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    IIFT Exam Pattern 2024 - Paper Pattern, Test Structure, Marking Scheme

    Edited By Sundararajan | Updated on Aug 11, 2023 10:02 AM IST | #IIFT

    IIFT Exam Pattern 2024: National Testing Agency (NTA) has cancelled the IIFT 2024 entrance exam this year. Admission for MBA (IB) and MBA (BA) will be granted based on the CAT 2023 scores. Candidates who wish to apply for IIFT admission will have to appear for CAT 2023. So, the authority will not release the IIFT 2024 exam pattern on its official site. Instead of the IIFT exam pattern, students are advised to follow CAT 2023 exam pattern and syllabus. Read this article to know more about the IIFT paper pattern, topics, etc.

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    Based on the latest IIFT exam pattern, the NTA conducts the IIFT entrance exam in online mode. IIFT is a national-level entrance that is held annually for admission to the MBA (IB) programme offered at the various campuses of the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT). This year, the IIFT entrance exam was cancelled. Read the article by Careers360 to understand in detail about IIFT exam pattern 2024, changes (if any) made, marking scheme, etc.

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    IIFT Exam Pattern 2024- Key changes over the years

    • IIFT exam timing changed to 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, earlier it was 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
    • The reserved category IIFT form fee has been increased to Rs 1250.
    • The number of questions will vary across the sections.
    • Also, the marking scheme will vary. VARC, Quant, and DILR sections will have the same marking policy while GK will have a different scoring pattern.
    • As per the latest IIFT test pattern, the paper in the IIFT MBA exam will have four sections.
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    IIFT 2024 Exam Pattern- Highlights



    IIFT Conducting Body

    National Testing Agency (NTA)

    Official Website

    IIFT exam format

    Online-Computer Based

    IIFT exam duration

    Two hours (120 minutes)

    Sectional Time Limit

    No Sectional Time Limit

    Type of Questions

    Multiple Choice Questions

    Total Number of Questions


    Number of Sections

    Section 1: Quantitative Ability (QA)

    Section 2: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

    Section 3: Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation (LRDI)

    Section 4: General Knowledge (GK)

    IIFT Negative Marking

    1/3 Marks

    IIFT Marking Scheme

    • 3 marks for each right question in Sections 1, 2, and 3
    • 1.5 marks for each right answer in Section 4

    IIFT Total Marks


    IIFT Test Pattern 2024: Section-wise Breakup of Questions

    The number of questions that are asked in IIFT papers varies every year. IIFT 2019 had 114 MCQs, and IIFT 2020/ 2021/ 2022 question paper had 110 questions. As per the IIFT 2024 exam pattern, there will be four sections from which questions will be asked namely - Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation (LRDI), and General Knowledge (GK). Let us check in detail:

    IIFT Question Paper Pattern

    S. No.


    Total Questions


    Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension



    Quantitative Analysis



    Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning



    General Awareness (GK)


    IIFT Total Marks


    IIFT Marking Scheme

    IIFT marking scheme is different for each section. Also, the IIFT exam has negative markings. Given below is the section-wise IIFT marking scheme detail:

    Marking scheme of IIFT


    No. of questions

    Marks per question

    Negative marks

    Total marks

    Quantitative Aptitude















    General Knowledge










    IIFT Exam Pattern and Syllabus 2024

    National Testing Agency, the conducting body of IIFT does not officially release the IIFT 2024 syllabus. However, based on the previous years’ question papers and the trends followed candidates can get familiar with the topics of the IIFT entrance exam syllabus.

    Knowing the exam syllabus in detail will help candidates in better preparation. The syllabus of IIFT has been the same over the years. In order to cover the syllabus, it is recommended that candidates prepare from the best books for IIFT 2024 preparation.

    IIFT Sample Papers 2024

    The candidates must ensure they practice enough IIFT sample papers in order to handle any kind of exam paper. The sample papers of IIFT are an essential part of IIFT exam preparation, as it gives the candidates an opportunity to understand the exam pattern & test structure as well as analyze their preparation level with respect to each section and each topic.

    It is extremely important to analyze the IIFT exam sample papers, as they will help in gauging one’s strengths and weaknesses.

    IIFT Previous Year Question Papers

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    Mode of ExamComputer-BasedComputer-Based
    Number of Questions110 (approx)66
    Duration of Exam2 hours2 hours
    Type of QuestionsMCQsMCQs and TITA
    Marking Scheme
    • Every correct answer in VARC, QA, and DILR sections carries three marks.
    • Every correct answer in the GK section carries 1.5 marks.
    • Every wrong answer in any section will deduct ⅓ mark from the total.
    • Every correct answer carries three marks.
    • No negative marking for subjective questions
    • Every wrong answer in any section will deduct one mark from the total.
    Sectional Time LimitNo Sectional Time40 minutes
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    Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

    1. What is the mode of IIFT exam?

    IIFT will be conducted as a computer based test, that is, in online mode.

    2. Is there negative marking in IIFT exam?

    Yes, one mark is deducted for every wrong attempt in QA, VARC and LRDI and 0.5 marks is deducted for every wrong attempt in GK.

    3. Is there any sectional time limit in the IIFT 2024 exam?

    No, there is no sectional time-limit in IIFT exam.

    4. How many questions are expected to be in IIFT 2024?

    As per the previous year, the number of questions in IIFT 2024 will likely be 110.

    5. What is the total marks of the IIFT exam?

    The question paper of IIFT carries 300 marks in overall.


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    Questions related to IIFT

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    Hello aspirant,

    Yes you are eligible for IIFT in terms of education qualification and need to meet other eligibility criteria. Eligibility criteria that candidates must have minimum 50 percentage (45 percentage for reservation category candidates) in Graduation from a recognised College or University.

    Students must have been resident outside India, for a period of not less than 18 months as on 31 st December, 2021 & should be outside India during IIFT exam.

    Alao they are requested to submit a certificate from the Indian Embassy or High Commission.

    To get more information about IIFT go through below mentioned link.

    Hope this information was helpful to you.

    Best of Luck!!


    Before discussing both the exams, let us know what they are.

    SNAP: It is the annual management entrance for admission to MBA programs in the Institutes affiliated with Symbiosis University.

    IIFT: This admission test is a written exam conducted by the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade for their New Delhi and Kolkata campus.

    Now that we know about the two, lets discuss about them further:

    SNAP is a speed and accuracy based test whereas IIFT is an exam where difficulty level of questions is moderate to high. IIFT is decently tougher than SNAP. If you have good speed and accuracy, you can attend SNAP. If quant is your strong area but english is weak, you can attempt IIFT.

    Hope it helps.

    NTA has declared IIFT Result 2021onFebruary 16, 2021 in online mode. Candidates who appeared for the exam can check their IIFT Result scores online at the official website by logging in with their user ID and date of birth.Selection Process for IIFT 2021 will start after the declaration of result.

    NTA will release the list of shortlisted candidates for the next selection round - Group Discussion, Writing Skill Assessment and Personal Interview.

    The final IIFT result 2021will mention the names of candidates who will be granted admission to either of the two campuses of IIFT: Delhi, Kolkata and Kakinada.

    The final list of selected candidates for MBA (IB) programme atIIFT 2021will be released in the second week of April 2021.


    Here is a list of colleges accepting IIFT Exam (except for 3 IIFT Colleges):

    • IPS Business School - JAIPUR, Jaipur
    • IFIM Business School, Bangalore
    • Adarsh Institute of Management & Information Technology, Bangalore
    • CII School of Logistics - Amity University, Mumbai
    • KV Institute of Management and Information Studies, Coimbatore
    • Community Institute of Management Studies, Bangalore
    • GITAM School of International Business, Visakhapatnam

    If you have a further specific query please feel free to comment.

    Best of Luck.

    There will be four sections in the IIFT 2021 exam -
    • Quantitative Ability - 25 questions
    • Reading Comprehension and Verbal Ability - 35 questions
    • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning - 30 questions
    • General knowledge and current affairs - 20 questions
    3 marks will be provided for each correct answers in the first three sections. And 1 Mark will be deducted for each wrong response. And 1.5 marks will be awarded in the general knowledge and current affairs section while 0.5 Mark will be deducted for each wrong answer. There will be no specific sectional timing. Check out this link for more details
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