IIFT Exam: 2020 Application, Eligibility, Syllabus & Pattern

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade [IIFT]

IIFT - Indian Institute Of Foreign Trade

IIFT or Indian Institute of Foreign Trade is recognized to be among the well-renowned business schools in India and accredited by ‘A’ Grade NAAC. This institute organizes a national level entrance test every year which is known as IIFT Entrance Exam. This entrance examination is conducted for students who are willing to seek admission in the Management programs of IB or International Business. This test contributes to being a self-organization test that will be conduct on December 3.

Interested candidates can apply for appearing in IIFT . It is mandatory to check the eligibility criteria before appearing for the test. Failing to meet the eligibility norms can lead to disqualification at a later off stage. The application form of IIFT can be filled both offline and online. Candidates can fill the application form in any mode in accordance with the convenience. In offline mode, the form can be purchased from an office at Kolkata and Delhi.

After the application form is filled by the candidate and the Institute receives the same with the prerequisite enclosures, there will be update on the online database. Students will be able to view the status of the application online. Application fees can be paid through debit card, credit card, demand draft, etc.

The selection of candidates is done in accordance with Group Discussion, Written Test, Interview, Essay Writing etc. The entrance test was conducted in the cities of Bangalore, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Indore, Jaipur, Delhi, Hyderabad, Nagpur, etc. The entrance test is known to be a multiple choice type written the examination. The test is conducted in the English language. The test paper consists of the areas of Quantitative Analysis, Logical Reasoning, English Comprehension, General knowledge, and Awareness. There are 125 multiple choice questions in the paper. There is a negative marking of 1/4 for every wrong answer. There is a time allotment of 2 hours for completing the test paper. 

IIFT Exam Date

IIFT examination will be conducted tentatively on the 4th week of November. Results of the examination will be declared tentatively on the 4th week of December.

The following are the important dates of the exam:

IIFT Registration

Second Week of July

Deadline for receipt of Application (Gen/SC/ST/OBC)

First Week of September

Admit Card of IIFT

November 16

IIFT entrance exam

December 2, 2018 10.00 Am – 12.00 Noon

IIFT Result Fourth week of December
Selection Procedure January/February
Final Results March

IIFT Eligibility criteria

Candidates who are willing to apply for this IIFT entrance test must fulfill the eligibility criteria. There is no age limit for appearing in the examination. The student should have a graduation degree in any discipline from a recognized university.

The bachelor degree hold by the candidate should be at least 3 years. Candidates who are appearing in the final year of graduation are also eligible for applying for this entrance test. However, the candidate needs to produce valid proof of this. There are reserved seats for National, Foreign and NRI children as well.

The exam will be held on November. The candidates must pay an attention before going further with the registration process; otherwise if they are not matching the criteria the registration might get cancel.

The eligibility criteria of IIFT are divided into various divisions:

  • Indian candidates and foreign candidates are eligible to apply for the PG program.
  • The same terms and conditions are applied for the Indian and foreign candidates.
  • The foreign candidates can apply for the application form till 15 February  with an amount of Rs.4500/-
  • The candidates for the exam can appear both from New Delhi and Kolkata.
  • There is no age bar restricted for the candidates to apply.
  • The applicants should have 3 years of graduation degree from any recognized University or the institution.
  • Bachelor’s degree in any stream is the highest educational qualification requirement to appear for this exam. But the candidates pursuing their graduation final year can also apply for the exam. For this type of candidates they have to submit their degree certificates on or before 7th October for admission in the academic year .
  • If the final year pursuing applicant fails in the final year of graduation, their admission will get cancel for the MBA Program.
  • For the SC/ST/OBC candidates all the mention eligibility criteria will be the same without any change.

For Foreign Nationals / NRI / Children of NRIs:

The Seats are reserved for Foreign Nationals, NRIs and Children of NRIs and the admission will be considered on the basis of General Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) score of which should not have been declared  before 1st January and should be received by the Institute latest by 31st March.

IIFT Application Form & fees

The notification for IIFT was released officially on 15th June. Candidates need to submit the application form for appearing in the entrance examination. Candidates can avail the application form both in offline as well as online mode. The candidate can fill the application from the official website of the institute.

The applications can be availed from IIFT office at Kolkata or Delhi in offline mode. General candidates require to pay an application fee of Rs, 1550 whereas schedule caste and schedule tribe candidates need to pay fees of Rs. 775. The application fees for a foreign candidate is the US $80. Application fees can be paid via demand draft, credit and debit card.

Procedure of IIFT Application form :

  • The application form will be available online and offline both. The offline mode form can be purchased from the IIFT Office of Delhi and Kolkata. For the online mode the candidates need to visit the official website of IIFT.
  • IIFT offers 2 years MBA Program in International Business. To get through this institutes the Indian Candidates need to appear for the written test, clear GD and then PI.
  • The foreign candidates can take admission through their GMAT Score exam only.
  • The candidates who are interested should fill the registration form. For the offline candidates the form to be picked physically by visiting the office or else by sending the request application by post providing the address along with the DD of the application form.

Application FEE:

  • The interested candidates need to pay the application fee along with the application form which is non-refundable. The fee can be paid through DD or via CC or Debit card.
  • For General/OBC Candidates – Rs. 1550/-
  • For SC/ST/PH Candidates – Rs. 775/-
  • For Foreign National/NRI/Children of NRI Candidates – US$80 (INR Rs. 4500)

Following are the detailed instructions to fill the registration form:

Register Online :

  • choose the category under which you want to apply.
  • Fill in the basic details required for registration and submit the form.
  • Once submitted, Application number will be generated and intimated through an email sent to the registered email id.
  • Log in to the website using the Application No. mentioned in the email and Password entered by you while registering.
  • Follow the links to complete the registration process.
  • Once completed, the intimation regarding successful registration will be sent to the registered email id.

Mode of Payment:

  • Online Payment gateway: Through this mode the candidate can pay via Credit and debit card.
  • Demand Draft:  The applicant has to made the DD in favor of Indian Institute of Foreign Trade payable at New Delhi. The candidate is reqd to fill the dd details in the application form.
  • Upload the scanned photograph and Signature in jpg format

Once the process is complete, keep a print out of the filled application form for the own record.

Last date to fill the application form :

For General/SC/ST/PH/OBC(NCL) : 5th September
For Foreign National/NRI/Children of NRI Candidates : 15th February

IIFT Syllabus & Exam Pattern

The examination pattern of IIFT alters every year. There are approximately 125 multiple choice questions in the question paper. The paper is divided into four sections which are inclusive of Reading Comprehension & General Awareness, Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, and Verbal Ability. There is individual marking scheme for every section.

There will be a deduction of 1/3 marks for every wrong answer. The question paper comes in the English language. The examination is conducted both in pen and paper mode. There is a time allotment of 2 hours for completing the question paper.

  • IIFT exam is conducted through Pen and pencil format.
  • The admission test is a MCQ objective type written test. The Duration of the exam is of two hours and it will consist of English Comprehension, General Knowledge & Awareness, Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Analysis.
  • The question paper will consist of 3 sections. The mode of examination will be in English.
  • The marking section is having a range of 0.5 to 1 mark per question. The marks vary form question to question.
  • A extra third mark will a penalty for every wrong answer given by the student.

Exam Pattern :-


Number Of Questions

Marks Per Question

Total Marks

Section – I Part 1




Section – I Part 2




Section – II




Section – III Part 1




Section – III Part 2




Section – IV








Followed are detailed of the sections and questions that the question paper consist:

Section I

English Comprehension

Section II

General Knowledge & Awareness

Section III

Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Analysis

Total Duration

2 Hours

Following are detailed of the sections which describes the pattern of the questionnaire which are helpful to the candidates preparing for IIFT Exam:

General Knowledge and Awareness:-

Questions from this section are framed to assess the General knowledge possessed by the students. Questions are asked from International Bodies, their functions, their chief personals and their offices. For instance; United Nations, IMF, BRICS, etc., Major Sporting Events and Awards of the year like Olympics, Winter Olympics, CWG India, Asian Games, Tennis, Cricket, Football, Chess, Billiards, etc., Major Political events, Other economy related events like FDI, FII, Stock Market, etc. In order to do well in this section, students must develop a habit of reading newspaper regularly and referring other General knowledge journals.

Generally the GK cut-offs are proportionately lower.So, it is not necessary to crack the GK section. Students should just try to attempt sufficient questions to clear the cut-off. Even if you can attempt 14-15 questions with say, 11 correct, you should do well. Another point, with respect to GK in IIFT, is that the exam has a lot of matching the column kind of questions. This, in a way, is a blessing because each answer option has multiple combinations given. So, even if you don’t know the answer to all 4 combinations, there is always the possibility of knowing 1 or 2 of the combinations and getting the answer using elimination.

English Comprehension:-
Students having a good command over the English Language will not find answering questions from this section too difficult. Students should have sound knowledge of the following topics: Contextual usage, Comprehension of passage, Fill In the Blanks, Verbal Reasoning, Syllogisms, Jumbled paragraphs with 4 or 5 sentences, Analogies, Antonyms, Errors in word choice, Sentence correction, Foreign language words used in English, one word substitution, Sentence completion, odd man out, idioms, Conditionals & Multiple Usage, Different usage of same word, mania & phobia, Proverb, Incorrect words, Mood, Punctuation, Phrasal verb etc.

Quantitative Analysis and Logical Reasoning:-
Students generally find answering questions from this section quite time taking and tricky. But students having grip on quick calculations and knowledge on implementing calculation shortcuts do find solving questions from this section interesting. This section is actually quite scoring and students generally score high in this section.

IIFT Admit Card

The IIFT admit card will be sent to the candidates via post. The admit card will be declared to appear for the exam in the 1st week of November. It will also be made accessible online also for the applicants to download. A link will be provided to the students to download the admit card online. If the candidates applied for the postal admit and they have not received, they can download the same form the online link. No candidate will not get a entry to the examination center.

Important dates related to the admit card:



Issuance of IIFT Admit Card (By Post)

November 15

Availability of the Admit Card on the official website of IIFT

November 20

IIFT to be held on

November 25

 The candidates should download the admit card. The students registered successfully will only can apply for the admit card.

The applicants will not be allowed in the examination hall without the admit card. Along with admit card one valid ID Proof that can be DL, Pan Card, Passport, Voter ID should be carried by the candidate.

IIFT Results & Score Card

The results of IIFT will be announc on 24th December. Students can check their result on the official website by entering roll number, date of birth etc. It is recommended to take a printout of the score card and keep it safe till admission of IIFT. Declaration of final selection list will be done tentatively in the month of March.

  • IIFT Result will be declared in mid-week of December. The result will be declared online.
  • Last year 5000 students appeared for the exam and out of this only 1508 students got selected for GD, PI and essay writing.
  • A link will be provided to the student to check the result online. The eligible candidates will get seat at the delhi and Kolkata campus.
  • The candidate can download the score card from the official website. The download of the result to be done by login to the id with the application number and date of birth.

Following are the steps to download the score card:

  • To check the result and scorecard, candidates can visit the official website of IIFT or for expediency, they can click on the direct link which will be provided here with the declaration of the result.
  • On the homepage of the website, they will have to search for and click on the respective link for checking the IIFT Result.
  • On clicking the link, a PDF file would be downloaded to the system which must be opened in any PDF reader to check the qualification status. The roll numbers of only the selected candidates would be listed.
  • To download the scorecard, the candidates will be required to enter their IIFT Application Number & Date of Birth. Submit these details and download the scorecard.  Keep the downloaded copy saved till the admission process concludes.

IIFT Counselling & Admission

Admission of students will be done in IIFT on the basis of Written Test, Interview, Group Discussion and essay writing. The admission will start after the publication of results. The written test will be conducted tentatively on December 2. It is mandatory to attend counseling by the candidates who are willing to seek admission in the management courses offered by IIFT.

First IIFT will conduct the entrance test for short listing the candidates. After the publication of the results, students will be called for personal interview and group discussion. Selected candidates are enrolled for MBA courses within IIFT.

IIFT Participating Colleges

IIFT is a self-organized entrance test by Indian Institute of Foreign Trade. The institute was established by the Government of India in the year of 1963. Candidates clearing IIFT entrance examination can seek admission in IIFT colleges in Kolkata and Delhi. 

List of IIFT examination centres

The complete details of the test city will be provided on the admit card. If required IIFT can delete or add any center. If the candidates asked for the exam center change, they have to pay a fee Rs.500/- via DD in favor of IIFT payable at Delhi.

Following are the test centers:-














IIFT Delhi







Contact Address of Administrative Office :

1583 Madurdaha,
Chowbagha Road,
Ward No 108, Borough XII,
Kolkata 700107,
EPABX: 2419 5700 & 2419 5900
Fax: +91-33-2443 2454
Direct Line:
Dr. K. Rangarajan : 033-2443 2450
Head's Office: 033-2443 2451
Finance Section: 033-2443 2452