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IIFT or the The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade is an autonomous public business school established in 1963 by the Government of India (Ministry of Commerce and Industry) to help professionalize the country's foreign trade management and increase exports by developing human resources; generating, analysing and disseminating data; and conducting research. Its flagship program is the Master of Business Administration in International Business (MBA-IB).

IIFT was conferred the status of Deemed University in 2002. It conducts an autonomous entrance examination which now happens through the National Testing Agency (NTA) across various centres in India.

IIFT is the admission test for both campuses - New Delhi and Kolkata (and Kakinada AP) - of the eponymous IIFT (Indian Institute of Foreign Trade). It provides admission to the two-year full-time MBA course of IIFT i.e. MBA International Business (IB). Till 2020, IIFT used to be the only paper-pencil based test among all the major MBA aptitude tests. In 2020, there have been two major changes to the way, IIFT is being conducted:

  • IIFT moved from a paper-pencil test to a computer-based test (CBT).
  • IIFT is now conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) that also conducts CMAT.

Important Dates
IIFT Notification: November 1st week 2020
Registration Start Date: November 6, 2020
Last date for Registration: December 20, 2020
Application Fee: Rs.2500/- (Gen)
Corrections in Application Form: Between December 23, 2020 - December 27, 2020
Admit Card Download Starts: January 11, 2021 onwards
IIFT Exam date 2021: January 24, 2021
IIFT Exam Duration: 2 hours
IIFT Exam Timing: 3pm to 5pm
Writing Skills Assessment, Group Discussion and Interview: March/April 2021
Exam Result Date: Between April-May, 2021

For more details about the Exam and the process followed by NTA, you can check out the IIFT Information Bulletin 2021-23

Any eligible candidate, who aspires to join a B-School through IIFT, is required to register online for IIFT first and pay a fee of Rs. 2500 (for General and OBC candidates) and Rs. 1000 (SC/ST/PH candidates).

To know about the Institution and their procedure in detail, you can check out the IIFT Prospectus 2021-23

To apply for the MBA Program, you can click on the link given below.

IIFT 2021 Official Link

Essential academic qualifications:

Recognized Bachelor's degree of minimum 3 years' duration in any disciplines with minimum 50% marks [45% in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PWD) categories]. Candidates appearing for a qualifying examination can also apply subject to submission of proof of requisite qualification by 7th October 2021.

Age and Number of Attempts:

There is no age bar for taking IIFT.

The selection procedure for IIFT is normally in 2 phases i.e. online examination (IIFT) followed by WAT, GD, PI. After candidates take the entrance exam they will be shortlisted on the basis of marks obtained in the exam for the IIFT selection procedure. Post the exam, candidates will move to the next step where candidates will be called for the GD/ PI/ WAT rounds.

Stage-I: Online examination (IIFT)

The IIFT admission test is a multiple choice objective type test (in English) of 120 minutes. IIFT is conducted in Online Mode by NTA. IIFT follows a differential marking. Negative Marking: 1/3 of allotted marks. The IIFT 2020 test had major changes in the pattern from the previous years’ pattern when the test was conducted on-paper. There were 4 sections in IIFT-2020, unlike 6 in the previous two years. There was a change in the weightage allotted to questions in the 4 sections.

IIFT-2020 pattern

Section No. of questions Marking Scheme per Question Total Marks
Quantitative Analysis 25 +3/-1 75
Reading Comprehension & Verbal Ability 35 +3/-1 105
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning 30 +3/-1 90
General Awareness 20 +1.5/-0.5 30
Total 110 300

Stage–II: (WAT, GD, PI etc.)

A combination of activities is used to evaluate different aspects of a candidate's personality, communication skills and other skills.

Final selection

On the basis of candidate’s cumulative performance, final merit list will be prepared. Candidates who clear the WAT, GD and PI rounds will be eligible for admission to the MBA (IB) course at Delhi, Kolkata and Kakinada (not yet operational) Campuses.

Written Ability Test (WAT)/ Essay Writing: The WAT stage will take place after the first stage when the IIFT 2021 exam is conducted. In this stage selected candidates will be asked to write an essay or answer the questions based on the comprehension given. The essay writing round is conducted in order to assess candidates’ writing abilities. After the WAT stage, students will then have to appear for the GD/ PI round.

GD/PI: The shortlisted students will be called for group discussion and personal interview rounds. The main objective of the round is to assess candidates Knowledge and Communication skills.

Merit List Candidates who clear the WAT, GD and PI rounds will be eligible for admission to the MBA (IB) course at Delhi, Kolkata and Kakinada Campuses. Apart from the above rounds of selection, performance in the Academics, Work experience and other parameters will also be considered at the time of admission offer.

IIFT-2021 Shortlisting Criteria for Stage-I

Parameters Scores
IIFT Score 73
Marks obtained in Class X 10
Marks obtained in Class XII 10
Academic Diversity Non Engg. = 5; Engg. = 0
Gender Diversity Male=0; Female=2
Total 100

IIFT-2021 Selection Criteria for Stage-II

Parameters Scores
IIFT Score 45
WAT+GD+PI 10+10+20=40
Academic Consistency 10th=4; 12th=4 Total=8
Academic Diversity Non Engg.=2; Engg.=0
Gender Diversity Male=0; Female=2
Work Experience 3
Total 100

For more details on the Selection Criteria, you can check out the this link

Candidates should realise that to perform in competitive exams such as IIFT, they should be good at both concepts and application. Rather than going through concepts from various sources, one should concentrate on a single resource for conceptual clarity. Once concepts are clear, practicing regularly is key to performing well in competitive exams like these. We have provided playlists of important concept lectures below. Candidates can take help of these lectures from Meritshine to strengthen their fundamentals for this exam.

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Lectures for Aptitude Building

Lectures for WAT

Lectures for Group Discussion & Interviews

The cut offs are declared after the IIFT exam result. The section wise marks of IIFT 2020 are mentioned below:

IIFT 2020 Cut-off (General Category)

Section Number of Questions Maximum Marks Cut-Off
Reading Comprehension & Verbal Ability 35 105 34
Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation 30 90 22
Quantitative Analysis 25 75 15
General Awareness 20 30 5
Total 110 300 138

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