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What is IBSAT?

IBSAT or IBS Aptitude Test is an annual national-level entrance exam conducted by ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education. 

Candidates can take this examination to seek admission in postgraduate management programs and doctoral programs at ICFAI Business School (IBS) campuses or IBSAT Colleges all across the country. 

IBSAT Colleges are located in 9 of the following cities:

IBSAT 2022 Exam Date 
4th  week of December 2022 
Name of the Examination
IBS Aptitude Test
Common Name
Conducting Body
ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education 
Frequency of the Examination
Once a Year
Exam Level
National-Level Examination

All the above IBS Campuses offer Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Post Graduate Program in Management (PGPM). 

Doctoral programs are only offered at IBS Hyderabad Campus. Both full-time and part-time doctoral programs are offered by IBS Hyderabad. 

Candidates interested in pursuing management programs in some of the best colleges in Bangalore can take the IBSAT Exam to be a dynamic pedagogy. 

IBS Bangalore is counted as one of the best institutions for pursuing management studies. 

Candidates can check out the respective cut-off and seek admission in Bangalore and explore the dynamic opportunities provided by the college and one of the world's fastest-growing cities. 

IBSAT 2022 will be conducting on 4th  week of December 2022 . Registrations for the exam will began from July 1, 2022 and last date 1st week of December 2022

To apply for the IBSAT exam, candidates have to complete or be in the final year of their graduation at a recognized university in India. 

IBSAT 2021 Exam Details: 

IBSAT Application Mode
Online and Offline
Mode of Exam
Medium of Exam
IBSAT Exam Duration 
120 Minutes
Total Marks
Type of Questions
Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

IBSAT 2022 Exam Dates: 

IBSAT Registration Process Starts
July 1, 2022
IBSAT Application Form Last Date

1st  week of December 2022

IBSAT Exam Date

4th  week of December 2022

IBSAT Results
1st  week of January 2023

Selection Briefing

2nd  week of January 2023
Start of Selection Process at IBS Hyderabad

February/ March 2023

IBSAT Registration: 

IBSAT Online Registration Process: 

Candidates can register themselves for IBSAT through the following processes: 

Step 1: Visit the official website of IBSAT. 
Step 2: Candidates have to enter details such as Postal Address, Email ID, Phone Number, etc. 
Step 3: After submitting the details, candidates will be sent an Application Number and Password to the registered Email ID and Mobile Number. 

How to fill-up the IBSAT Application Form?  

Step 1: Visit the official website of IBSAT. 
Step 2: Login using the Application Number and Password. 
Step 3: Fill up the remaining details in the application form, such as Personal Details, Educational Details, Work Experience Details, and others. 
Step 4: Candidates have to pay the application fee for IBSAT. 
Step 5: After paying the fees, candidates should download the application form for further processes. 

Candidates will get the IBS Bulletin within a week of registering through the online process. The bulletin will contain a form that candidates will need for the further admission process.

In addition to that, the bulletin shall contain the brochures of different IBS campuses and IBSAT Mock Papers with answer keys. 

IBSAT Offline Form-filling Process: 

For the offline form-filling process, candidates must visit either the IBS Offices or the IBS Marketing Branches to collect the IBS Bulletin. 

The bulletin shall contain the Candidate's Application Number and a Scratch Code, which will be the candidate's password for the registration process. 

Apart from that, the content of the bulletin will be the same as that of the bulletin, which candidates received after online registration. 

How to locate the nearest IBS Office or IBS Marketing Branch?

Following are the steps which candidates can follow to locate the nearest IBS Office or IBS Marketing Branches:

Step 1: Visit the official website of IBS. 
Step 2: Click on the "Admissions" tab.
Step 3: Click on the "IBS Marketing Branches Near You" tab. 
Step 4: Candidates can click on the "IBS Offices'' to know the nearest IBS Office. For IBS Marketing Branches, candidates should click on the respective tab and select their city or the nearest city from the drop-down menu. 

After finding out the offices, candidates can visit the office, and pay the IBSAT registration fee and buy the bulletin. 

They have to visit the official website of IBSAT and log in using the application number and password and fill their application form. 

IBSAT Registration Fee: 

Candidates have to pay an amount of Rs. 1800/- for the registration process of IBSAT. If the candidates are going for the online registration process, they have to pay the fees online. 

Those going for the offline process have to pay the registration fee when buying the IBSAT Bulletin from the respective IBSAT Office or Marketing Branch. 

Candidates should report to the respective authority in case of any discrepancy in paying the IBSAT registration fee. 

Documents Required for IBSAT Registration: 

Candidates should have the following documents before moving on to the registration process:

  1. Class 10 Certificate or Equivalent
  2. Class 12 Certificate
  3. Graduation Marksheet
  4. Graduation Provisional Certificate
  5. PG Marksheet and Certificate (Only for Doctoral Programs)
  6. Work Experience Details
  7. Category Details
  8. Details of the Professional Courses (If Any)

Other than the documents mentioned above, candidates need to have a scanned copy of their photograph. 

The scanned copy should not exceed 25 KB, and it should be between 140 to 160 pixels.

IBSAT Exam Centres: 

IBSAT is conducted across 80 cities in India. Below is the list of exam centres:


IBSAT Syllabus & Books:

1) Verbal Ability:

Parts of Speech 
Cloze Test
Active and Passive Voice
Parts of Sentences
Fill in the Blanks
Match the Columns
Error Detection
Jumbled Paragraphs
Antonyms and Synonyms
Idioms and Phrases
Word Relation
One Word Substitution

Books for Verbal Ability:

Author(s)/ Publisher
Word Power Made Easy
Norman Lewis
High School English Grammar
Wren & Martin
Modern Approach to Verbal Ability
Dr. RS Agarwal 
Mastering the Verbal Ability
Ajay Singh
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability
Arun Sharma
Verbal Ability for Competitive Examination
Nishit K. Sinha

2) Reading Comprehension:

Candidates can expect comprehensions from the following themes:


Candidates can expect reading comprehension of the word count between 400 to 600 with 6 to 8 related questions. 

Books for Reading Comprehension: 

Author(s)/ Publisher
How to Prepare for Reading Comprehension
Arun Sharma
Reading Comprehension for Competitive Examination
Nishit K. Sinha
Proficiency in Reading Comprehension
English Reading Comprehension

3) Quantitative Ability: 

Ratio and Proportions
Profit & Loss
Speed, Distance, and Time
Simple & Compound Interest
Time & Work
Number System
Linear, Simultaneous, and Quadratic Equations
Maxima and Minima
Linear Inequalities
Algebraic Equations
Arithmetic, Geometric, and Harmonic Progressions
Functions and Relations
Permutation and Combination
Coordinate Geometry
Set Theory and Venn Diagrams
Lines and Angles
3 Dimensional Figures
Pythagoras Theorem
Base Angle and Longest Side Theorem

Books for Quantitative Ability:

Name of Books
Author(s)/ Publisher
Quantitative Aptitude for MBA Entrance Examinations 
Arun Sharma
Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning
RK Praveen
Quantitative Aptitude
Dr. RS Aggarwal
Quantitative Aptitude Series
Nishit K. Sinha

4) Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency:

Pie Chart
Bar Graph
Bar Graph
Line Graph
Data Tables
Data Charts
Data Analysis 
Date Comparison
Venn Diagrams
Data Interpretation 

Books for Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency:

Name of Books
Author (s)/ Publisher
Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency 
Data Interpretation for MBA Entrance Exams
Arun Sharma
Advanced Approach to Data Interpretation
Dr. RS Aggarwal

IBSAT Exam Pattern: 

Test Duration
120 Minutes
Total Number of Questions
Total Marks
Total Number of Sections
Division of Sections 

Section A: Verbal Ability

Section B: Reading Comprehension

Section C: Quantitative Ability

Section D: Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency

Questions in Each Section

Section A: 50

Section B: 30

Section C: 30

Section D: 30

Level of Questions
Questions will be Between Easy and Moderate Level.
Marking Scheme
+1 for Each Correct Question
Negative Marking 
No Negative Marking

IBSAT Preparation Tips: 

Candidates should follow the below-mentioned preparation tips for the 4 sections constituting the IBSAT Exam Pattern: 

1) Verbal Ability:

  1. Candidates need to have clear-cut knowledge regarding the basic concepts of Grammar and Vocabulary. 
  2. For vocabulary, candidates should prepare a detailed handbook with unique words and their meaning.  
  3. Candidates have to inculcate an extensive habit of reading as that will give them a proper idea of the practical usage of the grammatical concepts and vocabulary. 

2) Reading Comprehension:

  1. Candidates should need to be voracious readers to score well in this section. 
  2. They have to develop the habit of fast reading to skim through the passage and solve the questions.
  3. Candidates should practise a variety of reading comprehensions from multiple sources.
  4. Candidates shouldn't assume any of the answers. They should read the comprehension passage then and adequately answer the questions. 

3) Quantitative Ability:

  1. Candidates can get a good score in this section with proper strategy and focus on the basic concepts. 
  2. They should solve questions from various resources as that would give them an idea of a variety of questions that can be asked. 
  3. Formulas and concepts of important topics should be practised daily. 
  4. They should be well-versed with shortcuts for all the topics to ease the calculations and help them solve the questions faster. 

4) Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency:

  1. Candidates need to be careful while answering the questions as it involves a lot of calculations, which can go wrong if the data is wrongly interpreted. 
  2. Candidates should get used to the graphs as acclimating to them would help them solve the questions faster. 
  3. Candidates should do necessary calculations faster as answers in this section will be derived using these methods only. 

Apart from these, candidates should take an adequate number of mock tests to get an idea of the IBSAT Exam Pattern. Also, they should keep themselves physically as well as mentally fit during the process. 

IBSAT Admit Card: 

Candidates can download the IBSAT Admit Card by following these steps: 

Step 1: Visit the official website of IBSAT.  
Step 2: Candidates should log in using their application number and password. 
Step 3: They need to click on the link for the IBSAT Admit Card. 
Step 4: Candidates will be able to view the admit card on their screen. 
Step 5: They should check the details mentioned on the IBSAT Admit Card. If the information on the admit card is correct, then they should download the admit card. 

Candidates won't be allowed to carry anything else to the exam centres other than their Admit Card and Government-approved ID card. 

IBSAT Results: 

Candidates can check the results by following the below mentioned steps: 

Step 1: Visit the official website of IBSAT. 
Step 2: Candidates should log in using their credentials. 
Step 3: They should click on the link for IBSAT Results. 
Step 4: If candidates are selected for the further admission process, they will be able to view their offer letter. 

Candidates selected for the process have to book a slot to appear for the further admission processes. Their slots will be confirmed within the window allotted to the process. 

IBSAT Cutoffs: 

Candidates will be called for the further admission process based on the marks obtained in the examination. The cut-off of IBSAT depends on the following criteria: 

  1. The difficulty level of the previous year's IBSAT Exam Pattern. 
  2. Total number of seats for the respective programs
  3. Total number of candidates who took the IBSAT Examination
  4. Previous year's IBSAT cut-off
  5. Highest score obtained in this year's IBSAT Exam. 

IBSAT Selection Process:

All IBS campuses have a combined selection process conducted at IBS Hyderabad. 

Candidates are invited to the process if they clear the IBSAT cut-off, and they will be briefed about it 2 to 3 weeks before the process starts.  

The briefing session will be conducted in all cities where the IBSAT exam was conducted. 

Candidates need to attend the session to get an idea about how the entire process shall work out. 

Before going through the process, candidates have to fill the application form which they have got on the IBSAT Bulletin. 

In this form, they have to fill in their details and also mention their choice of IBS campuses. Then, they have to number all the campuses based on their preferences. 

The IBSAT selection process will consist of the following processes: 

1) Group Discussion (GD):

Candidates will be divided into groups of 8 to 10, and they will be given a topic to discuss. The topic can belong to various fields on which they have to discuss for 15 to 20 minutes.

Candidates will be marked in this section based on the following criteria: 

  1. Communication Skills
  2. Team Skills
  3. Clarity of Idea
  4. Confidence

2) Personal Interview (PI): 

Personal Interview is the final selection process for the candidate in which they have to face a panel consisting of 3 to 4 members. 

Candidates have to answer questions based on past education records, their field of study, work experience, etc. 

They will be marked based on the following parameters: 

  1. Confidence
  2. Clarity of Idea
  3. Presentation Skills
  4. Communication Skills
  5. Body Language
  6. Critical Thinking

Allotment of Campuses:

Candidates will be allotted the IBSAT colleges based on their consolidated scores. The breakup of the consolidated scores is as follows:

Selection Criteria
Past Education Record (10th Standard, 12th Standard, and Graduation) 
Group Discussion
Personal Interview


- Candidates seeking admissions into the postgraduate management programs have to score a minimum of 50% during their graduation from a recognized university in India. For doctoral programs, candidates need to score a minimum of 55% in the required postgraduate program.

- IBS has 9 campuses all over India. The campuses are located in Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Dehradun, Kolkata, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, and Gurgaon.

- IBSAT is conducted in the online mode with English as the only medium.

- The full mark of IBSAT is 140.

- Candidates should aim to score more than 50% to 60% of the total marks to qualify for the GD and PI rounds.

- Consolidated GD and PI rounds are conducted for all the IBS campuses.

- The level of IBSAT lies between easy and moderate. Candidates need to have a good idea of all the topic's basic concepts to ace the exam with good scores.

- Yes, there will be a separate selection process for all the doctoral programs. It will be conducted after the selection process of postgraduate management programs.

- 40% weightage is given to the past education records for IBSAT's selection process.

- IBSAT's selection briefings are a series of seminars that are conducted in all IBSAT exam cities. Candidates will get an idea of the level of the IBS campuses, the programs provided by them, placement records, level of faculty, and other important information about the course and colleges.
Eligibility Criteria

Candidates have to meet the below-mentioned eligibility criteria to answer the IBSAT exam: 

MBA and PGPM Programs:

  1. Candidates should have completed their graduation or be in their final year of graduation in any of the recognized universities in India. 
  2. They should score a minimum of 50% in their graduation. 
  3. Work experience is not an essential requirement for IBSAT. Freshers, as well as candidates with work experience, can apply for the exam. 
  4. There is no specific age limit to apply for IBSAT. 
  5. Candidates must have pursued their basic education in English. If not, they have to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores by May 31st, 2022. 

Doctoral Programs: 

Below are the detailed IBSAT eligibility criteria for both part-time and full-time Ph.D. in Management: 

  1. Candidates need to have a full-time PG Degree in Management with a specialization in Marketing/ Finance/ Human Resource Management/ Operations. 
  2. Those with a full-time PG degree in Economics, Commerce, Psychology, Sociology, or other fields can also apply for IBSAT. 
  3. They must have completed their degree from a recognized university in India with a minimum of 55% marks.
  4. Candidates with professional degrees such as Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) or Chartered Accountant (CA) or Cost and Works Accountancy (CWA) or Company Secretary (CS) with a minimum of 55% can also apply for the IBS Aptitude Test.  
  5. Candidates must have pursued their basic education in English. If not, they have to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores by May 31st, 2022. 

Below are the detailed IBSAT eligibility criteria for a full-time Ph.D. in Economics: 

  1. Candidates must have completed a full-time PG degree in Economics or other allied fields from a recognized university in India. 
  2. They must have scored a minimum of 55% marks in their PG degree. 
  3. Candidates must have pursued their basic education in English. If not, they have to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores by May 31st, 2022.

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