IBSAT 2021 - Application Form, Eligibility, Pattern, Syllabus, GD and PI, MBA Admissions

Last Modified on : 13 Jan 2022


IBSAT stands for ICFAI Business School Aptitude Test which is conducted by ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education (a deemed to be a university). The exam is conducted for admission to MBA/ PGPM courses offered by the ICFAI Business Schools (IBS) and PhD offered at IBS Hyderabad. IBSAT is an online entrance test whose score is accepted by nine IBS campuses at Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune, Gurgaon, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, and Dehradun. The notification for IBSAT 2021 is out. Those interested in appearing for the exam must have detailed information about the eligibility criteria, exam pattern, syllabus, application process, selection procedure, and more. All these details are covered in the article here. Check out the complete information.

IBSAT 2021 Latest Update - The online application process for IBSAT 2021 will begin from 1st July 2021. The exam is scheduled to be held on 25th and 26th December 2021 through IBT mode.

From 2019 onwards, CAT, GMAT, NMAT scores are also accepted for admission in IBS campuses. Thus, candidates with these scores are exempted from IBSAT 2021.

IBSAT 2021 - Quick Overview

Exam Name

ICFAI Business School Aptitude Test (IBSAT)

Exam Conducting Authority

ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education

Official Website


Exam Level


Exam Frequency

Once a year

Exam Mode


Exam Duration

120 minutes

Exam Language


Exam Purpose

Admission to MBA/ PGPM and PhD courses

Application Mode


Helpdesk Number


IBSAT 2021 Important Dates

The important dates for various events of IBSAT 2021 are as under:

IBSAT 2021 Events

Important Dates

Online application process begins

1st July 2021

Last date for online application submission

16th December 2021

Admit card availability

Third week of December 2021

IBSAT 2021 Exam

25th and 26th December 2021

Result declaration

1st week of January 2022

Selection briefings

8th to 16th January 2022

Selection Process (GD and PI)

During February/ March 2022 at IBS Hyderabad

IBSAT 2021 Pattern & Syllabus

Exam Pattern for IBSAT 2021

The IBSAT exam is conducted through online mode as a Computer Based Test. However, last year the exam was held as online proctored mode (Internet-Based Test) due to the coronavirus pandemic. This year also, it is expected to be conducted in IBT mode. Here are the details of the exam pattern.

Exam Mode


Exam Duration

120 minutes (2 hours)

Sectional Time Limit

Not Applicable

Number of Questions


Type of Questions

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

Marking Scheme

1 mark for every correct response

Negative Marking

Not Applicable

Total Marks



Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation & Data Adequacy

Distribution of Questions


Number of Questions

Verbal Ability


Quantitative Ability


Data Interpretation & Data Adequacy


Reading Comprehension




Syllabus for IBSAT 2021

IBSAT syllabus is specified in the official notification for each section. The section-wise syllabus for 2021 is as under:

Verbal Ability

Usage of Parts of Speech; Tenses; Conditional, Syntax of Vocabulary Usage, Sentence correction and usage, jumbled sentences, sentence completion, use of appropriate words, spot the errors, cloze test, use of synonyms, antonyms, and idioms, phrasal verbs, reading comprehension passages, corrections of grammatical errors, fill in the blanks.

Quantitative Ability

Number Systems, Algebra, Average, Percentage, Profit & Loss, Interest, Ratio & Proportion, Trigonometry, Mensuration, Permutations and Combinations, Bar graph, Solid Geometry, 2D and 3D Geometry, Statistics, Line graph, Coordinate Geometry, Modem Maths, Pie chart, Probability, Mixture & Solution / Allegations, Time & Work, Man Days & Works.

Data Interpretation & Data Adequacy

Coding and Decoding, Sequencing, Linear arrangement, Symbol-based problems, Cause and Effect, Identifying the next number of series, Statements and Conclusion, Matrix arrangement, Venn diagrams, Line chart & Pie chart, Functions, Graphs representing Area, Assertion & Reasons, Critical Reasoning, Course of Actions, Puzzles, Syllogisms, Family tree.

Reading Comprehension

This section comprises a passage and questions based on the same.

IBSAT 2021 Eligibility

Candidates must check the eligibility criteria before moving ahead with the IBSAT 2021 application process. Here are the details:

For 2 Year Management Programme (MBA/ PGPM)

  • Graduation (any discipline - English as medium of instruction) with at least 50% marks or more.
  • Should have completed 15 years of education under 10+2+3 or 10+2+4 pattern.
  • Those who have not completed Graduation via English medium are required to submit the TOEFL/ IELTS/ NELT score by 31st May 2021.
  • Those who are in the final year of bachelor’s degree can also apply for the exam. Such candidates must meet the qualification requirements before 31st May 2022. The last date for submission of proof of graduation (mark sheets and degree certificates) is 1st November 2022.

For PhD Programme (Full-time/ Part-time)

  • Graduation (any discipline) with at least 50% marks with English as a medium of instruction and Post Graduation in Management (full-time - Finance/ Marketing/ Human Resource Management/ Operations from a recognised university) with 55% marks.


  • Post Graduation (full-time) in Economics, Psychology, Commerce, Sociology, Public Administration, Mathematics, Statistics, or applied discipline from a recognised university in India or abroad with at least 55% marks. Such candidates are required to undertake the first year of an MBA course to continue the PhD programme.


  • Professional qualification such as CFA/ CWA/ CA/ CS with a minimum of 55% marks.

PhD in Economics (Full-time)

  • Graduation with minimum 50% marks and Post-graduation in Economics or allied discipline with minimum 55% marks.
  • Applicants must have completed a minimum of 17 years of education under the 10+2+3+2 or 10+2+4+2 pattern.
  • Those who have not pursued graduation/ post-graduation in English medium must submit their TOEFL/ IELTS/ NELT score by 31st May 2022.

Note: Eligibility criteria will be checked from August 2022 onwards.

IBSAT 2021 Application Process

The IBSAT 2021 application will be both online and offline. Candidates are required to complete their application process within the given time limit. The registration fee for both modes is ₹ 1800. Here are the steps for both modes.

Documents/ Information required for Filling the Application Form

Candidates must keep the following information ready:

  • Aadhaar card/ voter card/ passport
  • Valid Email Id
  • Educational details
  • Debit/ Credit card
  • Photograph and Signature in jpg/ jpeg format of 50Kb size.

Filling the IBSAT 2021 Application Form through Online Mode

  • Visit the official website at https://admissions.ibsindia.org/.
  • Click on the ‘Apply to IBS’ tab.
  • Enter a valid email id, mobile number, and postal address.
  • After the registration is complete, the login credentials will be sent to your email id.
  • Login using your credentials and complete the application form with personal and academic details viz. Name, DoB, gender, address, exam city. Then, click the ‘Proceed’ button.
  • Recheck all the details and if any errors are there, edit the same.
  • Finally, submit the application form.
  • Now, make the fee payment. The application fee is ₹ 1800 to be paid using a Debit card, Credit card, or Netbanking.
  • After successful fee payment, the final receipt will appear on the screen and print the same.

Note: The hard copy of the IBSAT information bulletin will be sent to the candidate.

Filling the IBSAT 2021 Application Form through Offline Mode

  • Candidates can purchase the application form from the nearest IBS marketing branch to pay the application fee in cash.
  • Candidates will receive the prospectus wherein login Id, and voucher number will be printed.
  • Use these credentials to log in to the official website.
  • Change the password and continue filling the application form.

Other Details

IBSAT 2021 Admit Card

IBSAT 2021 admit card will be released tentatively in the third week of December 2021. Candidates can download the same using their login credentials. Admit card is a mandatory document for appearing in the exam. No candidates will be allowed to appear for the exam without an admit card under any circumstances.

IBSAT 2021 Result

The IBSAT 2021 result will be released after the exam. Candidates will be able to check the same through the official website using their login details. Those who qualify for the exam will be called for further selection rounds.

IBSAT 2021 Group Discussion and Personal Interview

After clearing the IBSAT exam, qualified candidates will be called for the selection briefing round after which they have to appear for the final selection rounds viz. Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI).

Programme Fee at IBS

The MBA programme fee at different campuses of IBS are as under:

IBS Campuses

Programme Fee

IBS Hyderabad

₹ 7.02 lakh per annum for MBA

IBS Dehradun and IBS Jaipur

₹ 2.835 lakh per annum for MBA

IBS Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Gurgaon, Mumbai, and Pune

₹ 4.005 lakh per annum for PGPM

IBSAT 2021 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Question 1: How can I locate the nearest marketing centre of IBS

You can locate the centre through the official website.

Question 2: Can I pay the application fee in cash?

Yes, only in the offline mode of application submission.

Question 3: Is it mandatory to take the print of the fee receipt?


Question 4: Will there be any mock tests available for the exam?

Yes. Candidates can access the mock test through the official website using their respective login credentials.

Question 5: What is the validity of the IBSAT score card?

The validity of the scorecard will be one year.