By Sneha Dasgupta

IIFT Exam Pattern 2022: pattern, question paper structure, sectional timings, marking scheme & more

7th October, 2021

Knowledge of the IIFT exam pattern is critical to preparation. There are many similarities with other management entrance tests. But there are crucial differences as well, which make the exam unique. The difficulty level of the exam is high, at par with top B-school entrances such as a CAT or XAT. 

As you must have guessed, to crack the exam with a high score, your preparation needs to be comprehensive. The IIFT exam pattern acts as a stepping stone to smart and accurate preparation. While it is important to cover all the subjects, it is also essential that you prepare according to the IIFT exam pattern. 

In this article, we have covered all major and minor details about the IIFT exam pattern. You will need a holistic idea to ace the IIFT exam and be shortlisted for admission at either of the three campuses. 

Read the sections that follow to get a clear idea about what you can expect in the IIFT exam. 

IIFT Exam Pattern

The exam pattern of IIFT remains unchanged for the 2022 session. IIFT exam will be held in Computer-Based Test (CBT) mode on 5th December 2021 in over 75 test centres across India. It is possible that the total number of questions may vary for the 2022 IIFT session, but the question types, marking schemes, sections, and other minor details are likely to remain unchanged. 

The table given below contains all the important and relevant details for the IIFT exam pattern 2022.

Total number of questions110 (there may be minor variations)
Number of sections 4
Details of sections Section 1: Quantitative Ability (QA) 
Section 2: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) 
Section 3: Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation (LRDI) 
Section 4: General Knowledge (GK)
Question typeMultiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
Sectional time-limitNO
Negative Marking YES 
Marking scheme details+3 marks for every correct answer  in Section 1, 2 & 3
+1.5 marks for every correct answer in Section 4
– 1 for every wrong answer in Section 1, 2 & 3
– 0.5 for every wrong answer in Section 4
Total Marks300 
Total Time2 hours or 120 minutes

IIFT Question Paper Structure

As mentioned before, the IIFT exam 2022 will have 4 sections, and a total of 110 questions will be asked from them. The number of questions may vary slightly, but changes made are usually minor. The number of questions asked from each section also varies, and the weightage given to the sections is also not equal.  

We have given a breakdown of the IIFT Question Paper Structure below. Read to find out more!

SectionsNumber of questionsTotal marks
Quantitative Aptitude (QA)2575
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)35105
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation (LRDI)3090
General Knowledge (GK)2030 
Total110 questions300 marks

IIFT Exam Sectional Timings

The IIFT exam has no sectional timings and candidates can divide the total time as per their wish. It can be quite useful as candidates can solve questions in any order and they can do the revision at the end. 

However, it is also important to note that the average time per question is just above one minute. As a result, you need to be fast and accurate to solve the questions within the given time. 

The absence of sectional timing helps, but it doesn’t make the exam easy.  

IIFT Marking Scheme

In the IIFT exam, sections 1, 2 & 3 have different marking schemes, as opposed to section 4. All four sections, however, will have negative markings. Remember that the final score of IIFT is not the aggregate of marks obtained in the 4 sections. There is a special formula for calculating the final score. 

For the exam, the section-wise marking scheme has been given in the table below. 

IIFT Marking scheme – Sections 1, 2 & 3

  • 3 marks for every correct answer in the IIFT exam
  • Negative marking of 1 for every wrong answer in the IIFT exam

IIFT Marking scheme – Section 4

  • 1.5 marks for every correct answer in the GK section
  • Negative marking of 0.5 for every wrong answer

Important topics for IIFT

You can find below a section-wise list of important topics that are included in the IIFT exam pattern. We have covered each and every topic and the list is quite comprehensive. Do read them to find out more!

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

Paragraph completionPhrases
Synonyms and AntonymsCorrection of spelling
Appropriate wordsSentences and phrases
AnalogyNon-fiction passage
PhrasesData-driven passages on business and finance 
VocabularyPassage on Indian society and international relations
Odd choice problemsOpinion-based passages

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation (LRDI)

Verbal LogicVisual & Critical Reasoning
Problem Statement & ConclusionPuzzles 
Linear & Matrix ArrangementsFamily Tree
Decision Making Coding-Decoding
Blood relations Series 
Alphabetical Series Data Structures
Syllogisms Verbal Logic 
Partnerships Line Graph
Tables / Bar / Pie Graphs

Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

InequationsTime, Speed, Distance
ClocksProfit & Loss
Logarithm Geometric Progression
Quadratic Venn Diagram
MedianArithmetic Mean
Coordinate geometryCompound interest
Standard DeviationPercentages 
Instalments/ paymentsSet Theory
ProbabilityMode Trigonometry 
Number SystemPermutation & Combination
Binomial Expansion Arithmetic Progression
Simple interestRatios 

General Knowledge (GK)

Politics Industry
Business International Affairs 
Science Economics
Banking Awards & AwardeesEntertainment
Sports History

FAQs related to the IIFT examination

What is the pattern of IIFT?

The IIFT exam will have 4 sections in total. There will be a total of 300 questions in MCQ format and the total time will be 2 hours. The number of questions from each section will vary. The marking scheme will be different in the GK section, while it will be uniform for the first three sections (VARC, LRDI & QA). 

Does the IIFT exam have sectional time?

IIFT exam will not have any sectional timings. Candidates will have to solve 110 questions in 120 minutes.

Is there any negative marking in the IIFT exam?

IIFT exam will have a negative marking of ⅓ per question for every wrong answer. For the first three sections, 1 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer. For the GK section, 0.5 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.

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