6 Key Points To Remember Before Applying For IIFT Exam

By Sarada Prasad Rath

The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) exam is a national level entrance exam conducted to offer admission in MBA to 3 campuses of IIFT present in Delhi, Kolkata, and Kakinada. Every year, this exam is conducted by IIFT itself, But now the exam is conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA). Also previously it was an offline mode exam, but now it has been changed to online mode.

Here are 6 key points to adhere before applying for IIFT:

1. Eligibility

The candidate must go through each criterion required to see if he/she is eligible to give the exam.

1. Both Indian and foreign students can apply for this exam.

2. There is no such age limit to give this exam.

3. The candidate must have a graduation degree from a recognized university with a minimum of 50% marks as aggregate (45% in case of SC/ST/PwD candidates).

4. The candidates who are in their final year of graduation degree can also apply.

5. The Indian nationals who are living, working, and studying abroad should produce with the application a certificate from the Indian Embassy/High Commission of the country where the candidate is currently based.

6. Foreign nationals need to have a valid passport/travel document from their country.

2. Exam pattern

The mode of IIFT has been changed from offline to online as more sections were added. There are in total of 6 sections in the IIFT exam.

Section Total Questions Mark for Each Correct Answer Mark for Each Incorrect Answer Maximum Marks
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension 35 +3 -1 105
Quantitative Analysis 25 +3 -1 75
Logical Reasoning &Data Interpretation 30 +3 -1 90
General Awareness (GK) 20 +1.5 -0.5 30
Total 110 - -


3. Syllabus

Section 1: Quantitative Analysis

1. Ratio

2. Simple Interest & Compound Interest

3. Percentage

4. Man Days and Work

5. Probability

6. Permutation and Combination

7.Speed, Time, and Distance

Section 2: Verbal Ability

1. Idioms & Phrases

2. Correction of Grammatical Errors

3. Fill in the Blanks

4. Jumbled sentences

5. Antonyms/ Synonyms

6. Grammar

7. Active-passive

8. Phrases

9. Analogy

Section 3: Logical Reasoning

1. Statements-conclusions

2. Coding-Decoding

3. Blood Relations

4. Seating Arrangements

5. Series & Analysis

6. Seating and Selections.

7. Team-based questions

Section 4: Reading Comprehension

1. Current Affairs – Business & Economy

2. Social Scenario

3. Opinion Based Abstract topics

4. Fact-based data-driven topics

Section 5: Data Interpretation

1. Bar and Line Graph

2. Pie Charts and Tables

3. Pie Chart

4. Caselets

Section 6: General Awareness

1. Current Affairs

2. Personalities

3. Politics

4. Business & Economy

5. Awards and Awardees

6. Books and Authors

7. International Affairs

8. Sports & Science

9. Film Industry

10. History

4. Cut-Off

For IIFT 2021, the expected overall cut-off will be around 35 out of 100 in relation to the previous year's cut-off. The expected cut-off for the three campuses of IIFT may fall around:

1. Delhi Campus - 36 out of 100 marks

2. Kolkata Campus - 35 out of 100 marks

3. Kakinada - 34out of 100 marks

There is also a sectional cut-off which the candidate needs to clear, without which he/she won't get admission. The expected sectional cut-off for IIFT 2020 are:

1. General Awareness - 1 out of 9 marks

2. Verbal Ability - 4 out of 15 marks

3. Reading Comprehension - 3 out of 16 marks

4. Quantitative Aptitude - 5 out of 20 marks

5. Logical Reasoning - 6 out of 20 marks

6. Data Interpretation - 4 out of 20 marks

5. Filling the Application Form

1. To register for the IIFT exam click on the "Admissions 2020" present on the official website of IIFT.

2. Fill out the personal details like Father's name, Mother,s name, E-mail address, DOB, Mobile number, etc.

3. Provide the necessary documents as per the format and size mentioned.

4. Candidates who have already filled out the application form have been given a second chance by NTA since 12th September to change the image if there was any mistake previously.

5. Choose your preferable exam center to give the IIFT exam from the list of cities provides in the application form.

6. After the successful upload of necessary areas, you are redirected to the payment page where you can pay through Debit Card, Credit Card, and Net Banking.

7. A confirmation mail will be sent to your E-mail address after successful payment. You need to take a print out of the confirmation mail and the payment receipt for future procedures.


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