Admissions Policy

Salient Points


IBA Admission Policy may be stated as follows:
  • Admission will be offered to all those who qualify following a strict merit‐based admission criteria irrespective of their race, religion, gender, ethnicity or socio‐economic conditions.
  • The criteria for admission is based on candidates meeting the following requirements:
    • Applying online and registering for the Aptitude Test
    • Qualifying the aptitude test or providing a proof for exemption from the aptitude test due having SAT / ACT / GMAT GRE score as stipulated by IBAa
    • Participating in a group discussion and appearing for an interview
    • Meeting the minimum academic eligibility requirement for the concerned program
    • Providing equivalence certificate in case of holders of degrees / certificates issued by non‐Pakistani universities / boards c
  • The aim of the aptitude test is to evaluate candidates for their quantitative and analytical abilities, logical reasoning, communication skills, reading comprehension, lexical resource, grammatical range, and aptitude for the program.
  • The aim of the group discussion is to evaluate candidates on their background, academic and other achievements, leadership potential, extracurricular interests, verbal communication, mannerism, integrity, appearance and enthusiasm.
  • The interviews are designed to bring out the qualities needed not only to succeed in their chosen program of study but also their potential to contribute positively to the society when they graduate.
  • There are no reserved / quota seats of any category at IBA.
  • No effort will be made to fill all available seats / lower criteria if insufficient numbers of candidates apply or an individual candidate fails to satisfy the above criteria.
  • No qualified candidate will be refused admission on the basis of his / her inability to pay IBA fees; such candidate’s are however, required to apply for financial assistance and meet the criteria for the same.
  • The cut‐off for individual programs in the entrance test will be decided by the ‘Admissions Committee’ using rigorous methods based on statistical analysis.
  • The test scores obtained by the test takers would remain valid for a period of 16 months, however, the minimum academic eligibility requirements will be those applicable at time of actual admission.
  • Candidates may choose the campus of their preference at the time of admission and choose their specializations after a minimum of two year’s study at IBA for BBA and one year for MBA.
  • There is no distinction in the fee structure between the main and city campuses.
  • A merit scholarship has been introduced at IBA, according to which candidates falling in the top 10% of the List of Candidates admitted to the BBA & MBA Programs (to be published at the culmination of the admission process) will be automatically awarded a 50% reduction in their tuition fees.

Admission Requirements


More specific information on the requirements for admission to the individual programs is appended as under:

Undergraduate Programs


Applicants to the BBA Program must have completed their:

  • Higher Secondary School Certificate with a minimum of 65% marks;
    • OR
  • A’ Levels with a minimum of 2 ‘B’s and 1 ‘C’ in three principal subjects such that there should be no grade less than ‘C’ across three principal subjects. No credit is applicable for any subsidiary, general, or advanced supplementary paper;b
    • OR
  • American / Canadian High School Diploma with a minimum of 80% or an International Baccalaureate with at least 25 points out of 45.d

Applicants to the BS Programs must have completed their:

  • Higher Secondary School Certificate (Pre-Engineering) with a minimum of 60% marks;
    • OR
  • Higher Secondary School Certificate (General Group with Mathematics) with a minimum of 60% marks;
    • OR
  • A’ Levels with a minimum of 1 ‘B’ and 2 ‘C’s in three principal subjects (including Mathematics) such that there should be no grade less than ‘C’ across three principal subjects. No credit is applicable for any subsidiary, general, or advanced supplementary paper;b
    • OR
  • American / Canadian High School Diploma with a minimum of 80% or an International Baccalaureate with at least 25 points out of 45.d
  • BS applicants must possess a mathematics background.



Graduate Programs


Applicants to the MBA, MBA (Evening) and MS Programs must have:
  • A minimum 16 years of education out of which 4 years should have been spent in an HEC recognized university/degree awarding institute.
  • A minimum of two years post-graduation/post-professional-qualification relevant work experience.
  • A minimum 60% aggregate marks in the last degree
    • OR
  • A minimum of 2.50 CGPA on a scale of 4.00 in the last degree where applicable.c

Applicants to the Ph.D. Program must have:
  • A minimum 18 years of education out of which 4 years should have been spent in an HEC recognized university/degree awarding institute.
  • A minimum 60% aggregate marks in the last degree
    • OR
  • A minimum of 3.0 CGPA on a scale of 4.00 in the last degree where applicable.c
  • Ph.D. candidates will also have to fulfill more specific requirements laid out by the respective departments.

Applicants to the EMBA Programs must have:
  • Passed Bachelors level examination
  • 16 years education plus 3 years relevant experience
    • OR
  • 14 years education plus 6 years relevant experience


Holders of professional degrees/certificates (BE, MBBS, LLB, CPA, CA, ACCA, etc.) are encouraged to apply for MBA / Masters programs. The Institute also admits, without any prerequisite, visiting students in single PGD and MBA courses depending upon availability of seats.

SAT/ACT/GMAT/ GRE


Candidates who have a valid minimum SAT score of 1900 or an ACT score of 29 are exempted from BBA admissions test.
Candidates who have a valid minimum GMAT score of 600 are exempted from the IBA MBA admissions test.

MS/PhD (Eco) applicants who have a minimum of 650 in quantitative section of GRE (International) or 160 score in quantitative section of Revised GRE (International) are exempted from admission test.

MS/PhD (CS) applicants who have a minimum of 650 in quantitative section of GRE (International) or 160 score in quantitative section of Revised GRE (International) are exempted from admission test.

BS Economics and Mathematics and BS CS candidates who have a minimum of 1900 in SAT-I and 650 in SAT –II Subject Test of Mathematics are exempted from IBA admission test.


Source: IBA Admissions Policy

Source: IBA Program Announcement 2012-13, page 35

URL: http://iba/circulars/Admissions-Policy-Procedure-I-2010.pdf

Keywords: Admission Policy, Eligibility criteria, SAT, ACT, GMAT, GRE


Footnotes:
a 52nd Meeting of the Academic Board held July 31, 2010, item 2.3

b Students who clear the undergraduate Aptitude Test and subsequent interviews and group discussions, but do not meet the minimum eligibility criteria for the relevant program, would be given admission in the same or the following year, provided they improve their grades and meet the current eligibility criteria (by reappearing in the same subjects, or having their scores rechecked) and submit the new grades before the start of the classes. Source: 49th Meeting of the Academic Board, August 29, 2009, Decision 5.10 and 5.11

c All equivalency claims shall be evaluated by the HEC (www.hec.gov.pk), or IBCC.

d Source: 56th Meeting of the Academic Board held October 17, 2011 Decision 4.52
DECISION
4.52 The Academic Board endorsed the recommendation that the minimum acceptable International Baccalaureate Score would be 25 for eligibility for admissions in IBA.

DECISION
5.65 The Academic Board approved the recommendation of the Admission Committee to accept the Canadian High School Diploma without equivalency.
Source: 58th AB Meeting Aug 11, 2012