IBSAT Books 2024: Check best books for exam preparation

ICFAI Business School Aptitude Test 2023 ( IBSAT )

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IBSAT exam is an aptitude test conducted by IBS, Hyderabad to assess the candidates’ Quantitative, Logical Reasoning and Verbal Ability skills. To prepare well for the exam, IBSAT test takers must take the support of the best books for IBSAT preparation. One can find various kinds of MBA entrance exam preparation books available in the market. However, Shiksha has created a list of best books for IBSAT preparation 2024, based on popularity among MBA aspirants and experts.

Check out the best books for IBSAT 2024 preparation from various sections of the IBSAT syllabus, and build your knowledge on different topics.

Best Books for IBSAT: Quantitative Aptitude

In order to have a stronghold over topics like──number system, geometry, algebra, discount, arithmetic progression and others, check out the best books for the Quantitative aptitude section, below.

Books

Authors/Publishers

Quantitative Ability

Nishit Sinha

Quantitative Aptitude for CAT from Pearson

Arun Sharma

Fast Track Objective Arithmetic

Rajesh Verma/Arihant Publications

Quantitative Aptitude

Abhijit Guha

Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations

RS Aggarwal/ S Chand Publishing; Revised Edition

Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT 2019

Sarvesh K Verma/ Arihant Publiscations; Tenth edition (10 June 2019)

Quantitative Aptitude for CAT and MBA Entrance Examination

TIME

Quantitative Aptitude Numerical Ability (Fully Solved) 7000 + Objective Question

Pratiyogita Kiran & KICX Think Tank of Kiran Prakashan

Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude for MBA Entrance Examination

Dinesh Khattar

Mathematics for MBA Entrance Exams

R.S. Aggarwal and S. Chand

Mathematics Class 11th and 12th

RD Sharma

Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT

Sarvesh K. Verma

Best Books for IBSAT: Verbal Ability

In order to have a stronghold over topics like ─ comprehension of passages, syllogism, punctuation, sentence completion, contextual usage and others, check out the best books for the IBSAT VA section mentioned below.

Books

Authors/ Publishers

English Proficiency

IMS India

Norman Lewis

High School English Grammar and Composition

Wren & Martin

Objective General English

RS Aggarwal, Vikas Aggarwal/ S Chand Publishing

English Plus ICSE for Class 10

Xavier Pinto

Mastering the Verbal Ability for CAT

Ajay Singh

Clark

Verbal Ability Guide for CAT

PT Education Ltd.

Best Books for IBSAT: Data Adequacy & Data Interpretation

In order to have a stronghold over topics like─ tables, Data Interpretation, data sufficiency, Logical Reasoning, graphs representing areas and others, check out the best books for Data Adequacy and Data Interpretation mentioned below.

Books

Authors/ Publishers

Data Interpretation MBA Entrance

Jaiswal

Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning

Pearson Publication

Logical and Analytical Reasoning

Ashok Gupta

Data Analysis & Interpretation Data Sufficiency

Think Tank of Kiran Prakashan

DI LR from Pearson

Nishit Sinha

TMH How to Prepare for the Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning for the CAT 3rd Edition

Arun Sharma

Data Interpretation

K. Kundan

Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency

Ananta Ashisha

Best Books for IBSAT: Reading Comprehension

Improve your ability to answer questions on IBSAT’s reading comprehension section by studying from the below-mentioned books:

Books

Authors/ Publishers

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT and MBA Entrance Examination

Nishit. K. Sinha

30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary Mass Market Paperback

Wilfred Funck & Norman Lewis/ Simon & Schuster

CAT Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

Gautam Puri

How to Prepare for Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension for CAT

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT and MBA Entrance Examination

TIME

Tuesday with Morrie

Mitch Albom

Verbal Ability & Comprehension for CAT/XAT/GMAT/IIFT/CMAT/MAT/Bank PO/SSC

FAQs on IBSAT Preparation Books

Check frequently asked questions on IBSAT best books below:

Q:   How can I crack IBSAT in 6 months?

A:
IBSAT is an online management aptitude test which is conducted by The ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education. The test scores are used for the intake of MBA and PhD programs of ICFAI Business School, The campuses that consider these scores are Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Dehradun, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune. Each section except Verbal Ability has 30 questions. The Verbal Ability section has 50 questions Verbal ability section in IBSAT exam basically tests students written language abilities. To clear this section, you must follow strategies like making a habit of reading more newspapers, quality magazines, novels etc. Spending qualitative time in reading also helps to overcome your weakness in your language skills. The verbal ability section of IBSAT exam is classified into following parts - Vocabulary Usage - Para Jumble - English Grammar - Replace the missing words - English Usage Few tips and tricks for IBSAT Preparation are - The first step to follow is IBSAT previous years question papers in order to understand the structure of the exam. You may also try solving them within the 120 minutes and examine the answers after completing the paper. - Make sure to check the speed while solving the questions. Time management plays a very critical role as the candidates will get more than a minute for each question. To improve this part, solve sample papers and try mock tests. - Since IBS is a Computer Based test, the candidates are recommended to appear for as many mock tests as possible. The online mock test will offer a similar atmosphere as that of the exam. - Do not lose confidence and do not get anxious in the exam or solving the sample papers. Go through the questions cautiously and try to comprehend them and then solve them. - Try reading newspapers, magazines, novels, books, journals, etc. for a better hold over vocabulary.

Q:   Which are the most important topics to focus for IBSAT preparation?

A:
There is nothing like an important topic for the preparation. You have to go with complete preparation for the exam. There are a number of exams conducted in India for the MBA type courses. Exams like CAT, XAT, GMAT, MAT, IBSAT, NMAT, SNAP, etc. have some minor tweaking and variations apart from the main sections. Each of these exams has quantitative aptitude, verbal reasoning, logical reasoning and data interpretation, apart from GK or essay writing section in some of the exams. So, you have to prepare accordingly for these exams either by taking coaching classes or correspondence course or by self-preparation or by following recommended books. After you have prepared for the most difficult level questions, you may try to get some question banks for the specific exam you are targeting either offline mode i.e. books on exams or online mode i.e. free question banks websites or paid question banks for practice.

Q:   Which are the best books to refer for IBSAT exam preparation?

A:
IBSAT is not at all a difficult paper, your chance of selection depends on the number of questions you attempt. With IBSAT, you might be preparing for other exams too, like CAT, XAT, MAT, etc. So, there is no need to buy any specific book to crack IBSAT exam. Rather, I would say it is the easiest way to get into a B-School. Though you can find a number of books online and offline, whatever may seem fit to you, to prepare for quant, LR, DI, Verbal, etc. for cracking an entrance for B-School the most preferred book which people generally recommend is of Arun Sharma, which comes individually for each subject or one can buy a set of all four books, in addition to that to improve English you can also go for "word power made easy" which will improve your vocabulary for sure. Try to solve sample paper booklet it will definitely help you a lot.

Q:   Which are the important topics for IBSAT Data Adequacy and Data Interpretation section?

A:

For IBSAT Data Adequacy and Data Interpretation section, it is crucial to have a strong understanding of data interpretation, analysis, and problem-solving. Here are some important topics to prepare from:

• Data Interpretation: Tables, charts, graphs (bar graphs, line graphs, pie charts), and Venn diagrams.
• Data Sufficiency: This tests your ability to determine whether the given data is sufficient to answer a particular question.
• Data Analysis: Topics such as averages, percentages, ratios, and comparisons. Practice solving questions that require calculations, comparisons, and logical reasoning based on the given data.
• Logical Reasoning: It may include topics like seating arrangements, blood relations, coding-decoding, series completion, and analytical puzzles.
• Caselets: You need to read and understand the caselet and extract relevant information, and solve the questions based on the given data.

Q:   Which are the important topics for IBSAT Verbal Ability section?

A:

The IBSAT Verbal Ability section assesses your English language skills which includes reading comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, and verbal reasoning. Here are some VA important topics you should focus on for preparation:

• Reading Comprehension: Practice reading passages and improve comprehension skills. Understand the main idea, identify supporting details, and draw inferences from the text.
• Vocabulary: Enhance vocabulary by learning new words, their meanings, and usage.
• Grammar: This includes parts of speech, tenses, subject-verb agreement, sentence structure, and punctuation. Pay attention to common error types such as verb forms, pronoun usage, and modifiers.
• Sentence Correction: Practice identifying and correcting grammatical errors in sentences. This may include errors in subject-verb agreement, parallelism, modifiers, and pronoun usage.
• Para jumbles
• Critical Reasoning: Develop your ability to analyse arguments, evaluate evidence, identify assumptions, and draw logical conclusions.
• Idioms and Phrases: Familiarise yourself with common idioms, phrases, and expressions used in the English language.

Q:   Which are important topics for IBSAT Quantitative Ability?

A:

The Quantitative Ability section of IBSAT covers various mathematical problems and concepts like solving skills. Here are some important topics you should focus on while preparing for IBSAT Quantitative Ability section:

• Arithmetic: Percentages, Ratios and Proportions, Profit and Loss, Time and Work, Time, Speed and Distance, Averages, Simple and Compound Interest.
• Algebra: Equations, Inequalities, Functions, Quadratic Equations, Progressions.
• Geometry: Basic Geometry, Mensuration, Coordinate Geometry.
• Number System: Number properties, Divisibility, HCF and LCM, Factors and Multiples.
• Data Interpretation: Tables, Bar Graphs, Line Graphs, Pie Charts, Data Sufficiency.
• Probability and Statistics: Basic Probability, Permutations and Combinations, Averages, Measures of Dispersion.

You must practice a variety of questions from the topics mentioned above to develop your problem-solving abilities and improve your speed. Additionally, referring to previous years' question papers and mock tests can provide valuable insights to IBSAT exam pattern.

Q:   What is the importance of taking IBSAT mock test?

A:
Preparation for the IBSAT is incomplete without taking the mock tests/sample papers. IBSAT mock tests are a important part of the preparation stage. The IBSAT mock test is conducted on similar grounds to that of the actual exam. Some of the advantages of the IBSAT mock test are: 1. Helps in analysing performance: IBSAT mock test helps students in keeping up with the IBSAT preparation and performance. It helps candidates in getting an idea about their strong and weak areas. Candidates can know the pattern of the questions that have been asked repeatedly. 2. Helps in time management: IBSAT mock test helps students to get an actual exam environment. Therefore, after taking the IBSAT mock tests candidates will know how much time they require for each section and complete the question paper. Candidates can know the time to be given to difficult and easy questions. This process will help candidates in increasing their speed and accuracy. 3. Better revision: revisiting the IBSAT syllabus with the help of mock tests helps in understanding the syllabus thoroughly. IBSAT Mock tests help candidates in revisiting the important topics and syllabus of IBSAT. 4. Helps in boosting confidence: with the help of the IBSAT mock test candidates can assess their weak areas and work on the same. Once the students get familiar with the type if questions that will be asked in the exam boosts the level of confidence.

Q:   How should I prepare for IBSAT?

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