CAT 2018 was held on November 25, 2018 this year, with over 2 lakh aspirants appearing for the same. Candidates aspiring to enter the best B-Schools of the country are waiting with bated breaths for the results. Many, however, have written IIFT 2018 as well, which was conducted today on December 2, 2018.

The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) is touted to be one of the highly ranked dream B- schools in India. It ranks 23rd amongst the top MBA colleges in India. IIFT 2018 is the gateway to MBA (IB) 2019-21 at IIFT. It is considered to be one of the best two- years MBA programme in International Business. IIFT is known to provide both an amazing learning experience to the students and possesses a high placement record.

Clearing the IIFT 2018 Entrance Exam with around 45 to 50 marks out of 100 may lead to gaining admission into the institute’s highly reputed two- years full-time MBA 2019-21 International Business programme at its Delhi, Kolkata or newly launched Kakinada campus. IIFT has one campus in Tanzania as well.

IIFT 2018 Intake

IIFT Campus
Intake for MBA (IB) 2019-21
IIFT Delhi
IIFT Kolkata
IIFT Kakinada

The IIFT 2019 MBA (IB) Admission Test Score will be accepted only by IIFT for admissions to its campuses and no other MBA college will be accepting IIFT 2018 Exam Score. With effect from the entrance exam held on December 3, 2017, IIFT now conducts the entrance exam on the first Sunday of December, in paper-pen mode across the country instead of fourth Sunday of November.

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IIFT 2018 Exam Pattern

IIFT 2018 Marks Vs Percentile
IIFT 2018 Marks Vs Percentile

We are over with the IIFT 2018 Exam, nonetheless, let us go through the exam pattern to learn more about IIFT 2018, section-wise scores and expected cut-off.

This year IIFT Exam Pattern for Admissions to MBA (IB) 2019-21 batch had 6 sections consisting of questions on English Grammar; Vocabulary and Comprehension; General Knowledge & Current Affairs; Logical Reasoning; Data Interpretation; and Quantitative Analysis. IIFT 2018 Admission Test was a multiple-choice objective type written test (in English) of 120 minutes.

 IIFT Paper Pattern Components
Key Details
Changes from Last Year exam pattern
IIFT Exam Date 2018
December 2, 2018
Changed from 4th Sunday of November
IIFT Exam Sessions 2018
Single session exam
No change
IIFT Pattern-Testing Mode 2018
Paper-Pen Based Exam
No change from last year
IIFT 2018 Test duration
2 hours from 10AM to 12Noon
Remains same
Total Questions
Reduced from 123
Type of Questions
No Change
Number of Sections
Increased from 4 earlier
Sectional Time Limit
No, Any question from any section can be attempted in two hours
No Change
Maximum total marks
No change
Marking Scheme
0.5 to 1 mark credit for each correct answer
No change
Negative Marking
1/3rd Negative marking for wrong answer
No change
IIFT paper Difficulty Level
Moderate to High
Low score gives high percentile

IIFT 2018 Marking Scheme

As per the IIFT Pattern, out of the total 100 marks the distribution of marks in IIFT 2018 entrance with number of questions and weightage assigned to each of them, is expected to be on the following pattern:

Total questions
Mark awarded for each correct answer
Max marks 100
Percentage of Weightage in shortlisting
Verbal Ability
Reading Comprehension
Logical Reasoning
Data Interpretation
Quantitative Analysis
General Awareness (GK)

Optimizing the Score of IIFT 2018 

IIFT declares the cut-off along with the Scorecard, which carries the IIFT section-wise cutoff out of a total of 100 marks. The cut-off marks generally depend on the difficulty level of the paper. IIFT Scorecard would be released on IIFT Exam website along with the IIFT result. Candidates can view and download their Scorecard from the IIFT website ( by logging in with their Roll number and Date of Birth.

IIFT 2018 Percentile Predictor

IIFT Percentile Predictor helps offer the nearest IIFT percentile calculation, so that the candidates may come to understand whether they would be shortlisted by IIFT for MBA (IB) Admissions 2019 based on the IIFT 2019 Percentile predictions. As per the previous trends, the required percentile for different campuses of IIFT have been as:

  • Expected Percentile for Delhi Campus: 98 & above
  • Expected Percentile for Kolkata Campus: 95 & above
  • Expected Percentile for Kakinada Campus: 90 & above

The Percentile predictor operates upon three parameters, viz; total number of test takers, the sectional and overall performance of the candidate in contrast to his peers and the difficulty level of the exam. Notably, the IIFT releases a comprehensive shortlist of candidates for all campuses and later allotts the campus as per the final merit score.  

IIFT was established in the year 1963 as an autonomous body under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. It also ranks as one of the top B-Schools in India. As per the IIFT alumni, it really is an unforgettable affair. Besides offering a fine learning experience, it allows the second year students a chance to explore a domestic or international port like Mundra, Vizag, Kochi, Colombo, Singapore etc. It also has a Social Awareness Program and an Ultimate Warriors League (UWL) which is a huge intra-college sports fest. There are numerous symposiums and conclaves throughout the year which make the campus life more interesting. Above all, this 50+ years heritage has produced students who are now big industry stalwarts and are at the helm of operations of some of the biggest brands in the world like HUL, Barclays, Cargill, Louis Deryfus, UB Group, Manchester United, Vedanta Resources, Edelweiss Group, Cargill India, SIDBI, Bharti Airtel etc.