IIFT Exam Pattern 2021 - National Testing Agency will provide the exam pattern of IIFT 2021 to give candidates clear cut reference of the paper pattern. Before NTA was handed over the responsibility of conducting IIFT, the entrance exam was conducted in pen-paper based mode. However, from IIFT 2020, the exam will be conducted in computer-based mode. This article on the IIFT exam pattern 2021 contains details on the structure of IIFT 2021 like the mode of exam, total exam duration, sectional timings, nature of questions, marking scheme and the related information. National Testing Agency i.e. NTA has been authorized to conduct IIFT from the year 2020. Eligible candidates can fill the application form in online mode. IIFT is a national level entrance exam which is conducted once in a year to provide admission to candidates in Master of Business Administration (IB) offered by the Indian Institute of Foreign institute.

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Latest: Eligible candidates can check the syllabus of IIFT 2021 to prepare in advance.

IIFT 2021 Exam Pattern: Bird’s Eyeview

Complete details related to IIFT exam pattern 2021 must be read by candidates to have better insights on duration of exam, marking scheme, mode of IIFT etc., The application form will be available tentatively from the second week of September, 2020 as per the exam dates of IIFT 2021. Post which candidates can formulate strategies and prepare to get good marks. IIFT 2021 will be conducted in online i.e. computer-based and aims to provide admission to candidates in two year Management Programme of International Business.

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Exam Pattern of IIFT 2021:



Conducting Body of IIFT 2021

National Testing Agency

Duration of IIFT 2021

Two hours i.e. 120 minutes

Mode of examination

Computer-based i.e. online mode

Section-wise time allotment

No sectional timing

Negative marking

Yes i.e. ⅓ marks are deducted for each wrong answer

Nature of questions

Multiple-choice questions

Total questions

Above 100

Correct answer

1.5 to 3 marks per question for right answer

IIFT Section-wise Breakup 2021

As per the exam pattern of IIFT 2021, the question paper will have four/five sections in total. The sections are given below in tabular form. Logical Reasoning, English Grammar, Vocabulary and Comprehension, General Knowledge & Current Affairs, Data Interpretation and Quantitative Analysis will be the four/five major sections. As per the IIFT exam pattern 2021, the exam will be conducted in English language only.

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Expected IIFT Exam Pattern 2021 (On the basis of 2020)


Total Number of Questions

Difficulty Level

General Knowledge & Current Affairs



Quantitative Ability


Moderate to difficult

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning


Moderate to difficult

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension


Easy to moderate

Marking scheme - Keeping in mind the past year’s marking scheme, IIFT 2021 exam pattern will have somewhat similar marking scheme for correct answers. Note that the number of questions are not fixed in the IIFT entrance exam. Hence NTA may change the marking scheme accordingly. Marks will be allotted to each section after following a different criteria. Sections like Data Interpretation and Quantitative Analysis, Logical Reasoning, General Knowledge & Current Affairs are likely to consist of one mark for every correct answer. Whereas, English Grammar and Logical Reasoning may consist of 0.5 and 0.75 marks respectively for correct answers.

Negative Marking - Appearing candidates must keep in mind that they should not answer questions randomly or just for the sake of answering. Remember that in IIFT 2021, NTA will deduct ⅓ marks for every question answered wrongly.

Note - Apart from IIFT, there are other entrance exams as well which can conduced at National level. Click - Top Other Entrance Exams For B-Schools to know more details.

IIFT Syllabus 2021

Overall section wise topics are included in the syllabus of IIFT 2021. Candidates must note that National Testing Agency will not provide any IIFT Syllabus 2021. On the basis of past years questions or sample papers of IIFT 2021, candidates will have to prepare for the national level entrance exam. Getting familiar with the syllabus of IIFT 2021, will help candidates to map out their strategy. For complete section wise topics check our article IIFT syllabus 2021.

IIFT Sample Papers 2021

Eligible candidates who will fill the application form must start their preparation using the sample paper of IIFT 2021 for the initial phase to have an idea about the questions asked in the entrance exam. Solving the IIFT 2021 sample papers candidates will get to know the preparation level required from their end. They will also be able to gauge their strengths and weakness related to the syllabus of IIFT 2021. However, candidates must refer to the exam pattern of IIFT 2021 before they solve the sample papers available.

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - IIFT Exam Pattern 2021

Question: Who will decide the exam pattern of IIFT?


The exam conducting body i.e. National Testing Agency will define the exam pattern of IIFT 2021.

Question: What will be the mode of IIFT 2021?


As per the exam pattern of IIFT 2021, the exam will be conducted in computer-based mode.

Question: Will there be any negative marking in the entrance exam of IIFT 2021?


Yes, for every wrong answer ⅓ marks will be deducted by National Testing Agency.

Question: Does IIFT provide admission on the basis of CAT as well?


No, IIFT accepts candidates who have IIFT scores only.

Question: Can a candidate carry his/her own calculator?


Following the exam guidelines, candidates must not bring any electronic gadget with them.

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Hi mam i have 129 marks in iift i have got a call Sc Category Chances of final convert and composite score for Sc candidate as per previous trend?

Sampriti Student Expert 30th Jan, 2020
IIFT 2020 has released its shortlist and has a total of 420 seats in all the 3 campuses  combined. As per their reservation criteria 15 percent of the total seats are reserved for students falling in SC category. But your final conversion will depend on your performance in the written skill assessment, GD and PI rounds. Moreover you'll also be questioned on your CV from that the Institute requires you to fill once to get a call. If you perform well in those rounds you can easily get through.

Good Luck

I have been shortlisted for second round in iift. there is a mistake in my application .. for category general (bc creamy layer ) it is gen ews. i have sent queries regarding the issue and got no replies. can someone help me with this issue please?

Sampriti Student Expert 27th Jan, 2020
If you've got a call you must attend the selection process. Before they start the process they'll review all your documents as well as application form. So you can ask them there if you can attend the process. They usually let students appear for the process even if there's some mistake.
And in the interview you can try to convince them. If they find you as a desirable candidate there won't be any problem with that.

Good Luck

i got 39 and half marks in iift,so whats my percentile???

NAVNEET PANDEY 11th Jan, 2020

Hello Rinku

You need atleast more than 105+ marks to get a good percentile and almost 138 to secure a call from any good college taking part in IIFT entrance test.you will have around 40 percentile according to previous year trends which is very low.

I hope it helps.


Which books can help for the CAT preparations and other management exams such as XAT, IIFT, SNAP, etc?

Khushi 5th Jan, 2020

Hi Pallav

These are some of the best books


  1. For Vocabulary: Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
  2. For enhancing the reading speed, any novel and newspaper and anything you can read will be good enough.
  3. For Grammar: Normal Grammar Rules from Wren and Martin.


Books by Arun Sharma (TMH) and by Nishant Sinha (Pearson)


  1. Quantum CAT by Sarvesh K Verma
  2. Quantitative Aptitude by Arun Sharma

Hope this helps


Do we need mathematics subject in class 12. To do IIFT.

Saloni Singh 3rd Jan, 2020
Hello Himanshu,
Hope you are doing well.
No, there's nothing like you need to have mathematics in your 10+2 course as eligibility criteria for getting admission at Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT).
The only academic eligibility criteria for IIFT is a graduate degree with a minimum aggregate marks of 50%.
You can check more details about the institute at the link I am mentioning below.
Please check :
Hope it's helpful to you !
All the best.
Thankyou .
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