IBSAT 2022 Syllabus—Check Section Wise Syllabus here

ICFAI Business School Aptitude Test 2022 ( IBSAT )


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Updated on Jul 5, 2022 13:03 IST

IBSAT 2022 syllabus includes topics from Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), Quantitative Aptitude (QA) and Data Adequacy/ Sufficiency and Data Interpretation (DA/ DI) subjects. The IBSAT 2022 syllabus is largely similar to the CAT exam syllabus. However, IBSAT does not have a General Awareness section like CAT.  The syllabus of the IBSAT exam is divided into four sections. The VARC section is split into two sections—Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension. Check the IBSAT exam syllabus below.

Also read: How to prepare for IBSAT 2022

Section-Wise IBSAT Syllabus

Section 1: Quantitative Aptitude

Quantitative ability section analyses the candidate's ability to handle numerical data and solve problems. Take a look at topics of IBSAT syllabus for the Quantitative Aptitude Section.

IBSAT Syllabus for QA Section

Number System

Work, Pipes and Cisterns



Arithmetic Progression

Time and Work




Co-ordinate Geometry



Instalment payments

Permutation & Combination

Quadratic and linear equation

Profit & Loss

Alligation & mixtures


Section 2: Verbal Ability

This section assesses the candidate's ability in sentence formation skills and vocabulary. Take a look at the IBSAT Syllabus for Verbal Ability section below.

IBSAT Syllabus for VA Section

Comprehension of passage


English Grammar


Incorrect Words

English Usage

Sentence Completion

Contextual Usage



Replace the missing words

Para Jumble


One-word Substitution

Different usage of the same word

Fill in the Blanks

Section 3: Data Adequacy and Data Interpretation

In data interpretation, candidates have to review the data to arrive at a conclusion. Take a look at the syllabus for DA & DI section of IBSAT.

IBSAT Syllabus for DA&DI Section


Data Interpretation

Data Sufficiency

Logical Reasoning

Cause and effects

Graphs representing area



Venn diagram


Visual reasoning


Column graphs

Statements and Conclusions

Matrix arrangements

Linear Arrangements

Line Charts


VARC Questions with Answers for Practice Quantitative Aptitude Questions with Answers for Practice DILR Questions with Answers for Practice

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Best Books for IBSAT 2022 Preparation

The best source of IBSAT 2022 preparation is the study material suggested by experts, which includes IBSAT preparation books, sample papers, mock tests, etc. Listed below are section-wise best books for IBSAT 2022.

Best Books for IBSAT: Verbal Ability 

Check out the best books for the Verbal Ability section of IBSAT in the table below.


Publication/ Author

Objective General English 10,000+ questions

R.S. Aggarwal

Word Power Made Easy

Norman Lewis

Mastering the Verbal Ability for CAT

Ajay Singh

Business English and Communication


Best Books for IBSAT: Quantitative Section 

Take a look at the table below to know the best books for the Quantitative Aptitude section.


Publication/ Author

Quantitative Ability

Nishit Sinha

Quantitative Aptitude

Arun Sharma

Quantitative Aptitude 

Abhijit Guha

Best Books for IBSAT: Data Adequacy & Data Interpretation 

Check out the best books to read for Data Adequacy and Data Interpretation.


Publication/ Author

Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning

Pearson Publication

Logical and Analytical Reasoning

Ashok Gupta

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

Arun Sharma

Data Analysis & Interpretation Data Sufficiency

Think Tank of Kiran Prakashan

Best Books for IBSAT: Reading Comprehension 

The table below depicts the best books to read to ace the RC section of the IBSAT 2022 exam.


Publication/ Author

30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary Mass Market Paperback

Wilfred Funk & Norman Lewis/ Simon & Schuster

CAT Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

Gautam Puri

How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

Arun Sharma & Meenakshi Upadhyay

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

Bharat Patodi and Aditya Choudhary

IBSAT 2022 Exam Pattern

For a better understanding of the IBSAT exam, take a look at the exam pattern of IBSAT 2022 as mentioned below:

  • There is no negative marking in the IBSAT exam

  • The question paper will contain 140 questions carrying one mark each

  • The total marks allotted for the IBSAT exam is 140

  • There is no sectional time limit in the IBSAT exam 

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FAQs on IBSAT 2022 Syllabus

Q: What is the Syllabus of IBSAT 2022?

A: The syllabus of IBSAT 2022 includes Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), Quantitative Aptitude (QA) and Data Adequacy/ Sufficiency and Data Interpretation (DA/DI).

Q: Does the IBSAT syllabus change every year?

A: No, the IBSAT syllabus does not change every year and even if exam authorities make any major change in the syllabus, the changes are notified well on time. It is expected that there will be no major change in the syllabus of IBSAT 2022 from the previous year.

Q: Who prescribes IBSAT syllabus?

A: The ICFAI Business School will recommend the syllabus of IBSAT 2022. Candidates can prepare for the entrance test based on the recommended syllabus.

Q: What are the total marks of IBSAT paper?

A: The total marks of IBSAT 2022 are 140 and each question carries one mark. Questions come from Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Ability, Data Adequacy & Data Interpretation and Reading Comprehension.

Q: Is the syllabus of IBSAT same as other MBA entrance exams?

A: Yes, the syllabus of IBSAT exam similar to other MBA entrance exams to a considerable extent. It is more alike to CAT exam syllabus.

Q: What is the duration of IBSAT exam?

A: The duration of IBSAT exam is two hours (120 minutes). The candidates are required to solve 140 multiple-choice questions within two hours.

Q: Which are some of the best IBSAT coaching Institutes?

A: There are a number of top coaching institutes for MBA preparation and one needs to select an institute based on convenience. To know names of these best coaching institutes, click here.

Q: Which section of IBSAT exam is the toughest?

A: The IBSAT exam is an easy exam compared to CMAT or CAT. However, the difficulty level of Quantitative Aptitude in the IBSAT exam is considered to be tough.

Q: Which section of IBSAT 2022 will carry maximum marks?

A: Verbal Ability section of the IBSAT exam carries 50 marks. All the other three sections, Quantitative Aptitude (QA) and Data Adequacy/ Sufficiency and Data Interpretation (DA/ DI) carry 30 marks each.

Q: What books to refer to for the IBSAT exam?

A: Candidates can refer to books and mock tests recommended by ICFAI Business School for the IBSAT exam. For details regarding books and resources, click here.

Q: What aspects are evaluated in a candidate through the IBSAT exam?

A: Primarily, candidates are tested on their ability to answer questions from different areas such as Quantitative Skills, Verbal Ability, Data Interpretation and Reasoning. It is speed based test and if candidates are able to comprehend different kinds of questions from various sections quickly, the attempt to answer them is swift.

Q: What type of questions are there in the Verbal Ability section of the IBSAT syllabus?

A: Primarily, the Verbal Ability section of the IBSAT syllabus is considered to be an easy and scoring section as the questions are direct. It requires test takers to answer the questions based on facts.

Q: What is the marking scheme of the IBSAT exam?

A: For every correct answer, test takers get one mark per question. For the wrong answer or questions not attempted, no mark is awarded. There are 140 questions in total and the total marks are 140.

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