Key Features of IBSAT Syllabus:

  • IBSAT is Online Computer Based Test. Candidates should be aware about the computer Test Format, its navigation tools
  • More Sets of IBSAT Test Paper are prepared as the exam is conducted in 4 days Testing window
  • Candidate is allowed to appear in one session of IBSAT
  • IBSAT Syllabus offers high scoring opportunity due its moderate difficulty level
  • No Negative Marking in IBSAT exam
  • Each Correct answer carries +1 Mark. Total maximum marks are 140
  • IBSAT is 120 minutes exam. Less than 1 minute is available to answer each question
  • IBSAT advises to cover the entire syllabus as the questions can be asked from any topic – within or outside the syllabus.
  • All questions in IBSAT are of MCQ type.