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What is the IIFT Eligibility Criteria for General/ SC/ST/OBC/PH category? 15 Apr 2021

IIFT Eligibility Criteria has been prescribed by the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade. Aspirants who meet the IIFT Eligibility criteria can apply. As per the IIFT Eligibility criteria, candidates who completed their graduation with a minimum of 50% marks for General category candidates are eligible to apply. There are no age restrictions to apply for IIFT.

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What is the IIFT Eligibility Criteria for General/ SC/ST/OBC/PH category? 15 Apr 2021

What is the IIFT Eligibility Criteria for General/ SC/ST/OBC/PH category? 15 Apr 2021

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Nowadays, it is quite difficult to get admissions for MBA programmes in top colleges. Candidates have to attend and clear the entrance exams to be eligible for post graduation courses in various top colleges across India. IIFT is also a national-level entrance exam which is conducted by IIFT for admissions at its various campuses. The online registration for IIFT is over and the exam will be on December 2, 2018. Aspirants who meet the prescribed eligibility criteria of IIFT are eligible to apply. Read here to know more about IIFT important dates, eligibility, exam pattern, and syllabus. 

IIFT Registration begins

August 6, 2018

Last date to Apply IIFT

September 24, 2018

Last date to request exam centre change (By paying Rs. 1000)

November 5, 2018

Admit Card Release

November 16, 2018


December 2, 2018


1st week of January 2019

Selection Procedure

Jan/Feb 2019

IIFT 2019 Final list

2nd week of April 2019

What is the Eligibility Criteria of IIFT?

It is important to check the IIFT eligibility criteria before applying for IIFT. This is because only the candidates who meet IIFT eligibility norms are eligible to apply. The detailed IIFT eligibility criteria are given below,

  • Aspirants must have completed a bachelor’s degree in any discipline and the course should be at least 3-years of duration
  • Candidates who are pursuing their final year bachelor’s degree are also eligible to apply but they have to submit the proof of requisite qualification
  • There is no age restriction to apply for IIFT
  • Candidates who belong to General category must have secured at least 50% marks in their graduation and aspirants belonging to SC/ST/PWD categories must have secured at least 45% in his/her graduation
  • In order to apply for IIFT, foreign candidates should have a valid GMAT score which is not older than January 1, 2018
  • NRI-sponsored candidates do not fall under this category.

What is the Exam Pattern of IIFT?

IIFT is an objective type exam which is conducted in offline mode. The exam will be conducted for only 2 hours. This exam consists of 114+/- questions from various sections such as Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, General awareness, Verbal ability, Reading Comprehension, and Quantitative Aptitude. The number of questions will be varying from one section to another. The total number of marks is 100. The marking scheme has negative marks for each wrong answer.


Section Name

Number of Questions

Total Marks


Logical reasoning




Data Interpretation




Verbal Ability




Reading Comprehension




Quantitative Ability




General Awareness







The following are the IIFT Syllabus that should be covered to prepare for the IIFT exam.

Quantitative Ability

The topics to be covered under this section are as follows, 


  • Simple Interest
  • Ratio
  • Cost
  • Man Days and work
  • Percentage
  • Filling of overhead tank

Geometry, Algebra, Log

  • Triangles
  • Rectangular Plank
  • Diagonal  distance
  • Circumference
  • Probability

Verbal Ability

The following topics should be covered to answer well for the questions from the Verbal Ability section, 

  • Idioms & Phrases
  • Punctuation
  • Correction of Grammatical Errors in Sentence construction for underlined parts
  • Analogy
  • Jumbled sentences
  • Figures of Speech
  • Spelling Correction
  • Placement of words at appropriate places
  • Matching the prefix and suffix
  • One word substitution
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Antonyms/Synonyms
  • Active-passive

Logical Reasoning

The questions from logical reasoning will be based on the following topics,

  • Team-based questions
  • Arguments
  • Conclusions
  • Calendars
  • Direction Sense
  • Blood Relations
  • Clocks
  • Statements-conclusions
  • Coding – decoding
  • Seating Arrangements

Reading Comprehension

The reading comprehension passages will be asked from the following topics,

  • Current Affairs – Business & Economy
  • International happenings and their impact on India
  • Opinion Based Abstract topics
  • Social Scenario in the country
  • Fact-based data-driven topics

Data Interpretation

  • The data interpretation questions will be based on the following, 
  • Analysis and comparative study of Data Tables
  • Charts and Graphs with Tables
  • Bar Diagrams and Comparative Tables
  • Pie Charts and Tables

General Awareness

Questions from the General awareness section will be based on, 

  • Matching the logos
  • Question on English language usage like Make in India, Ease of doing business
  • Personalities
  • Matching the stock markets to countries
  • The currency of the country
  • Current Affairs
  • Famous personalities endorsing the product for example ‘Which product not endorsed by Amitabh Bachchan as brand ambassador’
  • Fictional Characters
  • Books and Authors
  • Business & Economy

Check the detailed IIFT eligibility criteria and syllabus of IIFT here to prepare for the exam effectively.

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