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IIFT 2018 Quick Facts

Name of the Examination Institute of Foreign Trade Entrance Test
Commonly known as IIFT 2018
Conducting body Institute of Foreign Trade
Type of Exam Post Graduate
Exam Mode Online
Programs Offered MBA (In International Business)
Application form release date Last week of July 2018
Date of Examination 2nd December 2018 (Sunday)

What is IIFT Entrance Test?

IIFT 2018 admission test is a written examination for entry into their Delhi, Kolkata, and Kakinada (Andhra Pradesh) campus’ MBA program (In International Business). The IIFT 2018 Exam is expected to be held on 2nd December 2018 (Sunday). Last year, over 62,000 students registered for the exam, out of which 55,000 students turned up.

The exam is expected to be held in 20 cities with the application beginning from Last week of July 2018. Last year, the exam was conducted in pen and paper mode (offline) but this year it is expected to be computer based (online).

Indian Institute of Foreign trade was set up in 1963 as an autonomous institution to improve India’s foreign trade management. It is one of the most reputed B-schools in India. It was ranked 23rd in NIRF Ranking 2018.

Structure of IIFT exam

The IIFT exam is held for 2 hours (10 AM-12 PM), with maximum marks of 100. The exam usually has around 114 multiple choice type questions, but the number changes often. The exam also has different negative markings for different subjects.

Below is the summary of the IIFT 2018 Exam Pattern-

Subjects Number of Questions Marks Awarded for each right answer Marks Deducted  for each wrong answer Total Marks


20 0.75 0.33 15


20 1 0.33 20
VERBAL ABILITY 20 1 0.33 20
TOTAL 114 100

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.

IIFT 2018 Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criterion for IIFT 2018 should be met for registration of the exam. It is to be noted that if these norms not met, the candidate will not be allowed to appear for the exam.

  • Candidates must have a recognized Bachelor’s degree of minimum of 3 years duration in any discipline from a recognized University.
  • 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.

Though, IIFT has not prescribed any specific work-related requirements. Nut candidates with over 1 yr of experience might have some advantage in the final selection process.

For International/NRI students-

  • International/NRI/Foreign Candidates should have a decent GMAT score for admission.

Application forms and submission procedure

The registration process for IIFT 2018 is completely online. The following procedure has to be followed to apply for the registration process.


  1. Apply online at the official website and click on “Apply Online”.
  2. Fill the required details which include Personal and communication details.
  3. On the application form is filled, the login details (Application No. and Password) will be sent on your email-id.
  4. LOGIN and choose your preferred exam centre location and related details.
  5. Pay the application fee of General (Rs 1550) and SC/ST/OBC (Creamy Layer)/Physically handicapped (Rs 775) through Credit card/Debit card or Demand Draft (DD).

One the payment is successfully received by the institute you will receive a confirmation email. It is advised to safely keep this email and take a few printouts for future reference.

Admission Procedure

The IIFT 2018 admission /selection process will begin from First week of January 2019.

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 go through a written test.

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).


The IIFT Exam basically has 6 sections, each with multiple choice objective type questions. The Syllabus for each of the sections is as given below:

Subject Topic


·         Analysis and comparative study of data tables

·         Pie charts and tables

·         Charts and graphs with tables

·         Bar diagrams and comparative tables



·         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



·         Comprehension of passage

·         Verbal reasoning

·         Analogies

·         Syllogisms

·         Contextual usage

·         Antonyms

·         Idioms

·         Sentence completion

·         Sentence correction

·         Punctuation proverbs



·         Critical reasoning

·         Visual reasoning

·         Assertion and reasons

·         Comparison

·         Deductions

·         Coding-decoding

·         Series and analysis

·         Selections

·         Linear word formation



·         Politics

·         Business

·         Society

·         Industry

·         Banking

·         Economics

·         History

·         Awards and awardees

·         Literature

·         International affairs

·         Geography

·         Sports

·         Science

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.

VERBAL ABILITY ·         Active-Passive

·         Spelling Corrections

·         Antonyms/Synonyms

·         Figure of Speech

·         Fill in the Blanks

·         Jumbled Sentences

·         Prefix-Suffix

·         One word substitution

·         Idioms and Phrases

·         Punctuation

·         Analogy

·         Correction of Grammatical Errors

IIFT 2018 Important Dates

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:

Events Dates
1.      Availability of application form Last week of July 2018
2.      Last date of receipt of Application 2nd week of September 2018
3.      IIFT 2018 Admit Card


2nd week of November 2018 (10am to 12 noon)
4.      IIFT 2018 Exam


1st week of December 2018
6.      IIFT 2018 Result: 4th week of December 2018
7.      Selection Process begins January/February 2019
Declaration of selected candidates April 2019

List of IIFT Examination Centres

The test will be held all over India in the following 20 centers:


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.

Contact Details

Delhi Campus (http://tedu.iift.ac.in/iift/index.php)
Address B-21, Qutub Institutional Area, New Delhi – 110016
Telephone ·         +91-11-39147200

·         +91-11-39147300

·         +91-11-39147302

·         011-39147213

Email ID admissions@iift.ac.in
Kolkata Campus (http://tedu.iift.ac.in/iift/iiftkolkata.php)
Address Address: 1583 Madurdaha, Chowbagha Road, Ward No. 108,Borough XII, Kolkata 700107
Telephone +91-33 – 23572853
Email ID koladmissions@iift.ac.in

IIFT Result

The results for the IIFT 2018 exam {MBA (IB) 2019 – 21} is released around the 2nd week of April 2019.

How to check your result

  • Visit the official site and click on the result link available.
  • The IIFT 2018 result link is available in PFD Format.
  • Since it’s a long list, press “Ctrl+F” and type your roll number.
  • To download the scorecard, the candidate needs to type their Roll Number and D.O.B.
  • Press “submit” and take print out of the result for future reference.

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.

Score Validity

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.

Reservation/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 2017 is as follows:

Category Overall Marks (Out of 100)
General 48.5
OBC-NC 38.5
SC 43.5
ST 27.17
PH 28.85

The intake through the exam is 420 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.

IIFT 2018 Counselling Schedule

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 420 students are finally offered admission, and the course begins in the month of July of the corresponding year.

Documents required during counseling-

  • IIFT Admit Card
  • IIFT Score Card
  • Passport size photos
  • Class 10th & 12th Certificate
  • Category Certificate (If any)
  • Counselling Letter


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