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IBSAT December 2017 - Test Analysis

The IBSAT is being conducted over a period of four days. There are four slots per day. The IBSAT 2017 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 more difficult than last year’s IBSAT.

Each question had 5 options. Each question carried one mark and there was no negative marking. The sectional break-up is as follows:

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

All questions could be accessed at any time during the test.

SECTION I – Verbal Ability – Part A

The section consisted of the usual VA questions, which students usually practice for all management entrance tests. There were five questions of each type. Usually, there was at least one difficult question in each type.

Topic No. of Qs. 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 (4 sentences) 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

Students could have targeted attempting all above questions (as there was no negative marking) in about 25 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, and two were moderately difficult. These questions could 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 600 words. 2 were longer (about 900 words) and 1 was very long (1500+ 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 two passages were quite simple to understand. Two other passages were not on the easier side.

Passage No. of Qs. 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 (900 words) 5 4 Easy, 1 Medium

20-22 questions could have been attempted in 30 minutes with about 80-85% accuracy.

SECTION III – Quantitative Ability

Overall, this section was much more difficult than the QA section of IBSAT 2016. It was dominated by questions on Arithmetic, which were based on the concepts of averages, percentages and ratio-proportions. The questions on Numbers involved application of number properties. The questions on Algebra were based on simple and linear equations. The questions on Geometry involved those of triangles and circles. The Modern Math questions were those from sets, probability and logarithms. There was one question on differentiation. The question break up of one slot is given below:

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

Around 12-15 questions could have been solved in 25-30 minutes.

SECTION IV – Data Sufficiency and Data Interpretation

The DS sub-section involved 15 questions out of which 12 questions were quantitative-based and three were reasoning-based. Even this section was on the tougher side as compared to last year’s test. The break up in one slot is given below:

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

In DI, there were 3 sets. The first set was based on Tables. It involved calculations on “students studying in an institute”. It was on the easier side. The second set was based on bar graph about “population in 5 countries”. Though it was also on the easier side, it was calculation-intensive. The final set involved a caselet on “washing powder varieties”. It was very calculation-intensive and took up some time to arrive at the answers.

Overall, the Data Sufficiency and Data Interpretation section could be considered to be of medium level of difficulty. Around 15-17 questions on Data Adequacy and 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 more than 70 in the IBSAT should expect calls for the next round.

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