About IBSAT 2018

The ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education (IFHE) will conduct the annual ICFAI Business School Aptitude Test (IBSAT) 2018 for admission to MBA/PGDM programmes. IBSAT 2018 will be held on December 22 and 23, 2018 across 94 cities in India. As per eligibility criteria of IBSAT, candidates must be graduates in any discipline from a recognised institute/university with at least 50 per cent aggregate marks. The computer-based test of two hours duration will have objective-type questions from areas like Verbal Ability, Quantitative Techniques and Reasoning Ability. After the declaration of IBSAT 2018 results, selected candidates shall be invited for the selection procedure, followed by the release of a list of students qualifying for admission in the nine IBS campuses across India.

Exam level: National Level Exam
Frequency: Once a year
Languages English
Conducting Body: ICFAI Business School
Duration 2 Hours

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IBSAT 2018 Important Dates

03 Jan, 2019 (Tentative) Result | Mode: Online
20 Feb, 2019 - 26 Feb, 2019 Counselling | Mode: Offline
20 Dec, 2018 (Tentative) Admit Card | Mode: Online
04 Mar, 2019 (Tentative) Others - IBSAT 2018 final result - Start Date | Mode: Online
13 Jan, 2019 - 20 Jan, 2019 Others - IBSAT 2018 selection briefings | Mode: Offline
22 Dec, 2018 - 23 Dec, 2018 Exam | Mode: Online
01 Jul, 2018 - 17 Dec, 2018 Application | Mode: Offline and Online

The ICFAI Foundation For Higher Education specifies the IBSAT eligibility criteria for aspirants who wish to appear for IBS Aptitude Test 2018. Before filling in the application form, it is crucial that applicants check the eligibility criteria of IBSAT 2018.

Highlights of IBSAT 2018 eligibility criteria

  • Applicants must be graduates in any discipline from a recognised institute/university, where the medium of instruction is English.
  • They must have secured at least 50 per cent aggregate marks at their Bachelor’s level.
  • It is compulsory to have a minimum of 15 years of overall education (on 10+2+3 or 10+2+4 basis) to appear for IBSAT 2018.
  • If the medium of instruction is any other language than english, then candidates can submit TOEFL, NELT or IELTS score by May 31, 2019.
  • Students in their final year of graduation are also eligible to apply, provided they complete their graduation requirements before May 31, 2019, and submit the proof of graduation by November 1, 2019.
  • Age limit – No age bar to apply for IBSAT 2018 as per the eligibility criteria.
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Mode of Application : Online and Offline

Mode of Payment : Net Banking | Credit Card | Debit Card | NEFT | Other

Application Fees

Category Quota Mode Gender Amount
SC, ST, General, OBC Online, Offline Male, Female, Transgender ₹ 1800

The IBSAT 2018 registration commenced on July 1. The deadline to fill the IBSAT 2018 application form, as specified by ICFAI Foundation, the conducting body, is December 17, 2018. Candidates can register themselves on the official website of IBS and complete the application in online mode. An application fee of Rs. 1800 had to be paid using any of the various payment modes available at the time of filling the form. Additionally, the IBSAT application form 2018 can also be completed in offline mode by purchasing it from IBS centres. 

Guidelines to fill IBSAT 2018 Application Form

  • Candidates will have to enter their personal details (like name, DOB, contact information like mobile number, email address, residential address, etc.) and academic details like educational qualifications while filling the IBSAT application form.
  • A recent passport size coloured photograph in the prescribed format must be uploaded.
  • Specify the exam whose score will be used to apply for the programme (either through IBSAT or GMAT, CAT or NMAT by GMAC).
  • Check if all the information entered is accurate and click on ‘I Agree.’
  • View all the information entered and schedule the IBSAT 2018 exam.

IBSAT E-books and Sample Papers

IBSAT 2018 exam pattern states that it is a computer-based test of two hours. As per the exam pattern prescribed by ICFAI Foundation, the management aptitude test will carry 140  multiple-choice questions (MCQs) divided into four sections.

IBSAT Exam Pattern 2018                                               


Name of the Sections


Number of Questions


Verbal ability




Data adequacy & data interpretation




Reading comprehension




Quantitative techniques




Marking scheme: Each correct answer will be awarded one mark. There is no negative marking for an incorrect response. Thus, the IBSAT 2018 exam will be marked out of a total of 140 marks.

ICFAI does not release an official syllabus for IBSAT 2018. However, based on previous years’ question papers, here are the most common topics from which questions will be raised in the exam:

IBSAT Syllabus                                                                                                                                         






Data Interpretation and Data Adequacy


Bar graphs, Column graphs, Data Interpretation, Critical Reasoning, Logical reasoning, Data sufficiency  etc.


Reading Comprehension


Three reading comprehension passages with 25 direct questions seeking factual answers. 


Analytical Reasoning


Reasoning questions


Quantitative Techniques


Algebra, Arithmetic progression, Co-ordinate geometry,             Geometry, Percentage, Permutation & Combination, Probability, Profit & Loss, etc.




Vocabulary, Analogies, Comprehension of passage, Contextual usage, English usage, Incorrect words, Para jumble, Punctuation, etc.        

ICFAI will also offer a mock test for candidates appearing in the exam to help them get accustomed to the exam pattern of IBSAT 2018.

IBSAT 2018 Mock Test

ICFAI Business School will offer IBSAT 2018 mock tests for candidates appearing in the test to help them get accustomed to each section of the online exam. The IBSAT mock tests will be available for free on the official website of IBS. Taking the mock tests will prove to be highly helpful for aspirants as they can familiarise themselves with the actual exam pattern of IBSAT. The mock tests will be available from September 2018 onwards for all registered candidates of IBSAT 2018 exam.

The admit card of IBSAT 2018 will be made available in online mode in the third week of December. Only registered candidates would be able to download the IBSAT 2018 admit card or hall ticket from the official website of IBS. To download the admit card of IBSAT 2018, candidates have to enter the login ID and Date of Birth sent to the registered email address. It is important to carry the printed copy of the admit card to the exam centre on test day, failing which candidates will be barred from appearing in the exam.

Details mentioned on IBSAT Admit Card 2018

    • Candidates’ full name and signature

    • Candidates’ photograph

    • Test date and venue

    • IBSAT roll number

    • Examination day instructions

Apart from the admit card of IBSAT 2018, candidates must carry along a valid photo ID proof such as Aadhaar card, voter ID, driving license etc. to the exam centre.

IBSAT 2018 Exam Centers

State City
Assam Dibrugarh
Bihar Muzaffarpur
Jharkhand Dhanbad
Meghalaya Shillong
Odisha Bhubaneswar
West Bengal Durgapur
Gujarat Ahmedabad
Maharashtra Mumbai
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Haryana Ambala
Himachal Pradesh Mandi
Jammu and Kashmir Jammu
Delhi Delhi
Uttar Pradesh Ghaziabad
Greater Noida
Punjab Jalandhar
Rajasthan Ajmer
Uttarakhand Dehradun
Andhra Pradesh Vijayawada
Karnataka Bengaluru
Kerala Kochi
Tamil Nadu Chennai
Telangana Hyderabad

Documents Required at Exam

  • IBSAT 2018 admit card
  • Valid photo ID proof (any one - Aadhar card/voter ID/ driving license/passport etc.)

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The result of IBSAT 2018 can be checked on the official website of IBS in the first week of January 2019. To check the result, which will be announced in online mode only, candidates must login with their user ID and date of birth of the IBSAT account. Post the IBSAT 2018 result, all the IBS institutes will announce their cutoffs and prepare a list of shortlisted candidates for selection rounds. The selection briefings will take place between January 13-20, 2019. This will be followed by the selection process (GD/PI) from February 20-26, 2019.

Post the announcement of result, the nine IBS institutes will declare the IBSAT 2018 cutoff lists. This list will have the names of qualifying candidates who have secured the minimum marks or percentile required to get shortlisted for the selection process. The cutoff of IBSAT 2018 will vary from institute to institute. Candidates can check the expected cutoffs below:

IBSAT Cutoff 2018 (Expected)


IBSAT Campus


Cut off


IBS Hyderabad




IBS Bangalore




IBS Gurgaon




IBS Mumbai




This will be followed by the selection procedure of IBSAT 2018 which will be held at IBS Hyderabad.

The selection procedure of IBSAT 2018 is a two-step process. In the first step, candidates have to appear for the IBS Aptitude Test. After the declaration of IBSAT result, the nine IBS institutes will shortlist candidates based on their own cut-offs. Between January 13 to 20, 2019, shortlisted candidates will also be called for IBS selection briefings or a series of focused seminars which will offer an insight into the programmes at IBS.

As part of the second step of IBSAT 2018 selection procedure, IBS Hyderabad will conduct Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI) at its campus from February 20-26, 2019. Factors such as candidates’ academic performance and work experience will also be taken into consideration, besides the IBSAT score, while preparing the final merit list.

Weightage for IBSAT Final Merit List


Selection Criteria


Weightage (in %)




Past academic records of Students


Class 10








Class 12








Group discussion (GD)




Personal Interview (PI)




Total Score




The final merit list or admission list of IBSAT 2018 is likely to be declared in the last week of March 2019.

IBSAT 2018 Counselling Centers

State City
Telangana Hyderabad

Documents Required at Counselling

  • IBSAT 2018 score card
  • IBSAT 2018 admit card
  • Valid photo ID proof
  • Class X marksheet - original and photocopy
  • Class XII marksheet - original and photocopy
  • Graduation/bachelor's degree - original and photocopy

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