In a first, NTA has postponed a result announcement. The result of IIFT 2020, the MBA entrance exam for Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, will now be announced by December 13, 2019. Per the initial schedule it ought to have been announced yesterday, December 11, 2019.
Candidates are a little perturbed by the fact that not only has the National Testing Agency delayed the result, but also the notice on new result date has come one day late. Had the notice been released yesterday, they would not have had to anxiously wait all day long to check when the result be out.
A point to be noted is that the latest notice on the new IIFT result date says that result will be out “by” December 13, 2019. Hence, the announcement may well be today.
Here is the exact text of the notice:
“The IIFT MBA (IB) 2020-22 Entrance Examination has been conducted throughout the country on 01 December 2019 through the Computer Based Test (CBT) mode in which 39752 candidates were registered. The result of IIFT MBA (IB) 2020-22 Entrance Examination will be declared by 13 December 2019 after the release of Final Answer Keys. Please visit the website https://iift.nta.nic.in/webinfo/public/home.aspx as all Important Notices/Updates etc. will only be uploaded on the website.”
As can be seen, NTA also says that first they will publish the final answer key and then release the NTA scores of this exam. The initial answer key was released on December 3, 2019, and candidates were given a 2 days window to view and challenge them. In response to the challenges received, NTA will or already has set up an expert committee to look into them and compile a fresh and final answer key. On the basis of the final answer key only the result of this exam is to be announced.
As per the usual process of NTA exams, objections are not invited on the final answer keys. They are by nature final and binding. For such candidates, whose challenges were found to be genuine and on the basis of them if answers are changed, then the exam conducting body will refund the challenge fee paid by them; the fee to challenge a question was Rs 1000.
A number of coaching centres had published exam analysis after the exam. According to them, the paper was easier than the last 2 years. However the pattern change may have thrown a few candidates off balance. The paper was online this time, with 4 sections, QS, VARC, DILR, and GK. there were a total of 110 questions of 300 marks.
IIFT has campuses in New Delhi and Kolkata. A new campus is being set up on Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh over a 25 acre of land allotted by the state government. In a recent question answer session in the Lok Sabha it was clarified that as of now there are no plans for one more new campus in Visakhapatnam.