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Selection Process for IIFT 2022

Selection Process for IIFT 2021

IIFT also known as The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade commenced in 1963 by the Government of India is among the top 10 B-schools in the country after IIMs. The vision was to prepare management professionals to carry out India`s foreign trade and increase the level of export by developing human resources, analysing and disseminating data and conducting research. IIFT had its first campus established in Delhi and as of today it has 3 main campuses in India and 1 in Africa.

Campuses of IIFT

1. IIFT, Delhi established in 1963

2. IIFT, Kolkata, established in 2006

3. IIFT, Kakinada, established in 2008

4. IIFT, Dar-es-Salaam (Tanzania), campus not started

Programs offered by IIFT

The programs offered are as follows:

• 2 Year MBA in International business

• 2 Year 6 months MBA (International Business) – Weekends 

• Certificate Programme in Export Management

• Certificate Programme in Capital and Financial Markets

• Certificate Programme in Global Trade Logistics and Operations

• Executive Post Graduate Diploma Programme

Fee Structure of IIFT

The annual tuition fee payable by general category student for IIFT MBA IB program is Rs. 8,85,000/- plus overhead charges of 32,500/- for first year and 22,500/- for second year student. There is a provision of 50% concession in tuition fee for the Reserved Category (SC, ST, PWD).

For NRI Students and foreign nationals the annual fee is US$30,000 plus the above-mentioned overhead costs that remain same.

Hostel fee is to paid additionally over the tuition and overhead charges. The Delhi Campus has double and triple occupancy rooms and the hostel fee is Rs 53,400/- annually for triple occupancy rooms and Rs 57,000/- for a double occupancy room.

The Kolkata campus, consists of only single occupancy room and the hostel fee for the same is Rs 57,000/- per annum.

Placement Report of IIFT


IIFT Campus

Prominent Recruiters


  • Tata
  • International
  • McKinsey and
  • Company
  • Axis Bank
  • Boston Scientific
  • RBL Bank


  • JP Morgan
  • Goldman Sachs
  • ITC
  • Microsoft

Packages offered

93 pre-placement offers were given out in the year 2019 to the students on the IIFT Delhi campus  

IIFT Delhi

YearAverage Salary (INR)Median
201920.07 LPA18 LPA75 LPA1 crore +
201819.23 LPA17 LPA29 LPA1 crore
201718.41 LPA16 LPA26 LPA1 crore +
IIFT Kolkata
The average salary was INR 20.07 LPA and the highest salary was 1 Crore+

Seats for Different Programmes

For admission to MBA (International Business) 2 Year Programme 

Expected for 2021 admission – 420

Delhi Campus – 220

Kolkata Campus – 200

Total – 420

IIFT Entrance Exam

•  Indian Institute of Foreign Trade gives admission for its various programs only via IIFT examination which was earlier conducted in offline format but since 2019 it is a Computer Based Test conducted by the National Test Agency.

•  Almost 50,000 candidates sit for this exam every year.

•  It is a 2-hour exam based on management aptitude comprising of the following domains which are Verbal Ability and Reading      Comprehension, Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation, and Logical Reasoning and General Awareness

•  For NRI/PIO candidates seeking admission to IIFT, it considers GMAT score specifically for this category

•  The pattern of the IIFT exam paper based on previous year exam pattern: 


No. of question

Level of Difficulty

General Awareness



Quantitative Ability



Data Interpretation &
Logical Reasoning


Moderately difficult

Verbal Ability and Reading





Moderate to Difficult

•  There is no sectional time limit and the candidate is free to switch sections between the paper
•  There is a sectional cutoff but it is disclosed much later after taking into account the scaled score of candidates
•  Negative marking does exists and NTA deducts 1/3 mark for a wrong answer
•  Marking scheme for the exam based on previous year IIFT exam patterns is that sections like Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation, General awareness consist of 1 mark for every right answer and sections like Logical Reasoning and English Grammar are likely to contain 0.5 to 0.75 marks for a right answer and 0 marks are awarded for not attempting a question
•  However, as the exam pattern is subject to change and the marking scheme is likely to differ each year.

Selection Criteria for IIFT


  • To be eligible for the IIFT selection process, a student is required to have completed his/her graduation degree of a minimum 3 years duration from a recognized institute with 50% marks in 1st attempt for General category candidates
  • Candidates belonging to reservation category (SC/ST/PWD) can apply for the IIFT exam with 45% marks in graduation
  • There is no age limit to apply for the examination
  • As per the guidelines given out by IIFT, work experience is not necessary to apply for the same.
  • For NRI students, proof of them living in another country and a GMAT scorecard is required  

Criteria for shortlisting

  • The shortlisting for IIFT happens based on cumulative score which takes into account various parameters such as exam score, Class 10th score, 12th score, Graduation Score, Academic Diversity, Gender Diversity and Work experience
  • Exam Score: Out of the total 100 marks of a candidate`s cumulative score, 73 marks are attributed to his/her performance in the IIFT exam for entrance
  • Class 10th Score:  10 marks are based on the performance of a candidate in Class 10th, an example of how the scores are given out based on Class 10th marks is mentioned below:
Percentage score in Class 10th examinationRating Score
>55 and <=602
>60 and <=703
>70 and <=805
>80 and <=908

The scoring is uniform across all subjects

• Class 12th Score: Similar to Class 10th score, class 12th score also has the same weightage of 10 marks out of the total 100 marks and follows the same pattern of scoring as mentioned for Class 10th above

• Academic Diversity: To maintain academic diversity in their MBA batch, IIFT awards extra points to students who belong to diverse (non-Engineering) backgrounds. In this category, scores given are as follows 


CategoryRating Score

• Gender Diversity: IIFT is very clear on maintaining gender diversity on its campus, the cumulative score procedure that they follow takes into account points given based on gender diversity, in which the scoring based on gender is as such 

GenderRating Score

Criteria for final selection to IIFT

• Firstly, at the time of final selection into MBA at IIFT, a cumulative score out of 100 is taken, out of which the highest weightage is to the entrance exam score (45%)

• Secondly, shortlisted candidates receive a call letter from IIFT for further selection procedures like written assessment, group discussion and personal interview, scores of which form a significant part of the 100 marks that are taken into consideration while finally selecting a candidate for the MBA program, the breakup of scores for all the 3 procedures are as such:

ParameterRating Score
Written Assessment Test (WAT)10
Group Discussion (GD)10
Personal Interview (PI)20

Work Experience: Though it is not a necessary parameter for applying, points are awarded for the work experience of a candidate, work experience has a total of 3 points out of the 100 marks, the scoring based on the Work experience of a candidate follows the following pattern:

For the Year 2021 

Work Experience in Months
(till December 31, 2020)
Rating Score
<12 months0
>= 12 and <=24 months2
>24 and <= 36 months3
>36 and <= 48 months2
>48 and <= 60 months1
< 60 months0
• Academic Diversity: The final selection also takes into account the academic diversity of a candidate where candidates from Non-Engineering background are awarded 2 points and Engineering students are awarded 0 points, academic diversity holds a weightage of 2 points
• Gender Diversity: Gender diversity accounts for 2 points out of the total 100 at the time of final selection, where a female candidate receives 2 points and a male candidate receives 0 points
• Academic Consistency:  Academic consistency takes into account the performance of a student across Class 10th and Class 12th and accounts for a total of 8 points, where 4 points are for performance in Class 10th and 4 points for the performance of a candidate in Class 12th, the method for awarding points is the same as done during the time of shortlisting.


Selection Process

Round 1: Shortlisting of candidates 

Candidates are shortlisted when call letters are given out based on IIFT exam score, the cutoff for the Year 2020 was 138 for the General category, 116 for the General(EWS) / OBC-NCL category, and 89 for SC/ST/PwD category. Candidates who have met the cutoff will be given a call letter and are called for the further selection process by IIFT.

Round 2: WAT-GD-PI

Candidates who have been shortlisted and given a call letter are called for the next round comprising of 3 main processes mainly:

1. Writing Assessment Test: Shortlisted candidates have to write an essay on any given topic. Evaluation for this takes into account the clarity and the comprehension power a candidate has along with presentation and expression skills of the candidate

2. Group Discussion: Shortlisted candidates are divided into small groups and have to discuss in front of a panel of judges, GD checks a candidate’s leadership skills, teamwork skills, communication, and capacity to add insights to the discussion. 

3. Personal Interview: Lastly, the candidates who have been shortlisted appear for a personal interview where they are evaluated on various domains such as academics, extracurricular activities, and analytical performance of the candidate 

Important Dates for IIFT 2021


IIFT exam registration starts2nd September, 2021
Last Date for Registration15th October, 2021
Admit Card Release Date10th November, 2021
Exam Date5th December 2021 (10 AM – 12 PM)
Exam Result DateExpected- 20th December, 2021
WAT-GD_PI DatesMarch to April 2022

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