IBSAT Exam Preparation 2020

Updated on
July 2, 2020

IBSAT requires a smart preparation strategy instead of investing long preparation hours without fruitless result. IBSAT exam preparation is not difficult. Comparatively an easy exam, IBSAT preparation is based on your good understanding of English Language, Grammar, Vocabulary, Usage, Composition (RC Passage solving skills), good practice on Mathematics especially Arithmetic and Data Interpretation skills.


The preparation can be done easily with other exams and if you are a working professional, you do not need to apply for long leave to prepare for IBSAT.

IBSAT 2020 is an online computer based test leading to MBA admission in 9 campuses of ICFAI Business Schools in India. ICFAI Business School Aptitude Test (IBSAT) 2020 exam dates are December 26 & 27, 2020. Application process for IBSAT 2020 starts on July 1, 2020 and the last date to apply for IBSAT 2020 is December 16, 2020.


ICFAI Hyderabad, one of the prestigious B-schools in India accepts IBSAT exam score for admission. There are other eight ICFAI B-schools that accept IBSAT exam score for admission across the country.


IBSAT: Computer based test
IBSAT 2020 is an important online computer based MBA entrance test conducted by ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education (a deemed to be University). It is the gateway to MBA/PGPM 2021-23 at 9 campuses of ICFAI Business School (IBS). IBSAT 2020 exam has a test duration of 2 hours. 


Moderate Difficulty Level Exam
IBSAT is not a very difficult exam. The IBSAT difficulty level is from easy to moderate.


IBSAT 2020 Exam: Important Details
IBSAT is a moderate difficulty level MBA entrance exam, important details about the exam are:

IBSAT Exam Conducting Body
ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education (a deemed to be University)
IBSAT 2020 Exam Dates
December 26 & 27
Number of MBA colleges under IBSAT 2020
Mode of IBSAT 2020 exam
Online computer based test of 2 hours duration
IBSAT 2020 Exam Application Fee
IBSAT Full Form
ICFAI Business School Aptitude Test
Total Questions in IBSAT Exam
Sectional Division of IBSAT 2020 Exam
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
Scoring Pattern in IBSAT 2020
+1 Mark for Correct answer, No negative marking
IBSAT Exam Difficulty Level
Easy to Moderate
Importance of Taking IBSAT 2020 exam
Offers Admission opportunity in 9 ICFAI B-schools
IBSAT exam application process
Available Online & Offline

IBSAT 2020: Exam Pattern
IBSAT 2020 exam is divided into four sections  - Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Ability and Data Adequacy & Data Interpretation. Section-wise split of questions is as under:  

IBSAT Exam Component
Number of Questions
Verbal Ability    
Reading Comprehension
Quantitative Aptitude   
Data Adequacy & Data Interpretation

IBSAT 2020 Preparation: Important Points for Test Takers
The online computer based IBSAT exam Pattern will require you to prepare keeping in mind the following points:

  • Exam Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
  • Type of Questions: Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
  • Number of Answer Options: 4
  • 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: 73-75 Out of 140 Max. Marks

IBSAT Preparation: Sections & Sub Section
IBSAT Exam is further subdivided. This sectional sub-division in IBSAT makes IBSAT 2020 as an exam with 5 effective sections. You need to prepare on each of them

  1. Section-1 in IBSAT exam 2020 on Verbal Ability with maximum number of 50 questions, consists of all important parts of English Language – Grammar, Sentence formation, vocabulary usage, idioms, phrases, one word substitution, jumbled paragraphs among others
  2. Section-2 on Reading Comprehension with 30 questions based on RC passages is not very difficult. RC passages are of moderate difficulty level and RC based questions are directly related to the information contained in the passage and can be attempted fairly well.
  3. Section-3 on Quantitative Ability in IBSAT 2020 exam pattern consists of questions to test your Mathematical Skills. It is very wide and covers each and every topic in Mathematics with greater emphasis on Arithmetic. However, the section is of moderate difficulty level.
  4. Section-4 in IBSAT 2020 exam pattern is on Data Adequacy & Data Interpretation. It has two types of questions – the first type is on Data Interpretation which require Data Analysis, Data comparison, Data Trends and other type of questions are on Data sufficiency.

Preparation Tips for IBSAT
IBSAT preparation tips on how to prepare for IBSAT exam are focused on following points to guide you how you should prepare for your IBSAT exam: 

  • Go through the IBSAT exam pattern
  • Read thoroughly the IBSAT syllabus
  • Pick out your strong and weak areas in all the sections
  • Gather the best books and study material for IBSAT exam preparation
  • Improve on your weak areas and monitor the improvement regularly
  • Take as many IBSAT Mocks during your IBSAT preparation and do the analysis of each Mock.
  • Without analysis of Mock, attempting a mock test may not be useful.
  • If you are weak in Verbal or RC, reading different articles and novels, conversing in English with friends and even watching English TV series and movies will be helpful.
  • Write down whatever new words you encounter after reading at least 5-6 newspaper articles every day
  • Data Interpretation (DI) is considered a bit more time consuming. Start practicing on DI questions. Use approximation techniques for quick calculations.

Books for IBSAT Preparation
IBSAT preparation books and IBSAT preparation material play a major role in helping you in IBSAT exam preparation and score high in the IBSAT exam. A few of the best books for IBSAT recommended by toppers to prepare for IBSAT are:

IBSAT Books for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

  • How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT’- by Arun Sharma & Meenakshi Upadhyay
  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT’ - by Nishit K Sinha
  • Latest RC Passages and practice questions provided by Study centres like TIME, CL among others
  • Editorial and short articles published in English news papers
  • ‘Word Power Made Easy’ – by Norman Lewis
  • ‘High School English Grammar & Composition’ – by Wren & Martin
  • Regularly solve the Verbal Ability questions from your study material especially on Para summary, Jumbled Paragraphs
  • There is also number of preparation books PDF free download available online for IBSAT aspirants
  • Use the study material of best online coaching for IBSAT

IBSAT Books for Data Adequacy & Data Interpretation

  • ‘How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT’ - by Arun Sharma (Published by McGraw Hill)
  • ‘Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT’ - by Nishit K Sinha (Published by Pearson)
  • ‘How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for the CAT’ - by Arun Sharma (Published by McGraw Hill)
  • ‘Logical Reasoning and data Interpretation for the CAT’ - by Nishit K Sinha (Published by Pearson)

IBSAT Books for Quantitative Ability section
Following books and study material have remained a good IBSAT preparation tool for Quant for past many years:

  • ‘How to prepare for Quantitative for the CAT’ - by Arun Sharma, published by MGH Education
  • ‘Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT’ – by Nishit K.Sinha, Published by Pearson
  • ‘The Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude for competitive exams’ Quant study modules by TIME, CL, IMS.

Take Mock Tests: Check your IBSAT Preparation
You now have to check your current level of IBSAT exam preparation by taking Previous Year Papers / Mock TestUnless you know which are your weak areas that need your more attention and which are your strong areas where you need to prepare less for IBSAT exam, it is difficult to start your IBSAT preparation and devise your preparation strategy. To check your current level of IBSAT exam preparation, taking IBSAT Mock Tests sectional as well as full length can help you to identify your weak area. After that, you will be able to focus more on your weak areas in IBSAT exam preparation.

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
  • Time duration to complete the IBSAT exam as per the IBSAT pattern 2020 is 2 hours
  • Each correct answer is awarded +1 Mark
  • No penalty for Wrong answer


Unlike many other MBA entrance exams, like CMAT, MAT, XAT, SNAP, there is no GK section in IBSAT 2020 exam. You need not prepare GK for IBSAT exam, although GK is an important part to clear the final selection round of top MBA colleges under IBSAT.

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