All about IIFT: All you need to know about IIFT

IIFT is a national level exam conducted for admission to three campuses of IIFT (Delhi, Kolkata and Kakinada) which offers MBA programme in International Business. The exam is very popular among MBA aspirants and is considered as important as CAT.
The IIFT exam is taken by around 60,000+ candidates every year. The exam is considered to be a little tougher than CAT, so aspirants need to brace themselves in advance.
When is IIFT held?
The IIFT exam will be conducted on First week of December, 2019. The notification of the exam is released in the month of July/August every year. The registrations begin as soon as the notification is out. The last date for receiving applications is Second week of September, 2019.
The admit cards are released two weeks before the final exam. The candidates can download the admit cards from the official website-
What is the structure of IIFT?
The exam consists of objective type questions. Till 2018, IIFT was a pen-paper based test. From 2019, it will be conducted in online format. The exam duration is of two hours and is held in a single session from 10 AM to 12 noon. According to the latest IIFT exam pattern there will be 114 questions divided into 6 sections. The exam is of 100 marks with 0.5-1 mark for each correct answer and negative of one-third mark for each wrong answer.
The IIFT exam is considered to be a bit tougher than CAT so aspirants often have a tough time while writing this exam. The pattern for this year is slightly different. The Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension questions have now been divided into separate sections, so students cannot compensate the attempt of one with the other. A similar segregation has been done with DI and LR sections.
Who can give IIFT?
The most important IIFT eligibility criteria is that a candidate hold a recognized bachelor’s degree of minimum 3 years’ duration in any discipline with minimum 50% marks. The Candidates appearing for a qualifying examination (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) can also apply subject to submission of proof of requisite qualification by First week of October, 2019. There is no limit of age or attempts for giving IIFT.
What is the admission process?
The admission process at IIFT consists of a written test followed by a GD and PI round. A merit list is prepared by the institute on the basis of the written test. Based on this list students are called for the next round of GD-PI.
After the rounds of GD and PI are conducted, composite scores are prepared. Then the final admission list is declared by the institute and the selected students are informed via email.
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What is the course offered at IIFT?
IIFT is an institute with a glorious past. Established in 1963 by the Government of India, IIFT has been helping professionalize the country’s trade management. The Institute's portfolio of long-term programmes is diverse, catering to the requirements of aspiring International Business executives and mid-career professionals alike. These are
  • Two-year MBA (International Business), New Delhi, Kolkata, and Dar-es-Salaam
  • Three-year MBA (International Business) (Part-Time), New Delhi and Kolkata
  • Executive Masters in International Business, New Delhi
  • Certificate Programme in Export Management, New Delhi