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IBSAT 2021 Exam Pattern

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IBSAT 2021 Exam Pattern

ICFAI Foundation prescribes the exam pattern of IBSAT 2021 for admission to various MBA/PGPM and PhD courses. Candidates should have an in-depth knowledge of the IBSAT 2021 exam pattern before appearing for the test. The exam pattern for IBSAT comprises the type of questions, marking scheme, time duration and the total number of questions.

The IBSAT exam is a proctored online 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 2021 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 2021 below.

  • The language for IBSAT 2021 will be English.

  • There will be 4 sections in the IBSAT 2021.

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

  • There will be 140 total questions in the IBSAT 2021.

  • The total duration for IBSAT 2021 will be 120 minutes (2 Hours).

  • There is no negative marking in IBSAT 2021 exam.​

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IBSAT 2021 Exam Pattern Highlights

Some of the major highlights pertaining to the IBSAT 2021 exam pattern 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 2021 Section-wise Breakup of Question Paper

IBSAT 2021 exam is divided into four sections. The table given below gives a detailed idea of different sections and the number of questions in IBSAT 2021.


Number of Questions

Verbal Ability


Quantitative Aptitude


Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency


Reading Comprehension




IBSAT 2021 Detailed Exam Pattern

Detailed Structure of Section 1: IBSAT 2021 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 2021 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 2021 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 2021 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. 

IBSAT 2021 Marking Scheme

The IBSAT 2021 exam pattern is as follows.

For each correct answer

+1 mark

For each incorrect answer

0 (No negative marking)

IBSAT 2021 Section-wise Weightage

The IBSAT 2021 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 2021 details of the exam pattern are as mentioned here:

IBSAT 2021 Particulars

Marks per correct answer

Total Marks 


Data Interpretation and Data Adequacy




Verbal Ability 




Quantitative Aptitude




Reading Comprehension 








How to Answer Questions in IBSAT 2021

  • Each of the IBSAT 2021 questions will have four options 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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ICFAI Business School, Hyderabad offers a full-time MBA program. The syllabus for the first and second semester will be the same for all the specialisations. After that, you can choose elective courses in Finance, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Operations and Information Technology & Systems.  All the topics in the third and fourth semester will be covered from your selected electives. The college also offers a Post Graduate Program in Analytics and Executive MBA Program. If you own a work experience of 1 or 2 years then you can go for the Executive MBA Program.

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FAQs about IBSAT Exam Pattern

Is there any negative marking for unattempted questions in IBSAT?

No, there is no negative marking for unattempted questions in IBSAT.

How many questions will be asked in IBSAT?

140 questions will be asked in the IBSAT entrance exam. These questions will be divided among four sections.

Will IBSAT be conducted offline?

No, IBSAT exam will be conducted in online mode only. Candidates may check the exam pattern from the official website of IBSAT.

How to answer questions in IBSAT exam?

Each question in the IBSAT exam will be provided with four choices. Candidates will have to choose one of them in order to confirm the answer.

Do all the sections of IBSAT exam carry equal marks?

No, Verbal Ability carries highest marks(50 marks) while rest of the sections carries 30 marks each.

What are the sections of IBSAT exam?

There are four sections in IBSAT exam i.e Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Ability, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency, Reading Comprehension.

What is the medium of IBSAT exam?

The IBSAT exam will be conducted only in the English language.

What is the total duration of the IBSAT exam?

The total duration of IBSAT is 120 minutes (2 hours). No extra time will be given to any candidate.

Is there any negative marking in IBSAT 2020 exam?

No, there is no negative marking in IBSAT entrance exam.

Can I bring an electronic watch inside the IBSAT examination hall?

No, you can't bring electronic watch inside the IBSAT examination hall.

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