Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT)
Indian Institute of Foreign trade was set up in 1963 as an autonomous institution to improve India’s foreign trade management. The IIFT admission test is a written examination for entry into their Delhi and Kolkata campus’ MBA (in International Business) programs.
Structure of the Exam
The IIFT exam is held for 2 hours, with maximum marks of 100. The exam usually has around 150 multiple choice type questions, but the number changes often. The exam primarily has questions asked in the following sections:
- English Comprehension
- General Knowledge & awareness
- Logical Reasoning
- Quantitative analysis
IIFT often experiments with the number of sections as well as the number of questions. The exam has had 6 sections, and sometimes only 4 sections with sub-sections. Furthermore IIFT is also one of the few exams that allot differential marks to each of the sections making it tougher to focus on particular sections to excel in the exam. The exam also has negative marking, which is usually 1/3rd, the marks of the question.
Candidates must have a recognized Bachelor’s degree of minimum of 3 years duration in any discipline to be eligible for the examination. Students who are in the final year and are awaiting their results in the same year may also apply for the test. The exam has no age bar.
How to Apply?
The registration process for the exam is online. The following procedure has to be followed to apply:
- Apply online at http://iiftadmissions2015.co.in/
- Upload your photograph, and signature online.
- Print the application form and send it to IIFT at:
Sh. Gaurav Gulati, SAO(Academics),
Indian Institute of Foreign Trade,
B-21, Qutab Institutional Area,
New Delhi-110 016
- Pay through Credit card/Debit card or Demand Draft (DD)
On receipt of the application along with the enclosures, you will receive the college brochure and the website database will be updated. You may then check your application status online.
After the IIFT written test, the candidates are shortlisted on the basis of scores based on the cut off and percentile. After the announcement of the result, the second round of admission procedure begins, where the shortlisted students have to write a Statement of Purpose (SOP), and answer various subjective questions to validate the candidate’s stance in pursuing MBA-IB at IIFT. In the second round, the shortlisted candidates have to appear for the Group Discussion, Personal Interview, and essay writing rounds. The group discussion, and essay topics are usually about current affairs, or possibly anything in general. Further, the Personal Interview will be primarily about similar topics, the SOP, past academic records, work experience (if applicable), current affairs etc.
Finally, the selections are made based on the combined scores in each of the sections (each having a varied weightage).
Syllabus for IIFT Exam
The IIFT Exam basically has 4 sections, each with multiple choice objective type questions. The Syllabus for each of the sections is as given below:
- English Comprehension: A candidate needs to be well versed with comprehension of passage, verbal reasoning, analogies, syllogisms, contextual usage, antonyms, idioms, sentence completion, sentence correction, punctuation proverbs, etc.
- Logical Reasoning: For this section, the candidate has to master critical reasoning, visual reasoning, Assertion and reasons, comparison, deductions, coding-decoding, series and analysis, selections, linear word formation, etc.
- Quantitative analysis: This section has a large number of questions, and a larger number of topics to cover including geometry, ratio & proportion, SI and CI, in-equations quadratic and linear equations, mensuration, logarithms, permutation and combinations, probability, indices and surds, arithmetic and geometric progression, arithmetic - geometric and harmonic mean, set theory, Venn diagrams, binomial expansion, co-ordinate geometry, etc.
- General Awareness: The general awareness is usually a mix of current affairs and GK questions. The topics it includes are as follows: politics, business, society, industry, banking, economics, history, awards and awardees, literature, international affairs, geography, sports, science etc.
The syllabus encompasses a variety of topics, and the above-mentioned topics are not an exhaustive list of topics. Nevertheless, the topics have been prominent in the recent examinations.
The important dates for the exam are conventionally notified in the month of July every year. For the year of 2014, the important dates were as follows:
- Availability of application form: July 16th 2014
- Last date of receipt of Application: September 3rd 2014
- IIFT 2014 Exam: November 23rd 2014 (10am to 12 noon)
- Last Date for obtaining Prospectus and Receipt of Applications for NRIs/Foreign Nationals/Children of NRIs: February 16th, 2015
- IIFT 2014 Result: December 19th 2014
- Commencement of Program: First week of July 2015
List of Exam Centers
The test will be held all over India in the following 20 centers:
Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Jamshedpur, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur and Vishakhapatnam.
After the first round, the shortlisted candidates will be called for the second phase of the selection process to be held at Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow and Mumbai.
It must be noted that, IIFT reserves the right to add/delete any center, without prior notice.
Address: B-21, Qutub Institutional Area, New Delhi – 110016
Telephone: 011 – 26857908
Email: [email protected]
Address: J-1/14, EP & GP Block, Sector-V, Salt Lake City, Kolkata-700091
Telephone: 033 – 23572853
Email: [email protected]
The results for the IIFT 2015 exam are available at the following site (MBA – IB 2015 – 17): http://docs.iift.ac.in/OCS201517ABCD/default.asp
After the exam, the shortlisted students have to appear for essay writing, group discussions, and Personal Interview round. The final IIFT result will be announced in early April 2015, after careful review of the second round.
The scores of the exam are valid only for a single year. The candidate will have to reattempt the exam to be shortlisted for the second round, if not selected.
Reservations and Seat Distribution
The mode of admission to IIFT for General/OBC/SC/ST/PH category students is through the IIFT exam, whereas for NRI/Foreign Nationals/Children of NRIs the admission is based on GMAT score only. Although the eligibility criteria are essentially the same for all the candidates, the seat reservation is according to the Government of India rules.
Furthermore the cut-offs are varied for reserved category. The cut-offs for the IIFT 2014 is as follows:
The intake through the exam is only around 200 -300 students each year, for a course duration of 2 years. IIFT does not have management quota for admission to its MBA-IB course, albeit having reservations for SC, ST, OBC and Physically Challenged Candidates.
Around 1000 – 1300 students are shortlisted for the second round of essay writing, group discussion and personal interviews. The GD and essay topics can be on various topics pertaining to current affairs, phrases, or even proverbs. In the Personal Interview, the Candidates SOP is discussed, while also testing the candidate’s ability to handle stress. After the GD-PI round, only around 300 students are finally offered admission, and the course begins in the month of July of the corresponding year.