ICFAI Business School (IBS) Aptitude Test or IBSAT is an online aptitude test conducted nationwide by ICFAI Foundation For Higher Education (a deemed to be a University under Section 3 of UGC act 1956), for students seeking admission to the MBA / PGPM programs in any of the 9 ICFAI Business Schools, which are - 

  • IBS Hyderabad
  • IBS Mumbai
  • IBS Bengaluru
  • IBS Pune
  • IBS Gurgaon
  • IBS Kolkata
  • IBS Ahmedabad
  • IBS Jaipur
  • IBS Dehradun

IBSAT is a Computer Based Test (CBT) consisting of multiple choice questions. It"s duration is 2 hours and is generally conducted over a window of 2 days in the month of December. 

After qualifying, candidates have to attend a selection briefing and go through the final process, which includes two rounds, Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI). 

IBSAT Highlights

Here are some quick facts and information about IBSAT tabulated below -

Exam nameICFAI Business School Aptitude Test 
Conducting BodyICFAI Foundation For Higher Education (a deemed to be University under Section 3 of UGC act 1956)
IBSAT 2023 Convening BodyICFAI Business School
Exam FrequencyOnce a year
ModeHome proctored mode
Duration120 minutes
SyllabusVerbal Ability, Quantitative Ability, Reading Comprehension, Data Adequacy and Data Interpretation
Exam Pattern140 questions in MCQ format
Exam FeesINR 1,800
Number of Applications Received Approx 25,000 in the previous years
Exam purposeAdmission into 9 Campuses of ICFAI Business School (IBS) in Hyderabad, Dehradun, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Gurgaon, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Pune & Mumbai
Course/s offeredMBA/PGPM
Exam Helpdesk No.040-23440963 
Exam Websitehttps://admissions.ibsindia.org


IBSAT Application Form

The first step of students seeking admission in IBS for postgraduate programmes in management, is to fill in the IBSAT application form during its registration window. Candidates are required to create a login ID and password at first, followed by filling out the application form and ending with the payment of the application fee of INR 1800. IBSAT is conducted across numerous cities in different states throughout India. 

Post IBSAT - Procedure for Admission in IBS

IBSAT aims at testing a candidate"s ability in quantitative techniques, data interpretation, data adequacy, vocabulary, analytical reasoning and reading comprehension.

After qualifying in IBSAT / GMAT /NMAT / CAT / XAT candidates will be called for the selection process, which consists of Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI).

The final selection is dependent upon the candidate"s past academic record and performance of the candidates in Group Discussion and Personal Interview.

IBS Fee Details

Here are the fee details for the different programs of Management in IBS. 

  • The fee for the MBA program at IBS Hyderabad is INR. 8.01 LPA
  • The fee for the MBA program at IBS Bengaluru is INR. 6.03 LPA
  • The fee for the MBA program at IBS Dehradun and IBS Jaipur is INR. 3.015 LPA
  • The fee for the PGPM program at IBS Ahmedabad, IBS Gurgaon, IBS Kolkata, IBS Mumbai and IBS Pune is INR. 4.545 LPA

Living expenses are extra.

Scholarships from IBSAT 

Scholarships are provided by IBS, across various categories, which are -

  1. Toppers in IBSAT
  2. Wards of IBS Alumni
  3. Physically Challenged Candidates
  4. Wards of Defence Personnel (In-service/retired) from Army, Airforce, Navy and Paramilitary Forces

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates have to fulfill certain eligibility requirements in order to appear in IBSAT. However, for admission in IBS, one can also appear in exams like GMAT, CAT, NMAT, GMAC and qualify. The eligibility requirements for IBSAT are -

  1. Graduation in any discipline with minimum 50% marks and medium of instruction as English.
  2. All applicants should have completed a minimum of 15 years of regular education( on 10+2+3 or 10+2+4 basis).
  3. Candidates not meeting the eligibility requirement of English medium in graduation need to appear in TOEFL/ NELT/ IELTS and submit the obtained score 
  4. Students in their last year of graduation are also eligible to apply for IBSAT. 

IBSAT Important Dates

Here are some important dates related to IBSAT and admissions in ICFAI Business Schools:

Aug 2023 - Dec 2023IBSAT 2023 National Mock Test (UPCOMING)
1 July 2023 - 16 Dec 2023IBSAT 2023 Registration (OPEN NOW)
Nov 2023IBSAT 2023 Exam Slot Booking (UPCOMING )
Nov 2023 - Dec 2023IBSAT 2023 Admit Card (UPCOMING)
Dec 2023IBSAT 2023 Exam (UPCOMING)
Dec 2023IBSAT 2023 Result (UPCOMING)
Feb 2024 - Mar 2024IBSAT 2023 GD-PI (UPCOMING) 
Mar 2024IBSAT 2023 Selection Process Result (UPCOMING)


IBSAT Exam Structure

IBSAT aims to test a candidate"s ability in quantitative techniques, data interpretation, data adequacy, vocabulary, analytical reasoning and reading comprehension.

The exam structure is tabulated below -

IBSAT Exam SectionNumber of QuestionsMaximum Score
Verbal Ability5050
Reading Comprehension3030
Quantitative Aptitude3030
Data Interpretation & Data Adequacy3030


IBSAT - Syllabus 

The IBSAT Syllabus is almost identical to common entrance exams like CAT, XAT, CMAT, GMAT, NMAT etc., hence candidates applying for these exams can follow similar strategies to clear IBSAT. Here are the topics included across various sections of IBSAT.

Verbal AbilityAnalogy, Synonyms & Antonyms, Critical Reasoning, Idioms, Vocabulary, Para jumbles, Sentence Correction, Meaning/Usage match
Reading ComprehensionRC passages on various themes like Art & Culture, Business, Management, Science & Technology, Global Issues, Society & Diversity, etc.
Quantitative AptitudeArithmetic (ratio & proportion, percentage, interest, time & speed, etc), Geometry, Modern Mathematics, Number system, Algebra, Trigonometry, Series.
Data Interpretation and SufficiencyData interpretation (Tables, Charts, Graphs), Problem-solving, Data sufficiency


What is the course fee in IBS ?

The course fee in IBS for MBA courses ranges from INR. 8.01 LPA to INR. 3.015 LPA. 

For PGPM programs, the course fee is INR. 4.545 LPA.

What is the mode of the IBSAT exam ?

IBSAT is conducted in online remote-proctored test mode.

In which languages is IBSAT conducted?

IBSAT is only conducted in the English Language. 

Is there negative marking in IBSAT?

No, there is no negative marking in IBSAT. 

What is the difficulty of IBSAT ?

Upon analysis of previous years" question papers,  IBSAT is considered to be a moderately difficult exam. However, it is comparatively easier than exams like CAT and XAT.