IIFT Exam Pattern 2020

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Updated on
August 24, 2019

IIFT exam pattern 2020 is changed for MBA admission 2020. Now IIFT entrance exam will be conducted by National Testing Agency as computer based test as against the earlier paper based test conducted by IIFT. IIFT 2020 admission test will be held on December 1, 2019 in a single session as computer based exam. 

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SPJIMR Mumbai - PGDM 2020, Last date Nov 22

MDI Gurgaon - PGP 2020, Last date Nov 22

IMI New Delhi PGDM Admissions 2020-22 Open

IMT Ghaziabad- MBA & PGDM 2020, Last date Nov 22


Great Lakes Chennai, Gurgaon,  PGPM 2020-21

SIMSR Mumbai, PGDM Admissions 2020 Open

MICA Ahmedabad, Admissions 2020 Open

IFMR GSB, Krea University, MBA 2020-22

LBSIM Delhi, PGDM Admissions 2020 Open

WE School Mumbai, Bangalore, PGDM 2020-22

IBSAT 2019 Registration Open: Last date - Dec 12

SDA Bocconi Asia Center, IMB Batch 2020-22

Sri Balaji University Pune, Admissions 2020 Open

Key Changes in IIFT 2020 Exam Pattern
Indian Institute of Foreign Trade has informed about the following key changes in the IIFT 2020 MBA entrance test:

  • IIFT 2020 MBA (IB) Entrance exam will be conducted by NTA and not by IIFT
  • IIFT Entrance exam will be a computer based test on December 1, 2019
  • IIFT entrance exam 2020 schedule has been released by NTA and not by IIFT on August 21 instead of July
  • No admission will be available to IIFT Dar-es-Salaam campus  through IIFT 2020 exam
  • Number of sections, scoring pattern in IIFT entrance exam 2020 may change
  • IIFT Exam 2020 may or may not offer admission opportunity to Kakinada campus

IIFT exam pattern consists of multiple choice objective type questions. Till last year, IIFT exam pattern has remained paper pen based. The computer based IIFT 2020 exam will be of 2 hours duration from 10.00 A.M. to 12.00 Noon. IIFT paper pattern 2020 will be of a single session test and the exam will be held in 20 test cities across India on December 1, 2019.


Key Features of IIFT Exam Pattern 2020
IIFT paper pattern 2020 or the IIFT exam pattern for MBA (IB) 2020-22 batch to be held on December 1, 2019 with key features is detailed below:

 IIFT Paper Pattern Components
Key Details
Changes from Last Year exam pattern
IIFT Exam Date 2020
December 1, 2020
Changed from 4th Sunday of November
IIFT Exam Sessions 2020
Single session exam
No change
IIFT Pattern-Testing Mode 2020
Computer Based Exam
Changed from paper based test last year
IIFT 2020 Test duration
2 hours from 10AM to 12Noon
Remains same
Total Questions
Reduced from 123
Type of Questions
No Change
Number of Sections
Increased from 4 earlier
Sectional Time Limit
No, Any question from any section can be attempted in two hours
No Change
Maximum total marks
No change
Marking Scheme
0.5 to 1 mark credit for each correct answer
No change available so far
Negative Marking
1/3rd Negative marking for wrong answer
No change
IIFT paper Difficulty Level
Moderate to High
Low score gives high percentile

IIFT Exam pattern 2020: Sectional Composition
IIFT 2020 entrance test will consist of multiple choice objective type questions (MCQs). IIFT 2020 pattern is now divided into 6 sections comprising questions on Verbal Ability; English Reading Comprehension; General Knowledge & Awareness; Logical Reasoning; Data Interpretation and Quantitative Analysis. 

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TAPMI Manipal, PGDM Admissions 2020

Xavier University, Bhubaneswar, MBA

BIMTECH Greater Noida, PGDM- 2020-22

SDMIMD Mysore, PGDM-2020-22

IRMA Anand, PGDRM Admissions 2020 Open

GIM Goa, PGDM 2020-22, Last date Dec15

MDI Murshidabad, PGP Admission 2020

SIBM Bangalore, MBA Admission 2020

SOIL Gurgaon, PGDM Admissions 2020 Open

 IBA Bangalore, PGDM 20-22(20th Batch)

DSB, VIPS-TC Delhi, PGDM Admission 2020

Lexicon Pune, PGDM/Global MBA 2020

Going by the IIFT exam pattern, out of the total 100 marks the distribution of marks in IIFT 2020 entrance with number of questions and weightage assigned to each of them, is expected to be on following pattern:

Total questions
Mark awarded for each correct answer
Max marks 100
Percentage of Weightage in shortlisting
Verbal Ability
Reading Comprehension
Logical Reasoning
Data Interpretation
Quantitative Analysis
General Awareness (GK)

IIFT 2020 paper Pattern: Important Points

  • The number of sections in IIFT paper pattern 2020 has increased to six from earlier four
  • The Verbal Ability and Reading comprehension in the revised IIFT paper pattern have now become separate sections. Now the RC questions and English usage (Verbal Ability) questions do not compensate each other.
  • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning are also separate sections. Candidates cannot attempt and compensate DI questions to LR questions.
  • Number of questions is reduced to 114 in IIFT 2020 exam pattern from earlier 123. There are no fixed number of questions in IIFT entrance test, their number may go anywhere in the range of 114 to 130. IIFT 2017 had 114 questions, IIFT 2016 had 123 questions while IIFT 2015 had 124 questions in MCQ format.
  • Maximum overall marks in IIFT test pattern are 100. A penalty of 1/3rd marks will be awarded for every wrong answer. 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 2020
IIFT exam cities 2020 are 20 in number. Apart from the other IIFT exam cities, the IIFT 2020 test cities include the National Capital Delhi and most of the State Capitals. These IIFT 2020 exam centres in fact are the IIFT 2019 exam centres as the IIFT exam at these IIFT Exam Centres 2020 will lead to the MBA (IB) admission in 2019.


Following are the IIFT Test Cities 2020 where IIFT 2020 entrance exam is proposed to be held: 

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