IIFT Eligibility Criteria 2022: Age Limit, Educational Qualification, Reservation

May 5, 2021 | Management


National Testing Agency will set the IIFT eligibility criteria 2022 for the candidates who are willing to appear for the entrance exam. Candidates will have to satisfy the educational qualifications as specified in the IIFT 2022 eligibility criteria to appear for the exam. IIFT eligibility criteria is different for different categories. Failing to meet the eligibility criteria will lead to the cancelling of the candidature of the applicant. Therefore, before filling the application form for IIFT, aspirants must check for the qualification requirements and other important details associated with the eligibility criteria.

IIFT Eligibility Criteria 2022

All aspirants of IIFT exam must make sure that they meet the below mentioned criteria before applying for the exam.

IIFT 2022 Minimum Educational Eligibility

A candidate must have a Bachelors's degree (of minimum duration of 3 years) in any discipline with aggregate marks of 50% for General/OBC-NCL category and 45% for reserved categories (SC/ST/PwD), from a recognized Institution or University for getting into IIFT. Also, second year students are not eligible for IIFT 2022. Only Final year students can apply subject to the submission of requisite qualification by October 7, 2022. Candidates who fail to qualify the IIFT 2022 eligibility criteria will not be granted admission.

IIFT Exam Age Limit

IIFT has not specified any upper age limit for any category of candidates to take the exam. Hence, rest assured, there is no age limit for IIFT exam.


Indian citizens, as well as citizens of foreign nations, can apply for IIFT 2022. IIFT eligibility criteria for foreign nationals is different from Indian candidates, which will be discussed below.

Relaxation in marks

IIFT offers relaxation in marks based on the category. If a candidate belongs to reserved categories such as Physically Handicapped (PH), Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and Other Backward Classes (BC), there is a relaxation of 5% marks in aggregate. Only, candidates with Indian citizenship are eligible to claim relaxation under a reserved category.

For candidates who are in Final year or Awaiting Result

Candidates who are appearing for the final year bachelor's degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree but awaiting results can also apply. Having said that, they must able to provide a declaration signed and attested by the principal/director of the college. The proof of the required qualification should be sent to the institute before the given date by the authorities.

IIFT Eligibility Criteria 2022 for Foreign Nationals/ NRI

IIFT has seats that are reserved for Foreign Nationals/NRIs/Children of NRI candidates to its MBA program. A candidate who is a resident outside India for a period of not less than 18 months as on 31st December 2019 and remains outside India during the IIFT examination window is also eligible to take the entrance exam.

Foreign nationals' candidature for IIFT MBA - IB admission will be considered based only on their GMAT score. So, to seek admission at IIFT, a foreign national needs to have a valid GMAT score and they do not have to write the entrance exam.

Candidates should submit the proof of required qualification to the Institute by October 2021. Each foreign candidate should submit the GMAT Scores to the institute before October 31, 2021. GMAT test taken before January 1, 2020, will not be valid.

Documents required for IIFT 2022 Foreign Nationals/NRI

Foriegn national candidates are requested to keep the following documents while applying for the IIFT 2022 exam.

  • A candidate is currently based on Indian nationals who are living, working, studying abroad should produce with application certificate from the Indian Embassy/High Commission/ Consulate of the country.
  • The certificate should state that the candidate has been a resident in that country continuously for a period of not less than 18 months as of 31st December 2020.
  • An authentic passport of a country other than India is also considered as a valid document.

If the candidates fulfil the above-mentioned IIFT 2022 eligibility criteria, then they can start filling the application form.

IIFT Eligibility Criteria 2022 for MBA

Candidates can also check here the IIFT MBA eligibility criteria.

  • They must have a recognized bachelor's degree of minimum 3 years' duration.
  • Aspirants having at least 50% aggregate marks in the first attempt at the graduation level can apply for the exam. Candidates belonging to SC/ST/PWD categories can apply with 45% marks.
  • Candidates appearing in the final year of the graduation course can also apply after submitting the proof of requisite qualification within specified dates of start of the course.
  • Candidates appearing in the final year of graduation can also apply for the exam, provided they submit the requisite proof of qualification within the specified dates.

IIFT Kolkata Eligibility Criteria 2022

The IIFT 2022 eligibility criteria for different courses of Kolkata are tabulated below. Candidates can check below the table for the different courses they enrolled for.

Course IIFT Kolkata Eligibility Criteria 2022
MBA Graduation + GMAT
Certification 10+2
Executive MBA Graduation
PhD Post Graduation
Executive Graduation
Certification 10+2
PG Certificate Graduation

Reservation Policy in IIFT 2022

IIFT has reserved the seats for the following sections of the society. Also, the reservation criteria is applicable to all the specializations including finance, marketing, trading or systems and IT. Candidates can check the category wise reservation in the table below:

Category Wise Reservation of Seats in IIFT
Category Reservation of seats
General Category-Economically Weaker Section (GEN-EWS) 10%
Other Backward Class-Non Creamy Layer (OBC-NCL) 27%
Scheduled Caste (SC) 15%
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 7.5%
Persons with Disability (PwD) 5%

Candidates must check all the requirements as set by the exam authority for the IIFT 2022 eligibility criteria before filling the application form. In case the candidates is not meeting any of the criteria, then the authority has the right to cancel their candidature for the session. Candidates who are eligible for the exam are advised to refer to IIFT exam pattern to get a better understanding of the exam.

Notification regarding IIFT Eligibility Criteria 2022

IIFT exam can be given by Indian Citizens along with Foreign Nationals and Non-Resident Indians (NRI) who want to study in India. Students currently pursuing the last semester/year of their graduation can also appear for it. The IIFT authorities define the eligibility criteria each year. Having an undergraduate degree of a minimum of 3 years is necessary to apply for the IIFT Exam. Candidates in the final year of their undergraduate program can also apply to the exam. Foreign nationals will require a valid passport while applying. The IIFT Eligibility Criteria for domestic candidates and international candidates are different. The IIFT 2022 eligibility criteria is classified into things like minimum educational qualification, nationality, age, and reserved categories, etc. It is required of appearing candidates to check the eligibility criteria before applying for the exam. Every candidate should satisfy the criteria given below (whichever applies) to be able to appear for the exam. Candidates can read below more about the IIFT 2022 eligibility criteria in detail.

IIFT 2022 Scholarship Scheme

Candidates who clear the IIFT exam 2022 can avail loan facility very easily from leading PSUs bank such as SBI who have an official tie-up with the institute to provide loans to students at subsidized rate. Additionally, the Institute also provides scholarships options; here is a brief about the financial aid available to students at IIFT.

Need Based Scholarship Scheme

IIFT operates a "Need Based Scholarship Scheme" under which it pays interest subsidy for a certain period of time on Educational Loan from a bank taken by the student whose family annual income is less than INR 4.50 lakh. Depending upon the tution fee, additional charges, and other essential expenses, the amount of educational loan is revised every year.

Central Sector Scholarship Scheme

The Ministry of Social Service and Empowerment and the Ministry of Tribal Affairs have introduced a liberal scholarship scheme called “Central Sector Scholarship Scheme" for SC and ST students. Under this scheme, 4 students each from SC and ST communities are selected on the basis of merit and their applications are forwarded to the Ministries to be awarded scholarship. The scholarship includes:

  • Tution fee and non refundable charges
  • Living expenses are INR 2200 per month, subject to actuals
  • Books and stationary expenses are INR 3000 per month, subject to actuals
  • A latest computer with accessories with an upper cap limit of INR 45000 (One time).

Please note that IIFT retains all the final authority to add, or remove any scholarship scheme or change the existing clause(s) as per requirement.


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