IIFT Entrance Test Cutoff – Dates, Previous Year Cutoffs, Reservations

NTA will release the IIFT entrance test cutoff 2021 on behalf of all the campuses of Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) – Delhi, Kolkata & Kakinada. The IIFT entrance test cutoff shall be released soon after the declaration of IIFT entrance test result. The cutoff of IIFT entrance test can be broadly categorized into two types:

  1. IIFT sectional cutoff 
  2. IIFT category-wise cutoff   

The IIFT entrance test cutoff 2021 shall mention the minimum marks that candidates must score in order to qualify for the further IIFT selection process. NTA determines the IIFT entrance test cutoff on the basis of various factors like number of IIFT test-takers, previous years’ cutoff stats, difficulty level of IIFT question paper, reservation policies, etc. This article is intended to educate the candidates about the facts related to IIFT entrance test cutoff 2021 along with the statistical data from previous years’ IIFT cutoffs. 

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IIFT Entrance Test Cutoff – Important Dates

All the important dates related to the IIFT entrance test 2021 for MBA admissions in the 2021-23 batch are mentioned in the table below.

Schedule for IIFT Entrance Test Cutoff 2021

Events Important Dates (Tentative)
IIFT 2021 exam date First week of December 2020
IIFT 2021 result declaration Third week of December 2020
Release of IIFT entrance test cutoff 2021  Fourth week of December 2020
IIFT selection procedure 2021  February 2021

IIFT Entrance Test Cutoff – Determining Factors

The IIFT entrance test cutoff varies every year due to various factors. Keeping in mind some of these defining parameters, NTA will decide the IIFT entrance test cutoff 2021. 

  1. Difficulty level of IIFT test – To start with, the primary factor that determines the IIFT cutoff is the question paper of IIFT 2021. If the paper is difficult, then the IIFT 2021 cutoff will be on the lower side and vice-versa. 
  2. Number of candidates appearing – Another important factor considered during the preparation of the IIFT cutoff list is the total number of candidates taking the IIFT entrance examination. If the number of candidates appearing for IIFT 2021 will be large, the cutoff will remain on a higher side and vice-versa. 
  3. Seat Availability – One of the major factors determining the IIFT cutoff is the availability of seats at IIFT Delhi, Kolkata & Kakinada campus. 

IIFT Entrance Test Cutoff – Previous Years’ Cutoff Statistics 

Given below are the category-wise and section-wise cutoffs of IIFT entrance examination 2020. 

IIFT Entrance Test Cutoff 2020 (Category-wise)

Category Cutoff Marks (Out of 300)
OBC (NCL) 115.5
General 138
SC 89
ST 89
PH 89

Section-wise IIFT 2020 Cutoff

Section Cutoff Marks Maximum Marks
Reading Comprehension & Verbal Ability 34 105
Quantitative Aptitude 15 75
General Awareness 5 30
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning 22 90

IIFT Campus-wise Cutoff 2019

Campus  Sections of IIFT Entrance Test 2019*
Delhi 3-4 5.5 4 3 4.5 1 36
Kolkata  3 5 3.5 2.5 4 0.85 34
Kakinada 3 4.5 3 2 3.5 0.80 32

*The IIFT entrance test 2019 had  six sections, namely:

  • Data Interpretation (DI)
  • Logical Reasoning (LR)
  • Verbal Ability (VA)
  • Reading Comprehension (RC)
  • Quantitative Ability (QA)
  • General Awareness (GA)

IIFT Category-wise Cutoff 2018

Category  Cutoff Marks (Out of 100)
General 35.50
OBC 30.50
ST 22.69
SC 20.02
PH 23.69

IIFT 2018 – Section-wise Cutoff

Section Cutoff Marks Maximum Marks
Reading Comprehension 2.69 16
Verbal Ability 3.35 15
Quantitative Aptitude 3.01 20
General Awareness 5.67 09
Logical Reasoning 0.82 20
DI 0.25 20

IIFT 2017 – Category Wise Cutoff

Category Cutoff Marks (Out of 100)
General 48.5
OBC 43.5
SC 38.5
ST 27.17
PH 28.85

IIFT Selection Process 

Post the release of IIFT entrance test cutoff 2021, the qualified candidates (who obtain at least the cutoff closing marks) will be shortlisted to participate in the further selection process of IIFT. The further selection rounds will include:

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  1. Screening of candidates (on the basis of their performance in IIFT written exam)
  2. Writing Assessment (WA)
  3. Group Discussion (GD) 
  4. Personal Interview (PI)
  5. Preparation of IIFT final merit list       

The GD/CD, PI, and WA rounds shall be performed at designated centres by IIFT in all the major cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, and Lucknow. Candidates shall be notified via email regarding the schedule of these rounds.    

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IIFT Seat Matrix 

The availability of seats differ across the three campuses of IIFT for the candidates seeking admission in MBA (International Business). . The table below mentions the campus-wise seat availability at the three IIFT campuses.

Campus Number of Available Seats 
Delhi 220
Kolkata 200
Kakinada  60

IIFT – Reservations 

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade is an autonomous public B-school established by the Ministry of Finance & Commerce, Government of India. Hence, it religiously follows the reservation policies followed by the central government.

Reservation Policies at IIFT 

Category % of Seats Reserved 
Unreserved Categories 35.5
Scheduled Castes 15
Scheduled Tribes 7.5
Other Backward Classes (Non-creamy Layer) 27
Persons with Disability (PwD) 5
Economically Weaker Section (EWS) 10

IIFT Entrance Test Cutoff – FAQs 

βœ”οΈ When will the National Testing Agency (NTA) declare the IIFT entrance test cutoff 2021?

NTA is expected to declare the cutoff for IIFT entrance exam 2021 in the fourth week of December 2020. However, the exact dates for IIFT entrance test cutoff 2021 release are yet to be notified.

βœ”οΈ How many seats are available at different campuses of the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade?

As of now, there are a total of 480 seats available cumulatively at all the three campuses of IIFT for MBA (IB). IIFT Delhi has the maximum number of seats available i.e. 220 while IIFT Kolkata campus has a seat intake capacity of 200. Moreover, the newest campus in the IIFT clan i.e. IIFT Kakinada has 60 seats. 

βœ”οΈ What is the difference between sectional and category-wise IIFT cut off lists?

The IIFT category-wise cutoffs are the minimum overall marks that the candidates belonging to different categories need to score in the IIFT entrance test to qualify for the further selection process. On the other hand, the IIFT sectional cutoff is the minimum marks that the candidates need to obtain in each section of IIFT entrance test.

βœ”οΈ Do I need to qualify both IIFT category-wise and sectional cutoffs?

Yes, in order to qualify for the further IIFT selection process, candidates must clear the sectional as well as overall cut off of the IIFT entrance test.  

βœ”οΈ Is work experience needed to apply for Indian Institute of Foreign Trade?

No. It is not mandatory to have work experience in order to apply for IIFT. However, in the final admission process, IIFT may prefer candidates who have work experience over the freshers.  

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