IBSAT EXAM GUIDE: Everything You Want To Know
What is IBSAT?
ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education (a deemed to be University) conducts the IBS Aptitude Test (IBSAT) conducts entrance exam for admission to MBA/PGPM programs at its nine affiliated business schools.
Of these, IBS Dehradun and IBS Jaipur offer the MBA program. The other schools, IBS Hyderabad, IBS Mumbai, IBS Bengaluru, IBS Pune, IBS Gurgaon, IBS Kolkata, IBS Ahmedabad offer the Post Graduate Program in Management (PGPM).
IBSAT Examination Essential Facts
IBSAT is held once a year as a computer-based online Test. For essential facts on the test, see this table:
|IBSAT Exam Features||Details|
|Name of the Examination||ICFAI Business School Aptitude Test|
|Name of the Conducting Body||ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education|
|IBSAT 2019 convening body||ICFAI Business School|
|Level of the IBSAT Examination||National|
|Frequency of IBSAT Examination per Year||Once a year|
|Mode of IBSAT Examination||Online|
|Total Duration of IBSAT Examination||120 minutes|
|IBSAT Examination Syllabus||(1) Verbal Ability|
(4)Data Adequacy and Data Interpretation
|IBSAT Examination Pattern||140 Questions in MCQs Format|
|IBSAT Examination Fees||INR 1,800|
|Number of Applications Received||Approximately 25,000 in 2018|
|Exam Purpose||Admission into 9 Campuses of IBS spread across |
(8) Pune, and
|No. of Test Centres||95|
|Exam Helpdesk No.||040 - 23440963 (5 lines)|
IBSAT Exam 2019 Schedule
Have a look at the IBSAT exam schedule 2019.
|Schedule||IBSAT 2019 Dates||Salient Features|
|IBSAT 2019 December registrations start||01st-Jul-2019||Registration process is online|
|Last Date to Apply for IBSAT 2019||17th-Dec-2019||Closure of registration window was extended|
|Admit Card release for CBT IBSAT exam||22nd-Nov-2019 to 21st-Dec-2019 ( 4:00 pm onwards)||22-Nov-2019 to 21-Dec-2019 ( 4:00 pm onwards) Admit card was available on the official IBSAT website|
|IBSAT 2019 December exam (CBT)||21st-Dec-2019 and 22nd-Dec-2019||Was held in 95 test centres|
|Result Declaration||26th-Dec-2019||IBSAT scorecards are available at the official website|
Colleges Accepting IBSAT Scores
IBS Hyderabad and 8 other colleges accept IBSAT score:
|Sr. No.||Institute Name|
IBSAT Eligibility Criteria
You should be a graduate in any discipline with 50% percent and above marks in aggregate and English as the medium of instruction. Those who completed their graduation with any other language as a medium of instructions should submit TOEFL / NELT / IELTS score.
The test is also open to those in the final year of their bachelor’s degree course. You can also apply for direct admission if you have the score in any of these exams, namely, GMAT, CAT NMAT by GMAC.
Also Read: IBSAT Exam Pattern
IBSAT Selection Process
Those shortlisted on the basis of the scores obtained in the entrance exam will be called for the Group Discussion and Personal Interview rounds. In these rounds, you will be evaluated on your positive approach, leadership qualities and negotiation skills. The final selection result will be announced soon after the conclusion of the final selection rounds, namely, the Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI) rounds.
Also read: IBSAT Admit Card
IBSAT 2019 Exam Centres
IBSAT 2019 exam was held at test centres across 95 cities in India. The candidate’s admit card carries the details of the test centre including its address. As a candidate, you must also be aware that the ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education reserves the right to change the exam centre for any reason before the exam date.
Also read: IBSAT Exam Analysis
IBSAT Exam Day Guidelines
- You should report to your allotted test centre at least an hour before the start of the test for document verification and other formalities
- You should carry the IBSAT test admit card, without which you would not be allowed entry to the exam centre
- Along with the IBSAT admit card, photo identification is needed. You could present your Voter ID, Driving License, Aadhaar Card, Passport, or even the College ID card
- Remember not to take electronic gadgets, jewellery, wrist-watch, headphone, calculator, study material, bag or stationery items inside the exam centre
Follow the instructions of the exam invigilator and refrain from unethical practices like copying during the test Candidates need to fulfil the following eligibility criteria to apply for IBSAT exam.
IBSAT Exam FAQs
A: IBSAT application forms will be available in both online and offline mode. The registration fee is Rs 1800.
A: IBS Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Gurgaon, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune charge a course fee of Rs 8,01,000 for the PGPM program. IBS Dehradun and Jaipur have a fee of Rs 5,67,000 for the MBA program. Those selected for the MBA program at these two campuses and students belonging to Uttarakhand and Rajasthan get a concession of Rs 50,000 in the fee.
Q: What is selection briefing?
A: Selection briefing is a seminar series to inform you about the programs and processes at IBS. Group Discussion and Personal Interview follow the briefing.
A: The question paper has four sections. You will be tested in Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Ability and Data Adequacy & Data Interpretation. The test has a total number of 140 questions to be attempted in 2 hours. Check details here- IBSAT exam pattern
A: Among the highly recommended books by experts are Mathematics for MBA entrance exam by RS Aggarwal, Quantitative aptitude for MBA Entrance Examination by Abhijit Guha. You could also have a look at Objective English 6e: For Competitive Examination, by Thorpe, Data Interpretation MBA Entrance by Jaiswal, Verbal Ability Guide for CAT by PT Education Ltd.
A: The difficulty level in IBSAT is rated as moderate to high. It is at the average level when compared to other standardized tests for MBA admissions like CAT, XAT, IIFT, IBSAT
A: You should collect preparation material like books and study guides. Draw up a schedule to cover the entire syllabus. Undertake mock tests to develop an understanding of your weak spots and rectify them at the earliest.
A: IBSAT exam score is valid for one year. During this period, you could apply for admission to the MBA program in any of the 9 ICFAI business schools on the basis of test score.
A: No, there is no negative marking in IBSAT exam that has a total of 140 questions carrying one mark each.
A: IBSAT is an online computer-based aptitude test.
A: IBSAT has 140 questions of one mark each. The VA section has 50 Questions, RC 30 questions, QA 30 and DA/DI 30 questions.
A: Yes, anyone who is in the final year Bachelors Degree course can apply and appear in the IBSAT exam.
A: At present, the fee is pegged at Rs 4,005 lakh per annum.
A: No, even though the work experience is not counted in the selection process, it could put you in an advantageous position.
A: For domicile candidates, the fee is Rs 2.585 Lakh per annum and for non-domicile Rs 2.835 Lakh per annum.
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