IIFT 2019
Vikas Gaur, 02 Dec 2018, #IIFT

IIFT 2019 - IIFT 2019 written test was conducted on December 2, 2018. Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) conducts its national-level entrance exam i.e. IIFT entrance exam, for admission to its MBA programmes at its Delhi, Kolkata and Kakinada campuses. IIFT 2019 entrance exam was a paper pencil based objective-type test carrying 114 multiple-choice question (MCQs). The duration of the exam was 2 hours. The exam was conducted in 20 cities in India.

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The exam is the gateway to IIFT’s two-year fully-residential MBA in International Business (IB) programme. The final selection at IIFT will be made on the basis of Entrance test score, Group Discussion (GD), Writing Skill Assessment and Personal Interview. In this article, candidates can check all the information about IIFT 2019 entrance exam such as important dates, eligibility, application form, admit card, exam pattern, answer key, result, cutoff, etc.

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Exam Name

IIFT MBA (IB) Entrance Exam

Conducting Institute

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) Delhi

Exam Category

Post Graduate

Purpose of Test

Qualifying Test for admission to IIFT New Delhi and Kolkata



Exam type

National level

Test Pattern

Objective Test (MCQs)

No. of Sections

Six sections (Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, General Knowledge, and Quantitative Aptitude)

Test Duration

120 minutes (2 hours)

Mode of Conduct

Offline (PBT)

Reservation of seats

Seats are reserved as per Government of India regulations

IIFT 2019 Important Dates

IIFT 2019 was conducted on December 2, 2018. The result is expected to be declared in the last week of December or first week of January. The following table provides the important dates of IIFT 2019.

IIFT Important Dates



IIFT Registration begins

August 6, 2018

Deadline for receipt of Application (Gen/SC/ST/OBC)- Concluded

September 24, 2018 (Extended)

Last date to request exam centre change (By paying Rs. 1000)- Concluded

November 5, 2018

IIFT 2019 Admit Card (released)

November 16, 2018

IIFT 2019 entrance exam

December 2, 2018 (10 AM to 12 Noon)

IIFT 2019 Result

First week of January 2019

Selection Procedure

January/February 2019

IIFT 2019 Final list of selected candidates

Second week of April 2019

IIFT 2019 Analysis

According to the test takers, the overall difficulty level of the exam was tough. Logical Reasoning was the toughest section followed by Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation. The difficulty level of Reading Comprehension and Verbal Ability was moderate. GK was of easy to moderate level of difficulty. The experts from different coaching institutes will be analysing the IIFT 2019 exam after the test is conducted in the first week of December. The exam analysis of IIFT 2019 will allow the candidates to get an overview of the overall difficulty level of the exam and it’ll also allow them to estimate their score.

IIFT Answer Key 2019

The answer key of IIFT 2019 will be available soon as the exam is conducted on December 2, 2018. Several MBA coaching institutes such as T.I.M.E, HitBullsEye, Career launcher and IMS will release the answer key. The IIFT 2019 answer key will allow the candidates to check the answers to the questions asked in exam and they will be able to calculate their estimated scores and accordingly, they would be able to prepare for the further rounds of the selection process such as Personal Interview, Written Ability Test or Group Discussion.

IIFT Result 2019

The result of IIFT 2019 will be announced either in the last week of December or in the first week of January 2019. Candidates would be able to download their IIFT 2019 result or scorecard online. Post that, the selection process will begin. The shortlisted candidates will be appearing for PI, WAT and GD rounds. In the previous year, over 1500 candidates were shortlisted for the next selection rounds.

IIFT Cutoff 2019

The cutoff of IIFT 2019 will be declared by the Institute along with the scorecard. The scorecard will carry the category-wise IIFT cutoff marks out of total 100 marks. The overall IIFT cutoff for General category candidates was 35.50 last year. Candidates who qualify the exam will be shortlisted for further rounds. The following table brings to you the category-wise overall IIFT cutoffs of the previous year. 

IIFT Cutoff


Cutoff (Out of 100)











IIFT 2019 Selection Procedure

The selection procedure of IIFT 2019 will begin after the announcement of the result. First, candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of their IIFT exam scores. The shortlisted ones then will be called for essay writing, interview rounds and group discussion among others. The IIFT selection procedure 2019 will take place in January-February 2019. Around 57,000 students appeared for the exam last year. The numbers are expected to increase this year. The selection procedure will be held across major states including, Chennai, Bengaluru, Delhi, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai.

IIFT Admit card 2019

Eligible candidates who fill the application form along with the application fee would be able to download the admit card of IIFT 2019. The admit card is available for download in online mode from November 16, 2018. The IIFT 2019 admit card is a must-have document to appear for the exam. No candidate will be allowed to write the exam without it. On the exam day, candidates will have to carry the admit card along with one of the following documents:

  • Passport

  • Election I-Card

  • Aadhaar Card

  • PAN Card

  • Driving License

Watch video on how to download IIFT 2019 admit card

IIFT Exam Pattern 2019

  • The exam had 114 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) divided into six sections.

  • Each question had four options. Candidates had to select the right answer. The marking scheme for each section would be different.

  • The duration of the exam was 2 hours (120 minutes).

The following table shows the previous year’s exam pattern and it’s expected to be more or less the same this year.

IIFT Exam Pattern



No. of Questions


Total Marks

Negative Marks/Question

Section I

Data Interpretation





Section II

Logical Reasoning





Section III

General Awareness





Section IV

Verbal Ability





Section V

Reading Comprehension





Section VI

Quantitative Aptitude











Marking Scheme – As mentioned in the table, the marking scheme was different for each section. There was negative marking also for wrong questions. A certain percentage of marks from the total marks allotted to a question will be deducted for each incorrect answer.

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IIFT Syllabus 2019

Candidates who are planning to apply for the exam must know the syllabus of IIFT 2019. It’ll help them prepare for the exam more specifically. The following table gives a brief of the IIFT 2019 syllabus.

IIFT Syllabus



Logical Reasoning

Comparisons, Directions, Coding-Decoding, Deductions, Input & Output etc.

Data Interpretation

Bar Graph, Pie Chart, Table, Line Graph etc.

Verbal Ability

Grammar, Analogy, Spellings, Phrases, Synonyms, Antonyms, etc.

Reading Comprehension

Passages, Fill in the Blanks,

Quantitative Ability

Numbers, Geometry, Mensuration, Permutation & Combination etc.

General Awareness

Politics, Business, Economics, Banking, History, Geography, Sports etc.

IIFT 2019 Exam Centres

IIFT 2019 was held in around 20 major cities across the country. Candidates were allowed to select the IIFT test centre as per their convenience while filling the application form. Candidates were allowed to make a request to change the test centre until November 5, 2018. The fee to request exam centre change was Rs. 1000. The cities where IIFT exam centres 2019 were located are mentioned below:

IIFT Exam Centres





















IIFT Eligibility Criteria 2019 

Candidates planning to apply for IIFT next year must check the eligibility criteria before applying. Here are the basic eligibility criteria of IIFT 2019:

  • Candidates must have a recognised bachelor’s degree of minimum three years duration.

  • Final year graduation students are eligible to apply for IIFT 2019. However, they would need to provide a proof of that particular semester.

  • Age Limit - There is no age limit for candidates to apply for the IIFT exam.

  • International students/Foreign Nationals/NRI Candidates/Children of NRIs can apply with a valid GMAT score only.

IIFT Application Form 2019 

Candidates were able to fill the application form of IIFT 2019 from August 6, 2018. The IIFT 2019 application form could be filled in online mode only. The application process had been extended until September 24, 2018. Candidates were advised to fill the details such as personal, academic and contact information correctly while filling the application form of IIFT 2019.

  • Online IIFT Application Form

Candidates who chose to fill the application form online could pay the application fee online through debit/credit card. The application fee was Rs. 1650 for the General category candidates and Rs. 825 for SC/ST and Physically handicapped candidates. The IIFT application fee 2019 had increased from that of last year.

Watch Video on How to fill IIFT 2019 Application Form

Foreign nationals who applied for the exam under self-financing scheme needed to route their application through the Ministry of External Affairs/Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India. These candidates needed to send their application to the Institute latest by February 15, 2018, along with the valid GMAT score.

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade

Address: IIFT Bhawan

B-21, Qutab Institutional Area

New Delhi - 110016


Phone: +91-11-26965124,   +91-11-26965051

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