IIFT Previous Year Papers

IIFT previous year papers serve as a reliable source for understanding the actual exam pattern, format, and difficulty level. To give you a clear idea of the questions asked in different sections of IIFT, our experts have made a compilation of the past years' papers here.

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IIFT 2023

The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) is one of the most acclaimed MBA institutes all over India. Its MBA in International Business is a much sought-after course among management aspirants. The selection procedure at IIFT involves a Written Exam, followed by Personal Interview rounds.

The written exam (IIFT) is conducted in the month of December and the results are declared in the month of December/January.

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IIFT Previous year Papers

Here is the link to the past question papers of IIFT, given along with the answer keys and detailed explanation. Download the papers and start solving them:

IIFT Exam - Previous Years' Trends

IIFT is one of the most challenging exams in the country due to a differential marking scheme, an additional section on general awareness, moderate to a difficult level of questions and less time duration vis-à-vis the number of questions. It is an objective test, conducted in computer-based mode. Various areas tested in the exam are: Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning and General Knowledge. From the trends of IIFT previous year papers, we observed that the number of questions has varied every year in the range of 110-140, but it has remained the same at 110 from 2020 to 2022. Besides, each section has a different weightage as well as a cut-off score.

IIFT 2023 - Expected Exam Pattern

Based on the trends followed in the last two years, here is the section-wise questions distribution and marking scheme of IIFT 2023:

No. of Questions
Marks/ Question
Negative Marks/ Question
Total Marks
Quantitative Analysis
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
General Awareness
- 0.5

Quant section of IIFT is generally tough and has most questions from arithmetic and geometry, and a few from algebra and modern mathematics. Verbal section features four Reading Comprehension passages of moderate difficulty level and the remaining questions are vocabulary and grammar-based. Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning has the majority of questions in form of sets and some of the LR questions are standalone. DILR section is usually lengthy and calculation-intensive. Lastly, the General Awareness section focuses on static GK and current events, with the latter taking up most of the weightage.

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Why solve IIFT previous year papers?

There is a lot that you can learn from past, so as to brighten your future. Solving IIFT previous year question papers and analyzing them thoroughly will help you in the following ways:

  • Firstly, it will familiarize you with the exam in all respects. You get a deeper understanding of the pattern and format of the exam.
  • You will learn about the frequently asked question types and difficulty level of the questions.
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  • Analyzing your performance in the previous year papers will help you in identifying your strong and weak areas. Accordingly, you will be able to decide which questions to solve first and which ones at the end.
  • Since there is no time allotted to individual sections, you will learn to manage time while tackling the previous year papers.
  • As you solve more and more papers, you will gain speed and improve accuracy in questions, which will eventually help you devise a perfect strategy for the actual exam.

NOTE: IIFT previous year papers are also available at the official site, along with the answer keys.

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