IBSAT 2020: Exam Dates, Application Form, Eligibility, Admit Card, Result, Counselling

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IBSAT 2020 is a Computer Based Test conducted by ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education. The aptitude test comprises Multiple Choice Questions to be attempted in 2 hours. Candidates ability on Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation, Adequacy, Vocabulary and Analytical Reasoning are tested.

IBSAT 2020 is a common entrance for MBA.PGPM programs to 9 IBS colleges. Registration process can be done online at the official website and offline form can be collected from any of the 50 IBS Marketing Centers. Application form for the IBSAT 2020 session will be available in the first week of July. Interested candidates will have a long window to Register themselves till December Second Week. The Aptitude test will be conducted in the last week of December 2020.

IBSAT 2020 Exam Pattern has 140 questions, Verbal Ability has the maximum 50 Questions followed by 30 questions each in Data Interpretation and Adequacy, Quantitative Ability and Reading Comprehension.1 mark is awarded for each correct answer, whereas there is no negative marking for an incorrect answer.

IBSAT 2020 Key Highlights

Exam NameICFAI Business Studies Aptitude Test
Conducting BodyICFAI Foundation for Higher Education
Exam PeriodicityOnce a year
Courses OfferedMBA/ PGPM and Phd in Management
IBS CampusesHyderabad, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Kolkata, Gurgaon, Jaipur and Dehradun
Mode of ApplicationOffline and Online
IBS Helpline1800 425 55 66 77
Official Websiteibsindia.org

IBSAT 2020 Important Dates and Events

EventsDates (Tentative)
IBSAT 2020 Availability of Application FormFirst Week of July, 2020
IBSAT 2020 Last Date to ApplySecond Week of December 2020
IBSAT 2020 Last Date to Apply via CAT/NMAT/GMAT ScoresLast Week of January, 2021
IBSAT 2020 Release of Admit CardThird Week of December, 2020
IBSAT 2020 Exam DateThird Week of December, 2020
IBSAT 2020 Declaration of ResultFirst Week of January, 2021
IBSAT 2020 Counselling SessionsJanuary, 2021

IBSAT 2020 Participating Institutes

IBSAT 2020 is conducted to grant admissions to the following 9 campuses of IBS: 

IBS AhmedabadIBS Bengaluru
IBS GurgaonIBS Hyderabad
IBS JaipurIBS Dehradun
IBS KolkataIBS Mumbai
IBS Pune

NON-ICFAI Colleges Accepting IBSAT 2020

Adarsh Institute of Management and Information Technology (AIMIT), BangaloreGIBS Business School, Bangalore
FMS - Manav Rachna International International Research and Studies, FaridabadJK Business School Bangalore
Vanguard Business School, BangaloreVYASA Business School, Bangalore

List of the banks providing financial assistance to students enrolling for IBS MBA/PGPM programs

Following private and public sector banks provides you financial aid to get into IBS after taking IBSAT 2020.

Public Sector BanksPrivate Sector Banks
State Bank of IndiaHDFC Bank
Punjab National BankCredilla Financial Services
Bank of IndiaAVANSE Financial Services Pvt. Ltd.
Bank of BarodaAxis bank
Canara Bank

Programmes Offered Through IBSAT 2020

  • MBA Program of 2 Years: IBS Hyderabad, Dehradun and Jaipur campuses
  • Post Graduate Program in Management (PGPM) for 2 Years: IBS Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Gurgaon, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune campuses
  • PhD Program of 4 Years: Only at IBS Hyderabad both Full Time/Part Time

IBSAT 2020 Eligiblity Criteria

Eligibility for 2 Year MBA Program

  • Applicants must have achieved 15 years of education (10+2+3 or 10+2+4) methodology.
  • Candidates with a graduate degree with 50% marks.
  • Medium of instruction in the qualifying exam has to be english, or candidates have to submit TOEFL/IELTS/NELT scores latest by May 31, 2020.
  • Candidates in their final year of graduation are also eligible to apply and have to provide their documents before May 31, 2020.

Eligibility for PhD in Management

  • Candidates with a graduate degree in any field with minimum 50% marks.
  • In addition a postgraduate degree in management with specialisation in Marketing/ Finance/ HR/ Operations from a recognised university/Institute with minimum 55 % marks are eligible for admissions.
  • Professional Qualification degrees like CA/ CFA/ CS/ CWA with minimum 55 % marks can also apply.

Eligibility for PhD in Economics

  • Candidates with gradation in any discipline with a minimum 50% marks can apply for this program.
  • Post graduate in addition with economics or allied discipline with 55% marks or above is a requisite. 

IBSAT 2020 Registration

IBSAT Application Process

Prior commencing the form filling process for IBSAT 2020 candidates are advised to keep the essential documents ready. A valid Email Id, Qualification Documents, Identity Proef (That is to be produced at the exam center as well), Scanned Photograph and Signature along with preferable payment method.

In order to fill IBSAT 2020 Application form hassle free, candidates should use the latest version of web browser like Internet Explorer 8, Mozilla 3.0 and above or Google Chrome 3.0.

IBSAT 2020 Online Application Form

  • Start with Basic Registration
    • Visit “Apply to IBS” tab on the official website and begin with a new registration process. 
    • Valid Email Id, Active contact number, ame, DoB, Gender and other entries are to be filled up. 
    • Once the basic IBSAT 2020 registration is completed, Candidates will receive their login credentials on registered email and phone. It is advised to note them for future reference.
  • Fill up Application Form: The next step is to complete the detailed IBSAT 2020 application form. Identity details, Address of communication, Qualification details and program preference are to be mentioned at this step.
  • Upload Scanned Photograph and Signature:
    • Candidates are required to upload a colored photograph (full-face) in jpeg or gif format.
    • The size of the photograph should not exceed 25 kb.
    • Pixel should be 140-160 pixels.
  • Application Form Preview: Before submitting the form, carefully check for all the details mentioned earlier. And proceed to the fee payment step.
  • Application Fee Payment: Candidates can pay the fees online via Net Banking, Credit Card, Debit Card, UPI, E-Wallets. Irrespective of Categories Candidates have to pay INR 1800 as application Fee for IBSAT 2020.

IBSAT 2020 Offline Application Form

Applicants not comfortable with the online application process have the option to register for IBSAT 2020 in offline mode. Following are the steps involved to successfully do the same:

Step 1: Applicants have to purchase the offline form from any one of the IBS Marketing Branches by paying a fee of INR 1800. 

Step 2: Applicant Form also contains a Document containing candidates application number and Password.

Step 3: Using the credentials provided, applicants have to login to the online portal and complete the registration process. 

IBSAT 2020 Application Fees 

Irrespective of Reservation Category and Gender, IBSAT 2020 Application Fee for all the candidates is INR 1800. Candidates filling the Application form either in online mode or offline mode, registration process will be considered successful only after payment of required fee. Since IBS does not provide reservation criteria thus no relaxation is granted in terms of Application fee as other Entrance exams provide.

IBSAT 2020 Admit Card

After the slot booking process is over, IBSAT Admit Card will be made available to download. Slot Booking is mandatory in order to download the admit card. Candidates require their application number and date of birth to access the document. No other login credential or password are required.

  • Candidates have to visit the official website of IBSAT 2020 and go to the Admit Card tab.
  • Use IBSAT 2020 Application Number and DoB to view the document
  • Make hard copies of IBSAT 2020 Admit Card for future references.

Once the registration process is completed, candidates can book their slots, that is they have to select the test date and venue as per their convenience. 

IBSAT 2020 Exam Pattern

IBSAT 2020 Exam is conducted in online mode as a computer based test for a duration of 2 hours. A total of 140 objective type questions are asked in English medium only. 4 sections namely Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Ability, Data Adequacy and Data Interpretation. 1 mark is provided for every correct answer whereas there is no provision of negative marking. Question division is different for each section which is tabulated below: 

SectionNumber of Questions
Verbal Ability50
Reading Comprehension30
Quantitative Aptitude30
Data Adequacy and Data Interpretation30

IBSAT 2020 Syllabus

It is to be noted that the IBSAT 2020 Exam Pattern lays special emphasis on Verbal Ability section, English proficiency and as a medium of instruction are essential eligibility requirements as well. 

Section 1: Verbal Ability

Questions in this section revolve around Analogies, Vocabulary, English Grammar, Punctuation, Missing Words, Para Jumble, Sentence Completion, INcorrect Words Usage of English and so on. THis is the highest scoring section in IBSAT 2020 with a moderate difficulty level.

Section 2: Reading Comprehension

Generally RC passages are included with Verbal Ability but IBSAT 2020 follows a distinct exam pattern and Reading Comprehension finds a separate place with 30 questions asked. There are 3 passages followed by 8 questions and 1 passage with 6 questions. Passages are mostly 500 to 600 words. 

Section 3: Quantitative Aptitude

Difficulty level of this section is easy to moderate with question on topics like: Number System, Simplification and Algebra, Speed, Time and Distance, Profit and Loss, Permutation and Combination, Percentage, Work and Time, Simple Interest, Time and Work, Ratio.

In addition questions are framed on Arithmetic, Geometry and Analytical Geometry as well.

Section 4: Data Adequacy and Data Interpretation

This section is divided into 2, with both the parts consisting of 15 questions each. 

Note: Candidates applying to PhD programs through IBSAT 2020 must have completed 17 years of education 10+2+3+2 or 10+2+4+2 mode. Along with this English at graduation and postgraduation level is necessary as a medium of instruction. Candidates can provide IELTS/TOEFL Scores to prove their english proficiency.

IBSAT 2020 Exam Centers

CuttackChandigarhCoimbatoreDelhi-Kirti Nagar
Greater NoidaGhaziabadGwaliorGurgaon
MaduraiMandiMeerutNavi Mumbai
MoradabadMumbai-AndheriMumbai DadarMumbai-Thane
Mumbai-Mira RoadMysoreMuzaffarpurNoida

IBSAT 2020 Slot Booking

Candidates appearing for IBSAT 2020 are required to choose a date and time slot as per their choice. The centers are alloted on a “first come first serve basis” so the candidates are advised to make the necessary choice as soon as possible. Following are the steps required to get the slot booking done for IBSAT 2020.

  • Visit the official website ibsindia.org.
  • Login by entering IBSAT 2020 Application Number and Password.
  • Choose the preferred Exam Center.
  • Select the city and the corresponding city code
  • Select the time and date slot from the available slots.
  • Click on “Submit” to finish the process.

IBSAT 2020 Mock Test and Previous Year Question Paper

Free mock test for IBSAT 2020 Preparation is available on the official website admissions.ibsindia.org. Candidates can practice the Mock Test by verifying their details like Name, Email id, Contact Number, College they belong to and state of domicile. 

In total 3 Mock tests are available on the IBS website which helps candidates retail their acquired knowledge through rigorous practice. In addition to the official mock test, several online educational portals provide Mock Test and Sample Paper facility. Moreover, candidates should lay emphasis on previous year question papers of IBSAT 2020. They are readily available online. 

IBSAT 2020 Result

Results for IBSAT 2020 will be released online on the official website, access to which can be taken by entering Application number and Password. Along with the results authorities also publish a Merit list. Shortlisted candidates have to appear for further rounds of counselling.

IBS also shortlists candidates on the basis of CAT/ GMAT/ NMAT by GMAC scores of the 2020 session. Such candidates need not appear for IBSAT 2020. The next step in the selection process is Group Discussion on topics provided by the admission board and Personal Interview. 

IBSAT Cut Off 

Cut off marks are announced separately by 9 ICFAI Business Schools post the declaration of result. 

IBSAT 2019 Expected Cut Off

IBSAT CampusesExpected Cut Off
IBS Ahmedabad65
IBS Dehradun64
IBS Hyderabad68+
IBS Kolkata65
IBS Pune66
IBS Bengaluru68+
IBS Gurgaon64
IBS Jaipur62
IBS Mumbai68+

To know the chances of getting into colleges accepting IBSAT 2020 scores, here are percentile wise Cut offs:

Colleges Accepting 65 Percentile and Above

InstituteExpected Percentile Range
IBS, Hyderabad71-75
IBS, Mumbai68-70
IBS, Gurgaon65-67
IBS, Bengaluru64-66

Colleges Accepting 55 Percentile and Above

InstituteExpected Percentile
IBS, Pune60-64
IBS, Ahmedabad58-62
IBS, Kolkata55-60
IBS, Dehradun54-58
IBS Jaipur53-57

IBSAT 2020 Selection Procedure

The selection procedure for IBSAT 2020 will take place on January 11-19, 2021.

Following steps are involved in this selection procedure.

  • Register by clicking on the link provided in the IBSAT 2020 official website.
  • In the selection briefing, shortlisted candidates are required to attend seminars to get to know about the programs of the colleges.
  • Group Discussion:
  1. Selected candidates will be asked for a group discussion at IBS Hyderabad.
  2. The participants are divided in groups of 8-10 people.
  3. Candidates are given different topics such as Leadership, Optimistic Outlook, etc. to speak for 15-20 minutes.
  • The last steps is a personal interview round which evaluates candidates for its communication skills, attitude and so on.


Ques. What are the courses offered through IBSAT?

Ans. The courses offered are MBA/PGPM in IBS and few other business schools.

Ques. Am I eligible for the MBA/PGPM program if I’m pursuing B.sc (Home Science)?

Ans. Yes, you are eligible if you’ve scored 50% marks in graduation.

Ques. Can I sit for IBSAT 2020 if I am 27 years old?

Ans. Yes, as there is no age bar fixed.

Ques. Do I have to create a new ID for IBSAT 2020 Application, if I already have an ID?

Ans. No, you can use your old ID.

Ques. Are the syllabus for CAT and IBSAT 2020 similar?

Ans. Yes, the syllabus for almost all MBA entrance exams is similar.