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IBSAT December 2018 - Test Analysis

The IBSAT 2018 was conducted December 22nd and 23rd, 2018 (over a period of two days). There were four slots per day.

The Test comprised 140 questions. The duration of the test was 120 minutes. The test process was smooth and minor technical glitches were reported from some centres. However, overall conduct of the test was smooth.

Each question had five options and carried one mark each; there was no negative marking. Since there was no negative marking, attempting all questions made sense even if a student did not get the correct answer to the question.

The sectional break-up was as follows:

Section Name Questions
I Verbal Ability 50
II Reading Comprehension 30
III Quantitative Ability  30
IV Data Sufficiency and Data Interpretation 30

There was no a sectional timing. All questions could be accessed at any time during the test. The test could be submitted at any time by going to the last question of the fourth section.

SECTION I – Verbal Ability

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 one difficult question in each type. Like last year’s test, the difficulty level of this section was medium.

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

Students could have targeted attempting all the above questions (as there was no negative marking) in about 25 minutes with about 85% accuracy.

SECTION II – Reading Comprehension

Like last year’s test, there were 4 passages in this section. One passage was very short, having about 500 words. 3 were longer (about 800-900 words). Among the 30 RC questions in this slot, about 8 questions were vocabulary related and 4 were related to the main idea or purpose. The topics of all passages were quite simple to understand.

Passage No. of Qs. Level
Passage 1- A celestial star (500 words) 8 6 Easy, 2 Medium
Passage 2 - Earthquake (800 words) 8 4 Easy, 3 Medium,  1 Difficult
Passage 3 - Election and economy (800 words) 5 2 Easy, 2 Medium, 1 Difficult
Passage 4- Ecosystem (900 words) 9 4 Easy, 4 Medium, 1 Difficult

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

SECTION III – Quantitative Ability

Overall, this section was at par with the QA section of IBSAT 2017. Like in the previous years, this section was dominated by Arithmetic (12 questions), followed by Modern Maths (8 questions).  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 the section:

  Easy Medium Difficult Total
Numbers        
HCF-LCM 2     2
Divisibility 1     1
         
Arithmetic        
Percentages 1 1   2
Ratios 2     2
Simple-Compound Interest 1 1   2
Time-Speed-Distance 1     1
Averages 3     3
Profit & Loss   1   1
Time and Work   1   1
         
Algebra        
Simple equations 2     2
Polynomials   1   1
         
Geometry        
Quadrilaterals 1     1
Triangles     1 1
Mensuration   2   2
         
Modern Maths        
Probability   1 1 2
Logarithms   1   1
Permutation – Combination   1 1 2
AP-GP     1 1
Sets   1   1
Functions   1   1
         
Total 14 12 4 30

Around 15-18 questions could have been solved in 25-30 minutes.

SECTION IV – Data Sufficiency and Data Interpretation

There were 15 questions each on Data Sufficiency and Data Interpretation in this section. There were three sets on Data Interpretation with 5 questions each. The questions in Data Interpretation involved easy to medium level of difficulty calculations. The 15 questions on Data Sufficiency were spread over all the topics in Mathematics. There was no logic based Data Sufficiency question. The options in Data Sufficiency questions were jumbled and were different for each question. Therefore students had to be extra careful while marking the answers.

The following was the break-up of the section:

  Easy Medium Difficult Total
Data Interpretation        
Table (Calculations)   5   5
Caselet (Calculations) 5     5
Pie + Bar Chart (Calculations)   5   5
         
Data Sufficiency        
Numbers 3 1   4
Arithmetic 1 4   5
Algebra 3     3
Geometry     1 1
Modern Math   2   2
         
Total 12 17 1 30

Overall, the Data Sufficiency and Data Interpretation section could be considered to be of medium level of difficulty. Around 15 questions on Data Adequacy and Data Interpretation could be solved in 25-30 minutes.

Students who score 50% of the marks (70 marks) are usually called for the next round at IBS Hyderabad. These students can expect calls this year too.

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