MBA Entrance Exams / #IIFT

June 24, 2017 @ 11:55 AM

June 24, 2017 @ 11:55 AM

IIFT 2017 Registration Scorecard Eligibility Notification

IIFT 2017 Registration Scorecard Eligibility Notification

Date for IIFT Exam is 3rd December 2017-Apply Online at

IIFT 2017 - Notification / Registration /Exam Pattern / Admission

Important Dates

Last date to apply online

Friday 15th September 2017

Written Examination Date

Sunday, 3rd December 2017

Last date to apply online and submit GMAT score for Foreign Nationals and NRIs

Thursday, 15th February 2018


IIFT Exam 2017 Notification

IIFT 2017 Notification

The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) will conduct its written examination on 3rd December 2017 for admission to its MBA-IB (MBA in International Business) programme 2017 - 19 at IIFT New Delhi and IIFT Kolkata.

The MBA (International Business) is a foundational course for developing a competent cadre of business executives to meet the country's growing requirements for training personnel in the field of international management.

The entrance procedure is a 3-stage process:

  • The written test covering areas of Quantitative Ability, Logic and Reasoning, English etc.
  • If Short listed, Group Discussion
  • Interview

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IIFT 2017 Exam Eligibility

IIFT 2017 Eligibility
  • Recognized Bachelor's degree of minimum 3 year's duration in any discipline.
  • Candidates appearing in the final year examination of Graduation can also apply subject to submission of proof of requisite qualification by 7th October 2018.
  • No age limit


Seats are reserved as per Government of India rules. The reservations are subject to candidates meeting the admission requirement of the Institute under different categories.

For Foreign Nationals / NRI / Children of NRIs

Seats are reserved for Foreign Nationals, NRIs and Children of NRIs and the admission is considered on the basis of  General Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) score of which should not have been declared before 1st January 2016 and should be received by the Institute latest by 31st March 2018.


IIFT 2017 Exam Mode of Admission

On the basis of Written Test, Group Discussion, Essay Writing and Interview .

Written Test will be held on 3rd December 2017 during 10.00 a.m – 12.00 noon at 20 cities across India

How to apply

By Cash (Personally) / by Post / Online : Please see the details under the icon “ADMISSIONS 2017” available on the home page of website

Cash (Personally)

The Prospectus and Application Form may be obtained on all working days (Monday to Friday) between 10.00 a.m – 4.30 p.m. on payment  of  1550 ( 775/- for SC/ST/PH candidates and  4500/- for Foreign Nationals/NRIs/Children of NRIs) in cash personally from Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, B-21,Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi- 110016 OR 1583 Madhurdaha, Ward No. 108, Borough XII, Kolkata - 700107. SC/ST/PH candidates to bring requisite Category Certificate also.

 Please note that no Demand Draft will be accepted at the Campus. Forms are available in CASH only.

By Post

The Brochure and Application Form may be obtained by sending the following documents to Sh. Gaurav Gulati, SAO(Academics), Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, B-21, Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi - 110 016 latest by August 2017.

  • Request application stating your address where you want your application form to be delivered
  • Demand Draft of requisite amount in favour of INDIAN INSTITUTE OF FOREIGN TRADE payable at NEW DELHI. Please write your name and address on the back of the Demand Draft


Amount for Demand Draft

General / OBC (Non Creamy Layer)

Rs. 1550


Rs. 775

Foreign National/ NRI/ Children of NRI

Rs. 4500

  • SC/ST/PH/OBC(non-creamy layer) candidates to attach requisite self attested Category Certificate
  • Two self addressed adhesive stickers/ name slips with address (not the envelop) for sending the brochure and application form 

Apply Online (thru DD/Credit Card)

Please note that the candidate should have the following ready before applying for online registration:

  • You need to upload your scanned photo while registering, hence keep ready a scanned clear photo of yours. The photograph should be in .JPG format and the size of this photo should be less than 50 KB.
  • You need to upload your scanned signature while registering, hence keep ready your scanned clear signature done on a white background. The size of this signature file should be less than 50 KB.
  • A valid Credit / Debit card (Master/ VISA) in case you want to pay ONLINE.
  • Demand Draft of requisite amount if you are paying by Demand Draft.

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IIFT 2017 Exam Admit Card

IIFT Admit Card

The Admit Cards will be sent BY POST to all the applicants, who submit filled-in Application Forms complete in all respects (online or offline), in the first week of November 2017. Applicants, who do not receive their Admit Cards by November 2017, can download their Admit Cards from IIFT's website. With a print-out of their Admit Cards, the candidates should reach the venue of the Exam Centre on November 2017 latest by 9.00 a.m. with one of the following documents:

  • Passport
  • Election I-Card
  • College I-Card
  • Driving License, or
  • PAN Card for appearing in the Exam.

In case of any problem, the candidates can contact Mr. Gaurav Gulati, Sr. Administrative Officer (Academics). They must indicate their Application No. in their communications to IIFT. (Tel. Nos. 26857908 (Direct), E-mail: OR

IIFT Exam 2017 Test Centers in India

Test will be held in following 20 cities all over India






















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IIFT 2017 Exam Pattern/ Syllabus

IIFT Paper Pattern 2017

The IIFT written entrance exam will be a multiple choice objective type test in English with questions from the following areas:

  • English Comprehension
  • General Knowledge & Awareness
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Quantitative Analysis

English Comprehension

Candidates should have sound knowledge of the following topics: 

  • Comprehension of passage
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Syllogisms 
  • Contextual usage
  • Analogies
  • Antonyms
  • Fill In the Blanks
  • Jumbled paragraphs with 4 or 5 sentences
  • Foreign language words used in English
  • Sentence completion
  • Sentence correction
  • odd man out
  • idioms
  • one word substitution
  • Different usage of same word
  • Errors in word choice
  • mania & phobia
  • Incorrect words
  • Mood
  • Conditionals & Multiple Usage 
  • Punctuation
  • Proverb
  • Phrasal verb etc.

Logical Reasoning

  • Questions from these topics are asked
  • Critical reasoning
  • Visual reasoning
  • Assumption-Premise-Conclusion
  • Assertion and reasons
  • Statements and assumptions
  • identifying valid inferences 
  • identifying Strong arguments and Weak arguments
  • Statements and conclusions
  • Cause and Effect
  • Identifying Probably true
  • Probably false
  • definitely true
  • definitely false kind of statement
  • Linear arrangements
  • Matrix arrangements
  • Puzzles
  • Family tree problem 
  • Symbol Based problems
  • Coding and decoding 
  • Sequencing 
  • identifying next number in series etc.

Quantitative Analysis

  • Geometry (Lines, angles, Triangles, Spheres, Rectangles, Cube, Cone, etc.)
  • Ratios and Proportion
  • Ratios
  • Percentages
  • In-equations Quadratic and linear equations Algebra
  • Profit & Loss
  • Averages
  • Percentages
  • Partnership
  • Time-Speed-Distance
  • Work and time
  • Number system
  • HCF
  • LCM
  • Geometric Progression
  • Arithmetic progression
  •  Arithmetic mean
  • Geometric mean 
  • Harmonic mean
  • Median
  • Mode
  • Number Base System
  • Mensuration
  • Allegation & Mixtures
  • Work
  • Pipes and Cisterns
  • Simple Interest & Compound Interest
  • Set Theory
  • Venn Diagram
  • Installment Payments
  • Partnership
  • Clocks
  • Probability
  • Permutations & Combinations
  • Topics like Trigonometry
  • Vectors
  • Binomial Expansion
  • Co-ordinate geometry
  • Logarithm
  • Calendar
  • Maxima & Minima Progression
  • Surds & Indices and Complex numbers.

Important Note

Based on the marks of Written Test, a limited number of candidates will be invited for second phase of selection process comprising Group Discussion, Essay Writing and Interview to be held at Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow and Mumbai.

IIFT reserves the right to add/delete any centre if required.

Analysis of IIFT written exam ‘2009 – 2016’ 

General Strategic Analysis

Year 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
Time 2 Hours 2 Hours 2 hours 2 hours 2 hours 2 hours 2 hours 2 hours
Total Marks 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
Number of Questions 124 123 118 128 135 122 150 150
Number of Sections 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 6
Marks per Question Differential Differential Differential Differential Differential Differential Differential Differential
Negative Marking 0.33 0.33 0.33 0.33 0.33 0.33 0.33  

Some of the key features and takeaways that emerge from this are -

  • IIFT keeps on experimenting with number of questions as well as number of sections. While 2009 had 6 sections (including 2 sections for different types of RCs), the exam from 2009 onwards has had 4 sections. However, even in such a scenario, there have been occasions (most notably 2010) when a particular section has had 2 subsections i.e. Verbal Ability had a subsection for RC and one for VA. Similarly, while 2009 had separate DI and LR sections, the latter exams have had a common DI and LR section. Therefore, a key point to remember is that within a subject area e.g. QA, VA or DI,LR, it is very risky in IIFT to have a weak sub section. So, for instance, if you are planning to sail through DI, LR based only on DI, you could be in trouble if the two are separated!!
  • IIFT is one of the rare exams that allot per question differential marks to each section. In 2010, differential marks were even allotted between the two Verbal Ability sub-sections. Also, the marks allotted for a question in a particular section are not constant throughout the years. They have been changing from year to year. So, it is important NOT to go in the exam with a pre-conceived notion about any one or two sections. For instance, if you go for IIFT thinking that you will focus on LR, GK and Verbal Ability, you could suffer if QA and DI are allotted more marks per question. Take a decision after looking at the marks per question in your exam AND the difficulty level of that section!!
  • The IIFT cut-offs are generally on the lower side (around 35). Logically, since there are 4 sections, the average cut-off per section will be in the range of 8-10. What this means for you is that question selection becomes important. You may not need to attempt all questions from a section to clear IIFT. Identify the questions that seem solvable, attempt them and move on. Note that IIFT has always been a 2 hour exam and the number of questions has mostly been more than 120 except for in 2014. This means that you have less than a minute to solve a question. As such, don't even attempt to solve all questions in the paper, or even within a section. Try to have a balanced attempt!

Content Level Analysis

Topic 2012 2011 2010 2009
Arithmetic 8 10 1 9
Algebra 7 4 2    5
Geometry 6 8 7 1
Modern Maths 9 6 15 4
Data Interpretation 20 23 26 26
Data Sufficiency 0 0 0 0
Logical Reasoning 15 11 30 21
Verbal Reasoning 12 10 6
Critical Reasoning 0 0 2 4
Reading Comprehension 15 15 12 23
Grammar 0 0 0 0
Errors in Usage 5 5 6 5
Vocabulary 8 10 10 11
Higher Mathematics 0 0 2 6
GKCA 30 20 30 29
  135 122 150 150

Some of the key points to be noted at a content level are:

  • Within the 4 areas related to QA, observe that Modern Maths has been more or less constant over the years while all the other 3 areas have had at least one year where very few questions were asked. Therefore, all areas of Modern Maths are important as far as IIFT is concerned.

These cover:

  • Probability
  • Permutations and Combinations
  • Sets
  • Functions
  • Sequences and Series
  • Within Modern Maths, keep in mind that IIFT also asks questions from Probability Distribution and Statistics (included under Higher Mathematics). Also, a number of questions from Functions deal with the concepts of maxima and minima. Therefore, when you study Modern Maths, revise the basic rules of maxima/minima as well as probability distribution.
  • Geometry has grown in importance over the last 3 years. However, unlike CAT, where circles and triangles have been historically critical, IIFT has a fascination for trigonometry, both heights and distances as well as trigonometric expressions (including double angles, half angles etc.). Hence, while practicing Geometry for IIFT, make it a point to give sufficient time to Trigonometry.
  • As such, it cannot be ignored at all. A notable feature of the IIFT DI sets is that the paper generally has 3-4 sets with 4-5 questions per set. However, each set is time-consuming and very calculation intensive. Also, the last couple of years have seen a case-study type of set which has been slightly simpler. In IIFT, keep in mind that you will NOT be able to attempt all the DI questions, without affecting your performance elsewhere. So, if there are 4 sets, identify 2 that are the simplest or least time consuming, solve them well and move on. You can always try the remaining 2 if you have spare time.

Generally, the Reasoning questions in IIFT have focused on 3 major areas

  • Linear and Circular Arrangements
  • Complex Arrangements
  • Logical Conditions and Groupings
  • Consequently, while preparing for IIFT LR, practice these 3 areas to a large extent. This is not to say that LR does not have questions from other areas. So you should not ignore an area like Numerical Logic or Logical Puzzles, just that you should be well prepared in the 3 areas mentioned above.
  • Note that Data Sufficiency has been absent from IIFT over the last 4 years. This DOES NOT mean that DS is not part of the IIFT syllabus. So, while you do not need to practice too much DS, just cover the basic steps required to solve DS in case IIFT decides to break the trend this year.
  • This same suggestion also applies to Critical Reasoning which has been sparingly covered in IIFT. The only area from Critical Reasoning that has been favored in IIFT is Syllogisms and that too in 2007 and 2008. Therefore, again just have a brief look at Critical Reasoning question types but do not spend too much time on them.
  • As can be seen in the table, there have been around 15 RC questions each year. These are generally asked in the form of 3-4 RC passages, which incidentally are quite lengthy. Therefore, the same logic that applies to DI sets also applies to RCs. If there are 3-4 RC sets, identify 2 that can be attempted and carry on from there. Keep in mind that in the last two years, Reading Comprehension has been a separate sub-section in Verbal ability. Therefore, if you are banking on the other areas of Verbal to take you through the VA section, you could be in for a nasty surprise. Therefore, I recommend that you try and practice as much RC as you can over the next few days.

The other sub-section of Verbal Ability is more or less equally split among Verbal Reasoning, Vocabulary and Errors in Usage.

  • In Verbal Reasoning, focus on Fill in the Blanks as well as Jumbled Sentences.
  • For Vocabulary, you may need to look at Synonyms, Antonyms, Analogies and occasionally, Spellings.
  • For Errors in Usage, common question types relate to correction of sentences and identifying correct/incorrect sentences.
  • Finally, coming to General Knowledge! This is one area of IIFT that worries most people. But again, students need to go to the beginning of the article to note the low cut-offs in IIFT. What this also means is that the GK cut-offs will also be proportionately lower. So, it is not necessary to crack the GK section. You just need to attempt sufficient questions to clear the cut-off. Even if you can attempt 14-15 questions with say, 11 correct, you should do well.
  • Another point, with respect to GK in IIFT, is that the exam has traditionally had a lot of match the column kind of questions. This, in a way, is a blessing because each answer option has multiple combinations given e.g. i-a, ii-b, iii-c, iv-d etc. So, even if you don't know the answer to all 4 combinations, there is always the possibility of knowing 1 or 2 of the combinations and getting the answer using elimination. My suggestion is that you look at the last few IIFT exams to get a feel of these questions.

IIFT 2011 - Analysis

Exam Name IIFT 2012-14 Program Test
Exam Date 27th Nov 2011
Institutes accepting this Exam score Indian Institute Of Foreign Trade, Delhi & Indian Institute Of Foreign Trade, Kolkata
Total Duration of the exam (minutes) 120
Total number of questions 120
Number of Sections 6
Number of choices per question 4
Choice Format A, B, C, D
Marks per question Varied (0.5 for G.K, 0.75 for Vocab, 0.75   for RC and 1 for LR, DI and Quant)
Negative Marking 1/3rd of marks allotted
Differential Marking Yes
Mode of marking the ovals   Pencil

The IIFT 2012-2014 was again the surprise package with decreased number of questions from 135 to 120 focusing on the General Awareness section and Quantitative Ability. Time management would have played an important role as, even though not specified on the question paper, IIFT follows sectional cut-offs.

Section Subject Area Number of Questions Marks per question Total Marks Time Allotted
Section 1 General Awareness 21 0.5 10.5 15
Section 2 Reading Comprehension 15 0.75     11.25 15
Section 3 Verbal ability 23 0.75     17.25 15
Section 4 Quantitative Analysis 24 1 24 30
Section 5 Data Interpretation 16 1 16 25
Section 6 Logical Reasoning 21 1 21 20

Section 1: General Knowledge & General Awareness

Graph interpreted in table showing number of questions:-

Category IIFT 2009 IIFT 2010 IIFT 2011
Mergers & Acquisitions 2 1 1
Book and Authors 1 0 1
Awareness (General Awareness) 11 18 8
Current Affairs 4 8 9
Brands (Brands and Product Recognition) 2 3 2

A candidate who has polished his or her skills of GK can have an edge over those aspirants who are not much aware of the current happenings. If you are good with general knowledge, you can quickly attempt these questions and gain some vital marks

Here we can have a quick look at how GK section has weighed in IIFT 2009, IIFT 2010, IIFT 2011, IIFT 2012, IIFT 2013 and IIFT 2014:-

Exam Edition Total Marks Number of Questions Marks per Question Max Marks
IIFT 2009 8 20 0.4  8
IIFT 2010 12 30 0.4 12
IIFT 2011 10.5 21 0.5 10.5
IIFT 2012 14 28 0.5 14
IIFT 2013 14 28 0.5 14
IIFT 2014 13 26 0.5 13

Suggested topics for IIFT GK Section

Few important general awareness category worth revising are:

  • International Bodies, their functions, their chief personals and their offices. For instance; United Nations, IMF, BRICS, etc.
  • Major Sporting Events and Awards of the year like Olympics, Winter Olympics, CWG India, Asian Games, Tennis, Cricket, Football, Chess, Billiards, etc.
  • Major Political events
  • Other economy related events like FDI, FII, Stock Market, etc.

Section 2: English Comprehension

Topics   Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
Easy Medium Difficult
Standardization of the Shipping Containers, Consumer  behavior, Lawyers’ Remunerations, India Banks’ global Presence 15  2     8     5
Length of passage 1 and a quarter page       
No. of questions per passage 4 passages. 4-4-4-3        

Section 3: Verbal Ability

Topics   Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
Easy Medium  Difficult
Fill in the Blanks (single / paragraph / Jumbled sequence based) 5 1 2 2
Mark the Error 2   2  
Change the Speech 2 2    
Match words with meanings 2   2  
Wrongly spelt word 1     1
Latin Phrases/Figure of Speech/One word  substitution 4 1 2 1
Jumbled Sentences 1 1    
Word jumble 2   2  
Homonyms 2 1 1  
Antonyms 2   2  

These sections had 38 questions out of which 15 questions were on Reading comprehension and 23 were on vocabulary and grammar.

In reading comprehension, there were four passages each just over a page in length. Two passages could have been easily attempted. The passage on "Standardization of Shipping Containers" was tough to read and also had ambiguous questions. There were two 'Match the following' questions in RC which were easy to solve. The direct questions based on each passage should have been identified for maximizing the attempt.

The Jumbled Sentence question and two questions on Change the Speech were the easiest and a 'must attempt'. Most of the questions on Fill in the Blanks, Sentence correction, Antonyms, Homonyms and Spellings were of medium level of difficulty and should have been attempted. In word jumble questions, understanding the relation between the word and the number was tricky which made them difficult to solve.


Section 4 - Quantitative Aptitude

Topics Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
Easy Medium Difficult

Numbers( Number, HCF/LCF, Averages, Divisibility, Surds & Indices, BODMAS etc.

7 3 3 1
Percentages (Percentages, SI/CI, Partnership, Profit & Loss) 4   4  
Ratio (Mixture &Alligation, Proportion & Variation, Ratio, TSD, Pipes & Cisterns, Works and Misc.) 4 2 2  
Geometry 3   3  
Algebra 1   1  
Modern Math [Set theory, Functions, Permutation & Combination, Probability,  Log, Series (AP/GP, Sequence, Series)] 5   5  

Numbers and Modern Maths dominated this section. This section can be termed as medium in the view of the nature of questions and time available to solve it. The right strategy would be to solve the questions from the areas one is comfortable with. There are some easy questions in the paper mainly questions related to numbers and ratio and proportion.


Section 5 - Data Interpretation

Topics Number of Sets Level of Difficulty
Easy Medium Difficult
Table  2 Sets- 11 questions   1 set 1 set
Bar Graph 1 Set – 5 questions     1 set

The sets were long, tedious and calculation intensive. The third set in this section with a big table could have been attempted.


Section 6 - Logical reasoning

Topics Number of Questions  Level of Difficulty
Easy Medium Difficult
Information based 3 3    
Syllogisms  2 1 1  
Coding – Decoding  6 4 2  
Arrangement 4   2 2
Course of action 2 1 1  
Blood Relations 2 2    
Team Selection 2 1 1  

The questions in this section were relatively easy. 2 questions from verbal logic are also there. Attempts are to be maximized in this section for improving the overall marks.

Hope we have provided you much insight on the IIFT Exam. Team MBA Rendezvous wishes you all the success in the upcoming IIFT 2017 Exam. All the Best!!

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