IIFT Exam Pattern 2024

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Updated on
May 11, 2023

IIFT 2024 Exam will be held in December 2023 in a single session of 2 hour duration from 10AM to 12 Noon in 68-70 cities across the country. National Testing Agency will conduct IIFT’s Computer Based Entrance Exam for IIFT MBA (IB) 2024-26 batch admission.

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IIFT exam pattern 2024 has been changed for MBA admission 2024. Important changes in IIFT exam pattern are as follows:

Sectional Pattern of IIFT Entrance exam 2024 
Subjects Quantitative Analysis
Reading Comprehension and Verbal Ability
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
General Awareness

Accordingly, Not only IIFT exam has now become a computer based test as against the earlier paper based test, the National Testing Agency (NTA) which will conduct IIFT MBA 2024 entrance exam has changed number of sections, number of questions, scoring pattern among other changes in IIFT exam pattern. 


Key Changes in IIFT 2024 Exam Pattern
NTA will conduct IIFT 2024 admission test in a single session as computer based exam. Following key changes in the IIFT exam pattern 2024 are brought about by NTA:

  • IIFT 2024 exam timing is changed to 10AM to 12 Noon from afternoon earlier
  • IIFT Entrance exam is now a computer based test and not a paper based test
  • IIFT 2024 exam has 4 Major Sections instead of 6 earlier.
  • Each section has different number of questions
  • IIFT exam is now conducted by NTA and not by IIFT
  • A key feature of IIFT Exam Pattern 2024 is its varying sectional scoring scheme. VARC, Quant, DILR sections have same scoring pattern while GK has different scoring pattern
  • 4-5 RC Passages followed by 14-16 questions will appear in the revised IIFT exam pattern. Passages are of moderate difficulty level

IIFT exam pattern consists of multiple choice objective type questions. The computer based IIFT 2024 exam is of 2 hours duration. IIFT 2024 paper pattern is a single session test. 

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IIFT Testing Schedule, Reporting Time, Closure of Entry
Below are shared the key timings for IIFT exam at the test venue:

Schedule of IIFT Exam
Start & Close Time
IIFT 2024 Entrance Exam Date
Sunday, Dec 10, 2022
Computer based test
IIFT Exam duration
10AM to 12 Noon
2 Hours exam without break
Reporting Time schedule
8 AM to 9.30 AM
No entry after 9.30 AM to the testing hall
Test Takers to be on their Seats
By 9.45 AM
Ensure to sit on your designated seat
Instructions by the invigilators
9.45 AM to 9.50 AM
Candidates also need to login to read test taking instructions at 9.50 AM
IIFT exam starts
10 AM
Test begins on your computer screen. In case of any problem inform the invigilator
Test concludes
12 Noon
Check & Review before closing time. Test will close even if you do not submit

The pre exam activities at IIFT exam centre, like Entry in the Examination Centre/Hall/Room, physical frisking, document verification, Invigilators recording manual attendance and Biometric registration at registration desk, Cross checking of admit card, signature and photo match, are completed by the invigilator latest by 9.45AM. After this the invigilators in the IIFT testing hall start issuing the instructions to the candidates.


IIFT Exam Pattern 2024: Sectional Composition
IIFT Exam pattern 2024 consists of multiple choice objective type questions (MCQs). IIFT 2024 pattern is divided into 4 sections comprising questions on Verbal Ability; English Reading Comprehension; General Knowledge & Awareness; Logical Reasoning; Data Interpretation and Quantitative Analysis. IIFT Exam pattern and sectional score are as under:

Total questions
Mark awarded for each correct answer
Max sectional marks out of 300
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
Quantitative Analysis
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
General Awareness (GK)
Key Changes in IIFT Exam Pattern Over the Years
IIFT test pattern has gone through substantial changes in terms of IIFT syllabus and pattern as well as number of questions. Sectional composition of questions has also changed in the revised IIFT Test pattern. Accordingly, IIFT 2024 exam pattern stands substantially revamped. IIFT 2024 paper pattern or the IIFT exam pattern for MBA (IB) 2024-26 batch with key changes is detailed below:
IIFT Paper Pattern Components
IIFT 2024 Pattern
Earlier IIFT Test Pattern
IIFT Exam Date 2024
December 10, 2023
November last Sunday or December first Sunday
IIFT Exam Sessions 2024
Single session exam
Single session
IIFT Pattern 2024-Testing Mode 
Computer Based Exam
Paper based test
IIFT Pattern 2024 - Test duration
2 hours from 10 AM to 12 Noon
2 hours from 3 Pm to 5 PM
IIFT Exam Pattern: Total Questions
114 to 126
Type of Questions in revised IIFT Exam Pattern
Total Sections in IIFT Exam Pattern
Sectional Time Limit in IIFT Exam Pattern
No, Any question from any section can be attempted in two hours
Any question  from any section
Maximum total marks in revised IIFT Pattern 2024
Marking Scheme in IIFT Exam Pattern 2024
3 marks for each correct answer in VARC, QA, DILR; 1.5 Marks for each right answer in GK section
Varying marking scheme from 0.50 to 1 Mark for each correct answer
Negative Marking in IIFT pattern 2024
1/3rd Negative marking for wrong answer
1/3rd Negative marking for wrong answer
Exam Difficulty level in revised IIFT pattern 2024
Moderate to Difficult
Moderate to Difficult

IIFT 2024 paper Pattern: Important Points

  • The number of sections in IIFT paper pattern 2024 has been reduced to four from earlier six
  • The Verbal Ability and Reading comprehension in the revised IIFT paper pattern have now been clubbed as a single session
  • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning in IIFT 2024 Exam Pattern are also clubbed as a single session now. Candidates can attempt and compensate DI questions to LR questions in the revised IIFT 2024 question paper.
  • Number of questions is reduced to 110 in IIFT exam pattern and syllabus from earlier 120+.
  • There are no fixed number of questions in IIFT syllabus and pattern. The number of questions in IIFT 2024 pattern may go anywhere in the range of 110 to 130. While IIFT 2024 pattern is expected to consist of 110 questions, IIFT exam pattern and syllabus also had 110 questions in 2022, 2022, 2021 & 2020. IIFT syllabus and pattern in 2019 & 2018 had 114 questions. IIFT exam pattern and syllabus in 2017 had 123 questions while IIFT syllabus and pattern in 2016 had 124 questions in MCQ format.
  • Maximum overall marks in IIFT test pattern are 300. A penalty of 1/3rd marks will be awarded for every wrong answer in IIFT 2024 exam. To maximize score in revised IIFT 2024 pattern, the candidates therefore have to be careful to avoid this negative marking by choosing the answer options with well calculated thought process.  

IIFT Exam Centres 2024
IIFT exam cities 2024 are 68 in number. Apart from the other IIFT exam cities, the IIFT 2024 test cities include the National Capital Delhi and most of the State Capitals.


On the basis of IIFT 2024 entrance exam merit, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade will extend admission offers to 700+ candidates for MBA (IB) 2024-26 batch at its Delhi and Kolkata campuses. However, 500+ students are finally take admission at IIFT as there are many drop outs.


The major sections in IIFT Exam consist of English Grammar, Vocabulary and Comprehension; General Knowledge & Current Affairs; Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation and Quantitative Analysis. There is no sectional time constraint. 

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