Throwing a curve ball at the MBA aspirants planning to take up the IIFT 2018 MBA entrance exam test, the one the top MBA Colleges of India has revised the eligibility criteria for the candidates taking up the exam.
As per the latest update, the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade has revised the eligibility criteria for IIFT MBA Admission test. From this year onwards, only those candidates who have secured above 50% marks in their bachelor’s / graduation degree will be eligible to appear for the IIFT MBA entrance exam. Earlier, there were no such eligibility criteria and any candidate holding a three year graduation degree was free to apply for IIFT MBA admission test.
As per the official IIFT 2018 notification, the new eligibility criteria clause reads as:
‘Recognized Bachelor’s degree of minimum 3 years duration in any discipline with 50% marks in Graduation (45% for SC/ST/PWD candidates). Candidate appearing in the final year examination of Graduation can also apply.’
IIFT 2018 MBA entrance exam is the basic criteria for the short listing and selection of candidates to the IIFT’s flagship. And therefore very important from the perspective of the MBA aspirants.
Why change IIFT 2018 Eligibility Criteria?
IIFT 2018 has changed the eligibility criteria for the registration of candidates for the MBA entrance exam keeping in mind the other B-school entrance tests. Majority of other MBA entrance exams require candidates to secure minimum 50% or above marks in order to be eligible to apply for the same. To bring the IIFT 2018 MBA (IB) entrance test, the institute has modified the eligibility criteria for the candidates registering for the test.
All other B-school exams such as SNAP, NMAT by GMAC, and AICTE-CMAT and even CAT have always had 50% marks in graduation as the minimum eligibility criteria for the applicants. This meant that MBA aspirants who had below 50% marks could only look up to IIFT for admission to a premier B-school. But that option has also closed with Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) announcing the revised eligibility criteria for the test.
The institute has also withdrawn the registration facility for graduates with below 50% marks in graduation from their online application portal.
Second Major Change after IIFT Exam Date
The change in the eligibility criteria of the applicants is the second major change that IIFT has announced to the MBA entrance exam this year. Earlier, the IIFT MBA Exam date was also changed from the conventional 4th Sunday of November i.e. 26th November this year, to the first Sunday of December i.e. 3rd December 2017. The IIFT Exam date was revised after the launch of official notification to avoid clash with CAT 2017 which is scheduled to take place on 26th November.
For candidates applying for IIFT MBA Entrance test, the change in the eligibility criteria is a major one especially for the candidates who have scored below 50% marks in their graduation. Until now, IIFT was the sole option available to them to secure admission to a premier B-school, but from this year onwards even that option has closed.
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