IIFT 2019 Last Week and Exam Day Tips
Sreetama Datta, 28 Nov 2018, #IIFT
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IIFT 2019 Last Week and Exam Day Tips: With the conclusion of CAT, MBA aspirants gear up for the next important MBA entrance exam, which is IIFT 2019. The entrance exam conducted for the admission to MBA (International Business) programme of the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade Delhi, Kolkata and Kakinada (Andhra Pradesh) campuses. As less than a week is left for the exam, Careers360 brings to you IIFT 2019 last week and exam day tips given by experts and toppers.

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IIFT entrance exam is known for being a speed based and lengthy test. Moreover, the IIFT 2019 exam pattern is not defined prior to the exam. The uniqueness of the exam lies in the fact that the number of questions in the sections is not revealed before the exam day. The sections also have a differential marking scheme.

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For IIFT 2019 aspirants, this article on 'IIFT Last Week and Exam Day Tips' brings the guidelines to follow in the last few days before the exam along with the factors to focus on the exam day. Before moving towards the IIFT 2019 last week and exam day tips, let us take a look at the IIFT exam pattern or the structure of last year to get an idea about what to expect on December 2, 2018, the IIFT 2019 exam day.

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IIFT Exam Structure

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Logical Reasoning






General Awareness






Verbal Ability






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The countdown for the IIFT aspirants has reached its last stage now. This is time to buckle up for the IIFT last minute preparations. In the last week of the test aspirants must follow the below-given steps,

  1. Revise: Revision is a continuous and ongoing process. In the last crucial week, when you attempt a mock test, it is important for you to analyse the test for mistakes and improvements. Revision is the key for last minute preparation of any exam. Go through the formulas, vocabulary, newspapers and GK books for the Quant, Verbal, and General Awareness sections respectively.  Gautam Puri, Vice Chairman, Career Launcher shares, “Revision is one of the most important aspects of preparation which is often underestimated or overlooked by the students. In the last few days to the exam, revision is the best way to prepare.”

  2. Do not start a new topic: This point is a must follow for the students. Do not start a new topic in the last week, this will only make you nervous about your preparation and might make you get confused about other topics. Do not undergo heavy preparation or start new topics at this stage. “Don’t start any new topic at this stage. Leave out the uncomfortable areas and select the questions carefully. However, if the topic carries high weight, it is advisable that you get the basic idea so that you can clear the cutoff,” says Kamlesh Sajnani, MD, IMS Learning.

  3. Take a couple of proctored mock tests – Since the testing mode is different from that of CAT, practice accordingly. Take a couple of IIFT mock tests in paper pencil based format. You will also be able to finalise your time management strategy through the IIFT mock tests. Since shading the circles in the OMR sheet will be more time consuming than clicking the options with the mouse, a good practice would be helpful for you to manage the timing for the D- Day. Harrshit M Kansal, IIFT 2018 topper with 99.7 percentile says, "I had enrolled in the test series of top coaching institutes. I think coaching institutes provide one with a proper direction, guidance and motivation. Besides this, I had bought a book containing mock tests and IIFT question papers of the last 10 years."

  4. Focus on GK section: IIFT 2019 has a whole section dedicated to GK and is the most important section of the exam. For this section, candidates have to be updated about current events through newspapers, general knowledge books, and news. Even if there are a few more weeks left for the test, one should not stop reading about the current events around the world. However, the focus should be on business and trade-related GK, as it is mostly covered in the IIFT exam. Siddharth Tripathi, 99.99 percentiler in IIFT 2018 mentions his GK preparation strategy as, "I followed a lot of blogs on the internet like Washington Post and used services like Inshorts to stay updated about all the happenings of the world. Apart from this, I also read newspapers regularly."

  5. Keep Improvising on Speed: IIFT exam checks for speed as well as accuracy. Time per question in IIFT exam is significantly lesser than that in other management exams. So it becomes vital to develop a good speed to attempt all the questions within the time frame. Even if you have practised a lot of mock tests, keep practising test papers with a strict eye on the time. Practice until the last day with a focus on speed. Harrshit says, "IIFT tests one on all the fronts- speed, accuracy and equitable distribution of time. I had largely followed my previously developed strategy for attempting the exam while incorporating some changes as per the new exam format. I think I was able to manage my time well. But, this is one exam where there’s always scope for higher score provided one maintains a higher speed along with accuracy."

IIFT 2019 Exam Day Tips

Other than the revisions and practice for the test, candidates must also focus on the practical aspects of IIFT such as carrying the important documents at the IIFT 2019 exam centre, reporting time of the test etc. A few reminders for the D-Day are as follows:

  1. Check Exam Center and Reporting Time: The details about the exam time and venue are provided in the IIFT 2019 Admit Card. Candidates must check the reporting time and reach at the allotted test centre before time. Candidates who reach the centre after 10 am will not be allowed to appear in the test. The test is scheduled from 10 am to 12 noon and candidates have to report to the test centre at 9 am, one hour prior to the test. It is better to be sure about your test centre location well in advance so that you have an idea of the travel time.

  2. Carry Admit Card and Valid ID Card at centre: Candidates failing to present the admit card at the test centre will be disqualified. Along with the Admit Card, you also have to carry any one of your identity proof as listed below:

    1. Passport

    2. Election I-Card

    3. College I-Card

    4. Driving License

    5. PAN Card

  3. Bring your stationery items along – IIFT is a paper pencil based test and candidates are instructed to bring their own stationery items. The stationery items that would be allowed to take inside the exam hall are HB pencil, eraser, sharpener and ballpoint pen. The prohibited items include mobile phone, calculator, smartwatch, Bluetooth device, drawing instrument, notebook or any other reading material.

  4. Stay Calm and Relaxed: Besides the documents and stationary to be taken care of, you must also take care that you are relaxed and not nervous about the test. It is important for a candidate to stay calm and confident as nervousness can let you make mistakes. So be confident about your preparations and hard work and attempt the test with a composed mind.

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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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