IBSAT Exam Pattern 2020

Abhinav Chamoli Updated On: 10 Jan, 2020 17:38 IST

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IBSAT 2020 Exam Pattern

ICFAI Foundation prescribes the exam pattern of IBSAT 2020 for admission to various MBA/PGPM and Ph.D courses. Candidates should have an in-depth knowledge of the IBSAT 2020 exam pattern before appearing for the test. The exam pattern for IBSAT comprises of the type of questions, marking scheme, time duration and the total number of questions.

The IBSAT exam is a computer-based test with 140 multiple-choice questions (MCQs) that must be completed within the time duration of 120 minutes. Having a detailed view of the IBSAT 2020 exam pattern will help the candidates plan an effective preparation strategy for the IBSAT exam. Candidates can get complete details of the exam pattern of IBSAT 2020 below.

  • The language for IBSAT 2020 will be English.

  • There will be 4 sections in the IBSAT 2020.

  • The questions are in the multiple-choice format and are objective in nature

  • There will be 140 total number of questions in the IBSAT 2020.

  • The total duration for IBSAT 2020 will be 120 minutes (2 Hours).

  • There is no negative marking in IBSAT 2020 exam.​

Highlights of IBSAT 2020 Exam Pattern

Some of the major highlights pertaining to IBSAT exam pattern 2020 can be checked below - 



Examination Mode


Language of Question Paper


Nature of Questions


Number of Sections


Name of Sections

Verbal Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency, Reading Comprehension

Duration of Examination

2 hours

Total Questions


Marking Scheme

1 mark per correct response

No Negative Marking

IBSAT Exam Pattern – Detailed

IBSAT 2020 exam is divided into four sections. The table given below gives a detailed idea of different sections and the number of questions in the IBSAT exam 2020 -


Number of Questions

Verbal Ability


Quantitative Aptitude


Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency


Reading Comprehension




IBSAT 2020 Marking Scheme

  • Each question in the examination carries one mark.

  • There is no negative marking in IBSAT. Hence, candidates should try and answer all the questions even if they feel their answers could be incorrect.

Sectional Detail: IBSAT 2020 Exam Pattern

The IBSAT 2020 exam pattern has 4 sections but there is no specific time limit for each of the sections. Candidates will have free access to all the sections at the same time. They can go back and forth to any section they want while answering the paper. The IBSAT 2020 details of the exam pattern are as mentioned here:

IBSAT 2020 Particulars

Marks per correct answer

Total Marks 

Data Interpretation and Data Adequacy



Verbal Ability 



Quantitative Aptitude



Reading Comprehension 






Detailed Structure of IBSAT 2020

Detailed Structure of Section 1: IBSAT 2020 Data Interpretation and Data Adequacy

  • There will be 30 questions from this section

  • The difficulty level of this examination would be easy to moderate 

  • Logical reasoning and Critical reasoning are the major sections from which questions are asked in this section of the paper. 

  • Evaluation is also done basis data interpretation skills of the candidate. 

Detailed Structure of Section 2: IBSAT 2020 Verbal Ability

  • There will be 50 questions from the section of the paper

  • Candidates will be evaluated basis their proficiency in English language, Vocabulary, Grammar and Reasoning Skills. 

  • This section of the paper is usually easy 

Detailed Structure of Section 3: IBSAT 2020 Quantitative Aptitude

  • There will be 30 questions from this section

  • The candidates have been evaluated basis their Mathematical and Logical abilities. The candidates must be quick at solving such questions. 

  • This section of the paper is moderate to difficult.

Detailed Structure of Section 4: IBSAT 2020 Reading Comprehension

  • There will be 30 questions from this section

  • Here the candidates will be given 4 unseen paragraphs 

  • There will be 5 to 9 questions from each of the paragraphs. These question may or may not be very direct questions. 

  • This is a moderately difficult section of the examination. 

How to Answer Questions for IBSAT 2020

Each of the IBSAT 2020 questions will have four options for each, candidates will have to choose any one of the four options given. Only one answer can be chosen for one correct answer. Candidates must know that the difficulty level would be medium and hence the candidates will have to choose one answer in order to answer the question. If the candidate tries to select two answers, as soon as they select one the other one would be deselected.

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