IIFT Selection Process 2021

Updated By Shreya Sareen on 09 Nov, 2020 13:56

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IIFT 2021 Selection Process

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) entrance examination is conducted every year for admission to the Master of Business Administration in International Business (MBA-IB) programme offered by the institution. The exam will be conducted on January 24, 2021. After the declaration of the IIFT 2021 Result and exam conducting authority will release a cut off list. This IIFT 2021 Cut-Off list will decide the candidates who will be eligible to sit for the next process towards admission. The IIFT 2021 Selection Process will then start to carve out the best candidates eligible for taking admission in IIFT Delhi and IIFT Kolkata.

The Selection Process of IIFT 2021 is no different from any other management institutes’ selection process. It comprises of three stages or rounds mainly comprising of Group Discussion (GD), Writing Skill Assessment and Personal Interview (PI). Each stage or round has been planned differently in order to test different skills, understanding and IQ level of the candidates who have successfully made to the Selection Procedure level. Details about the three stages have been clearly explained in the paragraphs below.

Candidates must keep in mind that if they want to take admission in IIFT Delhi or IIFT Kolkata, they will have to clear these rounds and land on to the final admission list. To do so preparation is a must, for this candidates can go through the How to Prepare Section and check out the tips and tricks that can be used to clear all the stages and rounds of IIFT 2021 Entrance Exam.

IIFT 2021 Selection Process Important Dates

Given below are the important dates for IIFT 2021 process



IIFT 2021 Exam Date

January 24, 2021

IIFT 2021 Result

4th week of January 2021

Release of the Cut-Off

To be Announced

Selection Process Starting From

To be Announced

Selection Process Ending On

To be Announced

IIFT 2021 Selection Procedure – Stages

Writing Skill Assessment

  • This is the first step of the Selection Procedure of IIFT 2021. The ones who mark their place in the cut-off list of IIFT 2021 will be eligible to sit for this round.

  • The round has been planned to check the writing skills of the candidates. To see the approach of the candidates towards a particular topic along with their critical analysis is also a thing that gets examined in the Writing Skill Assessment round.

  • The topic will be given on the spot, and the candidates will be told to complete the essay within the stipulated time.

  • The topic and the time duration will be set by the admission selection authorities of the IIFT and any query regarding the round must be brought up to the authority without delays.

  • The topic for the Writing Skill Assessment can come from the various sectors including Politics, Management, Business, Corporate World, Indian Economy or the Scenario of Economy around the Globe, Sports, Media and Communication, Social Reforms and the Society, Law and Amendments, Aspiring Leaders and their Achievements, etc.

  • After the completion of this round and declaration of the result, selected candidates will be sent for the next round Selection Procedure.

Group Discussion (GD)

  • The second step of the Selection Process is the Group Discussion (GD) round. Candidates who clear the writing skill assessment round will be eligible to sit for the GD round organised by IIFT.

  • The motive for this round is to test the thinking capabilities and knowledge of the candidates. They are also judged on their way of speaking and debating skills during the discussion.

  • The topics for the round can emerge from any of the prominent subjects mostly including Economics, Management, Business, Politics, Science and Technology, Media and Mass Communication, Law, Sports, Literature, etc.

  • Selected candidates sit in groups to discuss on topics given to them. Once the topic for the discussion is given to the candidates, then they are allotted with the preparation time for the Group Discussion.

  • During this preparation time, candidates prepare their points of discussion that can help them hit good marks in the GD round.

  • Candidates are sent in for the GD round in a group of 7-8 members.

  • The round then starts with the discussion, now the trick that candidates can use here is to counter question on the points being put forth by the other candidates. The only thing to keep in mind is that the points used must be valid and correct.

  • Considering the factors of GD round and the performance of the candidates, the result is announced. Candidates selected in this round will be able to sit for the next round of Selection Procedure.

Personal Interview (PI)

  • This is technically the final round of the Selection Process of IIFT 2021. Candidates clearing the Group Discussion round will be able to sit for the interview session organised by IIFT.

  • As the name suggests, the round is about interviewing candidates on a personal one to one level.

  • Each candidate gets time to sit for the Personal Interview session. A panel of judges ask different questions to the candidate and examine their answers on terms decided by these judges.

  • The main aim to organize this round is to understand the mental level of the candidates and to judge their understanding of the course they are about to opt for along with their interest in the subject matter.

  • The questions asked by the judges can be anything from any field or personal life of the candidate. Therefore, the candidates must be ready to answer the different questions with confidence and smartness.

  • Once the round of interviews gets over, the result will be declared, finalizing the list of the candidates for the round of admission into the two branches of the IIFT.


  • The GD & PI will take place in the month of February at various cities including Mumbai, Lucknow, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Delhi, Chennai and Bengaluru.

  • The shortlisted candidates have to submit Statement of Purpose (SoP) which is considered as a significant criterion for the selection procedure at IIFT.

  • Initially, with the start of the Selection Procedure, the candidates will have to pay the requisite fee.

  • Later, the candidates can choose campuses (either New Delhi or Kolkata).

  • Based on the choices made by the candidates, seat allotment is done. However, the candidates who get selected in the Selection Process of IIFT entrance examination will be given first preference during the seat allotment.

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FAQs about IIFT

How can I select my preference for IIFT Delhi and Kolkata campus?

You can select your preference while registering for the IIFT selection process.

What is the duration of WAT round for IIFT selection process?

The total duration of the WAT round for IIFT selection process will be decided by the examination centre. There is no fixed time for this round.

How will the candidates be selected for admission in IIFT?

Candidates will be selected on the basis of their performance in the entrance examination, WAT, GD and PI rounds.

What documents should I carry during the IIFT selection process?

You are advised to carry your mark sheets, IIFT admit card, IIFT score card while going for the IIFT selection process.

Where will the GD and PI round of IIFT selection process be conducted?

The GD/ PI round will be conducted at at various cities including Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Lucknow, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Bengaluru.

What is the last round of IIFT selection process?

The last round of IIFT selection process is personal interview.

I have not performed well in the IIFT exam. Will I get selected for admission in IIFT?

The college will select you on your overall performance in all the selection rounds. You will have to perform well in all the round in order to get admission.

What are the rounds of IIFT selection process?

There are three rounds of IIFT selection process namely Writing Skill Assessment, Group Discussion and Personal Interview.

Who will be allowed to participate in IIFT selection process?

Candidates who have secured the minimum marks in IIFT examination will be allowed to participate in the IIFT selection process.

When will the IIFT selection process start?

IIFT selection process will start in 1st week of February 2020.

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