IIFT Eligibility Criteria 2021

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Updated on
April 7, 2020

One of the key parameters introduced in IIFT Exam Eligibility criteria 2021 for MBA (IB) admission 2021-23 batch, is the application of minimum cut offs in bachelors’ degree. 


While IIFT Eligibility Criteria for IIFT exam is released alongwith the IIFT Exam Notification by NTA, according to the information shared by the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, the changes, if any, in the eligibility criteria for IIFT entrance exam, will be released in mid of August 2020. IIFT 2021 entrance exam date is Sunday December 6, 2020. This year IIFT exam will be computer based and will be held in a single session. 


Below are shared the IIFT 2020 Exam Eligibility Criteria for different type of applicants: 


IIFT Eligibility for Domestic candidates
IIFT Eligibility 2021 for domestic candidates for academic session 2021-23 has been slightly changed. Now the candidates with following qualifications will qualify for the IIFT 2021 MBA (IB) Eligibility Criteria and can apply for IIFT 2021 exam for admission to MBA (IB) 2021-23 batch


  1. IIFT Eligibility Criteria 2021 with Completed Qualification
    The applicant must have recognized bachelor’s degree of minimum 3 years’ duration in any discipline with 50% marks.
  1. IIFT Eligibility Criteria 2021 for Final Year Students of Qualifying Exam
    The Candidates appearing for a qualifying examination (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) are also eligible to apply for IIFT 2020 exam subject to submission of proof of requisite qualification by 8th October, 2021
  1. Age Limit for IIFT 2021 Exam Eligibility
    IIFT Eligibility 2021 does not prescribe any minimum or maximum age limit. Accordingly, there is no age limit to appear in IIFT 2020 Exam for admission 2021.
  1. Work Experience in IIFT 2021 Eligibility
    IIFT has not prescribed any mandatory minimum work experience as a component in IIFT Eligibility Criteria 2021. Any candidate fresh with requisite qualification is included in the IIFT 2021 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 2021 is that the admission of a candidate who joins the programme on provisional basis but fails to qualify in the Bachelor’s degree examination with minimum required percentage of marks, is liable to be cancelled. 


IIFT 2021 Eligibility: Category wise Fee 
IIFT 2021 eligibility as available on IIFT website after release of IIFT Notification, prescribes the category wise requirement for fee payments which are:


IIFT Category wise fee payment Eligbility

IIFT 2021 Eligible Category
Category wise Fee for exam
General Category
Rs. 2000/-
SC/ST/PWD Candidates
Rs. 1000/-
For Foreign Nationals/NRIs
USD85 (Rs.5500/-)

IIFT Eligibility Criteria for International candidates
IIFT Eligibility 2021 for International candidates is not much different and the basic qualification is again a bachelor’s degree with required percentage of marks.


However, one of the key points prescribed for IIFT eligibility criteria 2021 is the residential status of the candidate. In order to qualify as an International candidate for the purpose of applying to IIFT entrance exam, IIFT 2021 exam eligibility will be determined on following criteria:

  1. IIFT 2021 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 2020 and remains outside India during the IIFT examination window qualifies for the IIFT 2021 MBA(IB) eligibility criteria.
  1. Documents Required to Satisfy the IIFT Eligibility 2021 as International Candidate
    Following documents are required to satisfy the IIFT 2021 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 2020.
  • Foreign nationals need to have a valid passport/travel document from a country other than India.
  1. Valid GMAT Score for IIFT 2021 Eligibility
    The candidate should produce Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) score which should be received by the Institute latest by 15th February 2021.
  1. Foreign Nationals Must take IIFT 2020 Exam for admission 2021, if in India at that time
    One of the key points in IIFT 2021 Eligibility is that the Foreign nationals who are present in India at the time of IIFT entrance test are required to take the IIFT 2020 exam for admission 2021.
  1. International Candidates Outside the IIFT 2021 Exam Eligibility
  • Candidates who have taken GMAT exam before 1st January 2020 are not included in the IIFT 2021 admission eligibility criteria.
  • If the candidate has appeared for any MBA entrance examination for that year in India (2020) such as CAT /XAT, His/her IIFT 2021 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. 
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