IBSAT Exam Pattern 2024

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IBSAT Exam Pattern 2024: Exam in December Last Week; Check Overall & Sectional Pattern, Marking Scheme, Key Features

Conducted by ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education (a deemed to be University), IBSAT 2024 is an important MBA entrance exam. It is the gateway to MBA/PGPM 2025-27 at 9 campuses of ICFAI Business School (IBS) located at Hyderabad, Dehradun, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Gurgaon, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune. ICFAI Foundation releases the updated IBSAT exam pattern, much before the start of application process in July. The application for IBSAT 2024 exam can be submitted online as well as offline till 3rd week of December 2024. Expected IBSAT 2024 exam dates are December 21 & 22, 2024

Latest Updates

  • Total questions in IBSAT 2024 are 140
  • Exam is divided into 4 sections: VA, RC, QA, DIDS
  • Computer Based Test of 2 Hours Duration
  • No Negative Marking in IBSAT 2024

Shared below are the key features of IBSAT exam pattern 2024, number of questions in each section, IBSAT Exam duration, IBSAT 2024 marking scheme, weightage of each section in exam and more 

Table of Contents

1. What is IBSAT Exam Pattern?  IBSAT Pattern 2024: Key Highlights

2. IBSAT Pattern 2024: Sections, Number & Type of Questions

3. IBSAT Exam Pattern 2024 for Verbal Ability

4. IBSAT Exam Pattern 2024 for Reading Comprehension

5. IBSAT 2024 Exam Pattern for Quantitative Aptitude

6. IBSAT 2024 Exam Pattern for Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency

7. IBSAT 2024 Marking Scheme

8. Exam Pattern for IBSAT 2024: Important Points for Test Takers

9. IBSAT Pattern 2024: How to answer IBSAT question?

10. IBSAT Exam Pattern and Syllabus: Difficulty Level

11. No GK in IBSAT Syllabus and Pattern 2024

12. IBSAT Vs Other MBA Entrance Exams: Comparative Analysis  

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1. What is IBSAT Exam Pattern?  IBSAT Pattern 2024: Key Highlights

IBSAT 2024 is the entrance exam for MBA admission in ICFAI Business School (IBS) Hyderabad and 9 other IBS campuses. IBSAT 2024 Question Paper has 4 sections, namely– Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency. For the convenience of the test takers to understand the structure of IBSAT exam, and prepare accordingly, it may be noted that IBSAT exam pattern is similar to other leading national level MBA entrance exams like XAT, NMAT, MAT, ATMA but IBSAT has a lower difficulty level and does not have negative marking. You need to ensure high score in the exam to get admission in top IBS Colleges. Below are shared the key highlights of IBSAT Exam Pattern:

IBSAT 2024 Highlights

IBSAT Exam Particulars
Key Details
IBSAT 2024 Conducting Body
ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education (a deemed to be University)
IBSAT Official Website
ibsindia.org/
IBSAT Full Form
ICFAI Business School Aptitude Test
Top MBA colleges under IBSAT
IBS Hyderabad, IBS Mumbai, IBS Gurgaon, IBS Bengaluru, IBS Pune, IBS Ahmedabad, IBS Kolkata, IBS Dehradun, IBS Jaipur 
IBSAT Exam Date 2024
December 23 & 24, 2024 
IBSAT Testing Mode
Online computer based test
IBSAT Exam Time Duration
2 Hours
Total Questions in IBSAT 2024
140
IBSAT 2024 Scoring Pattern
+1 Mark for Correct answer, No negative marking
Sectional Division of IBSAT Exam 2024
4 Sections on VA, RC, QA, DADI
Number of questions in Each Section
VA-50; RC-30; QA-30; DA&DI-30
Type of Questions in IBSAT 2024
MCQs
Does IBSAT 2024 have Sectional Time Limit?
No, you can attempt any question from any section within overall time limit
IBSAT Exam Difficulty Level
Easy to Moderate
Importance of Taking IBSAT 2024 exam
Offers Admission opportunity in 9 ICFAI B-schools
Required IBSAT exam Percentile for MBA admission in Top ICFAI Colleges
80-85
IBSAT exam application process
Online & Offline
How to Register for the Exam?
Visit IBSAT official website and complete registration Or Apply Offline
IBSAT Entrance Exam Application Fee
Rs.1800
Number of Times you can Take the IBSAT exam 2024
Once
IBSAT 2024 Preparation Strategy
Best way to prepare is to improve skills
In English Language, Grammar, Vocabulary, Usage, RC Passage solving skills, Arithmetic and Data Interpretation

2. IBSAT Pattern 2024: Sections, Number & Type of Questions

IBSAT Sectional Pattern for IBSAT 2024 exam is given below. The table shares the IBSAT exam pattern from Section-1 to Section-4, number and type of questions in each section and maximum scores

IBSAT 2024 Exam Pattern

IBSAT Exam Component
Number of Questions
Maximum Marks
Verbal Ability    
50
50
Reading Comprehension
30
30
Quantitative Aptitude   
30
30
Data Adequacy & Data Interpretation
30
30
Total
140
140

3. IBSAT Exam Pattern 2024 for Verbal Ability

The Verbal Ability section in IBSAT carries overall 36% Weightage in the exam. Out of total 140 questions, 50 questions are based on Verbal Ability. This VA section in IBSAT does not include Reading Comprehension which is a separate section. Below is shared the topic wise Verbal Ability sectional pattern with number of questions in the exam and actual IBSAT questions that appeared in the exam to help you familiarise with the type of questions in IBSAT:  

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Exam Wise Section wise Topics & Types of Questions Table

Year: IBSAT 2023

Section: Verbal Ability

Sub-section/ Topic
Type of Questions
Description
No of Questions Appeared in 2023
Verbal Ability
 
Vocabulary
Synonyms (5 Qs); Antonyms (5 Qs); Meaning of Idiom/Phrase (5)
15
Jumbled Paragraph
Placing the Jumbled sentences in coherent paragraphs (5 Qs)
5
Fill in the Blanks
Selecting appropriate words in the blank spaces of passage (5 Qs)
5
 
Error Correction in Sentences based on Grammar and Tenses
Spotting the error in sentences (5 Qs); Correction and replacement of part of sentences (10 Qs)
15
 
One Word Substitution
Substituting a phrase/part of sentence with one word (5 Qs)
5
 
Reasoning
Analogy – Word Relation
5
Total VA Questions
--
--
50

4. IBSAT Exam Pattern 2024 for Reading Comprehension

Reading Comprehension in IBSAT is a separate section and is not clubbed with Verbal Ability. The Reading Comprehension section in IBSAT carries overall 21% Weightage. Out of total 140 questions, 30 questions are based on Reading Comprehension only. The questions are based on long and short RC passages on different topics. Below is shared the topic wise Reading Comprehension sectional pattern with number of questions in the exam and actual questions to help you familiarise with the type of questions:

Exam Wise Section wise Topics & Types of Questions Table

Year: IBSAT 2023

Section: Reading Comprehension

Sub-section/ Topic
Type of Questions
Description
No of Questions Appeared in 2023
Reading Comprehension
Includes Long and Short RC Passages on Literature, History, Business & Economics, Social Issues, Current Affairs
Long RC Passages: 3 Passages of 600-700 words with 8Qs each;
Short RC Passage: 1 Passage of 500 Words followed by 6 questions
30
Total Questions
--
--
30

5. IBSAT 2024 Exam Pattern for Quantitative Aptitude

The Quantitative Aptitude Section in IBSAT also carries overall 21% Weight in the exam. The section comprises 30 questions out of total 140 questions. Major topics on which questions are based include Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Number system among others. Below is shared the topic wise Quantitative Aptitude sectional pattern with number of questions in the exam and actual questions to help you familiarise with the type of questions:

Exam Wise Section wise Topics & Types of Questions Table

Year: IBSAT 2023

Section: Quantitative Aptitude

Sub-section/ Topic
Type of Questions
Description
No of Questions Appeared in 2023
Arithmetic
TSD, T&W
Time & Work (1 Q); Time Speed & Distance (2 Qs)
3
Arithmetic
Percentage, Profit & Loss
Profit and Loss (2 Qs), Percentages (4 Qs)
6
Algebra
Equation, Formulae
Equation and Other Topics (4 Qs)
4
Modern Math
Probability, Log, Underroot
Probability (2 Qs), Underroots (3 Qs)
5
Number System
Dvisions, Multiples
Divisibility, Factors, Multiplicity
3
Geometry
Angles, Circles, Rectangles, Others
Angles (2 Qs); Circles (2 Qs); Rectangles (1 Qs); Area/Circumference (1 Qs)
6
 
Trigonometry, Mensuration Etc
Trigonometry (1 Q), Mensuration (2 Qs)
3
Total Questions
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30

6. IBSAT 2024 Exam Pattern for Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency

The Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency (DIDS) Section in IBSAT also carries overall 21% Weight in the exam. The section comprises 30 questions out of total 140 questions. Major topics on which questions are based include Graphs, Pie Charts, Data Tables, Problems with data followed by statement questions confirming data sufficiency among others. Below is shared the topic wise DIDS sectional pattern with number of questions in the exam and actual questions to help you familiarise with the type of questions:  

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Exam Wise Section wise Topics & Types of Questions Table

Year: IBSAT 2023

Section: Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency

Sub-section/ Topic
Type of Questions
Description
No of Questions Appeared in 2023
Data Interpretation
Bar Graphs, Data Table, Pie Chart
Bar Graph (5 Qs); Data Table (5 Qs); Pie Chart (5 Qs)
15
Data Sufficiency
Statements, Clocks & Calendars, Data Based Relations, Data Surveys
Statements based on Data (2 Qs); Relationship (1 Q); Volume (1Q); Arithmetic based (2 Qs); Clocks, Calendar & Dates (2 Qs); Teams & Surveys (2 Qs); Geometry based (2 Qs); Data Divisibility (1 Q); Integer based statement (1 Q); Others (1 Q)
15
Total Questions
--
--
30

7. IBSAT 2024 Marking Scheme

Each correct answer is awarded +1 mark in IBSAT. There is no negative marking scheme in the exam. As such each wrong answer gets 0 mark but no deduction is made from the already obtained score.

8. Exam Pattern for IBSAT 2024: Important Points for Test Takers

The online computer based IBSAT 2024 exam Pattern with 2 hours of test duration on both exam days has following important points to note for test takers before taking the exam:

  • Exam Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
  • Type of Questions: Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
  • Number of Answer Options: 5
  • Section Split: Only Exam with Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension with separate sections
  • Maximum Weightage Section: Verbal Ability with 50 MCQs, all others have 30 MCQs each
  • Negative Marking: No
  • Sectional Time Limit: No Sectional Time Limit. You can switch from one section to other within overall time limit of 2 hours
  • Scoring Pattern: +1 Mark for each correct answer and no marks for un attempted question or wrong answer
  • IBSAT Cut off for IBS Hyderabad: Not Very High

9. IBSAT Pattern 2024: How to answer IBSAT question?

  • You have to choose the correct answer option out of the multiple choices given below the question on the computer screen
  • Click and Mark the correct answer option, save and proceed for next question
  • Can make safe guess work. There is No penalty for Wrong answer

10. IBSAT Exam Pattern and Syllabus: Difficulty Level

Although IBSAT Exam pattern and Syllabus contains all the topics on which questions are asked in other MBA entrance exams also, the past IBSAT paper pattern reveals that IBSAT syllabus and pattern does not throw tough questions in the IBSAT exam. 

11. No GK in IBSAT Syllabus and Pattern 2024

Unlike many other MBA entrance exams, like CMAT, MAT, XAT, SNAP, there is no GK section in IBSAT exam pattern and syllabus. The IBSAT syllabus and pattern for each section does not ask you to prepare GK for the IBSAT test pattern, although it will be required to clear the final selection round of MBA colleges accepting IBSAT score.

12. IBSAT Vs Other MBA Entrance Exams: Comparative Analysis

IBSAT exam pattern as compared to XAT, NMAT, MAT, ATMA has many similarities. A comparative analysis of IBSAT Vs other Exams is shared below:

12.1 IBSAT Exam Pattern V/s XAT

IBSAT exam pattern 2024 and XLRI XAT have many similarities which give the opportunity to the candidates to synchronize their sectional and overall exam preparation. Still IBSAT pattern has a few dissimilarities as compared to XAT:

Component
IBSAT 2024 Paper Pattern
XLRI – XAT Pattern
Total Questions
140
101
Overall Time Limit to Attempt the Exam
2 hours
3 hours & 30 Minutes
Question Format
All MCQs
100 MCQs + 1 Descriptive Essay Writing Test
Answer Options for each MCQ
   5
  5
Marks Awarded for Each Correct Answer
    1
  1
Negative Marking
Not applicable
 0.25 mark; No negative marking for GK section
Exam Difficulty Level
Easy to Moderate
Moderate to High
Number of Sections
   4
  5
Section-1: Name and Number of Questions
Verbal Ability: 50
English Language & Logical Reasoning- 26
Section-2: Name and Number of Questions
Reading Comprehension: 30
 Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation- 28
Section-3: Name and Number of Questions
Quantitative Ability:30
Decision Making-21
 Section-4: Name and Number of Questions
Data Interpretation & Data Adequacy: 30
General Awareness-25
Section-5: Name and Number of Questions
Not Applicable
Essay Writing Test-1 Question
Sectional Score Not Counted for Percentile Calculation
None
General Awareness and Essay Writing Test
Facility to Choose Order of Sections & Questions
Yes, Any question from any section within overall time limit
Yes, Any question from any section within overall time limit
Individual Sectional Time Limit
No
No
Top MBA Colleges Accepting Exam Score
IBS Hyderabad; IBS Dehradun; IBS Jaipur and other 6 ICFAI colleges
XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT, TAPMI, XIMB, Great Lakes, LIBA, BIMTECH, XIME among 150 B-schools

12.2 IBSAT Exam Pattern V/s NMAT by GMAC

IBSAT exam pattern 2024 and NMAT by GMAC have many similarities which give the opportunity to the candidates to synchronize their sectional and overall exam preparation. Still IBSAT pattern has a few dissimilarities as compared to NMAT:

Component
IBSAT Paper Pattern 2024
NMAT by GMAC
Total Questions
140
108
Overall Time Limit to Attempt the Exam
2 hours
2 hours
Question Format
All MCQs
All MCQs
Answer Options for each MCQ
    5
  5
Marks Awarded for Each Correct Answer
    1
  1
Negative Marking
Not Applicable
No Negative marking
Exam Difficulty Level
Easy to Moderate
Moderate to High
Number of Sections
   4
  3
Section-1: Name and Number of Questions
Verbal Ability: 50
Language Skills-36
Section-2: Name and Number of Questions
Reading Comprehension: 30
Logical Reasoning-36
Section-3: Name and Number of Questions
Quantitative Ability:30
Quantitative Skills-36
 Section-4: Name and Number of Questions
Data Interpretation & Data Adequacy: 30
Not applicable
Facility to Choose Order of Sections & Questions
Yes, Any question from any section within overall time limit
Yes, but once chosen the order, has to follow
Individual Sectional Time Limit
No
Yes, varying time limit of 28 minutes to 52 minutes
Top MBA Colleges Accepting Exam Score
IBS Hyderabad; IBS Dehradun; IBS Jaipur and other 6 ICFAI colleges
NMIMS, VIT, XIMB, IBS-ICFAI,
MISB Bocconi, Alliance University

12.3 IBSAT Exam Pattern V/s MAT

IBSAT exam pattern 2024 and AIMA MAT have many similarities which give the opportunity to the candidates to synchronize their sectional and overall exam preparation. Still IBSAT pattern has a few dissimilarities as compared to MAT:

Component
IBSAT 2024 paper pattern
MAT 2024
Total Questions
140
150
Overall Time Limit to Attempt the Exam
2 Hours
2 hours
Question Format
All MCQs
All MCQs
Answer Options for each MCQ
5
4
Marks Awarded for Each Correct Answer
1
1
Negative Marking
Nil
0.25 mark
Exam Difficulty Level
Easy to Moderate
Easy to Moderate
Number of Sections
4
5
Section-1: Name and Number of Questions
Verbal Ability: 50
Language Comprehension: 30  
Section-2: Name and Number of Questions
Reading Comprehension: 30
Intelligence & Critical Reasoning: 30
Section-3: Name and Number of Questions
Quantitative Ability:30
Data Analysis & Sufficiency: 30
 Section-4: Name and Number of Questions
Data Interpretation & Data Adequacy: 30
Mathematical Skills: 30
 Section-5: Name and Number of Questions
Not Applicable
Economic & Business Environment: 30
Facility to Choose Order of Sections & Questions
Any question from any section within overall time limit
Any question from any section within overall time limit
Individual Sectional Time Limit
No
No
Top MBA Colleges Accepting Exam Score
IBS Hyderabad; IBS Dehradun; IBS Jaipur and other 6 ICFAI colleges
Christ University, NDIM, DSIMS, IPE, IESMCRC, FIIB among 600 MBA colleges

12.4 IBSAT Exam Pattern V/s ATMA

IBSAT exam pattern 2024 and AIMS ATMA exam have many similarities which give the opportunity to the candidates to synchronize their sectional and overall exam preparation. Still IBSAT pattern has a few dissimilarities as compared to ATMA:

Component
IBSAT 2024 paper pattern
ATMA 2024
Total Questions
140
180
Overall Time Limit to Attempt the Exam
2 hours
3 hours
Question Format
All MCQs
All MCQs
Answer Options for each MCQ
5
    4
Marks Awarded for Each Correct Answer
1
    1
Negative Marking
Nil
0.25 mark
Exam Difficulty Level
Easy to Moderate
Easy to Moderate
Number of Sections
4
   6
Section-1: Name and Number of Questions
Verbal Ability: 50
Analytical Reasoning Skills-1: 30
Section-2: Name and Number of Questions
Reading Comprehension: 30
Verbal Skills-1: 30
Section-3: Name and Number of Questions
Quantitative Ability:30
Quantitative Skills-1: 30
 Section-4: Name and Number of Questions
Data Interpretation & Data Adequacy: 30
 
Verbal Skills-2: 30
 
 Section-5: Name and Number of Questions
Not applicable
Analytical Reasoning Skills-2: 30
Section-6: Name and Number of Questions
Not applicable
Quantitative Skills-2: 30
Facility to Choose Order of Sections & Questions
Yes, any question from any section within overall time limit
No, should follow pre defined order
Individual Sectional Time Limit
No
Yes, 30 Minutes for each Section
Top MBA Colleges Accepting Exam Score
IBS Hyderabad; IBS Dehradun; IBS Jaipur and other 6 ICFAI colleges
PUMBA, Dy Patil, IFIM, Welingkar, Christ University, NDIM, DSIMS, IPE, IESMCRC, FIIB among 100 MBA colleges
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