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IBSAT 2018 Exam Analysis - ICFAI Foundation has successfully conducted its annual management entrance test ICFAI Business School Aptitude Test (IBSAT) on December 22 and 23, 2018. The national-level MBA entrance was conducted in online mode across 94 test cities. The duration of the exam was two hours and comprised 140 questions spread over four sections, namely, Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Aptitude and Data Adequacy & Data Interpretation. As per IBSAT 2018 Exam Analysis, the overall difficulty level of paper was rated as moderate to easy. Experts have analysed the exam conducted to provide to provide insights like overall and sectional difficulty level, expected cutoffs for each section and their opinion of IBSAT in the form of IBSAT 2018 analysis. With the help of IBSAT 2018 analysis, candidates would be able to estimate their score much before the announcement of the actual result. Aspirants who seek admission in IBS can check the complete IBSAT exam analysis 2018 in the article given below.
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Around 50,000 candidates appear for the test annually. The IBSAT 2018 result has been declared on December 27, 2018. Post the result, candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of their performance in IBSAT 2018 and will be called for Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI). Qualifying candidates will be shortlisted for admission into MBA or PGDM programs offered at 9 IBS campuses at Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune and Dehradun.
ICFAI Business School Aptitude Test
Commonly known As
IBS Hyderabad / ICFAI Business School Hyderabad
MBA Programmes Offered by
IBS Hyderabad, IBS Dehradun and IBS Jaipur campuses
PGDM Programmes Offered by
IBS Ahmedabad, IBS Bengaluru, IBS Gurgaon, IBS Kolkata, IBS Mumbai and IBS Pune campuses
Type of Questions
Objective (Multiple Choice Questions)
Total No. of Questions
Total No. of Sections
4 (Verbal Ability, Data Adequacy & Data Interpretation, Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Techniques)
IBSAT Exam Structure
As per the exam analysis of IBSAT 2018, the exam had 140 questions which had to be completed in two hours, distributed across four sections. There was no sectional cut-off and no sectional time limit in this exam. Candidates were free to toggle between the sections. Each question carried one mark and no negative marks for incorrect responses. Below is the number of questions asked under each section.
IBSAT 2018 Analysis - Exam Structure
Number of Questions
Data Adequacy & Data Interpretation
IBSAT 2018 Section-wise Analysis
According to IBSAT exam analysis 2018, the overall difficulty level of the exam was easy to moderate. The conduct of the exam was reported as smooth with minor glitches reported at a few centres. The IBSAT analysis by experts explains the section-wise difficulty level and topics asked under each of the four sections. Let’s take a look below.
IBSAT 2018 Analysis - Verbal Ability
Verbal ability section had easy questions. Vocabulary questions were slightly tricky but the grammar part was easier. There were five questions of each type. Typically, there was one difficult question in each type. Similar to the previous year, the difficulty level of this section was medium.
No. of Qs.
Meaning of idiom/phrase
1 Easy, 3 Medium, 1 Difficult
Synonyms of the word
Jumbled Paragraph (4 sentences)
3 Easy, 2 Medium
One word substitute of the given phrase
Find error from four underlined parts
1 Easy, 2 Medium, 2 Difficult
2 Easy, 2 Medium, 1 Difficult
Replace the underlined part of the given sentence
According to the experts’ opinion of IBSAT exam analysis, candidates could have attempted all the above questions (as there was no negative marking) in about 25 minutes with about 85 percent accuracy.
IBSAT 2018 Analysis - Reading Comprehension
The RC section of IBSAT 2018 consisted of two passages, on an average between 500- 600 words. While some questions were direct and factual, some were sitters.
The topics of all passages were quite simple to understand.
Passage 1- A celestial star (500 words)
6 Easy, 2 Medium
Passage 2 - Earthquake (800 words)
4 Easy, 3 Medium, 1 Difficult
Passage 3 - Election and economy (800 words)
Passage 4- Ecosystem (900 words)
4 Easy, 4 Medium, 1 Difficult
According to IBSAT 2018 analysis, 20-22 questions could have been attempted in 30 minutes to achieve 80-85 per cent accuracy.
IBSAT 2018 Analysis - Quantitative Ability
The QA section of IBSAT 2018 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. IBSAT exam analysis 2018 revealed that many questions appeared difficult but could be solved quickly if options were used to solve the questions, rather than the traditional approach of forming the equations. The following was the break-up of the questions in this section:
Profit & Loss
Time and Work
Permutation – Combination
According to IBSAT 2018 analysis, around 15-18 questions was a good attempt in 25-30 minutes.
IBSAT 2018 Analysis - Data Adequacy and Data Interpretation
IBSAT Analysis 2018 reveals that 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, ratio between two values, etc. The following was the break-up of the section:
Pie + Bar Chart (Calculations)
An overall opinion of the experts suggested that the Data Sufficiency and Data Interpretation section were considerably of medium level difficulty.
What after IBSAT Result 2018?
The selection procedure of IBSAT 2018 will start after the declaration of the result. The participating institutes of IBSAT 2018 will shortlist the candidates on the basis of their cutoff. The cutoff will vary from institute to institute. The shortlisted candidates will appear for the IBSAT 2018 selection procedure that includes GD and PI. In the final merit list, the following factors will be considered -
Weightage for Final Merit List
Weightage (in %)
Past academic records of Students
Group discussion (GD)
Personal Interview (PI)
IBSAT Cut off 2018 - All the nine constituent institutes of ICFAI will release their individual cutoff to shortlist the candidates for admission to MBA and PGPM programmes. The official cutoff will be released after the declaration of result. Here is the previous year cutoff of IBSAT participating institutes.
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