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IIFT Extempore, Essay and GD Topics for MBA Admissions 2021

Abhinav Chamoli
Abhinav ChamoliPublished On: April 19, 2021 | IIFT

Candidates appearing for the MBA Selection Process of IIFT have to undergo a Written Skill Assessment and Group Discussion round for admissions. Check the previous year topics of Extempore, GD and PI in this article.

IIFT Extempore, Essay and GD Topics

The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) has announced the list of candidates shortlisted for the Online Extempore and PI round of admission to its MBA in International Business course based on the IIFT 2021 Entrance Exam. Just over 2700 candidates will be appearing for admission to the MBA (IB) 2021-23 batch of IIFT offered through its campuses in Delhi, Kolkata and Kakinada. IIFT 2021 Personality Test is the second stage of MBA admissions of the institute and it includes a Written Skill Assessment (WSA), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, IIFT is conducting the Personality Test online. Additionally, the WSA and the GD have been scrapped for this year and the institute will be conducting an Online Extempore round along with the PI from April 19 to May 4, 2021.

IIFT 2021 Admissions Online Extempore and PI Dates Announced - Check Dates and Instructions Here

In this article, we have provided the expected Essay and GD topics asked in IIFT MBA admissions based on previous year trends in addition to some important details about the admission process.

IIFT 2021 Admission Dates

Given below are the admission dates of IIFT 2021



IIFT 2021 Result Declaration

February 16, 2021

IIFT 2021 Shortlist Release

March 12, 2021

IIFT 2021 Online Extempore and PI

April 19 - May 4, 2021

IIFT 2021 Final Result Announcement

To Be Announced

IIFT 2021 Essay and GD Topics for MBA

Essay Writing and Group Discussion has been an integral part of the IIFT MBA Selection Process. Over the years, many socio-economic topics have made their way to the MBA selections. Here is a list of some important GD and PI topics from past year MBA admissions at IIFT to give you a reference point on what to expect.

IIFT  Previous Year Essay Topics


Gender diversity in the workforce.

Sustainable Development in the Indian context

One Nation One Election Policy

GST in India

Startups in India

Electrical Vehicles

Tourism in India

Making the Indian banking system more inclusive.

Smart City concept

Corporate Financial Transparency

How a change in US Presidency affects India

Swacch Bharat Abhiyan

Flipkart-Snapdeal Merger

Entrepreneurial Ecosystem development in India

Thinking differently and using it as your strength when facing the unknown.

Sustainability of disruptive innovation


Also Read:Group Discussion (GD) Topics for MBA Admissions 2021

IIFT Previous Year GD Topics

Being famous vs being important

Banking Scams

#MeToo Campaign

The colour pink

Is today's youth becoming self-centred?

Impact of social media on human behaviour and society.

Bitcoin and cryptocurrency.

Are the days of US dominance over?

Can virtual learning platforms replace conventional learning platforms?

Advantages vs Disadvantages of retirement homes.

IIFT 2021 Extempore Topics for MBA

IIFT is conducting online Extempore as a replacement for the Group Discussion round due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since extempore speech requires candidates to prepare and deliver a speech on the spot with not much preparation time, the topics are usually general or easier in nature as compared to other rounds. Check the following article for the best tips and topics for extempore in MBA admission.

Extempore Speech in MBA Admissions: Topics, Tips

IIFT 2021 Final Selection Criteria for MBA

The final selection criteria for IIFT MBA 2021 based on which the final merit list will be generated is as follows.



IIFT 2021 Score


Personality Test

  • WAS: 10

  • GD: 10

  • PI: 20

Total: 40

Gender Diversity

  • Male: 0

  • Female: 2

Academic Diversity

  • Engineering: 0

  • Non-Engineering: 2

Work Experience


Academic Consistency

  • Class 10th: 4
  • Class 12th: 4



The rating scores for Work Experience and Academic Consistency will be as given below.

IIFT 2021 Academic Consistency Scores

The following scoring pattern will be followed for both Class 10th and 12th scores of the candidate.

Aggregate Percentage of All Subjects in Class 10th/ 12th

Rating Score

<= 55%


> 55% and <= 60%


> 60% and <= 70%


> 70% and <= 80%


> 80% and <= 90%


> 90%


The rating score will first be given on a 10-point basis and then scaled to 4 for each class.

Work Experience As on Date of Filling of Application Form
(in months)

Rating Score

< 12


>= 12 and <= 24


> 24 and <= 36


> 36 and <= 48


> 48 and <= 60


> 60


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