IIFT to soon resolve CAT 2017 and IIFT Entrance Exam Date Clash Issue

Gareema Bali updated on : 03 Aug 2017

IIFT comes forward to resolve issue of CAT 2017 and IIFT MBA (IB) Entrance Exam 2018 date clash issue. IIFT 2018 exam date expected to be rescheduled.

CAT 2017 Exam Date clash with IIFT 2018

On July 29, 2017, IIM Lucknow released the CAT 2017 notification, which otherwise carried no staggering point this year except the exam date, which is November 26, 2017. This date is clashing with the IIFT MBA (IB) 2018 entrance exam, which has also been scheduled on November 26, 2017. Common Admission Test (CAT) last year was held on December 4 and in 2015, it was held on November 29, so CAT 2017 date was expected to fall either in last week of November or first week of December 2017 and the same has happened. However, it has resulted into exam dates clash which is an issue of concern.

Latest CAT 2017 and IIFT Exam Date Clash Issue Resoved

Both, CAT and IIFT entrance exam are conducted at national level and are of equal importance to an MBA aspirant. Though, CAT is taken up by over 2 lakh students every year and IIFT MBA (IB) exam by around 50 to 60 thousand aspirants, but these both management entrance exams play a vital role in seeking MBA admissions.

Now, with CAT 2017 and IIFT 2018 exam dates clash, it is a stressful situation for thousands of candidates wishing to appear for both these exams. Deciding between both, as to appear for which exam and which to skip is the dilemma.

This year, IIFT has been into the limelight, earlier because of change in directorship which was followed by delay in IIFT exam 2018 notification and now due to exam date clash with CAT 2017. To make things better and to resolve the date clash issue, IIFT has come forward. It has officially announced that necessary steps are being taken to resolve the exam date clash issue and will come out with a solution soon, which is good news for the aspirants willing to write both the exams.

IIFT has mentioned on its official website that “The issue related to clashing of date of MBA (IB) Entrance Exam with CAT, is being resolved. You will be updated soon on the issue.”

Here is the snapshot of IIFT official website mention regarding the resolution of CAT 2017 and IIFT 2018 exam date clash.

IIFT 2018 and CAT 217 Exam Date Clash

Probable IIFT and CAT 2017 Exam Date Clash Solution

The chances of CAT 2017 exam date revision are very negligible, as the reach and level of exam is quite high compared to IIFT. Therefore, there are high chances of IIFT MBA (IB) entrance exam date 2018 being revised. The IIFT exam date will either be pre-poned to November 19, which is a Sunday again or it will be post-poned to December 3, 2017, which is the next Sunday after November 26, 2017.

Below is the table furnishing IIFT entrance exam dates of past 5 years. On analyzing the IIFT exam date trends, one can see that the exam has always been conducted on a Sunday of November month. Hence, it is expected that IIFT 2018 MBA IB entrance exam date will most likely be pre-poned and rescheduled to November 19, 2017.

IIFT Exam Dates of Past 5 Years

S. No.


IIFT Entrance Exam Date




November 27




November 22




November 23




November 24




November 25


This revision of the IIFT MBA (IB) entrance exam date 2018 will not only resolve the clash issue with CAT exam date 2017 but will also enable thousands of candidates to appear for both the entrance exams and try their hands at grabbing a seat in one of the 20 IIMs, IIFT and other top B-schools accepting score of CAT 2017 exam like SPJIMR, FMS, IMT Ghaziabad, JBIMS Mumbai, IMI Delhi, MDI Gurugram, TAPMI etc.

IIFT MBA (IB) entrance exam registration has commenced from July 25. The candidates meeting the IIFT eligibility criteria 2018 and interested in writing the entrance exam this year must fill the online application form before the due date, which is September 8, 2017. Access the link given below to register for the IIFT 2018 exam.

Click Here to fill IIFT Application Form 2018 for MBA IB exam

CAT 2017 registration to start from August 9, 2017. The application form will be available only in online mode on the CAT 2017 official website. Candidates having a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline, passed with 50% aggregate marks can appear for the exam. Interested applicants must fill the CAT application form 2017 before the last date, which is September 20, 2017.

For clarifications of doubts or queries regarding the CAT 2017 and IIFT MBA (IB) exam date clash, you can comment below.  

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