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IBSAT – Exam Dates, Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Syllabus & Cutoff

IBSAT is the abbreviated form of “IBS Aptitude Test” where IBS stands for “ICFAI Business Schools”. And ICFAI is the abbreviated form of “Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India”. In other words, we can say IBSAT is “ICFAI Business Schools Aptitude Test”. ICFAI was established in the year 1984 as a not-for-profit educational society in Telangana. Today, the institute has a national presence and with the sponsoring and establishment of eleven universities across India.

IBSAT 2018 is scheduled to be conducted on 22 and 23 December. This is a 2-days online computer based MBA/PGPM test for the course duration 2019-21. This test will open-up the gateway to the 9 campuses of IBS.

Important Dates of IBSAT 2018 Exam


Activity Date
IBSAT 2018 Registration Starts July 1, 2018
Last Date to Apply for IBSAT 2018 December 12, 2018
Last date to apply to IBS with CAT/GMAT/NMAT scores January 31, 2019
IBSAT 2018 Exam Dates December 22-23 2018
Declaration of result January 2019, 1st week
Selection Briefings (Start-End Dates) January 13 to 20, 2019
Selection Process for MBA/PGDM (Start-End dates) February 20 to 26, 2019


IBSAT 2018 Exam dates and schedule

Registration – Online: 01-07-2018 10:00 AM to 12-12-2018 05:00 PM (Confirm)

Exam Date & Timings- Online: Saturday, December 22, 2018 – 10:00 to Sunday, December 23, 2018 – 14:00 (Confirm)

Result: 02-01-2019 10:00 AM (Tentative)

IBSAT 2018 Exam Eligibility

There are three key eligibility criteria prescribed by ICFAI foundation of Higher Education. These important eligibilities are–

  1. Graduate in any discipline – The first eligibility criteria is the degree of graduation in any discipline with not less than 50 percent marks. The candidates of graduation final year are also eligible provided they should be able to complete the course before May 31, 2019.
  2. Minimum 15 years of study up to Graduation- The candidate must have regular education in 10+2+3 basis. In fact these are AICTE guidelines.
    [The candidates applying for PhD with AICTE need to have 2 years full time Post Graduation in Management or other professional qualification like CA/ICWA with minimum 60% marks or equivalent.]
  3. Education in English Medium Or must have TOEFL/NELT/IELTS Scores – The requirement of English written, reading, listening, and speaking are important for the MBA/PGPM course in ICFAI Business Schools. The candidates appearing in IBSAT 2018 should have either their education in English Medium or present TOEFL/NELT/IELTS score by May 31, 2019.

Registration & Application form for IBSAT 2018

Since July 1, 2018, the registration for IBSAT 2018 Exam is open. Both online and offline registration facility is available. Key Dates for IBSAT Registration 2018 and Registration Fee are as below:


IBSAT Registration 2018 Component Dates/Details
Registration Process Start Date July 1, 2018
Registration Process End date December 12, 2018
Online Registration Available
Offline Registration Available
Registration Fee INR 1800


IBSAT 2018 Online Application Process:

You can find IBSAT 2018 application form at https://www.ibsindia.org/. You need to first register using scanned passport size of your copy, scanned copy of your signature and graduation certificates. After payment you’ll get the application number and password.

While filling the application form, ensure that you have mentioned valid email address, telephone number and address. You’ll need to upload scanned marks sheets of 10th, 12th, and graduation. The percentage is calculated as per certificate issuing university.

IBSAT 2019 Admit Card

After successful submission of application form, admit cards are available for download. The facility to download the admit card is continuously till the exam date. The admit card contains date, time, and venue besides personal information. Admit card is a mandatory for every single candidate.

Exam Pattern of IBSAT 2018

Here is a fair idea of the exam pattern of IBSAT 2018

  • The test will be computer based.
  • The test will be held in 2 days i.e. 22 December, 2018 and 23 December 2018.
  • Each day, the test will be for 2 hours duration.
  • Total number of questions will be 140, and they will be MCQ types.
  • The difficulty level will be easy to moderate.
  • There will be NO negative marking and each question will carry 1 mark.
  • There will be 4 sections in the test paper. These sections are Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Ability and Data Adequacy & Data Interpretation.

Section wise split of questions is as under:  

IBSAT Exam Component Number of Questions
Verbal Ability 50
Reading Comprehension 30
Quantitative Aptitude 30
Data Adequacy & Data Interpretation 30

IBSAT 2018 Syllabus

IBSAT 2018: Section Wise Syllabus

Section-1: Verbal Ability – This section carries the highest marks i.e. 50 (out of 140) and this section is scoring section because the questions are comparatively easy in this section. The topics covered in this sections are–

  • Synonyms/Antonyms
  • Error Spotting
  • Word Relation
  • Jumbled Sentences
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Phrase Replacement/one word substitute

Section-2: Reading Comprehension – This section contains 30 questions and hence 30 marks. There will be 4 passages of 8+8+8+6 question. Each passage will be of average 500-600 words length. Most of the questions will be direct (i.e. have straight answer in the passages) and some questions will be indirect (i.e. have indirect relation within the passages).

Number of passages Each passage followed by Difficulty level
 3 with word length of 500+ 8 questions Easy to moderate
1 with word length of 400+ 6 questions Easy to moderate


Section-3: Quantitative Ability – This section is mathematical section and has questions of arithmetic, geometry, and analytical geometry. There will be 30 questions contributing 30 marks in all. The candidate need to have good mathematical skills of topics like speed, distance and time, heights, progressions, ratio proportion, work problems, probability, percentages, etc. We can categories question of this section into following topics-

  • Number System
  • Speed, Time and Distance
  • Simplification & Algebra
  • Permutation & Probability
  • Profit, loss & Discount
  • Work and Time
  • Geometry and Mensuration
  • Time and Work
  • Simple interest & partnership
  • Percentage
  • Ratio
  • Time and Work

Section-4: Data Sufficiency and Data Interpretation – This section can be seen as further divided into two sub-sections (Data sufficiency and Data Interpretation) carrying 15 marks each. The section has following topics-

  • Data Sufficiency
  • Data Interpretation  (Pie chart )
  • Data Interpretation (Line  and Table)
  • Data Interpretation (Line, bar, graph)

IBSAT 2018 Cutoff Prediction

The exam contains questions of easy to moderate level of difficult (around 30% questions can be placed under difficultly level). There are 9 campuses where students will take admissions. All the questions will be MCQ types and there is no negative marking. Keeping these entire factors in mind, cutoff will be moderate level.

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