IBSAT 2022: Exam Dates, Application Form, Eligibility, Syllabus, Results

ICFAI Business School Aptitude Test 2021 ( IBSAT )

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Updated on Apr 12, 2022 11:36 IST

IBSAT 2022 exam notification will be released in the first week of July. The registration process will commence soon after the release of the notification. Candidates desiring to take admission to the MBA/PGDM programme of IBS 9 campuses must appear for the IBSAT 2022 exam to appear for the admission process. IBSAT 2022 registration will commence online. Candidates must ensure to fulfil the prescribed IBSAT eligibility criteria before filling out the application form. 

What is IBSAT?

IBS Aptitude Test or IBSAT is a national level entrance exam conducted by ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education (a deemed to be University) for admission to MBA/PGPM programmes.  IBSAT scores are accepted by nine ICFAI Business Schools (IBS), namely IBS Hyderabad, IBS Mumbai, IBS Bengaluru, IBS Pune, IBS Gurgaon, IBS Kolkata, IBS Ahmedabad, IBS Jaipur and IBS Dehradun. IBSAT is a two-hour Computer-based test (CBT) comprising multiple-choice questions. IBSAT is a computer-based test that is generally conducted over a window of two days in December. Qualified candidates will have to first attend a selection briefing round and then appear for the final selection rounds, including Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI) round.

IBSAT Exam 2022 Highlights

IBSAT exam is conducted once a year in online mode. The table below brings some quick facts about the exam.

Features Details
Exam name ICFAI Business School Aptitude Test 
Conducting body ICFAI Foundation For Higher Education (a deemed to be University under Section 3 of UGC act 1956)
IBSAT 2022 convening body ICFAI Business School
Level National
Exam Frequency Once a year
Mode Computer Based Test (CBT)
Duration 120 minutes
Syllabus Verbal Ability, Quantitative Ability, Reading Comprehension, Data Adequacy and Data Interpretation
Exam Pattern 140 questions in MCQ format
Language English
Exam Fees INR 1,800
Number of Applications Received  Approx 25,000 in the previous years
Exam purpose Admission into 9 Campuses of ICFAI Business School (IBS) in Hyderabad, Dehradun, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Gurgaon, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Pune & Mumbai
Course/s offered MBA/PGPM
Exam Helpdesk No. 040-23440963 
Exam Website


IBSAT Exam 2022 Dates and Events

Find below the tentative dates of IBSAT 2022 for the important events in the table below.

Events Dates Salient Features
IBSAT notification release

Last week of June 2022

The notification will mention the complete schedule for IBSAT exam
IBSAT 2022 registration starts

First week of July 2022

The registration process will commence online and can be done through the official website
Last date of application

Third week of December 2022

Candidates cannot apply beyond this date
IBSAT mock test 2022

Second week of August

Candidates must appear for the national mock test to familiarise themselves with the exam pattern
IBSAT 2022 admit card download Third week of December 2022 Candidates will be able to download the admit card online by logging in through application credentials
IBSAT 2022

Fourth week of December 2022

Exam will be Computer Based Test
Result declaration Last week of December 2022 IBSAT scorecards will be available on the official website
Selection briefings Second week of January to Third week of January 2023 IBS conducts selection briefings for shortlisted students regarding GD-PI and admission 
Selection process Third week of February 2023 onwards  GD-PI rounds are conducted for shortlisted candidates
Selection process Result First week of March 2023 Candidates who will appear for the GD/PI rounds can check their result online
IBSAT 2022 selection process registration for 8 IBS campuses March 2023 Candidates having valid score in IBSAT or nay other entrance examination (2020 onwards) will be able to register for the IBS campuses selection process. 
Selection process Second week of April 2023 Registered candidates will have to appear offline for the GD/PI rounds


IBSAT Application Form 2022

The first step of the admission process begins with filling out the IBSAT 2022 application form. Candidates need to fill the application form within the slated time, as there would not be any provision for submitting the IBSAT 2022 application forms beyond the deadline. IBS aspirants will be able to apply for the IBSAT 2022 exam online. The application process will start with the creation of login ID and password and end with payment of application fee of INR 1800. IBSAT is conducted in multiple test cities across the country.  

IBSAT Eligibility Criteria 2022

 Candidates need to fulfil the following eligibility criteria to apply for the IBSAT 2022 exam: 

  • Candidates should have a bachelor's degree or equivalent in any discipline with a minimum 50 per cent aggregate 
  • Candidates not meeting the eligibility criteria of English medium in graduation need to submit the TOEFL/ NELT/ IELTS score 
  • Applicants in their final year of graduation are also eligible to apply  
  • Candidates with a valid score of GMAT, CAT and NMAT by GMAC need not appear for IBSAT and can apply for direct admission 

IBSAT 2022 Admission Process

The admission process for IBSAT includes five stages — filling application form, issuing of admit card, IBSAT 2022 exam, declaration of result and selection process for shortlisted candidates. Each stage in the IBSAT Admission process is explained below:

IBSAT Admission Process

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IBSAT Exam Centre

IBSAT Syllabus 2022

IBS does not prescribe the exact syllabus for IBSAT 2022. However, based on the previous year question papers the topics for IBSAT 2022 syllabus is similar to that of CAT. IBSAT 2022 syllabus will be divided into four sections. To ace the exam candidates must know the important topics for IBSAT 2022. 

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IBSAT Syllabus

IBSAT Exam Pattern 2022

IBSAT 2022 exam pattern prescribes the sections, time limit and a number of questions in a question paper. As per the exam pattern of IBSAT 2022 the question paper will be divided into four sections. There will be no sectional time limit and candidates will be able to switch between sections as per their preference. IBSAT 2022 exam will be conducted for a duration of 120 minutes.

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IBSAT 2022 Preparation Tips

IBSAT is a speed-based test and students need to solve 140 questions within two hours. Keeping this in mind, candidates should chalk out an IBSAT preparation timeline to cover essential topics from the syllabus. Also, they need to shortlist and refer to the best books for IBSAT preparation, five-year IBSAT sample papers and online mock tests. They must follow the below-mentioned tips while preparing for IBSAT 2022:

1. Allot three to four months to cover the IBSAT syllabus

2. Analyse self-preparation level through practice of IBSAT sample papers

3. Read each topic included in the IBSAT syllabus and simultaneously create short notes on each topic to revise them from time to time

4. Rather than randomly preparing the topics, follow a systematic plan to complete the IBSAT syllabus

5. Discuss all the doubts with peer members to clarify them and also help others in the group to clarify their doubts as well

IBSAT 2022 Mock Test 

IBSAT national mock test will be released tentatively in the second week of August 2022. Candidates must appear for the IBSAT mock test to become familiar with the actual exam environment and pattern of the question paper. Candidates must adhere to the prescribed eligibility criteria to appear for IBSAT national mock test 2022. Also, try out free of cost IBSAT Mock Test prepared by Shiksha to help all the test takers shape their accuracy skills to answer the question as well as master speed based skills for the test.

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IBSAT mock test 

IBSAT 2022 Admit Card

Authorities will release the IBSAT admit card soon after the registration process is over. Candidates who will have registered for the entrance exam will be able to download the admit card when released. The IBSAT 2022 admit card is expected to release week prior to the date of examination. Candidates will be able to download the hall ticket online only. 

IBSAT Question Paper 2022

Candidates preparing for the IBSAT exam must download the question paper to know the exam pattern, syllabus and difficulty level over past years. IBSAT question paper helps candidates in assessing their preparation level and improves their speed and accuracy within the exam duration.

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IBSAT question paper

IBSAT Result 2022

IBSAT 2022 scorecard is released on the official website. In order to check the scorecard and download IBSAT 2022 result, test-takers need to log in using the hall ticket number, registration number and date of birth. Based on the scores obtained by the test takers, they will be called for successive rounds.

Based on the performance in IBSAT 2022, shortlisted candidates have to appear for Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI) rounds. In these rounds, candidates are judged on the basis of their optimistic outlook, leadership qualities and negotiation skills.

IBSAT Cutoff 2022

IBSAT 2022 cutoff will be released soon after the declaration of result. Candidates meeting the IBSAT cutoff 2022 will be shortlisted for the GD-PI rounds on the basis of which final admissions will be granted to the students. As per the previous year's cutoff, the IBSAT cutoff for IBS Hyderabad is expected to be 72-78. IBSAT cutoff 2022 will be released across 8 IBS campuses- Hyderabad, Mumbai, Gurugram, Bengaluru, Dehradun, Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Kolkata.

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IBSAT Selection Process

Colleges Accepting IBSAT score

Take this IBSAT 2021 Mock Test to get an idea about the type of questions that will be asked, the exam pattern and marking scheme. After taking the test, you can immediately check your score. You can also download the Question Paper along with answers and their explanations for Free. Click below to start the free online test now.

Free IBSAT Mock Test

FAQs Related to IBSAT 2022

Q. When will the IBSAT 2022 registration commence?

Ans. IBSAT 2022 application form will be available in online mode tentatively in first week of July 2022. 

Q: How to apply for IBSAT 2022?

A: IBSAT application forms are available on the official website of IBS India. Candidates can apply for the exam by registering on the official website.

Q: What is the fee structure for the MBA programme at IBS campuses?

A: The course fee is Rs 9.09 lakh at IBS Ahmedabad, IBS Gurgaon, IBS Kolkata, IBS Mumbai and IBS Pune while it is Rs 6.03 lakhs at IBS Dehradun and IBS Jaipur campuses. IBS Hyderabad and Bangalore have the highest fee among the other campuses that is Rs. 16.02 lakhs and Rs. 12.06 lakhs respectively.

Q: What is the IBS selection briefing?

A: The selection briefings are a series of seminars to provide candidates with an insight into the programmes and processes at IBS. Selection briefings are followed by Group Discussion and Personal Interview.

Q: What is the exam pattern of IBSAT?

A: The paper is divided into four sections - Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Ability and Data Adequacy & Data Interpretation. The total number of questions will be 140 and the duration of the test is two hours. 

Q: Which books to study for the IBSAT exam?

A: Some best books for IBSAT exam include Mathematics for MBA entrance exam by RS Aggarwal, Quantitative aptitude for MBA Entrance Examination by Abhijit Guha, Objective English For Competitive Examination by Thorpe, Data Interpretation MBA Entrance by Jaiswal, Verbal Ability Guide for CAT by PT Education Ltd.

Q: What is the difficulty level of IBSAT exam?

A: Amongst all the national exams that are conducted for MBA admissions, IBSAT exam is considered to be of moderate difficulty level. 

Q How can I prepare for the IBSAT exams?

A: The best way to prepare for the IBSAT exam is to first know the exam pattern, structure and syllabus. After that, aspirants should collect good resources like preparation books and study guides. The second is to make a timeline to complete the syllabus and take up mock tests to understand individual pace.

Q: What is the validity of IBSAT exam score?

A: The validity of the IBSAT exam is for one year. Applying to MBA programme of any nine ICFAI business schools is based on the score obtained in the entrance test in the same academic year. For example, IBSAT 2021 score will be valid for admission to the 2022-23 academic session only. 

Q: Is there negative marking in the exam?

A: IBSAT exam has in total 140 questions (one mark each) and there is no negative marking for the wrong answers. In case of a wrong attempt, zero marks will be awarded.

Q: What is the mode of exam for IBSAT?

A: IBSAT exam is computer-based. Last year, the exam was conducted in an Internet-Based Test (IBT) mode or a remote proctored mode due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, the exam might be conducted in test centres located across 95 cities depending on the discretion of the exam authorities.  

Q: How many questions are there in the IBSAT exam?

A: There will be 140 questions in a total of one mark each. The VA section will have 50 Questions, RC will have 30 Questions, QA will have 30 questions and DA/DI will have 30 questions.

Q: Can students in their graduation apply for IBSAT exam?

A:  Yes, as per the eligibility criteria of the IBSAT exam, any candidate who is in the final year of their bachelor's degree can apply for the IBSAT exam. However, they will have to submit their passing certificate by August.

Q: What is the fee for PGPM program at IBS Ahmedabad, IBS Bengaluru, IBS Gurgaon, IBS Kolkata, IBS Mumbai and IBS Pune?

A: The fee for PGPM program at IBS Ahmedabad, IBS Bengaluru, IBS Gurgaon, IBS Kolkata, IBS Mumbai and IBS Pune is approx. Rs 4 lakh per annum and is subject to change.

Q: Is work experience necessary criteria for the IBSAT selection process?

A: No. The candidate's work experience is not counted in the selection process. However, it is a desirable parameter that the selection panel takes into consideration for candidate's selection.

Q: What is the fee for the MBA programme at IBS Dehradun and IBS Jaipur?

A: The fee for two years MBA programme at IBS Dehradun, and IBS Jaipur is Rs 5.69 lakh. The fee is to be paid in instalments semester wise. 

Q. What is the last date for IBSAT 2022 registration?

Ans. The registration for IBSAT 2022 will commence in online mode. Candidates can register online on or before the due date which will be tentatively in the third week of December 2022. 

Q. When can I download the IBSAT 2022 admit card?

Ans. IBSAT 2022 admit card is released soon after the registration process is over. 

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IBSAT 2021 Contact Information

Address: Plot No. 65, Nagarjuna Hills

               Punjagutta, Hyderabad – 500082


Toll Free: 1800 425 55 66 77

E-mail: ibsat@ibsindia.org

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I was qualified for the IBSAT exam, but I am not able to attend an interview. Can I register now for admission?

Reply to bharathi tamarana


Jyoti Kumari

Contributor-Level 7

4 weeks ago

You can contact the admission authorities over there and get yourself an interview scheduled. They will guide you properly regarding the admission process.


Pranav Kaushal

Contributor-Level 10

a month ago

Hello Bharathi Tamarama
You can contact the admission authorities over there and get yourself an interview scheduled. They will guide you properly regarding the admission process.

I want to know about admission in IBS Hyderabad campus. Am I eligible for IBS Hyderabad campus?

Reply to Sharath Chandra Kanuparthi


Esha Gulati

Beginner-Level 5

2 months ago

IBS accepts CAT/NMAT/XAT/IBSAT. The admission procedure includes clearing the cutoff and PI.

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