IIFT 2018 exam rescheduled to December 3, application deadline extended till September 15
Sreetama Datta, 04 Aug 2017, #IIFT
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After much confusion and anxiety among MBA aspirants related to the exam date clash between CAT 2017 and IIFT 2018, the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade has finally cleared the air. In an exclusive interaction with Careers360, the IIFT admission committee has shared that IIFT 2018 entrance exam has been rescheduled and will now be held on December 3, 2017. Earlier, the exam was scheduled for November 26, 2017, which was the same date on which CAT 2017 was set to be held. IIFT has also now extended the application deadline till September 15, 2017 from September 8, 2017. The information has been updated on the institute’s official website. Careers360 is the first to report about the change in exam date for IIFT’s flagship MBA in International Business programme of 2018-20.

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Although IIFT entrance test is conducted on the last Sunday of November every year, owing to the exam date clash with CAT, this is the first time that the IIFT entrance test is being held in December. Take a look at the revised schedule or important dates of IIFT 2018.


IIFT 2018 Important Dates


Important Dates (Updated)

IIFT 2018 last date to apply

September 15, 2017

IIFT 2018 Admit Card

November 15, 2017

IIFT 2018 exam

December 3, 2017, 10 AM to 12 Noon

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IIFT announced the notification for IIFT MBA (IB) 2018-20 admission on July 25, 2017, with the exam date scheduled for November 26. IIMs released the CAT 2017 notification on July 29, with the exam scheduled on the same date, November 26, 2017.


While CAT has around two lakh takers and IIFT has approximately 40,000 test takers, the majority of aspirants who aim for IIFT also appear for CAT. The clash of exam dates created major despair among the MBA aspirants. Harshil, an MBA aspirant had shared with Careers360, “I have planned to appear for both CAT and IIFT and had already started preparations accordingly. Incase the dates are not changed, I will go for CAT and give up on the admission option for IIFT.”

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What made IIFT change its date?

Soon after Careers360 approached IIFT on July 31, the institute published an official notification on its website stating that the issue is being looked into by the institute. "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," the official notification read.

Later on August 3, the IIFT Admission Team responded to Careers360 with the updated schedule of IIFT 2018 entrance exam. Careers360 had earlier predicted that in comparison to the IIMs, it would be logistically more convenient for IIFT to reschedule its exam owing to the lesser number of exam cities, which is 20, in comparison to CAT 2017, which will be conducted across 140 cities in India.


Since the exam date has been postponed, the IIFT 2018 result is also likely to be postponed till the fourth week of December 2017 or first week of January 2018. Usually, the result is declared in the third week of December. IIFT 2018 scores form the gateway to admissions to three campuses of the institute, in New Delhi, Kolkata and Kakinada, with approximately 500 seats offered.


As per the IIFT exam pattern, the entrance test is conducted in paper pencil based mode for a duration of two hours. There will be around 120-150 questions from four sections - English Comprehension, General Knowledge & Awareness, Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation and Quantitative Analysis. There is differential sectional marking ranging from 0.75 to 1 mark and negative marking scheme of 1/3 allotted marks.


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I have work ex but I am not presently employed. What should I enter in the Employment details section of the form?

Ruchika Chauhan Expert 17th Oct, 2019


The last date to fill the IIFT 2020 registration form is October 25, 2019. In the employment details section, you should mention the details of the organisation you last worked with.

Firstly, select employed then a new row will appear and you will have to fill the following details:

Name of Last/Current Organization and Address : fill here the name of the organization you last worked with

Post Held: your designation
Nature of Duties: fill here your job roles and responsibilities
Work Experience From: date you joined the organization
Work Experience To: date you left the organization

Do let us know if you have any other doubts

Good Luck!


does iift considers category cutoff? if yes, what is the cutoff for obc and expected score to get a call?

Vemireddy Rushitha Student Expert 15th Oct, 2019

Hello Aspirant,

As IIFT is one of the most preferred college by many of the candidates, the cut off is set very high for this particular college to give seats to the most deserving candidates. The cut off varies for different categories. For more details kindly go through this link, https://bschool.careers360.com/articles/iift-cutoff

Good luck!


I want list of names of colleges in India accepting the scores of CAT NMAT SNAP CMAT IIFT.

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 14th Oct, 2019


Colleges that accept SNAP scores-

  • Symbiosis Institute of Business Management [SIBM] - Pune
  • Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resource Development, Pune
  • Symbiosis Institute of Telecom Management, Pune
  • Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Hyderabad
  • Symbiosis School of Banking and Finance, Pune (SSBF)
  • Symbiosis Institute of Business Management [SIBM] Bengaluru

IIFT Scores are accepted by Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) with their campus in New Delhi, Kolkata, Kakinada.

Go through the following to know about colleges that accept scores of different entrance test-

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someone plz tell me the form date oh iift

_Abhishek_Vatsya Student Expert 14th Oct, 2019


NTA which will conduct INDIAN INSTITUTE OF FOREIGN TRADE2020 released registration form on 9 September 2019.And last date of registration is 25 October 2019.You can fill registration form in online mode..

For more details visit below mention link:




Sweta Student Expert 11th Oct, 2019


You can read the article for more clarity:


However, I will try to solve your issue. You donot need to fill the iift programmes individually.

Here are the steps:-


  2. Click on the icon ADMISSION 2020

  3. Fill in the personal details asked in the form

  4. Upload the necessary documents (mentioned above) in the IIFT application form 2020

  5. Fill the preferred exam centre

  6. Proceed for the payment of fees via card or online wallet.

  7. Once the details are filled and submitted, students will receive the confirmation mail.

  8. Download and take a print out of the confirmation mail.

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