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May 20, 2024

IBSAT Syllabus 2024: Check Key Changes, Section wise Syllabus with key topics

IBSAT 2024 is a national level computer based MBA entrance test leading to MBA admission 2025 in 9 ICFAI Colleges. IBSAT Syllabus 2024 is released by ICFAI Foundation Hyderabad with the release of IBSAT exam notification in July every year on IBSAT official website ibsatindia.org. You can also find the complete and section wise IBSAT 2024 syllabus at MBAUniverse.com.

 

During the last few years, IBSAT syllabus has remained on similar pattern with minor changes. Read below all about the IBSAT 2024 syllabus and Exam Pattern– its overall and sectional composition, syllabus topics, total questions, weightage

IBSAT Syllabus 2024: Table of Contents

1. Overview of IBSAT Exam Pattern and Syllabus 2024

2. Overview of IBSAT Syllabus 2024 for Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation and Data Adequacy

3. IBSAT Exam 2024 Syllabus for Verbal Ability

4. Type of Questions in IBSAT Syllabus for Verbal Ability

5. IBSAT Exam Syllabus for Reading Comprehension

6. Type of Questions in IBSAT Syllabus for Reading Comprehension

7. IBSAT 2024 Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude

8. Type of Questions in IBSAT Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude

9. IBSAT Exam Syllabus 2024 for Data Interpretation and Data Adequacy

10. Type of Questions in IBSAT 2024 syllabus for DIDA

11. Best Books to Prepare for IBSAT Syllabus 2024

12. IBSAT Syllabus PDF

13. How to Cover IBSAT Syllabus: Key Tips

14. FAQs on IBSAT Syllabus 2024  

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So, Let’s start with a broad understanding of the IBSAT Exam Pattern before going deep into IBSAT 2024 Exam Syllabus

1. Overview of IBSAT Exam Pattern and Syllabus 2024

IBSAT exam 2024 is of 2 hours duration. The exam has 140 questions with maximum 140 marks and does not have negative marking. IBSAT exam 2024 is being conducted on two consecutive dates in December 2024. IBSAT 2024 exam pattern & syllabus for both the IBSAT exams is same. IBSAT exam syllabus is designed to measure the candidate’s ability in Quantitative Aptitude; Data Interpretation; Data Adequacy; Vocabulary; Analytical Reasoning and Reading comprehension. The IBSAT 2024 syllabus consists of all important topics as are covered in the other national MBA entrance exams like CAT, XAT, NMAT, MAT, ATMA.

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

2. Overview of IBSAT Syllabus 2024 for Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation and Data Adequacy

IBSAT Syllabus 2024 is divided into four major sections on Verbal, RC, Quant and DIDA. Except Verbal Ability which has 50 questions, all the other three sections have equal number of 30 questions of MCQ type. Below is shared the overall IBSAT syllabus 2024:

IBSAT Syllabus

Section
Syllabus
Verbal Ability    
Questions: 50
Maximum Score: 50
The Verbal Ability Section will comprise questions on vocabulary, Grammar,
Synonyms, Antonyms, Fill in the Blanks, Word Relation, Error Spotting, Phrase Replacement/one word substitute, Jumbled Sentences and other topics
Reading Comprehension
Questions: 30
Maximum Score:30
The Reading Comprehension section syllabus comprises of RC passages of moderate difficulty on Current Affairs, Business & Economics, Social Issues, Literature and other topics. There are usually 3 RC passages of about 500-600 words and 1 RC Passage of about 400-500 words followed by 8 and 6 questions respectively. Most questions are directly related to the RC passages and answers to them can be easily located in the RC passage itself
Quantitative Aptitude   
Questions: 30
Maximum Marks:30
The questions are designed to assess the quantitative aptitude of candidates
who have basic understanding of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, mensuration, modern maths.
Arithmetic: Time & Work, Simple & Compound Interest, Ratio-Proportions, Percentages, Numbers, Other Questions on Arithmetic, HCF-LCM
Algebra: Equations, Inequalities, Log, Linear Equations, HCF-LCM, Quadratic Equation, Absolute Value, Logarithm, Other questions on Algebra
Geometry & Mensuration: Lines, Triangles, Angles, Polygons, Circles-radius, circumference, diameter, chord, Arc, Tangent, Square & Rectangles, Cubes, 3 Dimensional Figures, Pythagoras Theorem, Base Angle Theorem, Longest Side Theorem, Quadrilaterals, Parallelogram, Rhombus, Trapezium, Cuboid, Cylinder, Cone, Sphere
Modern Math: Permutation & Combination, Probability, Coordinate Geometry, Progression-Arithmetic, Geometric, Harmonic, Relationship, Set Theory, Venn Diagrams
Data Adequacy & Data Interpretation
Questions: 30
Maximum Marks:30
Tables, Bar Chart, Pie Chart, Line Graphs, Data Tables, Statements-Inference, Statement-Conclusion based on Data & Graphs

 

3. IBSAT Exam 2024 Syllabus for Verbal Ability

IBSAT 2024 Verbal Ability Syllabus has 36% Weight in IBSAT exam. Out of total 140 questions in IBSAT syllabus, 50 questions are based on Verbal Ability. Below is shared the topic wise syllabus for IBSAT on Verbal Ability section with number of questions in the exam and actual questions that appeared last year.  

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IBSAT Syllabus for Verbal Ability 

Section: Verbal Ability
Syllabus
No of Questions Appeared in IBSAT 2023  
Verbal Ability
Synonyms (5 Qs); Antonyms (5 Qs); Word Relation-Analogies (5 Qs); Fill in the blanks (5 Qs); Spotting the error in sentences (5 Qs); Correction and replacement of part of sentences (5 Qs); Jumbled Paragraphs (5 Qs); One word Substitute (5 Qs); Meaning of Idiom/Phrase (5 Qs); Selecting appropriate words in the blank spaces of passage (5 Qs)
50
Total Questions
Verbal Ability
50

4. Type of Questions in IBSAT Syllabus for Verbal Ability 

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
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50

5. IBSAT Exam Syllabus 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 RC Syllabus in IBSAT has questions that are based on long and short RC passages on different topics as below:

IBSAT Syllabus for Reading Comprehension

Syllabus for Reading Comprehension Topics
Syllabus
No of Questions Appeared in IBSAT 2023  
Reading Comprehension (RC)
Long RC Passages: 3 Passages of 600-700 words with 8Qs each; Short RC Passages: 1 Passage of 500 Words followed by 6 questions
30
Total Questions
Includes Long and Short RC Passages
30

6. Type of Questions in IBSAT Syllabus for Reading Comprehension

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

7. IBSAT 2024 Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude 

The Quantitative Aptitude Section in IBSAT 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 syllabus

IBSAT Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude

Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude
Syllabus
No of Questions Appeared in NMAT 2023  
Arithmetic
Profit and Loss (2 Qs), Percentages(4 Qs),  Time and Work(1Q), Time Speed & Distance (2 Qs), Probability (2 Qs), Underroots (3 Qs)
14
Algebra
Equation & Other topics (4 Q)
 4
Numbers
Divisibility, Factors, Multiples
 3
Geometry
Angles (2 Qs); Circles (2 Qs); Rectangles (1 Qs);  Area/Circumference (1 Qs)
 6
Others
Trigonometry, Mensuration Etc
 3
Total Questions
Maximum questions on Arithmetic
30

8. Type of Questions in IBSAT Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude

Below is shared the IBSAT Quant section 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

9. IBSAT Exam Syllabus 2024 for Data Interpretation and Data Adequacy 

The Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency or Data Adequacy (DIDA) 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.  

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IBSAT Syllabus for Data Interpretation & Data Adequacy

Syllabus for Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency
Syllabus
No of Questions Appeared in NMAT 2023  
Data Interpretation
Bar Graph (5 Qs); Data Table (5 Qs); Pie Chart (5 Qs)
15
Data Adequacy/Data Sufficiency
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 DIDA Questions
--
30

10. Type of Questions in IBSAT 2024 syllabus for DIDA 

Below is shared the topic wise DIDA 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: 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
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--
30

11. Best Books to Prepare for IBSAT Syllabus 2024

Every year different types of questions appear in the exam. So, while choosing the best books for IBSAT preparation, it should be kept in mind that the books are conversant and updated with the revised exam pattern and difficulty level.

Section-Wise 10 Best books for IBSAT Preparation

If you are self-preparing for the exam or are preparing with the support of coaching institute, in both the cases, the latest edition of the books for preparation as shared below section wise will help you in getting more conceptual clarity, practice questions and attempting the sample papers

IBSAT Preparation Books for Verbal Ability

  • 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
  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension by Ajay Singh
  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis

IBSAT Preparation Books for 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
  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension by Ajay Singh
  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis

IBSAT Preparation Books for Quantitative Aptitude

  • How to prepare for Quantitative for the CAT by Arun Sharma, published by MGH Education
  • Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Nishit K Sinha
  • Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT by Sarvesh K Verma

IBSAT Preparation Books for Data Interpretation & Data Adequacy

  • 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)

12. IBSAT Syllabus 2024 PDF

IBSAT syllabus Pdf is available online at IBSAT exam website. The updated IBSAT syllabus PDF 2024 can help you boost your IBSAT preparation as per the current test pattern. The IBSAT Syllabus 2024 Pdf Download is also available free with existing and expected topics covered in the IBSAT syllabus 2024 pdf download document alongwith the type of questions expected in the IBSAT exam. It is advised to check the IBSAT syllabus Pdf 2024 with IBSAT test pattern.

13. How to Cover IBSAT Syllabus: Key Tips

  • Manage your time carefully: You have an average of less than 1 minute per question, but you will need some more time while attempting Quant & DI questions. Your target should be 30 to 40 seconds each for the rest of the questions, which will give you around 10-11 minutes to attempt the 7-8 more questions that will appear on the test.
  • Ensure to Practice Variety of Questions: It is particularly important for grammar questions as you will need to remember the important grammar rules.
  • Improve your Vocabulary. To cover this, start reading well-written books, or a good newspaper, every day. Ensure special attention to the Editorial section of newspapers as it has the most enriching vocabulary.
  • Must read every part of the question carefully: Make sure that you have looked at each answer choice before selecting your final answer.
  • Don’t Assume: While attempting the exercises, do not assume or use any information that is not provided in the question. Please note that none of the sections is trying to assess your general knowledge, so use only the information given in each statement to arrive at right answer.
  • Special Attention: You should pay special attention to words like 'all', 'some' or 'none' when you read the factual information provided in each question. Besides, other words like 'other than', 'only' or 'unless' are also important. These words can play important role in specifying the facts.
  • Try to Represent the Information Pictorially in arrangement questions, or as a Venn diagram in syllogism questions.
  • Identify and strengthen your weak areas by maintaining an error sheet.

14. FAQs on IBSAT Exam Syllabus 2024

Q: Is the IBSAT 2024 Syllabus Changed? What are the important changes
A:
There is no major change in IBSAT 2024 syllabus. There are 140 MCQ type questions which should be solved in 2 hours.

 

Q: Is IBSAT exam syllabus published before the exam?
A:
Officially ICFAI University does not release IBSAT exam syllabus. However, with similar trends in exam pattern, IBSAT syllabus is based on previous test papers.

 

Q: Which Section syllabus in IBSAT is considered more difficult to cover?

A: IBSAT exam lays more focus on Verbal Ability section with highest weightage of36 percent. As such good score in Verbal Ability section can be the game changer in IBSAT. IBSAT is not considered a difficult exam, and as such with a consistent preparation one can crack IBSAT without much difficulty.

 

Q: How much time is sufficient to cover complete IBSAT syllabus?
A:
If you are devoting time and studying 2-3 hours a day, 3-4 months are considered sufficient to cover the syllabus.

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