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Frequently Asked Questions (Computer Science)

 

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Admissions

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When does the admission process start in the IBA?

Admissions at Faculty of Computer Science are offered for Fall and Spring sessions in an academic year. Admissions for Spring session start in November & December, and for Fall session start in May & June.

Admissions for IBA’s BBA and MBA programs are offered in Fall session only.
 

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Does the IBA allow the students to apply for admission whose final result has not been announced?

IBA allows the students to apply for admission whose final results have not been announced subject to the condition that they have no deficiency in the previous years of their academic career. The admission may be conditional pending submission of the required results.
 

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How many times a year does the IBA offer admissions?

Faculty of Computer Science (FCS) at IBA offers admissions twice a year, first in Fall and then in Spring session. These programs are BS (Computer Science), MS (Computer Science) and PhD. Admissions of IBA’s BBA and MBA programs are held only in fall session.
 

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Is the IBA aptitude test compulsory for every student seeking admission in IBA?

Candidates applying for admission to BS Programs (Eco & Maths, CS) and having a minimum score of 1840 in SAT-I & 650 in SAT-II (Mathematics) or ACT score of 28.
 

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Where does the IBA conduct aptitude tests and interviews?

For Spring session, IBA conducts aptitude test only in Karachi. For Fall session, IBA conducts aptitude tests at Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar and Quetta. Interviews are only conducted in Karachi and Lahore.
 

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At which locations are the IBA aptitude tests conducted in Pakistan?

For Spring session IBA conduct aptitude tests in Karachi only. For Fall session, the locations at which IBA aptitude tests conducted are Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Quetta and Peshawar.

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Does IBA mail prospectus/forms to the students at their home address?

As per policy IBA does not send prospectus to the students at their mailing addresses. Application material is all available online on the IBA website.
 

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Does the IBA provide any reading materials or previous model papers to the prospective students for making preparation for IBA aptitude tests?

The IBA does not have a set pattern of aptitude tests, and as per IBA policy no model paper is provided to prospective students. The questions asked in the aptitude tests in general are based on following subjects:

> - For Undergraduate Programs

  • English

  • Mathematics

  • Essays


> - For Graduate Programs

  • English

  • Mathematics

  • Essays

  • Specialized Discipline Test 


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Degree Program

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Does the IBA offer undergraduate programs? If yes what are they?

IBA offers the following undergraduate degree programs:
BS (Computer Science)
BSEM (Double Majors, Economics-Mathematics)
BBA

Student in BBA program in their third year are required to select from one of several concentration areas including Marketing, Finance and Management Information Systems.

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What is the duration of these Undergraduate Programs?

The duration of all Undergraduate Program is 4 years. 

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What is the duration of the MS / MBA Program?

Duration for MS program in Evening 2-3 years depending upon the number of courses, the student is reading. There are two different durations for the MBA Programs:
2 years for the Morning Programs
3.5 + years for the Evening Programs
 

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Does the IBA offer any Executive Programs?

The IBA offers following program for executives and part time students: 
MBA & MBA Evening programs 
Certificate Courses 
Summer Courses 
Specialized courses conducted by the Center for Executive Education (CEE)


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Eligibility, Credit Transfer & Exemptions

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What are the minimum academic requirements (Eligibility) for IBA admissions?

Following are the minimum requirements for IBA admissions:

  • Undergraduate Programs
    For BBA Program
    - Intermediate (minimum 65% marks), or
    - ‘A’ Levels (minimum of two ‘B’s and one ‘C’)
    - Grades of General and AS level courses will not be accepted
    For BS Program
    - 60% aggregate marks in Intermediate (Pre-Engineering), OR
    - 60% marks in Intermediate General Group with Mathematics, OR
    - 1B and 2Cs in A-Level (with Mathematics)
    - Grades of General and AS level courses will not be accepted
     

  • Graduate Programs - (MS, MBA, MBA-Evening)
    - For both MS and MBA, the student must have a bachelor's degree (i.e., an equivalent of 16 year BS) from a recognized university in a related area of study. Furthermore, he must have a minimum score of 60% in the last degree; provided numerical grades of each subject are mentiond in the mark-sheet.
    OR
    - A minimum of 2.50 CGPA on a scale of 4.0 in the last degree wherever applicable; provided alphabetical grades of each subject are mentioned in the mark-sheet. (In particular, IBA graduates must meet this requirement).
    - A 2-years work experience is a mandatory requirement for the MBA program.
    - The IBA also accepts holders of professional degrees
    (B.E., M.B.B.S., etc)
    - The work experience is not required for admission to MS Economics program, or the upcoming MS Mathematics program.

    Ph.D.
    Degree (In relevant subject)
    - M.Phil. or MS.
    - 18 years of formal schooling.
    - Minimum 3.0 CGPA in a scale of 4.0.

    Teaching Assistance
    - Ph.D. students shall be required to either teach undergraduate level courses for which a monthly stipend shall be given

    - Ph.D. students will be entitled to full waiver of tuition fee for the entire program

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I have completed my MSc in Physics and Applied Sciences. Am I eligible for admission in MS Computer Science Program?

All the M.Sc. (related subjects) and B.E. are eligible for admission, but have to complete the deficiency of computer science courses. These deficiencies will be identified on case to case basis and will be communicated to the student during the interviews.

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Are Credits transferable?

There is a limited provision for transfer of credits only from the top 50 Internationally ranked universities and from LUMS. For MS students, the transfers are allowed on case basis only.

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Does the IBA allow exemptions to the students who possess other equivalent degrees?

No. See credit transfer policy for further information.
 


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Fee Concession, Scholarships & Fee Structure

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Does the IBA offer any concession in fees to students?

IBA does offer concessions in fees in some programs generally to those students who are among the top 10% of the IBA merit list. The IBA merit list is based on the applicant’s position in the IBA admission test at the time of admission. The concessional fee structure is applied to such students (Fee Structure Fall 2014). In addition needy students are also allowed to pay their fees/dues in installment. For further information you may please contact any of the Program Offices.

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I have qualified for admission in an IBA program by clearing all the tests and interviews, but don’t have any funds to support tuition fees. Will IBA help me by giving me scholarships or freeships?

The IBA offers financial assistance to deserving students in the form of scholarships and loans. No applicant to a full time morning program who qualifies the admissions test and fulfills other requirements is refused admission because of the inability to afford the costs of the programs at the Institute. A financial aid committee scrutinizes the applications of students seeking financial aid and sanctions assistance for those who demonstrate need. In the academic session 2008-09, as many as 280 students amounting to Rs. 31.0 million received scholarships. For further details and downloading financial aid application program, visit http://www.iba.edu.pk/financialassistance.php. Note: Financial assistance is at present only reserved for full time morning program students.
 

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Does Faculty of Computer Science has any dedicated scholarships and concession in fees for its students?

IBA offer scholarships and fee concessions on need-cum-merit base and works on a centralized policy of giving scholarships to students.
 

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What is the basis of IBA Scholarships?

The IBA offers Scholarships on need-cum-merit basis. For further information you may please contact our Program Office.

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What is the fee structure at IBA?

See Fee Structure


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Affiliations

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Are any institutes affiliated with IBA?

IBA has terminated all affiliations with effect from January, 2005 for new students. Generally the students enrolled with such affiliates prior to January 2005 and still in education will not be affected by this decision.  


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Summer Session

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When does the Summer Semester begin at IBA and what is its duration?

The Summer Semester usually begins around the last week of May. The duration is usually six weeks, and ends around mid August. Classes of each course are held thrice a week on alternate days in the evenings.

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How many courses are offered by IBA in the Summer Semester?

The number of courses offered by IBA in the summer semester varies from year to year.

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How many courses can IBA students take in the summer semester?

An undergraduate student in general can take two courses in summer semester, whereas a MS student can take one course. However if the student is on internship then he is entitled to take one course only.

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Which courses are offered in the Summer Semester?

The course offering is subject to the number of students who register in a particular course. Registration usually begins a few weeks before the start of the summer semester.

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Who can take admission in the Summer Semester, and how does one apply?

Regular as well as visiting students can take admission. To apply students must come in person to the city campus, and visit the Evening Program Office between 3:00 to 7:00 pm. Details of the offerings are generally advertised in the Daily DAWN/JANG and IBA website, starting in April onwards. Students studying in foreign universities can also take courses in the Summer Semester to earn advance credits in their universities. Such students are required to provide a recommendation letter from their university. 

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How can foreign students take admission in the Summer Semester?

It would be necessary for the students to bring a letter of recommendation from the University where they are studying indicating therein that they are willing to do summer course at IBA.  
 

Foreign Students and Non-Resident Pakistanis and pakistani Nationals

All applicants (foreign students, non-resident Pakistanis, and Pakistani Nationals) with SAT I scores exceeding 1900 and GMAT scores exceeding 600 are exempted from the IBA undergraduate and graduate admissions test respectively, however they have to go through the group discussion and interview process.


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