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The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) entrance exam is a written exam conducted by the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade for their...

The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) entrance exam is a written exam conducted by the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade for their New Delhi and Kolkata campuses. IIFT is an entrance exam conducted for determining admission of candidates in MBA in International Business at IIFT Delhi or Kolkata campuses. About 40,000 candidates register for the test out of which only 1% get admitted. The shortlisted candidates would get selected on the basis of Group Discussion, Written Admission Test, and Interview.

The IIFT 2018 has questions that are divided into 4 sections - English, General Knowledge, Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Analysis section. These sections are required to be completed in a span of 2 hours. The number of questions in this section would be a minimum of 120 and a maximum of 150 questions. Every question would have four options from which the candidates have to choose the right answer.

IIFT Admit Card would be available for those candidates who complete the IIFT Registration Procedure successfully. IIFT Admit Card would be sent by means of post to the candidates who have sent their application form by way of online and offline mode. The IIFT Admit card can be downloaded from November 16, 2018. With a printout of IIFT Admit Card, candidates should be present at the examination venue by December 2018.

IIFT Scorecard is usually released in the last week of December. The IIFT Result would declare the name of the candidates who would proceed to the next round.

IIFT 2019 Important Dates

IIFT (Indian Institute of Foreign Trade) is one of the top 10 schools that offer MBA in International Business. Candidates wishing to take admission into IIFT would have to appear the IIFT Entrance examination. The associated timelines have been detailed as below:

Particulars Dates
Application Form Start Date 25th July 2017
Last Date to complete Application Form 15th September 2017
The last date for Test center change 3rd November 2017
Last Date to submit GMAT scores (Foreign Nationals/NRIs) 15th February 2018
Admit Card issue date 15th November 2017
Exam Date 3rd December 2017
Result Declaration February 2018
Date of Further rounds February/March 2018

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IIFT Latest News & Updates

IIFT 2019: Admit card releasing tomorrow at iift.ac.in

15-Nov-2018
IIFT Delhi for admissions in its management courses is conducting IIFT 2019 entrance examination. Candidates who are successfully registered themselves can download IIFT 2019 Admit Card from the official website of IIFT i.e. ... Read more

IIFT Cutoffs are announced!

06-Dec-2017
The IIFT (Indian Institute of Foreign Trade) is slated to bring out the MBA International Business exam in the year 2017 in the ultimate week of December. IIFT Authorities would announce the exact dates on which the IIFT Result would be ... Read more

IIFT 2018: Exam Analysis

04-Dec-2017
IIFT 2017 was conducted on December 3, for ensuring admission into the prestigious Indian Institute of Foreign Trade campuses housed in Delhi, Kolkata and Kakinada. The IIFT Exam was set for a total duration of 2 hours and had no ... Read more
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IIFT 2019 Eligibility

The candidates applying for IIFT 2018 can check the complete eligibility criteria which is set for Indian Residents belonging to the General, OBC, SC,ST and PH; a separate set of eligibility criteria is also set for Non Resident Indians. The eligibility criteria in brief has been detailed below:

  • Candidate must hold a Bachelor's degree from a recognized university or institute of atleast 3 years duration in any discipline.
  • Candidates in their final year of Graduation can also apply. However such candidates have to submit the proof of requisite qualification by September 24, 2018.
  • There is no age limit for the applicants.
  • Candidates belonging to the general category should have got at least 50% marks in graduation while the others from the reserved categories should have scored 45% in their graduation.
     

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IIFT 2019 Application Procedure

The Application form for IIFT can be filled in both Online and Offline mode.

Application Procedure Via Online Mode

Candidates first have to register on the official site of IIFT. candidates can follow the below-mentioned steps to register for IIFT 2016:

  • Click on "Apply Now" and select the category you belong from to apply for the exam.
     
  • Read carefully the information displayed on your screen regarding the payment of application fee.
     
  • Fill in the basic details asked in the application form and submit the form.
     
  • Application number will be sent to you to the registered email id after the successful submission of the form.
     
  • Use the application no. sent to you in email and password entered by you while registration to log in to the website.
     
  • To complete the registration process, follow the links displayed.
     
  • After completing the formalities, candidates shall be informed regarding successful registration through an email at registered email id.
     

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Application Fees

IIFT Application Fee has been set as INR 1550 for candidates belonging to the General category of the candidates. The application fees for candidates belonging to SC/ST or any reserved category is INR 775. Candidates can apply online through Credit Card, Debit Card or Net Banking or even by way of Demand Draft. 

The IIFT Application Fee is inclusive of Screening and the amount to be paid for giving the Entrance test. The candidates would not be required to pay any other fee apart from this. 

Category Amount
General/ OBC (Non- Creamy Layer) 1550 INR
SC/ST/PH 775 INR
Foreign National/NRI/Children of NRI 4500 INR

There is a definite list of IIFT eligibility criteria that need to be fulfilled by the candidates who apply under the NRI Category. The admission for such category is done on the basis of GMAT score and an interview procedure soon after. The IIFT Examination is scheduled to be conducted on December 2, 2018. Before proceeding to fill the IIFT Application Form, a candidate must make it clear for himself if he is eligible to write the IIFT Examination.

IIFT 2019 Admit Card

The Admit Cards will be sent BY POST to all the students, who submit filled-in Application Form complete in all respects (online or offline), in the first week of November 2018. Applicants, who do not receive their Admit Cards by can download the Admit Card from IIFT's website. With a printout of the Admit Card, the candidates should reach the venue of the Exam Centre on December 2, 2018latest by 9.00 a.m. with one of the following documents:

  • Passport
  • Election I-Card
  • College I-Card
  • Driving Licence
  • PAN Card

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IIFT 2019 Preparation Tips

The candidates have to ensure IIFT Exam preparation in a right way to prepare well for the examination. IIFT Preparation should be done in a way wherein accuracy and speed stays balanced. IIFT is a two-hour test that has about 125 questions. About 20 questions would be from the General Knowledge section and the final cut-off would be in the range of 40s. 

The candidates who prepare for CAT can also prepare for IIFT simultaneously. General Knowledge preparation has to be started quite in advance so that the candidates can store a huge amount of information in their memory. The candidates should also be good in making minute calculations and as well as rapid mental calculations. The IIFT Preparation strategies are detailed below as follows for students:

1. Have a look at all previous year papers and make sure you understand the structure of the exam. 
2. Keep the varied marking scheme of the exam in mind. 
3. Be on the look-out for questions such as ‘Match the following'. These are always easier to solve. 
4. Make sure you do not waste too much on time-consuming DI sets and extra-long RCs. 
5. Do not spend excessive time on GK questions and be ready to leave the questions you are unsure about. Guess-work in this area can be risky

IIFT 2019 Exam Pattern

IIFT will be held in a paper pencil based format. In the past years also the IIFT entrance exam is held in a paper pencil based pattern only. IIFT 2017 Sections There are 4 sections in the IIFT 2017 paper pattern with 2 subsections. The areas or the sections on which the IIFT exam pattern are Quantitative Ability, Logical Ability, Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension and General Awareness. While Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning form a section, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension form another.

With the help of IIFT Exam Pattern, a candidate would have a good understanding of the type of questions that they would be coming across on a usual basis. Candidates would be knowing the paper structure and the type of questions that they would be coming across. Any candidate appearing for the entrance exam must verify that the IIFT Application Form has been filled for which the admit card has been downloaded on release. 

The IIFT Marking scheme is different across sections. In the Data Interpretation section, a correct answer would be getting 0.75 marks while a correct answer would carry 1 mark.Negative marking would be about 1/3 of the marks allotted in total. The detailed marking scheme can be found below for candidates

Section Question Count Marks
Data Interpretation 22 0.75
Quantitative Ability 20 1
Reasoning 20 1
Reading Comprehension 16 1
General Awareness 25 0.5
Verbal Ability 20 0.75

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IIFT 2019 Syllabus

IIFT 2018 as similar to the previous years always has had a variable amount of questions. There could be about 120-200 objective type questions which would be further divided into four sections. The IIFT Marking scheme is different from each section, the exam would be for a total of 100 marks. A wrong answer would have a negative marking of 1/3 of the marks.

The below-mentioned points provide an understanding of the sections and what is questioned from each of them:

  1. Logical Section: This section would be containing 20-25 questions and is unique every year. The questions are of the objective type.
  2. Verbal Ability: Candidates would be required to answer about 20 questions. The difficulty level would be from easy to moderate level.
  3. Quantitative Ability: The Quantitative Ability is a difficult section for various candidates. Candidates would be able to answer about 25 questions in this section.
  4. General Awareness: General Awareness sections would have questions from over current affairs dating back to 6 months and static affairs concerning Geography, Politics, History etc.

The IIFT 2018 would be taking place in a pen paper mode for a total duration of 2 hours. The IIFT Syllabus is an important piece of information for candidates as to what expect from IIFT Examination and ensure preparation accordingly.


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IIFT 2018 Question Paper Analysis

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade had conducted the IIFT Entrance Examination on November 27, 2016 in the previous year. The IIFT Entrance examination was conducted across various test centers in India.

Though across the sections, the exam pattern was moderate, there were a few surprises thrown at students. Logical Reasoning sections and English Usage were regarded as one of the tough sections to do the exam. The candidates skipping the Reading Comprehension and Data Interpretation section would not have done well in the examination. The IIFT exam analysis has been explained in brief:

Section Question Count Marks per question Total Marks Ideal attempts Attempt Time
General Awareness 25 0.5 12.5 10 to 12 12 mins
English 20 0.75 15 25 to 28 35 mins
RC 16 1 16
Data Interpretation 20 1 20 22-24 40 mins
Logical  22 0.75 16.5
Quantitative 20 1 20 16 35 mins
Total 123        

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IIFT 2019 Study Material

The students can refer to the following study material to ensure good performance in the examination. Choosing the right IIFT Study Material is very important so that candidates do well in the IIFT 2018 Examination.

  1. Ace the IIFT - IMS Publisher
  2. IIFT Indian Institute of Foreign TradeEntrance Examination: 10 Mock Tests - Expert Compilations (Arihant)
  3. NIFT/NID/IIFT Entrance Exam Guide -1st Edition - Surendra Kavimandan (Ramesh Publishing House)
  4. IIFT Indian Institute of Foreign Trade - Gautam Puri (G.K. Publications)
  5. Study Package for NIFT / NID / IIFT Entrance Examinations - Dharmendra Mittal (Arihant)

If a candidate is preparing for other management entrance examinations like CAT, MAT, XAT, the same kind of preparation can be extended to IIFT Preparation. However, in addition to the efforts to put in studying of the reference material, the candidates must also ensure that efforts are invested in the practice of mock test papers and previous year papers of IIFT to gain an insight into the actual interface of the IIFT Examination.

Subject Experts

Satyaki Mascharak shared few tips and suggestion for aspiring students:

"Quants section was my forte. So I always focused more on Verbal's, especially the paragraphs which can baffle the “Shakespeare” out of anyone. These paragraphs need to be approached clinically."

"Coaching is important Maybe not because of the content which they offer, but because of the regularity they bring in you. The regular Mocks, the classes and the doubt clearing sessions help every aspirant. But if you have regular classes to attend, it actually gives a pull which is required to motivate a person."

"For English Comprehensive: Read lots of Paragraphs, read newspaper daily and approach with an objective mind and not in a subjective way."

"For GK: Solving past papers and Manorama year book supports."

"For Logical Reasoing and Quant's: Practice a few problems daily. Gradually increase the level of questions. I followed Arun Sharma religiously. Solve questions from Social Forums and other online test series'. Not ignoring any area is important for every aspirant. The questions in the exam are diversified, so do not ignore question related to some other feild"

"First read full paper then start with easy ones and triy to solve questions uniformly from all sections. "

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IIFT Cut-Offs

IIFT Exam is conducted in the month of November to shortlist the candidates for the MBA - International Business programme. The examination would be followed by Group Discussion, an essay writing and a Personal Interview round.  Basing the performance of the candidate and IIFT Written test cutoff that has been set, an IIFT Merit List would be written for the second round. 

The total marks for the IIFT Examination would be set at 100 irrespective of the different questions in the previous year papers. Since 2011, the number of questions was 122, had shot up to 128 in 2013 to reduce to 118 in 2014 and then rise to 123 in 2016.

The table wise sectional cut-offs have been detailed below:

Section Cutoff Maximum Marks
Verbal Section and Reading Comprehension 9.67 31
Logical Ability Data Interpretation 8 36.5
Quantitative  4.01 20
GK 1.99 12.5

With the IIFT Cutoff 2018, candidates can check their performance in IIFT 2018.

IIFT 2019 Selection Procedure

The IIFT Selection procedure is held for candidates who have cleared the examination and have scored as per the examination cutoff. The IIFT Examination and Selection procedure is conducted by the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade in the Delhi and Kolkata campus. The IIFT Selection Procedure would be commencing in the month of January/February 2018  once the candidates appear for the examination and the IIFT Results are declared.

Once the IIFT Results are declared, the institute would be shortlisting the list of candidates on the basis of the marks scored by everyone as per their cutoff. The selected candidates would be invited for subsequent selection rounds. IIFT Selection procedure is conducted for those candidates who would want to pursue MBA International Business at IIFT Delhi and Kolkata campuses. 

The IIFT Selection Procedure is conducted after candidates take IIFT 2018 and the respective result for the same is announced. Candidates would have to get the desired IIFT Cutoff that is set by the institute in order to be eligible for IIFT Selection procedure in the year 2018. The IIFT Selection procedure comprises of various stages after which the candidate admission shall be ensured. 

The candidates are admitted under various categories such as General, OBC, SC/ST and PH. Both the campuses of IIFT offer over 450 seats for about 40,000 students. The marks scored by the candidates in the IIFT Exam and the same scored in the selection rounds would be combined in order to determine the final merit list.


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Intake

Total intake of 220 seats at IIFT Delhi campus and IIFT Kolkata campus.

Reservation

Reserved Seats:

Other Backward Class - 23%

Schedule Castes - 15%,

NRI  - 4% and

Schedule Tribes - 7.5%.

General category: This leaves 150 seats under the general category.

Documents to be Carried

The documents that are required to be carried for IIFT 2018 Examination are as follows:

  1. Admit Card: Candidates are required to carry IIFT Exam Admit Card which is dispatched by post from the institute. Candidates who do not receive their admit card should download the same from the official website. The printout of the admit card should be taken.
  2. ID Proof: The candidates should carry an ID Proof along with the Admit Card to enter the exam center. The following documents should be carried as well: Election I-card, Driving License, PAN Card, College I-card or Passport.
  3. Stationery: A candidate should not forget to carry stationery items such as pencil and eraser and a thorough check must be done to ensure that a candidate does not forget any item.
  4. Personal: Bags or things should not be carried as they cannot be kept safe in the test center. The candidates should avoid carrying any expensive item along with them to avoid any mistake or mishap.
  5. Money: Excess money just in case of an emergency while commuting to the examination might come very handy for a candidate which a candidate must take care of.
  6. Water: The candidate should carry enough water in hand just in case the examination hall does not have such a facility.

Test Centres

States Cities 
Uttar Pradesh  Allahabad, Lucknow
Jharkhand Jamshedpur
West Bengal Kolkata
Odisha Bhubhaneshwar
Karnataka Bangalore
Kerala Kochi
Uttarakhand Dehradun
Rajasthan Jaipur
Assam Guwahati
Delhi Delhi
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Andhra Pradesh Hyderabad, Vishakapatnam
Tamilnadu Chennai, Coimbatore
Gujarat Ahmedabad
Maharashtra Mumbai, Nagpur
Madhya Pradesh Indore

Exam Toppers

Satyaki Mascharak cracked IIFT with a score of 51 and got admission in one of the top B-School- IIFT Delhi

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FAQs

Q1.Is IIFT a centre for foreign trade?

Ans.IIFT was established in the year 1963 with the purpose of conducting courses on foreign trade for the civil servants. Also IIFT has always been prided as an excellent centre for research on WTO and other related issues. Over the years IIFT has evolved from being a centre of foreign trade to a complete business school that now rests on a tripod: the MBA (International Business) programme, Research and MDPs.

Gone are the days when a company had to be domestically competitive to survive internationally. Today, a firm has to be internationally competitive to survive domestically. The distinction between the internal and the external sector is fast diminishing. The MBA (IB) programme offered at IIFT is an integrated course which was designed with utmost foresight, keeping in mind the requirements of the constantly evolving global economy.

Q2.What is duratio of exam?

Ans.Duration of exam is 2hrs

Q3.What is Eligibility for IIFT entrance exam?

Ans.Recognized Bachelor's degree of minimum 3 years' duration in any...

Q1.Is IIFT a centre for foreign trade?

Ans.IIFT was established in the year 1963 with the purpose of conducting courses on foreign trade for the civil servants. Also IIFT has always been prided as an excellent centre for research on WTO and other related issues. Over the years IIFT has evolved from being a centre of foreign trade to a complete business school that now rests on a tripod: the MBA (International Business) programme, Research and MDPs.

Gone are the days when a company had to be domestically competitive to survive internationally. Today, a firm has to be internationally competitive to survive domestically. The distinction between the internal and the external sector is fast diminishing. The MBA (IB) programme offered at IIFT is an integrated course which was designed with utmost foresight, keeping in mind the requirements of the constantly evolving global economy.

Q2.What is duratio of exam?

Ans.Duration of exam is 2hrs

Q3.What is Eligibility for IIFT entrance exam?

Ans.Recognized Bachelor's degree of minimum 3 years' duration in any discipline

or

Candidates appearing for a qualifying examination can also apply subject to submission of proof of requisite qualification by beginning of October of the year of start of the course.

Q4. What is age limit of applying to exma?

Ans. There is No age limit.

Q5.Is there a negative marking in entrance exam?

Ans.Yes, its 1/3 rd of marks for the question.

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