IIFT Exam Pattern 2020
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IIFT Exam Pattern 2020 - The National Testing Agency (NTA) successfully conducted IIFT 2020 on December 1 at the 86 test centres. NTA has also declared the IIFT 2020 result on December 13, 2019. As per the new exam pattern of IIFT 2020, the entrance test was conducted in computer-based mode. IIFT 2020 exam pattern comprised of three sections and each of them had different marking scheme. Candidates were advised to know the exam pattern of IIFT 2020 before appearing for the IIFT exam 2020. The objective to provide IIFT exam pattern 2020 was to help the candidates devise a strategy for their preparation. The exam pattern of IIFT 2020 also includes the duration of the exam, the mode in which exam will be conducted and the total number of questions that are likely to be asked. The IIFT exam was held across India in around 41 cities. Read this article by Careers 360 to know in-depth about the marking scheme, syllabus and other details pertaining to the exam pattern.
Latest: IIFT Selection Process 2020: Indian Institute of Foreign Trade has released the final list of shortlisted candidates for second round of admission on December 23, 2019.

IIFT 2020 Exam Pattern Key Features


Key features

Conducting body

National Testing Agency (NTA)

Exam mode

Computer-Based Mode

Exam duration

Two hours

Number of sections

Six, namely:

  • English Grammar

  • Vocabulary and Comprehension

  • General Knowledge & Current Affairs

  • Logical Reasoning

  • Data Interpretation

  • Quantitative Analysis

Nature of questions

Multiple-choice questions

Number of questions in each section

Not specific

Total number of questions


Marks allotted for every correct answer

1.5-3 Marks

Negative Marking

1/3rd of total marks per question

Total marks


Sectional time limit

No limit

What's New In IIFT 2020

  • It is for the first time that IIFT 2020 will be conducted in computer based mode.

IIFT Exam Pattern 2020

Candidates can refer the table below to know the exam pattern of IIFT 2020 including the number of sections, questions and marking scheme as per the previous year.

IIFT Marking Scheme - Section-wise


Total Number of Questions

Difficulty Level

Negative Marking

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension


Easy to moderate

1 Mark deducted for every wrong answer.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning


Moderate to difficult

1 Mark deducted for every wrong answer.

Quantitative Ability


Moderate to difficult

1 Mark deducted for every wrong answer.

General Knowledge & Current Affairs

20Easy.5 Mark deducted for every wrong answer.




IIFT 2020 marking scheme remains different for different sections. Sections like Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, General Awareness and Reading Comprehension consist of 1 mark for every correct answer. Whereas, English Grammar and quantitative analysis consist of 0.5 and 0.75 marks respectively for every correct answer. For every wrong answer, 1/3rd of the total mark will be deducted.

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IIFT Syllabus 2020

Candidates can go through the topics that are likely to be covered under each section as per the previous year syllabus of IIFT 2020.

Topics and Sections of IIFT 2020 Syllabus



Data Interpretation

Bar Graph

Line Graph

Pie Chart



Logical Reasoning




Series & Analysis

Input & Output




General Awareness








English Grammar





Matching word meanings


Reading Passages

Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary

Quantitative Analysis








Permutation & Combination

IIFT Sample Papers 2020

Students aspiring admission in IIFT must go through the sample papers of IIFT 2020. With the help of IIFT 2020 sample papers, aspirants will get an idea about the type of question that might be asked in IIFT 2020. Samples papers for IIFT 2020 will help students to assess their performance section-wise as well ass overall.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - IIFT Exam Pattern 2020

Question: Will IIFT 2020 be conducted in online mode?


 Yes, IIFT  2020 will be conducted in computer based mode by NTA.

Question: Is the syllabus for IIFT and CAT similar?


The difficulty level remains the same for both CAT and IIFT. However, IIFT 2020 will have an additional section of General Knowledge.

Question: Is there any prescribed syllabus for IIFT 2020?


No, the exam conducting body has not prescribed any specific syllabus for IIFT 2020. On the basis of previous year examinations, students can get an idea about the topics that are likely to be covered in IIFT 2020.

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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 .

When will IIFT release its campus wise cut off for 2020 admissions?

Siddhi Shenoy 3rd Jan, 2020

Hello Shubham,

The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) has already released the cutoff for the year 2020 on 23rd December 2019 for the second round of admissions.

For more details, you can refer to the following link https://bschool.careers360.com/articles/iift-cutoff

Good luck!


when will the forms be available for iift admission second round?

Devang Prajapati 10th Jan, 2020

IIFT has release the list of shortlisted candidates along with cutoff for second round of admission on December 23, 2019. Students who qualify the entrance exam, they will have to take part in the following rounds.Round 1- Written testRound 2- Essay writing Round 3- Personal interview and group discussionStudents who qualify the above rounds will be offered admission to the IIFT two year MBA international business programme."IIFT 2020 - Cutoff (Released), Selection Procedure, Counselling" https://bschool.careers360.com/articles/iift/amp

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