IIFT Eligibility & Application Fee

IIFT Eligibility Criteria 2018 has been released alongwith the IIFT Exam Notification on August 6, 2018. IIFT MBA entrance exam is scheduled on December 2, 2018 as paper based test. One of the key changes introduced in IIFT 2018 Exam Eligibility is the application of minimum cut offs in bachelors’ degree.  IIFT 2018 Exam Application fee has been increased to Rs.1650/-. 


Below are shared the IIFT 2018 Exam Eligibility Criteria for different type of applicants:


IIFT Eligibility & Application Fee for Domestic candidates

IIFT Eligibility 2018 for domestic candidates for academic session 2019-20 has been slightly changed. Now the candidates with following qualifications have the IIFT 2019 MBA (IB) Eligibility Criteria and can apply for IIFT 2018 exam for admission to MBA (IB) 2019-21 batch


1.      IIFT Eligibility Criteria 2018: Completed Qualification
The applicant must have recognized bachelor’s degree of minimum 3 years’ duration in any discipline with 50% marks.


2.      IIFT Eligibility Criteria 2018: Appearing in Qualifying Exam
The Candidates appearing for a qualifying examination (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) can also apply subject to submission of proof of requisite qualification by 8th October, 2019


3.      Age Limit for IIFT 2018 Exam Eligibility
IIFT Eligibility 2018 does not prescribe any minimum or maximum age limit. Accordingly, there is no age limit to appear in IIFT 2018 Exam.


4.      Work Experience in IIFT 2018 Eligibility

There is no mandatory work experience requirement in IIFT Eligibility Criteria 2018. The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) has not prescribed any minimum work experience as a component of IIFT Eligibility Criteria or in the admission process. Any fresh graduate with requisite percentage of marks is included in the IIFT 2018 exam eligibility criteria. However, in the final admission process, IIFT may award some weightage to the candidates who have work experience between one year and five years.


One of the key points in IIFT Eligibility criteria 2018 is that the admission of a candidate who joins the programme on provisional basis but fails to qualify in the Bachelor’s degree examination is liable to be cancelled.  


IIFT 2018 Application Fee  
IIFT 2018 Application form has been made available at IIFT website after release of IIFT Notification on August 6, 2018. IIFT 2018 exam application fee has been increased both for General and Reserved category candidates. 


IIFT Application Fee

IIFT 2018 Exam Application Fee
Fee Amount in Rs.
General Category Application Fee
SC/ST/PWD Candidates
Rs.  825/-
For Foreign Nationals/NRIs
USD85 (Rs.5500/-)


IIFT 2018 Application Form can be submitted by making payment of IIFT 2018 application fee online only. The IIFT application fee 2018 includes the IIFT application fee, Admission screening fee and IIFT 2018 Entrance Test Fee. Apart from this, the candidates are not required to pay any other IIFT application fee 2018.


Since last year, the offline submission of  IIFT Application form has been discontinued. Therefore, now the IIFT 2018 application form is to be submitted online only.


IIFT Eligibility & Application Fee for International candidates
IIFT Eligibility 2018 for International candidates is not much different and the basic qualification is again a bachelor’s degree with required percentage of marks. The Application fee is US$85 (Rs.5500).


1.      IIFT 2018 Eligibility on Residential Status
A candidate who is a resident outside India for a period of not less than 18 months as on 31st December 2018 and remains outside India during the IIFT examination window qualifies for the IIFT 2019 MBA(IB) eligibility criteria.


2.      Documents Required to Satisfy the IIFT Eligibility 2018 as International Candidate
Following documents are required to satisfy the IIFT 2018 exam eligibility from the International candidates:

  • The Indian nationals who are living, working, studying abroad should produce with application a certificate from the Indian Embassy/High Commission/ Consulate of the country where the candidate is currently based, stating that the candidate has been resident in that country continuously for a period of not less than 18 months as on 31st December 2018.
  • Foreign nationals need to have a valid passport/travel document from a country other than India.

3.      Valid GMAT Score for IIFT 2018 Eligibility
The candidate should produce Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) score which should be received by the Institute latest by 15th February 2019.


4.      Foreign Nationals Must take IIFT 2018 Exam, if in India at that time
One of the key points in IIFT 2018 Eligibility is that the Foreign nationals who are present in India at the time of IIFT entrance test are required to take the IIFT 2018 exam.


5.      International Candidates NOT Eligible for IIFT Admission 2019  

  • Candidates who have taken GMAT exam before 1st January 2017 are not Eligible for IIFT Admission to MBA (IB) 2019-21 as per the revised IIFT Eligibility Criteria 
  • If the candidate has appeared for any MBA entrance examination for that year in India (2018) such as CAT /XAT, His/her IIFT 2018 eligibility with GMAT score is not valid.
  • NRI- Sponsored and Children of NRI candidates are not eligible under this category.
  • The admission of candidates under this category is on the basis of GMAT score and interview. Shortlisted candidate would be required to undergo a Personal Interview at IIFT campus.
  • The admission of a candidate who joins the programme on provisional basis but fails to qualify in the Bachelor’s degree examination is liable to be cancelled.