IBSAT 2019

Exam Date : 21st December 2019 To 24th December 2019
Result Date : 2nd January 2020

Looking for MBA/PGPM programme with secure internships? then, ICFAI Business School is the best place to study. This prestigious B-School has a rich history of producing entrepreneurs since its inception in 1995. ICFAI Business School accepts IBSAT score to give admissions to the students.

ICFAI Business School accepts CAT score also. Minimum CAT percentile required to study at ICFAI is 85%. Check the preparation tips for IBSAT.

What is IBSAT?

ICFAI Business School Aptitude Test (IBSAT) is one of the most popular and prominent university level entrance examinations for pursuing MBA, PGPM AND PhD programs in India. The IBSAT 2019 Examination is an entrance test that the ICFAI Business School conducts. The Exam is conducted by ICFAI foundation, Hyderabad for the candidates across India. IBS Institutes are situated at Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Gurgaon, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune, Jaipur and Dehradun.

IBSAT Exam Details

They offer two-year, full-time Management Programs to set up the Students and prepare them for effective corporate vocations. These Institutes are free proficient establishments and are neither associated with nor are off-campus focuses of any College. The campuses at Jaipur and Dehradun takes admissions for MBA, whereas the remaining institutes take admissions for PGPM courses. 

These institutes will also accept the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) (from 2016 onwards), NMAT and CAT 2019 scores for offering admission to the academic session 2020-2022. IBSAT 2019 Exam will be computer-based Test (Online). The IBSAT 2019 scores will be accepted by The ICFAI University, Dehradun, The ICFAI University, Jaipur and The ICFAIAN Foundation for offering admission into Postgraduate management courses. 

IBSAT 2019 Exam Summary
IBSAT 2019 Exam Summary
Exam Name ICFAI Business School Aptitude Test [IBSAT]
Conducting Authority ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education
Level University Level
Registration window 1st July 2019 
Exam Date  21st December 2019 
Exam Category PG
Type of Questions Objective MCQ 
Course Available MBA & PGPM


Under IBSAT Eligibility, there's no Upper age limit to apply for the exam. Candidates must have completed their graduation in any discipline from any recognised university with 50% and above marks (as calculated by respective University) with English as a medium of instruction.

Candidates who are in their Final year of graduation can also give the exam, provided that they should complete all their graduation requirements before 31 May 2019. Candidates not meeting the eligibility criteria of English medium in graduation, have to submit the TOEFL/ NELT/ IELTS score by May 31, 2019.

Educational Qualification:

  •  For MBA/PGPM: Candidates should have completed a minimum of 15 years of education (on 10+2+3 or 10+2+4 basis) to appear for IBSAT 2019.
  •  FOR PhD: Candidates should have completed a minimum of 17 years of education (on 10+2+3+2 or 10+2+4+2 basis).

Exam Dates

The official notification of IBSAT has been announced by the  IFCAI foundation and all the IBSAT 2019 Important Dates are mentioned in that. The registration starts from the month of July and goes on to the month of December. In December itself, the admit card will be released and the exam will be there.

The further process of result and counselling will take place in the initial months of next year. IBSAT 2019 registration form will be available from 1st July 2019 on the official website of ICFAI Business School. The exam will be conducted on 21st December 2019 to 24th December 2019. IBSAT 2019 Result will be announced on 2nd January 2020.

IBSAT Application Form

The IBSAT 2019 Application Form is common for admission to MBA/PGPM program at IBS Ahmedabad, IBS Bengaluru, IBS Dehradun, IBS Jaipur and IBS Kolkata campuses. The MBA/PGPM Bulletin can be purchased through one of the following methods by payment of Rs 1800. Candidate can apply through online as well as offline mode based on their convenience. In order to register for the IBSAT 2019 test, the candidates will need to access the official ICFAI Business School site i.e. https://www.ibsindia.org.

How to Apply for IBSAT 2019 exam?

The IBSAT 2019 Application Process can be completed in two ways i.e either online or offline way. The candidate based on his/her convenience can choose any method. The procedure that should be followed in respective methods are as follows:

Online Process

A 3-step online process to apply for ICFAI Test is mentioned below:

  • Complete the Registration process by filling the required details such as name, Email ID, phone number etc.
  • Complete the Application Form after entering login credentials.
  • Do the payment procedure.

Offline Process

The procedure to fill the form offline is given below:

  • Obtain the form from ICFAI marketing office by paying the required fees.
  • Fill the form.
  • Send it to the Registered office of IFCAI.


IBSAT 2019 Syllabus is prescribed by ICFAI foundation. Before the entrance exam candidates should know about IBSAT 2019 Syllabus, by which candidate will get a clear idea about all the topics included in the exam. It includes various topics like Quantitative Techniques, Data Interpretation & Data Adequacy, Vocabulary, Analytical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension. The IBSAT 2019 Syllabus is divided into three sections namely: 

  • Quantitative Ability: It mainly comprises of numerical problems which will help to measure candidates numerical ability and problem-solving skills. A Total of 30 questions will be asked from this section.
  • Reading Comprehension: This section measures the candidate's analytical skills, mainly this section consist of 3 passages from which the candidate need to find the answers which are asked directly and indirectly and from 3 passages 30 questions will be asked. 
  • Data Interpretation: It will measure the candidate's ability to solve data complexity and this sectioned should be answered on quick calculations and mainly comprises pie charts, bar graphs, etc. below are the topics from data interpretation and data sufficiency. Total of 30 questions will be asked from this section.

How to prepare for IBSAT?

We all know that the management exams will have these sections - Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning and English Language. So, where's the catch?

The main thing where we don't focus on is the conditioning of the mind and body. Preparation for any long duration exam is done gradually day by day. You have to give a minimum sitting of 3 hours continuously to be able to withstand tiring 2 hours of exam. So where can we possibly strengthen ourselves?

Practice makes a man perfect.

You have to practice as hard as you can. Since the IBSAT exam is only 2 hours, you have to speed yourselves up to attempt all the questions. There are few shortcuts of attempting the questions which can only be mastered if you do the practice regularly. After all, a single shortcut will require the hard work of repeating it hundreds of times to make it work on the exam day.

Avoid the doubtful questions.

Another good way to increase your percentile is to avoid the questions regarding which you're doubtful about. Since there is negative marking in IBSAT, wrong answers will surely spoil your good performance. Always focus on the questions that you're 100% sure about.

Keep the shortcuts handy.

Agree or not, there are a lot of shortcuts to solve some questions in seconds. Some of the shortcuts can be figured out by practice only. Rest of them can be found in good reference books. One of the good books that I can recommend for quantitative aptitude is Fastrack Arithmetic by Arihant Publications. Go practice and succeed.

Exam Pattern

The IBSAT 2019 exam pattern is almost the same as any other management entrance exam. The questions in IBSAT 2019 will be of an objective category in MCQ format.  The total time duration of the IBSAT 2019 exam is 120 minutes and the candidates will have to complete 120 questions having five answer options by then. There will be 4 sections namely in IBSAT 2019:

  • Data Adequacy and Data Interpretation
  • Quantitative Techniques
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Vocabulary

Admit Card

All the candidates who successfully registered the IBSAT 2019 Application Form and paid the application fee will be able to download the IBSAT 2019 Admit Card from 19th December 2019 on the official website of ICFAI Business School. The IBSAT 2019 Admit Card will be available online as well as offline.

Documents Required along with admit card on exam day

The documents required to be accompanied with the IBSAT 2019 Admit Card at the exam venue are:

  • Valid Photo ID (Aadhar Card, Driving License, PAN Card, Voter ID)
  • 2 recent passport size photographs

Exam Centres

 There are around 95 IBSAT 2019 Exam Centres in the country. Candidates can prefer for an exam centre which is convenient for him/her while filling the IBSAT 2019 online application form. The exam centre once assigned cannot be changed in the later stages of the examination.


ICFAI Business school will declare the IBSAT 2019 Results on 2nd January 2020 with IBSAT 2019 Merit ListCandidates will have to log in to their account using valid login credentials (IBSAT 2019 application form number and the relevant password) to access the IBSAT 2019 Result.


The expected cutoffs for year 2019 are provided in the table below:

IBSAT Expected Cutoff
IBSAT Campus Expected Cutoff Marks
IBS Gurgaon 62+
IBS Hyderabad 68+
IBS Mumbai 62+
IBS Bangalore 65+
IBS Kolkata 67+
IBS Ahmedabad 62+
IBS Pune 65+


 Those candidates who clear the IBSAT written test will be shortlisted further for IBSAT selection. The process for IBSAT 2019 selection will take places across eight IBS campuses. The IBSAT counselling will require the following documents-

  • Passport size photograph
  • Admit Card
  • Marks Card
  • Caste certificate
  • Degree certificate

Courses offered through IBSAT

The course-wise list has been provided in the table below with respect to different institutes in India.

Courses offered through IBSAT
Course Institutes
MBA IBS Dehradun, IBS Jaipur
PGPM (Post Graduate Program in Management) IBS Ahmedabad, IBS Bangalore, IBS Gurgaon, IBS Mumbai, IBS Kolkata, IBS Pune

How To Prepare for IBSAT 2019?

There is no specific book published for IBSAT exam but there are IBSAT 2019 Reference Books which will help the candidate to understand various type of questions that can be there in the exam. 

Question Papers

Solving IBSAT previous year papers gives a candidate a kind of live experience of the actual Question paper. Also, it helps him/her to analyse the pattern of the paper and the areas in which the candidate is lacking.

Mock Tests

The IBSAT 2019 Mock Papers will help the candidate to analyse his/her speed of doing questions in the exam. Moreover, as a result of solving the mock test, the candidate can become aware of the areas that are taking more time and thus require more practice. 

Coaching Centres

For offline coaching and preparation, various reputed coaching centres are there such as:

  • Career Launcher
  • IMS Learning Centre
  • Jamboree Education
  • TIME
  • PT Education
  • Achiever's Academy

Online Coaching: You can purchase courses from:

  • IMS Learning Centre
  • Byju's CAT Classes
  • Bullseye
  • Alchemist

Important Guidelines

Candidates usually get nervous on exam days and forget some of the key things that are required at the exam venue. Hence, the following guidelines will help you to remember the important do's and don'ts on the exam day.

IBSAT Guidelines
  • ID Proof: Admit Card and ID proof are mandatory for every candidate. Without the ID card, the candidates will not be allowed inside the examination hall.
IBSAT Guidelines
  • Report Early: The candidate must reach the exam centre at least 30 minutes before the commencement of the exam as the security checks, identity verification, and check-in may take a considerable time.
IBSAT Instructions
  • Latecomers Not Allowed: If a candidate reaches the exam centre after the commencement of the exam then the candidate will not be allowed to enter the examination hall.
IBSAT Instructions
  • No Talking Inside the Examination Hall: The candidate is not allowed to talk to anybody during the examination. If the candidate is found doing the same, it will lead to cancellation of candidature or the candidate will be sent outside the examination hall without any warning.
IBSAT Directions
  • Restricted Items: Candidates shouldn't carry any Electronic Watches with a calculator, material printed or written, paper bits, mobile phone, pager or any other device, Calculators, Docu Pen, Slide Rules, Log Tables except the Admit Card, identity proof or any document inside the examination hall.

Contact Details

Interested candidates can contact for any queries regarding IBSAT at the following:

  • Address: IBS Admissions Office, #65 Nagarjuna Hills, Punjagutta, Hyderabad – 500082, Telangana
  • Phone Number: 040-23440963
  • SMS: IBSAT2017 to 56363
  • Toll Free number: 1-800- 425-55 66 77 (Mon - Fri 9:30 am - 5:30 pm)


Q: What is the qualification required to get admission in MBA program through IBSAT?

Candidates should have a Bachelor's degree from a recognized university with a minimum of 50% aggregate for admission into the MBA programme.

Q: Should a candidate have a valid TOFEL/IELTS score to be eligible for IBSAT?

Candidates should have studied their Bachelor's and Master's degree in the English language. If this condition is not satisfied then the candidate should produce a valid TOFEL/IELTS scorecard.

Q: What must be the qualification of a candidate to gain admission into a PhD in Management?

For a candidate to get admission in PhD in Management through IBSAT, he/she must have a Bachelor's degree (any discipline) and a Master's degree in the field of Marketing, Finance, etc. with a minimum of 55% aggregate.

Q: Are candidates called for counselling only based on IBSAT score?

No. Candidates with a valid score in GMAT, CAT, NMAT by GMAC are also called for counselling.

Q: What are the criteria considered during the selection process?

Candidates will be selected based on their score in IBSAT, group discussion and personal interview. Candidate's score in their Bachelor's and Master's degree will also be considered.

Q: How will candidates get their counselling call letter?

Candidates will receive their counselling call letter via post. It cannot be downloaded from the official website.

Q: Where does the counselling process take place?

The counselling process for IBSAT will happen in IBS campuses.

Q: What is the pattern for IBSAT?

The question paper has 4 sections. Namely, Data Adequacy and Data Interpretation, Quantitative Techniques, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary Ability. There are 140 multiple choice questions in total.

Q: What is the marking scheme of IBSAT?

For every correct answer, candidates will be awarded one mark and there will be no negative marking.

Q: What is the application form fee?

The application form fee for IBSAT is INR 1800/.

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Colleges which accept [IBSAT]

Want to get in ?
Post Graduate Programme in Management [PGPM], batch of 2018
18 Feb 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

Eligibility criteria: Any undergrad can apply. The entrance exam is undertaken: IBSAT Typical cutoffs: Almost 50% of applicants qualify for the gd/pi round.

Want to get in ?
Master of Business Administration [MBA], batch of 2018
11 Jan 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

The eligbility is to graduate from a U.G program and then the candidate's name in university norm, and write the entrance exam. There is an Entrance exam IBSAT and Anna university MBA entrance exam. 

Want to get in ?
Post Graduate Programme in Management [PGPM], batch of 2019
10 Jan 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

The process for applying to IBS is through IBSAT entrance test which is accepted in all the IBS campuses across India. The exam has a series of slot choice, which the candidate can choose as per their convenience. The test is MCQs types and has no negative marking. Once the entrance exam has cleared, the candidate has to visit the IBS Hyderabad campus for the group discussion and personal interview session, after which the final campus is allotted to the student as per their performance.

Want to get in ?
Post Graduate Programme in Management [PGPM], batch of 2016
14 Sep 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

IBSAT is the entrance exam for the admission at IBS and the cut-off is 80 percentile.

Want to get in ?
Post Graduate Programme in Management [PGPM], batch of 2016
12 May 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process
  • Minimum 60% aggregate is required and a graduation in IBSAT Exam to get an admission at IBS Business School.

Want to get in ?
Post Graduate Programme in Management [PGPM], batch of 2014
17 Nov 2016
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process
  • Entrance is through IBSAT/CAT score for Hyderabad Campus. 
  • For candidates who have good overall personality and are not very strong in written, I would recommend taking IBSAT. 
  • IBSAT has 25% weightage only and the balance 75% is distributed in your past academic score, Interview, GD performance. 
  • Since IBS has many campuses, IBSAT typical cut-off is low so if you perform well in the later evaluations. There is a good probability of getting a seat in Hyderabad campus. 



Discussion Forum

How many college/schools are there which accept IBSAT ?

How many college/schools are there which accept IBSAT ?

Asked By: Sarthak ,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi Sarthak,

There are more than 8 schools that are affiliated to IBSAT and that accept an IBSAT 2018 score for admission, like IBS Mumbai, IBS Bangalore, etc.

Alternative exams to IBSAT to take admissions at IBS Bussiness School

Is there any other way that I could take admissions to IBS Bussiness School rather than attempting for IBSAT along with all the other exams out there?

Asked By: Chanda Mathur,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Yes, they do.

IBS Bussiness School/The Icfaian Foundation considers the scores to IBSAT 2016/CAT, GMAT, NMAT, XAT (2014 onwards)/MAT, CMAT 2016/State Level Test Scores 2016 for admission to various Management programs in their institutes.

IBSAT 2017 Attempting the exam

I want to pursue my MBA. Should I attempt the IBSAT exam?

Asked By: Olivia Pinto,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Yes, candidates can attempt the IBSAT exam to get a MBA seat.

IBSAT 2017 Conducting authority

Who conducts the IBSAT exam?

Asked By: Nirmal Thomas,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education conducts the IBSAT exam.

IBSAT 2017 exam level

Is the IBSAT exam a State level exam?

Asked By: Bishist Sharma,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

No, the IBSAT exam is not a state level exam. It is a university level exam.

IBSAT 2017 overview

What is IBSAT?

Asked By: Ankit Agarwal,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The ICFAI Business School Aptitude Test (IBSAT) is conducted by the ICFAI Business School. The authority in charge is the ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education in Hyderabad. It is a university level exam and is applicable for candidates who want to pursue their MBA and PGPM in B-schools. The IBSAT scores will be accepted by The ICFAI University, Dehradun, The ICFAI University, Jaipur and The ICFAIAN Foundation. These institutes also accept the GMAT (from 2016 onwards), NMAT and CAT 2017 scores.