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IBSAT 2018 Registration, Exam Date, Syllabus, Pattern

Updated On - March 13th 2018 by SHIVANSHI RATHAUR


ICFAI Business Studies Aptitude Test (IBSAT) is a national-level entrance exam, conducted by ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education. IBSAT is organized for admission to MBA/ PGPM/ Ph.D. in any of the 9 IBS Business Schools. The test will be conducted in the last week of December 2018. Registration for IBSAT 2018 will begin in the first week of July.

IBSAT exam consists of 125 objective questions of 1 mark each. The question paper is divided into four sections namely, Verbal Ability (VA), Reading Comprehensions (RC), Quantitative Aptitude (QA) and Data Adequacy/ Sufficiency and Data Interpretation (DA/ DI). The result will be declared in the first week of January 2019.

Highlights of IBSAT 2018

Exam NameICFAI Business Studies Aptitude Test
Conducting Body

ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education

Exam LevelNational
Exam PeriodicityAnnually
Mode of ApplicationOnline and Offline
Mode of ExamComputer based
Duration of Exam120 minutes
Courses OfferedMBA and PGPM
IBS CampusesHyderabad, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Dehradun, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Pune
IBS Helpline1800 425 55 66 77

IBSAT 2018 Exam Dates

The official notification will be released in the last week of June 2018. Tabulated below are all the important dates related to IBSAT 2018.

Start of  RegistrationFirst week of July 2018
Application Form filling concludes onThird week of Decembet 2018
Commencement of Slot BookingFirst week of July 2018
Availability of Admit CardAt Slot Booking Time
Exam DateLast week of December 2018
Result Declaration First week of January 2019
Selection BriefingsSecond week of January 2019
Commencement of IBSAT 2018 Selection RoundsThird week of February 2019

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IBSAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for IBSAT 2018 are listed below:

  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 50% marks in aggregate
  • UG degree should be in English medium. In case you do not have it, submit the scores of TOEFL/ NELT/ IELTS
  • A minimum of 15 years of regular education 
  • Candidates without a full-time graduation degree (those who have completed their graduation on part time basis, distance mode or online mode) are not eligible to apply 
  • Candidates in final year of their qualifying examination can also apply 
  • Possession of a valid NMAT/ GMAT/ CAT Score can directly participate in IBSAT 2018 Selection Process
  • No defined age-limit 
  • There is no management or NRI quota for admission to IBS Business School.

Read More  IBSAT Eligibility Criteria

IBSAT 2018 Registration

IBSAT 2018 Registration will begin in the first week of July. Candidates had to register both in online as well as offline mode.

Pre-requisites Before Applying

  • A valid email address, telephone number and address 
  • Marks sheets of X, XII, Graduation and any other professional qualification ready for calculating the percentage of marks. 
  • If academic institutions offer grade point averages (GPA), they need to be converted into percentage score as per the conversion scheme of that institution. 

IBSAT Online Registration

Step 1- Visit the official website of IBS i.e.

Step 2- Register with a valid email id. An email will sent to you after the registration with Application Number and Password.

Step 3-  Login using the Application Number and Password.

Step 4- On entering a valid login ID and password you will be taken to the next section, which is “Change your password”.

Step 5- Fill all your personal/ academic details in the application form

Step 6- Upload scanned images of your photograph, signature, and marksheets.

Step 7- Pay the application fee.

Step 8- You will receive a confirmation email indicating your successful registration.

IBSAT Offline Registration

  • Purchase IBSAT Application Form from designated centers of ICFAI Business School.
  • Candidates can check for these branches at
  • IBSAT Bulletin can also be purchased at your nearest AXIS Bank branches. 

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IBSAT 2018 Application Fee

  • The application fee for IBSAT 2018 is INR 1800 for all categories.
  • Candidates can pay it online via credit card/ debit card or net banking (for online applicants).
  • Incase of offline application form, pay by cash at the designated center while buying IBSAT application form.

IBSAT 2018 Slot Booking

  • For IBSAT 2018, candidates are required to choose a date and time slot as per their preference.
  • The selection should be made immediately, as the centers will be allotted on the first-come-first-serve basis. The steps to book a slot for IBSAT are as follows:
  1. Visit the official login page of IBSAT 2018 i.e.
  2. Enter your Application Number and Password.
  3. Choose the preference for IBSAT 2018 Exam Center from the drop-down list for Test centers
  4. Select the city of your preference and fill the corresponding code in the blank space provided in the article.
  5. The next step is to select the date and time slot for IBSAT 2018. Only the available slots are displayed.
  6. Click on ‘Submit’ if all the details are correct.
  7. IBSAT 2018 Admit Card is auto-generated after submitting the choices.

Know more:  IBSAT Slot Booking

IBSAT 2018 Admit Card

The Admit Card for IBSAT 2018 is generated just after the slot booking process completes. The steps to download the same are explained below.

  1. Visit IBSAT Official Website.
  2. Enter your Application Number and Date of Birth
  3. Click on the link ‘Download IBSAT 2018 Admit Card’
  4. Download and take few printouts of the Admit Card for future reference

Candidates have to carry the admit card to the exam centers and present it with one of the following proofs if identity.

  • Driving license
  • Pan card
  • Passport
  • College ID
  • Election/Voter card

Read more about  IBSAT Admit Card

IBSAT 2018 Exam Centers

IBSAT is held at nine ICFAI Business School (IBS) campuses. Candidates can select the preferred exam center at the time slot booking process. The list of IBSAT 2018 exam centers is given below: 

IBSAT 2018 Exam Centers

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IBSAT 2018 Exam Pattern

  • IBSAT 2018 will be conducted in the last week of December.
  • The test will be a computer based exam.
  • The total duration of IBSAT 2018 is 2 hours (120 minutes).
  • There are a total of 125 objective questions in the exam.
  • As for IBSAT Marking Scheme, all the correct answers will be given 1 mark
  • There is no negative marking for incorrect answers. 

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  • There are 4 main sections in the paper viz. Verbal Ability (VA), Reading Comprehensions (RC), Quantitative Aptitude (QA) and Data Adequacy/ Sufficiency and Data Interpretation (DA/ DI).
  • There is no sectional time-limit in IBSAT.
  • The section-wise distribution of questions is mentioned in the table below:
Sections in IBSAT 2018 examNumber of QuestionsTotal Marks
Verbal Ability (VA)5050
Reading Comprehension (RC)3030
Quantitative Aptitude (QA)3030
Data Adequacy/ Sufficiency and Data Interpretation (DA/ DI)3030

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IBSAT 2018 Result

  • IBSAT Result will be released in the first week January 2019.
  • Candidates can visit the official website ( to download their scorecard.
  • The scorecard contains a candidate’s sectional and total marks obtained in the exam.
  • Candidates clearing IBSAT Cut off will be called for further selection rounds (GD/PI).

How to Check IBSAT Result?

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  1. Visit the official website of IBSAT 2018 i.e
  2. Click on the ‘IBSAT Results’ tab
  3. Enter your Application Number and Password
  4. View and Download IBSAT 2018 Scorecard
  5. Download it for further use

Read More  IBSAT Result

IBSAT 2018 Cut Off

  • ICFAI will release the official IBSAT Cut off 2018 in the second week of January 2019.
  • IBSAT Cut off depends on a number of factors like- previous years’ cutoff, the difficulty level of exam, number of test takers etc.
  • IBSAT Cut off is different for all the different IBS Business Schools.
  • Candidates who score more than or equal to the cut off score are called for Group Discussion and Personal Interview.
  • The table below highlights the tentative cut off for the various IBS Business Schools based on statistics from 2017:
IBS CollegeOpened RankClosing Rank
IBS Hyderabad9583
IBS Mumbai8782
IBS Gurgaon8271
IBS Pune8170
IBS Bengaluru7165
IBS Ahmedabad6560
IBS Jaipur6358
IBS Dehradun6255

IBSAT 2018 Selection Procedure

 For IBSAT 2018, the selection rounds will take place in the last week of February 2019. Candidate who score more than or equal to the cut off marks will be sent call letter for selection process.

Stages of IBSAT Selection Process

Stage 1- Registration

  • Candidates have to register for the selection process.
  • To register, visit the official website once the cut off is out.
  • A link will be provided on the official website during that time.

Stage 2- Selection Briefing

  • The selection briefings are a series of focused seminars to provide the candidate an insight into Programs and processes at IBS.
  • It is conducted introduce the shortlisted candidates about all the programmes offered at the IBS Business Schools. 
  • Selection Briefings will be conducted at 40 locations in the second week of January 2019.

Stage 3- Group discussion

  • Selected candidates will be invited for group discussion at IBS Hyderabad.
  • During the group discussion round, factors that help fetch marks include Leadership, Optimistic outlook, and Negotiation Skills.
  • All the participants are divided into a group of 8-10 people.
  • Candidates are given topics or case study to discuss for 15-20 minutes.

Stage 4- Personal Interview

  • After the GD Round candidates are called for Personal Interview.
  • In this round, a candidate’s communication skills, confidence level, attitude, and aptitude are tested.

The final merit list is formed on the basis of marks secured in IBSAT 2018 (or MAT/CAT/GMAT/NMAT) + GD + PI + Academic Qualifications.

IBSAT Colleges 2018

IBSAT is conducted for admission in the MBA/PGPM programmes offered by various ICFAI business schools. While the selection rounds of all these colleges is same, they differ in their cutoff marks. The following is the list of institutes who accept IBSAT scores:

Name of InstituteState
IBS Business SchoolMumbai
IBS Business SchoolGurgaon
IBS Business SchoolAhmadabad
IBS Business SchoolHyderabad
ICFAI UniversityDehradun
National School of BusinessBangalore
IBS Business SchoolBangalore
IBS Business SchoolPune
ICFAI UniversityJaipur
IBS Business SchoolDehradun
International Institute of Business Studies Karnataka
National School of BusinessKarnataka
IBS Business SchoolKolkata
Thadomal Shahani Centre For ManagementMumbai
IBS Business SchoolBhubaneswar
IBS Business SchoolKochi
IBS Business SchoolIndore
IBS Business SchoolMohali
IBS Business SchoolNagpur
IBS Business SchoolNoida

About IBSAT 2018

MBA/PGPM from IBS Business School

The two year MBA/PGPM Program of IBS is designed to give graduates exposure to management skills needed for the creation of specialists who can integrate across functional areas in a dynamic organization.

  • The aim is to provide a broad perspective of all the areas of management.
  • Emphasis is placed on application of principles, tools and concepts to resolve challenges faced in modern organizations.
  • A managerial perspective is provided in formulating and implementing corporate strategy. 

IBS Fee Structure

IBS CampusFee per Annum*
(Rs. in Lakhs)
IBS Hyderabad6.25MBA Program 
IBS Ahmedabad3.63PGPM Program 
IBS Bengaluru
IBS Gurgaon
IBS Kolkata
IBS Mumbai
IBS Pune
IBS DehradunDomicile - 2.305
Non domicile - 2.55
MBA Program 
IBS Jaipur

Financial Assistance to Students

  • The candidates selected for IBS Programs can avail educational loans from Public / Private Sector Banks.
  • The maximum loan amount provided by the bank is of 10 lakhs INR for each program.
  • The loan amount is disbursed by the bank as per the fee schedule.

List of banks candidates can avail educational loans for IBS MBA/PGPM programs:

Private Sector Banks & Financial Institutions

  • HDFC Bank
  • CREDILLA Financial Services
  • AVANSE Financial Services Pvt. Ltd.
  • Axis Bank
Public Sector Banks
State Bank of IndiaCentral Bank of India
Punjab National BankState Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur
Andhra BankState Bank of Hyderabad
Axis BankBank of Maharashtra
Oriental Bank of CommerceBank of India
Bank of BarodaUCO Bank
Canara BankAllahabad Bank
Corporation BankSyndicate Bank


Ques. What are the courses offered through IBSAT?

Ans. IBSAT is conducted every year for admission to the following Programs:

  • 2-year MBA program at IBS Hyderabad
  • 4-year Ph. D program (Full Time) at IBS Hyderabad
  • 4-year Ph. D program (Part Time) at IBS Hyderabad
  • 2-year PGPM (Postgraduate Program in Management) at 6 IBS campuses - Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Gurgaon, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune
  • 2 Year MBA program of IBS Dehradun and IBS Jaipur

Ques. Is IBSAT a common entrance for all programs of IBS?

Ans. Yes. IBSAT is conducted every year for admission to all programs of IBS at 95 test centers all over India. It is 2hr computer based test. IBSAT 2018 test is scheduled from December 21-24, 2018.

Ques. Will IBS provide any Mock Tests?

Ans. Yes. Mock Tests are provided for the candidates to familiarize with IBSAT 2018 Exam Pattern. These mock tests are available on from September 2018 onwards.

Ques. What are the specifications for the photograph to upload during IBSAT Registration?

Ans. You must upload a colored photograph, full face till the shoulder, in jpeg or gif format. The photograph size should not exceed 25KB and should be approximately 140 – 160 pixels.

Ques. What is the fee structure of IBS programs?

Ans. MBA / PGPM Program:

  • IBS Hyderabad: Rs. 6.250 lakhs per annum.
  • IBS Dehradun and IBS Jaipur: Rs. 2.55 lakhs per annum.
  • IBS Bengaluru, IBS Gurgaon, IBS Mumbai, IBS Ahmedabad, IBS Kolkata, IBS Pune : Rs.3.63 lakhs per annum.
  • In addition, students have to pay Rs.10,000 as refundable Caution Deposit with the first installment of Tuition Fee.
  • The candidates selected for the MBA program of IBS Dehradun and IBS Jaipur who hail from the respective state will be awarded fee concession of Rs.50,000. The fee concession will be given in five equal installments. The students have to produce domicile certificate from the Tahsildar/ MRO / Municipality Office. The complete details will be given in student handbook.

Ques. My score in IBSAT 2017 was 98. What are my chances of getting admission in IBS Hyderabad?

Ans. The general IBSAT cut off for 2016 was 68. The chances of admission are high but still, the performance in GD and PI play an important role.

Ques. If I have scored 22 marks in Quantitative Aptitude section out of 30 in IBSAT. Have I cleared the minimum cut off?

Ans. The sectional cut off for each section is not declared officially separately. The general IBSAT 2016 cut off was 68 so it is expected that at 22 you have qualified the minimum cut off.

Ques. If I have applied for IBS Gurgaon, and if I miss the minimum cut off for IBS Gurgaon, then will I automatically be allowed to take admission in the next IBS institute which has vacant seats?

Ans. IBSAT counselling is centralized so the admission to the next institute with available seats and as per the choices filled by you would be allotted to you.

Ques. I am currently doing B.Sc. (Home Science). I want to know if I am eligible for admission to PGPM/ MBA program?

Ans. Yes, you are eligible for the PGPM program just the minimum percentage criteria of 50% must be fulfilled.

Ques. I am from Jharkhand and I have done my class 10 from Punjab State Board. Then I shifted to Jharkhand. I want to know if I am allowed to write IBSAT exam. Does a change of state board of class 10 and class 12 will affect my eligibility?

Ans. No, this will not affect your eligibility criteria. You are allowed to write the exam. Just education must have been completed in regular mode.

Ques. I wrote class 10 exam with 7 subjects. I had written the additional exam for French language but I failed. So can I write the IBSAT exam?

Ans. Yes, it is important that the best 5 subjects are qualified with distinction and the minimum percentage in class 10 exam must be 50%.

Ques. I am 28 years old and I want to MBA. Can I write the IBSAT exam?

Ans. Yes, you are allowed to write the exam. Age is no bar for qualifying the examination.

Ques. I have filled the IBSAT application form but I am confused about the course PGPM and MBA. Can you tell me what should I choose?

Ans. The MBA program and PGPM program are both equally good. The only difference is on the certification level. Once you have completed MBA program you would be awarded a degree from a UGC recognized university. On completion of the PGPM program, students are trained in an office environment to equip them to become corporate leaders. Students applying for PGPM can apply for the part-time or distance learning MBA program from any university.

Ques. I have filled the IBSAT application form before the last date. I paid the application fee of Rs.1800 along with it. What should I do, as now the system is showing the error “application fee not paid”?

Ans. Take a snapshot of the error and send an email to the assistance email address Write down all the details of the incident and ask them for the proper guidance on the incident. Also, make a call on the helpline number 040-23440963 and seek advice on the phone number.

Ques. I have purchased the IBSAT application form in the offline mode. Would I be allowed to change the password?

Ans. Yes with the help of the password given on the voucher you can change your password. Once you have logged into the system with the ID and Password combination, the system would ask you automatically to “change your password”.

Ques. My wife is from Germany. Her age is 29 years. Can she write the IBSAT MBA exam?

Ans. Yes, she can write the exam.

Ques. Do I have to create a new email Id for IBSAT exam or the old one will be fine to work with the application process?

Ans. No need to create a new email Id for the application process. The old one is absolutely fine to work with the application process.

Ques. I filled the IBSAT application form in July 2017. I changed my password once I filled the application form successfully. I am now trying to log in but the system does not allow me to log in. What to do?

Ans. There is an option of “forgot password” that is coming on the webpage. Click on the same and then you can get your password over email your registered email ID.

Ques. I have done coaching for CAT exam. So can the same study material be used for preparing for IBSAT or some more coaching is required?

Ans. The syllabus is same for all the MBA entrance exam and the CAT coaching study material is quite good. So need to join additional coaching for the same.

Ques. I have heard that there is a change in the IBSAT exam pattern. Is it true that there are 130 questions in the IBSAT exam from this year onwards?

Ans. No, there is no change in the IBSAT exam pattern. Any changes would be officially updated on the website.

Ques. Can you give me the details of the IBSAT marking scheme along with the exam pattern?

Ans. IBSAT marking scheme is same as 1 mark is awarded for every correct answer and there is no negative marking. The exam pattern is as follows: Subject Number of questions Number of marks English usage 30 30 Quantitative ability 30 30 Reading comprehension 30 30 Data Interpretation & Sufficiency 30 30 Total 120 120

Ques. I am from Hyderabad and I want to take admission in IBSAT Dehradun, so do I have to write separate exam especially for Dehradun location?

Ans. No one common exam would work for all the locations. Also, IBSAT exam is common for all the locations.

Ques. I have completed my graduation in the Hindi Language. I now want to do MBA, am I allowed to write the IBSAT exam?

Ans. Yes, you can write the exam but your fluency in the English language is compulsory which can only be proved if you have qualified the written exam of TOEFL/NELT/IELTS. The score of these exams must be submitted by 31st May 2018.

Ques. I am from an economically backward tribe. I know computers but not sure about my typing speed. What should I do to appear for IBSAT in offline?

Ans. IBSAT is a computer-based test only so there are no chances that you can give this exam in the offline mode. So try to improve your answering speed by working with the mock exams.

Ques. I am from Manipur location and I have the OBC certificate. So will I get any benefit of this claim in the seat allotment process?

Ans. No, there is no reservation as per the seat allotment process. The seat allotment would be done on the basis of merit without taking into consideration any regional or cast reservation claims.

Ques. I find that Data Sufficiency and Data adequacy syllabus are the same, then why are there different names in IBSAT exam?

Ans. There is no clear differentiation of the syllabus of data sufficiency and data adequacy. The section is designed to test the data comprehension skills of the candidate.

Ques. I am writing IBSAT 2018 exam. I appeared for IBSAT 2017 but could not qualify the exam as my score was low in Data Interpretation. What are the important topics of IBSAT exam?

Ans. The important topics are as follows: Bar graphs & Column graphs Tables Venn – diagram Critical reasoning Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency Logical Reasoning Visual reasoning Pie chart

Ques. I am weak in quantitative ability but what to do, so I excel in the section? Can you give some important topics that I can prepare for the IBSAT 2018 exam for this section?

Ans. The important highlights of the section are as follows: Time, speed and distance Quadratic and linear equation Profit & loss Probability Permutation & combination Percentage LCM & HCF Co- ordinate geometry Arithmetic progression Algebra & Geometry

Ques. I am preparing for the IBSAT exam but at some places, I can find 50 questions will be asked as opposed to 30 questions in the IBSAT exam. Is it true?

Ans. No, some websites are publishing that there are 50 questions but on IBSAT official website you can check only 30 questions will be asked. So do not fall prey to any such myths keep checking the official website.

Ques. I can check that IBSAT allows for the mock exam. How can I write the mock exam?

Ans. The mock exam can be given only if you have successfully registered for the exam. The steps to work with the Mock exam are as follows: Access the official IBSAT 2017 website. Look for the link “mock test”. Click on the link and enter the details of the name, email address, mobile number and state. Click on “submit” button and then the “mock test 1” will appear on the screen.

Ques. My official IBSAT score is different from the expected IBSAT score. How can I get a recheck done on my score?

Ans. There is no provision of revaluation of the score once it has been submitted or the result has been released officially.

Ques. Is it true that the placement quality of IBS Gurgaon is better than IBS Hyderabad?

Ans. Placements are unique for every IBS institute but the placement quality is relatively same for all the branches. Companies may differ with each institute.

Ques. I am from the Physically handicapped category, so are there any special facilities in the IBS Gurgaon for physically handicapped hostel students?

Ans. IBS has a good facility for all the students, care would be taken to give comfort to the student who has any physical disability. However, no special reservation is there in case of physically handicapped students.

Ques. I did not perform well in my PI round. How can I request for a second chance for PI in Hyderabad?

There are no second chances given in the PI round of IBSAT counselling. Kindly do not attempt it, as it students are invited on the basis of merit.

Ques. If I am from Assam. I want to know how can I get admission in IBS Dehradun?

Ans. IBSAT exam must be qualified for seeking admission in IBS Dehradun. The performance in GD, PI and IBSAT would be considered before the final merit list is released.

Ques. I want to take admission in IBS Bombay. Can you give me the details of the cut off of the top 4 IBS MBA institutes?

Ans. Yes, you can check the expected cut off from the list here: IBSAT campus Cut off IBS Gurgaon 62+ IBS Mumbai 62+ IBS Bangalore 65+ IBS Hyderabad 68+

Ques. Who can I contact in case of a query?

Ans. In case of queries you may contact the authority through any of the below mediums:

Admissions Officer

IBS Admissions Office

Plot no 65, Ground Floor, Nagarjuna Hills,

Punjagutta Hyderabad - 500 082, Telangana, India.

Phone: + 91-40-2344 0963;

Toll Free No: 1800 425 55 66 77


*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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