LIfe at IIFT :
Most of us start out early enough (if you're not brushing off an all-nighter) with the eternal trilemma of sleep vs. food vs. showers. The first class starts at 9:15 a.m. typically, with each class being two hours. If like me, you find getting up more than 5 minutes before class criminal, you scurry away to the cafe/dhabas and catch a quick breakfast in the 15 min. breaks. Last class is typically 6:30 p.m. (this can vary too), so you could be solving international marketing cases in the morning, followed by macroeconomics before lunch, global supply chain management after it, and finally studying a foreign language of your choice from 4:30-6:30 p.m. This would mark the end of your official academic schedule.AKA The Start of your actual day.
At any top B School, the official academic sessions are just another part of your day, with as much going on outside the lecture halls.
After you break over tea and snacks, is when things get interesting. The choice of activities at B School is typically maddening (you're not getting your money's worth otherwise!), with everything from sports to competitions to parties, or just endless discussions overchai-sutta. As a Student Council member, I typically attend to work post class, which could be talking to media houses, inviting speakers for events like or answering aspirant queries. Meanwhile some of my friends hit the gym, some others are working on , some more are solving real life problems with live projects and yet more others plan the numerous This is not taking into account those who manage the various domain-specific clubs and cells on campus. They could be creating content for magazines, talking to corporate honchos for interactive sessions, analysing the impact of the latest policy changes on the economy, or developing case studies on the latest digital campaigns. IIFT has 6 & 7 domain specific cells, working around the year across verticals.
A day B School lasts well into the night, with midnight being when most students let their hair down, when not working through the night on corporate competitions. This could be anything from traditional quizzes presided over by an aged monk, to midnight futsal, to random bouts of Pictionary & mafia. Midnight is also awaited for the vigorous celebrations, marked by cake-wash and highly kinetic wishes to back. Parties are a native species endemic to IIFT, with routine sightings across the audi or the nearby Hauz Khas Village. Guitar strumming is known to spontaneously occur, with open-mic’s drawing bathroom singers of all colours.
A Nescafe kiosk serves as the rallying point for late-night discussions ranging from the Syrian crisis, to the stubbornness of the cows on Delhi streets. More peaceful, loving souls are often observed either exploring the beautiful campus, or may even be at the Academic Block till late night. Rumour has it this may something to do with the Acad Block AC. A divine being known only as "Diwaan Sahab" has been coming in religiously at 5 a.m. sharp, everyday, for over a decade. The brain meltingly good bun maska & chai here is the breakfast of those champions, who've fought through the night, and now are heroes. Or at least very happily well-fed & sleep-deprived.
We also host the upcoming Ultimate Warriors League, which will be in it’s 8th edition this year (read: nearly as old as the actual IPL!) . is a full-fledged franchise based sports championship, with IPL style bidding that goes on for close to 7-8 hours with 150-180 players going under the hammer, across 12 disciplines!
Finally, at some point usually closer to dawn than dusk, you'll find a few hours of waiting while you sleep, till you can start all over again :)
I have got an intern opportunity at JPMC with a total stipend of Rs 2 lakhs per annum.
-IIFT was the first amongst Top 10 B-School across the country to finish its Final Placements
-A total of 81 companies made offers to its largest batch ever, comprising 254 students with the average number of offers per company seeing a considerable increase of around 15% over the previous year
-64 Pre-Placement offers were made to IIFTians
-Average compensation has seen a tremendous increase of 24% over last year, at 18.01 LPA for the class of 2016
-Highest International compensation saw a 36% increase over last year to USD 150,000 PA offered
-The highest domestic package drawn stood at an astounding Rs 29 LPA, a rise of 21% over previous year’s highest CTC
-35% of the batch took up offers in Sales and Marketing domain and 29% chose Finance as the domain for starting their careers.
-BFSI sector had a dominant presence with almost 26% of the batch choosing to start their careers in this growing sector.
-New associations with reputed organisations like 3M, Nivea, Adobe, Pernod Ricard, TGI Group, British Telecom, Synergy Consulting Inc., GM, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, Swiss Singapore, Hexaware, Concentrix, Tata Sky, Trident, Welspun, Religare, Blue Stone, Michael Page
-Multiple roles on offer in E-Commerce sector such as Account Manager, Business Analyst, Financial Analyst, Category Manager, Product Manager, Marketing Manager, Sales Specialist & Operations Manager were the striking feature of the placement season
-Amazon and Cognizant Business Consulting together made the highest number of offers followed by JP Morgan and Vodafone
-15 students got international roles with rise in offers across locations such as Nigeria, Peru, Dubai, Singapore
Alumni Network :
IIFT's alumni network crosses 5 continents and over 45 nations. We have alums working at the level of CEO (Ex Cargill) and even in policy making like in NITI Ayog. Since 1963, our alums have been making IIFT proud by thier achievements.
Companies and Roles
This is the IIFT governing students' council which acts as a coordinator for, and provides administrative support to, various student activities and events at IIFT besides taking policy decisions regarding student affairs in consultation with the Director/Chairperson/Program Director. The IMF consists of ten elected members.
The best kind of learning is from your peers. This is the belief which IIFT functions with. With the student council as an umbrella body, 6 clubs and 7 cells work to ensure collaborative and comprehensive learning the year round. All the possible domains of management- Finance, Marketing, Operations, Consulting, Systems, and Trade, are handled by one club each. The clubs impart domain and industry-specific knowledge via Knowledge Transfer Sessions throughout the year.
Following are the clubs:
Following are the cells:
Since the batch strength is small, the bonding between students is very high and everybody on campus knows everybody else. One of the special highlights of campus life is the celebration of all festivals with great gusto and loads of energy. Be it Biryani on Eid, fireworks and Rangolis on Diwali, or Dhol and bonfires on Lohri, these celebrations form an integral part of the student culture.
Amidst all rigors of academic life, IIFTians definitely know how to live it up once in a while. And when we let our hair down, we party like there’s no tomorrow. Music, ambiance – we got it all. Parties don’t end at dawn….every party is the source of new stories and rumors to keep the students occupied in whatever free time they get.
And once a year we make our signature move with the annual management fest, Quo Vadis, organized by the students and is one of the biggest events in campus. For three days students from top notch b-schools from across India come to IIFT to participate in various management and cultural events. With a lot of cash prizes at stake, Quo Vadis sees the best talent in India converging to the IIFT campus. After a hard day’s work, every night at Quo Vadis is capped off with music performances, dance and revelry.
One of the largest of its kind in the developing world, with a holding of around 84,000 volumes and subscriptions to 800 journals with complete online cataloguing, the IIFT Library is a veritable storehouse of information. Besides being an invaluable place of reference for industry, research scholars and students alike, the Library has an unique collection of publications of FAO, IMF, OECD, UNCTAD, UNCTC, World Bank, and other international agencies. The students have access to database such as the NIC, CMIE, India Trades, World Bank Indicators and other audio-visual aids on management. IIFT has set up the WTO Resource Centre in the Library to focus exclusively on WTO issues. The Centre is the only one of its kind in India, which enhances the utility of the IIFT Library even further. Besides the main Library, there is a Library-cum-Reading Room open round-the-clock, situated in the hostel.
Foreign Trade Library
The Foreign Trade Library is a knowledge bank in the field of Management, Foreign Trade and WTO related issues. It has an organized collection of Information resources on International Business & Economic Environment which are accessible in printed or e-form to its Readers for their reference or borrowing. It continued with its endeavor to add to its collection specialized publications, reports, Databases, e-Journals, Print Journals, Articles etc. and get itself updated regularly. Presently Library has an impressive collection of 1,00,990 resources that comprises74,008 book/CDs-volumes, 17381 bound periodicals, and 447 periodicals & 4000 articles.
Hostel life is the most important part of one's journey at IIFT. With over 60 students staying at our newly developed hostel at C9, the atmosphere of learning and having fun while staying at IIFT is unmatched. There is a separate mess facility at C9, and seating space for all students.
There is also a common room facility for students where they can sit for discussions and projects. It is also a great space for students to relax and rejuvenate owing to the television facility and table tennis facility. Hardly a five minute walk from the campus, it is well guarded and located in the plush green surrounding of Qutab Institutional Area
New Hostel (NH) is for the senior batch of students pursuing MBA (IB) from IIFT. It has 6 floors and all the rooms are on double-occupancy basis. Top two floors are guest rooms. NH hostel is connected with the help of passage to the academic block of IIFT .
It has a common room with a television and table-tennis table. It has an air-conditioned mess with sitting facility for all students staying. NH has Nescafe for refreshment adjoining to the hostel.
Old Hostel (OH), located within the IIFT campus, has eight floors (including a basement) and is home to both the first and second year students of the residential International Business program.
Some rooms of the hostel face the landmark Qutab Minar while some face the lush green Sanjay Van, providing the perfect setting for students to enjoy a fresh environ.
The hostel has a mess which is capable of seating approximately 100 students at a time. The hostel also has a common computer facility which can be used by the students to take print-outs without visiting the market. Closely situated is the dry facility to cater to students' needs.
The hostel is fee is around Rs, 1,00,000 for two years. One cannot opt for a PG in full time programme and it is compulsary to stay in hostel but for Foreign exchange programme people, there are easy PG facilities available in Green park and Hauzkhas in around Rs. 7000/- per month.
Every hostel has food facility available. The common mess prepares food at one place which is then put up in all 3 hostels with good quality and different menu every day. There is a provision of special food once in a month and Non Veg is offered twice a week and chinese once a week. Mess charges Rs.11,250/- for 3 months together.
Overall, the campus is not as big as other b-schools but all the basic facilities are available here.