IIFT Exam Pattern 2021

Updated By Abhinav Chamoli on 19 Jan, 2021 09:12

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IIFT 2021 Exam Pattern

Having knowledge about IIFT 2021 exam pattern is the first step towards IIFT 2021 exam preparation. The conducting authority, i.e. National Testing Agency (NTA) determines the exam pattern of IIFT entrance exam. Earlier,  Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) conducted the exam but it was handed over to NTA last year. Before registering for the IIFT entrance exam, candidates must have familiarity with IIFT exam pattern. IIFT 2021 is an online computer-based test having multiple-choice questions (MCQs). There are 110 questions in the exam and the total duration of the paper is 2 hours. As per the exam pattern released by NTA, IIFT 2021 will have 4 sections in total and the medium in which IIFT 2021 will be conducted is English. The most distinct feature of the IIFT exam pattern is the differential marking scheme. The allocated marks of each section of the IIFT question paper will differ from section to section. Additionally, negative marking of each section also differs from each other. For a better understanding of the questions asked in IIFT, candidates must have a brief idea about IIFT exam pattern. With the help of the IIFT exam pattern, candidates will get to know about the exam duration, paper format, weightage of marks and negative marking of IIFT exam. You can also read in detail about the IIFT selection criteria here.

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IIFT 2021 Section-Wise Exam Pattern

The section-wise number of questions in IIFT 2021 is not released by NTA. However, given below is the expected exam pattern based on last year's exam.


No. of QuestionsExpected Difficulty

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension


Quantitative Analysis

25Moderate - Difficult

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

30Moderate - Difficult

General Awareness


IIFT 2021 Marking Scheme

In IIFT, the marking scheme of each section differs section-wise. The below table shows the different marking scheme of each section and the total number of questions in the IIFT 2021 exam. The total number of questions for IIFT 2021 examination has not yet been published by the exam conducting authority. However, candidates may consider IIFT 2021 exam pattern to start off with their preparation for the 2021 session of IIFT. Keeping IIFT 2021 in mind, there will be a total of 110 questions in the exam which must be attempted by the candidates. 


No. of QuestionsMarks per QuestionNegative Marking

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

353-1/3 Marks Per Incorrect question

Quantitative Analysis


Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning


General Awareness




IIFT 2021 Exam Duration

As prescribed by the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, the duration of the IIFT exam is 120 minutes. During this time frame, candidates will have to complete the questions asked in the exam.

IIFT 2021 Question Paper

IIFT question paper will be objective in nature i.e. it will have multiple choice type of questions. While appearing for IIFT 2021, candidates will have to choose one option from the four options available.

IIFT 2021 Exam Timings

NTA has released the timings on which the IIFT 2021 exam will be conducted. Candidates must follow the important timings of IIFT 2021 given below to avoid any hiccups during the exam. IIFT 2021 will be a 2-hour exam conducted from 3 pm to 5 pm. NTA has advised candidates to report at least 2 hours before exam commencement schedule. The final reporting time will be 2:30 pm. The completed IIFT 2021 schedule is as follows.

IIFT 2021 Exam Date

January 24, 2021

IIFT 2021 Exam Timing

3 pm to 5 pm

IIFT 2021 Reporting Time

1 pm to 2:30 pm

Final Time for Entry into IIFT 2021 Exam Centre

2:30 pm

Candidates Are Seated in the Exam Hall

2:45 pm

Instructions Given out by Invigilators

2:45 pm to 2:50 pm

Candidates Log In

2:50 pm

Exam Begins

3:00 pm

Exam Ends

5:00 pm

Highlights of IIFT 2021 Exam Pattern

Check the major highlights of IIFT 2021 exam pattern below

  • IIFT 2021 will be a computer-based entrance exam.

  • The candidates appearing in the entrance will not be provided admissions to the IIFT Dar-es-Salaam campus through this examination.

  • The scoring pattern, the number of sections in the question paper of IIFT 2021 might vary or change.

  • Opportunity for the admissions to Kakinada campus may or may not be provided through the IIFT 2021 entrance. 

  • The number of sections in the IIFT question paper has been reduced from 6 to 4. 

  • Candidates appearing in the examination will not be able to compensate the unattempted questions of Data Interpretation (DI) by attempting the questions of Logical Reasoning (LR) and vice versa.

  • Earlier, the number of questions asked in the IIFT entrance used to be 123. It has been reduced to 110. 

  • The total number of marks allotted in IIFT 2021 entrance will be 300. Candidates are advised to check the marking scheme of IIFT 2021 for more detailed updates.

Important Features of IIFT 2021 Exam Pattern

Before appearing for IIFT, candidates must read the below-mentioned IIFT exam pattern prescribed by the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT).

  • IIFT exam is conducted in online mode.
  • The total duration of the IIFT exam is two hours (120 minutes).
  • The exam is based on section-wise format, consisting of four sections including Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Analysis, General Awareness and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
  • Objective/ Multiple types of questions will be asked in IIFT 2021 entrance exam, wherein candidates need to choose only one appropriate answer from the four choices.
  • The marks distribution of each section in the IIFT 2021 exam differs from each other.
  • There is a different negative marking scheme for each section of the IIFT exam. 1/3 of the marks are deducted for every wrong answer.

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FAQs about IIFT Exam Pattern

Is the IIFT marking scheme same for all the sections?

No, the IIFT marking scheme is different for General Awareness while it is same for DILR, QA and VARC sections.

What are the maximum marks for the IIFT exam?

Maximum marks for IIFT exam are 300. The maximum marks for the exam until 2020 was 100.

How many sessions of IIFT 2020 will be conducted?

IIFT 2020 will be conducted in three sessions.

Is there any negative marking in IIFT 2020?

Yes, ? marks will be deducted for each incorrect answer. The negative marking will be the same for all the sections.

What is the marking scheme of IIFT?

Candidates will be awarded 3 marks for each correct answer in VARC, QA, DILR and 1.5 marks for each correct answer in GK section.

What is the total duration of the IIFT exam?

The total duration of the IIFT exam is 2 hours(120 minutes). No extra time will be given to any candidate.

How many questions are asked in the IIFT examination?

A total of 110 questions are asked in the IIFT examination.

What are the sections of IIFT?

The four sections of IIFT are Quantitative Analysis, Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, General Awareness and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning.

How many sections are there in the IIFT exam pattern?

There are four sections in the IIFT exam pattern. Earlier there were 6 sections in the examination.

Is IIFT a pen-paper based examination?

No, IIFT Is a computer-based examination. You are not allowed to carry paper or pen in the examination hall.

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