Putting an end to the weeklong confusion for MBA aspirants, IIFT has announced the revised date for the MBA Entrance Exam to avoid clash with CAT 2017. As per the latest notification released by the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), the MBA Entrance Exam Date for the IIFT MBA Admission Test has been revised to December 3.
IIFT Exam Date Revised to avoid clash with CAT
As per the earlier notification, the IIFT MBA Entrance Exam was scheduled to take place on 26th November, the same date as CAT 2017 Exam date. The clash of MBA Admission Tests had put many aspirants in a major confusion as to which exam to appear for. However, the news of IIFT MBA Exam Date change has put the minds of nearly 60000 MBA aspirants at ease who were in a dilemma due to the clash of MBA entrance exam dates of IIFT and CAT 2017.
IIFT 2017 - Application Date Extended
Along with rescheduling the IIFT Exam Date, the Institute has also announced the extended the application deadline for IIFT MBA Admission Test till Sept 15. The earlier application deadline was 5th Sept. This means that MBA aspirants interested in applying for the IIFT 2017 Entrance Exam seeking admission to the MBA (IB) programme will now have 10 additional days to complete the application formalities.
Earlier many MBA aspirants who had plans to apply for IIFT Entrance Exam had not applied for the exam due to date clash with CAT. The extension in the application deadline will give such candidates enough time to complete the admission formalities.
No of Applicants for IIFT 2017
As per the tentative estimates, nearly 60000 MBA aspirants are expected to apply and appear for the IIFT 2017 Exam. Although the number is significantly low compared to the 2 lakh aspirants that appear for the CAT 2017, it still is very important as showcased by the dilemma of MBA aspirants below.
CAT vs. IIFT dilemma
The major biggest dilemma for MBA aspirants with regards to the clash of IIFT and CAT dates was that while CAT 2017 will give them an opportunity to get into IIMs and other B-schools, it doesn’t get them into IIFT which is the most popular B-school for MBA in International Business. Similarly, only IIFT Exam Score doesn’t given them change to get into IIMs but only IIFT. Therefore, the clash of IIFT and CAT Exam dates put them in a position where they had to choose one over the other.
However, the revision of IIFT MBA Exam dates to 3rd December has put an end to this confusion.
A Week’s gap between IIFT 2017 and CAT 2017
The revised IIFT MBA Exam Date i.e. 3rd December means that there is a week’s gap for candidates to get ready for the IIFT MBA Admission Test after appearing for CAT 2017 on 26th November. IIFT conducts the MBA entrance exam in a pen and paper based test whereas CAT 2017 is a computerized test. The gap of 1 week between the two exams will give some relief and time to MBA aspirants to prepare for the change in the format of both the exams.
Apart from the change in the medium of the MBA Exam, the only other change as far as syllabus is concerned is that IIFT Exam has a dedicated GK section which is not present in the CAT 2017 exam syllabus.
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