Among various MBA entrance exams in India, IIFT has the most challenging and interesting exam format. Some of the stand-out features of the exam are: a unique marking scheme accompanied with differential marking, multiple sections divided into sub-sections, and a variable number of total questions in the exam. The unique nature of the exam also means that it gives a lot of jitters to numerous students. Understanding the pattern of the exam is of paramount importance as it will help you in formulating a winning strategy to tackle the exam.
|IIFT Conducting Body||National Testing Agency (NTA)|
|IIFT Exam Mode||Online-Computer Based|
|IIFT Exam Duration||2 hours (120 minutes)|
|Sectional Time Limit||No Sectional Time Limit|
|Number 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 (G.K.)|
|Total Number of Questions||Not Fixed (110 Questions in 2020, 114 Questions in 2019; 123 Questions in 2018)|
|Types of Questions||Multiple Choice Questions|
|Negative Marking||1/3 Marks|
|Marks per Question||3 marks for each right question in Section 1, 2, and 3 1.5 marks for each right answer in Section 4|
|Section||Sections||No. of Questions||Marks per Questions||Total Marks||Negative Marks/Questions|
|Section - 1||Quantitative Analysis||25||3||75||-1|
|Section - 2||RC & Verbal Ability||35||3||105||-1|
|Section - 3||DI & Logical Reasoning||30||3||90||-1|
|Section - 4||General Awareness||20||1.5||30||- 0.5|
This table clearly highlights the fact that differential marking plays an important role in IIFT and you should allocate time as per the weightage of each question.
While IIFT has not specified the syllabus for the exam, generally the areas tested in the exam are: English Usage/Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning and General Knowledge.