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:
|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.
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.
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.
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:
|Profit & Loss||1||1|
|Time and Work||1||1|
|Permutation – Combination||1||1||2|
Around 15-18 questions could have been solved in 25-30 minutes.
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:
|Pie + Bar Chart (Calculations)||5||5|
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.