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IBSAT or ICFAI Business School Aptitude Test, conducted by The ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education is the university level online entrance exam whose test scores are used for admission into the MBA and Ph.D. programs of 9 ICFAI Business School (IBS) campuses – Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Gurgaon, Dehradun, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Pune. This is an online management aptitude test that aims to test the applicant’s ability in analytical reasoning, data adequacy, quantitative techniques, data interpretation, reading comprehension and vocabulary.

Latest Update:

IBSAT Exam 2020 To be Held as Home Proctored Computer-based Test: Check here

IBSAT 2019 Result Out: Check here

Highlights of IBSAT:

Exam Name ICFAI Business School Aptitude Test (IBSAT)
Conducting Body ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education
Exam level National
Exam Mode Online
Exam Duration 2 hrs
Medium of Exam English
Exam Frequency One a year
Course(s) Offered MBA & PGPM
Official Website IBSAT 2020 Official Website
Exam Helpdesk No. 1800-425-55-66-77

IBSAT 2020 Schedule:

Here we have mentioned the tentative dates for IBSAT 2020 such as registration dates, exam dates, result declaration dates, etc.

Events Dates 
Release of online application form 1 July 2020 (Out)
End of accessing the application form 16 December 2020
Admit Card Download 17 December 2020
Exam date 26 - 27 December 2020
Result Declaration 5 January 2021
Selection Briefings 9 - 17 January 2021
Last date to apply for IBS with CAT/GMAT/NMAT score 31 January 2021
Selection Process for MBA/PGDM February - March 2021

IBSAT 2020 Admit Card:

The admit card for IBSAT 2020 is issued for those candidates who have successfully registered themselves. The admit card will only be available in online mode. Admit card is the most important document to carry inside the exam hall. Also, candidates should note that they should not throw their admit card after the exam is over as it may be of use later.

Steps to download the admit card:

  • Go to the official website of IBSAT
  • Click on the IBSAT 2020Admit Card link
  • Provide the application number and password
  • The admit card will appear on the screen
  • Download and take a print out of the admit card

Details Present in the IBSAT Admit Card:

  • Candidate’s Name
  • Candidate’s Category
  • Candidate’s Signature & Photo
  • Gender
  • Application Form Number
  • Roll Number
  • Exam Date & Time
  • Exam Venue & Reporting Time
  • Language of the question paper
  • IBSAT Exam Day Instructions

Here is a graphical representation on what to carry inside the exam hall:

IBSAT 2020 Syllabus:

The syllabus of IBSAT 2020 consists of 3 subjects, which are:

  • Quantitative Aptitude (QA)
  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
  • Data Adequacy and Data Interpretation (DA/ DI)
Quantitative Aptitude (QA) Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) Data Adequacy and Data Interpretation (DA/ DI)
Number System Comprehension of passage Tables
Work, Pipes, and Cisterns Syllogisms Data Interpretation
Average English Grammar Data Sufficiency
Arithmetic Progression Punctuation Logical Reasoning
Time and Work Incorrect words Assumption-Premise-Conclusion
Percentage English Usage Pie-Chart
Algebra Sentence completion Critical-Reasoning
Geometry Contextual usage Column graphs
Mensuration Analogies Statements and Conclusions
Probability Vocabulary Matrix arrangements
Permutation & Combination Replace the missing words Linear Arrangements
Quadratic and linear equation Para Jumble Line Charts
Profit & Loss Idioms Visual reasoning
Allegation & mixtures One-word Substitution Bar-Graphs
Time-Speed-Distance Fill in the Blanks Venn diagram

IBSAT 2020 Exam Pattern:

Mode of the Exam: Online 
Sections: Four (Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Ability, Data Adequacy & Data Interpretation, and Reading Comprehension)
Total no.of questions: 140
Duration of the exam: 2 hours
Type of questions: Multiple Choice 
The medium of Exam: English
Negative Marking: No negative marking in the exam
Sectional time limit: No sectional time limit

Marking System:

Section No. of Questions Max Marks
Verbal Ability (VA) 50 50
Reading Comprehension (RC) 30 30
Quantitative Aptitude (QA) 30 30
Data Adequacy/ Sufficiency and Data Interpretation (DA/ DI) 30 30
Total 140 140
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IBSAT 2020 Cut Off:

The cut off is the minimum mark required to be eligible for the admission procedure. The cut off for IBSAT 2020 varies as per the different IBS Business schools. However, the cut off also depends upon a few factors, which are:

  • Previous years’ cutoff
  • The difficulty level of exam
  • No of Applicant
  • No. of candidates qualified the exam

Steps to view the IBSAT Cut-Off:

  • Go to the official website of IBSAT
  • Click on the "IBSAT Cut-Off" link
  • Enter your login credentials
  • Click on ‘Submit’ And View IBSAT cut-off for various colleges

IBSAT 2019 Expected Cut-Off:

Campus Expected cut-off (Out of 140)
IBS Hyderabad 71 - 75
IBS Mumbai 68 - 70
IBS Gurgaon 65 - 67
IBS Bangalore 64 - 66
IBS Pune 60 - 64
IBS Dehradun 54 - 58
IBS Jaipur 53 - 57
IBS Ahmedabad 58 - 62
IBS Kolkata 55 - 60

Here is a graphical representation of past year cut-offs for different IBS campuses:

IBSAT 2020 Application Form:

Candidates can apply for IBSAT 2020 through both online and offline methods. 

I. Online Application Form:Step 1. Registration:
  • Go to the official website of ICFAI Business School 
  • Click on "Apply to IBS Admission Test"
  • Enter the details required such as name, phone number, email id, etc.
  • Submit the registration form
  • Your registration ID and password will be sent to your registered email id
Step 2. Application Form:
  • Login using the registration ID and password provided
  • Provide your personal details 
  • Enter your academic details 
  • Check all the information provided thoroughly
  • Submit the application form
Step 3. Uploading Images:
Upload your recent photograph and signature with specifications mentioned in the application form.
Step 4. Payment
Pay the application fee of Rs. 1800/- through Net Banking/ Credit Card/ Debit Card 

II. Offline Application Form:

  • Candidates can buy the IBSAT application form along with the prospectus from any of IBS campus/ designated marketing branches/ Axis bank branches by paying Rs. 1800/-
  • The packet will contain a login ID and voucher number
  • Use the login ID and create a new password
  • Use login ID and new password to fill the IBSAT application form

IBSAT 2020 Counselling:

The IBSAT 2020 Counselling procedure will begin in the month of February. Those candidates who have secured equal or more than the cut off mark will be eligible for the counseling procedure. In order to appear in the counseling session, the eligible candidates have to register themselves on the official website for the session. After the successful registration, the candidates have to appear for the group discussion followed by the personal interview session.

IBSAT 2020 Selection/Admision Process:
The selection to IBS colleges through IBSAT is done in 4 rounds, which are:

  • Registration
  • Selection Briefing
  • Group Discussion (GD)
  • Personal Interview (PI)

1. Registration:

  • Candidates clearing the IBSAT 2020 Cut-Off are allowed to register themselves.
  • The registration for admission will be available on the official website.
  • Candidates need to fill the application form and submit within the due date to apply for the respective college.

2. Selection Briefing:

  • IBS conducts selection briefing in different cities before the selection process.
  • These briefings are seminars which provide all the information regarding the admission in IBS.
  • Candidates can select their date and venue of the briefing as per their convenience
  • An expert is appointed who answers different queries related to IBSAT selection procedure
  • The experts also provide useful tips for GD and PI

3. Group Discussion (GD)

  • Selected candidates are invited for Group Discussion (GD) process at IBS Hyderabad.
  • In GD round, candidates are divided into groups of 8 - 10 (depending on the committee) and are given a specific topic that needs to be discussed for 15 - 20 minutes.
  • The topics can be anything, from current affairs to historical subjects, even also abstract topics.
  • The candidate is marked on the basis of communication skills, leadership skills, problem-solving ability, etc.

4. Personal Interview (PI)

  • Personal Interview (PI) is the final round of the selection process
  • Here the candidate is asked various questions in face to face situation by the selection committee
  • The candidate is marked on communication skills, confidence, soft skills, interpersonal skills, etc.

Documents Required for Counseling Process:

IBSAT 2020 Result:

The result for IBSAT 2020 will be released on the official website in the month of January 2020. The students can check their result by visiting the official website of IBS. The candidates will be able to get their total mark and in the form of a scorecard.

How To Check IBSAT 2020 Result Online?

  • Go to the official website of IBSAT
  • Find & click on the IBSAT Result link
  • Log in to the website by entering the required information (Application no., Password)
  • View and download the scorecard for future reference

Details Mentioned in Scorecard:Colleges that Accept IBSAT Score
IBSAT score is accepted by 9 participating institutes of ICFAI. Here we have provided colleges accepting IBSAT score along with its fees:

College Name Fees (Per Annum in Rupees)
IBS Ahmedabad 4 -5 lakhs 
IBS Dehradun 2.5 - 3 lakhs 
IBS Hyderabad 7 - 8 lakhs
IBS Kolkata 4 - 4.5 lakhs
IBS Pune 4 - 4.5 lakhs
IBS Bengaluru 4 - 4.5 lakhs
IBS Gurgaon 4 - 4.5 lakhs
IBS Jaipur 2.8 - 3 lakhs
IBS Mumbai 4 - 4.5 lakhs

IBSAT 2020 Answer Key:

The answer key of IBSAT 2020 will be released on the official website after the exam is conducted. The answer key will contain the answers to each and every question asked in the exam. Candidates can compare their attempted questions in the exam to those in the answer key and have a brief idea about their results.

Steps to download the answer key:

  • Go to the official website of IBSAT
  • Enter your Enrollment number and Date of Birth into the login page
  • The answer key will be displayed
  • Download the answer key

Steps to Challenge the Answer Key:

IBSAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria:


  • The candidates must have a graduation degree in any discipline with the medium of instruction as English.
  • The candidate must have completed a minimum of 15 years of education i.e. 10+2+3 or 10+2+4 basis
  • The candidates who don't have an English medium in graduation have to submit the TOEFL or NELT or IELTS
  • The candidates have to secure at least 50% marks and above in the qualifying examination.
  • Candidates of the final year/semester can also apply.

For Ph.D. (in Management):

  • The candidate must have a minimum of 50% and above in graduation (any stream) with the medium of instruction as English.
  • The candidates who don't have an English medium in graduation have to submit the TOEFL or NELT or IELTS 
  • A minimum mark of 55% in post-graduation (PG) in Management/Economics/Commerce/Psychology/Sociology or allied discipline is required
  • A professional qualification such as CFA/CA/CS/CWA with 55% and above are eligible

For Ph.D. (in Economics):

  • The candidate must have a minimum of 50% and above in graduation (any stream) with the medium of instruction as English.
  • Post-graduation (PG) in Economics or allied discipline with a minimum of 55% and above is mandatory.
  • The candidate must have completed a minimum of 17 years of education i.e. 10+2+3+2 or 10+2+4+2 basis
  • The candidates who don't have an English medium in graduation have to submit the TOEFL or NELT or IELTS

Age Limit:
There is no age limit mentioned to apply for IBSAT 2020.

IBSAT 2020 FAQ's:

Q: Who conducts the IBSAT 2020 entrance exam?
A: The entrance exam is being conducted by The ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education.

Q: What is the medium of the exam of IBSAT 2020?
A: The IBSAT 2020 entrance exam will be conducted in the English medium.

Q: Is there any negative marking in IBSAT 2020?
A: No, there is no negative marking in IBSAT 2020.

Q: What is the application fee for IBSAT 2020?
A: The application fee of IBSAT 2020 for every category candidates is Rs. 1800.

Q: Is there any sectional time limit in IBSAT 2020?
A: No, there is no sectional time limit for IBSAT 2020. Candidates can move through any section at any point in time and answer.

Q: What is the exam mode of the IBSAT 2020?
A: The IBSAT 2020 will be conducted in online mode i.e. computer-based.

Q: Can I change any detail in the application form of IBSAT 2020 after I have submitted it?
A: No, the application form of IBSAT 2020 once submitted finally does not allow candidates to change any areas. So, the candidates have to fill the application form very carefully.

Q: What are the best books to prepare for IBSAT 2020?
A: Books that will help to clear the IBSAT 2020 are:

  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
  • Business English and Communication by Clark
  • Quantitative Aptitude by Arun Sharma
  • Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning by Pearson Publication
  • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning by Arun Sharma
  • CAT Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension by Gautam Puri


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