IIFT 2024 Exam: Dates, Registration, Syllabus, Pattern, Question Paper, Preparation, Result, Cut Offs

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade Entrance Exam 2024 ( IIFT )

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Registration: 27 Oct '23 - 16 Dec '23

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IIFT 2024 exam will not be conducted for 2024-25. This year the admissions will be based on CAT 2023 scores, as announced by the institute. Until last year, the NTA used to conduct the IIFT entrance exam in computer based mode across India. However, this year the admission criteria has been changed.

For IIFT MBA 2024-25 the last date to apply has been extended from December 6, 2023 to December 16, 2024. Candidates who appeared for CAT 2023 must fill the IIFT admission form 2024 to be shortlisted for the selection process rounds which will be held in March-April 2024. CAT 2023 result will be announced most likely by the third week of December 2023. IIFT will start the selection process in January 2024. 

Q:   What is the IIFT 2024 exam date?

Q:   What are the IIFT 2024 application form filling dates?

Q:   What is the role of NTA in IIFT entrance exam?

Q:   What is the IIFT selection criteria 2024?

What is IIFT Exam?

The IIFT exam is a common aptitude test conducted for admission to MBA International Business course offered by Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) Delhi, Kolkata and Kakinada. In 2023, MBA in Business Analytics programme was launched for Delhi campus, admission to which is also based on the IIFT entrance exam score.

The IIFT exam is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) on behalf of the institute. The role of NTA is to only conduct the exam and prepare result. Selection of candidates for admission is done by the institute. The entrance test is similar to other MBA entrance exams in India. The IIFT question paper consists of questions from Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning and General Awareness. Duration of IIFT exam is two hours. IIFT accepts foreign/NRI/PIO candidates for admission on the basis of GMAT score. For the academic year 2024-25, the institute has decided to accept CAT score for admission of students under domestic candidate category. 

Latest Updates:

Aug 11, 2023: IIFT to accept CAT 2023 score for MBA-IB and MBA-BA admissions 2024-2025

Q:   Who determines IIFT cut offs - NTA or the institute?

Q:   Do IIFT cut offs vary category wise?

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

IIFT 2024 Exam Dates & Schedule

Take a look at the table below for the complete schedule of IIFT 2024 exam

DatesUpcoming Exam Dates

27 Oct '23 -

16 Dec '23

IIFT 2024 registration and application submission


IIFT 2024 Exam Highlights

The number of applicants through the IIFT entrance exam is around 30,000. The IIFT entrance exam is conducted in December every year. However, for 2024-25 session, the candidates will be selected on the basis of CAT 2023 score. Check the table below for some important highlights:

IIFT Exam Features 

IIFT Exam Details 

Exam Name


Conducting Body

National Testing Agency

IIFT 2024 Exam Date

Through CAT (November 26, 2023)

Exam Level


Exam Frequency

Once a year

Exam Mode


Exam Duration

2 hours (10:00 AM to 12:00 PM)

Exam Syllabus

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

Exam Pattern

110 questions in MCQ format



Exam Fees

INR 3,000General category)

INR 2,500 (Reserved category)

Exam Purpose

Admission into IIFT DelhiIIFT Kolkata and IIFT Kakinada

Course Offered

MBA-International Business

No. of Test Cities


Number of Applicants

30,622 (2023 data)

Number of Seats

400 (approx.)

Exam Helpdesk No.


Exam Website


Contact Details

NTA office:

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

NTA Helpdesk: 0120-6895200 (Operational 09:30 AM to 06:00 PM during working days)

IIFT 2023 registration data

IIFT 2023 registration data for reference

Q:   What is the IIFT exam pattern 2024?

Q:   What is the sectional weightage in IIFT exam?

Q:   Will there be non-MCQs too in IIFT 2024 exam?

IIFT Eligibility Criteria 2024

  • Candidate applying for IIFT-MBA must have a Bachelor’s degree of three years duration in any discipline from a recognised university or equivalent.
  • For General category students, the mimimum score requirement is 50 per cent aggregate in graduation and for SC/ST/PwD category students it is 45 per cent aggregate.
  • Candidates in their final year of bachelor's degree awaiting results are also eligible to apply. Such candidates will have to submit the final year degree by October 7, 2024.
  • Candidates with professional degrees equivalent to Bachelor's degree are also eligible apply (appear for CAT) for IIFT MBA admission.

Also Read: IIFT Eligibility Criteria and Admission Procedure 2024

Q:   Is there any age restriction to apply for IIFT exam?

Q:   Does IIFT Delhi offer scholarships to students?

IIFT Application Process 2024

IIFT 2024 application form submission process is online. Candidates have to fill the IIFT 2024 registration cum application form at the institute website. The fee amount to be paid is INR 2,500 for General and OBC candidates and INR 1,000 for SC/ST/PwD candidates. The application window for 2024-25 academic year is now open. Check the IIFT application process 2024 below:

  • Visit the official website of IIFT Delhi
  • Click on 'Apply for IIFT MBA (IB) 2024-26' and select new registration: https://applyadmission.net/iift2024/
  • 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
  • Log in again and fill the IIFT 2024 application form with valid details
  • Upload photo, signature and certificates
  • Pay application fee via debit/credit card, net banking or e-wallet

Q:   What are the IIFT 2024 application form filling dates?

Q:   How to fill the IIFT 2024 application form?

Q:   How many cities can I select in IIFT application form?

IIFT Admission Process 2024

The IIFT admission process includes shortlisting of candidates on the basis of their exam score for a personality assessment round, which includes extempore and personal interview. To know more about the IIFT admission and selection process 2024, read below:

IIFT admission process

IIFT admission process

      • Candidates who clear the IIFT cut offs (for 2024 academic session, the cut off will be based on CAT 2023 exam) are shortlisted for Extempore and Personal Interview
      • For Extempore 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 (if it is conducted) 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 panelists interview the candidates. The final result about selection for admission is communicated to the candidates through email.

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IIFT Cut Offs for MBA Admission 2024

The institute shortlists candidates for MBA admission (PI and extempore) on the basis of minimum score in the entrance exam. Given below are the category wise qualifying IIFT cut offs for 2023 admission. The cut offs for 2024 batch could be higher than this year. IIFT 2024 cut offs will be shared once it releases in February 2024.


IIFT Cut Off Percentile

Overall IIFT Cut Off Marks







PwD/Kashmiri Migrants/Non-Migrants



Since, the CAT score will be taken into consideration for MBA admission this year, the PI shorliat cut offs could be in percentile. 

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

Q:   Does a candidate need to clear sectional IIFT cut offs too?

Q:   I belong to the SC category. What will be the IIFT admission cut-off for me?

IIFT Result 2024

IIFT 2024 exam result cum scorecard will not be released as the exam is not being conducted this year. The final IIFT result this year, will be the final merit list of candidates selected on the basis of CAT 2023 score. Given below are the steps for download:
      • Open the official website of IIFT or NTA : https://iift.nta.nic.in/
      • Click on the tab indicating ‘IIFT 2024 NTA scorecard’ 
      • Enter application number and date of birth
      • Click on submit to log in
      • Click on the tab indicating IIFT 2024 scorecard
      • Download and take a printout of the scorecard

Also Read: What After IIFT Result 2024?

Q:   Does the IIFT result include sectional scores?

Q:   When can I expect my IIFT result 2024?

IIFT Syllabus 2024

IIFT syllabus includes English, Quantitative Analysis, Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning and General Awareness. The topics to study for this exam is same as other MBA entrance tests. Given below are the important topics included in IIFT syllabus 2024:

IIFT Sections

IIFT Syllabus (topics)

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

Line Graph, Bar Graph, Table, Pie Chart, 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

However, since the admission is based on CAT score this year, my may want to check CAT exam syllabus 

Q:   Are recommended books enough to cover IIFT syllabus?

Q:   What are the important topics of IIFT Quantitative Aptitude syllabus?

Q:   Is IIFT tougher than CAT?

IIFT Exam Pattern 2024

The exam pattern of IIFT 2024 has not been announce. This year, the IIFT exam is not being conducted. Admission will be based on CAT 2023 score. Check below previous year's section-wise weightage in IIFT question paper

IIFT Section

Number of Questions

Marks Allotted to Each Question













Also Read: CAT exam pattern 2023

Prepare for IIFT exam with previous years’ question papers & prep guides. Get topper tips & expert advice

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Q:   Which section of IIFT exam 2024 will have maximum weightage?

Q:   Can I skip a question in IIFT exam? Will my marks be deducted?

IIFT Exam Preparation 2024

To prepare for IIFT 2024 exam, one needs to make a plan in which, ample time is allotted to each topic of the syllabus. Start with studying fundamental concepts of important topics of every section. Once the IIFT syllabus is covered, move to solving IIFT practice tests and sample papers. For Quantitative Aptitude 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 the beginning to the end of the IIFT exam preparation phase. General Awareness section can be picked up in the last leg of IIFT exam preparation as it is memory-based and easy to handle. This year, the admission will be based on CAT 2023 score, thus candidates must focus on CAT preparation.

IIFT sectional weightage

To perform well in the IIFT exam, candidates must prepare efficiently 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 offers 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

Candidates can check the IIFT analysis of previous year (2023) below to understand the difficulty level of the exam:

  • According to the IIFT exam analysis, the exam was of moderate to high difficulty level.
  • The total number of questions last year were 110.
  • Section-wise, VARC was tough, DILR was moderate and Quantitative Aptitude was slightly tougher than DILR.
  • The Arithmetic questions in Quantitative Aptitude sections were of higher difficulty level. 

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Q:   How many months are required to prepare for the IIFT exam?

Q:   Which is the best book to cover IIFT Verbal Ability syllabus?

IIFT 2024 Admit Card

The IIFT admit card is issued in online mode only and 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 2024 admit card download’ 

  • Enter your application numberdate of birth and security pin

  • Click on submit to download your IIFT 2024 admit card

Aspirants must note that this year, IIFT admit card will not be issued as the exam will not be conducted. Admission to the upcoming academic year will be done on the basis of CAT 2023 score. They can download CAT 2023 admit card here

IIFT Exam Day Guidelines

IIFT exam is held in single shift and the exam timings are 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Listed below are some dos and don’ts for IIFT 2024 exam day:


  • Reach the IIFT exam centre as per the reporting time mentioned in your IIFT admit card for identification and proof verification process
  • Carry two copies of the IIFT admit card in A4-size sheet
  • 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)
  • Carry a ball point pen (black or blue) for signing the attendance sheet and rough work
  • Follow COVID-19 protocols as mentioned in the IIFT admit card


  • 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 or stationary 
  • Do not wear any accessory or any item containing metal

Also Read:

Q:   From where can I download IIFT admit card 2024?

Q:   Can I change my exam centre after the IIFT admit card has been released?

IIFT 2024 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)

FAQs Regarding IIFT Exam 2024

Check below Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on IIFT entrance exam.

Q:   What is the syllabus and exam pattern of IIFT?

Q:   What is the IIFT exam application fee?

Q:   What is the eligibility criteria for IIFT entrance exam?

Q:   What is the IIFT result 2024 announcement date?

Q:   Is the syllabus for IIFT similar to CAT?

Q:   In which cities is IIFT exam conducted?

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Answered 2 months ago

IIFT exam is conducted for two hours from 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM. The timing has been the same for the exam over the last five years. There will be no break during the exam and candidates will have to complete the test in one go. The test will have 110 questions from Verbal Ability and Reading Compreh


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Answered 2 months ago

The candidates are supposed to report to the IIFT exam centre by 8:00 AM as the exam will start at 10:00 AM. The entry gates will close 30 minutes before commencement of exam and no entry will be allowed any under circumstances after that. The duration of IIFT exam will be 2 hours and candidates wil


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Answered 2 months ago

At the IIFT examination centre, the test agency staff conducts identification of every candidate with valid registration for the exam. No person other than the staff and registered candidates is allowed to enter the test centre premises. To authenticate the identification of the candidates, the exam


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Answered 2 months ago

The address of exam centre will not be mentioned on the IIFT application form. It will be mentioned on the candidate’s IIFT admit card. Candidates must check the location and address of their test centre at least a day before the exam to ensure they know the total time taken and distance between the


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Answered 2 months ago

No, only original print out of the IIFT admit card is accepted as valid ID proof at the exam centre. The IIFT admit card has to be signed by the student and signed/stamped by the test authorities at the exam centre, which is not possible with the digital copy of the admit card. That is why it is not


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Answered 2 months ago

There is differential negative marking in IIFT entrance exam. The negative marking is same for three sections and different for one section. One mark is deducted for every wrong attempt in Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension and Reasoning sections. In General Awareness sect


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Answered 2 months ago

The General Awareness section of IIFT entrance exam has 20 questions. They are in MCQ format with four options to choose the right answer from. Maximum question are asked from Static GK whereas Current Affairs questions are less. This section is memory bases so it is best to attempt in the end, afte


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Answered 2 months ago

The difficulty level of Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension section of IIFT exam varies every year. Although, one can say that this section of IIFT is usually tougher than other MBA entrance exams, it is not really that tough as the Reading Comprehension passages are short and fact based. The que


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Answered 2 months ago

If the IIFT question paper has 110 questions, you should attempt 65-70 questions with 100 per cent accuracy for a decent score. Ideally, candidates must attempt to solve about 2/3rd of the total questions in each section to be able to meet the sectional as well as overall cut off.

Since, there is neg


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Answered 2 months ago

The IIFT exam is of two hours. It is held from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. there is no sectional time-limit in this exam and candidates have to address about 110 questions in a 120 minutes. Because there is no sectional time limit, candidates need to have a tab on the time so that they are able to solve a


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