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What is IIFT?

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade or IIFT is an entrance exam conducted by the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade for the management courses. 

IIFT has 3 campuses in the following cities: 

  • Delhi 
  • Kolkata
  • Kolkata 

Every year, around 50,000 candidates appear for the exam. Both Indians and foreign candidates can take the exam to pursue MBA in International Business in any of the IIFT campuses. 

Many MBA colleges in Bangalore also offer International Business specialization. Interested candidates can check out the requirements and apply for admissions in Bangalore. 

IIFT 2022 is scheduled to be conducted in December 18, 2022. Registration for the same can begin from the October 1, 2022 and conclude on the November 24, 2022.

Admit cards for the same will be released in December 2022. Aspirants have to complete their graduation in their preferred field to answer this exam. 

IIFT 2022 Exam Details: 

IIFT Exam Date
December 18, 2022
Name of the Examination
Indian Institute of Foreign Trade Admission Test
Common Name
Conducting Body
National Testing Agency (NTA)
Frequency of the Exam
Once a Year
Exam Level
National-Level Exam
Mode of Registration
Mode of Examination
Computer-Based Test
Language Option
Duration of the Exam
2 Hours
Total Marks
Number of Attempts

IIFT Exam Dates: 

Dates (Tentative)
IIFT Registration Begins

October 1, 2022

Last Date to Apply

November 24, 2022

IIFT Correction Window
November 26 to 30, 2022
Release of IIFT Admit Card

December 2022

IIFT Exam Date
December 18, 2022
IIFT Answer Key

January 2023

IIFT Result Announcement

January 2023

Further Admission Process 
To be Announced

IIFT Registration: 

Candidates can follow the below-mentioned steps to go about the IIFT registration process: 

Below are the steps to register for IIFT: 

Step 1: Visit the official website of IIFT. 
Step 2: Click on the tab for "Apply for IIFT 2022".
Step 3: Candidates should click on the link for "New Registration".
Step 4: They will be redirected to an information bulletin page, which they have to go through and check on the box towards the end. 
Step 5: After checking on the box, candidates have to click on the tab- "Click here to Proceed".
Step 6: Candidates have to provide the following information for the registration process: 

  1. Personal Details
  2. Present Address and Permanent Address
  3. Password
  4. Security Pin

Step 7: Candidates will be sent an Application Number on the Mobile Number and Email ID provided by them. 

How to fill the IIFT 2022 Application Form? 

Step 1: Visit the official website of IIFT. 
Step 2: Click on the tab- "Apply for IIFT 2022".
Step 3: Candidates have to login using their credentials. 
Step 4: Candidates will be redirected to the IIFT Application Form, wherein they have to submit the necessary details. 
Step 5: After that, they have to upload the necessary documents for the process. 
Step 6: Candidates should go through the application form and check for any discrepancies before paying the IIFT fees and submit the form. 
Step 7: They can keep the downloaded copy of the application form for future purposes. 

IIFT Fees:

General/ OBC
Rs. 2,000
Rs. 1,000
Foreign Nationals/ NRIs
Rs. 9,500

Documents Required: 

  • Scanned image of the signature
  • Scanned image of your passport size black and white photograph
  • Scanned image of category certificate
  • Class 10th mark sheets
  • Class 12th mark sheets
  • Graduation mark sheet
  • A copy of CV
  • Copy of the latest GMAT score certificate
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Copy of official entries on passport pages

Specifications of the Scanned Documents: 


Colour: Coloured or B/W Photo 

Size: 10 KB to 200 KB

Format: JPG/ JPEG


Size: 4 KB to 30 KB

Format: JPG/ JPEG

Category Certificate

Size: 50 KB to 300 KB

Format: JPG/ JPEG

IIFT Correction Window:

Sometimes, mistakes are inevitable, and therefore, the IIFT exam authorities provide a correction window period for the candidates to correct their errors.

The following information can be corrected during the correction window period:

  • Mistakes in the identification information
  • Educational information
  • Double IIFT fees payment
  • Wrong photograph and signature

The following steps must be followed to complete the correction process

Step 1: Visit the official website of IIFT. 
Step 2: Candidates have to login using the credentials. 
Step 3: They have to click on the link for "Correction in Application Form". 
Step 4: They have to check the box of the "I Agree" tab and click on the button of "Proceed for Corrections". 
Step 5: Candidates have to look for suitable errors and correct them accordingly
Step 6: After making corrections, they can submit the form.

IIFT Exam Centres: 


IIFT Syllabus & Books: 

Section A: Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

Idioms and Phrases
Correction of Grammatical Errors
Prefix and Suffix
Placement of Words
Spelling Correction
Figures of Speech
Fill in the Blanks
One-word Substitution
Jumbled Sentences
Active and Passive Voice
Reading Comprehensions

Books for VARC: 

Author(s)/ Publisher
Word Power Made Easy
Norman Lewis
High School English Grammar & Composition
Wren & Martin
Person Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning
Nishant Sinha
Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning
R.S. Aggarwal
30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary
Wilfred Funk and Norman Lewis

Section B: Quantitative Analysis

Simple and Compound Interest
Days and Work
Permutations and Combinations
Base Theorem

Books for Quantitative Analysis: 

Author(s)/ Publisher
Quantitative Aptitude
R.S. Aggarwal
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations
Abhijit Guha
Person Guide To Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation
Nishant Sinha

Section C: Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI/LR)

Data Interpretation:

Pie Charts
Bar Diagrams
Line Graph

Logical Reasoning:

Coding and Decoding
Series and Analysis
Input and Output

Books for DI/LR: 

Author(s)/ Publisher
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
Data Interpretation
Arun Sharma
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations
Abhijit Guha
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for MBA Entrance Exams
Nishant Sinha
How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning
Arun Sharma
Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning
R.S. Aggarwal

Section D: General Awareness

Candidates will be asked questions from the following fields:

International Affairs

Books for General Awareness: 

Candidates can refer the following materials to prepare for this section: 

  • Daily Newspapers
  • Year Books
  • Field-specific magazines
  • YouTube or any other online portals

IIFT Exam Pattern: 

120 Minutes
Total Number of Questions
Type of Questions
Total Marks
Total Number of Sections
Division of Section

Section A: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

Section B: Quantitative Ability

Section C: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

Section D: General Awareness

Number of Questions Per Section

Section A: 35

Section B: 25

Section C: 30

Section D: 20

Marking Scheme

Section A, B, and C: 3 marks for every correct answer

Section D: 1 mark for every correct answer

Negative Marking

Section A, B, and C: 1 mark for every incorrect answer

Section D: 0.5 mark for every incorrect answer

IIFT Exam Preparation Tips: 

Candidates can prepare for the exam by following the below-mentioned preparation tips: 

  • Ace the Syllabus: 

Candidates should have an in-depth knowledge of the IIFT syllabus. They should know each and every part of the syllabus to prepare for the exam in a better manner. 


Having the right knowledge of the exam syllabus, candidates will be able to acquire the right resources to prepare. This will help them ace the exams with better knowledge of the subjects and the IIFT exam pattern. 


Candidates should put in a proper revision plan for each of the topics. This will help them have a clear understanding of the topics and develop new tricks to solve them. 

  • Rock the Mock: 

Candidates should give ample number of mock tests to have a detailed knowledge of the IIFT exam pattern. This will help them develop new strategies to go about the exam. 

  • Healthiness implies Success: 

Keeping a mentally and physically fit body helps in tasting success faster. Candidates should adopt healthier methods to keep themselves fit, such as eating and drinking well and exercising regularly. 

IIFT Admit Card:

Candidates can follow the below-mentioned steps to download the IIFT Admit Card: 

Step 1: Visit the official website of IIFT.
Step 2: Click on the link "Admit Card Download".
Step 3: Candidates have to login using their credentials. 
Step 4: IIFT 2022 Admit Card will be displayed on the screen.
Step 5: Download the Admit Card and take a print out of it. 

Candidates have to carry their admit card along with valid Government-issued ID proof to the exam centres. 

IIFT Answer Key:

Candidates can download the IIFT answer key by following the below-mentioned steps: 

Step 1: Visit the official IIFT website. 
Step 2: Click on the link for Answer Key. 
Step 3: Candidates have to login using their credentials. 
Step 4: IIFT 2022 Answer Key will be displayed on the candidate's screens. 
Step 5: They can click on the download button and save the answer key for further reference. 

How to challenge the IIFT Answer Key?

Candidates can challenge the IIFT answer key by following the below-mentioned steps: 

Step 1: Visit the official website of NTA
Step 2: Click on the link of "Challenge Answer Key"
Step 3: Candidates have to login using their credentials. 
Step 4: The answer key will be displayed on their screens and if they want to challenge the answer, they can select one or more Options by ticking on the checkboxes beside them. 
Step 5: After selecting your desired options, they can click on the "Save your Claim" button and then click on the Next tab. 
Step 6: Candidates have to upload a supporting document by clicking on the "Choose File" option. 
Step 7: After uploading the document, click on the option of "Save your Claim and Pay the Fee". 
Step 8: The screen will display all the challenges made by the candidate. 
Step 9: Candidates need to pay Rs. 1000 for every question challenged. 
Step 10: If the challenge is found to be correct, then the processing fee for that challenge will be refunded to the candidate

IIFT Results:

Candidates can check their results by following the steps given below:

Step 1: Candidates have to visit the official website of IIFT. 
Step 2: They have to click on the link for results.  
Step 3: Candidates need to login using the Application Number and Password. 
Step 4: IIFT Scorecard of the candidate will be displayed on the screen. 
Step 5: Download the scorecard and take a printout for future reference. 

IIFT Cutoff:

The IIFT cutoff is decided by the authorities to shortlist the candidates for admission. It helps the authorities to shortlist the candidates for the further selection procedure.

The authorities release three types of cutoff marks. They are:

  • Category cutoffs
  • Section-wise cutoffs
  • Campus-wise cutoffs

The following factors determine the IIFT cutoff:

  • Total number of seats available
  • Total number of candidates who appeared for the examination
  • The overall difficulty level of the question paper

IIFT Further Admission Process: 

Candidates who meet the cut off of the examination are invited for the further admission process. The further admissions process consists of the following process:

1) Group Discussion (GD): 

Group discussion is a process in which candidates will be divided into groups. They shall be given a topic to discuss.

Candidates will be marked on the following factors: 

  1. Communication Skills 
  2. Team Skills
  3. Negotiation Skills
  4. Leadership

2) Written Ability Test (WAT): 

For the Written Ability Test, candidates will be given a relevant topic to write. Sometimes the topic can be the same as the one shown in the GD. 

Candidates will be marked in WAT based on the following factors: 

  1. Language Skills
  2. Vocabulary
  3. Grammatical Skills

3) Personal Interview (PI): 

Personal Interview is one of the most important of the final selection process for all colleges. Candidates will face a panel of 2 to 4 persons consisting of college professors and alumnus. 

Candidates will be judged in the PI based on:

  • Overall personality
  • Confidence
  • General awareness
  • Communication skills
  • Clarity of ideas

Candidates are selected based on scaled score of the exams and the further admission processes.


- No, calculators are not allowed inside the examination hall.

- No, work experience is not a prerequisite to apply for IIFT exam.

- No, there is no maximum number of attempts for IIFT examination.

- Candidates must select an exam city or centre for both the exam and further admission process.

- IIFT entrance exam lasts for a period of 120 minutes.

- IIFT exam consists of 4 sections.

- For the first 3 sections, +3 marks for each correct answer and -1 for incorrect answers is allotted. For the last section, +1 mark for each correct answer and -0.5 for incorrect answers is allotted.

- The IIFT exam score will be valid for one year.

- The 3 IIFT campuses are located in New Delhi, Kolkata, and Kakinada respectively.

- The further admission process consists of Group Discussion, Written Ability Test, and Personal Interview.
Eligibility Criteria

Candidates have to meet the following IIFT eligibility criteria: 

  • The candidates should have completed their graduation from a recognized university or institution.
  • The candidates who are pursuing their final year of graduation can also apply for the examination.
  • There is no maximum age limit for the candidates to apply for the exam.

The minimum marks scored by the candidates in order to be eligible for the exam is as follows:

Minimum Marks

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