IBSAT Exam Analysis 2018

Nidhi Bahl Updated On: 31 Dec, 2018 13:06 IST

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IBSAT 2018 Exam Analysis

The IBSAT 2018 Exam Analysis is available for all those who appeared for the examination on 22nd and 23rd December 2018. The analysis includes the exam structure, overall as well as the section-wise difficulty level of the paper, and the trends of previous years. Those who took the exam this year can now get a detailed understanding of IBSAT exam structure and type of questions asked in the exam. Apart from this, candidates can also check the expected cut-offs, key changes and whether or not there were any surprise elements.

IBSAT had 140 questions to be completed in 2 hours, distributed across 4 sections. There was no sectional cut-off and no sectional time limit in this exam. Each question carried 1 mark.

The sectional break-up is given below:

Section

Number of Questions

Verbal Ability

50

Reading Comprehension

30

Quantitative Aptitude

30

Data Adequacy & Data Interpretation

30

Verbal Ability

Verbal ability section had easy questions. Vocabulary questions were slightly tricky but the grammar part was easier.

Reading Comprehension

There were 2 passages, on an average between 500- 600 words. While some questions were direct and factual, some took time to answer.

Quantitative Ability

The Quantitative Ability section had a good mixture of problems including arithmetic, geometry and analytical geometry. The questions were framed on speed, distance and time, ratio proportion, work problems, heights, progressions, probability, percentages, etc.

Data Adequacy and Data Interpretation

The Data Interpretation section was focused strongly on data adequacy and logical thinking. The paper had questions on pi graphs, line graphs etc. Few other questions were on percentage change, the ratio between two values, etc.

Candidates may also go through the IBSAT analysis of previous years to know what has been the trend in previous years and what all one can expect in the exam in the future.

IBSAT 2017 Exam Analysis

IBSAT is a popular management entrance exam conducted by IBS Business School in a computer-based format. IBSAT is a two-hour long paper with 4 sections including Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Ability and Data Adequacy & Data Interpretation. As part of the exam preparation, students usually go through the previous year's paper analysis in order to get an understanding of the paper pattern, type of questions, marking scheme and the level of difficulty that students should expect in the examination. Following is the detailed analysis of IBSAT December 2017.

The exam was conducted over a period of four days from December 21-24, 2017. As per the sources, there were no glitches in the paper. In terms of difficulty level, the IBSAT question paper turned out to be more difficult as compared to last year. There were a total of 140 questions and each question had 5 options. Out of the 5 options, candidates had to pick one. For every correct answer, one mark is awarded, and there is no negative marking for wrong answers. Candidates had the liberty to access all the questions at any time during the examination.

Take a look at the break-up of sections and number of questions asked in every section.

  Sections No. of Questions
Sections I
 
Verbal Ability - A 45
Verbal Ability - B 5
Section II Reading Comprehension 30
Section III Quantitative Ability 30
Section IV Data Sufficiency & Data Interpretation 30

Section I: Verbal Ability - A

Since there was no negative marking, all the questions in this section could have been attempted in about 25 minutes with about 85% accuracy.

Topic No. of Questions Difficulty Level
Meaning of idiom/phrase 5 1 Easy, 3 Medium, 1 Difficult
Synonyms of the word 5 3 Medium, 2 Difficult
One word substitute of the given phrase 5 1 Easy, 2 Medium, 2 Difficult
Jumbled Paragraph 5 2 Easy, 3 Medium
Word Analogy 5 1 Easy, 2 Medium, 2 Difficult
Double FIB 5 2 Easy, 2 Medium, 1 Difficult
Replace the underlined part of the given sentence 5 2 Easy, 2 Medium, 1 Difficult
Find error from four underlined parts 5 3 Easy, 2 Medium
Antonyms 5 3 Medium, 2 Difficult

Section I: Verbal Ability - B

In this section, students had to take a cloze test containing 5 blanks. Out of the 5 questions, three were easy, and two were moderately tough. All these questions could have been answered in about 5 minutes with about 80% accuracy.

Section II: Reading Comprehension

About 20 to 22 questions in this section could have been answered in about 30 minutes with about 80-85% accuracy.

Passage No. of Questions Difficulty Level
Problems in Argentina’s Banking System and the Fear Psychosis Created by it (600 words) 8 6 Easy, 2 Medium
Freedom and its Responsibilities (1500+ words) 8 3 Easy, 4 Medium, 1 Difficult
Eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD (900 words) 9 6 Easy, 2 Medium, 1 Difficult
Popularity of Shakespeare (950+ words) 5 4 Easy, 1 Medium

Section III: Quantitative Ability

In this section, around 12-15 questions could have been answered in about 25-30 minutes. This section was more difficult as compared to last year's IBSAT.

Topic No. of Questions Difficulty Level
Numbers 1 15 Easy, 12 Medium and 3 Difficult
Algebra 2
Arithmetic 17
Geometry 2
Modern Math 8

Section IV: Data Sufficiency and Data Interpretation

With moderate difficulty level, students could have solved around 15-17 questions on Data Adequacy and Data Interpretation in 25-30 minutes.

Topic No. of Questions Difficulty Level
Numbers 3 10 Easy, 4 Medium and 1 Difficult
Algebra 3
Arithmetic 4
Geometry 2
Logical Reasoning 3

IBSAT 2016 Exam Analysis

The IBSAT 2016 was conducted over a period of two weeks, with four slots per day. The paper comprised 140 questions that students were expected to attempt within the time duration of two hours. The test was conducted smoothly and there were no glitches. Overall, the IBSAT 2016 turned out to easier.

Take a look at the break-up of sections and number of questions asked in every section.

  Sections No. of Questions
Sections I
 
Verbal Ability - A 45
Verbal Ability - B 5
Section II Reading Comprehension 30
Section III Quantitative Ability 30
Section IV Data Sufficiency & Data Interpretation 30

Every question was followed by 5 options and students had to pick any one of the choices. Candidates were awarded one mark for every correct response and there was no negative marking for any incorrect answer. Candidates had the liberty to access all the questions at any time during the examination. The difficulty level of majority of the questions was easy to moderate.

Section I: Verbal Ability - A

Topic No. of Questions Difficulty Level
Meaning of idiom/phrase 5 3 Easy & 2 Moderate
Synonyms of the word 5 3 Easy & 2 Moderate
One word substitute of the given phrase 5 3 Easy, 1 Moderate & 1 Tough
Jumbled Paragraph 5 3 Easy, 1 Moderate & 1 Tough
Word Analogy 5 3 Easy, 1 Moderate & 1 Tough
Double FIB 5 4 Easy & 1 Moderate
Replace the underlined part of the given sentence 5 3 Easy & 2 Moderate
Find error from four underlined parts 5 2 Easy, 2 Medium & 1 Tough
Antonyms 5 2 Easy, 2 Medium & 1 Tough

All the questions in this section could have been attempted in 30 minutes with about 85% accuracy.

Section I: Verbal Ability - B

In this section, students had to take a cloze test containing 5 blanks. Out of the 5 questions, three were easy, one was slightly tough and one was moderately tough. All these questions could have been answered in about 5 minutes with about 80% accuracy.

Section II: Reading Comprehension

Passage No. of Questions Difficulty Level
Tyrannosaurus rex (500 words) 5 5 Easy
Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (750 words) 8 5 Easy, 2 Moderate & 1 Tough
Type I & Type II Diabetes (350 words) 8 6 Easy & 2 Moderate
Archaeology (950+ words) 9 4 Easy, 3 Moderate & 2 Tough

All the questions under each passage could have been answered in 30-35 minutes with about 80-85% accuracy.

Section III: Quantitative Ability

Topic No. of Questions Difficulty Level
Numbers 5 24 Easy & 6 Moderate
Algebra 5
Arithmetic 14
Geometry 2
Modern Math 5

In this section, around 20 questions could have been answered in about 25-30 minutes.

Section IV: Data Sufficiency and Data Interpretation

Topic No. of Questions Difficulty Level
Numbers 3 Easy to Moderate
Algebra 5
Arithmetic 4
Geometry 2
Logical Reasoning 1

Data Adequacy questions and at least 2 sets on Data Interpretation could have been solved in about 25-30 minutes.

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