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IIFT 2022 Exam Analysis

Updated By Yash Dhamija on 20 Apr, 2021 13:30

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IIFT 2022 Exam Analysis

IIFT 2022 is expected to be conducted in the third week of December, 2021. The paper analysis of IIFT 2022 will be updated here once the exam is conducted. Candidates who are appearing for the exam are advised to check the paper analysis of IIFT 2021 and 2020 exam provided on this page to get an idea about what type of questions are asked in the exam and exam difficulty level. 

IIFT 2021 Exam Analysis

IIFT 2021 was conducted today on January 24, 2021 from 3 pm to 5 pm. We are bringing a live in-depth analysis of the IIFT 2021 Question Paper based on student reports from the exam centres. Candidates can check the section-wise difficulty level, number of good attempts and other important details in the exam analysis of IIFT 2021 by CollegeDekho Experts.

IIFT 2021 Exam and Question Paper Analysis, Answer Key and Solutions

Admission to IIFT will be based on this exam and hence it becomes important to analyse each and every component carefully before and during IIFT preparation to ensure that you hit the nail on the head. By taking a look at information and pattern of last year's question paper, we can gain insights about IIFT 2021 and project what kind of question paper students should expect. This will help aspirants in creating a solid study plan based on factual information and calculated projections.

Points to Note

  • IIFT 2021 is a CBT having 110 questions and total time duration of 2 hours.
  • The exam will have 4 sections containing objective type questions.
  • 3 marks will be awarded for each right answer (1.5 marks for GA section).
  • IIFT has negative marking and 1/3rd of the marks allotted for each question are deducted for every wrong answer.

IIFT 2021 Expected Analysis

IIFT is usually a moderately difficult examination overall with some sections ranging towards the difficult side. A good study plan and preparation is required to crack IIFT and get a good score. Check the section-wise analysis and projections for IIFT 2021 given below.

SectionNo. of QuestionsExpected Difficulty LevelExpected Good Attempts
Quantitative Ability25Moderate to Difficult10-14
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension35Easy to Moderate20-25
Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation30Moderate to Difficult10-12
General Knowledge20Easy10-15

CollegeDekho will provide you with an in-depth analysis of the IIFT 2021 question paper after the exam has been conducted. Candidates must bear in mind that this is the entrance test for one of the best B-Schools in India and hence not only will the level of questions be a notch up, the competition will also be a bit higher. If you have any queries, you can ask them on the CollegeDekho QnA Zone. Best of Luck!

IIFT 2020 Exam Analysis

IIFT 2020 exam was conducted on December 01, 2019, and the time of the examination was 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Candidates can check the live analysis of IIFT entrance exam 2020 here.

IIFT 2020 Pattern Changes - First Impression

Compared to the previous year, IIFT 2020 exam was easier. An overall score of 120+ can be considered as a good score this year. The results of IIFT 2020 are releasing on December 11, 2019. 

  • The VARC section was easy while Reading Comprehension was lengthy.
  • Among DI & LR, DI questions were easy and LR questions were difficult.
  • QA section was longer this year.

IIFT Section Wise Paper Analysis 2020

The section-wise difficulty level of IIFT exam 2020 can be checked below -

Name of the SectionNumber of Good AttemptsCutoff
Quantitative Aptitude10 - 1228 - 30 Marks
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension25+30 Marks
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation12 - 1436 Marks
General Knowledge8 - 10-

IIFT 2020 New Exam Pattern

Name of the SectionNumber of QuestionsMarksNegativeOverall
Quantitative Aptitude253-175
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension353-1105
Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation303-190
General Knowledge201.5-0.530

IIFT 2019 Exam Analysis

Now, CollegeDekho is providing a detailed analysis of IIFT paper for you to get an insight into the section-wise as well as the overall difficulty level of the paper. Not only this, you will be given complete information on the no. of questions asked in every section as well topics under each section. 

As per experts at Career Launcher, there were no surprise elements in the different sections of the paper but the overall paper turned out to be tougher as compared to the last year's paper. The paper was quite lengthy and some of the questions were very tricky.

The General Awareness (GA) section was on similar lines as last year in terms of difficulty level so the cut-off is expected to remain the same. English Usage (EU) and Reading Comprehension (RC) turned out to be tougher than last year's exam so the cut-off could go down by 1 mark. Attempting 4 passages would be considered a good performance in Reading Comprehension (RC).

The difficulty level of Quantitative Ability (QA) was also higher so the cut-off in this section could also go down by 1 mark. Logical Reasoning (LR) section turned out to be the hardest section and the difficulty level was higher in comparison with the previous year's exam. The cut-off for LR is expected to go down by 2 marks.

Out of all the sections, Data Interpretation (DI) turned out to be the easiest so the cut-off in this section is expeted to increase by 1 mark.

A total of 114 questions were asked in the 6 sections and every section had a different weightage. Check out the overall structure of the exam.


No. of Questions

Marks Allotted per Question

Negative Marks Allotted per Question

Total MarksGood AttemptsIdea TimeSectional Cut-off

Data Interpretation




20410 mins0.75

Logical Reasoning




201035 mins4-4.5

General Awareness




9810 mins0.83-1

Reading Comprehension




169-1025 mins2.5-2.75

Verbal Ability




1511-1212 mins3.25-3.5

Quantitative Aptitude




2010-1130 mins3-3.25

Section-wise Analysis of IIFT 2019 Entrance Exam

Data Interpretation

Overall, this section was the easiest. An attempt of 4-5 questions would be considered very good. To sail through the cut-off, an attempt of just about 2-3 with 100% accuracy would be decent.

TopicsNo. of QuestionsDoable QuestionsDifficulty Level
Mixed Graphs123Tough

Logical Reasoning

This section turned out to be quite time-consuming. Attempting around 10-11 questions with 85% accuracy would be considered good in this section.

TopicNo. of QuestionsDoable QuestionsDifficulty Level
Distribution43Easy to Medium
Input Output21Medium
Missing number11Easy to Medium
Arrangement42Medium to Tough

General Awareness

This section was easier as compared to last year. Sailing though the cut-off would be easy with an attempt of 8 questions with 50% accuracy.

TopicNo. of QuestionsDoable QuestionsDifficulty Level
Current Affairs22Easy
Business and Economy103-4Medium to Tough

Reading Comprehension

Tackling this section would've been easy for anyone with a good reading habit. Otherwise, this section was quite time-consuming.

PassagesNo. of QuestionsDoable QuestionsDifficulty Level
Public Intellectuals32Tough
Information flow42Tough
Liberal Arts Education31-2Tough

Verbal Ability

Overall, this section was tough. Some of the questions looked more like GK-based rather than English language-based. The questions based on para-jumble, fill in the blank, and grammar were easy.

TopicNo. of QuestionsDoable QuestionsDifficulty Level
Jumble words31Tough
Fill in the blanks (2 blanks)32-3Easy
Match the column21-2Medium
Spot the error22Easy
Word Roots41Medium to Tough
Sentence Improvement22Easy
Para Jumble (4 sentence)22Easy

Quantitative Ability

As compared to other entrance exams, the weightage given to Geometry and Modern Math was higher in this paper. An attmept of 10-12 questions with about 85% accuracy would be considered decent in this section.

TopicNo. of QuestionsDoable QuestionsDifficulty Level
Algebra74Easy to Medium
Geometry & Mensuration52Medium
P&C, Probability & Set Theory32Easy to Medium

Conclusion: For General category candidates, an overall score of 31-33 should be enough to sail through the cut-off. For NC/OBC category candidates, an overall score of 26-28 should be sufficient whereas 23-24 marks should be enough for SC/ST/PwD category candidates. 

With inputs from Career Launcher

Disclaimer: The analysis provided above is based on various sources and therefore is totally indicative in nature. Students are recommended to wait for their actual result before taking any decision. 

IIFT 2018 Exam Analysis

The IIFT entrance exam was conducted successfully on December 3, 2017 between 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. As per information available on the official website of Career Launcher, students were in for a surprise with the former 4 sections of IIFT paper segregating into 6 separate sections. Previously, candidates had the luxury to choose to perform either in Data Interpretation (DI) or Logical Reasoning (LR). In the same way, candidates could choose to focus only on English Usage (EU) or Reading Comprehension (RC). However, students have not been given this luxury this year. Candidates were required to perform across all 6 sections in order to clear sectional cut-offs.

As far as different sections are concerned, RC, Quantitative Ability (QA), DI and LR were quite similar to that of last year's paper. On the other hand, General Awareness (GA) turned out be tougher as compared to the previous year. English Usage (EU) seemed the toughest nut to crack this year, therefore command over English usage and Vocabulary was necessary to perform well in the exam.

Overall, the cut-offs for General should be around 38-40, OBC should be around 33-35, SC should be around 28-30 and ST should be around 20-22. IIFT 2018 entrance exam was conducted across 20 cities in a single session. Over 50,000 aspirants appeared for the exam this year.

The IIFT exam had objective type questions. Candidates were given multiple options, out of which they had to pick the correct response. The total number of questions in the IIFT question paper decreased from last year's 123 to 114 this year. Candidates were given marks out of 100. The two-hour exam also had negative marking for wrong answers.

IIFT 2018 Exam Structure:

SectionNo. of QuestionsMarks Per QuestionTotalNegative Marks
Section-I20 (Questions 01-20)1200.33
Section-220 (Questions 21 to 40)0.75150.25
Section-318 (Questions 41-58)0.590.17
Section-420 (Questions 59-78)1200.33
Section 516 (Questions 79-94)1160.33
Section 620 (questions 95-114)1200.33

IIFT 2018 Exam Section-wise Analysis

Section 1: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension:The difficulty level of this section was moderate.

Part 1TopicsNo. of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Part 1: Read ComprehensionPassage 1: Manufacturing sector vs. Service sector4Easy
Passage 2: Reverse innovation by PepsiCo.4Easy
Passage 3: Female participation in labour force4Easy
Passage 4: SLAM in robotics4Easy
Part 2: English UsageWord meaning4Moderate
Cloze Test4Moderate
Sentence Jumble2Easy

Section 2: Quantitative Ability:The difficulty level of this section was moderate to difficult.

TopicsNo. of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Arithmetic3Easy to Moderate
Geometry, Mensuration and Trigonometry3Easy
P&C and Probability5Easy
Set theory1Easy
Total 22

Section 3: Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation: There were tricky questions in the Logical Reasoning section and Data Interpretation had calculative questions. Overall, it turned out to be a Difficult section.

TopicsNo. of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Grouping and arrangement10Easy to Moderate
Analogy04Easy to Moderate
Series02Easy to Moderate
Blood Relation04Easy
Table (calculation based)10Moderate
Bar Graph10Moderate

Section 4: General Knowledge: The difficulty level of this section was moderate. It mostly had questions based on Finance.

TopicsNo. of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Current Affairs6Moderate
Business and Economy7Moderate
Awards and honors0Moderate

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FAQs about IIFT Exam Analysis

What are the common topics asked in the General Awareness section of IIFT?

Most of the questions asked in the General Awareness section are from the Business, Finance and Economy sectors. It is important to stay updated with any major developments in the field of business to crack this section.

What kind of questions are asked in the Reasoning section of IIFT?

The reasoning section of IIFT contains a diverse range of questions based on arrangements, distribution, matrix, input output etc.

What kind of RC questions are asked in IIFT?

IIFT contains medium length RC passages that are mostly based on topics related to finance, business, banking, management etc. The questions asked based on RC passages are a combination of information based and inference based.

Which section of IIFT has the most weightage?

The VARC section in IIFT has has the most weightage as it has 35 questions totalling 105 marks.

What is a good score in IIFT?

A score of 130 to 140 in IIFT is considered to be a good score to clear the cutoff for admission.

How difficult is IIFT as compared to CAT?

Both IIFT and CAT are moderate to difficult level examinations that require advanced preparation to succeed. However, some candidates consider IIFT to be more difficult as it has more number of questions as well as an additional General Awareness section.

How difficult is the General Awareness section in IIFT?

While General Awareness section in IIFT itself is easy, its preparation can get difficult because of the wide syllabus. Candidates have to establish a balance between staying aware of the current affairs of the business world and preparing for the exam.

How many questions should I attempt to clear the IIFT cutoff?

A good attempt to clear the IIFT cutoff would be around 50 - 70 questions. However, if a candidate is attempting less number of questions, they should ensure that exceptional accuracy is maintained.

What is the most difficult section of IIFT?

Most of the candidates appearing for IIFT report the DILR section to be the most difficult. DI questions in IIFT are very tough to crack.

What is the difficulty level of IIFT?

The difficulty level of IIFT ranges from moderate to difficult. Some of the sections in the exam can get very tough to crack and require thorough practice and preparation.

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