IBSAT - ICFAI Business School Aptitude Test

ICFAI Business School Aptitude Test - IBSAT 2008

All the applicants seeking admission into the MBA/ Executive PG Programs have to appear for the IBS Aptitude Test (IBSAT 2008). IBSAT consists of multiple choice questions.

Test Date: December 21, 2008 (Sunday)

Timings: 9.30 am - 12.00 noon

Eligibility Criteria:

A bachelor's degree from any discipline, with 50% and above as calculated by respective University.

Students in their final year bachelor's degree course are also eligible to apply, provided they complete their graduation requirements including practical examinations / viva / assignments before April 30, 2009. Such applicants will have to produce a certificate to that effect at the time of admission.

For any extension of this deadline, the applicants should apply separately, giving the schedule of their graduation examination. Extension may be granted on the basis of the circumstances of the case. The admission of applicants will however, remain provisional until they produce marksheets and a degree certificate establishing their eligibility. The last date for submitting the proof of graduation is October 01, 2009, failing which the provisional admission will automatically stand cancelled.

Executive PG Program

A bachelor's degree from any discipline, with 50% and above as calculated by respective university and 3 years or more of executive level work experience after graduation as on May 01, 2009. Age should be more than 25 years as on May 01, 2009.

For the purpose of determining eligibility (for both programs) based on aggregate percentage of marks, the procedure used by the respective University in award of the degree will only be taken into consideration. All applicants should have completed a minimum of 15 years of formal schooling (on 10+2+3 or 10+2+4 basis). Applicants who have completed their graduation on a one-time sitting basis or on a 2-year basis are not eligible.

Work experience

Applicants with work experience of 3 years and above and of age 25 years and above as on May 01, 2009 are eligible to apply for both the programs namely MBA and Executive PG Programs. If they are selected for both the programs, they can decide at a later stage which program they wish to join.

Hence, such applicants who meet above criterion are advised to keep both the options open and opt for both the programs in the OMR Application Form.

Application Form

Applicants interested in appearing for IBSAT 2008 can apply by any one of the following metods.

(A) OMR Application Form

Applicants who have purchased the IBSAT bulletin can fill up the OMR Application Form enclosed and send it to the Admissions Officer, IBS Head Office. The attested copies of X, XII and graduation marks sheets are to be enclosed along with the OMR Application Form. The students in the final year of graduation may enclose the marksheets up to the current semester/ year.

(B) Online application

Applicants can apply online by filling up the Application Form available at www.ibsat.org and make payment of Rs.1,100 towards cost of IBSAT 2008 Bulletin, using Credit/Debit Card (Visa/MasterCard/Citibank Card) through secure internet payment gateway. Applicants applying through online should attach their scanned color photograph along with the Online Application. The IBSAT 2008 Bulletin will be sent to such applicants through Courier/Speedpost.

(C) Download of Application Form

Alternatively, applicants can download the Application Form from www.ibsat.org, complete it and send it to the Admissions Officer along with the demand draft of Rs.1,100 towards cost of IBSAT 2008 Bulletin (DD drawn in favor of "IUCF A/c IBSAT 2008" payable at Hyderabad). The IBSAT 2008 Bulletin will be sent to such applicants through Courier/Speedpost.

(D) GMAT© (Graduate Management Aptitude Test)

GMATR scores are also accepted by IBS. The GMATR Code number of IBS is 7061. Applicants with GMATR score of 550 and above are exempted from appearing for IBSAT.

Applicants with GMATR scores have to download the Application Form from www.ibsat.org, complete it and send it along with the GMATR score report and a demand draft of Rs.1,100 towards the cost of IBSAT 2008 Bulletin, to the Admissions Officer, IBSAT 2008. DD should be in favor of "IUCF A/c IBSAT 2008" payable at Hyderabad.

Documents to be sent with application form

The applicants applying through any one of the above modes should enclose the attested copies of X, XII and graduation marksheets along with the Application Form. The students applying online have to forward the attested copies of their marksheets to the Admissions Officer. The students in the final year of graduation may enclose the marksheets up to the current semester/ year.

Last Date for Application

The last date for receipt of completed OMR Application Form is November 20, 2008. All applicants are advised to adhere to the last date prescribed for submission of the application form. Please submit the application form as early as possible to improve the chances of getting the test center of your choice.

The last date for submission of application for the candidates applying based on their GMATR scores is December 20, 2008.


It is mandatory for all the applicants to indicate their e-mail ID, as all important information relating to IBSAT 2008 will be intimated to the applicants by e-mail.

Similarly all applicants are required to send their letters/correspondence by e-mail only to: admissions2009@ibsat.org clearly indicating their names and Application Number of IBSAT 2008.

Test Centers

IBSAT 2008 will be conducted at 143 test centers across India. The applicants can choose any one of the test center available for IBSAT 2008. The list of all the 143 test centers is provided in the instructions for completing the OMR Form Brochure enclosed.

Please note that requests for change of test center will not be entertained under normal circumstances. In the event of not having enough seats at the requested test center, applicants will be allotted the nearest alternative center. IBS Admissions Office reserves the right to add or delete a few test centers depending upon the situation. The same will be intimated on the website www.ibsat.org for the benefit of applicants.

IBSAT Online Admit Card

All applicants who have applied for IBSAT 2008 are eligible to download Online Admit Cards from www.ibsat.org, using the application number and date of birth as their username and password respectively from November 25, 2008 onwards. The online admit card will carry the photo, name, address, roll number of the applicant, test date, timings, and details of the test center. No hard copies of Admit Cards will be sent. The admit card is not transferable. Impersonation is a punishable offence under law.

IBSAT Results

The results of the IBSAT test will be hosted online on www.ibsat.org  on January 06, 2009. The details of the score obtained in IBSAT 2008 will be intimated to all applicants

Selection Process

Selection Briefings in 30 Cities during January 2009

IBS conducts the selection briefings for the benefit of shortlisted candidates in 30 cities across the country during January 2009, to clarify various aspects of the selection process, financial aid and placements at IBS. All shortlisted candidates are invited to attend the selection briefings along with their parents. The schedule and venues of the selection briefings will be intimated later.

Selection Process at Hyderabad in February 2009

The shortlisted candidates will be called for participation in the selection process between February 7-22, 2009. The selection process for each candidate will be completed in one day.

Candidates have to undergo the following activities during the selection process.

  • GK Test, comprising of 100 objective type questions for a duration of 30 minutes.
  • Micropresentation.
  • Interview.

The details of the selection process will be provided to candidates through a letter and selection process kit which will be sent in the first week of January, 2009.

Admission Process

The admissions committee seeks to admit a mix of applicants who bring unique contributions from their diverse backgrounds and experiences and who collectively enrich the educational experience.


The applicants will be selected based on the merit list. A composite score out of 100 is arrived based on various parameters. The final campus allotment for an applicant is based on this composite score and the campus preferences of the applicant.

The weightage allotted to different components in the IBS admission process are as follows:

CriteriaWeightage (%)
General Essay (in English)5
Past Academic Record:20
X Class Marks7
XII Class Marks7
Degree Marks6
General Knowledge Test10

Exam Pattern

The IBSAT which is for 2 hours duration is aimed to test the applicant's ability in quantitative techniques, data interpretation, data adequacy, vocabulary, analytical reasoning and reading comprehension. The weightage for the IBSAT is 25% in the admission process.

General Essay

All applicants are required to write an essay in English on a general topic not exceeding 400 words in 2 pages immediately after the IBSAT test on the same day at the same Test Center. The time provided for the General Essay is 30 minutes. It is to test the applicant's English writing skills, understanding of the topic and logical flow in presentation. The applicant will be given 5 topics out of which one topic is to be chosen. The weightage for the General Essay is 5% in the admission process. The applicants who do not write the General Essay as required for any reason will not be called for Interview. However those applicants who submit GMAT Scores (in lieu of IBSAT) will be required to write the General Essay on the Interview Day at Hyderabad.

Past Academic record

While evaluating the applicants for admission into the MBA Program, due consideration is given to their past academic record in X Class, XII Class and bachelor's degree program. The weightage for the past academic record is 20% in the admission process.

IBS selection Process

General Knowledge Test

All the shortlisted candidates will have to take a General Knowledge Test on the day of the interview at Hyderabad. The test will be for a duration of 30 minutes and will have 100 multiple choice questions. This is to test the applicants knowledge on current affairs and general awareness. The weightage for the General Knowledge test is 10% in the admission process.

Micro Presentations

Each candidate has to make a presentation on a selected topic for 5-7 minutes. The list of topics will be provided in the selection kit. The weightage for the Micropresentation is 20% in the admission.


The interview is the final stage of selection process. The Interview Panel will focus on testing the knowledge of the candidates on the topic presented in the micropresentation and understanding the attitude, aptitude and aspirations of the candidates. The weightage for the interview is 20% in the admission process.

  Important Dates

Last date for receipt of completed OMR Application Form for IBSAT 2008November 20, 2008 (Thursday).
Online Admit Cards:From November 25, 2008 onwards at www.ibsat.org  (No hard copies will be mailed)
IBSAT 2008 Test DateDecember 21, 2008 (Sunday)
9.30 am - 12.00 noon
Dispatch of Interview Call lettersJanuary 6, 2009.
Interviews & Admission DecisionFebruary 7-22, 2009.

Address for correspondence

All queries relating to IBSAT 2008 and the completed OMR Application Form along with required enclosures should be sent to,

Contact Address:

The Admissions Officer, IBS Head Office,
13/17, Nagarjuna Hills,
Punjagutta, Hyderabad - 500082
Tel: 040 - 23435301 - 305
Fax: 040 - 23435325/26.
E-mail: admissions2009@ibsat.org
Website: http://www.ibsat.org/admissionprocedure.asp