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IBSAT Overview

IBSAT stands for the ICFAI Business School Aptitude Test. It is an online computer based test.

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IBSAT Updates


  • You need to be a graduate (any discipline) with minimum 50% marks (as calculated by respective University) with medium of instruction as English
  • If you’re in the final year of your bachelor’s degree course, you are also eligible to apply, provided you complete your graduation requirements (including practical examinations / viva / assignments) in time

Pattern of the Question Paper

  • The exam is purely online
  • It will be of 2 hours length
  • There will be a total of 125 questions, in 4 sections, as below:
    • Verbal Ability – 50 questions
    • Reading Comprehension – 25 questions
    • Quantitative Aptitude – 25 questions
    • Data Inadequacy and Data Interpretation – 25 questions
  • The exam has no negative marking
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Like most Aptitude Tests, the IBSAT syllabus is not strictly defined. Overall, it can be classified as being easier than CAT or XAT.

  • Blood Relations
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Arrangements – Linear, Circular and Grid Matrix, Order and Ranking
  • Direction Sense
  • Cubes and Dice Related problems
  • Games and Tournaments
  • Critical Path
  • Set Theory
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Network Diagrams
  • Analogies – Number and Letter
  • Series – Number, Letter and Symbol
  • Odd Man Out
  • Binary Logic or Knights and Knaves
  • Clocks and Calendars
  • Matchsticks and Coins
  • Verbal Arithmetic or Quantitative Reasoning
  • Inequalities and Conclusions – Coded Inequalities
  • Logical Conditions or Logical Deduction
  • Pan Balancing
  • Sequential Output Tracing
  • Symbols and Notations or Symbol Based Logic
  • Assertion and Reasoning
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Statement – Courses of Action
  • Statement and Assumptions
  • Statements and Conclusions
  • Logical Grouping
  • Mathematical Operations
  • Rankings
  • Syllogisms
  • Team Formations or Selections
  • Analytical Puzzles
  • Decision Making
  • Double Line Up / Distribution
  • Input and Output
  • Logical Connectives
  • Non Verbal Reasoning
  • Number Systems
  • LCM and HCF
  • Percentages
  • Profit, Loss and Discount
  • Interest (Simple and Compound)
  • Speed, Time and Distance
  • Time and Work
  • Averages
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Linear Equations
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Complex Numbers
  • Logarithm
  • Progressions (Sequences & Series)
  • Binomial Theorem
  • Surds and Indices
  • Inequalities
  • Permutation and Combination
  • Probability
  • Functions
  • Set Theory
  • Mixtures and Alligations
  • Geometry
  • Co-ordinate Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Mensuration
  • Tables
  • Pie Charts
  • Bar Graphs
  • Line Graphs
  • Caselets
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Vocabulary Based (Synonyms Antonyms)
  • English Usage or Grammar
  • Sentence Correction
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Cloze Passage
  • Analogies or Reverse Analogies
  • Jumbled Paragraph
  • Meaning-Usage Match
  • Summary Questions
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Facts / Inferences / Judgements
  • Reading Comprehension

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Application Procedure

The application procedure has to be completed online on the IBSAT website http://www.ibsindia.org/admissions/

Participating Colleges

All of the ICFAI or IBS campuses accept IBSAT scores. In addition, a number of other universities also take the IBSAT score. However, note that simply possessing an IBSAT score does not guarantee admission, as each college or university may set its own specific admission requirements.

More than 1 lakh candidates take the test every year.

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