IIFT 2023 Exam: Check Dates, Registrations, Syllabus, Question Papers, Pattern, Preparation, Books

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade Entrance Exam 2023 ( IIFT )

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IIFT 2023 exam will be conducted in the first week of December 2022. The exam date and registration schedule will be announced in the first week of September 2022. IIFT entrance exam will be conducted in computer based test mode in several cities. Graduates or final year bachelor’s degree students can apply for IIFT 2023 exam. The application forms will be hosted at the IIFT-NTA website.

What is IIFT Exam?

The IIFT exam is a management aptitude test conducted for admission to MBA International Business course offered by Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) Delhi, Kolkata and Kakinada. The National Testing Agency (NTA) conducts IIFT exam on behalf of the institute. The IIFT question paper consists of questions from Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning and General Awareness. Duration of this online exam is two hours. IIFT accepts foreign/NRI/PIO candidates for admission on the basis of GMAT score. 

Latest Updates:

May 25, 2022: Final Admission List for MBA-IB 2022-24 Out for Delhi and Kolkata Campuses

IIFT 2023 Exam Highlights

Check the table below for some important highlights of IIFT entrance exam:



Exam Name


Conducting Body

National Testing Agency

IIFT 2023 Exam Date

First week of December 2022

Exam Level


Exam Frequency

Once a year

Exam Mode


Exam Duration

2 hours

Exam Syllabus

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

Exam Pattern

110 questions in MCQ format



Exam Fees

INR 2,500 (General category)

Exam Purpose

Admission into IIFT DelhiIIFT Kolkata and IIFT Kakinada

Course Offered

MBA-International Business

No. of Test Cities


Number of Applicants

40,000 (approx.)

Number of Seats

400 (approx.)

Exam Helpdesk No.


Exam Website


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 Eligibility Criteria 2023

  • Bachelor’s degree of at least three years duration in any discipline or equivalent from a recognised university
  • Candidates belonging to General category must have scored minimum 50 per cent aggregate in graduation and candidates belonging to SC/ST/PwD category must have score 45 per cent aggregate
  • Candidates in their final year of graduation are also eligible to apply. However, such candidates will have to submit the final year degree by October 7, 2023

Also Read: IIFT Eligibility Criteria and Admission Procedure

IIFT 2023 Exam: Important Dates

Check the table below for important dates and events of IIFT 2023 exam and related details.

IIFT 2023 Events

IIFT 2023 Dates

Salient features

IIFT 2023 Registrations begin

First week of September 2022

Online registration and applications form submission to starte for the entrance test

Registrations end

Last week of October, 2022

Application form and make payment of exam fees process to end

Form correction process

Last week of October, 2022

Candidates can upload new image and signature. No other correction will be allowed.

IIFT 2023 admit card download begins

Last week of November, 2022

Admit card to be made available for download on the official website of IIFT-NTA 

IIFT exam 2023

First week of December, 2022

Exam to be held in single session in more than 60 cities (Exam timings: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM)

IIFT 2023 answer key release

First week of January, 2023

IIFT 2022 answer key with question paper to be released on NTA-IIFT website

Process of challenging IIFT answer key

First week of January, 2023

Candidates can challenge the official IIFT 2023 answer key on NTA website by filling an online form

IIFT 2023 result announcement

First week of February, 2023

IIFT 2023 result and scorecards to be available on NTA-IIFT website

IIFT Syllabus 2023

IIFT syllabus is similar to other MBA entrance exams. The main subjects are English, Quantitative Analysis, Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning and General Awareness. Given below are the important topics included in IIFT syllabus:



Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

Line graph + Bar, Bar graph + Line, Table, Pie chart + Table, Circular Arrangement, Tournaments, Scheduling, Linear arrangement, Coding, Puzzle, etc.

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

Reading Comprehension, Identify the Synonym, Identify Grammatically Correct/Incorrect Sentence, One Word Substitution, Jumbled Paragraphs, etc.

Quantitative Analysis

Arithmetic, Geometry, Algebra, Modern Mathematics, Mensuration, etc.

General Awareness

Current Affairs and Static GK

Get the latest IIFT syllabus in PDF format for section wise preparation of IIFT exam.

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IIFT Exam Pattern 2023

The exam pattern of IIFT 2023 is the same as last year. The mode of IIFT exam is online and the duration is two hours. The question paper will have about 110 questions of moderate to high difficulty level from VARC, General Knowledge, Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation and Quantitative Analysis. Given below is the section-wise weightage in IIFT question paper:


Number of Questions

Marks Allotted to each question













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IIFT Exam Preparation

To prepare for IIFT 2023 exam, one needs to make a plan in which ample time is allotted to each topic of the syllabus. Start with studying important topics for understanding fundamental concepts. Once the syllabus is covered, move to solving practice tests and sample papers. For Quantitative section, one needs to be thorough with the concepts and formulae as well as all types of questions. For Reasoning, Data Interpretation and Verbal Ability, one needs to practice sample questions from beginning to end. General Awareness section can be picked up in the last leg of IIFT exam preparation as it is memory based and easy to handle.

IIFT sectional weightage

To perform well in IIFT 2023 exam, the candidates must prepare efficiently for it by consulting recommended books and study material. They should also attempt IIFT mock tests, read up expert tips and IIFT topper interviews to make a successful preparation strategy. Take a look at the articles below for IIFT exam preparation tips:

IIFT Mock Test

Shiksha has prepared an online mock test for IIFT preparation that candidates can preparation. This mock test is free and can be taken by anyone. Click below to practice IIFT mock test and check your preparation level.

IIFT Exam Mock Test will help you to get an idea about the type of questions asked, the exam pattern and marking scheme. After taking the test, you can immediately check your score. You can also download the Question Paper along with answers and their explanations for Free. Click below to start the free online test now.

Free IIFT Exam Mock Test

IIFT Exam Analysis

IIFT 2023 exam analysis will be available on the day of examination after it has been conducted. Candidates preparing for the exam can refer to the IIFT 2022 analysis below for key insights:

  • The IIFT 2022 exam was of moderate difficulty level. The total number of questions were 110.
  • Section-wise, VARC and DILR sections were moderate where as Quantitative Aptitude was alos moderate but slightly tougher than DILR.
  • The Arithmetic questions were of higher difficulty level. GK section was the toughest of all four sections for the paper. 

Also Read: IIFT 2022 exam analysis

Watch this video for IIFT 2022 student reactions and reviews:

IIFT Application Process 2023

IIFT 2023 application form submission process will start in the first week of September. Candidates will have to fill the IIFT 2023 registration cum application form on the NTA website with fee payment of INR 2,500 for General and OBC candidates and INR 1,000 for SC/ST/PwD candidates. Check the IIFT application process below:

  • Visit the official website of NTA-IIFT i.e. https://iift.nta.nic.in/
  • Click on 'Apply for IIFT MBA (IB) 2023-25' and select new registration
  • Fill in the basic details and click on submit
  • Enter password and choose a security question
  • Note down the system generated application number to log in again
  • Login again and fill the IIFT 2022 application form with valid details
  • Upload photo, signature and certificates
  • Pay application fee via debit/credit card, net banking or e-wallet

Candidates will be given the option to select four cities for allotment of test centre during the IIFT application process. Also Read: IIFT test cities and exam centres 

Check this video for IIFT application form filling process:

IIFT 2023 Admit Card

The IIFT admit card 2023 will be issued to registered candidates only. It will be available for download until the exam day. Candidates are advised to download their admit cards ahead of the exam day. Given below are the steps to follow to download IIFT admit card: 

  • Visit the official website of IIFT-NTA: iift.nta.nic.in

  • Click on 'IIFT 2023 admit card download’ 

  • Enter your application numberdate of birth and security pin

  • Click on submit to download your IIFT 2023 admit card

IIFT 2023 Exam Day Guidelines

IIFT exam timings are 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Listed below are some dos and don’ts for exam day:


  • Reach the IIFT exam centre two hours before the exam for identification and proof verification process
  • Carry two copies of original print out of the IIFT admit card
  • Carry copies of passport size photo (preferably the same as uploaded with the application form) to paste in the attendance sheet at the exam centre
  • Carry a photo ID such as Aadhaar Card, Voter ID, Passport, College ID, Driving License, PAN Card (original and photocopy)


  • Do not reach your IIFT exam centre late. Entry to the test centre will not be allowed after 9:30 AM
  • Do not carry electronic items such as calculator, digital watch, phone, Ipad, written material, etc.
  • Do not carry food items and any item containing metal
  • Do not wear any accessory or outfit having metal in it

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IIFT 2023 Answer Key

IIFT 2022 answer key and question paper will be released a few days after the exam. The answer key and response sheet will be available for download from the exam website by using login credentials. Check below the steps to download IIFT answer key and response sheet:

  • Go to IIFT-NTA website: iift.nta.ac.in
  • Click on ‘IIFT answer key-response sheet’ tab
  • Enter application number and date of birth
  • Click on submit to log in
  • Click on the table indicating IIFT answer key-response sheet
  • Download and save the document in PDF format

The window to challenge IIFT answer keys will be opened four days. Candidates can raise objection to official answer/s by filling an online form and uploading document in support of their claim. If the claims are found valid, the IIFT 2023 answer key will be revised and a final answer key will be released.

Also Read: IIFT 2023 answer key and response sheet

IIFT 2023 Result

IIFT 2023 exam result will be released at the NTA-IIFT website in January/February. The result is based on the answer key and contain candidate’s name, roll number, category, photo, sectional scores, overall score and overall percentile. Given below are the steps to follow to download IIFT 2023 result:

  • Open the official website of IIFT or NTA 
  • Click on the tab indicating ‘IIFT 2023 NTA scorecard’ 
  • Enter application number and date of birth
  • Click on submit to log in
  • Click on the tab indicating IIFT 2023 scorecard
  • Download and take a printout of the scorecard

Also Read: What After IIFT 2023 Result?

IIFT Cut Offs

Based on previous years' cut offs, we have estimated IIFT cut offs for 2023 admission. Take a look in the table below below:

Section Name

Expected IIFT 2023 cut off

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension


Quantitative Analysis


Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning


General Awareness




Also Read: IIFT cut offs - expected and previous years'

IIFT 2023 Admission Process

The IIFT admission process includes various rounds of shortlisting and selection of candidates. To know more about the IIFT admission and selection process, read below:

IIFT admission process

IIFT admission process

  • Candidates who clear the IIFT cut offs are called for Essay Writing, GD (Group Discussion) and PI (Personal Interview) round
  • For Essay Writing, candidates are provided a topic related to General or business affairs. The average time allotted to draft an essay of around 300 words is 20 minutes. 
  • In GD round, the candidates are divided into groups of 10-12 and given a topic. Candidates are then expected to take initiative, communicate efficiently and present their ideas effectively.
  • Last round is the PI round where the panelist asks questions to the candidates. The final result is communicated to the candidates through email.

Note: GD and Essay Writing rounds have not been conducted since 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic.

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FAQs Regarding IIFT Exam 2023

Q: When will the IIFT 2023 exam be conducted?

A: The IIFT 2023 exam is expected to be conducted in the first week of December 2022. The NTA will announce IIFT exam schedule in the first week of September. The IIFT 2023 registration process will also begin along with schedule announcement.

Q: What is the IIFT selection criteria?

A: The selection criteria of IIFT includes Essay Writing, GD and PI. These activities are conducted after the entrance test. Candidates who clear the entrance test are shortlisted for Essay Writing, GD and PI which is conducted in the month of February, The final selection is done on the basis of candidate's overall performance in all selection rounds.

Q: Is IIFT score valid for admission to institutes other than IIFT?

A: No, IIFT is an institute level entrance exam. The exam is conducted only for admission to IIFT’s MBA-IB course. The candidates who appear for IIFT entrance exam, can seek admission to MBA programme at IIFT Delhi, IIFT Kolkata and IIFT Kakinada only. 

Q: What is the difficulty level of IIFT exam?

A: The IIFT exam question paper is of moderate to high difficulty level. The Quantitative Ability and General Awareness sections are usually tough. Thus, the aspirant must prepare well to get a good score in the exam.

Q: I am in my final year of Graduation. Can I apply for IIFT exam?

A: Yes, you are eligible to apply for the IIFT exam. However, your admission will be provisional until you submit your Graduation certificate before the last date of document submission fixed by the institute.

Q: Is there any age-limit to appear in IIFT exam?

A: No, there is no age limit to appear in the IIFT entrance exam. The only eligibility criteria for IIFT exam is Graduation with minimum of 50 per cent in aggregate. Candidates having work experience can also appear for the exam.

Q: In which cities IIFT exam 2023 will be conducted?

A: The IIFT exam 2023 will be conducted in 68 cities including Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Bangalore, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Dehradun, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Jamshedpur, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur and Visakhapatnam among others.

Q: Is the syllabus for IIFT similar to CAT?

A: Yes, the IIFT syllabus is similar to CAT syllabus for English, Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude. However, IIFT aspirants have to study General Awareness too as it is one of the four sections of IIFT question paper.

Q: Can an average student get into IIFT?

A: Yes, an average student can definitely get into IIFT if that student performs well in the entrance exam and clears the group discussion and personal interview with confidence and positivity.

Q: Is it easy to crack IIFT?

A: Cracking IIFT is considered tough as over 50,000 students take the entrance exam while there are about 400 plus seats on offer at all the three campuses of the institute. However, if your prepare for the IIFT exam well, you can crack it.

Q: What is the mode of IIFT exam - offline or online?

A: IIFT exam is conducted online in Computer Based Test (CBT) mode. Each candidate has to visit the designated exam centre to write the exam on a computer system to log their answers with the help of mouse and keyboard.

Q: What is the IIFT exam application fee?

A: IIFT exam fee for candidates of different categories is different. Check category-wise IIFT application fees below. 
  • General/OBC candidates: INR 2,500
  • SC/ST/PH candidates: INR 1,000
  • Foreign National/NRI/Children of NRI candidates: US $200 (INR 15,000)

IIFT 2023 Contact Information

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)

Payment related assistance:

If Paying using ICICI Bank


Email ID

Contact No

Aiysha Khatun



Karan Sinha



Jai Sethi



If Paying using PAYTM

Education Payment Support



Manasvi Haseeja



Ambreen Fatma



IIFT New Delhi campus address 

IIFT Bhawan

B-21, Qutab Institutional Area

New Delhi - 110016 

For any query / problem, email at admissions@iift.ac.in OR call at 011-2685 7908(Direct), 2696 5051, 2696 5124 (Ext. 806)

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