Believe, Practice and Achieve with IBSAT


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The IBS is one of the elite B school in the country. The Institute focuses on providing a world-class education to develop managerial skills. The programmes are designed to build critical and analytical thinking to function in the competitive business world. This objective is accomplished by facilitating value-based management education through various means – well-administered pedagogy, classroom tools, updated curricula, industry visits. The thrust is on meeting the industry demands and develop right student approach.

IBSAT is an online aptitude test conducted by The ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education (a deemed to be University under Section 3 of UGC act 1956), for students seeking admission to the MBA/PhD programs of IBS Hyderabad.

Important Dates 

Application Submission:  July - December 2023

Test:  December 2023

Results: 1st week of January 2024

Selection Briefings:  January 2024

Selection Process: February/March 2024

Selection Process

Candidates who have qualified based on scores of IBSAT2023/GMAT®/CAT/NMAT by GMACTM are called for the selection process at IBS Hyderabad in February 2024. The selection process comprises of Group Discussion and Personal Interview.


A Glance on the Syllabus

Quantitative Aptitude

Math Is not about numbers, equations, computations, or algorithms: it is about understanding – William Paul Thurston

The word ‘Math’ conjures fear for many, phobia for some. The Nazi of all subjects can be tough in the beginning and easy towards the end. It is an essential part of management exams. Students need to enhance their quantitative abilities for fulfilling their management dreams. This section mainly includes Arithmetic, Algebra, Number System, Geometry. As mentioned in above quote, it is about understanding the concepts and perfecting them. Students must first identify their weak areas and practice until they can’t get it wrong.

  • They must achieve a balance between their weaker and stronger sections.
  • One must not influence the other.
  • After acing the basic concepts, learn shortcuts.

The competitive exams are time-based. For preparation strategy, try to cover all the topics and subtopics at least once. Then, analyze which areas take longer and work on them.

Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency

Graphs, Pie Charts, Diagrams, Tables. The data interpretation and data sufficiency questions are time- consuming and involve a lot of calculation. Choose your questions carefully to avoid wastage of time. Learning calculation shortcuts would be helpful. Look at the graph for few seconds, then at the questions. The idea is to familiarize with the graph and the questions asked. This would help in extracting relevant information and solve it.

Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary

 Have a habit of reading? Develop One

Reading is easy but understanding is hard. It is not everyone’s forte but it can be through practice. Familiarize yourself with the exam pattern and the type of questions. It will increase patience and speed with time. A good way to achieve this is by interpreting objectively

  • Start reading short passages, refer to the previous year’s question papers.
  • Try reading the quality content and critically observe it.
  • Formulating a summary in mind would also help.

There are various methods for improving vocabulary. Students must find one which works for them. It’s newspapers, Books, Articles, Journals. Start learning at least ten new words a day and retain them. Find your guru method and practice rigorously. Students must enhance their analytical, evaluation, and critical skills to ace the RC sections. No negative marking in IBSAT, students can attempt more questions. Given that there is time.

You don’t have to know everything but focus on your strengths.

Knowledge Unless Used Can Fade Away

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