IIFT Programs

IIFT which is the short form for the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade commenced in 1963 by the Government of India with a vision to prepare management professionals to carry out India`s foreign trade and increase the level of export by developing human resources, analyzing and disseminating data and conducting research. IIFT was established first 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 by IIFT 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 Programmes

Placement Report of IIFT


IIFT CampusProminent 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 Salary (INR)Highest Salary (INR)Highest International Salary (INR)
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

No. of seats in IIFT 

For admission to MBA (International Business) 2 Year Programme 
Expected for 2021 admission – 420
Delhi Campus – 220
Kolkata Campus – 200
Total – 420

Examination for IIFT

  • IIFT gives admission to its various programs only via IIFT examination which was earlier in offline format but since 2019 it is a Computer Based Test conducted by the National Test
  • Almost 50,000 candidates sit for the IIFT exam every year
  • IIFT exam 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, IIFT considers GMAT score specifically for this category
  • The pattern of the IIFT exam paper based on previous year exam patterns: 
SectionNo. of questionLevel of Difficulty
General Awareness20Easy
Quantitative Ability25Moderately
Data Interpretation &
Logical Reasoning
30Moderately difficult
Verbal Ability and Reading
Total120Moderate to Difficult
  • There is no sectional time limit and the candidate is free to switch sections between the papers
  • There is a sectional cut-off which is disclosed by IIFT much later after taking into account the scaled score of candidates
  • Negative marking does exist in the IIFT exam paper, NTA deducts 1/3 mark for a wrong answer
  • Marking scheme for the IIFT 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, 0 marks are awarded for not attempting a question
  • However, as the pattern of IIFT is subject to change, the marking scheme is likely to differ each year

Selection Criteria for IIFT


  • To be eligible for the IIFT selection process, a student needs 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 SC/ST/PWD categories can apply for the IIFT exam with 45% marks in graduation
  • There is no age limit to apply for the IIFT examination
  • As per the guidelines given out by IIFT work experience is not necessary to apply to IIFT
  • 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, 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 :
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 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 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

  • At the time of final selection into MBA at IIFT, a cumulative score out of 100 is taken, out of which the score in the IIFT exam has the highest magnitude, 45 marks out of 100 are for the IIFT exam score of a candidate
  • Once shortlisted the 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 to IIFT, 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: Same as shortlisting, 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 for IIFT

Round 1: Shortlisting of candidates 

Candidates are shortlisted when call letters are given out based on IIFT exam score, the cut-off 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 cut-off will be given a call letter and are called for the further selection processes 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: 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 starts

6th November 2020

Last Date for Registration

20th December 2020

Admit Card Release Date

11th January 2021

Exam Date

24th January 2021 (3 pm-5 pm)

Exam Result Date

Expected- 31st January  


March to April 2021

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