IIFT Entrance Exam in Brief

The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) in Delhi, Kolkata and Kakinada offers an MBA course in International Business. To enroll for the International Business course, one has to clear the IIFT entrance exam which is a management aptitude test. For admissions for the year 2020, the IIFT exam was conducted on December 1, 2019 in online mode at 86 exam centres in 41 cities across India. The subjects the exam covered were English, Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning and General Awareness. A total of 110 questions were there in the exam which had to be answered within 2 hours. This year, IIFT exam had been conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). 

Highlights of the IIFT 2020 Exam

Features Details 
Exam NameIIFT Exam
Conducting BodyNational Testing Agency
Exam LevelNational
Exam FrequencyOnce a year
Exam ModeOnline
Exam Duration2 hours
Exam Syllabus·         VARC


·         General Knowledge

·         Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation

·         Quantitative Analysis

Exam Pattern110 questions in MCQ format
Exam FeesRs 2000 (General category)
Exam PurposeAdmission into IIFT Delhi, IIFT Kolkata and IIFT Kakinada
Course OfferedMBA-International Business
No. of Test Cities41
Exam Helpdesk No. 0120-6895200
Exam Website https://iift.nta.nic.in/webinfo/public/home.aspx

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IIFT Exam 2020 Important Dates

IIFT 2020 exam was held on December 1, 2019 and the result declaration was scheduled for December 11, 2019. The complete timeline of the IIFT exam 2020 is as follows:

IIFT 2020 EventsIIFT 2020 DatesSalient features
Registrations beginSeptember 9, 2019Only online applications are accepted
Registrations endOctober 25, 2019Last date to apply as per first IIFT 2020 notification
Registrations extendedNovember 3, 2019Deadline extended by a week. Forms can be submitted till 11:50 pm
Registration process for J&K candidatesNovember 4-8, 2019Only J&K candidates can fill the IIFT 2020 form during this period
Payment of application feesNovember 4, 2019Deadline extended from October 26
Form correction beginsNovember 9, 2019Candidates can re-upload image and signature.


No other correction allowed

Form correction endsNovember 11, 2019Deadline unlikely to be extended
Admit card download beginsNovember 15, 2019Admit card to be available on the official website. Earlier admit card issue date was November 11
Admit card download endsDecember 1, 2019Can be downloaded till exam day
Exam dateDecember 1, 2019Exam to be held in single session in more than 220 cities
Answer key releaseDecember 3, 2019IIFT 2020 answer key with question paper to be available online
Process of challenging answer key beginsDecember 3, 2019Candidates can challenge IIFT 2020 answer key on NTA website
Last date to challenge answer keyDecember 5, 2019No request will be accepted after 11:50 pm.
Result announcementDecember 13, 2019Delayed by 2 days, scorecards available on NTA-IIFT website

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IIFT 2020: Cut Offs

The cut-off marks for admission in the 2020 batch for MBA in International Business at IIFT is expected to be 105-108 marks. The cut off marks depend upon the difficulty level of the exam.

Section NameExpected Cut Off
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning12 – 14
Quantitative Aptitude9 – 10
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension27 – 30
General Awareness3.5 – 4.5
Overall105 – 108

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IIFT Claims Rs 18 Lakh Average Salary By Clubbing International & Domestic Offers

IIFT Admission Process

IIFT has its own process of shortlisting and selecting students for its program To know  more, read below:

  • Only students who pass the entrance exam qualify for further selection rounds which include Essay Writing, GD (Group Discussion) and PI (Personal Interview) rounds.
  • To test Writing skills, candidates will have to write an essay of approximately 300 words within 20 minutes on a General / Business affairs topic. Also Read:IIFT Admission Process
  • In the GD round, candidates will be split into groups, each group consisting of 10-12 members. Each group will be given a topic for discussion. Candidates will be tested on their communication skills and how they communicate their ideas.
  • PI is the last and final round is the PI round in which an interviewer questions the candidates.
  • Candidates are communicated the final result via email. 

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IIFT Eligibility Criteria

  • A Bachelor’s degree of 3 years in any subject.
  • IIFT welcomes applications from students in their final year of graduation. However, documents showing qualification by October 7, 2020 will need to be submitted.
  • Students applying under the General Category should have scored  a minimum of 50% marks in Graduation (45% for candidates belonging to SC/ST/PWD categories)Also Read: IIFT Eligibility Criteria and Admission Procedure

IIFT Exam Preparation

Apart from studying from the recommended books, students should go through IIFT topper interviews to make a successful preparation strategy. Take a look at the articles below for IIFT exam preparation tips.

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IIFT Exam Day Guidelines

IIFT exam 2020 will be held from 10 am to 12 noon. The IIFT question paper will have questions in MCQ format. Listed below are some dos and don’ts of IIFT exam 2020. 


  • For identification and verification process, reach by 8 AM at the examination hall.
  • Need to carry 2 copies of the your IIFT admit card
  • Bring a passport size photo of yourself (same as uploaded with the application form) which will be pasted in the attendance sheet at the exam Centre
  • Carry any id proof like, PAN Card, Passport, Voter ID, Driving License, PAN Card (original and photocopy) 


  • Students reaching after 10 AM at the examination center will not be permitted to enter and sit for the exam.
  • Electronics such as calculator, digital watch, phones not permitted.
  • Food items not permitted.
  • Do not wear any accessory or outfit having metal in it 

IIFT 2020 Test Cities

The IIFT 2020 exam will be conducted across in 20 cities across India. Students will be given an option to select up to four cities for allotment of test center during the application process. 

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Important FAQs Regarding IIFT Exam

Q: What is the IIFT exam 2020 application fee?

A: The exam fee for the exam varies and depends on the category of the candidate.

General/OBC candidatesINR 2000/-
SC/ST/PH candidatesINR 1000/-
Foreign National/NRI/Children of NRI candidatesUS $150 (Rs 9,500)

Q: Can I apply for IIFT exam 2020 even if I am in my final year of Graduation?

A: Yes, you can apply for the exam. However, you have to submit your Graduation certification certificate before the last date till that time your admission will be provisional

Q: Is there any age limit to appear in IIFT exam?

A: No.

Q: In which cities will IIFT exam 2020 be conducted?

A: The IIFT exam 2020 will be conducted in Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur and Visakhapatnam, Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Bangalore, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Dehradun, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Jamshedpur.

Q: Is the syllabus for IIFT similar to CAT?

A: Yes, the syllabus for IIFT exam is similar to CAT for English, Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude. However, IIFT aspirants have to study General Awareness too as it is one of the four sections of IIFT question paper.

Q: Can an average student get into IIFT?

A: Yes, an average student can definitely get into IIFT if that student performs well in the entrance exam and clears the group discussion and personal interview with confidence and positivity.

Q: Is it easy to crack IIFT?

A: Cracking IIFT is considered tough as over 60,000 students take the entrance exam while there are only 420 seats on offer at all the three campuses of the institute. However, if your prepare for the IIFT exam well, you can crack it.

Q: Is IIFT score valid for admission to institutes other than IIFT?

A: No. The exam is conducted only for admission to IIFT’s MBA-IB course. No other institute accept IIFT score for admission.

Q. What is the difficulty level of IIFT exam?

A: The IIFT exam paper is of moderate to difficult level, generally. Thus, the aspirant must prepare well to get a good score in the exam.

Q: What is the mode of IIFT exam- offline or online?

A: IIFT exam 2020 will be conducted online. Each candidate will be given a computer system to log their answers through the mouse and keyboard.

Q: When will the result of IIFT 2020 exam be announced?

A: The result of IIFT 2020 exam was announced on December 13, 2019.

Q: When will Essay Writing, GD and PI be held?

A: Essay Writing, GD and PI is likely to be held in February 2020. Selected candidates will be notified through email.

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