IIFT 2017 dates out; here’s how you can crack the test

  • Rozelle Laha, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 19, 2016 20:43 IST
Graduates in any discipline planning to pursue an MBA in international business can apply for the IIFT entrance test. (istock)

The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) has announced dates for admission into the institute’s Delhi and Kolkata campuses’ flagship course, MBA (International Business). The two-hour long exam will be held on November 27.

The multiple choice objective type written test in English covers English comprehension, general knowledge (GK) and awareness, logical reasoning and quantitative analysis.

IIFT has consistently maintained a keen focus on sectional cut-offs.

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“Sectional cut-offs are present in all other important exams like Common Admission Test (CAT), Xaviers Admission Test, Symbiosis National Aptitude Test 2015 and others. As in those exams, the key to doing well is that students must allocate time proportionate to the marks of the section. Some adjustments, based on one’s strengths and weaknesses, are acceptable. However, such adjustments should not be more than 20% of the time allocated,” says Ankur Jain, chief knowledge expert, TIME, Delhi.

The exam is held in paper-pencil mode instead of electronic mode. After much preparation of CAT in electronic mode, adjusting to paper-pencil mode takes time. Experts suggest students should prepare accordingly.

Where studies go, “Students are normally well-prepared for all the sections but don’t prepare well for GK. Thus, they lose out. Good candidates must prepare well for GK,” Jain adds

While most of the sections are in the pattern of CAT, there are differences in the question types. Students not good with calculations are advised to prepare for these specific test patterns. “All aspirants should look up the old papers of the IIFT entrance test. They should read newspapers from now on a regular basis. A good GK magazine like “MBA Education and Careers” contains relevant GK for the exam. Mock tests can also help to prepare,” Jain suggests.

Graduates in any discipline can apply for the test.

Important dates:


Last date to fill the online application form: September 5, 2016


Last date for obtaining application form across the counter at IIFT / through post: September 5, 2016

Last date for receipt of filled in application form: September 5, 2016

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