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 2018 was conducted on December 2, 2018.

Exam centres ( cities ) - Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Bangalore, Bhubeneshwar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Delhi, Guwahati, Hydrabad, Indore, Jaipur, Jamshedpur, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur and Visakhapatnam.

Important Dates

Last date to fill the Online Application Form 24th Sep 2018
Last date for Request for Test Centre Change (Fee : Rs. 1000) Monday, 5th November 2018
Downloading of Admit Card Friday, 16th November 2018
Written Test Sunday, 2nd December 2018  (10 a.m - 12 noon)
Last date to fill the Online Application Form and to submit GMAT Score for Foreign Nationals and NRIs Friday, 15th February 2019

Application Cost - Rs.1650 (Rs.825 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 marks for written test, candidates will be called for Group Discussion, Interview and Written Skill Assessment to be held during January/February 2019 at Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow and Mumbai.

Registration fee :

General/OBC candidates - Rs.  1650/-

SC/ST/PWD candidates - Rs.  825/-

For Foreign Nationals / NRI / Children of NRIs

In order to qualify as an international; candidate for the purpose of applying to IIFT entrance exam, a candidate should have been (expected to be) resident outside India for a period of not less than 18 months as on December 31, 2018 and be outside India during the IIFT examination window. The Indian nationals who are living, working, studying abroad should produce with application a certificate from the Indian Embassy / High Commission /Consulate of the country where the candidate is currently based, stated that the candidate has been resident in that country continuously for a period of not less than 18 months as on December 31, 2018.

  • Foreign nationals need to have a valid passport/travel document from a country other than India. The Foreign nationals who are present in India at the time of IIFT entrance test are required to take the same.
  • The candidate should produce Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) score which should be received by the Institute latest by 15th February 2019. GMAT taken before 1st January 2017 is not valid.
  • If the candidate has appeared for any MBA entrance examination for that year in India (2018) such as CAT /XAT /IIFT etc., he /she is not eligible to apply.
  • Transcripts of all academic degrees/diplomas are required to be submitted along with the application. Grades or marks may be self-reported. Originals are required to be produced at the time of admission.

IIFT 2018 Pattern: 

The admission test is a multiple choice objective type written test (in English).

Duration of the test is two hours and will cover English Grammar, Vocabulary and Comprehension, General Knowledge and Current Affairs, Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation and Quantitative Analysis.

How to Apply

Register Online :

  • Click on "Apply Now" link given in the website.
  • Fill in the basic details required for primary registration and submit the form. Category once filled by the candidate in his/her online application form will not be changed under any circumstances.
  • Once submitted, Application number will be generated and intimated through the registered email ID and Mobile no (Indian Mobile network no.).
  • Log in to the website using the “Candidate Login” link using your Application No. mentioned in the email and Password entered by you on the primary registration page.
  • Follow the links to complete the remaining stages (Academic & Personal Information, Application fee payment and the Upload of scanned copy of Photograph, Signature and Category certificate (For SC/ST/OBC(NCL) & PWD candidates) of the online application process.
  • Once completed, the intimation regarding successful registration will be sent to the registered email id.

Registration fee :

  • General/OBC candidates : ₹ 1650/-
  • SC/ST/PWD candidates : ₹ 825/-
  • Foreign National/NRI candidates : US$ 85/- (₹ 5500/-)

Mode(s) of payment :

  1. Online Payment Gateway - Through Credit/Debit Cards (VISA/Master)
  2. Upload your scanned photograph(file size not more than 50kb) and signature(file size not more than 20kb) in .jpg / .jpeg format only.
  3. Once online process is complete, keep a print-out of the filled-in application form for your own record.
  4. Please ensure that you have successfully logged out of the website after completion of the registration process.

Last date to fill the application form :

  • For General/SC/ST/PWD/OBC(NCL) : 24th September 2018
  • For Foreign National and NR  : 15th February 2019

The admission test is a multiple choice objective type written test (in English).

  • Duration of the test is two hours and will cover English Grammar, Vocabulary and Comprehension, General Knowledge and Current Affairs, Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation and Quantitative Analysis.

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), 200 (Kolkata Campus), Kakinada ( intake yet to be announced )

Duration - 2 yrs

Fee for MBA(IB) 2019-21 programme is as follows: 

Tuition Fee: Rs. 16,70,000

Other Charges: Rs.55,000

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

Foreign Nationals/NRI / Children of NRIs: US$ 60000.

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.