IIFT 2024 Exam: Dates, Registration, Syllabus, Pattern, Eligibility, Preparation, Question Papers

IIFT 2024 Exam: Dates, Registration, Syllabus, Pattern, Eligibility, Preparation, Question Papers

ByNeeraj Mishra  |  Updated on: Jun 8, 2023
NTA will declare IIFT Exam 2024 notification on its official website. Get all the details for NTA IIFT Exam dates, registration, syllabus, pattern and fees here.

IIFT 2024 exam date and notification will be released by NTA by the last week of September 2023, tentatively. IIFT Exam is a national-level entrance exam conducted by NTA every year to shortlist the candidates for MBA admission to its own campuses: Delhi, Kolkata and Kakinada. So, the candidates who are thinking to appear in IIFT Exam 2024 and study MBA in International Business must start preparing now.

The IIFT Exam syllabus consists of 4 sections: Verbal Ability & English Comprehension, DILR, Quantitative Analysis and GK. A total of 110 questions will be asked in IIFT 2024 and the candidates will get 2 hours in total to complete it. The overall difficulty level of the IIFT Exam usually remains moderate to difficult. Read the post below to know more about IIFT 2024, including exam dates, notification, registration, eligibility, IIFT exam pattern, syllabus selection criteria and more.

IIFT 2024

Every year, NTA conducts IIFT Exam, on behalf of the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade in the month of December to initiate the admission process in its campuses: Delhi, Kolkata and Kakinada. Like every year, NTA will release IIFT 2024 notification PDF online on its official website tentatively by the last week of September 2023. After that, the exam conducting authority will activate the IIFT Exam registration link, through which you can complete the registration process. Stay tuned to us to get all the latest schedules regarding the upcoming IIFT 2024 Exam.

Latest Updates on IIFT Exam 2024

Below we have listed all the important schedules (tentative) of the upcoming IIFT 2024 for your convenience.

  • Last Week of September 2023: The exam conducting authority will declare the IIFT Exam 2024 notification and start the registration process to initiate the admission process for the academic session 2024-2026.

IIFT Exam Date 2024

NTA will release the IIFT 2024 exam date on its official website tentatively by the last week of September 2023. IIFT Exam Date consists of all the official dates, like registration start and end date, application dates, admit card dates, result dates and more. Note the table below to get all the official updates related to IIFT 2024.


IIFT Exam Date 2024

Registration Starts

To be Declared

IIFT 2024 Registration Last Date

To be Declared

Last date to Pay Exam Fees

To be Declared

IIFT Exam Application Correction Window (online only)

To be Declared

Declaration of Admit Card

To be Declared

IIFT Exam Date 2024

To be Declared

Declaration of IIFT 2024 answer key

To be Declared

Declaration IIFT Exam Result cum Scorecard

To be Declared

MBA Interview Date 2024

To be Declared

IIFT Exam Time

As per the latest updates, the total time for completing the IIFT exam paper is 120 minutes. It means the candidates must complete all the questions of the IIFT 2024 within this scheduled time.


IIFT Exam Timing

IIFT Exam Date 2024

To be Declared

IIFT Exam 2024 timing

10 AM - 12 PM

Entry to the IIFT Exam hall

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Sitting on the IIFT 2024 seat

9:45 AM

Invigilator instructions

9:45 AM - 9:50 AM

IIFT Exam commence

10 AM

IIFT Exam ends

12 PM

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What is IIFT Exam?

The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade Admission Test (IIFT full form) is a national-level management aptitude test. It is conducted by NTA in the month of December to initiate the MBA-IB admission process at IIFT campuses: Delhi, Kolkata, and Kakinada. IIFT Exam is one of the toughest exams in India and is competitive also after CAT and XAT. So, if you are thinking to appear in IIFT 2024, then you must do your best preparation to crack this exam with a good score.

IIFT Exam is a 2 hours exam with a total mark of 300. A total of 110 questions will be asked from the 4 sections: QA, VARC, DILR, and general awareness. The marking scheme of the IIFT Exam is different from other MBA exams. In IIFT 2024, -1 will be deducted for the incorrect answers in Verbal Ability and English Comprehension, DILR and Quantitative Analysis. But in GK, -0.5 marks will be deducted for every incorrect answer.

We have already given you all insights about what is IIFT Exam and how to get admission into IIFT for MBA in International Business. The institute offers different professional courses, like

  • 2-year MBA (International Business)
  • Certificate Program in Export Management
  • 3-year MBA (International Business) (Part-Time)
  • Executive Master in International Business

IIFT 2024 Notification

The IIFT notification 2024 is expected to be released by NTA on its official website by the last week of September 2023. Along with the exam notification, the NTA authority will declare IIFT Exam Date 2024. In brief, the IIFT notification provides all pertinent information, including

  • IIFT exam date
  • IIFT 2024 registration date
  • Fess
  • IIFT exam pattern
  • IIFT 2024 eligibility and other information related to the exam.

Click on the link below to download the official PDF notification for the IIFT Exam notification for the upcoming exam.

☛ Download IIFT Notification 2024 PDF - To be Activated

IIFT Exam Highlights

In the table below, we have shared the basic highlights of IIFT 2024. The candidates must be aware of these details before applying for the IIFT Exam 2024.



Exam Name


Conducting Body


IIFT Exam Date 2024

To be Declared




Once in a Year

IIFT Exam Mode



2 hours (10 AM - 12 PM)


4 sections





IIFT Total Questions

110 questions in MCQ Format

IIFT Exam Fees

INR 2500/- for General Category Candidates

Courses Offered

MBA in International Business

Total Number of Test Cities


IIFT Exam Official Contact

NTA office:

Block C-20/1A/8, Sector 62,
Gautam Buddh Nagar, Noida -201309 (UP)

NTA Helpdesk: 0120-6895200 (Operational 09:30 AM to 06:00 PM during working days)


IIFT Exam Selection Procedure

The IIFT selection process involves an online exam and a written test conducted by IIFT. The candidates who clear the cutoffs of IIFT Exam will get the call for further selection rounds.

Applicants are invited to the essay writing, group discussion, and personal interview rounds if they meet the IIFT cutoffs.

  • A topic is given to the shortlisted candidates, related to current events or business concerns, for the essay writing round in the IIFT Exam selection process. An essay with about 300 words takes 20 minutes on average.
  • Candidates are put into groups of 10-12 people and given a topic during the GD round in the IIFT exam. Following that, candidates must demonstrate initiative, effective communication, and presentation of their ideas.
  • Due to COVID-19 limitations, the institute has been conducting its online PI and extempore exams for the past two years in place of GD and WAT.

Who is Eligible for IIFT Exam?

The official eligibility guideline defines all the requirements for the candidate's suitability to appear IIFT Exam 2024. It contains educational qualifications and the IIFT age limit. Note that there are no limitations on the upper age limit to appear in IIFT 2024.

Applicants must abide by the IIFT eligibility criteria before applying for the entrance exam to avoid disqualification at the end. The complete details about the eligibility for IIFT Exam are mentioned below:

IIFT MBA Exam: Nationality

IIFT Exam notification does not mention any restriction on nationality. The selection procedure for Indian Nationals and Foreign Nationals/NRIs is different. Foreign Nationals/NRIs can seek admission into IIFT, based on the General Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) score, whereas Indian Nationality students must appear for the IIFT Exam 2024 for admission.

IIFT Age Limit

As per the official selection criteria and eligibility details, there is no upper age limit to appear in the IIFT exam. Candidates of any age may apply for the IIFT 2024 if they have a suitable educational qualification.

IIFT Exam Educational Requirements

The educational qualification of IIFT 2024 dictates that the applicant must have a bachelor's degree of a minimum of 3 years in any discipline. The bachelor's degree must be from a recognized institute or an equivalent institution. The IIFT Exam educational qualification percentage varies according to the category.

Candidates Category

Minimum Qualification Percentage

General Category

Minimum 50%

Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), and Persons with Disability (PWD) categories

Minimum 45%

The IIFT 2024 educational qualification does not mention any particular discipline; therefore, the applicant can have a 3-year graduate degree in any discipline.

IIFT Exam: Number of Attempts

There are no limitations on the number of attempts in appearing for the IIFT Exam. If the candidates qualify for the basic eligibility of IIFT 2024, they can appear for this exam as many times as they want.

IIFT Exam Pattern 2024

The paper pattern of IIFT 2024 is very similar to other MBA entrance exams. The exam is conducted online in CBT mode in different exam centres in India. The total IIFT Exam duration is 2 hours, in which the candidates have to answer 110 questions (as per last year's analysis).

In the table below we have shared the latest IIFT Exam Pattern, along with the sectional weightage and marking scheme.

How many Questions Can be Expected in IIFT Exam 2024?

The candidates can expect the same number of questions in the IIFT 2024, as mentioned in the table below.

IIFT Exam Sections

Number of questions

Marks per question

IIFT Negative Marking

IIFT Total Marks

Verbal Ability & English Comprehension





Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning





Quantitative Analysis





General Knowledge & Awareness










[Please Note: IIFT Exam marking scheme is different from the other MBA exams in India. It differs for all the sections, and the details are mentioned in the above table. As per the official IIFT marking scheme and negative marking scheme, -1 mark will be deducted for questions in VARC, QA, and DILR sections, and 0.5 mark will be deducted for questions in the GA section. For every correct answer in VARC, QA, and DILR sections award 3 marks and 1.5 marks in GA in IIFT Exam 2024]

IIFT Syllabus

The syllabus of IIFT Exam consists of 4 important sections, including

  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
  • Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • General Knowledge & Awareness

The GK syllabus for IIFT Exam is huge as there are definite chapters to be completed. The more you study, you will learn and gather knowledge to answer GK Questions in IIFT 2024. The remaining three sections mostly cover the chapters below. Get all the details for IIFT Exam Syllabus here.

Verbal Ability

& Reading Comprehension

Logical Reasoning and

Data Interpretation

Quantitative Aptitude


Blood relations




Simple interest

English proficiency

Linear & Matrix Arrangements


Sentence Reconstruction

Verbal Logic

Arithmetic Mean

Fill in the blanks


Set Theory

Paragraph completion

Cause & Effect



Data Structures


Odd word out

Alphabetical Series



Visual & Critical Reasoning

Standard Deviation

Spelling mistakes

Family Tree Problem

Instalments/ payments

Sentence formation


Number System

Sentence improvement


Arithmetic Progression

Rearrangement of words

in sentence



IIFT 2024 Registration

The candidates may know that the entire registration process for IIFT Exam is online. They have to complete the online registration first on the official website to fill out the IIFT Exam form and pay the fees. The exam conducting authority will activate the IIFT 2024 Registration link online on the official website- iift.nta.nic.in tentatively by the last week of September 2023. Note the section below to more about the registration process for IIFT Exam and the fees to be paid to complete the process successfully.

Process of IIFT Apply Online

Here is the step-by-step process for completing the IIFT Exam registration.

  • Visit the IIFT 2024 official website
  • Click on Apply For IIFT MBA (IB) Registration
  • Click on 'New Registration' if not already registered.
  • Read through the instructions and procedure for online submission of the IIFT Exam application form and click on the acknowledgement to proceed further.
  • Enter the following details to create IIFT login credentials
  • After IIFT Entrance Exam 2024 registration, you will get login credentials.
  • Fill in the required details in the application form for IIFT 2024. Please ensure that the information filled in is valid to prevent disqualification.
  • Upload the scanned copy of the photograph and the signature in JPEG/JPG format.
    • The size of the scanned photograph must not exceed 50 KB, and the signature scanned copy must not exceed 20 KB.
  • Complete the application form by paying the IIFT Exam fee.
  • Save a copy of the filled IIFT 2024 application form for future reference.

☛ If you are targeting IIMs to study MBA then it is important to you to study CAT Syllabus thoroughly.

IIFT Exam Fee

The application fee of IIFT 2024 includes the testing fee and must be paid while filling out the application form. You can pay the IIFT Exam fees online using any of the mentioned ways.

Candidates’ Category

IIFT Exam Fees

For General and OBC

Rs. 2500

For SC/ST/PWD candidates

Rs. 1000

For Foreign Nationals/NRIs

US$80 /Rs. 4,500

How to Prepare for IIFT Exam?

The IIFT Preparation requires a thorough understanding of the exam pattern and the syllabus. Comprehensively cover the entire IIFT Exam syllabus with conceptual clarity and ensure that you clear all your doubts regularly. Practice and continuous revision also play an important role in IIFT 2024 preparation. Utilize the resources mentioned below to improve your exam preparation. Here, BYJU'S Exam Prep Experts have listed some tips to prepare for IIFT Exam 2024

  • Complete each topic or chapter and solve mock tests or sample questions. Analyze your understanding of the topic covered in the IIFT Exam.
  • Gather the best IIFT books to grip each chapter positively.
  • Do revise daily to improve your pace of solving questions accurately and quickly.
  • Maintain a notebook and separately note down the points and formulas that need continuous revision to crack IIFT Exam.

IIFT Previous Year Papers

The candidates must refer previous year's IIFT Exam question paper during preparation. The IIFT Practice Papers will let you analyze what kind of questions to expect in the exam and plan your preparation strategy accordingly. Last year's papers of the IIFT Exam also help you determine the level of preparedness and the topics to be improved before the exam.

Utilize the previous year's paper for the IIFT 2024 preparation to its fullest, plan your strategy, practice self-assessment, make corrections, and attempt to retest for better results. All the practice papers, including IIFT Question Papers, can be referred to for practice for the upcoming IIFT Exam 2024. Also, check IIFT Study Material to ace this exam in one chance.

IIFT Exam - Books to Study

The candidates must follow the recommended IIFT Books to prepare for this exam. Choosing the right books is very important to score well in the IIFT 2024 and to clear the cutoffs.

  • IIFT Exam books will help the candidates to improve their thinking ability. They can easily find the answer and solve it with accuracy.
  • It helps them to do section-wise preparation, which is extremely important to clear the cutoffs.

Below are some study materials, that you can follow to prepare for IIFT exam 2024.

  • NCERT Books - NCERT (Class 8-10)
  • Word Power Made Easy - Norman Lewis
  • High School English Grammar - Wren and Martin

IIFT 2024 Admit Card

The exam conducting authority will declare the IIFT Admit Card after registration. The candidates who will successfully register for IIFT Exam can download their admit card cum hall ticket from the official website, using their login details. It is an important document, the candidates must produce it on the scheduled IIFT exam date; otherwise, they will not be allowed to appear for the exam without it.

After downloading IIFT 2024 admit card check for the details below very carefully.

  • Candidates' names with photographs and signature
  • Category of the candidate and gender
  • Roll number and application number
  • IIFT Exam centre address
  • Date of Examination
  • Reporting time
  • IIFT Exam Time
  • Signature of deputy register

IIFT Exam Day Guidelines

The official timing for IIFT 2024 is 10 AM to 12 PM, considering the previous year’s trend. We have listed the Dos and Don'ts that you must be followed on the scheduled IIFT Exam date.



Reach IIFT Exam centres as per the reporting time mentioned in your hall ticket.

Take the printout of two copies of the IIFT 2024 hall ticket and a passport-size photograph.

Carry your ID proof and try to follow the Covid-19 protocols

Do not reach the IIFT exam centres late

Do not carry food items, electronic items and unnecessary accessories containing metal items.

IIFT 2024 Cut Off

The IIFT Exam cutoffs are generally released by the individual IIFTs, after the declaration of the result. It is the minimum score and the candidate must secure it to be eligible for further rounds and complete the entire IIFT exam process. IIFT 2024 Cut Off will be declared as per the percentile scores including the sectional cut-off and final cut-off. The factors that influence the cutoffs of the IIFT Exam are as follows

  • Number of applicants appearing for IIFT 2024
  • The average performance of the applicants
  • The difficulty level of the IIFT exam paper
  • Number of seats available at IIFTs

Note the below table to get a list of final cut-offs of previous years' IIFT Exam.

Candidate’s Category

IIFT 2023 Cut Off



General EWS










Kashmiri Migrants


IIFT Exam Analysis

BYJU'S Exam Prep Experts will compile the exam data and provide a detailed section-wise IIFT exam analysis 2024, after the exam. It will include all important points about the difficulty level and question types of the IIFT 2024.

You can refer to the IIFT Analysis of the last year's exam to understand the topics covered in this exam. The IIFT Exam Analysis 2024 contains all the important details about the exam, such as the kinds of questions asked, topics asked under each section, the difficulty level, section-wise analysis, good attempts, expected cutoff, and more.

Note the table below to get important highlights of the difficulty level of last year’s IIFT Exam

IIFT Exam Sections

IIFT 2023 Difficulty Level

Verbal Ability & English Comprehension

Difficult (Higher than the last year)

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

Easy ( Easier than last year - scoring section)

Quantitative Analysis

Difficult (Higher than the last year)

General Knowledge & Awareness




IIFT 2024 Answer Key & Response Sheet

The exam conducting body NTA will release IIFT exam answer key 2024 within a few days after the exam. All the candidates who will appear for the exam can see and download IIFT 2024 answer key online using their login credentials.

Note the steps below to check the IIFT Answer Key on the official website of NTA.

  • Visit the official website of the IIFT Exam
  • Click on the display IIFT answer key button
  • Enter your IIFT 2024 Login details
  • Your IIFT Exam answer key will be displayed
  • Download the file and check for the correctness of each question

IIFT Exam Result cum Scorecard

The officials of NTA will declare the IIFT 2024 Result, tentatively by the second week of February 2024. The candidates download IIFT Result in the form of a scorecard by using their login credentials.

Note the steps below to know the steps to download the IIFT Exam scorecard cum result directly from the official website.

  • Log in to the official website of NTA
  • Click on the IIFT Exam NTA scorecard tab
  • Enter login credentials correctly.
  • Click on the 'Submit' tab
  • Download the IIFT 2024 scorecard and save it on your device.

IIFT Mock Test

It is an integral part of your IIFT Exam preparation. The IIFT Mock Test Series provides reliable and valuable insights into the exam pattern and the question trend and guides you towards a more result-oriented preparation. BYJU'S Exam Prep mock test for IIFT Exam is curated by exam experts and follows the latest question trend, systematically covering the entire syllabus.

Attempt a free IIFT 2024 online test series to test where you stand and the improvement required to reach the target result. Regular practice of IIFT Exam mocks also improves your pace of solving questions and minimizes mistakes. Solve and prepare with the IIFT Exam test series for effective preparation.

IIFT Online Coaching

BYJU'S Exam Prep IIFT 2024 Online Coaching is a smart and unique way to ace the exam quickly and efficiently. It is an excellent method to stay on top of your IIFT exam preparation. The live video classes cover the entire syllabus with extensive information on each concept. The classes provide expert guidance from toppers for complete conceptual clarity, ensuring that you are well-versed in the whole curriculum of the IIFT Exam.

FAQs on IIFT Exam 2024

  • It is a national-level MBA Entrance Exam, conducted by NTA to select the candidates for MBA-IB Programmes. IIFT Exam is also a prestigious exam in India. A total of 110 questions are asked in this exam which is needed to complete within 2 hours.

  • No, NTA has still not released IIFT 2024 Exam Date on its official website. Following the trends, the candidates can expect that the upcoming IIFT exam will be held tentatively by the second week of December 2023.

  • Yes, IIFT Exam is considerably a tough exam. The candidates must be prepared for this exam in a strategic way. However, the exam sections are quite similar but the authority always asks tricker and more challenging questions to the candidates.

  • The candidates have to complete 3 years of bachelor's degree in any discipline with at least 50% marks (45% for reserved category) in aggregate. However, there is no specification for IIFT age limit. Both Indian and foreign nationals candidates can apply for this exam

  • There is no age bar to apply for IIFT Exam. As per the official update, the exam authority does not restrict candidates irrespective of their ages. If you have completed three years of Bachelor's degree, you can apply for this exam.

  • Note the steps below to complete the IIFT 2024 Registration.

    • Visit the official website
    • Click on New Registration
    • Fill in all the required details to get IIFT Login
    • Login to the portal again and fill out the IIFT Application Form
    • Pay IIFT Exam Fees
    • Click on Submit
    • Download and take a printout of the final copy of the IIFT Exam 2023 Form.
  • There 4 chapters in IIFT Exam Syllabus which are needed to be completed to ace this exam in the exam once.

    • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
    • Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation
    • Quantitative Aptitude
    • General Knowledge & Awareness
  • Use your free time to revise important notes and chapters, as home preparation is extremely important to prepare effectively for the IIFT Exam. Apart from this, the aspirants can join BYJU’S Exam Prep online classes to access updated study material for the upcoming exam.

  • The candidates may know that IIFT Exam is conducted only once every year. So, you will get only the opportunity to appear for this exam in a particular academic year. Additionally, the candidates can attempt IIFT Exam any number of times as there are no restrictions on the number of attempts.

  • IIFT 2024 is just an MBA entrance test to clear the gateway to enter IIFT to study MBA in IB. But this exam is not everything for the IIFT Admission process for MBA Programmes. After clearing this exam, you have to go through the selection round. If you clear this section process, only then you can take admission to various MBA Programmes in IIFT.

  • No, IIM does not accept IIFT Score, It is only accepted by IIFT. If you want to join IIM then you have to appear for CAT Exam.

  • The selection criteria for the IIFT Exam include essay writing, GD, and PI. Candidates who clear the IIFT cutoffs are shortlisted for this round, which is normally conducted in the month of February. The final selection is made based on the candidate's overall performance in all selection rounds.

  • The overall difficulty level of the IIFT Exam is moderate to difficult in 2023. Below we have listed the section-wise difficulty level of IIFT 2023.

    • VARC: Difficult
    • DILR: Easy
    • QA: Difficult to Moderate
    • GK: Easy to Moderate
  • IIFT is an excellent alternative for getting an MBA when taking into account variables like faculty, placements, location, students, alumni, etc. It is the top institution among those mentioned here for studying international business.

  • Yes, the candidates who are in the final year of their graduation are eligible to apply for IIFT 2024. In this case, they need to have scored a minimum of 50% in aggregate in the first two years of their Bachelor's degree (45% for Reserved category candidates).

  • Yes, an average student can definitely appear for IIFT Exam. If he/she enacts well in the IIFT entrance exam and clears the GD-PI with confidence and positivity, they will definitely be selected for admission.


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