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IIFT 2021 Exam Pattern

By: Archana on November 15, 2018

The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade conducts IIFT entrance examination to shortlist candidates for admission into a two year full time course titled MBA in International Business in two campuses - IIFT Delhi and IIFT Kolkata. The selection of the candidates into these campuses is made on the basis of a Written Ability Test, Group Discussion and Personal Interview. The paper pattern gives the aspirant a view as to what are the sections that would be questioned and the exhaustive checklist of topics from which questions would be posted. 

The IIFT Question paper would be objective based having about 125 Multiple Choice Questions and the question paper would be divided across the following sections:

  1. Quantitative Ability
  2. Data Interpretation
  3. Logical Reasoning
  4. Reading Comprehension
  5. Verbal Ability
  6. General Awareness

Every section would be having a marking scheme. 

Negative marking to the extent of 1/3 marks for every wrong answer given would be deducted. About 125 Multiple Choice Questions can be expected in the examination. The characteristics of IIFT Exam Pattern are as follows:

  1. IIFT Exam would be held offline on December 2, 2018.
  2. Questions would be divided across sections mentioned above.
  3. The exam would be for a total duration of 2 hours and would be conducted across 20 cities in India.
  4. IIFT Marking Scheme varies year on year and is differently set for every question.
  5. The IIFT Exam would be set for a total of 100 marks and negative marking of 1/3 would be given in case an incorrect response is given.

IIFT in the previous year had about 123 questions. Most of the questions were from Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning and the rest were from Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning.

Quantitative Ability

  1. The questions from this section usually vary from being easy to tough.
  2. This is known to be one of the trickiest and sections that consume a lot of time.
  3. A candidate cannot spend more than 10 seconds on a single question.
  4. The section would be consisting of a total of 20 questions for 20 marks.

Verbal Ability

  1. This section would be testing the candidate's hold in English Grammar and Usage.
  2. The section would consist of questions on Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension.
  3. About 36 questions would be posed from this section.
  4. The section would be carrying a total of 31 marks with about 36 questions.

Logical Reasoning

  1. A candidate's ability to solve challenging problems is tested in this section.
  2. The questions are mostly on Verbal Logic and Decision Making.
  3. About 42 questions would be asked from this section.
  4. This section would be carrying a total of 36.5 marks.
  5. Every incorrect answer would be getting 1/3 marks cut for the student.

General Awareness

  1. candidates for this section are expected to stay updated on the latest happenings in and around the world.
  2. The candidates are required to be well aware of political, economic and sports situations in the country as well as abroad.
  3. About 25 questions would be posed for a total of 12.5 marks
  4. A negative marking of 1/3 is induced for every incorrect answer given.

IIFT 2021 Syllabus

IIFT 2019 as similar to the previous years always has had a variable amount of questions. There could be about 120-200 objective type questions which would be further divided into four sections. The IIFT Marking scheme is different from each section, the exam would be for a total of 100 marks. A wrong answer would have a negative marking of 1/3 of the marks.

The below-mentioned points provide an understanding of the sections and what is questioned from each of them:

  1. Logical Section: This section would be containing 20-25 questions and is unique every year. The questions are of the objective type.
  2. Verbal Ability: Candidates would be required to answer about 20 questions. The difficulty level would be from easy to moderate level.
  3. Quantitative Ability: The Quantitative Ability is a difficult section for various candidates. Candidates would be able to answer about 25 questions in this section.
  4. General Awareness: General Awareness sections would have questions from over current affairs dating back to 6 months and static affairs concerning Geography, Politics, History etc.

The IIFT 2018 would be taking place in a pen paper mode for a total duration of 2 hours. The IIFT Syllabus is an important piece of information for candidates as to what expect from IIFT Examination and ensure preparation accordingly.


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