Best Preparation Tips

Best Preparation Tips For IBSAT and SNAP

IBSAT National level entrance exam conducted by The ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education. IBSAT exam is used to give admissions into MBA and PGDM courses for all ICFAI business schools. ICFAI has 9 campuses in total. All of these 9 campuses conduct admissions on the basis of the IBSAT score of the candidates.

The complete paper pattern for IBSAT is in the following way:

  1. 50 MCQs on Verbal Ability
  2. 30 MCQs on Reading Comprehension
  3. 30 MCQs on Quantitative Aptitude
  4. 30 MCQs on Data Adequacy & Data Interpretation

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Here are a few tips to help you with the preparation of IBSAT:

  • Analysis – Analysing the paper and knowing the paper pattern of paper helps an applicant in anticipating the type of questions that are given in the exam. Knowing the paper pattern also helps an applicant in predicting the important topics of the exam.
  • Difficult Concepts – It is better for the applicant to finish the difficult concepts first and then move onto the easier ones. Usually, people try to finish the easy ones first and then save the difficult concept for later but this leads to stacking up of the most difficult concepts to the end. This results in the student having to study these difficult concepts in the last minute under pressure.
  • Attitude – It is essential for applicants to have a positive mindset. They must keep their calmness even during the exam although a few unexpected questions show up. The applicants must also have faith in themselves and take the exam seriously in order to get the results that they need to qualify for admission.
  • Priority – Applicants applying for IBSAT exam must be certain of what they prioritize. If you are not willing to sacrifice a few things in order to give more time to the preparation period then it is not possible to be able to cover all the topics thoroughly. Giving more priority to the preparation of this exam is essential in order to clear it and have a higher score.
  • Schedule – The applicant needs to have a study schedule in hand which they strictly follow in order to clear IBSAT. You can make a study schedule where you study for 2 hours and take a break for 15 to 20 minutes and get back to studying for the next two hours again. Having dedication towards studies schedule will help improve your self-discipline and secure higher marks in the exam.
  • Revision – A few days prior to the exam is when the revision phase has to start. During this revision phase, it is essential for applicants to focus and remember all the things they have learned. Revision is done more efficiently if the applicant maintains notes of all the important topics while preparing. The applicant can maintain notes or highlight the important points in the book which is being used while studying.


SNAP 2019 exams are conducted during the month of December of every year. Applicants must have a minimum of 3 to 4 months of preparation as the exam pattern was also revised. The base that has been set for the type of snap questions remain constant over a number of years. One of the key components in the SNAP exam is your preparation time. There are four core sections in the snap exam paper which you must prepare for.




The following tips below are to help you better prepare for your snap exam:

  • Change In Exam Pattern – There are a few key changes that happened to SNAP 2019. The total number of questions has been reduced to 130. Out of the 130 questions in the snap exam, 110 of them are MCQ questions and other 20 questions and non MCQ questions which are divided into all the four sections. The answer for the non-MCQ questions must be typed out in the computer by the applicant.
  • Preparation – There are few things applicants must do in order to be better prepared for SNAP 2019. During the preparation phase, you must be able to recognise your strong and weak areas in all four sections. You can also go through the daily newspaper and write down five to six new words that you encounter after reading the articles. There is a general notion that the Data Interpretation section is considered a bit more time consuming than normal. The applicant must practice Data Interpretation questions thoroughly and learn a few techniques for quick calculation which will save some time.
  • Material – Materials used during the preparation phase for the SNAP exam are quite vital and have a great influence on the result of the applicant. Arun Sharma and  Nishit K Sinha are renowned authors and their books can help you in various sections of SNAP 2019. It is suggested that you follow only one or two reliable books during the preparation of SNAP. While preparing the applicant must aim for conceptual clarity rather than finishing more topics.
  • Coaching – A lot of people come across the question and wonder if they should join the coaching centre or not. A lot of toppers in SNAP are the ones who did not opt for coaching. In the modern-day coaching is commercialized and does not provide individual focus to every single student. if you have self-discipline to put in a certain number of hours into the preparation every single day then guidance materials will be enough to get a good score.
  • Mock Tests – The applicants must solve at least 3-4 past year papers. The applicants are advised to set a timer and note the time they take for each section. This will help to represent real exam conditions. Is also teaches you how you can manage your time through the various sections. Practicing these questions will give you an idea on how you can manage your time and deal with difficult questions.
  • Strategy – It can be seen that even if you are getting half of the total questions right, it can fetch you 96-98 percentile. You do not have to study around the clock. Strategically plan your study schedule to crack SNAP 2019 in a smart way. You must know your strengths and weaknesses very well in order to be able to spend more time on your weaknesses and less time on your strengths. You may be good in a few sections so you can plan and give more time to the other sections that you may find harder.

Sai Raja M is a college student who aspires to be an entrepreneur. His primary goal is to help other students choose a more meaningful and relevant career in their life.

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