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IIFT Exam 2024 (Cancelled) - Dates, Registration, Eligibility, Fees, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Latest Updates

Updated By Mehak Arora on 10 Aug, 2023 16:59

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IIFT Exam 2024

IIFT Exam 2024: The IIFT 2024 exam now stands cancelled, as the MBA admissions will be conducted through CAT 2023. CAT 2023 registrations have started from August 2, 2023 and will continue until September 13, 2023. The exam is scheduled to be conducted on November 26, 2023. However, candidates who have already applied for CAT 2023 and were waiting for IIFT notification must know that they can apply for admissions with their CAT 2023 scores. Until last year, IIFT conducted MBA admissions through IIFT entrance exam, which is now cancelled.

IIFT exam was a Management aptitude test conducted by NTA in online mode for candidates interested in pursuing its flagship program - Master of Business Administration in International Business (MBA-IB) offered at IIFT Kolkata, Delhi, and Kakinada (AP) campuses. IIFT stands alone among the top B-schools in India to offer MBA in International Business. This year, IIFT also launched MBA in Business Analytics program.

Graduates in any discipline and final year bachelor’s degree students can apply for IIFT 2024 MBA admissions through CAT 2023 scores. IIFT accepts foreign/NRI/PIO candidates for admission on the basis of GMAT scores.

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    IIFT 2024 Highlights

    Check the important highlights of the IIFT 2024 exam provided below.



    IIFT Full Form

    Indian Institute of Foreign Trade Exam

    Conducting Body

    National Testing Agency

    Exam Frequency

    Once a Year

    Exam Duration

    2 Hours

    Exam Mode


    Exam Level


    Exam Syllabus

    • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
    • Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation
    • General Knowledge
    • Quantitative Analysis

    Exam Pattern

    110 Questions in MCQ Format

    Exam Fees

    • INR 2,500 (General Category)
    • INR 1,250 (Reserved Category)



    Exam Purpose

    MBA Admission into IIFT Delhi, IIFT Kolkata, and IIFT Kakinada


    Contact Details

    NTA Office:

    Block C-20/1A/8, Sector 62,
    Gautam Budh Nagar, Noida -201309 (UP)

    NTA Helpdesk: 0120-6895200 (Operational 09:30 AM to 06:00 PM During Working Days)

    IIFT 2024 Important Dates

    Candidates can check the dates for the IIFT 2024 entrance exam below:

    IIFT Exam Details 2024

    IIFT 2024 Dates 

    Notification Release Date

    September 2023

    Application Start Date

    September 2023

    Last Date to Apply

    November 2023

    Last Date to Pay Exam Fee

    November 2023

    IIFT Application Form Error Correction Window

    November 2023

    Advance City Information Slip

    December 2023

    Admit Card Download Begins 

    December 2023

    IIFT 2023 Exam Date

    December 2023

    IIFT 2023 Response SheetJanuary 2024

    IIFT 2023 Provisional Answer Key

    January 2024
    IIFT 2023 Final Answer KeyFebruary 2024

    IIFT 2023 Result Date

    February 2024

    Release of IIFT 2023 Shortlist 

    January 2024

    IIFT Extempore-GD-PI-WAT Round Dates

    February/March 2024

    IIFT 2023 Final Admission Offer

    Last Week of April/First Week of May 2024

    IIFT 2024 Official Notification

    The National Testing Agency (NTA) will administer the IIFT exam 2024 online as a Computer-Based Test (CBT) on December 2024. The duration of the IIFT 2024 exam is two hours. The IIFT 2024 Exam will be conducted in a single session from 10 am to 12 pm at various centres. A candidate can pursue an MBA in International Business at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), New Delhi, by taking the national-level IIFT exam. 

    In order to apply, candidates had to pay a registration fee of Rs. 2500 at In the academic year 2023–2024, IIFT established its third campus in Kakinada (Andhra Pradesh). More than 68 Indian cities will host the IIFT 2024 Admission Exam. Candidates can select up to four test cities, ranking them according to preference.

    IIFT 2024 Conducting Body

    The IIFT exam 2024 is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). For the purpose of administering entrance exams for admission/fellowship in higher educational institutions, the National Testing Agency (NTA) has been established as a leading, specialized, autonomous, and self-sustaining testing body. Through using evaluations that are valid, reliable, effective, transparent, fair, and of an international standard, NTA aims to increase educational quality and equity.

    The greatest subject matter specialists, psychometricians, IT delivery and security experts will make sure that the current shortcomings in the assessment systems are successfully identified and rectified. In addition to producing and transmitting information and research on education and professional development standards, NTA's goals include identifying experts and institutions to employ when creating examination questions.

    IIFT 2024 Eligibility Criteria

    Before applying for the IIFT exam 2024, candidates must first make sure they meet the eligibility requirements for the IIFT exam. Candidates aspiring to take the IIFT 2024 entrance exam may check the eligibility criteria below:

    • Educational Qualification: Candidates belonging to the General Category must have a minimum of a 3-year graduation degree in any discipline from a recognized university, institute, or college. The IIFT 2024 application form can also be filled out by SC, ST, and PwD category applicants who have earned at least 45% in their bachelor’s degree. 

    • Candidates are also allowed to apply if they are in the final year of graduation and taking the qualifying exam.

    • Age Limit: There is no age limit for candidates to take the IIFT 2024 exam. Candidates of any age may apply for the IIFT 2024 entrance examination.

    IIFT exam eligibility criteria are released by the month of August every year. The eligibility criteria for the IIFT entrance test can be altered by the conducting body which is why the aspirants must keep themselves abreast with all the recent developments in the IIFT eligibility criteria sector via the IIFT 2024 eligibility criteria page of CollegeDekho.

    IIFT 2024 Application Form

    The IIFT 2024 registration process will begin online by September 2023. Candidates will have the opportunity to correct some of their information during the IIFT application form correction phase if they provide any incorrect information. The IIFT 2024 application form correction process is conducted in online mode. One needs to pay the application fee online when completing the IIFT exam 2024 application form. Candidates can follow the steps given below to apply for the IIFT 2024 exam online:

    Step 1: Register online using a unique Email ID and Mobile No.

    Step 2: Complete the online application form and note down the application number that is generated by the system.

    Step 3: Upload scanned copies of your photograph, signature, and a copy of the certificate identifying their category and/or subcategory, as relevant. The candidate's photograph should be between 10kb and 200kb in size and the signature must be between 4kb and 30kb. (PwD) (file size: 50kb -300kb). Each file you upload must be a PDF.

    Step 4: Use the ICICI Payment Gateway to pay the fee using a debit card, credit card, net banking, or UPI, and keep a record of the transaction. The transaction will be cancelled and the money will be reimbursed to the candidate's account if the Confirmation Page is not generated following payment of the fees. If the Confirmation Page is not generated, the candidate must complete another transaction.

    Step 5: After the fee has been successfully remitted, download, save, and print copies of the confirmation page and save them safely for future use.

    Application Fee

    • For General (open category) students: INR 2,500
    • For OBC category students: INR 2,500
    • For SC/ST/PwD/Third Gender category students: INR 1,250
    • For NRI category students: INR 15,000
    • For foreign nationals: INR 15,000
    • Mode of Payment: Credit/Debit/UPI/PayTM

    Important Points

    • Candidates were allowed to apply for IIFT MBA(IB) 2024 exam through “Online” mode only. 
    • Candidates were required to submit the online application form through NTA website: The Application Form in any other mode will not be accepted.
    • A candidate should be allowed to submit one application only.
    • Candidates must provide their own Email Address and Mobile Number in the online application form since all information/ communication will be sent by NTA through email on the registered email address or SMS on registered Mobile Number only.

    IIFT 2024 Exam Pattern

    IIFT exam 2024 was conducted in English Medium in “Computer Based Test (CBT)” mode only. Candidates who are planning to take the IIFT exam must review the IIFT 2024 exam pattern. They will be able to plan their learning strategies after understanding the exam's topics, syllabus, and marking scheme. Here are all the details regarding the IIFT exam 2024 pattern.

    The IIFT exam is divided into four sections: Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, General Knowledge and Current Affairs, and Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension. The IIFT exam lasts for 2 hours and there is no sectional time limit throughout the two-hour-long IIFT MBA test. The IIFT exam has 100 total marks. Every year, the total number of questions changes. The exam comprised 110 questions last year. Only multiple-choice questions will be asked in the exam. The IIFT exam pattern stipulates that incorrect answers will receive a negative marking and that there will be a differential marking scheme.



    Number of Sections 


    Type of Questions 

    Multiple Choice Questions

    Duration of Exam

    120 minutes i.e. 2 hours

    Sectional Time


    Negative Marking

    Yes (-1/3 marks per incorrect answer)

    The IIFT exam pattern has been subjected to constant changing and chopping in the past which is why we have dedicated an entire page to the exam pattern of IIFT to ensure that the aspirants do not miss out on any important updates on the IIFT exam pattern front. Check out the IIFT marking scheme and some important characteristics of the IIFT 2024 exam pattern here. 

    IIFT 2024 Syllabus

    The IIFT exam 2024 syllabus includes English Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, General Knowledge & Awareness, Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation, and Quantitative Analysis. A significant change in the syllabus has resulted in the inclusion of more sections of questions on the IIFT entrance exam. Additionally, the entrance exam syllabus has been modified for each section. In the updated exam pattern, the total number of questions in each section has also changed. 

    Candidates may refer to the table below to know the IIFT subjects and syllabus:



    Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

    Para Formation Questions, Fill in the blanks, Synonyms-Antonyms, Prepositions, Analogy, Phrases, Grammar, Spellings, Matching word meanings, Figures of speech, Odd one out, Current Affairs – Business & Economy, International happenings and their impact on India, Opinion Based Abstract topics, Fact based data driven topics

    Quantitative Aptitude

    Percentages, Arithmetic Progression, Number System, Simple interest, Binomial Expansion, Ratio, HCF & LCM, Compound interest, BODMAS, Arithmetic Mean, Permutation & Combination, Coordinate geometry, Set Theory, Trigonometry, Probability,  Mensuration, Profit & Loss, Venn Diagram

    Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

    Decision Making, Blood relations, Series, Coding-Decoding  Linear & Matrix Arrangements, Syllogisms, Statement & Conclusion, Line Graph

    General Awareness (GK)

    Politics, Business, Society, Geography, International Affairs, Banking, Economics, Science, Awards & Awardees

    IIFT 2024 Admit Card

    The IIFT 2024 admit card will be made available by the National Testing Agency (NTA) in December 2023. Using their login information, registered candidates can access their IIFT 2024 admission cards at All exam-related information, including the candidate's roll number, reporting time, details regarding the exam centre, and exam-day instructions, is provided on the IIFT exam admit card.

    The IIFT 2024 exam admission card won't be made accessible till the registration process is over. Using their registered id and birthdate, applicants can download their IIFT admission card for 2024. On the day of the exam, candidates must bring their admit card and a photo ID (such as a driver's license, Aadhar card, election ID card, passport, etc.) to the IIFT exam centre. No applicant will be permitted to take the IIFT exam 2024 without the admit card.

    IIFT 2024 Exam Centers

    Given below are the IIFT 2024 exam centres across India that students can choose from based on their convenience: 





















    Documents Required at the IIFT 2024 Exam Centre

    Candidates must carry the following documents to the IIFT 2024 exam centre:

    • IIFT admit card
    • Aadhaar Card
    • Driving License
    • Voter I-Card
    • PAN Card or
    • Passport
    • Passport size photograph
    • PwD certificate (if applicable)

    IIFT 2024 Reservation Policy

    Seats are reserved in the IIFT exam 2024  in the following manner:

    • 15% for the category Scheduled Caste (SC)
    • 7.5% for the category Scheduled Tribe (ST)
    • 27% for the category Other Backward Classes belonging to Non-Creamy layer” (OBC-NCL).
    • 10% for Category General-Economically Weaker Section (GEN-EWS)
    • Each category will have 5% reservations for Persons with Disabilities (PwD) as defined in The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 (RPwD Act 2016).

    IIFT 2024 Answer Key

    The official IIFT answer key 2024 will be released afterthe successful conduct of the examination on the official website of NTA- A PDF version of the final IIFT 2024 answer key is now accessible through the candidate's login from the official website. The answer key includes the question number, question ID, and the correct response for each of the four sections of the IIFT exam.

    To download the IIFT answer key, candidates have to click on the 'Answer Key Challenge IIFT-2024' link available on the homepage and log in using their Application Number and Password/Date of Birth. Candidates have the opportunity to challenge the IIFT answer key by providing sufficient proof before the deadline.

    After downloading the IIFT 2024 answer key, candidates can evaluate their responses with the help of the response sheet and can determine whether the attempted answer is incorrect. For challenging a question, candidates have to pay Rs. 200/-. The final answer key will be released along with the IIFT 2023 result on the official website.

    IIFT 2024 Results

    IIFT 2024 results will be hosted on the website of NTA. A scorecard of the candidate will also be released on the NTA website. By entering their login information, such as their IIFT application number and date of birth, candidates will be able to know their results and download their IIFT scorecards. The names of the candidates who have been selected for the second round of interviews will thereafter be announced by IIFT.

    Candidates will be able to view both their sectional and total scores on the scorecard that will contain their results. By logging on to the official website with their seven-digit IIFT roll number and date of birth, candidates can get the IIFT exam scorecard as a pdf file. Results will be determined depending on the verified answer keys.

    Raw marks obtained by the candidates will be converted to NTA score (percentile). The NTA score of a candidate indicates the percentage of candidates that have scored EQUAL TO OR BELOW the raw marks secured by the candidate. The NTA score is calculated as follows:

    100 * Total number of candidates who secured raw marks equal to or less than the candidate / Total number of candidates who appeared in the exam

    IIFT 2024 Cutoff

    The cutoff for the IIFT 2024 selection process will be announced by the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), along with the list of shortlisted applicants on the IIFT official website. The IIFT 2024 cutoff will be announced along with the results, which are most likely to be made available online by National Testing Agency, NTA, the organization in charge of administering the IIFT exam.

    The IIFT 2024 cutoff will indicate the minimum score needed to advance to the selection rounds. The cutoff is based on a number of factors, such as the exam's level of difficulty, the total number of test-takers, the number of seats available, etc. The IIFT 2024 cutoff varies depending on different categories.

    The IIFT 2024 expected cutoffs for different exam sections are as follows:

    IIFT Exam Sections

    Expected IIFT 2024 Cut Offs (Raw Score)

    Quantitative Analysis


    Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning


    Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension


    General Awareness


    Overall Cutoff


    The IIFT 2023 expected cutoffs for different categories are as follows:

    IIFT Category

    Expected IIFT Cut Off 2023













    Kashmiri Migrants / Non-Migrants


    IIFT 2024 Selection Process

    After the results are announced, the IIFT 2024 selection process will begin. Candidates will be shortlisted for the selection process based on the IIFT 2024 cutoff. There will be a written test, a group discussion, and a personal interview as part of the IIFT 2024 selection process. Each round is given a different amount of weightage. Additionally, a candidate's final selection will be determined by their overall performance throughout all phases, including the IIFT 2024 exam. The selection procedure will most likely take place in the months of February and March 2024.

    Additionally, the final list of qualified candidates is anticipated to be released in March. The purpose of the GD and PI rounds is to assess the candidates' personalities, interpersonal abilities, communication skills, and awareness of current events. Candidates must perform well in these two stages in addition to the written test, which is also a component of the selection process, to get an offer of admission. The shortlisted candidates will be allocated centres for the written test, GD, and PI from IIFT Delhi. The centres include Bengaluru, Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Lucknow, and other cities. The documents required during IIFT 2024 counselling are IIFT admit card, IIFT scorecard, and photo identity proof.

    IIFT 2024 Contact Details

    In case of any query or issue, send an email to OR

    Phone No.: 011-3914 7213 (Direct), 3914 7200-05 (Ext. 621) 

    It is mandatory that you mention your application no. for all queries.

    For any query related to refund, you can send an email to with details such as the first and last four digits of your Credit Card no, the Expiry Date of the Card, Name of the Cardholder, the date of the transaction as well as Application Form No.

    Important Dates

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    FAQs about IIFT

    What is the IIFT exam?

    IIFT is a common entrance exam conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for admission to the MBA-IB program of the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade. The exam is a national exam, conducted especially for the IIFT colleges and their MBA-IB course. You cannot apply to the majority of other colleges due to the specialised testing of the exam. It is designed to test your aptitude and whether it is appropriate for admission to the said colleges or not.

    What are the participating colleges of IIFT?

    The participating colleges in the IIFT exam are all the branches of the IIFT institute. This includes the main and the oldest campus of IIFT New Delhi, and the two new campuses of IIFT Kakinada and IIFT Kolkata. Each of the campuses offers an MBA-IB programme, however, only limited seats are available at each of these campuses. The competition is also extremely high for admission to any of the campuses.

    When will IIFT 2024 be conducted?

    The IIFT 2024 will be conducted in December 2024. It is in accordance with the testing norms and schedule designed for the IIFT exam. The exam shall be conducted according to the Indian Standard Time (IST) for two hours. It shall begin at 10 a.m and shall conclude at 12 noon. The candidates are advised to report at least 20 minutes before the scheduled start of the examination.

    Who conducts the IIFT exam?

    The IIFT exam is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). All the entrance exams which are approved by the government-based institutes, or are being conducted to facilitate their admission process are conducted by the NTA only. The agency has been set up as allied support to the government or public colleges so that they can focus on other administrative functions and leave the national examinations to the agency.

    IIFT is conducted for which courses?

    The IIFT exam is conducted for the MBA programme offered by the IIFT institutes of India. As the higher education colleges set up by the government to aid the education and training in international or foreign trade, the institute offers MBA degrees in IB or International Business. The IIFT exam is used for admission of potential applicants into the limited seats of the programme.

    Are there any IIFT exam centres in Rajasthan?

    Yes, there are IIFT exam centres in Rajasthan. The entrance exam for IIFT New Delhi is conducted throughout India in almost all major cities. In Rajasthan, the cities which are approved for holding the IIFT 2024 exam are Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Bikaner, Udaipur, and Ajmer. Each of these cities, along with the state capital Jaipur, are major cities in the state of Rajasthan and are reputed centres of higher education.

    Are there any other MBA entrance exams for admission in Delhi?

    Yes, there are various other MBA entrance exams available for admission in Delhi. There are varying institutes in Delhi which offer MBA programmes, and the majority of them require you to apply with entrance exam scores. The entrance exams most common for application in Delhi-based MBA colleges are the Common Admission Test (CAT), Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT), Common Management Admission Test (CMAT), and Management Aptitude Test (MAT).

    Is it necessary to apply for IIFT?

    The necessity of applying for the IIFT exam is based on your educational goals. If you wish to study at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), New Delhi, then you need to attempt the IIFT exam, as it serves as an entrance test for the MBA programme of the institute. That said, if you are not planning to apply for the IIFT New Delhi’s MBA programme, then you can easily forego registering and attempting the IIFT 2024 exam.

    Where can I check the important dates of IIFT?

    You can check the important dates of the IIFT exam by scrolling up on this page. The page is completely dedicated to elaborating on various aspects of the IIFT exam in a single place. While there is an option to go check the official IIFT website. We have worked on this page to consolidate all the relevant information accurately within a few scrolls.

    What is the full form of IIFT 2024?

    The full form of IIFT 2024 is the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade 2024 entrance examination. The exam is named after the institute for whose admission the exam is conducted. The exam is exclusive to the IIFT institute campuses and has no applicability across the nation among other MBA colleges. This is unlike other national-level MBA entrance exams, like CAT. The reason is that the IIFT exam is dedicated to the institute as well as the MBA-IB programme.

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