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IIFT 2021

The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), founded in 1963 by the Government of India is an autonomous organization to help in professionalizing the country's foreign trade management, increase exports by developing human resources and analyzing, disseminating data and conducting research. IIFT entrance exam is a national level entrance exam held once in every year. The exam is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) in the month of December. IIFT has 3 colleges in India located in New Delhi, Kolkata, and Kakinada.

Indian institute of foreign trade IIFT 2021 has already released the application form from 6th November. The last date of the registration of the application is 20 December 2020. IIFT has already released the entrance exam date of IIFT 2021. IIFT 2021 Exam will be held on 24 January 2021.


Exam Name Indian Institute of Foreign Trade Entrance Exam
Conducting Body National Testing Agency (NTA)
Exam Level National
Exam Frequency Once a year
Exam Mode Online
Duration 2 years
Exam Language English
Application Mode Online

Latest Updates

IIFT 2021 Application Form released, follow the registration process. Check here

IIFT 2021 Exam Date released, check Registration, and Exam Date. Check here


IIFT 2021 Schedule

Events Dates 
Application form release Date 6th November 2020
Application form submit last Date 20 December 2020
Application fee payment last Date Not notified
IIFT 2021 admit card available Date January 2021 1st week
IIFT 2021 exam Date 24 January 2021

IIFT 2021 Admit Card

The admit card is a mandatory document to be carried to the exam center. Candidates can download the admit card from the official website.

Steps to download the admit card:

1. Click on the official link of IIFT
2. Click on ‘download your admit card
3. Enter registration number, password, and captcha
4. Click on the login
5. Click on download the admit card

Details present in the IIFT admit card:

1. Name of the candidate
2. Category of the candidate
3. Gender
4. Roll Number
5. Registration/Application Number
6. Exam date
7. Exam time
8. Exam venue
9. Candidate's contact details
10. Candidate's photograph
11. Candidate’s signature
12. Instructions related to exam day

Sample of IIFT Admit Card

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IIFT 2021 Exam Pattern

Exam mode: Online
Total questions: 110
Duration: 2 hours
Total marks: 300
Exam language: English

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 - -


Changes of IIFT 2020 in respective to IIFT 2019
Exam Structure IIFT 2020 IIFT 2019
Conducting body NTA IIFT, Delhi
Number of sections 4 (Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation, and General Knowledge) 6 (English Grammar, Vocabulary and Comprehension, General Knowledge & Current Affairs, Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation)
Number of questions 110 114
Total marks 300 100
Mode of exam Online Offline

IIFT 2021 Cut-Off

IIFT cutoff 2020 is the minimum score required to be eligible for Essay Writing (EW), Group Discussion (GD), and Personal Interview (PI) round of IIFT admissions. The cut-off is different for all the 3 campuses of IIFT present in Delhi, Kolkata, and Kakinada. There is both overall and sectional cut-off for IIFT. The cut-off will be released after the IIFT 2020 Result and will be eligible for the Counselling Process.

Factors affecting the cut-off

1. Number of candidates appeared for IIFT exam 2021
2. Number of candidates who pass the exam
3. The difficulty level of the exam paper
4. Number of seats available at IIFT (three campuses)

IIFT 2021 expected cut-off:

Section Expected Cut-off
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension 18 - 20
Quantitative Analysis 15 - 17
Logical Reasoning &Data Interpretation 12 - 14
General Awareness (GK) 6 - 10
Overall 105 - 108

Here is a visual representation of IIFT 2020 Expected Cut-off for all 3 IIFT campuses:

Here is a category wise cut-off for IIFT 2019:

IIFT 2021 Application FormStep 1: Registration

1. Go to the official website of IIFT
2. Click on "Fill Online Application Form" and select "new registration"
3. Fill all the basic details asked and submit it
4. Enter the password and choose a security question
5. The application number will be generated

Step 2: Application Form

1. Log in to the application form through the application number
2. Provide your educational details
3. Provide work experience details (if any)
4. Review all the necessary areas you provided the details and then submit the form
5. After successful registration, a confirmation mail will be sent to your registered email address

Step 3: Uploading Images

Upload scanned images of photo and signature with specifications mentioned:

Document Size Format
Photograph 10 kb to 200 kb JPG/JPEG format
Signature 4 kb to 30 kb JPG/JPEG format

Step 4: Payment

The candidates can pay the fees through credit card/debit card (VISA/Mastercard), net banking or mobile wallets (Paytm/UPI). Application fee for IIFT is:

Category Application Fee
General/OBC  Rs 2000
SC/ST/PH Rs 1000
Foreign Nationals/NRIs The US $150

IIFT Exam Centres

Ahmedabad Chennai Hyderabad Kolkata
Allahabad Coimbatore Indore Lucknow
Bangalore Dehradun Jaipur Mumbai
Bhubaneshwar Delhi Jamshedpur Nagpur
Chandigarh Guwahati Kochi Visakhapatnam

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IIFT 2021 Counselling

The counseling session for IIFT 2021 is conducted after the result declaration for the entrance exam. The counseling session conducted will allow the candidates to get admitted in various MBA & PGDM programs in all the 3 colleges of IIFT. The notification for the counseling session will be available on the official website of IIFT. The candidates will be allotted with seats as per their performance and merit list. To participate in the counseling session, the candidates need to register themselves online on the respective website and get the date for their counseling session. 

Admission Process

1. Candidates who will clear the IIFT 2021 written exam will be further called for Essay Writing, GD (Group Discussion), and PI (Personal Interview) rounds.
2. For Essay Writing, candidates will be provided a topic related to General or business affairs. The average time allotted to draft an essay of around 300 words is 20 minutes.
3. In GD round, the candidates will be divided into groups of 10-12 and given a topic to provide their opinions on.
4. In PI round, panelists will ask the candidates questions.
5. After all the rounds are over, the candidates will be communicated through their e-mail

Mock Test

Mock Tests are the best way to prepare for any entrance exams as it provides the exact syllabus and pattern that has to appear in the actual exam on December 1, 2019. The official site doesn't provide the mock test papers. This year the National Testing Agency(NTA) has taken over to conduct the IIFT Entrance Exam. Also, it has been changed from offline mode to online mode due to the addition of new sections. So it is advisable to practice the recent mock test papers rather than the previous year's papers.

IIFT 2021 Result

The result of IIFT 2021 is declared by NTA after few days of the commencement of the exam. Soon after the declaration of IIFT exam result, the IIFT, Delhi will release category-wise cut-offs for essay writing, group discussion and personal interview round. The final result is released after all rounds are completed. Candidates clearing the IIFT 2020 Cut-Off will be eligible for the Counseling Process

Steps to check the IIFT Result:

1. Visit the official website of IIFT or NTA
2. Click on the notification indicating IIFT 2020: MBA (IB) scorecard
3. Enter application number and password or date of birth
4. IIFT 2020 result will appear on the screen
5.Download and take a printout of the scorecard

Details Present in the Scorecard:

1. Candidate’s Name
2. Candidate’s Roll Number
3. Candidate’s Date of Birth
4. Section-wise maximum marks
5. Sectional cut-off and marks secured in each section
6. Total score 
7. Overall percentile

Here is a sample of IIFT 2019 Scorecard

IIFT 2021 Answer Key

The answer key for IIFT 2021 will be released soon after the commencement of the exam. The candidates will be able to get the answer key from the official website of IIFT. After the release, the candidates will be able to evaluate their performance and score as per the answer key.

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Steps to View the Answer Key:

1. Go to the official website of IIFT NTA
2. Click on the final answer key link present in the current event section
3. The final answer key will be present on the screen in pdf formatHow to challenge IIFT answer key

The candidates must download the preliminary answer keys and verify each answer. In case, they think an answer (answers) is incorrect, they can challenge it by filling a form online and paying Rs 1000 per question. The fees are to be paid online by credit/debit card/net banking/ PAYTM/UPI services. If the challenge is found correct, the processing fee will be refunded to the candidate online. 

To view the IIFT 2020 Final Answer Key, Click Here

IIFT 2021 Eligibility

Educational Qualifications:

1. The applicant must have recognized bachelor’s degree of minimum 3 years’ duration in any discipline with minimum 50% marks (45% for SC/ST/PWD) in aggregate
2. The Candidates appearing for a qualifying examination (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) are also eligible to apply 

For Foreign Nationals and NRI Applicants:

1. Candidates should have been residing outside India for at least 18 months as of December 31, 2019.
2. Candidates must possess a valid passport/ travel document from a country other than India.
3. Candidates must have a valid Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) score
4. NRI- Sponsored and Children of NRI candidates are not eligible

Reservation Criteria

Category Reservation of Seats in IIFT 
Economically Weaker Section (EWS) 10%
Other Backward Classes (OBCs) 27%
Scheduled Castes (SC) 15%
Scheduled Tribes (ST) 7.5%
Person with Disabilities (PwD) 5%

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Q: What is the application fee for IIFT 2021?
Answer:  The fee for the General candidate is Rs. 2000 and for Reserved candidate is Rs. 1000.

Q: Is the admission procedure the same for foreign national candidates?
Answer:  No, the foreign national candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of GMAT score. They will then have to undergo a Personal Interview round at the IIFT campus. Candidates failing to appear physically for PI can also be interviewed through Skype.

Q: Are there any reservations applicable while applying for the IIFT exam?
Answer:  The eligibility for General/ OBC/ EWS candidates in graduation is minimum 50% and for SC/ ST/ PwD candidates is 45%. The admission in IIFT follows the given reservation procedure:

Categories Reserved Seats
General 35.5%
Other Backward Class (OBC) 27%
Economically Weaker Section (EWS) 10%
Scheduled Caste (SC) 15%
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 7.5%
Person with Disability (PwD) 5%

Q: In which companies do the candidates get placed in IIFT?
Answer:  Some of the leading recruiters at IIFT are Goldman Sachs, ITC, JP Morgan, Godrej, Amazon, ICICI Bank, HDFC, Citibank, HSBC, Axis Bank, Cognizant Business Consulting, HP, Infosys, Tata Steel, Wipro, L&T, HPCL, IOCL, SBI, GAIL, Citibank, etc.

Q: Can I fill the application form through offline mode?
A: No, the application form for IIFT 2021 will only be available online and candidates have to fill the form through online mode only.

Q: Is there any age limit to apply for IIFT 2021?
A: No, there is no age limit defined by the authorities in order to appear for IIFT 2021.

Q: Is there any sectional cut-off for IIFT 2021?
A: Yes, along with the overall cut-off there will be a sectional cut-off for each section which may vary every year.

Q: What documents do I need to carry during the counseling process of IIFT 2021?
A: The candidates need to carry the following documents to the counseling process:

  • IIFT 2021 scorecard
  • Provisional/Degree certificate of undergraduate
  • 10th and 12th Marksheets
  • Transfer certificate
  • Caste certificate(if applicable)
  • Photo ID proof

Q: How many seats are offered through IIFT 2021?
A: A total of 360 seats are available on both the campuses of IIFT through the entrance exam.

Q: Can I change the exam centre of IIFT 2021 after I have submitted the application form?
A: Yes, the candidates can change the exam centre of IIFT 2021 within a brief period of time by paying Rs 1000.


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