IIFT Entrance Test Exam Pattern – Marking Scheme, Section-wise Details

The National Testing Agency or NTA will conduct the IIFT entrance exam 2021 in online mode. This organisation also holds the responsibility to define the IIFT entrance test exam pattern . For the year 2021, the IIFT entrance exam question paper will be segregated into 4 sections (earlier there were 6 sections). However, the syllabus of IIFT entrance exam largely remains the same as before, since the NTA has merged the Logical Reasoning section with Data Interpretation and the Verbal Ability section with Reading Comprehension. 

The IIFT entrance test question paper 2021 will include the following 4 sections:

  1. Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
  2. Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation (LR-DI)
  3. Quantitative Aptitude (QA) 
  4. General Awareness (GA)

Besides, as per the IIFT entrance test exam pattern 2021, there will be 110 questions instead of 114-116 questions. Candidates will be allotted a total of 120 minutes to solve the question paper. All the questions will be objective-type in nature. The maximum marks an examinee can score are 300. 

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IIFT Entrance Test Exam Pattern – Overview

Before the NTA was handed over the responsibility of conducting the IIFT entrance test, the entrance exam was held offline i.e. pen-paper mode. However, it is now being held as an online/computer-based test. Tabulated below is an overview of IIFT entrance test exam pattern 2021.

Overview of IIFT 2021 Exam Pattern

Particulars of IIFT Details 
Conducting Body of IIFT 2021 National Testing Agency (NTA)
Duration of IIFT Entrance Test 2021 Two hours i.e. 120 minutes
Mode of Examination Computer-based i.e. online mode
Number of Sections 4
Section-wise Time Allotment No sectional timing
Nature of Questions Multiple-choice Questions (MCQs)
Total Questions 110
Total Marks  300
Negative Marking ⅓ negative marking for each wrong answer
Marking Scheme  3 marks for every right answer in VARC, LR-DI and QA. 1.5 marks for every right answer in General Awareness.

IIFT Entrance Test Exam Pattern – Section-wise Details

There are a total of four sections in the IIFT entrance test paper 2021. Test-takers are given a total of 120 minutes to attempt the IIFT question paper. In order to understand the IIFT exam pattern, one should first go through the section-wise details jotted down below.

  1. Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation (LR-DI) – The IIFT question paper will include 30 questions from this section. It is suggested to reserve 35-40 minutes to solve this section. 
  2. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) – There are a total of 35 questions in this section of the IIFT test. Reserving 30-35 minutes is enough for this section.
  3. Quantitative Aptitude – There are a total of 25 questions in this section. Solving this section is a time-consuming affair and it is suggested to reserve 35-40 minutes for this section. 
  4. General Knowledge and Current Affairs – This section includes a total of 20 questions in IIFT entrance test. Candidates should not devote more than 10 minutes to solve this section. 

IIFT Entrance Test Exam Pattern – Marking Scheme 

Each of the sections in the IIFT entrance test have a varied number of questions. Therefore, the marking scheme in each section also varies.

Marking Scheme of IIFT Entrance Test

Sections  No. of Questions  Total Marks  Marks per Question Negative marking per incorrect response 
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension 35 105 3 -1
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning  30 90 3 -1
Quantitative Aptitude  25 75 3 -1
General Awareness  20 30 1.5 -0.5
Total 110 300

IIFT Entrance Test Exam Pattern – Syllabus

Once a candidate is well-versed with the examination pattern of IIFT Entrance Test Syllabus 2021, he/she must also get to know about the section-wise topics. Knowing the syllabus of the exam helps in polishing the candidates’ preparation strategies. Listed below are some of the major topics from various sections of the IIFT entrance test.

Sections  Topics 
Logical Ability & Data Interpretation   Bar Graph, Line Graph, Pie Chart, Table, Caselets, Comparisons, Deductions, Coding-Decoding, Series & Analysis, Input & Output, Directions, Seating, Selections, Clocks & Calendars, Visual and Critical Reasoning, Linear and Matrix Arrangements, etc.
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension  Grammar, Preposition, Idioms & Phrases, Analogy, Matching word meanings Synonyms-Antonyms, Reading Passages,  Rearrangement of words in a sentence, Paragraph Formation, Sentence Reconstruction, Synonyms, Odd word out, etc.
Quantitative Aptitude  Number, Geometry, Mensuration, Logarithms, ERPV, PPL, Probability, Permutation & Combination, Arithmetic Mean, Profit & Loss, Compound Interest, Trigonometry, BODMAS, Binomial Expansion, Ratio & Proportions, Vectors, In-equation Quadratics, etc.
General Awareness  Politics, Business, Society, Economics, Banking, History, Films

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IIFT Entrance Test Exam Pattern – FAQs

✔️ Will Indian Institute of Foreign Trade define IIFT Entrance test exam pattern 2021?

No. The examination pattern for IIFT entrance test 2021 will be determined by the National Testing Agency i.e NTA.

✔️ What changes has the NTA brought to IIFT entrance test exam pattern 2021?

According to the latest IIFT entrance test exam pattern, NTA has merged the Verbal Ability section with Reading Comprehension and the Data Interpretation section with Logical Reasoning. Hence, now there will be four sections in IIFT entrance test question paper, instead of six. Also, the number of questions has been reduced to 110 from 114-116 questions.

✔️ In what mode will NTA conduct the IIFT entrance test 2021?

Previously, the IIFT entrance test was conducted in pen-paper i.e. offline mode by IIFT itself. However, ever since the NTA has taken over the responsibility of conducting IIFT exam, it is being conducted through online/computer-based mode only.

✔️ What are the total marks in IIFT entrance examination?

The IIFT entrance test has a total of 300 marks distributed among 110 questions. Candidates are given 120 minutes to solve the IIFT entrance test question paper.

✔️ What is the marking scheme for IIFT entrance test 2021?

In the Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation (LR-DI), and Quantitative Aptitude (QA) sections, 3 marks will be given for each correct answer and there will be a deduction of 1 mark for each incorrect response. On the other hand, in the General Awareness (GA) section, candidates will be given 1.5 marks for each correct answer and 0.5 mark shall be deducted for each incorrect answer.

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