IBSAT 2018: 10 Key facts in MBA 2019 admission to 9 ICFAI B- schools; Apply before December 12

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September 15, 2018
IBSAT 2018 is the gateway to MBA/PGPM 2019-21 at 9 campuses of ICFAI Business School (IBS). The exam will be conducted in the month of December 2018 in a 2 day test window on December 22-23, 2018. Last date to apply for IBSAT is December 12, 2018
IBSAT 10 Key Facts in MBA Admission 2019
IBSAT 2018 is an important online computer based MBA entrance test of 2 hours duration with moderate difficulty level to be conducted across India

ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education (a deemed to be University) is conducting IBS Aptitude Test (IBSAT) 2018 on December 22 & 23, 2018 for admission to MBA 2019-21 batch in 9 campuses of ICFAI Business Schools (IBS). Accordingly, IBSAT 2018 is an important online computer based MBA entrance test of 2 hours duration with moderate difficulty level to be conducted across India. The last date to register and apply for IBSAT 2018 is December 12, 2018... Apply Now

10 Facts About IBSAT Exam & MBA Admission Process
Before you move to apply for IBSAT 2018 to pursue MBA/PGPM/PhD program at one of the IBS colleges, you must know the all the details – how and when to apply, what is the admission process and what your chances of admission to one of the top IBS Colleges.

Please note that some of the ICFAI B-schools offer MBA programme while other IBS colleges  offer PGPM. MBA is offered by IBS Hyderabad, IBS Dehradun and IBS Jaipur. PGPM (Post Graduate Program in Management) program is offered by IBS Ahmedabad, IBS Bengaluru, IBS Gurgaon, IBS Kolkata, IBS Mumbai and IBS Pune campuses.

IBSAT 2018 registration and application form can be completed till December 12..Read more about IBSAT 2018

Common Application Form
The application form is common for admission to MBA/PGPM program at all the IBS B-schools namely IBS Ahmedabad, IBS Bengaluru, IBS Gurgaon, IBS Hyderabad, IBS Dehradun, IBS Jaipur, IBS Kolkata, IBS Mumbai & IBS Pune campuses and PhD program (full-time/part time) at IBS Hyderabad campus.

IBSAT Bulletin can be purchased through one of the following methods by payment of Rs 1800/-. IBSAT 2018 Application is available Online and Offline


  • Online Registration and application can be completed at  IBSAT 2018 website
  • After successful transaction of application fee payment of Rs. 1800/-, candidates will receive a mail/SMS with details of application number and password.


  • Offline Application is available at the 50 IBS FTP Branches across India. Nearest branch can be located by visiting IBS website
  • You may locate your nearest branch by clicking the link below and purchase the Bulletin by paying the requisite application fee in cash


How to Register and Apply for IBSAT 2018
There are 4 pages in the IBSAT 2018 registration form:

Page-1: Profile requires your personal details, Current and permanent address, Mobile phone details, CAT coaching centre details among other information items. All the fields are to be filled on the first page.

Page-2: Review 

Page-3: Payment

Page-4: Finish

IBSAT Applications can be submitted both online as well as off line. However the last date of submission of completed application forms in either mode is December 12, 2018.. Read all about the IBSAT application guidelines

IBSAT Eligibility
To appear in IBSAT 2018, the eligibility requirements prescribed by ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education are:

Graduate in any discipline
Minimum eligibility criteria required is the graduation in any discipline with not less than 50 percent marks. The candidates in their final year of graduation are eligible to apply provided they are able to complete their graduation including any type of practical etc. examination before May 31, 2019. 

15 years of minimum education till graduation
Candidate must have gone through minimum 15 years of regular education i.e. 10+2+3 or 10+2+4 basis.

English Medium Education needed or submit TOEFL/NELT/IELTS scores
Candidates applying for IBSAT 2018 should ensure that they have studied with English as medium of instruction. Applicants not meeting the criteria of English as medium of instruction at undergraduate level are supposed to submit the TOEFL/NELT/IELTS score by May 31, 2019.. Read More

IBSAT Exam Syllabus
The Syllabus for online IBSAT 2018 exam consists of all important topics on Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Quantitative  Ability, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency.  Despite covering a wide syllabus, IBSAT exam questions are of moderate difficulty level..Read Detailed Syllabus

IBSAT 2018 Exam Pattern
IBSAT is a Computer Based Test (CBT) of moderate difficulty level. The exam tests the candidate’s ability in quantitative techniques, data interpretation, data adequacy, analytical reasoning, vocabulary and comprehension.  It is a comprehensive multiple choice question(MCQ) examination with a two hours duration.  Major share in the examination is consumed by Vocabulary (English) and reading comprehension with more than 50 percent questions and rest is divided among the other four.

Interestingly, the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension are two separate sections in IBSAT exam. The number of questions in each section is shared below:

No. of Questions
Verbal Ability
Reading Comprehension
Quantitative Ability
Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency

Admission Process After IBSAT
IBSAT 2018 results will be announced on January 05, 2019 and based on their scores in IBSAT 2018, the qualified candidates will be called for briefing sessions, to be held in 40 cities across India in the month of February 2019.

After the briefing sessions, the candidates shall have to present themselves for next round of selection process comprising Group Discussion and Personal Interview. Apart from the foregoing,  past academic record will also be taken into account before final selection.

CAT/NMAT/GMAT also accepted
GMAT®/CAT/NMAT by GMACTM scores from 2016 onwards are also accepted in place of IBSAT 2018 by IBS B-schools.

Candidates with high scores in any of the above exams may choose not to appear in IBSAT 2018 and can apply on the basis of their other exam scores. However candidates should apply with their CAT 2018, NMAT by GMAC or GMAT scores by January 31, 2019. It is a good opportunity to get a good B school for those who have scored well in CAT/NMAT/GMAT.

MBA Fee at ICFAI B-schools

The fee for the MBA program at IBS Hyderabad campus is Rs. 7.02 lakhs per annum.

The fee for the MBA program at IBS Dehradun and IBS Jaipur campuses is Rs. 2.84 lakhs per annum.

The fee for the PGPM program at IBS Ahmedabad, IBS Bengaluru, IBS Kolkata, IBS Gurgaon, IBS Mumbai and IBS Pune campuses is Rs 4.01 lakhs per annum.

IBS B Schools offer General MBA degree as well as MBA in Financial economic and family business to their students.  These nine campuses of IBS B schools have 3000 students, 35000+ alumni with strong interface to industry, which help in continuous student industry interaction and good placement.

Most of the courses at IBS B-Schools are designed to help bridge the gap between management theory and practice. These B schools provide good academic delivery and infrastructure to its students. The two year full time management program prepares students to accept the challenges in future and equip them for successful corporate careers.

9 Campuses of ICFAI
The 9 campuses of IBS B-schools are: IBS Hyderabad, IBS Ahmedabad, IBS Bangalore, IBS Gurgaon, IBS Kolkata, IBS Mumbai, IBS Pune, IBS Dehradun, IBS Jaipur

IBSAT 2018 Important Dates

Application Last date
December 12, 2018
Last date to apply to IBS with CAT/GMAT/NMAT scores
January 31, 2019
IBSAT exam dates
December 22- 23, 2018
Declaration of result
January 05, 2019
Selection Briefings
January 13–20, 2019
Selection Process
February 20-26, 2019 at 40 locations

IBSAT does not have a high difficulty level. Despite having a similar question pattern as that of other MBA entrance examinations, due care is taken in formation of question types. Most of the candidates applying for IBSAT 2018, have already been preparing for CAT/IIFT/ XAT/ CMAT /MAT/NMAT and by the time they go for IBSAT 2018, most of these entrance tests will be over. Since the aspirants have already prepared and appeared for different MBA/PGPM entrance test with high difficulty level, IBSAT will not be difficult to crack.

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