IBSAT 2019

Exam Date : December 21, 2019 To December 22, 2019
Result Date : January 4, 2020

Aspiring to pursue an MBA? then, ICFAI Business School is the best place to study. This prestigious B-School has a rich history of producing entrepreneurs since its establishment in 1995. ICFAI Business School accepts IBSAT score to give admissions to the students in MBA/PGPM Programmes.

ICFAI Business School also accepts GMAT®/NMAT by GMACTM/CAT scores (from 2017 onwards), check the preparation tips for IBSAT and registration details below.

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 & Ph.D. (Part-time/Full-time) programs in India. IBSAT 2019 Examination is an entrance test which is conducted by ICFAI Foundation For Higher Education.

This exam is conducted by ICFAI Foundation, Hyderabad (a deemed to be university under section three of the UGC Act, 1956) for the candidates across India.

IBS Institutes are situated at 9 places and they are Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Gurgaon, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune, Jaipur and Dehradun. The exam is conducted once in a year and takes place across 95 test centres in India. The candidate who qualifies the IBSAT exam is called for the further selection process, at IBSAT Hyderabad.

IBSAT 2019 Exam will be computer-based Test/online which is held for 2 hours. IBSAT 2019 scores will be accepted by IBS Ahmedabad, IBS Bengaluru, IBS Gurgaon, IBS Hyderabad, IBS Dehradun, IBS Jaipur, IBS Kolkata, IBS Mumbai and IBS Pune.

Students who are applying for IBSAT exam can also avail scholarship facilities in different categories which you can check from the official website.

IBSAT 2019 at a glance
Exam Name ICFAI Business School Aptitude Test [IBSAT]
Conducting Authority ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education
Level University Level
Registration window July 1, 2019 onwards
Exam Date December 21, 2019 & December 22, 2019
Exam Category Post Graduate
Type of Questions Objective type (MCQ)
Course Available MBA, PGPM, and Ph.D.
Official Website https://www.ibsindia.org/
Selection Briefings January 11 - January 19, 2020
Selection Process for MBA/PGPM Course February 22-29, 2020 at IBS Hyderabad Campus
Selection Process for  Ph.D. Program March 07-08, 2020 at IBS Hyderabad Campus

IBSAT 2019 Exam Dates

Official notification of IBSAT has been announced by ICFAI foundation and all IBSAT 2019 Important Dates are mentioned in that. Registration started in the month of July and will go on till the month of December. Admit Card will be released on December 19, 2019 (expected) The IBSAT exam is scheduled for a period of 2 days. The candidate can go through his admit card to know the IBSAT exam date. 

IBSAT 2019 registration form is available from July 1, 2019 on the official website of ICFAI Business School. The exam will be conducted on December 21, 2019 to December 22, 2019.

IBSAT 2019 Eligibility

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

Also according to the eligibility criteria of IBSAT candidates who are in their final year of graduation can also give the exam, provided, they should have completed all their graduation requirements before 31 May 2020 and the final date for submitting the graduation certificate would be November 1st, 2020 until which the admission would remain provisional. 

Candidates who have not completed their education in English medium, have to submit the valid TOEFL/ NELT/ IELTS scorecard within certain time period.

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 Ph.D.: Candidates should have completed a minimum of 17 years of education (on 10+2+3+2 or 10+2+4+2 basis) to write IBSAT 2019

IBSAT 2019 Exam Syllabus

IBSAT 2019 Syllabus is prescribed by ICFAI Foundation. Before the exam, candidates should know about IBSAT Syllabus, by which they 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. IBSAT 2019 Syllabus is divided into three sections namely:

Quantitative Techniques: 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.

Vocabulary or Verbal Ability: In this section, the candidate has the scope of scoring higher marks as compared to other sections since the questions are from high school English. This section contains 50 questions in total which have more number of questions than other sections.

Analytical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension: This section measures candidate's analytical skills, mainly this section consist of 3 passages from which a candidate needs to find answers which are asked directly and indirectly. A total of 30 questions will be asked.

Data Interpretation and Data Adequacy: It will measure the candidate's ability to solve data complexity and this section will require quick calculations and mainly comprises of pie charts, bar graphs, etc. Total of 30 questions will be asked from this section.

How to prepare for IBSAT?

We all know that most of the management exams will have these sections - Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning, and English Language.

The main area at which we don't focus on is the conditioning of mind and body. Preparation for any long duration exam is done gradually day by day. You have to give a series of practice mock tests of 3 hours consistently to be able to focus on writing a 2 hours exam.

Practice makes a man perfect:

You have to practice as hard as you can. Since the IBSAT exam is only for 2 hours, you have to be quick to attempt all the questions. There are few shortcuts of attempting the questions which can only be mastered if you 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.

Keep 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 can be recommended for quantitative aptitude is Fastrack Arithmetic by Arihant Publications.

IBSAT Exam Pattern

IBSAT 2019 paper pattern is almost the same as any other management entrance exam. Questions in IBSAT 2019 will be in MCQ format. The total time duration of IBSAT 2019 exam is 120 minutes or 2 hours and the candidates will have to complete 140 questions having four answer options by then. There is no negative marking for wrong answers.

There is no order to be followed while answering questions, candidates can begin answering any of the questions in any order convenient to them. There is no time limit for each section but the entire exam must be completed in 120 minutes. There will be 4 sections in IBSAT 2019:

  • Data Adequacy and Data Interpretation (30 questions)
  • Quantitative Aptitude (30 questions)
  • Reading Comprehension (30 questions)
  • Verbal Ability (50 questions)

IBSAT 2019 Application Form

There is only one common application form for the MBA/PGPM program offered in IBS Ahmedabad, IBS Bengaluru, IBS Dehradun, IBS Jaipur, and IBS Kolkata campuses.

MBA/PGPM Bulletin can be purchased from any of the marketing offices of IBS by making a payment of INR 1800/-. In order to register for IBSAT 2019 test, candidates will need to access the official ICFAI Business School site.

How to apply for IBSAT 2019 exam?

IBSAT 2019 Application Process can be completed in online mode. The procedure that should be followed is as follows:

Online Process

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

  • Complete your registration process by filling the required details such as name, Email ID, phone number, etc.
  • Complete your Application Form.
  • Follow the payment procedure and then, your form will be considered complete.
  • A confirmation mail will be sent to you after payment.
  • Within 1 week a bulletin (hardcopy) will be sent to your address.

Aspirants can also visit the IBS Marketing Branches located in various places and buy the bulletin by paying the application fee.

IBSAT 2019 Admit Card

All candidates who successfully filled IBSAT 2019 Application Form and paid application fee will be able to download the admit card for the exam from December 19, 2019 on the official website of ICFAI Business School. IBSAT 2019 Admit Card will be available only in online mode.

Documents Required:

Along with the admit card the candidates have to bring the following valid documents to the exam centre.

  • Valid Photo ID (Aadhar Card/ Driving License/ PAN Card/ Voter ID)
  • 2 recent passport size color photographs
  • Receipt of payment

The candidates are suggested to keep the IBSAT admit card with them until the selection process gets completed. IBSAT hall ticket is available only to those persons who have submitted the application form before the specified time by the examination authority.

Exam Centres for IBSAT 2019

There are around 95 exam centres in India for IBSAT. Candidates can select an exam centre which is convenient for them while filling IBSAT 2019 online application form. IBSAT exam centres once assigned cannot be changed later.

IBSAT 2019 Exam Centres
East West Central North South
Muzaffarpur Rajkot Bhopal Ambala Greater Noida Tirupati
Ranchi Surat Indore Hisar Ludhiana Bangalore-1
Patna-1 Baroda Gwalior Karnal Jhalander Bangalore-2
Patna-2 Ahmedabad Raipur Rohtak Jaipur Vijayawada
Dhanbad Pune Bhilai Chandigarh Udaipur Visakhapatnam
Guwahati Nagpur Jabalpur Mandi Jodhpur Rajahmundry
Dibrugarh Mumbai - Nashik - Shimla Ajmer Mangalore
Shillong Mumbai - Borivali - Jammu Alwar Mysore
Jamshedpur Mumbai -1 - Delhi - Vivek Vihar Kota Belgaum
Cuttack Mumbai - 2 - Delhi - Paschim Vihar Lucknow Kochi
Rourkela Mumbai - 3 - Delhi - South Extension Agra Kozhikode
Kolkata-1 Mumbai -4 - Noida Kanpur Chennai
Kolkata-2 Mumbai - 5 - Delhi - Pusa Road Meerut Thrissur
Durgapur - - Gurgaon Allahabad Trivandrum
Siliguri - - Faridabad Varanasi Coimbatore
Bhubaneshwar - - Ghaziabad Aligarh Madurai
- - - Moradabad Bareilly Hyderabad 1
- - - Dehradun Gorakhpur Hyderabad 2
- - - Haridwar Haldwani Warangal
- - - - - Khammam

Results of IBSAT Exam

ICFAI Business School will declare IBSAT 2019 Results on January 4, 2020 (tentative) along with the Merit List. Candidates will have to log in to their account using valid login credentials (IBSAT 2019 application form number and the relevant password) to access the Result.

Once the IBSAT results are announced the candidates need to download their respective rank cards from the official website. After the IBSAT results are released, aspirants can see the cutoff set by different institutes.

Then candidates are called upon for group discussion and personal interview sessions based on which the selection is done.

IBSAT Cut off 

Once the result of IBSAT 2019 is announced, all 9 affiliated institutes of ICFAI foundation will release their own individual cutoff for admission into an MBA program.

Factors that determine IBSAT Cutoff Marks

  • The difficulty level of questions in IBSAT exam.
  • “Reservation Policy” for various categories in respective IBS institutes.
  • The total number of candidates appearing for IBSAT exam.
  • Overall performance of the candidates who have written the exam.
  • The total number of seats offered by all IBS institutes.
  • IBSAT exam marking scheme.

IBSAT 2019 Counselling

Those candidates who clear IBSAT written test will be shortlisted further for the selection rounds. The counselling date for IBSAT exam is January 11, 2020 (expected). All eligible aspirants must bring the following documents for IBSAT counselling.

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

Check out the list of important counselling dates given in the table below -

IBSAT Counselling Dates
IBSAT Counselling Dates 2019
Events Dates
Exam Date of IBSAT 2019 December 21, 2019 and December 22, 2019
IBSAT Result 2019 January 4, 2020 (Tentative)
IBSAT 2019 Selection Briefings January 11-19, 2020
IBSAT 2019 Selection Process (for MBA/PGDM at IBS Hyderabad) The third week of January 2020
Final Admission Selection March 2020

IBSAT Question Papers

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

IBSAT Mock Tests

IBSAT Mock Test Papers will help a candidate to analyze his or her weak and strong areas. Moreover, as a result of solving a mock test, a candidate can become aware of areas that are taking more time. Mock tests will serve as a great tool of practice for the aspirant.

IBSAT 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

IBSAT Important Guidelines

These are some important tips which every aspirant must take into consideration.

  • ID Proof: Admit Card and ID proof are mandatory for every candidate. Without an ID card, candidates will not be allowed inside the examination hall.
  • Report Early: Candidate must reach the exam centre at least 30 minutes before the commencement of the exam as security checks, identity verification, and check-in may take a considerable time.
  • No latecomers: If a candidate reaches the exam centre after the commencement of exam, then he/she won't be allowed to enter the examination hall.
  • No talking inside examination hall: A candidate is not allowed to talk to anybody during this examination. If a 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.
  • Restricted Items: Candidates shouldn't carry any electronic gadgets like 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 admit card, identity proof or any document inside the examination hall.

IBSAT Contact Details

If candidates have any doubts he or she can contact the concerned authorities. The details of the address are given below.

  • Address: IBS Admissions Office, #65 Nagarjuna Hills, Punjagutta, Hyderabad – 500082, Telangana
  • Phone Number: 040-23440963 (Mon-Fri 10 am - 5 pm); Toll Free:1800 425 55 66 77
  • Email: ibsat@ibsindia.org


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 program.

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 a candidate should produce a valid TOFEL/IELTS scorecard.

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

For a candidate to get admission in Ph.D. 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 criteria are 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?

Counselling process for IBSAT will happen in IBS campuses.

Q: What is the pattern for IBSAT?

This 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?

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.