IBSAT 2018 Exam

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About IBSAT 2018

IBSAT is a computer-based test conducted by The ICFAI Foundation For Higher Education. The scores of IBSAT are accepted for admission in MBA/PGDM and Ph.D courses offered at nine campuses of ICFAI Business School (IBS). The campuses are located in Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Dehradun, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune. The MBA programme offered by IBS Hyderabad, IBS Dehradun, and IBS Jaipur whereas PGPM programme offered by IBS Ahmedabad, IBS Bengaluru, IBS Gurgaon, IBS Kolkata, IBS Mumbai and IBS Pune campuses. IBSAT is held in the month of December on multiple days and the result for the same is announced in the first week of January.

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IBSAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria

The IBSAT 2018 eligibility criteria have been prescribed by the ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education, which is the conducting body of the exam. To become eligible to apply for the exam, Bachelor’s degree with at least 50% marks in aggregate is a must. The degree could be in any discipline from a recognised university. Candidates who wish to pursue MBA from IBS must fulfill the eligibility criteria of IBSAT. Before filling the IBSAT application form, candidates must check the IBSAT eligibility criteria and other details related to the exam.

IBSAT application process 2018 had begun on 1st July and will carry on until 12th December 2018. The examination is scheduled to be conducted on 22nd & 23rd December 2018. It is important for all the candidates to ensure that the information submitted by them is accurate in order to avoid disqualification.

IBSAT Eligibility Criteria

Age Limit:

  • For two-year Management programme, a minimum of 15 years of education (on 10+2+3 or 10+2+4) must be completed.

  • For Ph.D programme, a minimum of 17 years of regular education must be completed.

  • There is no upper age limit to apply for the exam.

IBSAT Eligibility as per Programme:

Two-year Management Programme (MBA/PGPM):

  • The candidate who has a graduation degree (any discipline) with 50% marks or above with medium of instruction as English.

  • The candidate has to submit the TOEFL/ NELT/ IELTS score by May 31, 2019, if he/she does not meet the eligibility criteria of English medium in graduation.

  • Candidates who are in their bachelor’s degree course's final year are also eligible to apply, provided they complete their graduation requirements before May 31, 2019. The admission will remain provisional until they produce marks sheets and degree certificates. The last date for submission of proof of graduation is November 1, 2019.

  • Candidates' eligibility will be checked from August 2019 onwards. Hence, the responsibility of ensuring that they satisfy the eligibility criteria rests solely with the candidates.

Ph.D. Programme:

Ph.D. Programme in Management (Full-time/Part-time):

  • Candidates who have completed their graduation in any discipline with 50% marks or above with medium of instruction as English.

  • Post Graduation in Management as a full-time course from a University recognised by UGC with 55% and above marks or

  • Post Graduation (full-time) in Economics, Commerce, Psychology, Sociology, Public Administration, Statistics, Mathematics or in an allied discipline from a recognised University in India or abroad with 55% marks or above.

  • A Professional qualification like CFA/CA/CWA/CS with 55% marks or above.

Ph.D. Programme in Economics (Full-time)

  • Candidates who have completed their Graduation in any discipline with 50% marks or above and Post graduation in Economics or allied discipline with 55% marks or above.


  • Candidates who have completed their graduation/ post graduation in one-time sitting basis or on part-time, distance mode or online mode will not be eligible for the Ph.D. programme of IBS Hyderabad.

  • Candidates not meeting the eligibility criteria of English medium in graduation and/ or master's degree will be required to submit the TOEFL/ NELT/ IELTS score by May 31, 2019.

  • Candidates' eligibility will be examined from August 2019 onwards. Hence, the onus of ensuring that they satisfy the eligibility criteria rests solely with the candidates.

Exemption from IBSAT 2018:

  • Candidates who have a GMAT/NMAT by GMAC/CAT scores will be exempted from taking IBSAT. They will be directly called for the selection rounds i.e. GD/PI.

IBSAT 2018 Reservation Policy

According to the organising body, there is no defined IBSAT Reservation Criteria/ Policy for reserved categories(SC/ST/OBC/PwD). There is also no fixed pattern followed for IBSAT seat allotment. In short, qualifying IBSAT does not guarantee any seat reservations for reserved category.

IBSAT Eligibility Criteria for Reserved Categories:

  • The total marks for each category are similar, so the reserved category candidates also have to secure the same marks as the General category candidate.

  • The minimum marks required for IBSAT 2018 is 50% for MBA/PGPM programme.

  • Each candidate is treated equally and therefore, there is no prior reservation of seats for reserved category candidates.

  • The application fee is also the same for all the categories. There is no exemption in the application fee for reserved categories.

  • All the candidates need to meet the mandatory qualification requirements to get admission in any IBS college.

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IBSAT 2018 Syllabus

In order to prepare well for IBSAT 2018, candidates must go through the syllabus of IBSAT 2018 in detail. Knowing the syllabus well in advance will help aspirants plan better for the exam. IBSAT is conducted by IBS for shortlisting candidates for its management programmes. The exam is meant to evaluate students on the basis of their Vocabulary, Quantitative Ability, Data Adequacy, Data Interpretation, Analytical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension.

By getting a complete understanding of IBSAT syllabus 2018, candidates will be able to identify the topics/areas they need to cover while preparing for the exam. Therefore, having a brief knowledge about IBSAT syllabus is essential for the candidates to ace the exam. Candidates are advised that they should practice the Previous year Question Papers  which are based on different topics covered in the exam in order to perform better in IBSAT Exam.

IBSAT 2018 Exam Structure



Duration of Examination

120 minutes (2 hours)

Type of Questions

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)


Verbal Ability

Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency

Quantitative Aptitude

Reading Comprehension

Total Number of Questions


Verbal Ability:50

Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency:30

Quantitative Aptitude:30

Reading Comprehension:30

Marking Scheme

No negative marking

Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude

In this section, candidates will be judged based on their numerical ability and problem-solving skills. The questions in this section may come from topics such as Algebra, Ratio and Proportion, LCM, Time and Speed, HCF, Geometry, Statistics, etc.

Venn Diagram Clocks Coordinate geometry
Calendar Set Theory Permutations and Combinations
Logarithm Maxima and Minima Progression Partnership
Vectors Pipes and Cisterns Mode and Median
Number System Mensuration Arithmetic mean
Partnership Time-Speed-Distance Averages
Profit & Loss Percentages Ratios and Proportion

Syllabus for Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

In the Reading Comprehension section, candidates will be required to read passages and answer questions based on them. 

In the Verbal Ability Section, candidates' knowledge of the English language will be tested. Candidates will have to answer questions based on topics such as Sentence Correction, Synonyms, Fill in the Blanks, Antonyms, Idioms, Grammar, etc. The number of questions asked in this section is higher as compared to other sections.

Idioms and Phrases Sentence Correction Sentence completion
Jumbled words/paragraphs Analogies Fill In the Blanks
English grammar Syllogisms Synonyms and Antonyms
Contextual usage One-word substitution Odd one out

Syllabus for Data Interpretation & Data Adequacy

In this section, candidates are evaluated based on their ability to deal with the complex data. Since the questions in this section will be mostly based on pie charts, tables, etc., candidates will be required to do quick calculations to solve them.

Visual reasoning Conclusion Puzzles
Cause and Effect Data Interpretation based on text Identifying valid inferences
Linear arrangements Graphs representing Area Bar Graphs
Syllogisms Functions Coding and decoding
Venn diagram Pie Chart Line charts
Family tree Sequencing Assertion and reasons
Identifying relationship among group of people Critical reasoning Data Interpretation based on graphs and tables
Definitely true Probably false Graphs representing Area
Functions Definitely false kind of statement Assertion and reasons

FAQs on IBSAT 2018 Syllabus

1. How many section will be there in IBSAT?

IBSAT exam will be comprised of 4 section.

2. How many questions will be asked from the verbal ability section?

From the verbal ability section, 50 questions will be asked.

3. Is there any last minute preparation tips to excel IBSAT?

Yes, Click here to prepare for IBSAT in last minute.

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IBSAT 2018 Exam Pattern

ICFAI Foundation prescribes the exam pattern of IBSAT 2018 for admission to various MBA/PGPM and Ph. D courses. Candidates should have an in-depth knowledge of the IBSAT exam pattern before appearing for the test. The exam pattern for IBSAT comprises of the type of questions, marking scheme, time duration and the total number of questions.

The IBSAT exam is a computer-based test carrying 140 multiple-choice questions (MCQs) that must be completed within the time duration of 120 minutes. A detailed view of the IBSAT 2018 exam pattern will help the candidates plan an effective preparation strategy. Candidates can get complete details of the exam pattern of IBSAT 2018 below.

  • The language for IBSAT 2018 will be English.

  • There will be 4 sections in the IBSAT 2018.

  • The questions are in the multiple-choice format and are objective in nature

  • There will be 140 total number of questions in the IBSAT 2018.

  • The total duration for IBSAT 2018 will be 120 minutes (2 Hours).

  • There is no negative marking in IBSAT 2018.  

Highlights of IBSAT 2018 Exam Pattern

Events Particulars
Examination Mode Online
Language of Question Paper English
Nature of Questions MCQs
Number of Sections 4
Name of Sections Verbal Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency, Reading Comprehension
Duration of Examination 2 hours
Total Questions 140
Marking Scheme

1 mark per correct response

No Negative Marking.

IBSAT Exam Pattern – Detailed

IBSAT 2018 exam will be divided into four sections. The table given below gives a detailed idea of different sections and the number of questions that these sections contain.

Sections Number of Questions
Verbal Ability 50
Quantitative Aptitude 30
Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency 30
Reading Comprehension 30
Total 140

IBSAT 2018 Marking Scheme: 

  • Each question in the examination carries one mark.

  • There is no negative marking in IBSAT. Hence, candidates should try and answer all the questions even if they feel their answers could be incorrect.

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How to Prepare for IBSAT 2018

  • In the initial preparation days, it is important to focus on all the subjects. Candidates must try and finish all the topics atleast a month before the exam. Thereafter, they should not touch new topics or comfortable areas.
  • Once the entire syllabus is covered, the candidates must analyse their strong and weak areas as this will make it easier for them to find out the areas that they need to focus on. One of the best ways to identify the weak and strong areas is to take mock tests.
  • Since IBS is a computer-based test, appearing for maximum number of online mock tests will provide a similar environment as that of the exam, and hence will prepare the candidates for actual exam day.
  • While taking the exam, the chief strategy should be to attempt familiar questions and leave non-familiar/non-comfortable questions. Candidates should be able to decide this within 10 seconds.
  • Going through the IBSAT previous year’s question papers is another great way of understanding the structure of the exam. Also, one should try solving them within the 120 minutes and analyse the answers after completing the paper.
  • While solving qurestions in the mock tests, candidates should keep a check on the speed. Time management is very important as the candidates will get only a minute for each question. To improve in this part, one should solve sample papers and appear for mock tests.
  • Candidates should try reading newspapers, magazines, novels, books, journals, etc. for a better hold over vocabulary.
  • Aspirants should also focus on basic grammar rules learnt during school days. Candidates need to focus on an overall strategy while preparing for verbal sections because most competitive exams have similar syllabus. They should ideally do a lot of reading from various sources. 

In a nutshell, practicing past years' question papers as well as taking Mock Tests is perhaps the best source for preparation. It provides an opportunity to plug the loopholes in the preparation of entrance exam. One should try and not lose confidence or get nervous while solving the paper. The focus should be to read the questions carefully, understand them completely and then solve them.

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IBSAT 2018 Participating Colleges

To become eligible for admission in any of the IBSAT 2018 participating colleges/ institute, IBSAT must qualify the entrance examination. IBSAT 2018 will be held on 22nd to 23rd December 2018 and the result of IBSAT 2018 will be released in the month of January 2019. Through IBSAT 2018, candidates will get admission into the participating institutes of IBSAT, that includes campuses located in Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Dehradun, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Pune.

The participating institutes are the colleges where the score/marks of IBSAT 2018 exam will be accepted. Before taking admission, candidates must know about the IBSAT 2018 participating institutes. Once the  result of IBSAT 2018 is declared, the participating colleges will release their cutoffs which will vary institute-wise and on the basis of that, the candidates will be shortlisted for the IBSAT 2018 selection process.

Important Points to Remember

With respect to the participating colleges of IBSAT 2018 candidates must keep the following important points in mind:

  • Before selecting the participating institutes/colleges, candidates must get their detailed information about the college and the facilities by the institute.

  • The selection of candidates for admission in the participating college/institute will be based on the marks scored by the candidates in the entrance test.

  • Candidates should also know about the placement record and career opportunities before they choose IBSAT 2018 participating institute.

  • It is important for candidates to know the IBSAT 2018 cut-off and the final selection procedure of the institution where they wish to take admission.

  • After the selection process of IBSAT 2018 is over, qualified candidates will have to turn up to the respective college.

IBSAT 2018 2019 Participating Institutes



About Colleges/Institutes


IBS Ahmedabad

IBS Ahmedabad is one of the participating institutes of IBSAT 2018. The institute has learning halls that are well equipped with high-speed LAN, Wi-Fi, and other facilities. To make the process of learning and understanding easy, the institute also has a web portal for faculty-student interaction and development. The institute also has a team of full-time experienced faculty members in management education and industry.


IBS Bengaluru

Established in 1995, IBS Bengaluru has a spacious campus. The objective of the institute is to provide quality management education to its students. The institute has a computer center with Wi-Fi connectivity and a well-stocked library. IBS Bengaluru also has a knowledgeable and experienced staff that helps to guide the students. The faculty members are actively engaged in research and training programs.


IBS Gurgaon

IBS Gurgaon has a well-experienced team of full-time faculty members that has a rich experience in management education. The institute has a high-speed multi-services, multi-enabled network infrastructure. The campus of IBS Gurgaon also has web-enabled classrooms, an auditorium, seminar halls computer center and a cafeteria.


IBS Hyderabad

IBS Hyderabad seeks to provide a high-quality learning experience to its students. The campus offers sports and recreation facilities such as swimming pool, gyms, football and cricket grounds. Also, a wide range of indoor and outdoor games facilities are available. To enhance the quality of teaching and learning process, the academic infrastructure is equipped with the best of facilities and the teaching faculty of the institute is also well experienced.


IBS Jaipur

The aim of IBS Jaipur is to provide quality education in management. The institute offers innovative learning methodologies that make the learning easy for the students studying in the institute. IBS Jaipur also has an excellent infrastructure along with the finest teaching faculty to train and develop every student into a manager who is ready to perform in the corporate world. The academic blocks and classrooms of IBS Jaipur are also well-equipped with the latest audio-visual equipment and there are facilities for a well-equipped library, labs and computer center.


IBS Dehradun

IBS Dehradun helps to facilitate the students to understand, develop, integrate and apply both core and specialized concepts and practices. The institute also provides quality teaching, case-based learning, productive learning based internships, field-based assignments, and final placements in reputed organizations. The faculty of the institute are well experienced with a very good academic background. The institute also has a computer lab, library, auditorium, cafeteria etc.


IBS Pune

IBS Pune is a well-equipped campus with fully equipped conference room and an auditorium. The institute provides world-class management education to its students. The placements of IBS Pune are also very good as compared to other colleges in Pune. The institute also has permanent faculty members, with extensive academic and industry experience.


IBS Mumbai

IBS Mumbai is ranked among the top 5 business schools in the Western region. Established in

1995, the institute promotes quality management education, research, training and consulting. The institute has syndicate rooms for student-faculty interaction, a gym and a library with an extensive collection of over 28,000 books. The institute also has excellent faculty members that provide quality education to its students.


IBS Kolkata

IBS Kolkata is one of the participating colleges of IBSAT 2018 which was established in 1995. The institute has modern audio-visual teaching aids, classrooms with internet connectivity and projectors, modern security and safety measures for students and faculty, soft skills training by experts, and a team of faculty members, who guide the students by conducting training programs for practicing managers.

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IBSAT 2017 Exam Analysis

IBSAT is a popular management entrance exam conducted by IBS Business School in a computer-based format. IBSAT is a two-hour long paper with 4 sections including Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Ability and Data Adequacy & Data Interpretation. As part of the exam preparation, students usually go through the previous year's paper analysis in order to get an understanding of the paper pattern, type of questions, marking scheme and the level of difficulty that students should expect in the examination. Following is the detailed analysis of IBSAT December 2017.

The exam was conducted over a period of four days from December 21-24, 2017. As per the sources, there were no glitches in the paper. In terms of difficulty level, the IBSAT question paper turned out to be more difficult as compared to last year. There were a total of 140 questions and each question had 5 options. Out of the 5 options, candidates had to pick one. For every correct answer, one mark is awarded, and there is no negative marking for wrong answers. Candidates had the liberty to access all the questions at any time during the examination.

Take a look at the break-up of sections and number of questions asked in every section.

  Sections No. of Questions
Sections I
Verbal Ability - A 45
Verbal Ability - B 5
Section II Reading Comprehension 30
Section III Quantitative Ability 30
Section IV Data Sufficiency & Data Interpretation 30

Section I: Verbal Ability - A

Since there was no negative marking, all the questions in this section could have been attempted in about 25 minutes with about 85% accuracy.

Topic No. of Questions Difficulty Level
Meaning of idiom/phrase 5 1 Easy, 3 Medium, 1 Difficult
Synonyms of the word 5 3 Medium, 2 Difficult
One word substitute of the given phrase 5 1 Easy, 2 Medium, 2 Difficult
Jumbled Paragraph 5 2 Easy, 3 Medium
Word Analogy 5 1 Easy, 2 Medium, 2 Difficult
Double FIB 5 2 Easy, 2 Medium, 1 Difficult
Replace the underlined part of the given sentence 5 2 Easy, 2 Medium, 1 Difficult
Find error from four underlined parts 5 3 Easy, 2 Medium
Antonyms 5 3 Medium, 2 Difficult

Section I: Verbal Ability - B

In this section, students had to take a cloze test containing 5 blanks. Out of the 5 questions, three were easy, and two were moderately tough. All these questions could have been answered in about 5 minutes with about 80% accuracy.

Section II: Reading Comprehension

About 20 to 22 questions in this section could have been answered in about 30 minutes with about 80-85% accuracy.

Passage No. of Questions Difficulty Level
Problems in Argentina’s Banking System and the Fear Psychosis Created by it (600 words) 8 6 Easy, 2 Medium
Freedom and its Responsibilities (1500+ words) 8 3 Easy, 4 Medium, 1 Difficult
Eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD (900 words) 9 6 Easy, 2 Medium, 1 Difficult
Popularity of Shakespeare (950+ words) 5 4 Easy, 1 Medium

Section III: Quantitative Ability

In this section, around 12-15 questions could have been answered in about 25-30 minutes. This section was more difficult as compared to last year's IBSAT.

Topic No. of Questions Difficulty Level
Numbers 1 15 Easy, 12 Medium and 3 Difficult
Algebra 2
Arithmetic 17
Geometry 2
Modern Math 8

Section IV: Data Sufficiency and Data Interpretation

With moderate difficulty level, students could have solved around 15-17 questions on Data Adequacy and Data Interpretation in 25-30 minutes.

Topic No. of Questions Difficulty Level
Numbers 3 10 Easy, 4 Medium and 1 Difficult
Algebra 3
Arithmetic 4
Geometry 2
Logical Reasoning 3

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IBSAT 2018 Result

Ever year, ICFAI conducts the  ICFAI Business School Aptitude Test (IBSAT)  for candidates seeking admission in management courses offered by the colleges of ICFAI University. The primary aim to conduct IBSAT is to test candidates’ aptitude in English Vocabulary, Qualitative Ability, Written & Verbal Skills, and Logical Reasoning. The exam was for this year is yet to be conducted and the result will be out accordingly.

The IBSAT 2018 result will be announced online. On the basis of IBSAT 2018 result, candidates are shortlisted for IBSAT Selection Procedure followed at the institutes, which includes  Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI). The final result of IBSAT 2018 will be announced in the month of March 2018. The final result is prepared after taking into account factors such as the candidate's academic record, work experience, etc. Those who feature in the final list are offered seats in MBA/ PGPM programmes in the 9 IBS campuses located in Hyderabad, Jaipur, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune, Kolkata, Gurgaon, Ahmedabad, and Dehradun. The following article provides complete information on how to check IBSAT 2018 result.

IBSAT 2018 Result Date

Events Dates
Announcement of Result 1st week of January 2019
Selection Briefings 13th to 20th January 2019
Selection Process 

20th-26th February 2019 at IBS Hyderabad (MBA/ PGPM Programme)

17th-20th March 2019 at IBS Hyderabad (Ph.D. Programme)

How to Download IBSAT Result 2018:

  • Visit the official website to view the IBSAT 2017 result.
  • Use the Application Number and Password to Login.
  • On successful login, IBSAT 2018 result will be displayed on the screen.
  • Candidates must also check the list of shortlisted candidates.
  • Download and Print the copy of IBSAT 2018 result for future use.

Details on IBSAT 2018 Scorecard

The following details are mentioned on IBSAT 2018 Scorecard:

  • Candidate’s name

  • Candidate’s date of birth

  • Candidate’s category

  • Application number

  • Roll number

  • Total Marks

IBSAT 2018 Merit List

The exam conducting authority, ICFAI Foundation will prepare the IBSAT 2018 final merit list for candidates on the basis of past academic record, performance in the group discussion(GD) and personal interview (PI). The final selection of the candidates will be done on the basis of group discussion and personal interview. As per the IBSAT 2018 selection procedure, the IBSAT 2018 participating institutes will declare the shortlist of candidates on the basis of their cutoff. 

Selection  Criteria

Weightage (%)

Past academic records (PAR)

Class 10

Class 12


Class 12

Class 12



Group Discussion (GD)




Personal Interview (PI)




Total scores




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IBSAT 2018 Selection Procedure

The selection process for IBSAT 2018 is expected to commence in the month of February. Once the  IBSAT result is announced, the shortlisted candidates will be invited for further admission rounds in the month of January. Candidates will be granted admission to ICFI University or ICFAI Business School on the basis of the marks they score in the IBSAT examination. Those candidates who qualify IBSAT 2018/ CAT/ GMAT/ NMAT by GMAC will be directly called for the selection process. The selection briefings take place in various cities across India.

As part of the selection process, candidates will have to participate in group discussion (GD) and personal interview (PI). Basis their performance in these rounds, IBS will prepare a final selection list. Following are the four main stages in IBSAT selection procedure:

  • Registration

  • Selection Briefing

  • Group Discussion

  • Personal Interview

IBSAT 2018 Selection Process Dates



Date of Examination

22nd to 23rd December 2018

Announcement of Result

1st week of January 2019

Selection Briefings

13th to 20th January 2019

Selection Process

20th-26th February 2019 at IBS Hyderabad (MBA/ PGPM Programme)

17th-20th March 2019 at IBS Hyderabad (Ph.D. Programme)

Stages of IBSAT Selection Process


  • Visit the official website once the cut-off is out.

  • A link is given on the official website during that time.

Selection Briefing:

  • Prior to the IBSAT selection process, IBS organises selection briefings in many cities across the country.

  • A selection briefing is just like a seminar, which is organised to provide the right information and guidance to candidates.

  • A selection briefing is mainly divided into 3 parts – introduction to IBS, briefing on IBS Selection Process, and questions and answers. The experts at IBS answer all the questions of candidates and provide useful tips to prepare for GD and PI.

  • Candidates can choose the venue, date and time of the selection briefing as per their convenience.

  • The selection briefing is organised only for the qualified candidates. After the briefings, the process of GD and PI will begin.

Group Discussion (GD):

  • After the selection briefing, shortlisted candidates will be called for Group Discussion (GD) at IBS Hyderabad campus.

  • In this round, the candidates are divided into groups of 8-10 and each group is given a topic for discussion for 15-20 minutes.

  • The Group Discussion is used to assess candidate's leadership skills, communication skills, tactfulness, ability to solve problem, and ability to stay focused and work in the specified time to assess the candidates.

Personal Interview (PI):

  • Candidates who successfully clear the GD round are called for the final selection round i.e. Personal Interview.

  • In this round, a candidate’s communication skills, level of confidence, attitude, and aptitude are tested.

  • Personal Interview totally depends on the candidate's answers.


  • The final merit list is prepared on the basis of marks obtained in IBSAT (or CAT/GMAT/NMAT by GMAC ) + GD + PI + Academic Qualifications.

  • To be eligible for IBSAT admission procedure, it is mandatory for the shortlisted candidates to appear for the GD and PI rounds.

Documents Required for IBSAT Selection Process

  • IBSAT Admit Card

  • IBSAT Score Card

  • Self-attested copy of graduation/12th/10th mark sheet photocopy.

  • Self-attested copy of graduation/12th/10th passing certificate photocopy.

  • Self-attested photocopy of post-graduation (if applicable).

  • Personal data form (filled by the candidate with photo affixed).

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IBSAT 2018 Cut-Off

IBSAT 2018 Cut-Off will release after the declaration of IBSAT 2018 Result. The ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education will release the cut-off on the official website, for candidates to see their position after the result declaration. The expected date of release of the IBSAT 2018 Cut-Off is to be announced in the second week of January 2019. Whereas, the date of examination for IBSAT 2018 is planned to be conducted from 22nd to 23rd December 2018 for the aspirants of MBA and PGDM courses.

The cut-off mark is the minimum mark that a candidate must score to be eligible for the next round of selection process conducted by the concerned authorities. These marks will determine candidates’ position as expected by the participating IBS campuses. Cut-off marks also enable institutions to send selected candidates for the next level constituting to Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI). Candidates scoring equal or more than the listed cut-off marks will be shortlisted for the next round of selection for admission process through IBSAT. As part of the admission process, all the ICFAI affiliated institutes release their individual cut-off lists for admission to MBA and PGPM programmes.

IBSAT 2018 Cut-Off Important Dates

The following table indicates the tentative dates scheduled for the release of the cut-off list.



Exam Date

22nd to 23rd December 2018

Result Declaration

1st Week of January 2019

Cut-Off Release

2nd Week of January 2019

Steps to Check IBSAT 2018 Cut-Off

  • Go to the official website of IBS ICFAI Business School.

  • Go to the 'Home' page of the official website.

  • Search for the IBSAT 2018 Cut-Off on the taskbar of the home page under the admission section.

  • Click on the link given.

  • A new page will open with login details to be entered by the candidates.

  • Login with the credentials asked.

  • A new page will open with the cut-off list.

  • Download the sheet and take a print out of it. Remember to keep the soft copy for future references.

Factors Determining IBSAT 2018 Cut-Off

A number factor determines the Cut-Off marks for an examination. These factors enable the exam conducting authority to calculate the cut-off and judge the performance of candidates based on that cut-off marks. Mentioned-below is a few factors that have been taken into consideration while calculating the cut-off marks of IBSAT 2018 aspirants.

  • The total number of candidates appearing for IBSAT 2018.

  • The difficulty level of the examination.

  • Reservation Policies

  • Rankings of the Participating IBS Campuses.

  • The total number of seat available.

  • Total number of candidates qualifying the IBSAT 2018.

IBSAT 2018 Institutional Cut-Offs


Cut-Offs (Tentative)

IBS Ahmedabad


IBS Gurgaon


IBS Bengaluru


IBS Hyderabad


IBS Dehradun


IBS Jaipur


IBS Pune


IBS Kolkata


IBS Mumbai


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Best Books for IBSAT 2018

IBSAT 2018 is a national level examination conducted mainly for aspirants of MBA and PGDM courses for nine ICFAI Business School (IBS) campuses situated in Dehradun, Jaipur, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Gurgaon, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune. The IBSAT 2018 is scheduled to be conducted from 22nd to 23rd December 2018 with the declaration of the result in the first week of January 2019.

It's time that aspirants of IBSAT 2018 should start with their preparation in order to avoid last minute tension and hassle. A good preparation can start by making a good study plan and timetable. Candidates must first go through the syllabus and exam pattern of IBSAT 2018 and then start studying for the examination. An integral part of your preparation should be to have the right study material for IBSAT 2018. Books are an important part for any exam preparation. Candidates must study from best books for IBSAT 2018. There are a number of books available in the market to help candidates prepare well for IBSAT 2018.

How to Select the Best Books for IBSAT

In order to select a book candidates must consider few points and select the right book. To do so candidates can go through the pointers that will help them to select the best book for IBSAT 2018.

  • Candidates must most importantly check the year of publication of the book they are considering for the purpose of preparation of IBSAT 2018. Taking books of the recent year of publication will help candidates to be familiar with the changed syllabus and pattern of questions and topics.

  • Checking the edition of the book is also important for the candidates. Studying from the latest edition will help candidates to study the updated version of the syllabus as prescribed by the examination conducting authority.

  • Taking books of renowned authors are recommended by expert guides of the IBSAT 2018 examination. The only motive is to read correct content and information when considering books for competitive exams. If the author is renowned then the chances of studying wrong concepts and theories reduce to a great extent.

  • Candidates can also take help from the books issued by the training centers or the coaching centers. These books are specifically planned for the purpose of clearing the examination. Hence, the content of the book is framed specifically for the test-takers of IBSAT. Books issued by the coaching centers will also help candidates in understanding the style of questions asked in the entrance exam.

  • Considering books with attached sample papers, previous years’ question papers and reference materials is also advisable for IBSAT 2018 aspirants. This will help candidates not only in understanding the exam pattern and structure but will also help them to practice well by solving these papers.

  • It is important for candidates to always cross-check and compare the explanation of an important section or difficult topic in two different books of different authors. This should especially be done when the authors are not so renowned or recognised.

  • Candidates can also switch to online books or e-books for their preparation. The level of risk is also in e-books as candidates can easily compare the contents by searching the relevant topic on the internet.

Best Books for IBSAT 2018 Preparation

Best Books for Quantitative Aptitude:

  • Tata Magraw Hill by Arun Sharma
  • QA for Competitive Examination Tips, Techniques and Shortcut methods by Abhijit Guha
  • QA for CAT from Pearson by Nishit Sinha
  • Quantitative Aptitude Numerical Ability (Fully Solved) 7000+ Objective Question by Pratiyogita Kiran & KICX Think Tank of Kiran Prakashan

  • Mathematics for MBA by R.S. Aggarwal

  • Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Arun Sharma

Best Books for Data Interpretation:

  • DI LR from Pearson by Nishit Sinha
  • TMH How to prepare for the Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning for the CAT 3rd Edition by Arun Sharma
  • Data Interpretation by K. Kundan

  • Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency by Ananta Ashisha

Best Books for Verbal Ability:

  • English Proficiency IMS India
  • English Plus ICSE for class 10 by Xavier Pinto
  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
  • Business English and Communication by Clark

Common Books for IBSAT Preparation

  • The Pearson Guide to MBA Entrance Examination by Edgar Thorpe
  • The Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude for MBA Entrance Examination by Dinesh Khattar
  • CAT solved papers by Upkar / Pratiyogita Darpan
  • Data Interpretation MBA Entrance by Jaiswal
  • Quantitative Aptitude for CAT and MBA Entrance Examination by TIME
  • Verbal Ability Guide for CAT by PT Education Ltd.
  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT and MBA Entrance Examination by TIME

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IBSAT 2018 Admit Card

IBS will issue IBSAT 2018 admit card in the month of November 2018. The next step after completing the registration process of IBSAT 2018 is to download the IBSAT admit card as soon as they are released. By entering Application Number and Date of Birth, candidates will be able to download their admit card online. Candidates who successfully complete their  IBSAT registration process (registered candidates) by filling the IBSAT application form and submitting it online, would be able to download IBSAT admit card. The admit card will include details like exam venue, duration of the exam, candidates’ photograph and signature.

Before downloading the IBSAT admit card, candidates are advised to verify their details printed on the admit card and report to the examination authority in case of any issue or discrepancy. Additionally, all the candidates must preserve the IBSAT 2018 admit card till the completion of the admission process.

Note: Candidates who are going to appear for IBSAT 2018 will not be allowed to sit for the exam unless and until they produce a valid admit card to the invigilator.

IBSAT 2018 Admit Card - Important Dates



IBSAT admit card

In the month of November 2018

IBSAT 2018 exam

22nd to 23rd December 2018

How to Download IBSAT Admit Card 2018

Candidates must follow the below-mentioned guidelines in order to download their IBSAT 2018 admit card.

  • Visit the official website of IBS to view your IBSAT scores.

  • Click on the link available to access ‘IBSAT admit card’.

  • After clicking on the link, a new window will appear.

  • Enter your details like Application Number and Date of Birth in DD/MM/YYYY.

  • After entering the details, click on the ‘Submit’ tab.

  • IBSAT 2018 admit card will appear on your screen.

  • Verify all your details in the IBSAT 2018 admit card.

  • Download and take a printout of the admit card.

Important Instructions Regarding IBSAT Admit Card 2018

  • Candidates should reach the examination centre one hour before the examination.

  • Candidates are not allowed to leave the examination center before the concluding of IBSAT 2018 exam.

  • No candidate will be allowed to take the examination without the admit card.

  • No extra sheets, pages, rough sheets are allowed in the examination hall by the candidates.

  • Candidates must be submitted their personal items including the digital watch, mobile phones before entering the examination room.

Details Mentioned on IBSAT 2018 Admit Card

The following details will be mentioned on IBSAT 2018:

  • Name of candidate’s 

  • Category

  • Signature and Photograph

  • Gender

  • Application Form No.

  • Roll Number

  • Exam Date and Time

  • Exam Venue and Reporting Time

  • Language of the question paper

  • IBSAT Exam Day Instructions.

ID Documents Required with IBSAT Admit Card 2018

  • Photo ID Proof (Driving License/ PAN card/ Passport/ Aadhar Card etc.)

  • Admit Card

  • Passport size photograph 

  • Application Form

Discrepancy in IBSAT 2018 Admit Card

In case, a candidate finds an issue/discrepancy in the admit card, then the same must be informed to IBSAT. Candidates can also contact the Admission Office:

IBS Admissions Office
65, Nagarjuna Hills
Hyderabad – 500082

FAQs on IBSAT 2018 Admit Card

1. Can I bring an electronic watch inside the examination hall?

No, you can't bring electronic watch inside the examination hall.

2. Can I get my admit card through courier?

No, admit card will be provided online only.

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How to Apply for IBSAT 2018

The IBSAT 2018 registration process started from 1st July and will end on 12th December 2018. Once candidates register successfully for the examination, they can fill the application form either in online mode or offline mode. Before filling the IBSAT application form, candidates must check the IBSAT Eligibility Criteria and other details related to the exam. ICFAI Foundation conducted the ICFAI Business School Aptitude Test (IBSAT) for admission to its MBA/PGPM and PhD programmes.

Around 50,000 candidates take this online management entrance exam every year. Now, candidates may go through the details about IBSAT registration, application form, important dates and more. The application form is common for admission to all MBA/PGPM programmes offered at IBS Ahmedabad, IBS Bengaluru, IBS Gurgaon, IBS Hyderabad, IBS Dehradun, IBS Jaipur, IBS Kolkata, IBS Mumbai & IBS Pune campuses.

IBSAT 2018 Application Process Dates

Events Dates
Application Process Start Date 1st July 2018
Application Process End Date 12th December 2018
Date of Examination 22nd to 23rd December 2018

General Instructions for Filling IBSAT 2018 Application Form:

  • The applicants must have a valid mobile number and e-mail address before starting the online application process.

  • The applicants must keep all the educational documents (from Class 10 to UG) ready for calculating the percentage of marks.

  • For instance, if the academic institute awards Grade Point Average (GPA), it must be converted into percentage as per the conversion scheme of the institution.

  • Applicants must keep a scanned copy of their colored photograph and save it.

IBSAT Registration Process 2018:

IBSAT 2018 application form is available in two ways

Online: Visiting the official website of IBSAT i.e. ibsindia.org.

Offline: Visiting the IBS Marketing Braches and purchasing the IBSAT Information Bulletin.

For New User Online:

  • Go to the official website of IBS.

  • Enter a valid postal address, telephone number and email ID.

  • After that, you will see two boxes i.e “Application no” and “Password”

  • With the created login credentials, you will now need to proceed with the online application process.

For New User Offline:

  • Applicants can purchase IBSAT 2018 Bulletin from the designated IBS Branches.

  • A voucher will be given to you, you have to scratch it and an application number and password will be issued.


  • On entering a valid login ID/Application No. and Password, you will be taken to the next section, which is “Change your password”.

  • Once the password is changed, the system will navigate to filling the 'IBSAT 2018 Application Form'.

  • In this section, you have to provide your contact details, programme information, and past academic record details.

Steps to Register for IBSAT 2018


  • The applicants must enter their Name as per the academic records.

  • The candidates must also enter their Date of Birth, Address, Mobile Number, E-mail ID, Gender, and Citizenship.

  • Cross check the details before clicking on ‘Proceed’.

  • For editing the data, click on ‘Back’.

  • If the entered personal data is correct, click on ‘Submit’.

  • The first stage of the application process ends with the submission of personal details.

Past Academic Record:

  • Firstly, select the programme, i.e., MBA/ PGPM based on your preference and eligibility.

  • Enter all the details relating to Class 10 & Class 12 (Intermediate) including Name of the Board, Percentage of Marks Obtained, Year of Passing, Medium, Mode of Study and Percentage.

  • Secondly, enter the details relating to your Graduation including duration, year of passing, the percentage of marks secured, mode of study and medium of instruction.

  • The applicants must also enter the name of the university or college, state, and city in which the candidate has graduated.

  • Check all the details carefully before clicking on ‘Proceed’.

  • For editing the data, click on ‘Back’.

  • If the entered personal data is correct, click on ‘Submit’.

Uploading Photograph and Signature:

  • Uploading photograph is the next stage of the application process.

  • The candidates must upload a coloured photograph in .jpeg or .jpg format.

  • The size of the photograph should not exceed 25 KB and must be approximately 140-160 pixels.

  • The candidates must upload their scanned signature in the required format.

Payment Detail:

  • The application fee for IBSAT 2018 is Rs 1800 /-.

  • Payment for IBSAT 2018 is done via Online Mode (Credit Card/ Debit Card or Netbanking)

Entrance Exam Details:

  • This is the last stage of the application process.

  • The applicants must specify as to how they wish to apply for the MBA/ PGPM programme, i.e., through which of these exams -IBSAT/ CAT/ NMAT/ GMAT.


  • The candidates must check on ‘I Agree’ on the declaration statement.

  • The declaration statement indicates that all the information submitted by the candidates is correct.

  • Now, click on ‘Submit'.

  • The application process ends with the submission of all the details.

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IBSAT 2018 Answer Key

IBSAT 2018 answer key will be available for the candidates who have appeared for the entrance exam. The answer key of IBSAT 2018 will be made available once the exam has been conducted. The IBSAT 2018 is scheduled to be held on 22nd to 23rd December 2018 and the answer key of the exam will be available once the exam has been conducted successfully. IBSAT 2018 is conducted by its conducting body i.e. ICFAI business school for management programs. The result of IBSAT 2018 will be declared in the month of January 2019. Candidates who have appeared for the exam can easily download the answer key by visiting the official website of IBSAT. Some of the private coaching institutes may also release the answer key of IBSAT 2018.

By using IBSAT 2018 answer key, candidates can get an idea about their probable score/marks before the declaration of the official result. Candidates can use this answer key to match the answers they have attempted in the exam with the correct answers provided in the key. In order to calculate the score correctly, candidates must know the marking scheme of IBSAT 2018. For every correct answer, 1 mark will be given to the candidates and there is no negative marking in the entrance exam. Candidates must note that on the basis of correct and incorrect answers, they will be able to calculate their probable marks.

Note: With the help of the IBSAT 2018 answer key, candidates can get an idea of shortlisting the IBSAT participating institutes where they are seeking admission.

Important Dates of IBSAT 2018 Answer Key



Date of IBSAT 2018

22nd to 23rd December 2018

Announcement of IBSAT 2018 Result

1st Week of January 2019

IBSAT 2018 Answer Key

To be Released

Steps to Download IBSAT 2018 Answer Key

Candidates can follow the steps given below to download the answer key of IBSAT 2018:

Step 1: Visit the official website, i.e. www.ibsindia.org

Step 2: Click on the link that displays “IBSAT 2018 Answer Key”.

Step 3: To proceed further, enter the login credentials i.e. Registration number and Date of Birth.

Step 4: IBSAT 2018 answer key will be displayed set wise on the screen.

Step 5: By checking the answer key, candidates can check their answers.

Step 6: Candidates can also download the answer key according to the question paper and print the copy of the answer key to use it for future reference.

Marking Scheme of IBSAT 2018 Answer Key

Candidates can check the table given below for understanding the IBSAT 2018 marking scheme:

  • There are 140 questions in total in the entrance exam.

  • For each correct answer, candidates will be awarded one mark.

  • There is no negative marking in the exam.

Type of Answer


For Correct answer

+1 Mark

For Incorrect answer

No Negative Marking

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IBSAT 2018 Mock Test

IBSAT 2018 mock test is now available for candidates preparing to take the exam this year. The examination is scheduled to be conducted on 22nd and 23rd December 2018. Candidates who have successfully applied for IBSAT 2018 may start preparing for the exam right away. Candidates must go through the exam pattern and syllabus of IBSAT 2018 before beginning to take the mock tests.

Aspirants of IBSAT 2018 can also access the IBSAT 2018 Mock Test on its official website. 

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How to Access IBSAT Mock Test with Solutions

Mentioned below are some steps to access the IBSAT 2018 Mock Tests for the aspirants of IBSAT.

  • Go to the official website of ICFAI.

  • Click on the 'Mock Test' link available on the scroll.

  • A new page will open where Mock Test 1 will be displayed.

  • Provide your Name, Email ID, Mobile Number, State and click on Mock Test 1’ tab.

  • The mock test will appear and you can start your practice for better preparation.

Importance of IBSAT Mock Test

  • Solving mock tests is considered a good source of preparation to do well in the actual examination.

  • It would help candidates give the exam in a similar way as the main exam.

  • Mock tests follow the pattern and timings similar to the main examination.

  • It helps candidates become quick with the questions by flipping the sections as would be done in the main examination.

  • Solving mock tests on a regular basis will improve candidates' time-management skills. Hence, they will be able to calculate the exact time slot for completing every section of the paper.

  • The mock test is a replica of the main exam, therefore, candidates will be able to understand the exam pattern and structure of the IBSAT 2018 in a better way.

To know more about the smart tips and tricks, candidates can read How to Prepare for IBSAT 2018 section and plan ahead for the examination.

Quick Look at IBSAT Exam Pattern & Marking Scheme 2018

  • IBSAT 2018 is an online examination, which will be conducted at different centers as allotted by the ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education.

  • The language to be followed for this examination is English. The question paper will also be in English.

  • IBSAT 2018 Syllabus consists of four sections including Reading Comprehension, Verbal Ability, Data Interpretation, and Data Sufficiency and Quantitative Aptitude.

  • There will be a total of 140 questions that must be solved within a time span of 2 hours (120 minutes).

  • One mark will be allotted for every correct answer. And the total marks of IBSAT 2018 is 140.

  • There will be no negative marking for wrong answers.

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IBSAT Conducting Body

IBSAT is an online aptitude test conducted every year by ICFAI Business School. At IBS, students not just become a part of innovative and globally accepted programmes but they also get numerous opportunities for all-round development. The objective of IBS is to transform its students into leaders of the future. IBS has 9 campuses, which are located in Dehradun, Jaipur, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Gurgaon, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune. The programmes offered at IBS campuses prepare students for successful careers in the corporate world. 

IBSAT 2018 Important Dates

Events Dates
Application Process Start Date 1st July 2018
Application Process End Date 12th December 2018
Date of Examination 22nd to 23rd December 2018
Announcement of Result 1st week of January 2019
Selection Briefings 13th to 20th January 2019
Selection Process 

20th-26th February 2019 at IBS Hyderabad (MBA/ PGPM Programme)

17th-20th March 2019 at IBS Hyderabad (Ph.D Programme)

IBSAT 2018 Exam Centers

Agra Guwahati Mumbai-Mira Road
Ahmedabad Gwalior Mumbai-Thane
Ajmer Haldwani Muzaffarpur
Aligarh Hardwar Mysore
Allahabad Hissar Nagpur
Alwar Hyderabad Nasik
Ambala Indore Navi Mumbai
Aurangabad Jabalpur Noida
Bangalore Jaipur Patna
Bareilly Jalandhar Pune
Baroda Jammu Raipur
Belgaum Jamshedpur Rajahmundry
Bhilai Jodhpur Rajkot
Bhopal Jorhat Ranchi
Bhubaneswar Kanpur Rohtak
Chandigarh Karnal Rourkela
Chennai Khammam Secunderabad
Coimbatore Kochi Shillong
Cuttack Kolapur Shimla
Dehradun Kolkata Silchar
Delhi-Kirti Nagar Kota Siliguri
Delhi-Okhla Kozhikode Surat
Delhi-Vivek-Vihar Lucknow Thrissur
Dhanbad Ludhiana Tirupati
Dibrugarh Madurai Trivandrum
Durgapur Mandi Udaipur
Faridabad Manglore Varanasi
Ghaziabad Meerut Vijayawada
Gorakhpur Moradabad Visakhapatnam
Greater Noida Mumbai Dadar Visakhapatnam
Gurgaon Mumbai-Andheri Warangal

Contact Details

IBS Admissions Office

65, Nagarjuna Hills


Hyderabad – 500082


Telephone Board: 040 – 23440963

Toll Free: 1800 425 55 66 77

Email: ibsat@ibsindia.org

Important Dates

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IBSAT 2018 Important Events Dates
Registration 01 Jul to 12 Dec, 2018
Exam Date 22 Dec to 23 Dec, 2018

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