IIFT 2019 Results were declared on January 15, 2019 for MBA (IB) Admissions 2019. IIFT Results confirm that a total of 2097 candidates have been shortlisted for the final selection round for IIFT MBA(IB) Admissions. Now that it is time for IIFT GD-PI Rounds, we bring to you this article to wade through this round successfully.

Notably, there are a total of 420 seats across 3 campuses and the IIFT 2019 Score Card was out on January 23, 2019.

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) has released the result for its entrance exam held on December 2, 2018. However, this comes after some weeks of delay. IIFT Results 2019 were expected to be declared in first week of January. However, as per the past trends, IIFT Results declaration date used to be earlier than the CAT Result date. Notably, this is the first time that IIFT Results have been declared after CAT Results which were released on January 5, 2019.

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Now that you are through with the IIFT Round 1, it is crucial that you start brushing up your preparation for IIFT GD and Personal Interview (PI) with the practical experience of applicants.

IIFT Admission Process

At IIFT, the selection procedure involves three stages: an Essay, a Group Discussion (GD) and a Personal Interview (PI).

  • Written Test: In line with the conventional process, the first stage of the selection process for the candidates involves a Writing Ability Test (WAT). The main objective of this test was to assess the written communication skills of the aspirants and shortlist those who would fit into the eligibility criteria among all the candidates.
  • Essay Writing: In this round, candidates are given various trending topics and are asked to express their views or opinions in an essay format. It sheds light on the knowledge and understanding the candidate has acquired in their career. In accordance with this principle,  however, the candidates were asked to write an essay on the most recent topics. The most eligible candidates were picked up for the next round i.e. Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI).
  • Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI): Normally, GD/PI is the final hurdle which a candidate needs to cross in order to join the prestigious IIFT. The rationale , however, behind conducting this round is to purely assess the verbal communication skills of those aspirants who wish to become a part of the premier institute for foreign trade in India. Those who get through this round successfully cement their chances of getting admission and being a part of it.

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IIFT Group Discussion


Average Duration: 30 minutes

Number of Panelists: 2

IIFT GD Topics

  • Should India cut down the package for economic stimulus?
  • Is it possible to have a separate currency for Asia?
  • Is climate change overdramatization or the actual need of the hour?
  • Should subsidies of petroleum be revoked?
  • Extempore for 15 minutes for each student followed by a Group Discussion for a duration of 20 minutes.

IIFT Essay Writing

Average Duration: 20 minutes

Number of Words: 300


  • Are domestic animals man’s best friend?
  • Is India the next superpower based on its inclusive growth figures?
  • The importance of undertaking Corporate Social Responsibility.

IIFT Personal Interview

Average Duration: 20 minutes

Number of Panelists: 3

  • Excerpts From Interview 1: How would you describe yourself in a few words? Which book have you recently read? What is the background of your family? Has there been a change in Indian values? What makes the International business a subject of interest for you? Which other MBA programs would you like to opt for? Differentiate a worm from a virus? Which search algorithm does Google use? (academic). The Personal Interview also involved some questions linked to networking and the topics associated with computer engineering.
  • Excerpts From Interview 2: What kind of business does your father own? How would you define market capitalization? What makes you look for a different career opportunity than the business owned by your father? Which business do you plan to start after the completion of your course? Define your career objective? What plan of action have you worked out to achieve this career objective? How would you define grid computing? Define Cloud Computing? Tell us how the idea of social networking looks like to you?
  • Excerpts From Interview 3: How would you describe yourself in brief? What is India’s current foreign policy? Does it augur well for the aspirations of the nation? What are its lacunas or pitfalls? How would you define internet marketing? Why has there been a reduction in percentage between 10th and graduation? Which books have you gone through so far? What is the reason behind your preference for this particular author? What attracts your attention to this author in comparison to other authors? Name lessons have you learnt after reading those books?
  • Excerpts From Interview 4: What are the names of the newspapers that you prefer to read? What is the reason for your interest in joining IIFT? What do you know about the course structure of this institute? Have you got a placement somewhere? Would you like to join the company? Keeping in mind the decent job offers that you have got, what makes you still go for an MBA degree course rather than taking up those job offers? What currency is used in France? Which countries consider Euro as the currency? Why does European Union use a common currency? Why do you think a company should opt for international trade despite its strong foothold on the domestic market?  How much does India have in terms of its foreign exchange reserve? What is India’s GDP?

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Analysis of the IIFT GD-PI Rounds

Going by the manner in which all the rounds were carried out and the questions that featured in all the rounds, it can be safely said that the procedure for the final selection of candidates was successfully completed.

As far as the difficulty level of questions is concerned, it was a moderate package. That is to say, the questions were intermediate between easy and difficult in terms of the level of difficulty. However, they were not a piece of a cakewalk as well.

The topics for IIFT Essay Writing were slightly different from what a majority of candidates would have expected. Then again, such an element of surprise is what makes it worth the effort to get through to the final list of selection for the admission of candidates for the IIFT after the last round.

The last round went on for a duration of 20 minutes and was conducted in the presence of 3 panellists. They asked some taxing questions to the candidates to put their ability of thinking and verbal communication skills to test. It goes without saying that the candidates would have had to put their best foot forward to convince the panellists of their thought process and communication skills.

So, overall, the process ticked all the right boxes of expectations and set the right example for the procedure to be conducted in the coming years.