IIFT Exam Pattern 2019

Nidhi Bahl Updated On: 16 Jan, 2019 10:49 IST

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IIFT 2019 Exam Pattern

Having knowledge about IIFT exam pattern is the first step towards IIFT exam preparation. The conducting authority, i.e. Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) determines the exam pattern of IIFT entrance exam. According to the paper pattern of IIFT, the test is held in the paper-pencil mode for all MBA-IB aspirants. In order to appear for IIFT entrance exam, candidates must be aware of its exam pattern. 

Before registering for the IIFT entrance exam, candidates must have familiarity with IIFT exam pattern. As per the specifications laid by the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, IIFT exam has multiple-type of questions. Candidates have to mark the most appropriate response from the four choices available. IIFT is conducted within 2 hours, therefore candidates must manage their time accordingly to complete the entrance exam.

The most distinct feature of 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 the better understanding of the questions asked in IIFT, candidates must have a brief idea about IIFT exam pattern. With the help of 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.

Important Features of IIFT 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 paper-pencil mode.
  • The total duration of IIFT exam is two hours (120 minutes).
  • The exam is based on section-wise format, consisting of six sections including English Grammar, Vocabulary and Comprehension, General Knowledge and Current Affairs, Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation and Quantitative Analysis.
  • Objective/Multiple type of questions will be asked in IIFT 2019 entrance exam, wherein candidates need to choose only one appropriate answer from the four choices.
  • The marks distribution of each section in IIFT 2019 exam differs from each other.
  • There is a different negative marking scheme for each section in the IIFT exam. 1/3 of the marks are deducted for every wrong answer.

Sections in IIFT:

The following table list the total number of sections in IIFT 2018.


English Grammar

Vocabulary and Comprehension

General Knowledge and Current Affairs

Logical Reasoning

Data Interpretation

Quantitative Analysis

IIFT 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 2019 exam. The total number of questions for IIFT 2019 examination has not yet been published by the exam conducting authority. However, candidates may consider IIFT 2018 exam pattern to start off with their preparation for the 2019-2021 session of IIFT. Keeping IIFT 2018 in mind, there will be a total of 123 questions in the exam which must be attempted by the candidates. 

Note: There will be a negative marking of 1/3 marks for every wrong answer.

Section No. of Questions Marks per Question

Data Interpretation (DI)

22 0.75

Quantitative Ability (QA)

20 1

Logical Reasoning (LR)

20 1

Reading Comprehension (RC)

16 1

Verbal Ability (VA)

20 0.75

General Awareness (GA)

25 0.5
Total 123 100

IIFT Exam Duration

As prescribed by the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, IIFT exam will be conducted within two hours (120 minutes). During this time frame, candidates will have to complete the questions asked in the exam.

IIFT Question Paper

IIFT question paper will be objective in nature i.e. it will have multiple choice type of questions. While appearing for IIFT 2019, candidates will have to choose one option from the four options available.

Disclaimer: The information provided on this page is based on last year's data. An official notification regarding IIFT 2019 is yet to be released.

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