IIFT 2021 Analysis

IIFT is one of the most popular management entrance tests held for admission to MBA (IB) programme offered by Indian Institute of Foreign Trade Delhi, Kakinada, and Kolkata. Every year, more than 30,000 candidates appear for IIFT in order to seek admission in the related B-schools. The exam is administered by NTA (National Testing Agency) in the month of December or January annually. Since the last few years, IIFT has increased its admission seats to around 500-600. Nevertheless, the difficulty level of the exam remains on the higher side, resulting in high competition among management aspirants.
In 2021, IIFT will be held in the first week of December and the result will be announced in January/February 2022. Students are naturally eager to gauge their performance soon after the exam. So, here we have laid out a detailed sectionwise analysis of IIFT 2021:
IIFT 2021: Overall Analysis
IIFT is a computer-based test consisting of four sections that are devised to test a candidate’s acumen in quant, reasoning, verbal, and general knowledge. The pattern of IIFT 2021 was same as before, with the difficulty level being a little more than of 2020. The mathematical part of the exam was relatively time-consuming due to the calculations involved. Listed below are the major features of IIFT 2021:
Main Features:
  • Total duration: 2 hrs
  • Total no. of questions: 110
  • Differential marking scheme
  • One-third negative marking deducted for each wrong answer
  • 4 answer choices per question
  • Level of exam: Moderately difficult
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IIFT 2021: Exam Structure & Pattern
Explained below is the detailed break-up of IIFT 2021 Exam pattern:
No. of Questions
Marks per Questions
Total Marks
Negative Marks/Questions
Quantitative Aptitude
RC & Verbal Ability
DI & Logical Reasoning
General Awareness
IIFT 2021 Exam Analysis
IIFT 2021 presented a mix of moderate to tough questions in various sections. While the verbal and GK sections were medium in difficulty, Quant and DI were relatively tricky and calculation-intensive. Given below is the detailed analysis of all the sections of IIFT 2021:
Quantitative Aptitude Analysis
Quant was slightly tougher and lengthier than previous year. It mainly included questions from Arithmetic and Geometry. While the arithmetic part was easy to solve, the geometry-related questions were slightly complex. There were also a few questions of probability, clocks, and Venn diagram. Most of the questions were indirect in nature but a good understanding of concept suffices for a good score in the section.
An attempt of 12-15 questions with high accuracy is sufficient to crack the section well.
RC & Verbal Ability Analysis
Verbal section was moderate in difficulty. There were 4 RC passages with 4 questions each. These passages were from politics, science, and sociology. Although majority of the RC questions were direct, a few of them posed tricky answer choices. However, the complete RC section was doable and straightforward. On the other hand, the verbal ability portion strongly focussed on testing the vocabulary-based knowledge of the candidates. Further, a few questions were of parajumbles and sentence correction.
An attempt of 14-16 suffices for a high score in the section.
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DI & Logical Reasoning Analysis
This was the most difficult and lengthiest section of IIFT. Most of the sets involved complicated kind of information and questions. So, it was upon the students to make the right choice of questions. However, the LR-based single line questions were simple and manageable.
An attempt of 11-13 questions with good accuracy is sure to fetch you a great score in the section.
General Awareness Analysis
This section was considered easier than the previous year. As usual, it featured a blend of static and current GK questions, with a little higher emphasis on the former. Questions were asked from a variety of areas like science, politics, business, etc.
An attempt of 7-8 questions even with moderate accuracy is enough to get you the required score in the section.
After assessing your performance in IIFT 2021, start gearing up for the next stages of selection process. It is to be noted that IIFT has brought slight changes in its shortlisting criteria, with around 70% weightage allotted to the exam score and remaining to the academic profile and diversity.
NOTE: The actual detailed analysis of IIFT 2021 will be available here on the day of the exam.
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