IIFT Eligibility Criteria 2019

Nidhi Bahl Updated On: 16 Jan, 2019 10:49 IST

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IIFT 2019 Eligibility Criteria

IIFT 2019 Eligibility Criteria is specified by the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, which is also the conducting authority of IIFT. Candidates who wish to appear for IIFT exam must ensure that they fulfill the IIFT eligibility criteria. Candidates failing to meet the eligibility criteria of IIFT are not allowed to take the exam. 

Conducted on a national-level, IIFT exam is a gateway for aspirants to get admission in the two-year MBA course (full-time) in International Business offered at IIFT Delhi or IIFT Kolkata. As per the IIFT eligibility criteria, prescribed by the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, there is no age limit to appear for IIFT exam, however, one of the basic requirements to become eligible for taking IIFT exam, is to attain at least 50% marks in Graduation, which should be a minimum of 3 years. Final year candidates are also eligible to apply for IIFT, however, such candidates are given provisional admission and they are required to submit all the necessary documents later on. Apart from this, there are other eligibility conditions that must be fulfilled by the candidates before applying for IIFT entrance exam.

Candidates must note that the IIFT eligibility criteria is the same for both IIFT Delhi and IIFT Kolkata campuses. Before applying for IIFT, candidates must read the eligibility criteria carefully. Candidates failing to meet the prescribed criteria for eligibility can get disqualified at any stage of the admission process.

Eligibility Criteria Category-Wise

Following are some of the requirements that candidates must in order to become eligible for taking the IIFT exam:

For General/SC/ST/OBC/PH

  • There is no age bar for the applicants of IIFT 2019.

  • Candidates falling in the General Category must have completed their Graduation from a recognised university/institute, with at least 50% marks in Graduation (minimum of 3 years).

  • For Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe ST)/ Physically challenged (PWD) candidates, minimum of 45% marks are required in the total aggregate of their graduate degree.

  • Candidates who are in their final year of graduation can also apply for IIFT 2019. In such a case candidates will have to produce relevant documents supporting their present semester or result awaited status as of 7th October 2019.

  • It is very important for the aspirants of IIFT 2019 to know that if due to any means they failed to produce documents related to their graduation degree, then their eligibility will also fail, restricting them to participate in the Entrance Exam of IIFT 2019.

  • Candidates who did not pass in Graduation are also not eligible for the IIFT 2019 Entrance Exam.

For Foreign National and NRI

  • A Foreign National and/or NRI candidate must first need to be a resident of a foreign land outside India for more than 18 months if they wish to apply for the IIFT Entrance Exam 2019.

  • GMAT score card is also a mandatory document in order to become eligible for the IIFT test. Candidates are asked to send their GMAT score card to the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) latest by 15th February 2019.

  • Aspirants with GMAT marksheet dated before 1st January 2017 will not be considered as eligible for IIFT 2019.

  • Candidates who have been sponsered in any way will also fail to be eligible for the IIFT 2019 exam.

  • For Indian Nationals working, living, or studying abroad a certificate issued by the High Commission / Indian Embassy / Consulate of the Candidates present Country, stating that the candidate has been a resident of that country for not less than 18 months until 31st December 2018.

  • A valid passport or travel document is a must for the candidates of Foreign nationality.

  • Candidates who have already appeared for MBA Entrance Exams like XAT, CAT, IIFT, CMAT, NMAT, etc. are not allowed to sit for IIFT 2019 examination.

Important Information:

  • The prescribed IIFT eligibility criteria will be the same for all the categories, i.e. for General, Other Backward Classes (OBC), Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates.
  • Candidates of any age can apply for IIFT 2019. There is no age limitation prescribed by the conducting body as such.
  • After checking the IIFT 2019 eligibility criteria carefully, candidates should start filling IIFT application form.
  • Candidates should note that verification of candidates’ eligibility can be done at any point in time. Failing to meet IIFT MBA eligibility criteria 2019 will lead to the cancellation of candidates' admission.
  • It must be noted that the IIFT conducting authority reserves all the rights to cancel the admission of any candidate who fails to satisfy eligibility norms at any point in time.


1. What is the eligibility criterion for IIFT?

  • Candidate should have obtained recognized Bachelor’s degree of minimum 3 years duration.
  • Candidates appearing for the qualifying examination can also apply subject to proof of prerequisite qualification.

2. Is there any reservation available at IIFT?

Yes. Reservation is applicable in the admission process for SC/ST/OBC and Physically Handicapped category candidates as per the Government of India rules.

3. What will happen to the allocated seats if I fail in the Bachelor’s degree examination?

For candidates who join the programme on provisional basis but fail to qualify in Bachelor’s degree examination, their admission will be cancelled instantaneously. Such candidates should immediately inform the Institute on the declaration of their results. 

4. Is there any age restriction to appear for the exam?

No, there isn't any age restriction to appear for the exam.

5. Is it necessary to show graduation proof at the time of admission?

Yes, it is mandatory for all candidates to show the proof of graduation (done from a recognised institute/University) in order to appear for the exam.

6. Are candidates of foreign nationality eligible to take the IIFT entrance exam?

Yes, candidates of foreign nationality can take the exam provided they meet the eligibility criteria prescribed by the institute.

7. What happens if a candidate provides fake documents during the admission process?

Admission of such candidates will be immediately cancelled and further actions will be taken by the institute, if necessary.

Disclaimer: The information provided on this page is based on last year's data. An official notification regarding IIFT 2019 is yet to be released.

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