Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What are the minimum admission criteria for MBA Executive?
Minimum Qualification & Experience Require
- Bachelors/Masters (16 years of qualification) or HEC equivalent qualification with 2.5 or more CGPA / first class plus three years of post-qualification experience.
- ACCA and foreign degree holders are required to submit Equivalence Certificate from HEC
- Candidates who have recently obtained 16 years of qualification with 6 years of experience gained after 14 year of education will also be eligible.

Preference will be given to those candidates who are carrying 5 years plus experience after completion of 16 years of education.

Is there any alternative to IBA aptitude test for MBA Executive?
Yes. The aptitude test requirement can be waived off if a candidate obtains 600 score in GMAT taken during last two years.

What are the contents of the IBA aptitude test?
From Aug. 3, 2014 we have introduced major changes in our test pattern. The new MBA Executive test consists of Mathematics, English, Case Study and Interview. For greater details and past test papers, please visit

What kind of experience is preferred?
We expect a formal engagement in any organization.

How many time I can take the aptitude test?
There is no such cap.

What if I clear the test and my circumstances do not allow me to join the program after passing the test & interview?
In that case you need to take the test again and complete all the requirements.

Is there any limit of seats/quota / self finance etc?
Admissions are given strictly on merit. There is no fixed number of seats. IBA seeks qualified candidates for MBA Executive. Depending on the quality of candidates seats are filled. Further, there is no such quota system/self-finance scheme etc.

Does IBA help candidates for enhancing their capabilities in Mathematics and English?
Yes. We conduct a Refresher Program aimed to enhance the capabilities of participants in the areas in which candidates are tested. For further information, please contact our office at 38104700 Ext. 2880 or send an e-mail to

Does IBA accept experience acquired during qualification?
Only post qualification experience is accepted. However, candidates with short fall of experience of up to 6 months can register in certificate courses. The credits earn in Certificate Courses can be transferred in next semester if the participants obtain 'B' Grade.

Does IBA accept foreign qualifications?
Yes. Foreign qualifications are accepted, if recognized from Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC). Participants are required to provide equivalency certificates from HEC.

Is there any possibility to transfer of credit?
A limited number of course credit exemptions may be given to those students who have been enrolled in degree programs at ranked foreign universities. These exemptions shall be given on case-to-case basis on the following criteria:

Course credits must be from any of the top 50 universities derived from the international rankings complied by Shangri Jiao Tong University's Institute of Higher Education or by the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) or Quacquarlli Symonds (QS) in the discipline applied for. Course credits are also acceptable from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS).

Students must have been enrolled in the degree programs of these universities.

Is there any age limit for MBA Executive?
We believe that learning is life long process. All the candidates without any discriminations are welcome to apply. Women and minorities are highly encouraged to apply.

What is the maximum / minimum duration to complete MBA Executive?
The maximum duration to complete the program is 5 years and the minimum is 2.5 years.

Can I register in two full length degree programs simultaneously?
As per HEC and IBA's policy a person cannot register in two degree programs simultaneously.

Is there any requirement of minimum CGPA during studies at the IBA?
Yes. A participant must maintain a minimum CGPA of 2.2 on a cumulative basis during his/her stay at the IBA. Any participant with a CGPA of less than 2.00 is dropped out from the rolls of the Institute. A student securing a CGPA between 2.0 and 2.2 is put up on probation for one semester.

How many courses are required for completing MBA Executive
The MBA Executive consists 14 core courses, 8 elective courses and 1 research project (equivalent to 2 courses) and finally a Comprehensive Exam.

What are the majors available for MBA (Executive)?
Specializations in Finance, Marketing, Human Resource, Supply Chain and Human Resource Management are available. Participants can take upto 8 elective courses from the portfolio of electives.

Can participants prolong his/her MBA Executive by taking lesser course load?
Yes. Depending on the special need/situation of the participants, MBA can be completed in five years period by taking lesser course load. Accordingly, the fee is to be paid on prorate basis.

Are MBA Executive participants engaged in extracurricular activities?
Yes. The participants are highly encouraged to take part in extracurricular activities. Various events are arranged on regular basis. The details of academic and extracurricular activities can be seen at our fb page

What is the Program Fee?
The total fee for MBA Executive is Rs.840,000/- + 5% tax. The fee can be paid semester wise.

Does IBA provide any financial assistance to MBA Executive participants?
Since the program is designed for in-service professionals, financial assistance is not available for the MBA Executive. Advance fee is required before the enrollment in next semester.

When and where classes are conducted?
Primarily, the MBA Executive classes are conducted at IBA Main Campus, Karachi University on Saturdays from 6PM - 9:15pm and Sundays from 9:30am - 5:15pm. However, depending on the situation of a candidate the class timings can be adjusted by taking lesser course work.

Where to contact for further details.
MBA Executive
Program Office
IBA Main Campus, Karachi University
Ph: 38104700 ext. 1876 / 2880

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