IBM Syllabus – Quantitative and Verbal Ability

IBM Syllabus

IBM Syllabus – Written Test

The complete IBM Syllabus 2018 has been updated in this article. This IBM Written Test will test the overall analytical aptitude of a candidate. It is enough to just focus on the below topics. With these, you can easily score good marks in the IBM Written Test. You can find the Test Pattern for IBM Syllabus here

IBM Written Test Sections

  1. Quantitative Aptitude
  2. Number Series
  3. Verbal Ability

IBM Syllabus – Quantitative Aptitude 

Number of Questions: 18

Time Allotted: 40 mins

Quantitative Aptitude Test
Time, speed & distance
Profit & loss
Time & work
Permutation & combination
  • Number series and Quantitative Ability section consist of 18 questions each. In these sections, each question has a time limit of 2.15 minutes. If you fail to answer a question within this time limit, then the next question gets displayed on the screen automatically. You need to be very careful while answering these sections. Hence, it is important to understand the pattern and manage your time efficiently to gain maximum marks in the test.
  • Managing time often becomes an issue while solving online time-bound tests. This task becomes easier if a candidate has given several similar format test in the past or regularly takes mock tests to improve. These mock tests give the test taker a feeling of real-time test and prepare for the real test. Learn to manage your time by taking these Mock Tests
  • While taking these tests, it becomes important to be able to solve a particular number of questions so that you are well above the cut-off margin. Since competition of test takers is high, we have evaluated the expected number of questions from each section along with the difficulty level. Have a look at this table to understand the pattern more clearly.
IBM Quantitative Aptitude
Expected number of Question
Level of Difficulty
Profit and Loss
Ratio and Proportion
Data Interpretation
Time, Speed, Distance

IBM Number Series

Number of Questions: 18

Time Allotted: 40 mins

Allotted time to solve each question is 2 min  15 secs

Number series is a form of series in which particular numbers are present in a particular order and missing numbers are to find out. This topic forms a seperate section of IBM Syllabus in the IBM Online Written Test. A series is solved by a particular number of series tricks, formulas, attitudes of a person. There are various types of series present in the exam. Series can be of many types of Numbers like Natural numbers, Whole numbers, Contagious numbers etc. A sequence is described as a list of elements with a particular order.

Practice Number Series and Quantitative Aptitude here

Tricks for solving Number Series Questions

Number Series puzzles can be solved by various tricks provided by mathematics. After reading a question, check the following:

  1. If all the numbers are prime, even or odd.
  2. If all the numbers are perfect squares or cubes.
  3. If all the numbers have a particular divisibility.
  4. If all the numbers are succeeding by some additions or subtraction or multiplications or divisions by a particular number or addition of their cubes and squares.

Sample Number Series Questions with Answers

There are various methods to solve number series like predict the next number i.e which number will come next by applying rules like by adding, subtracting etc. or by applying various shortcut tricks. Below are some examples of Number series questions that come for IBM Placements with answers:

8,2,14,6,11,_____,14,6,18,12 Answer:9

3,10,13,20,23,30,____ Answer:33

18,24,5,21,27,8,17,23,4,24,30,___ Answer:11

3,8,12,48,29,____ Answer:144

21,22,21,22,23,22,23,24,23,24,____ Answer:25

1,1/2,3/2,2,5,1/3,16/3,15,12,1/4,49/4,___ Answer:48

9,3,6,21,9,12,33,15,_____ Answer:18

0,1,1,2,0.5,2,2,4,2,2,4,3,7,2,____ Answer:3.5

3,8,13,24,41,____ Answer:70

  1. Find the missing term.

40, 54, 82, ?, 180 ,250

(1) 142

(2) 124

(3) 136

(4) 163

(5) None of these

Solution: (2) The pattern is: +14, + 28, + 42, + 52, + 70

So, missing term is 82 + 42=124

30, 34, 43, 59, 84, 120,?

(1) 169

(2) 148

(3) 153

(4) 176

(5) None of these

Solution: (1) The given pattern is:

+22, 32, +42, + 62, +72

So, missing term is 169=120 +72

  1. Search that number which does not follow the rule.

0, 1,3,8,18,35,264

(1) 62

(2) 35

(3) 18

(4) 8

(5) None of these

Solution: (1) The pattern is +(02+1), +(12+1), + (22+1) ,+ (32+1), + (42+1), + (52+1)

So, 62 is wrong and must be replaced by 35 + (52+1) = 62

6  7 9 13 26 37 69

(1) 7

(2) 26

(3) 69

(4) 37

(5) 9

Solution: The number should be 21 in place of 26.

+1, +2, +4, +8, +16, +32

Ans: (2)

IBM Syllabus – Verbal Ability

Number of Questions: 22

Time Allotted: 20 mins

The IBM Verbal Ability Test is a Business Communication Test which assesses a candidate’s English proficiency. Companies like IBM usually involve tasks which require the employees t conduct meetings and calls with overseas clients. Hence, this test is an important standard for the company to judge a candidate’s English speaking skills. If you are an average English speaker and have graduated from an English medium school, this test should be easy to clear. The IBM Syllabus for verbal test generally revolves around the following base topics:


Verbal Ability
Reading comprehension
Sentence completion
Sentence correction
sentence ordering

Practice Verbal Section Questions here

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