Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT)

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) is one of the top-ranked B-school in India. It is ranked among the top 30 management institutes in MHRD-NIRF Ranking 2020. IIFT conducts a national level entrance exam for its MBA program. The IIFT exam is conducted by the National Testing Agency. It is organized for the aspirants seeking admission in 2 years of full-time MBA in International Business (IB) course offered by IIFT for all the three campuses: Delhi, Kolkata, and Kakinada. IIFT is expected to be held in December every year in computer-based or online mode across various exam centres in India. 



  • Educational Qualification – General category candidates with a bachelor’s degree in any discipline with 50% marks from a recognized university/institute will be eligible to apply. For candidates belonging to, SC, ST, and PwD category a minimum of 45% marks in graduation are required. Final year graduation students are also eligible to fill the application form for IIFT.
  • Age Limit – no age limit for candidates to apply by IIFT for MBA 2021 entrance exam.
  • Nationality: Indian and Foreign National students both are eligible for the IIFT entrance exam
Eligibility for Foreign Nationals and NRI
  • Candidates should have been residing outside India for at least 18 months as of 31st December 2020 
  • Candidates must have a valid passport/ travel document from a country other than India.
  • Candidates must have a valid GMAT score which should be received by the Institute latest by 15th February 2021

Exam Structure


SectionsNo. of QuestionsMarks per QuestionsTotal MarksNegative Marks/Questions
Section – 1RC & Verbal Ability353751
Section – 2Quantitative Aptitude2531051
Section – 3DI & Logical Reasoning303901
Section – 4General Awareness201.5300.5
 Total110 300

IIFT MBA – IB 2021 admission test this year is delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. NTA is probably going to release the IIFT entrance exam schedule in the last week of October.  Generally, the IIFT MBA entrance exam is led on the first Sunday of December. Since the IIFT 2021 registration process has not started yet, it is expected that the exam would be conducted in December 2020.

IIFT 2021: Important Dates


IIFT 2021 EventsIIFT 2021 Dates(Tentative)
IIFT Exam 2021 Registration StartOctober 2020
IIFT Exam 2021 Registration DeadlineLast Week of November 2020
IIFT Exam 2021 Admit Card ReleaseFirst week of December, 2020
IIFT Exam 2021 DateSecond week of December, 2020
IIFT Exam 2021 ResultFourth week of December, 2020

How to register for the IIFT exam

You can register for the online application of IIFT on the official NTA website. 


Step 1 – IIFT Registration 2021

For the IIFT online application procedure, candidates need to register themselves on the NTA-IIFT

Follow the steps to register for IIFT 2021:

  • Click on “Fill Online Application Form” 
  • Fill in the details asked in the application form 
  • Insert a password and choose a security question
  • Note down the system generated application number

Step 2 – Fill the application form

  • Use the application number to log in and complete the IIFT registration process
  • Candidates shall be informed through an email about their registration

Step 3 – Upload Photo/Signature/Certificates

  1. The photo should be recent and in colour or black/white
  2. The size of the photo should be between 10 kb – 200 kb and it should be in JPG/JPEG format
  3. The size of the scanned signature should be between 4 kb – 30 kb and it should be in JPG/JPEG format.
  4. The category certificate (if applicable) should be uploaded in size between 50 kb to 300 kb.

Step 4 – Application fee

The candidates can pay the fees through various modes: credit card/debit card (VISA/MasterCard), net banking, or mobile wallets (PayTm/UPI). 



General/OBC candidates

Rs. 2000

SC/ST/PH candidates

Rs. 1000

For Foreign Nationals/NRIs

US$ 150 (Rs. 9,500)

Note: No IIFT Application Offline has to be filled this time. 

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List of colleges accepting that exam


S.NOCollege NameLocationWebsite Link
1IIFT Delhi – Indian Institute of Foreign TradeDelhi
2IIFT Kolkata: Indian Institute of Foreign TradeKolkata
3Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) KakinadaKakinada
4IPS Business SchoolJaipur
5IFIM Business SchoolBangalore
6Adarsh Institute of Management & Information TechnologyKarnataka
7Community Institute of Management StudiesKarnataka
8GITAM School of International BusinessAndhra Pradesh
9CII School of Logistics – Amity UniversityMaharashtra

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IIFT Cut off

IIFT cut-off is the score required to be at least eligible for further rounds like Essay Writing, Group Discussion, and Personal Interview round of IIFT admissions. Shortlisting of candidates for the further round of IIFT admission is based on the sectional cut-offs. Given below are expected section-wise IIFT cut-offs, campus-wise cut-offs, previous year’s cut-offs.

IIFT 2019- Sectional Cut-off ( Score-wise)


SectionsDelhi CampusKolkata CampusKakinada Campus
Data Interpretation3-433
Logical Reasoning5.554.5
General Knowledge10.850.8
Reading Comprehension32.52
Verbal Ability43.53
Quantitative Aptitude4.543.5

 IIFT 2019- Category Cut-off( Score-wise)


CategoryCut-off (out of 100)
OBC (NCL)27.25

IIFT 2018/2017 – Sectional Cut-off ( Score-wise)


SectionsCut off
Reading Comprehension2.5-2.752.69
Verbal Ability3.25-3.53.35
Quantitative Aptitude3-3.253.01
General Awareness0.83-15.67
Logical Reasoning4-4.50.82
Data Interpretation0.750.25

IIFT 2018/2017 – Category Cut-off ( Score-wise)


Category2017 Cut off (out of 100)2018 Cut off (out of 100)

Click Here to Check IIFT Previous Year Paper Analysis of 2019 , 2018, 2017

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