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IIFT Exam 2017- Application Form, Notification

IIFT or the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade organizes its common admission test known as IIFT Entrance Exam. It is a national level exam, conducted for admission to MBA program of International Business (IB). Each year, nearly 60,000 candidates register for IIFT Exam to compete for 360 seats available in IIFT’s Delhi and Kolkata campus.

Latest News- IIFT Introduces marks criteria for MBA Admission; Candidates with less 50% NOT Eligibile. Check Here IIFT Eligibility 
Latest News- An official notification by IIFT regarding the change of IIFT 2017 Exam Date has released. The written exam will now be held on December 3, 2017. Earlier, the clash of the exam dates of IIFT & CAT left the students perplexed. This has now given them a sigh of relief!
  • The official IIFT 2017 Dates have released at the website.
  • Indian Nationals can fill IIFT Application Form till September 8, 2017.
  • Last date to apply online and submit GMAT score for Foreign Nationals NRIs is February 15, 2018.
  • Registration for IIFT 2017 can be done in both online (official website) and offline (purchase of IIFT Prospectus) modes.
  • Desirous candidates must possess a Bachelor's degree. Check  IIFT Eligibility
  • All candidates who register successfully will appear for IIFT 2017 on December 3, 2017. The exam will be conducted in offline mode. Check IIFT Exam Pattern
  • IIFT will declare exam result in the month of December 2017. Check  IIFT Result
  • Selected candidates will participate in subsequent selection rounds viz. Essay Writing, Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI). Check  IIFT Selection Procedure
IIFT 2017 Important Note
  • Foreign Nationals and NRI’s can directly apply through GMAT score. They do not need to appear for IIFT Exam. 
  • The scores of IIFT Exam do not apply to any other B-school.
  • For any query please contact Admissions Office at 011-39147213 (Direct), 39147200 - 205 ( Extn. 621) OR email at

Highlights of IIFT Exam

Exam NameIndian Institute of Foreign Trade Entrance Exam
Conducting BodyIndian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT)
Exam LevelNational
Exam TypePost- Graduate
Mode of ApplicationOnline and Offline
Mode of ExamOffline
Duration of Exam2 hours
Courses OfferedMBA (IB)
Expected Registrations for IIFT 201760,000
Total Seats360

IIFT 2017 Exam Dates

Candidates applying for IIFT 2017 should be well aware of the exam schedule. While the registrations are expected to begin in July, the exam will be held in December 3, 2017. The selection procedure will begin in January 2018 and the session will begin in June 2018.

EventImportant  Dates (tentative)
Availability of IIFT Application Form 2017July 25, 2017
Last Date to fill Application Form (online & offline)September 15, 2017
Last date to obtain and submit IIFT 2017 Application Form for Foreign Nationals/NRIs/Children of NRIsFebruary 15, 2018
IIFT 2017 Admit Card will be available fromNovember 2017
Last Date to receive IIFT Admit Card by PostNovember 2017
IIFT 2017 Exam DateDecember 03, 2017
Declaration of IIFT 2017 Results February 2018
Commencement of IIFT Selection Procedure January 2018

Check  IIFT 2017 Exam Dates

IIFT 2017 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates are advised to carefully go through the eligibility guidelines before getting themselves registered for the exam. In case, one fails to meet any condition, they would be debarred from participating any further in the admission process. Here is the eligibility criteria of IIFT:

  1. Candidates should possess a Bachelors’ degree of minimum 3 years duration in any discipline from a recognized university.
  2. There is no age limit for appearing in IIFT exam.
  3. Candidates appearing in the final year examination of their graduate program are also eligible to apply.
  4. For candidates applying under Foreign Nationals/NRI/PIO/OCI category, the admission will be granted on the basis of GMAT score. The score should not have been declared before January 1, 2015, and should be submitted at the Institute latest by March 31, 2018.

Check complete IIFT Eligibility

IIFT Reservation Policy

Some seats out of the total sanctioned intake are earmarked for candidates belonging to minority groups or special categories. It is important for candidates to be aware of the reservation policy, in case they are eligible and wish to avail of its benefits. Following are the categories and the number of seats reserved for each:

CategoryReservation of Seats in IIFT 
Other Backward Classes (OBCs)23%
Scheduled Castes (SCs)15%
Scheduled Tribes (STs)7.5%
Non-Resident Indians (NRIs)4%

IIFT 2017 Application Form

  • The Application Form for IIFT 2017 is available in both Online and Offline modes.
  • The registration window is open until September15, 2017, for Indian Nationals.
  • Last date to apply online and submit GMAT score for Foreign Nationals NRIs is February 15, 2018.
  • For Online Mode: Candidate needs to visit the Official Website of IIFT Exam i.e., fill all details and submit the form online only.
  • For Offline Mode: Candidate needs to purchase the IIFT Prospectus, fill the IIFT Application Form carefully and send the duly filled form along with other required documents to:

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade,
B-21 Qutab Institutional Area,
New Delhi-110016

  • The amount paid for the prospectus of IIFT will be considered as the IIFT 2017 Fee for registration. 
  • For Foreign Nationals and NRI: The admission for these candidates is purely based on the GMAT score. The GMAT score/ result obtained after January 1, 2015, will be consideredonly for the purpose of offering admission and should reach the Institute’s office latest by 3rd week of February 2018.

Fill nowIIFT Application Form

IIFT Exam Application Fee

  • IIFT Application Form can only be submitted after successful payment of fee.
  • Candidates can make payment online as well as offline, as per their choice. 
  • IIFT Application Fee can be paid through Debit/ Credit card or Demand Draft drawn in favor of Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (payable at Delhi).
  • The fee will vary as per the category of candidates. Refer to the below table for same:
General/ OBCINR 1550/-
SC/ STINR 775/-
Foreign National CandidatesINR 4,500/US $ 80

Here is an easy way to register yourself for IIFT Exam. Check out PPT below:

IIFT 2017 Admit Card

  • Candidates who have successfully completed the application form, will receive their IIFT Admit card via post.
  • It is expected to be issued on November 15, 2017, onwards.
  • Candidate must carefully check all the details on Admit Card like Name, Application number, Venue of examination, etc.
  • In case of any discrepancy, immediately reach out to the IIFT Admission’s office.
  • In case, candidates do not receive the admit cards by post, they can download the same from the official website of IIFT 2017.
  • Candidates can simply follow the steps indicated below to download IIFT Admit Card.

IIFT Admit Card

  1. Visit the official website of IIFT
  2. Click on ‘Online admit card’
  3. Enter name and application number
  4. Save and download admit card for further use

Note: Do carry a valid identification proof along with the IIFT 2017 Admit Card to the exam venue for the purpose of verification. You may carry your Driving License, Pan card, Passport, College ID or Election/Voter card.

IIFT 2017 Exam Centers

  • IIFT Exam is going to be conducted across 20 cities.
  • Candidates are required to select the exam city at the time of filling IIFT 2017 Application Form.
  • The Institute reserves the right to add or delete any exam center.
  • Applicants have the option to change the selected center by paying an additional fee of INR 500/-. However, the option to change center will be available till the first week of November-2017.

Here is the list of IIFT Exam Centres:


*The shortlisted candidates are required to appear for the selection procedure in 7 major cities: Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, and Mumbai.

Check all  IIFT Exam Centres

IIFT 2017 Exam Pattern

  • IIFT is an offline test. It will be held on December 3, 2017 from 10am- 12pm.
  • In general, IIFT has a tendency to experiment with IIFT Exam Pattern every year.
  • The number of questions tends to vary every year. The total number of questions range between 120 and 150
  • In 2016 edition, there were 124 questions distributed among 4 sections namely – Quantitative Analysis, English Comprehension, General Knowledge & Awareness and Analytical & Logical Reasoning.
  • All questions are in Multiple Choice Questions Format (MCQ). 

Here are some quick highlights of IIFT Exam Pattern:

Exam Pattern for IIFT Exam
Number of questions120-150 Questions
Time duration for IIFT exam2 hours (120 minutes)
Marks per question1 for QA, DI and LR, 0.75 for VA, 1 for RC and 0.50 for GA
Negative marking 1/3 of the marks allotted
Medium of examEnglish
Total number of choices per question4

Read More: Introduction of GK section in IIFT 2017

What is the difference between CAT and IIFT?

  1. Mode of Examination- CAT is held in online mode, while IIFT Exam is held in offline mode
  2. Number of Questions- There are 100 questions in CAT Questions. In IIFT Exam, the questions may vary between 100-120.
  3. Marking Scheme- In CAT, 3 marks are awarded for each correct answer. In IIFT Exam, 0.75-1 marks may be awarded for a correct response, as per the discretion of IIFT.
  4. Sectional Time- In CAT, 1 hour is given to all three sections. In IIFT, there is no sectional timing. The total duration of the exam is 2 hours.

Check  IIFT Sample Papers

IIFT 2017 Syllabus 

IIFT Syllabus for Quantitative Analysis

In this section, various mathematic questions are asked in order to check the mathematical skills of the candidate. The questions are primarily related to numbers and modern Maths. Here are some of the most important topics:

IIFT 2017 Quantitative Analysis Topics
ParentagesHCF & LCMVectorsLogarithmVenn Diagram
Number SystemMedianModeClocksCalendar
Binomial ExpansionCo-ordinate geometryInstallments paymentsTime, Speed, DistanceRatios & Proportions

English Comprehension

The section of Verbal Ability (English Comprehension) is designed to test the grammatical and language skills of the candidate. Also, topics which are related to checking the skills related to the arrangement of the sentence are discussed under the section. Here are some of the most important topics:

IIFT 2017 English Comprehension Topics
SpellingsFill in the BlanksWord meaning matchOdd word outFigure of Speech
SynonymsAntonymsSentence CompletionSentence correctionSentence Arrangement
Reading ComprehensionGrammarPrepositionPhrasesAnalogy

General knowledge and awareness

This topic aims to test candidates’ awareness of his surroundings and events happening round the world. Current affairs, books and authors, history, economy-related events, international bodies etc. are some of the topics to be prepared under this section. Here are some of the most important topics:

IIFT 2017 General Knowledge & Awareness Topics
GeographyInternational AffairsLiteratureAwards & AwardeesEntertainment

Analytical and logical reasoning 

It is usually considered as the less difficult section as it involves logic based question which requires less time if attempted carefully. Here are some of the most important topics:

IIFT 2017 Logical Reasoning Topics
Visual & Critical ReasoningLinear & Matrix ArrangementsSequencingCoding & DecodingSymbol based Problem
PuzzlesFamily Tree ProblemStatement & ConclusionCause & EffectInput & Output

Read More  IIFT Syllabus

IIFT 2017 Result

  • The result for IIFT Exam will be declared in December 2017.
  • Candidates can check IIFT Result 2017 at the official website.
  • The result will be displayed in the form of a scorecard. It will not be sent by post to any candidate.
  • In 2016, the result for nearly 45,000 candidates was declared, while in 2017, the result for 60,000 candidates was declared.

How to check IIFT Result 2017?

  1. Visit the official website of IIFT Exam
  2. Click on the link for ‘IIFT 2017 Results’
  3. Enter your Roll number and Date of Birth
  4. Check the details on the IIFT 2017 Scorecard
  5. Download and take its printout
  6. IIFT Score Card will contain the Maximum marks of a Section, Sectional Cut off and Marks secured in the section and total score

Read More:IIFT Result

IIFT 2017 Cut Off

  • IIFT Cut off describes the minimum marks required by a candidate to be eligible for the subsequent selection round. 
  • Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) releases the cut off post declaration of IIFT Result in the month of January. 
  • All candidates who clear the three selection stages viz. Written Test, Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI) and secure the minimum cut off marks, will be selected for admission. 
  • The eligible candidates will be granted admission against 220 seats at Delhi campus and 140 seats at Kolkata campus. 
  • IIFT Cut off varies category-wise. 

Expected IIFT Cut Off 2017 (Overall)

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Expected IIFT Cut off 2017 (Sectional)

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Check  IIFT Cut off

IIFT 2017 Selection Procedure

  • The very first step of the selection process requires a candidate to appear in IIFT Exam. For the foreign candidates, they need to give GMAT.
  • Based on the performance in the exam of IIFT Exam, candidates are called for Essay Writing, GD (Group Discussion) and PI (Personal Interview).
  • Candidates are finally shortlisted for a seat at IIFT based on their GD/PI performance.

IIFT Admission Procedure

Here is a brief all stages of IIFT selection procedure:

Essay Writing: In this round, candidates have to write an essay based on some topic of General or business affairs. It aims to test candidates’ writing skills and conceptual knowledge about the topics. The average duration of this round is 20 minutes and the length of a well-defined essay is usually 300 words.

Group Discussion: For Group discussion, qualified candidates from the previous rounds are divided into groups of 10-12 participants. Candidates are given a topic related to current or business affairs. The duration of the GD usually varies. Candidates’ ability to take initiative, ability to effectively communicate their ideas are generally some qualities that the panelists lookout for in this round.

Read  How to ace IIFT Group Discussion?

Personal Interview: The Personal Interview round is one on one personal round where the panelists adjudge the candidates on the basis of their persona and ability to stay focused under pressure. The usual duration of PI round in 10-15 minutes.

Check  IIFT Selection Procedure

IIFT 2017 FAQs

Ques. Can I change/modify the data once I submit the form?

Ans. No, you cannot change the data. For any modifications in the form kindly send an e-mail from your registered e-mail id mentioning your Full name (as it is written on the application form), application form no. and the details to be edited. Please note that only a few basic information can be modified.

Ques. Is change of IIFT Exam Centre permitted?

Ans. For the change of centre, a candidate is required to send a written request duly signed by the student and a DD of INR 500/- in favour of INDIAN INSTITUTE OF FOREIGN TRADE payable at NEW DELHI. This request must be sent on or before 4th November 2017.

Ques. Bank name is not appearing on my printed online application form. What can I do?

Ans. Bank name will appear only for those candidates whose mode of payment for the online form is Demand Draft. If the mode of payment is by Credit/Debit card, bank name will not be printed and space there will remain blank.

Ques. What is the fee structure for MBA (IB) course in IIFT campus?

Ans. IIFT is offering MBA (IB) in two of its campuses, which are in Delhi and Kolkata. The fee structure of both the campuses is same. Read below IIFT Fee Structure:

ParticularsEstimated Fee per annum
Tuition FeeINR 7,60,000/-
Hostel FeeINR 47,000/- (Triple Occupancy); INR 57,000/- (Double Occupancy)

 *SC/ST/PH Category will be given 50% concession in tuition fee 

Ques. Does any other college accept IIFT Score?

Ans. No, the test score of this entrance examination is used for admission into MBA IB program offered at IIFT's New Delhi and Kolkata Campus only.

Ques. Is there any management quota for MBA-IB Program?

Ans. There is no management quota for admission to MBA-IB at IIFT.

Ques. Who can I contact in case of any queries/ questions?

Ans. Here are the campus-wise contact details:

Delhi Campus Kolkata Campus
IIFT Bhawan, B-21, 
Qutab Institutional Area,
New Delhi - 110016, 
Tel: +91-11-26965124 ,
1583 Madurdaha,
Chowbagha Road,
Ward No 108, Borough XII,
Kolkata 700107,
EPABX: +91-33-24195700

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Ruby Goyal

Do I have to carry a photo ID proof with the IIFT admit card?

01 Aug, 2017 14:23
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi ruby, Yes, you need to carry a government issued photo ID proof, which can be one of the following:

  • Aadhar card
  • Driving licences
  • Voter ID card
  • PAN card

01 Aug, 2017 15:21
Deeksha Gupta

How many questions will be there as per IIFT exam pattern?

01 Aug, 2017 13:30
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Deeksha, The total number of questions will be 118 and time allotted will be 120 minutes. All questions will be MCQ based.

01 Aug, 2017 15:19
Deeksha Gupta

What kind of work experience is considered for admission to PGDM through IIFT exam?

01 Aug, 2017 13:29
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Deeksha, Only managerial experience is counted as work experience and the duration of the same must not be less than 5 years as on July 31, 2017.

01 Aug, 2017 15:18
Soumya Sehgal

Where do I have to send the offline IIFT application form?

01 Aug, 2017 13:27
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Soumya, Official IIFT address: The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, B-21, Qutab Institutional Area, and New Delhi-110016

01 Aug, 2017 15:14
Anwesha Das

Why variable marking scheme is used in IIFT exam?

01 Aug, 2017 13:27
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Anwesha, The marking scheme is different according to the IIFT exam pattern because of the difference in the difficulty level.

01 Aug, 2017 15:12
Soumya Sehgal

What are the acceptable modes of fee payment for IIFT Exam?

01 Aug, 2017 13:26
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Soumya, The application fee can be paid through either online or offline mode.

  • Online mode: Credit/ debit card, net banking/ Visa/ Master card
  • Offline mode: DD

01 Aug, 2017 15:10
pushpendra singh

How many seats are available for admission through IIFT exam in total?

01 Aug, 2017 13:26
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Pushpendra, A total of 450 seats will be filled through the IIFT entrance exam.

01 Aug, 2017 15:09
Vivek Bansal

Is the last date to fill IIFT application form is same for both the online and offline mode?

01 Aug, 2017 13:24
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Vivek, Yes, the last date to fill the application form in the online and offline mode are same.

01 Aug, 2017 15:07
Vivek Bansal

I have undergone a name change after filling IIFT application form. How to update that in the system?

01 Aug, 2017 13:24
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Vivek, You need to bring a legal paper stating the old name, new name and the reason for the change of name and supporting documents for name change issued by government authorities.

01 Aug, 2017 15:05
Yashika Goel

I am a foreign national. How can I apply through GMAT score?

01 Aug, 2017 13:24
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Yashika, The GMAT score for the month of February 2018 is accepted for IIFT 2018 entrance test.

01 Aug, 2017 14:56
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