IIFT Admission 2021: Check Revised Shortlist & Selection Criteria, Cut off, Weightage, Fee, Placements-3rd Campus to Open in 2021

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February 16, 2021
IIFT has revised the shortlist & selection criteria for IIFT MBA (IB) Admission 2021. IIFT also proposes to launch its third campus at Kakinada in 2021. NTA conducted IIFT MBA entrance exam on Jan 24, 2021 and has released the result. Now IIFT is releasing the shortlist of candidates for final selection round. Read this article to know about IIFT shortlisting criteria, key changes in selection process, IIFT fee, Placements, intake and more
IIFT Admission 2021

IIFT is releasing the shortlist of candidates for MBA (IB) admission 2021 final selection round with many changes in shortlist and selection criteria. IIFT entrance exam for MBA (IB) admission 2021 was conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) on January 24 and the result for the same has already been released. You can download your score card  to check your admission chances at one of the IIFT campuses.


IIFT Shortlist 2021
Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) is releasing the shortlist of candidates based on various parameters apart from overall and sectional scores obtained in IIFT MBA entrance exam 2021. You need to login with your registered email ID and mobile number to check the status. 


National Testing Agency was assigned the task of conducting the IIFT 2021 admission test which was held in computer based format on January 24, 2021 from 3 PM to 5 PM.

IIFT has announced its admission criteria for MBA (IB) 2021-23 batch with many changes.

IIFT Admission 2021: Key Changes in Selection Process


  • Maximum weight of 73% goes to IIFT exam score
  • Academic & Gender diversity gets 7% weightage
  • Excellent performance in Class 10 & 12 gets 20% weightage

Final Selection

  • IIFT Score Weightage: 45%
  • Performance in GD-PI-WAT: 40%
  • Academic & Gender Diversity: 4%
  • Academic Consistency: 8%
  • Work Experience: 3%

 IIFT also proposes to launch its third campus at Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh in the academic session 2021-22 with an aim to make available the IIFT management education to the southern part of the country as well.  

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IIFT MBA (IB) Admission 2021: Important Dates
IIFT 2021 MBA (IB) Admission entrance exam was conducted on January 24, 2021. This is the second time that NTA conducted IIFT entrance test. The IIFT Exam Registration process for MBA (IB) admission 2021 could be completed on NTA IIFT exam website.

IIFT Admission 2021 Activity
Key Dates 2021
IIFT 2021 Notification Release Date
November 6, 2020
Registration Start Date
November 6, 2020
Last date for Registration
December 30, 2020 (Till 5 PM)
Last date to pay IIFT Registration Fee
December 30, 2020 (Till 11.50 PM)
IIFT Application Fee
Application error correction Window
Jan 1 to Jan 3, 2021
Admit Card Download Starts
January 11, 2021 onwards
IIFT 2021 Exam date
January 24, 2021 (3 PM to 5 PM)
IIFT 2021 Exam Result Date
IIFT Shortlist release
February 2021, last week
Final Admission Offer
April/May 2021
Programme Commencement
July 2021, last week

IIFT Batch Size: Increases to 500+
During the past few years, IIFT has gradually increased its batch size. Since 2017, IIFT MBA (IB) Batch size has increased from 280 to 400+ students in 2020 at its Delhi and Kolkata campuses taken together. Sharing with MBAUnivere.com about the increase in batch size despite constraints, Prof Manoj Pant, Director IIFT says,IIFT’s MBA(IB) is fully residential. Hence the intake of the students is limited by the capacity of the hostel both in Delhi and Kolkata. However we have been increasing number of admissions incrementally and have gone up from 280 in 2017 to about 404 today.”

Last year IIFT selected a total of 749 candidates for MBA (IB) admission at Delhi and Kolkata campuses out of which few opted for other institutes.

IIFT Campus Wise Intake

IIFT Campus
Sanctioned Intake 2021-23
Last year (2020-22) total selected candidates (404 finally admitted candidates)
  60 (Expected)
Campus Not started
Total Seats
 404 (Final admission 2020-22)

IIFT MBA (IB) Fee: No significant hike expected
The two years MBA (IB) 2021-23 batch fee may not change from last year fee. It is also possible that in case of any fee increase, IIFT may not charge it from the students. Presently IIFT has a fee structure of Rs.17,70,000 for two years. Sharing with MBAUniverse.com about the fee and proposed increase in it for MBA (IB) 2021-23 batch, Prof Pant said,This call is only taken later on and not at this point. However, I expect the fees would remain unchanged except for a marginal increase, which IIFT may try and absorb.”

IIFT fee includes tuition fee, computer facility, internet, library, alumni and IMF (student body) fee charges. The students of SC, ST and PWD category are given 50% concession on tuition fee. Foreign Nationals and NRI Students will pay the annual tuition fee along with other charges in a single instalment at the time of admission in the first year and by the start of second year. Indian candidates can pay the annual tuition fee in three instalments.

IIFT Fee Structure is detailed below:

Fee Component
Fee amount (In Rupees)
Important Points
MBA (IB) Programme Fee for 2 Years for Indian Students
Rs. 17,70,000
Excludes Hostel fee, Mess Charges & others
MBA (IB) Programme Fee for 2 Years for Foreign & NRI Students
Excludes Hostel fee, Mess Charges & others

There are other charges of Rs.32,500/- for first year and Rs.22,500 in the second year for computer facility, internet, library, alumni charges and IMF (student body). The students of SC, ST and PWD category are given 50% concession in tuition fee only.

IIFT Placements continue to grow
IIFT has a consistent record of high placements since its inception and during the economic slowdown as well. Lateral and Final Placements for the IIFT class of 2018-20 saw all the participating students receiving placement offers from the top recruiters in India and abroad, across all possible business sectors.

Placement 2020 Highlights

  • Large batch size
  • Average Compensation up at Rs.20.48 LPA from Rs.20.07 LPA last year
  • Highest salary offered stood at Rs.75 LPA
  • 28% rise in PPOs
  • 41 New Recruiters
  • Top International Recruiters include Apical Group, ETG, Olam, Tolaram, Trafigura, Enhance Group, Archer Daniels Midland, TATA International, Louis Dreyfus

Key Trends in Placement
Below are shared the key placement trends of last 4 years

Placement Year
Average Salary (Overall) (Rs. in lakhs)
Average Salary (Domestic) (Rs.in lakhs)
Highest Salary (Overall) (Rs. in lakhs)
Highest Salary Domestic (Rs. In Lakhs)
Placement 2020
75 Lakhs
Placement 2019
1 Crore +
Placement 2018
1 Crore
Placement 2017
1 Crore

Top Recruiters
Dabur, ITC, L’Oréal, Bajaj Auto, Shell, Pidilite, Flipkart, Amazon, Western Digital, Tata Global Beverages Limited, Philips, Signify, Tata Steel, Aditya Birla, Apical Group, ETG, Olam, Tolaram, Trafigura, Enhance Group, Archer Daniels Midland, TATA International, Louis Dreyfus,  McKinsey,  Reckitt Benckiser, Star Global, Western Digital, Media.net, Axis Bank, Boston Scientific, BEML, Virtusa, Polestar Solutions, HMS Bergbau AG, RBL Bank, Tech Mahindra, BOD Consulting, Ninjakart, Newgen Software, IGT Solutions, Gemini Solutions, Cremica, Merilytics among others

Sharing with MBAUniverse.com about the rising placements at IIFT over the years, Prof Pant said, “The placements at IIFT have always been 100% and that too in the top class companies.” He further added, “Increase in placements in the last 2 years are also due to greater perception of IIFT as an academic institution on account of high quality of teaching faculty, serious research and vast experience of the Alumni of the Institute.”

IIFT to Launch New Campus at Kakinada in 2021
IIFT is planning to launch its third campus at Kakinanda (Andhra Pradesh) in the academic session 2021-23 with an intake of 40 to 60 students. This will add to the overall size of IIFT MBA (IB) 2021-23 batch.

According to Prof Pant, “Due to COVID crisis, the issues regarding the infrastructure of the Kakinada Campus have been delayed and the Centre is yet to start. In the next academic year beginning 2021 we hope to start an off-campus site at the JNTU with limited intake of 40 to 60 students. This however depends on all the infrastructure for new temporary campus to be ready on time. The discussions on the infrastructure is still in progress.”

IIFT will be functioning from its premises in Kakinada subject to clearance from regulatory authorities. A plot of about 25 acres has been allotted to IIFT by Government of Andhra Pradesh in Kakinada. The IIFT campus at Kakinada with similar facilities as at Delhi & Kolkata Campus, including residential provisions is expected to be ready in three years. Till then IIFT will be functioning from a rented but spacious premises suited for its programme needs in Kakinada

M.A. Economics: New Programme launched at IIFT
Despite all the capacity constraints, IIFT has launched new Post Graduate programme – M.A. Economics which has emerged as one of the top rated Masters programme in Economics in India. According to Prof Pant, “Increasingly launching of new programmes in IIFT is constrained by both the availability of space for students in terms of classrooms and rooms for the faculty members. In 2018, the first new program M.A. (Economics) was launched and already the Economics department is rated among top 20 departments in India. With new hiring process we expect the ranking to go upto top 15 by next year.”

Launch of MA Economics program is in line with the thrust of National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, says Prof Pant, “We at IIFT welcome the new Education Policy, NEP as announced by the Government. As and when it is notified, we are also discussing methods of expanding into new courses/departments. In line with Government’s digital outreach, we also have taken note of the recent UGC notifications regarding online courses and hope to launch some of them in the coming years.”

Programmes offered at IIFT
IIFT offers a diverse portfolio of long term management programmes in International Business:-

  • 2 years full time MBA (International Business) at Delhi and Kolkata campuses
  • 2 years M.A. Economics (with Specialization in Trade & Finance) at Delhi & Kolkata campuses
  • 3 year MBA (International Business) (Part-Time), Delhi and Kolkata campuses
  • Executive Masters in International Business, Delhi campus
  • Certificate Programme in Export Management, Delhi campus

IIFT Entrance exam is the mandatory admission test for MBA (IB) admission 2021 at all the IIFT campuses. Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), one of the highly ranked dream B schools in India, no longer conducts its IIFT MBA admission test on its own, nor the entrance test remains paper based. Instead, on behalf of Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), the newly created National Testing Agency (NTA) conducts the NTA-IIFT MBA Admission test as a computer based exam. Last year NTA conducted IIFT entrance exam on December 1, 2019 for the first time as computer based test.

Highly Ranked Management Institute
IIFT is a deemed to be University and is also closely linked with Ministry of Commerce. It enjoys top rankings among the management institutes in India and has been ranked at # 26 in NIRF India Rankings 2020. IIFT has been awarded ‘A Grade’ by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). It is one of the six Best Government Universities in India as rated by India Today in 2018.

IIFT has a well laid out admission criteria for MBA (International Business) at its Delhi and Kolkata campuses.

IIFT Admission Criteria
IIFT Admission Criteria is a two step process - shortlisting criteria for GD-PI-WAT on the basis of IIFT entrance exam score and the Final admission selection Criteria based on performance in GD-PI-WAT, Academics, Work experience and IIFT MBA entrance exam scores.

1. IIFT Shortlisting Criteria
The first part of IIFT Admission criteria is the shortlisting criteria before final selection round. IIFT shortlists the candidates on the basis of IIFT Entrance test scores for final selection round for MBA (IB).

  • The short listing of candidates for WAT-GD-PI will be done on the basis of IIFT entrance exam percentiles including sectional cut offs
  • The minimum cut-off percentile is decided based on the number of candidates to be shortlisted as per the availability of seats
  • The cut-off marks for female candidates across all categories are 2 less than the actual cut-off in line with IIFT’s policy of gender diversity
  • In addition to the above stated criterion, Marks obtained in X, and XII, will be considered
  • To ensure balance in class composition at IIFT, upto 5 points maybe awarded to non engineers
  • The shortlisting by IIFT will be done for all the IIFT campuses located at Delhi and Kolkata and for proposed Kakinada campus
  • IIFT decides the minimum section wise and overall cut off in its entrance exam at the time of shortlisting.
  • If the candidate does not score minimum prescribed percentile in IIFT entrance exam, he/she is not considered for shortlisting for final selection stage.

IIFT Admission 2021: Expected Cut Offs
IIFT entrance cut offs are expected to remain in the range of 110 to 120 for different IIFT campuses.

IIFT Campus
IIFT Delhi
IIFT Kolkata
Overall Cut off (Out of 300 maximum marks)

IIFT Admission 2021: Expected Sectional Cut offs

Section name
Total questions
Max marks
Delhi Cut offs
Kolkata  cut offs
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
Quantitative Analysis
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
General Awareness (GK)

IIFT Admission 2021: Shortlisting Weightage
Following weightage will be awarded to different components during shortlisting process for final selection round by IIFT

Weightage percentage
IIFT Entrance Exam score
Marks obtained in Class X
Marks obtained in Class XII
Academic Diversity
Engg-0; Non-Engg-5
Gender Diversity
Male=0; Female=2
Total Score

2. IIFT Final Admission Selection Round Criteria

  • Those candidates short listed from the computer based test, will be called for Writing Skills Assessment, Group Discussion and Interview to be held in March / April 2021 at Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow and Mumbai.
  • All the shortlisted candidates are eligible to participate in Final selection round for admission to MBA (IB) at IIFT
  • It is applicable equally for admission to Delhi, Kolkata Campuses
  • IIFT scores carry the maximum weightage and additional criteria of academic consistency, academic diversity, gender diversity, work experience will be used for final selection

In addition to this, the candidate has to appear for the following:

  1. Writing Ability Test (WAT): The shortlisted candidates have to submit an essay on a given topic. The evaluation will be mainly based on clarity and ability to comprehend and the technique of presentation and expression of ideas
  2. Group Discussion (GD): The shortlisted candidates have to discuss on a given topic in groups. The evaluation of GD will be on the ability of the candidate to demonstrate leadership skills, team player skills, communication, content and ability to give new insights on the topic.
  3. Personal Interview: The shortlisted candidates have to appear for personal interview. The evaluation is based on academic, extra curricular and analytical performance of the candidate

Final Selection Criteria: Weightage Parameters
After completion of GD-PI-WAT process, final merit list will be generated in April 2021 based on following parameters:

Final Selection Parameter
Percentage of Weightage
IIFT Entrance Exam score
Based on sectional & overall performance in IIFT entrance exam
Evaluation based on clarity and ability to comprehend and the technique of presentation and expression of ideas
Evaluation based on the ability to demonstrate leadership skills, team player skills, communication
Evaluation is based on academic, extra curricular and analytical performance
Gender Diversity
Female=2; Male=0
Applicable for Women candidates only
Academic Diversity
Non-Engg=2; Engg=0
All Non-Engg graduation programmes
Work Experience
Work Ex.within 2 years to 3 years
Academic Consistency
Class 10=4; Class 12=4

IIFT Admission 2021: Application Fee 
The IIFT exam 2021 Registration & Application Fee is Rs.2500/- which has to be paid online only. Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) MBA Admission Test-2021 is conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) and not by IIFT. The IIFT Exam Registration for MBA (IB) admission 2021 can be done at NTA IIFT website only. The Registration process for IIFT exam has started on November 6, 2020.

How to Apply for IIFT Admission 2021?
IIFT 2021 admission is through the IIFT MBA entrance exam 2021 which will be held on Jan 24, 2021. You first need to apply online for IIFT entrance exam by the last date as shared above.

Read More about the IIFT Registration & Application  Process

IIFT Application Edit Facility
IIFT will also open the Application Details Edit facility for the IIFT 2021 Exam on January 1, 2021 after close of Application process. You can edit any details in your IIFT 2021 application form by entering your IIFT Application number and password.

  • You can make correction Online only in IIFT Application at iift.nta.nic.in
  • IIFT application edit facility allows you to edit any of the details in your IIFT Exam Application form during the correction window
  • You can also upload new documents and can replace the already uploaded documents in the application form during the IIFT Application Edit window

IIFT Application 2021 Correction window: Important Dates

 Application Edit Window
Important Date
Correction Window Starts
January 1, 2021
Last date to Edit Application Details
January 3, 2021

IIFT Admission Criteria
Key parameters in IIFT Admission Criteria 2021 are based on IIFT exam score – overall as well as sectional. Even a 40 to 50 percent score in IIFT entrance exam awards a high percentile of 70 to 90 and the admission cut off also lies within this range.

It is mandatory for the candidates who wish to pursue MBA (International Business) from IIFT to register and apply for IIFT entrance exam and must appear in the IIFT entrance exam. A balanced score in all the sections of IIFT 2021 entrance exam and good academic profile remains the key to get admission in MBA (IB) 2021 at one of the campuses of Indian Institute of Foreign Trade.

IIFT Admission Eligibility

  1. IIFT eligibility criteria require that the candidate must hold a recognized bachelor's degree of minimum 3 years duration in any discipline, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (in case of the candidate belonging to SC/ST/PwD category, the eligibility criterion is relaxed to 45%
  2. The candidate should appear in IIFT entrance exam and must score minimum prescribed sectional and overall score to become eligible for admission at IIFT (MBA IB)
  3. If the candidate is awarded grades/CGPA instead of marks, the equivalence to determine PGP admission eligibility would be based on the equivalence certified by the institution/university from where the bachelor's degree is obtained. In case the institution/university does not have any scheme for converting the CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by IIFT by dividing the obtained CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the resultant by 100 to confirm the Admission eligibility of the candidate. 
  4. A candidate appearing for the final year bachelor's degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed the degree requirements and are awaiting results is also eligible to apply for IIFT Admission
  5.  It is mandatory for a final year student, who is provisionally considered eligible by IIFT and offered admission, to submit the mark-sheet and degree certificate of the final year bachelor's degree examination by the first/second week of October 2021.
  6. Admission of the candidate who joins the programme on provisional basis but fails to obtain minimum percentage in the Bachelor’s degree examination will be automatically cancelled
  7. IIFT Eligibility criteria prescribe no age limit to apply and explore admission to MBA (IB) at IIFT

IIFT Admission 2021: Step by Step Process
IIFT Admission process for all its campuses remains the same. IIFT admission process is based on the IIFT Entrance exam score, academic performance and performance in final admission process. Relevant Work Experience is also awarded due weightage in final selection process at IIFT.

Following steps are included in the IIFT Admission process:

Step 1: The candidate must have applied and appeared in the IIFT entrance exam 2021. IIFT admission exam is a computer based multiple choice objective type written test (in English). It consists of questions divided in 4 sections. The questions are based on English Grammar, Vocabulary and Comprehension, General Knowledge & Current Affairs, Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation and Quantitative Analysis.

The applicant should score the minimum required sectional and overall percentile in IIFT  entrance exam to be considered for shortlisting for admission by IIFT

Step 2: Candidates are short-listed for Group Discussion (GD), Writing Skill Assessment (WSA), and  Personal Interview (PI) from among the candidates who have a valid IIFT entrance exam score and who satisfy the IIFT eligibility criteria for the MBA (IB) admission.

IIFT will identify candidates around 5 times of the intake for shortlisting for the final admission selection round

Step 3: IIFT conducts final admission selection process in January/February at Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow and Mumbai. Candidates who opt for IIFT entrance written test centre at Allahabad, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Guwahati, Indore, Jaipur, Jamshedpur, Kochi, Nagpur or Visakhapatnam need to select one of the  specified centres for Writing Skills Assessment, GD and Interview

Step 4: After the GD-PI-WAT round, final admission offers are made by IIFT to successful candidates. The final selection is based on performance in final selection round, Performance in past academics, Performance in IIFT entrance exam, Quality of Work Experience among others

IIFT Campuses
Brief Details of three campuses of IIFT are shared below:

IIFT Delhi Campus

  • IIFT Delhi has two campuses one is located in Qutub Institutional Area overlooking green ridge and historical Qutub Minar
  • Another campus of IIFT, spread over 5-6 acres, is located at Maidan Garhi, New Delhi. It is under construction and will be operational soon.
  • The Delhi campus of IIFT is picturesque with artistically designed buildings and well-maintained plush gardens
  • Delhi campus is spread over 6.5 acres of land and houses two academic blocks and two residential blocks for students and visiting faculty
  • Facilities available on the IIFT Delhi campus include, fully AC Lecture halls with audio-visual aids, conference halls for round-table conferences, Auditorium of 450 seating capacity, two computer labs, indoor games, sports ground and residential facilities for the students.
  • IIFT Delhi campus is fully wi-fi enabled

IIFT Kolkata Campus

  • IIFT Kolkata campus is located in its own premises in East Kolkata off EM Bypass in an area of 7 acres.
  • The campus is developed as a green and fully integrated campus with independent blocks for academic, administration and student living areas with all modern amenities.
  • Kolkata campus houses three water bodies to maintain ecological diversity with enough greenery.
  • The campus consists of centrally air-conditioned modern lecture halls, syndicate rooms, common area, auditorium, open air theatre, common courtyard in its academic and administration blocks.
  • The campus is fully wi-fi enabled.

IIFT Kakinada Campus

  • IIFT will be functioning from its premises in Kakinada subject to clearance from regulatory authorities
  • A plot of about 25 acres has been allotted to IIFT by Government of Andhra Pradesh in Kakinada
  • The IIFT campus at Kakinada with similar facilities as at Delhi & Kolkata Campus, including residential provisions is expected to be ready in three years
  • Till then IIFT will be functioning from a rented but spacious premises suited for its programme needs in Kakinada

The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) was established in 1963 as an autonomous body under the Ministry of Commerce & Industry to contribute in the skill building for the external trade sector of India. It has come a long way to successfully develop into a unique institution involved in imparting knowledge through research and training in international business and trade.

IIFT was granted “Deemed to be University” status in 2002. The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) has recognized IIFT as Grade ‘A’ Institution in 2005 as well as in 2015. Over the years, IIFT has emerged as the national university with focus on International Business Management and Strategy, and such focus is reflected in all three major activities of the Institute: Research, Training and Education.

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