IIFT 2024: IIFT to Accept CAT 2023 Exam Score, IIFT Exam Cancelled

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IIFT MBA (IB) 2024: To Accept CAT 2023 Score; Cancels IIFT Entrance Test; Admission Application begins; Last date – December 6, 2023

 

IIFT has opened application for MBA (IB) Admission 2024. IIFT has cancelled its own Entrance exam for MBA (IB) Admission 2024. From this year, IIFT will accept only CAT exam score for admission 2024 and in future also. NTA will no more conduct any IIFT entrance exam for MBA (IB) admission. This information is officially shared by Indian Institute of Foreign Trade as well as by CAT 2023 Exam Centre at IIM Lucknow.

 

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IIFT Admission Criteria 2024: Latest Updates

  • CAT 2023 is the Mandatory Exam for IIFT MBA (IB) Admission 2024
  • IIFT Exam is Cancelled and will No More be Conducted by NTA or by IIFT
  • IIFT Aspirants Must Apply and Appear in CAT 2023 on Nov 26, 2023
  • IIFT Aspirants to Apply Separately for IIFT Admission 2024 latest by Dec 6, 2023

IIFT Admission 2024: Timeline
Below are the important dates for IIFT Admission 2024:

IIFT Admission 2024 Time Line
Key Dates
IIFT Application Dates
October 27 to December 6, 2023
IIFT Application Fees
Rs.3000
IIFT Shortlist release
January 2024 last week
IIFT PI Round Dates
March-April 2024
Final Admission Offer
1st week of July 2024

Check Below in Detail IIFT Admission 2024 Timelines

 

IIFT Confirms to Accept CAT Exam Score
Announcing the significant change in its MBA (IB) admission criteria 2024, IIFT has clarified, “From Academic Year 2024-25, for admission to IIFT’s two years MBA (International Business) and MBA (Business Analytics) programmes, the Institute will consider the score of CAT 2023. Candidates will be shortlisted for the second round of the admission process i.e. WAT/Group Discussion/Extempore/Personal Interview etc. of MBA (International Business) and MBA (Business Analytics) programmes on the basis of their CAT Score and other parameters. Therefore, to take the admission to IIFT’s MBA(IB) and MBA(BA) 2024-26 programmes, it is mandatory for all the aspirants to have valid CAT 2023 score.”

 

CAT Exam Center 2023 Confirms also..
Confirming the acceptance of CAT 2023 score by IIFT for MBA (IB) Admission 2024 instead of any other exam, CAT Exam Centre 2023 at IIM Lucknow has displayed this information on its official CAT website which includes IIFT as CAT Participating Institute in Non-IIM Category:

 

IIFT 2024

 

It is a big step in the IIFT admission process 2024 and is a good news for CAT aspirants as they do not need to appear in any separate IIFT entrance exam. Around 35,000 candidates are expected to apply for IIFT Admission 2024 through CAT 2023. Last year 30,622 candidates applied for IIFT. The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade has an intake of more than 700 students at its Delhi & Kolkata campuses. IIFT has launched its third campus at Kakinada (Andhra Pradesh). The new campus presently offers 5 year IPM program.

 

Every year students from all disciplines including Engineering, Commerce, Humanities, Law and others apply for IIFT admission. In this article, you will read all key points to plan your IIFT MBA Admission journey, including important dates. So, read through till the end.  

 

Table of Contents

  1. IIFT Exam: What is the IIFT MBA Admission Test? Why it is changed to CAT?
  2. CAT Vs IIFT Exam Highlights
  3. IIFT 2024 Admission and CAT 2023 Exam: Important Dates
  4. IIFT Notification Release
  5. IIFT MBA (IB) 2024 Admission Eligibility
  6. IIFT Programme Intake
  7. IIFT 2024 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 Let us know about IIFT– What is IIFT exam, what are its key highlights, how the IIFT has switched to CAT from its own entrance exam and more

 

1. What is the IIFT MBA Admission Test 2024?
The IIFT full form is Indian Institute of Foreign Trade Admission Test. IIFT entrance was the mandatory MBA entrance test till admission 2023 to MBA IB in both the campuses of IIFT. IIFT MBA (IB) entrance exam was held in a single session as a computer based test. The exam was of 2 hours duration with a maximum marks of 300 and was conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) for the 5th consecutive year and not by IIFT as was conducted earlier. 

 

However, from the Admission year 2024, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade has switched to CAT exam score and will no longer conduct its own entrance exam wither by itself or by NTA. Unlike CAT, IIFT entrance exam was conducted as high difficulty level exam. GK section in it used to play an important role in scoring high percentile in IIFT entrance test. 

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1.1 Why IIFT Switched to CAT Exam from its Own Exam
IIFT Admission Tests conducted by NTA has been delaying the IIFT admission process and during the last 5 years IIFT exam, which used to be conducted immediately after CAT exam date, did not have any fix date. This could be the reson for IIFT to switch to CAT conducted by IIMs from IIFT Entrance exam conducted by NTA. This delay led to delay in the Selection Process, check below:

  • Prior to 2019, IIFT used to conduct its own entrance exam comprising 5-6 sections and varying scoring pattern immediately after CAT exam latest by December first week
  • From 2019 to 2022, National Testing Agency (NTA) conducted IIFT entrance exam with 4 sections and 110 questions which was conducted as late as in December and the result was sometimes declared in January third/last week
  • IIFT Admission 2024 will be based on CAT 2023 score. CAT exam date is November 26, 2023 and the result is declared in the first week of January or last week of December. Last year CAT 2022 result was declared as early as on Dec 21, 2022. The early declaration of CAT result will help IIFT to timely release its shortlist and complete the final selection process much early as against the present trend of lingering on till May/June  

2. CAT 2023 Vs IIFT Entrance Exam conducted by NTA
If we compare CAT Vs IIFT exam, following 10 key differences are there

Exam Components
CAT 2023
IIFT Entrance conducted by NTA
Exam Date
Fixed, Last Sunday of November
Keeps on Changing from December first week to last week
Duration
2 hours
2 hours
Total Questions
66
110
No. of Sections
  3
  4
Name of Sections
VARC, DILR, QA
VARC, QA, DILR, GK
Scoring Pattern
Uniform, 3 Marks for right answer
Varying, from 1.5 Mark to 3 Marks for right answer
Negative Marking
-1 (33%) for wrong answer
- 0.75 to -1 (33%) for wrong answer
Type of Questions
MCQs & Non-MCQs
MCQs
No Penalty Questions
25-28 Percent
None
Maximum Score
198
300

2.1 NTA IIFT Exam Pattern
The IIFT admission test key highlights are:

Exam Conducting Body
National Testing Agency (NTA)
Number of MBA colleges/campuses under the exam
Delhi & Kolkata. (The 3rd Kakinada campus offers 5 year IPM and accepts IPMAT score)
Mode of Exam
Computer Based Test
Application Process
Online
Exam Application Fee
Rs.2500
IIFT Full Form
Indian Institute of Foreign Trade Entrance Exam
Cut off Percentile for Shortlisting
95 Percentile
Raw Score cut off out of 300
115 to 120 marks (Based on last year cut off)
Total Questions in the Exam
110 (based on Last Year number)
Sectional Division of Exam
4 Sections with different number of Questions in Each Section
Test Duration
2 Hours (10 AM to 12 Noon)
IIFT Exam Details: Test sections
4 Sections as under:
Quantitative Analysis; Reading Comprehension and Verbal Ability; Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning; General Awareness  
Exam Difficulty Level
Moderate to Difficult
Maximum Marks
300
Scoring Pattern
Varying Scoring pattern of 1.5 Mark to 3 Marks for each correct answer
Negative Marking
1/3 of the Marks allotted for correct answer
Importance of Sectional Score
Candidates to qualify in each section and achieve the minimum cut offs

3. IIFT 2024 Admission and CAT 2023 Exam: Important Dates
The IIFT 2024 Admission Important Dates and CAT 2023 exam timelines are as under:

IIFT Admission 2024 Time Line
Key Dates
IIFT Switches & Announces to accept CAT 2023 Score
August 10, 2023
CAT 2023 Application Dates
August 2 to September 21, 2023
IIFT Application Dates
October 27 to December 6, 2023
CAT 2023 Application Fee
Rs.2400/- for General/OBC category
Rs.1200/- for SC/ST/PwD/Transgender
IIFT Application Fees
Rs.3000
CAT 2023 Exam date
Sunday, November 26, 2023
IIFT Shortlist release
Expected in January 2024 last week
IIFT Extempore-GD-PI-WAT Round Dates
March-April 2024
Final Admission Offer
1st week of  July 2024

3.2 Application dates and Selection Process for Foreign Nationals & NRIs
Foreign nationals and NRIs need to submit IIFT admission 2024 application direct to the institute and do not need to register and apply for CAT entrance exam. They need to apply with the GMAT exam scores. Key dates and selection process is given below:

  • Application Dates: January 15 to March 15, 2024
  • IIFT Application fees: US$ 200 (Rs.15000)
  • Entrance Exam Score Accepted for Shortlisting:  GMAT
  • Selection Process: Personal Interview at IIFT Campus

4. IIFT Notification Release
IIFT Notification release 2024 date is October 27, 2023. Before that candidates had to apply for CAT 2023 as it is now the mandatory exam for IIFT MBA (IB) Admission. Read all about the CAT exam

 

4.1 The IIFT Notification Dates
Following has been the trend of notification release:

Year
Notification date
2023
October 27, 2023
2022
September 30, 2022
2021
August 16, 2021
2020
November 6, 2020
2019
August 21, 2019
2018
August 6, 2018
2017
July 25, 2017
2016
July 15, 2016
2015
July 15, 2015
2014
July 15, 2014

5. IIFT MBA (IB) Admission Eligibility
The candidates with following qualifications are eligible to apply for the IIFT MBA (IB) admission 

  • Recognized Bachelor’s degree of minimum 3 years’ duration in any discipline with 50% marks.
  • Candidates appearing for a qualifying examination can also apply subject to submission of proof of requisite qualification by October, 2024
  • No age limit
  • Work experience not necessary

The admission of a candidate who joins the programme on provisional basis but fails to qualify in the Bachelor’s degree examination with requisite percentage of marks is liable to be cancelled. Read More

  

6. IIFT Programme Intake

During the past few years, IIFT has gradually increased its batch size at its Delhi and Kolkata campuses taken together. For the MBA (IB) 2022-24 batch, IIFT selected a total of 725 candidates in the main list for admission at Delhi and Kolkata campuses with following details

IIFT Campus
No. of Selected Candidates
IIFT Delhi Campus
258
IIFT Kolkata Campus
253
Total
511

More than 35000 candidates are expected to register and apply for the IIFT MBA admission. MBA (IB) is considered as one of the best 2 years MBA programmes in International Business. The institute offers great learning experience with high placement to its students.

7. IIFT 2024 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. When will IIFT Exam 2024 registration start?
A. IIFT online registration process has started from October 27, 2023 at IIFT website

 

Q. What is the IIFT Exam 2024 date?
A.  The IIFT exam 2024 is cancelled. IIFT will now accept CAT 2023 score for admission 2024.

 

Q. What is the last date for IIFT Registration for MBA Admission 2024?
A. IIFT Registration last date is December 6, 2023

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IIFT Eligibility Criteria 2024

IIFT 2024 Eligibility criteria for MBA (IB) admission 2024 as released by NTA requires minimum 50% marks in graduation. IIFT eligibility is notified with the release of IIFT exam notification by National Testing Agency.  IIFT Entrance Exam for MBA (IB) Admission 2024 is scheduled in December 2023 and will be of 2 hours duration. One of the key parameters introduced in IIFT Exam Eligibility criteria 2024 for MBA (IB) admission 2024-26 batch, is the application of minimum cut offs in bachelors’ degree. 

 

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IIFT Registration 2024

IIFT 2024 MBA (IB) Exam Registration: Process to Begin in September 2023; Check Step by Step process, Fees

 

IIFT MBA (IB) Entrance exam for admission 2024-26 batch is expected to be held in December 2023 and the IIFT 2024 registration is likely to begin on September 15, 2023 at IIFT entrance official website IIFT.NTA.NIC.IN. Conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA), IIFT is the most sought after MBA entrance exam which offers admission opportunity to IIFT 2 year MBA (IB) program offered by Indian Institute of Foreign Trade at Delhi and Kolkata campuses. 

 

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IIFT Application Form 2024

IIFT 2024 Application Form: Process to Open in September 2023; IIFT Exam Likely on Dec 10, 2023; Check Step by Step Application Process, Fees

IIFT Exam Application Form 2024 is expected to start in September 2023 for admission to MBA (IB) 2024-26 batch at IIFT entrance official website IIFT.NTA.NIC.IN. Conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA), IIFT entrance exam is an important MBA entrance exam which offers admission opportunity to IIFT 2 year MBA (IB) program offered by Indian Institute of Foreign Trade at its Delhi and Kolkata campuses. 

 

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IIFT Exam Pattern 2024

IIFT 2024 Exam will be held in December 2023 in a single session of 2 hour duration from 10AM to 12 Noon in 68-70 cities across the country. National Testing Agency will conduct IIFT’s Computer Based Entrance Exam for IIFT MBA (IB) 2024-26 batch admission.


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IIFT exam pattern 2024 has been changed for MBA admission 2024. Important changes in IIFT exam pattern are as follows:

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IIFT Admit Card 2024

IIFT Admit Card 2024: Will be Released in Dec 2023; Check how & When to Download, Key Details, Exam day Instructions

 

IIFT Entrance Exam is scheduled in December 2023 and 4-5 days before the exam date, NTA will release the IIFT Admit Card. You can download IIFT Exam Admit card from official NTA IIFT Website with your login credentials. You can download IIFT admit card in few simple steps till IIFT 2024 exam date. IIFT 2024 admit card is your passport to IIFT exam for admission to MBA (IB) 2024. The exam leads to admission in Delhi and Kolkata campuses of IIFT in India. NTA will not send the IIFT 2024 admit card by post.

 

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IIFT Syllabus 2024

IIFT 2024 exam is scheduled in December 2023 and will be a two hour duration computer based test. Although there is no specifically defined IIFT Exam Syllabus, but going by the changes brought since past few years in the IIFT questions, exam pattern, sectional composition, the IIFT 2024 Syllabus & exam pattern comprises the questions on English verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, General Knowledge & Awareness, Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation and Quantitative Analysis. 

 

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IIFT Exam Analysis 2024

IIFT 2024 Exam Analysis: Pattern, Difficulty Level, Expected cut off for Delhi & Kolkata campuses

 

IIFT 2024 Expected Exam date is December 10, 2023. IIFT entrance exam for MBA IB admission 2024 will be conducted in a single slot in 68 Cities from 10 AM to 12 noon as computer based test by National Testing Agency. 40000+ candidates are expected to register and apply for IIFT 2024.

 

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IIFT Cut offs for MBA (IB) 2023-25

No major change seems to take place in IIFT cut off after release of IIFT exam answer key by National Testing Agency on January 9, 2023 as the official answers are on expected line. However, IIFT test takers for admission 2023 should check, download and match their responses with official IIFT answers. This will help them to calculate their score based on the official answers and arrive at the IIFT campus wise Cut offs.

 

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IIFT Percentile Predictor

IIFT Percentile predictor prepared by experts becomes live immediately after the IIFT entrance  exam. It will guide you to assess your performance in IIFT 2024 entrance exam and whether you will be able to score the expected percentile for shortlisting. You can now calculate your score and check your nearest percentile by using MBAUniverse.com IIFT percentile predictor in 5 minutes.

 

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IIFT Exam Centers 2024

IIFT 2024 exam will be held in 68 cities in India on Sunday, December 10, 2023 in a single session of 2 hours duration. Conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA), IIFT entrance exam is the most sought after MBA entrance exam which offers admission opportunity to IIFT 2 year MBA (IB) program offered by Indian Institute of Foreign Trade at Delhi and Kolkata campuses. 

 

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IIFT Result 2022

IIFT Result 2022: Released on Feb 1; Check how to Download Score Card, Important details to check

 

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IIFT Previous Test papers

IIFT 2024 exam is scheduled in December 2023 in a single session of 2 hours duration with 110 MCQ type questions. The exam carries unique scoring pattern and the answers to the questions in different 4 sections are awarded varying marks. National Testing Agency (NTA) will conduct MBA (IB) 2024 entrance test for admission to Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) Delhi and Kolkata campuses as a computer based exam. The 3rd IIFT campus at Kakinada offers 5 year IPM and the admission is through IIM IPMAT exam.

 

To help IIFT MBA aspirants prepare better, experts at MBAUniverse.com have prepared IIFT Previous test papers with answer keys, IIFT question paper with solutions and earlier IIFT Question papers based on IIFT exam pattern.  

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IIFT Preparation 2024

Conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA), IIFT entrance exam is the most sought after MBA entrance exam which offers admission opportunity to IIFT 2 year MBA (IB) program offered by Indian Institute of Foreign Trade at its Delhi and Kolkata campuses.  IIFT 2024 Preparation for the IIFT entrance exam, to be held in December 2023 as a computer based test, must be started well in advance as per the revised IIFT exam pattern. A good sectional and overall score in IIFT 2024 can offer you admission in high RoI MBA (IB) 2024-26 program.

 

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IIFT Answer Key 2024

IIFT Answer Key 2024 Release: How to Check & Download; Importance and Role of IIFT Answer Key

 

NTA will release the IIFT Entrance exam Answer key a few days after the exam is over. IIFT test takers can download the IIFT Answer key Pdf and check their responses to calculate their exam score and shortlisting chances for admission in IIFT Delhi or IIFT Kolkata. In case of any objection on the IIFT answer key, they can challenge the official IIFT answer key. It is expected that IIFT 2024 exam will be held on December 10, 2023 and the answer key will be released in the last week of December of first week of January 2023.  


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IIFT Mock Test 2024

IIFT 2024 Mock Tests are the best source for IIFT entrance exam preparation. IIFT entrance exam date is December 10, 2023 and the exam format is of computer based test. The recent changes in IIFT exam have also changed the formation of IIFT Mock tests. Apart from the IIFT Mock Tests prepared by experts, National Testing Agency (NTA) which conducts IIFT entrance exam also provides IIFT Mock Test free of cost for the benefit of IIFT aspirants.  

 

IIFT exam 2024 will have four sections as against six earlier. Accordingly the number of sections and questions in IIFT Mocks are also adjusted as per the revised exam pattern. All the sub-sections in actual IIFT exam and in IIFT Mock Tests are clubbed to their parent sections with minimum qualifying cut off. 

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IIFT Exam Sample Paper 2020

IIFT 2020 Sample Papers are the right source to guide you about the IIFT question paper. IIFT sample paper consists of probable IIFT questions with answers of varying difficulty level.  IIFT entrance exam date is December 1, 2019 and the exam this year changes to computer based test from the paper based test. The recent changes in IIFT exam have also changed the formation of IIFT Sample papers as the number of sections in IIFT exam have increased from 4 to 6 and now all the sub-sections are turned into the complete sections with minimum qualifying cut off. 


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