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IBSAT December 2016 - Test Analysis

The IBSAT is being conducted over a period of two weeks. There are four slots per day. The IBSAT 2016 test comprised  140 questions. The total duration of the test was 120 minutes. The test process was smooth and no glitches were reported. Overall, the test was on the easier side.

Each question had 5 options. Each question carried one mark and there was no negative marking. There were five sections:

  • Section I - Verbal Ability – A >> 45 Questions
  • Section II - Verbal Ability – B >> 5 Questions
  • Section III – Reading Comprehension  >> 30 Questions
  • Section IV - Quantitative Ability  >> 30 Questions
  • Section V - Data Sufficiency and Data Interpretation >> 30 Questions

All questions could be accessed at any time during the test. Most of the questions varied from an easy to a moderate level of difficulty.

SECTION I – Verbal Ability - A

The section consisted of the usual VA questions, which students usually practice for all management entrance tests. Moreover, the questions were quite simple. There were five questions of each type. Usually, there was one difficult question in each type and the rest of the questions were on the easier side.

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

Students should have targeted attempting all above questions (as there was no negative marking) in about 30 minutes with about 85% accuracy.

SECTION I – Verbal Ability - B

This section consisted of a cloze test containing 5 blanks. Three of the questions were easy, one was slightly difficult and one was moderately difficult. These questions should have been solved in 5 minutes with about 80% accuracy.

SECTION II – Reading Comprehension

There were 4 passages in this section. One passage was very short, having about 500 words. 2 were longer (about 750 words) and 1 was very long (950+ words). Among the 30 RC questions in this slot, about 4-5 questions were vocabulary related and 4-5 were related to the main idea or purpose. The topics of the passages were quite simple to understand except for one passage on archaeology. In all, 20 questions were on the easier side, 7 could be solved with moderate effort and 3 were somewhat difficult due to the time involved in solving them. All the 4 RC passages could have been attempted in another 30-35 minutes with about 80-85% accuracy.

Passage No. of Qs. Level
Tyrannosaurus rex (500 words) 5 5 Easy  
Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (750 words) 8 5 Easy – 2 Moderate -  1 Difficult
Type I and Type II Diabetes (350 words) 8 6 Easy – 2 Moderate
Archaeology (950+ words) 9 4 Easy – 3 Moderate – 2 difficult

SECTION IV – Quantitative Ability

Overall, this section was much easier than the QA section of IBSAT 2015. It was dominated by questions on Arithmetic, which were based on the concepts of averages, percentages and mixtures. The questions on Numbers involved simple application of number properties. The questions on Algebra were based on simple and linear equations. The questions on Geometry involved those of triangles, circles and mensuration. The Modern Math questions were those from sets, probability and permutation-combination. There was one question on differentiation.
The question break up of one slot is given below:

Topic No. of Qs. Level
QA – Numbers 5 24 – Easy and 6 – Medium
QA – Algebra 5
QA – Arithmetic 14
QA – Geometry 2
QA – Modern Math 5

Around 20 questions could have been easily solved in 25-30 minutes.

SECTION V – Data Sufficiency and Data Interpretation

The DS section involved 15 questions out of which 14 questions were quantitative-based and one was reasoning-based. All the questions were easy. The break up in one slot is given below.

Topic No. of Qs. Level
DS – Numbers 3 15 – Easy
DS – Algebra 5
DS – Arithmetic 4
DS – Geometry 2
DS – Logical Reasoning 1

In DI, there were 3 sets, all of which were calculation-based. Two of them involved tables and the third one was a combination of table, line graph and bar graph. Overall, this section can be considered to be of easy-medium level of difficulty.

All questions on Data Adequacy and at least 2 sets on Data Interpretation could be solved in 25-30 minutes.

Considering the fact the IBS Hyderabad calls are available to test-takers who score more than 50% in IBSAT, any student scoring 70-72 in the IBSAT should expect calls for the next round.

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