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IIFT Exam 2018 Result, Cutoff, Shortlist, Admission

Updated On - February 1st 2018 by SOUMYA SEHGAL

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 in International Business (IB). Each year, nearly 60,000 candidates register for IIFT Exam to compete against 420 seats.

IIFT 2018 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.
  • IIFT Kakinada campus in Andhra Pradesh will be accepting applications for the academic session 2018-20. A total of 60 seats will be available in Kakinada campus.

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
Courses OfferedMBA (IB)
Total Seats360
IIFT Contact Details 033-2443 2450

IIFT 2018 Exam Dates (Released)

EventImportant  Dates (Tentative)
Availability of IIFT Application Form 2018July 15, 2018
Last Date to fill IIFT Application Form for Indian NationalsSeptember 15, 2018
Last Date to fill IIFT Application Form for Foreign Nationals/NRIs/Children of NRIsFebruary 15, 2018
IIFT 2018 Admit Card DateNovember 15, 2018
IIFT 2018 Exam DateDecember 3, 2018
Declaration of IIFT 2018 Results December 5, 2018
Commencement of IIFT Selection Procedure January 2018

Check  IIFT Exam Dates

IIFT 2018 Eligibility Criteria

Nationality: Indian and Foreign National Students are eligible to apply in IIFT.

Educational Qualification:

  • Candidate should have a graduation degree in any stream from a recognized university
  • The minimum aggregate required in graduation is 55%.
  • Candidates appearing in the final year of graduation are also eligible to apply. They have to submit their result/degree before October 7, 2018.

Age Limit: There is no age limit prescribed by IIFT.

Read 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 2018 Registration (Over)

The last to apply for Indian Nationals is September 15, 2018. For Foreign Nationals, it is February 15. IIFT Application Forms can be filled in both online and offline mode. 

IIFT Online Registration

  1. Visit the official website of IIFT
  2. Click on ‘Apply Now’
  3. Fill your personal and academic details
  4. Login to the candidates’ portal with the help of login ID and Password acquired during registration
  5. Upload scanned images of photograph and signature
  6. Pay the requisite application fee
  7. Candidates need to send the printout of duly filled application form to the ‘Section officer (GSD), Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, B-21, Qutub Institutional Area, New Delhi- 110016

Read more on  IIFT Registration 

IIFT Offline Registration

  • Puchase IIFT 2018 Application Form from IIFT counter/ Post Office
  • Fill the complete application form carefully
  • Make payment through DD drawn in favor of ‘Indian Institute of Foreign Exchange, payable at New Delhi’
  • Send the application form and demand draft to the ‘Section officer (GSD), Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, B-21, Qutub Institutional Area, New Delhi- 110016. 

IIFT 2018 Application Fee

For General Category- INR 1550/-

For Reserved Category- INR 775/-

For Foreign Nationals- INR 4,500/US $ 80

Candidates can make the online payment via Credit Card or Debit Card. They can also submit the Demand Draft along with the documents to the Section Officer.

IIFT 2018 Admit Card

  • IIFT 2018 Admit Card is available from November 15- December 3.
  • Candidates can get their IIFT 2018 Admit Card by visiting the official website.
  • Admit Cards will also be dispatched via post. 
  • Candidates must preserve IIFT Admit card till the completion of admission process. 

How to download IIFT Admit Card Online?

  1. Visit the official website of IIFT
  2. Click on ‘Download Admit Card’
  3. Provide the Application ID and password acquired at the time of registration
  4. Check the details and download the Admit card
  5. Print and make multiple copies of Admit Card for future references

IIFT 2018 Exam Centers

IIFT 2018 is going to be conducted across 20 cities. Candidates are required to select the exam city at the time of IIFT Registration. They have the option to change the selected center by paying an additional fee of INR 500/-.


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

Read more on  IIFT Exam Centers

IIFT 2018 Exam Pattern

  • IIFT Exam 2018 will be conducted on December 3 in offline mode. Check  IIFT 2018 Analysis & Answer Key
  • The examination paper covered English Comprehension, General Knowledge & Awareness, Verbal Ability, Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Analysis. 

Exam Pattern Highlights


2 hours


Exam duration is 2 hours

IIFT 2018 Exam Pattern

+0.75 mark


Each Correct Answer is awarded 0.75 mark


-1/3 mark

-ve Score

1/3 mark is deducted on an incorrect answer



Exam type

IIFT 2018 is a Pen Paper based test



Question type




Total questions

There are 125 questions 

IIFT Exam PatternIIFT: Last Five Years Paper Analysis

IIFT 2018 Syllabus

English ComprehensionContextual usage, Comprehension of passage, Syllogisms, Antonyms, Jumbled paragraphs, Analogies, Errors in word choice
General Knowledge & AwarenessCurrent Affairs, Constitution, Famous Personalities, Inventions and Discoveries, Currencies, Buildings, Languages, Awards and Honours
Logical ReasoningCritical Reasoning, Assertion and Reasons, Puzzles, Assumption-Premise-Conclusion, Statements and assumptions, Coding and Decoding, Visual Reasoning
Quantitative AbilityGeometry, Profit and loss, Number System, Arithmetic progression, Harmonic Mean, Time-Speed-Distance, Ration and Proportion, Simple Interest and Compound Interest

Check complete  IIFT Syllabus

IIFT 2018 Result 

IIFT 2018 Result will released on December 5. Qualified candidates have to appear for further process of group discussion, essay writing and interview. The steps to check IIFT Result is given below:

  1. Visit the official website of IIFT
  2. Click on the link for ‘IIFT 2018 Result
  3. Enter Roll number and Date of Birth
  4. Verify the details on the IIFT 2018 Score card
  5. Download and take printout of IIFT 2018 Score Card

IIFT 2018 Score Card will contain the following details: Maximum marks of a Section, Sectional Cut off and Marks secured in the section and total score. Selection process will based on the result appear after the completion of admission process.

Expected IIFT Cutoff 2018


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Check  IIFT Cut off

IIFT 2018 Selection Procedure

Candidates are shortlisted on the basis of their performance in the written test are called to participate in IIFT Selection Procedure. The rounds are expected to begin from January 2018.

The selection procedure for admission to MBA (International Business) involves Essay Writing, Group Discussion and Personal Interview.

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.

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.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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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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