IBSAT Exam 2022: Paper pattern, syllabus and best books

IBSAT 2022: Aiming to crack the IBSAT exam this year? Check out the entire details about IBSAT 2022 paper pattern and syllabus along with the best books to prepare from.


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Prerna Goel | September 1, 2022 | 04:43 PM IST

NEW DELHI: The ICFAI Business School will conduct the IBSAT 2022 exam in the last week of December 2022. With ample time for IBSAT preparation, candidates can get familiar with the IBSAT paper pattern, syllabus, and the best study material they need to refer to. As per the IBSAT 2022 exam pattern, the exam will be conducted as a computer-based test for a duration of two hours. In terms of the marking scheme, IBSAT 2022 has no negative marking, while one mark will be awarded for every correct answer.

The IBSAT question paper is divided into four sections namely, Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Ability, Data Adequacy & Data Interpretation, and Reading Comprehension. The level of the IBSAT is easy in comparison to other national-level exams such as CAT, XAT, and many more. IBSAT 2022 entrance exam acts as a gateway for MBA/ PGPM admission at nine campuses of ICFAI Business School (IBS) located at Hyderabad, Dehradun, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Gurgaon, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Pune.
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IBSAT Exam Pattern 2022

The total number of questions in IBSAT will be 140. Here is the section-wise distribution of the IBSAT exam paper:

IBSAT exam component

Number of questions

Verbal Ability


Reading Comprehension


Quantitative Aptitude


Data Adequacy & Data Interpretation


IBSAT 2022 Section-wise syllabus

Section-1: Verbal Ability

  • Synonyms/Antonyms

  • Word Relation

  • Error Spotting

  • Phrase Replacement/one-word substitute

  • Fill in the blanks

  • Jumbled Sentences

  • Sentence completion

  • Sentence correction

  • Odd man out

  • Idioms

Section-2: Reading Comprehension

  • There are typically 3 RC passages followed by 8 questions each, whereas one RC passage has 6 questions.

  • The RC passages in IBSAT are usually of 500 to 600 words.

  • Some of the questions in RC are indirect and you must check the inference drawn from the passage.

Section-3: Quantitative Ability

  • Number System

  • Simplification & Algebra

  • Speed, Time, and Distance

  • Profit, loss & Discount

  • Permutation & Probability

  • Work and Time

  • Percentage

  • Geometry and Mensuration

  • Simple interest & partnership

  • Time and Work

  • Ratio

Section-4: Data Sufficiency and Data Interpretation

  • Data Interpretation is based on graphs and tables such as Bar graphs, Pie charts or Data tables

  • Venn diagram

  • Critical reasoning

  • Visual reasoning

  • Statements and Assumptions

  • Linear arrangements

  • Matrix arrangements

  • Puzzles

  • Syllogisms

  • Functions

  • Family tree

  • Symbol Based problems

  • Coding and decoding

  • Sequencing, etc

Best books for IBSAT preparation 2022

IBSAT section

IBSAT books

Reading Comprehension

  • Business Communication by Clark

  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis

Verbal Ability

  • English Proficiency by IMS India

  • High School English Grammar and Composition by Wren & Martin

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Quantitative Aptitude by Arun Sharma

  • Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude for MBA Entrance Examination

Data Adequacy and Interpretation

  • Nishit Sinha’s Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

  • Data Analysis & Interpretation Data Sufficiency by Think Tank of Kiran Prakashan

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