MBA Entrances-National Level


IIFT conducts an entrance test for admission into its flag ship programme, MBA(International Business) which is being at offered at IIFT's New Delhi, Kolkata and Kakinada Campuses.

The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) was set up in 1963 by the Government of India as an autonomous organization. IIFT is one of the premier B-schools in India. As per T.I.M.E. B-school categorization, IIFT-Delhi and IIFT-Kolkata fall in AAA category, i.e., in the top 25 B-schools. The test is usually conducted in the month of November/December. IIFT 2017 will be conducted on December 3, 2017.

Exam centres ( cities ) - Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Bangalore, Bhubeneshwar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Delhi, Guwahati, Hydrabad, Indore, Jaipur, Jamshedpur, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur and Visakhapatnam. Based on the marks of Written Test, a limited number of candidates will be invited for second phase of selection process comprising Group Discussion, Writing Skill Assessment and Interview to be held at Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow and Mumbai.

Important Dates

Last date to register ( for Indian Nationals 15th Sep 2017
Last date to register ( for Foreign nationals and NRIs ) 15th Feb 2018
Written Examination: 3 Dec 2017 ( 10 am to 12 noon )

Application Cost - Rs.1550 (Rs.775 for SC/ST/PH candidates)


  • Recognized Bachelor’s degree of minimum 3 years duration in any discipline with 50% marks in Graduation (45% for SC/ST/PWD candidates). Candidate appearing in the final year examination of Graduation can also apply.

Admission Procedure

Selection will be on the basis of Written Test, Group Discussion, Essay Writing and Interview.

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

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 2015 and should be received by the Institute latest by 31st March 2017.

IIFT 2016 Pattern

The admission test is a multiple choice objective type written test (in English). It generally consists of questions covering English Comprehension, General Knowledge & Awareness, Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Analysis.

How to Apply

Online: through the IIFT website

Offline: The candidates who bought the Prospectus in cash or through demand draft need to complete the enclosed Application Form and send the same in the envelope provided for the purpose to Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, B-21 Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi-110016 so as to reach IIFT on or before 5th September 2016.

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 second week of November 2016. Applicants, who do not receive their Admit Cards by 15th November 2016, can download their Admit Cards from IIFT's website.

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) conducted the Admission Test 2017-2019 on Sunday, November 27, 2016. The test was conducted across the nation between 10 am and 12 noon. The duration of the exam 2 hour with no sectional time limit. Each of the sections had sectional cut-offs applicable

For Set-A. The sequence of sections was different for other sets.
Section Name Question area No of Qs Marks/Q Total
Section 1- part 1 Reading Comprehension (RC) 16 1 16
Section 1 - Part 2 Verbal Ability (VA) 20 0.75 15
Section 2  General Awareness (GA) 25 0.5 12.5
Section 3  Quantitative Ability (QA) 20 1 20
Section 4 - Part 1 Logical Reasoning (LR) 22 0.75 16.5
Section 4 - part 2 Data Interpretation (DI) 20 1 20
  Overall 123   100

Exam Duration: 2 hours with no sectional time limit; sectional cut-offs apply

Negative Marking: One third of the allotted mark.

The detailed analysis of IIFT through the years can be obtained by selecting IIFT in our  Exam Analyses page

A common shortlist of candidates is released based on IIFT score, for both the Delhi and the Kolkata campuses. This is followed by

  • Group Discussion
  • Written Ability Test (Essay)
  • Personal Interview

Group Discussion

The panel generally gives around five minutes for idea generation, followed by 90 seconds given to each participant to make their preliminary points. The actual GD then goes on for around 20 minutes, and about half a minute is given to each participant towards the end to make their concluding remarks.

Number of participants- 10-15

Sample Topics

  • Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, more noise than action.
  • Should schoolchildren be allowed to use and own mobile phones?
  • Should politicians be given Padma Awards?
  • Commercialization of health care – pain/gain?
  • Make in India or Make for India.

Written Ability Test (Essay)

Duration - 20 minutes

Sample Topics

  • A push for the tourism industry in India.
  • Indian villages:potential for economic development.
  • Effect of fall in oil price on global economy.
  • Innovation, Intellectual Property and Economic Growth.
  • Mitigating climate change concerns through international cooperation.

Personal Interview

Duration: 10 to 15 minutes

Number of panelists: 2 to 3

MBA - IB is considered to be the flagship course of IIFT. It is a general management course with special emphasis on International Business. This means, besides doing a general MBA (as is done in other B-Schools), IIFT students are exposed to the international perspectives of various subjects by virtue of their doing courses like international marketing, international finance, international strategy and the like.

Intake - 220 (Delhi Campus), 140 (Kolkata Campus)
Duration - 2 yrs

Fee for MBA(IB) 2016-18 programme is as follows: (Fee for 2017-19 may be revised)

Tuition Fee: Rs. 15,20,000

Other Charges: Rs.50,000

Hostel and Mess Charges - Around 2,00,000

For SC, ST and PH category students: 50% concession on Tuition fee only.

Foreign Nationals/NRI / Children of NRIs : US$27,500 p.a. Tuition Fee plus other charges

Except for the section on General Awareness, all the other sections of IIFT get well covered with a good preparation for CAT. However, it would be advisable for a student to work on his/her speed mathematics as some of the questions under Data Interpretation tend to be calculation intensive.

For preparation on General Awareness, in addition to reading newspapers regularly, it would be advisable for a student to prepare from the following sources:

  • Also, in the various issues of MBA Education & Careers magazine, focus on features like Business GK, Current Issues & Events, and Current Event Chronicle (this feature captures important tid-bits).
  • In addition to the above, please run through the GK Model Papers feature titled, Improve your GK.
  • Go through the GA Note (Study Material) booklet for stock GK (like history and geography). Also use the GAT papers, each with 50 questions.
  • Manorama & CSR Year Book - it helps in preparation for stock type questions In Manorama Year Book and CSR, please focus on the following chapters.
  • Who is who
  • What is what
  • Science scan
  • Human body
  • Computers
  • Landmarks of history
  • The Universe

While preparing for this section, a student should focus on issues related to National & International Events,World Bodies, and Foreign Trade related information.

Finally, OMETs for IIFT question papers are perhaps the best source for preparation. It comes very close to the actual IIFT entrance exam paper and one should give maximum importance to these question papers.