IIFT 2018 - IIFT MBA (IB) Entrance Exam

Gareema Bali updated on : 29 Sep 2017

IIFT 2018 exam for MBA (IB) to be held on December 3, 2017. Check details on IIFT 2018 dates, registration, eligibility, admit card, result, cutoff and more here.

IIFT 2018

IIFT 2018Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) will be conducting IIFT 2018 entrance test for admission to MBA (IB) course on December 3, 2017. At present, MBA in International Business program is being offered by the Institute at its campuses in Delhi and Kolkata. However, IIFT will soon be opening its third campus at Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh. Admission to IIFT at both the campuses will be granted against 360 seats. This year, the IIFT 2018 exam date got clash with CAT 2017  but then IIFT postponed the date of its MBA (IB) entrance test from November 26 to December 3, 2017 to avoid the clash. The online IIFT registration 2018 concluded on September 15 and the candidates who have successfully submitted the form till this date will be issued the admit card. IIFT will be releaing the MBA IB IIFT 2018 admit card on Novembet 15 2017. It will be made available oline, on the official website of IIFT, http://cc.iift.ac.in/docs/IIFT/Admissions_2018/index.asp. Also, a link to download the IIFT 2018 admit card will be provided here below. 

Downloading of IIFT MBA (IB) Admit Card to begin from November 15, 2017. Link to download the same to be provided here soon.

IIFT 2018

IIFT MBA (IB) 2018 entrance exam will be conducted in pen-paper mode, where the candidates will be required to mark the answers on an OMR answer sheet. Multiple-choice questions (MCQs) will be asked in the exam and the number of questions varies every year. It is a national level exam, which is held across 20 cities of India. The result of IIFT 2018 written entrance test will be declared in later week of December 2017. Based on the score/percentile of this entrance exam almost 360 seats will be filled at IIFT Delhi and Kolkata campus.

IIFT Important Dates 2018

The candidates interested in appearing for IIFT MBA entrance exam this year can keep a track of its important events and their corresponding dates from the table below. 

S. No.




Notification and application form to be released on

25 July 2017


Last date to submit online application form

15 September 2017 


Admit Card to be made available on

15 November 2017


Written Exam of IIFT 2018 to be held in

3 December 2017 (Revised)


Result to be declared in

Fourth week of December 2017


Selection rounds to be conducted in

January/February 2018


Final and Wait list status to be released in

March/April 2018

IIFT Eligibility Criteria 2018

IIFT 2018 aspirants must ensure that they fulfill the eligibility norms provided by the Institute, before registering for the exam. Failure in not meeting IIFT exam eligibility norms will lead to disqualification of candidature at the stages of selection. The eligibility criteria of IIFT 2018 exam are as follow –

  • Indian candidates, as well as the foreign candidates are eligible to apply for the Post Graduate program provided by the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade.
  • There is no age limit prescribed to apply for IIFT MBA (IB) entrance exam.
  • The candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree of minimum 3 years duration in any discipline from a recognized University or Institution.
  • Candidates who will be appearing for the final year examination of their Graduation can also apply for IIFT 2018, provided they will be able to submit the proof of the requisite qualification by October 7, 2018.

IIFT Application Form 2018

The IIFT registration form 2018 was released on July 25. Candidates interested in taking MBA admission at IIFT Delhi or Kolkata can now apply for IIFT entrance exam 2018. This year, the application form of IIFT has been made available in online mode only. Link to apply for the exam has been provided here above on this page. However, before commencing with the IIFT exam application form filling, the candidates must go through the eligibility norms to ensure that they meet the same.

Applicants must fill valid and correct details in the IIFT 2018 application form. Also, they must review the same before submission of the form. Option to edit the details in the submmited IIFT exam registration form 2018 will be provided for certain basic details only. The candidates are advised to keep a copy of the submitted application form for future reference.

A brief of IIFT 2018 application procedure is as follow -

  • Click on the link given above on this page to obtain the IIFT MBA (IB) entrance exam application form.
  • Thereafter, as per your category, click on the respective IIFT registration 2018 link to proceed further.
  • Fill a basic IIFT 2018 registration form to procure login ID and password.
  • Using these login credentials, sign in as existing user to obtain the application form. Fill all the required details in the form and submit the same.
  • Pay the application fee using online payment gateways.

IIFT Application Fee 2018

In order to successfully submit the IIFT 2018 application form, the applicants will have to pay a non-refundable registration fee. The candidates can pay this fee in both, online of offline mode. The table below provides the category-wise application fee amount and the mode of paying the same.


Amount of IIFT Application Fee

Mode of Payment

General & OBC candidates

Rs. 1550/-

  • Online - Credit/Debit cards (VISA/Master)
  • Offline – Through DD, drawn in favor of “Indian Institute of Foreign Trade”, payable at New Delhi

SC/ST/PH candidates

Rs. 775/-

Foreign National/NRI/Children of NRI candidates

US$80 (INR Rs. 4500)

IIFT Test Cities 2018

MBA (IB) IIFT entrance 2018 will be conducted across 20 major cities of the country. While registering for the IIFT 2018 exam, the candidates will be required to fill their preferred IIFT exam cities in it. IIFT 2018 exam centre will be allotted to the candidates based on the preferences filled by them. The name and details of allotted test centre will be provided in the admit card. Only due to a valid reason, the candidate’s plea for change of IIFT test centre will be considered by exam conducting authority. The candidates can make a request for exam centre change till November 3 only.

Some of the cities where IIFT MBA (IB) exam 2018 will be conducted are as follow –

  1. Ahmedabad
  2. Bengaluru
  3. Chandigarh
  4. Chennai
  5. Delhi
  6. Hyderabad
  7. Jamshedpur
  8. Lucknow
  9. Mumbai
  10. Nagpur

IIFT Admit Card 2018

Admit card is an important document required for verification purpose on the exam day. Details like date of exam, test centre, reporting time, roll number and more is stated in the admit card. IIFT exam 2018 aspirants must carry a copy of admit card along with them on the date of exam for seeking entry into the test centre and permission to sit for the exam.

  • IIFT will release the MBA (IB) IIFT hall ticket 2018 on 15 November 2018.
  • IIFT 2018 admit card will be issued only to the duly registered students. It will be available online on the official website of the Institute for the candidates to download.
  • Candidates will need their IIFT 2018 login Id and password for viewing and downloading the admit card of IIFT MBA exam 2018.
  • Along with admit card, candidates will also be required to carry a valid photo ID such as Passport, Election I-Card, College I-Card, Driving License or PAN Card etc.

IIFT Exam Pattern 2018

Knowing the test pattern is important for IIFT 2018 aspirants as it will give them an insight of the exam. IIFT 2018 entrance test will be conducted in pen-paper mode, where objective type questions will be asked. The total number of questions varies every year and so does the marking scheme.

  • Duration of the test will be 2 hours.
  • Medium of the test will be English only.
  • Last year, a total of 123 questions were asked in the test from 4 different sections.
  • Negative marking equivalent to 1/3rd of the mark allotted to the specific question is applicable.

Not major changes have been made to IIFT test pattern since past few years and the same has followed this year too. Candidates can check the below table for better understanding of the IIFT 2018 exam pattern. This table provides the test pattern as per the IIFT 2017 question paper.



Name of Sections

No. of Questions

Marks per Question


Section 1


General Awareness




Section 2

Part 1

Reading Comprehension




Part 2

English Usage




Section 3


Quantitative Ability




Section 4

Part 1

Logical Reasoning




Part 2

Data Interpretation








IIFT Syllabus 2018

Before commencing with the preparations of any exam, it is important to know the syllabus. There is no fixed or predefined syllabus for IIFT entrance test; however a list of topics and subtopics can be prepared based on previous years exam trend analysis. For the ease of the IIFT 2018 exam takers, the section-wise syllabus has been provided below –


IIFT 2018 Syllabus

English Comprehension

Contextual usage, Comprehension of passage, Fill In the Blanks, Verbal Reasoning, Syllogisms, Jumbled paragraphs with 4 or 5 sentences, Analogies, Antonyms, Errors in word choice, Sentence correction, Punctuation, etc.

General Knowledge & Awareness

Current Affairs, Constitution, Countries, Sports CE, Persons, Awards & Honors, Famous Personalities, Buildings, Languages, Animals, Inventions & Discoveries, Currencies, Indian & World Geography, Indian & World History, Democratic policy, Current Events, etc.

Logical Reasoning

Critical reasoning, Assumption-Premise-Conclusion, Visual reasoning, Assertion and reasons, Statements and conclusions, identifying valid inferences, identifying Strong arguments and Weak arguments, definitely true, Statements and assumptions, Identifying Probably true, Puzzles, Family tree problem, Symbol Based problems, Matrix arrangements, Coding and decoding, etc.

Quantitative Analysis

Geometry, Percentages, Ratios and Proportion, Ratios, Profit & Loss, Harmonic mean, Number system, Averages, Percentages, Partnership, Number Base System, Time-Speed-Distance, Geometric Progression, Arithmetic mean, Simple Interest & Compound Interest, Permutations & Combinations, Maxima & Minima Progression, Median, Mode, Set Theory, Clocks, Probability, Trigonometry, Vectors, Binomial Expansion, Venn Diagram, etc.

IIFT Answer Key 2018

Answer keys list the correct answers to all the questions asked in the exam. IIFT 2018 answer key will be released after the conduct of the exam. The answer key will be published by IIFT and other private coaching Institutes on their respective official websites. These will be available in easy to download .pdf file for the candidates.

The answer key of IIFT entrance exam 2018 will be made available for every paper code. Using the answer key, the candidates will be able calculate their probable IIFT 2018 score and also, evaluate their performance in the test.

IIFT Result 2018

In the later weeks of December 2017, the result for IIFT MBA 2018 exam is expected to be declared. Last year, the result was announced on December 23, where a total of 1973 candidates were shortlisted for participating in the selection rounds, out of approx. 45000 test takers. IIFT result 2018 will be announced online on the official website of IIFT. The result will be made available in the form of scorecard, which will furnish the overall and sectional marks obtained by the candidates. Also, the list of shortlisted candidates will be announced along with the result for further rounds of selection.

The IIFT 2018 scorecard will not be sent through post or email to the candidates. It can only be downloading online and for downloading it, the candidates will be required to enter their 7 digit Roll Number and Date of Birth.

IIFT Cutoff 2018

After the announcement of IIFT entrance exam result, IIFT 2018 cutoff will be determined. IIFT cutoff is basically the minimum score which must be obtained by every candidate in order to qualify for the next round of selection after the written IIFT entrance exam. It’s important for the candidates to clear both, sectional & overall cutoff in order to get shortlisted. This cutoff varies for different category of candidates.

We provide below a rough estimate of the expected IIFT 2018 cutoff –

Sectional IIFT 2018 Cutoff

Name of Section

Expected IIFT cutoff 2018

English Comprehension


General Knowledge & Awareness


Logical Reasoning


Quantitative Analysis


Overall IIFT 2018 Cutoff


Expected IIFT MBA (IB) 2018 cutoff







IIFT Selection Procedure 2018 - 2020

For admission to IIFT Kolkata and Delhi, the Indian candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of the score obtained by them in IIFT 2018 MBA ((IB) entrance exam. However, the foreign nationals will be shortlisted based on their GMAT scores. Apart from the score of these exams, the IIFT cutoff and academic profile of the candidates are taken into consideration for granting admission. The further selection rounds of IIFT 2018-20 admissions will comprise of essay writing, group discussion and personal interview.

There are 220 seats in Delhi campus and 140 seats in Kolkata Campus. A percentage of seats are reserved for SC/ST and other reserved categories students as per Government of India norms. 

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