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IIFT 2021 Exam Analysis

IIFT 2021 Exam Analysis: IIFT Exam was conducted on 5th December 2021 for the batch of the year 2022-2024. The test is being conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA). The IIFT Exam Paper was similar on the lines with the previous year with 4 sections and a total of 110 number of questions. 

The IIFT MBA entrance exam is a national-level competitive aptitude test conducted by the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade. The IIFT exam is for aspirants who wish to get admission into IIFT’s flagship program as in International Business (IB) which is a six-trimester general management residential program with a focus on International Business. The candidates who meet the cut-offs are eligible for admission into IIFT’s Delhi or Kolkata campus and Kakinada. Further details are available in the Prospectus hosted on the Institute’s website

IIFT 2021 Exam Analysis:

The section wise analysis for IIFT 2021 is as follows:

SectionNo. of Q’sMarks per QuestionTotal Marks
Quantitative Ability25375
Verbal Ability and RC353105
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning30390
General Awareness201.530
Total110 300

Note: As per the IIFT Exam Analysis 2021 the above questions also had Negative Marks for every incorrect answer: for sections such as QA, VARC & DILR there is negative 1 mark and for General Awareness there was a negative mark of 0.5.

Quantitative Ability:

IIFT Exam Analysis 2021 for the Quantitative Ability section was considered as one of the toughest section in the question paper. Most of the questions were lengthy and very much time consuming. This section was dominated by questions on Arithmetic and Modern Math. Out of 25 questions 8 were from Modern Math, followed by 7 on Arithmetic, 6 on Geometry and so on as shown in the below table.


TopicNo. of Q’sDoable Q’sLOD
Modern Math841 Easy,
2 Moderate
& 5 Difficult
Arithmetic752 Easy,
3 Moderate & 2 Difficult
Geometry632 Easy,
1 Moderate & 3 Difficult
Algebra322 Easy,
1 Difficult

Overall attempts of 8-10 questions is considered to be good with high accuracy.


Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension:

IIFT Exam Analysis 2021 for the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension section was overall with the moderate level of difficulty. Reading Comprehension section was considered as the difficult whereas the Verbal Ability was considered as the easiest section. Verbal Ability was even considered as slightly easier compared to the last year. 

Verbal Ability:

TopicsLevel of Difficulty
Identify the words with correct spellingsEasy
Identify Sentences with correct word usageEasy
Identify the Language
of the – Root Word or
 Foreign Phrases
Spot the errorModerate
Identify sentences with the appropriate usage
 of the underlined

Reading Comprehension:


PassageNo. of Q’sDoable Q’sLevel of Difficulty
On Theory, Conceptual framework, and
Dustbowl Empiricism
Low-context and
Religion, Morality and
 Social Order
Behavioral Science and Overexploitation of
Natural Resources

Overall attempts of 20-23 questions is considered to be good with high accuracy.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning:

IIFT Exam Analysis 2021 for the DI & LR Section are as follows: Out of the 30 questions in these particular section, 16 questions were based on Data Interpretation (DI) which consisted of four sets with four questions in each and the remaining 14 questions were based on Logical Reasoning (LR). Overall, this section was considered as moderate to difficult.

The DI sets which came in the exam were more difficult than they actually were. All the DI sets had multiple graphs such as four line graph, 2 pie charts, 2 bar graphs and bar graph + table. The questions were based on observation as well as quick calculations. From that only one set was fairly calculation intensive.

Out of the 14 questions on Logical Reasoning, 12 were spread across with 4 sets. 2 sets having 3 questions each, 1 set having 4 questions and 1 set having 2 questions. There were also some of the standalone questions. The standalone LR questions were relatively straightforward and should have attempted without any fail. The LR sets consisted one set on tournaments and two sets on matrix arrangement. There was one set with two questions on family tree. Out of the two standalone questions, one question was on Verbal Reasoning and it was the only question on that particular question.

Overall, the sets on DI were easier compared to the LR sets. However, because DI and LR were combined in the same section students must have aimed at solving the majority of DI sets before attempting any of the LR questions.

Overall attempts of 12-14 questions is considered to be good with high accuracy.

General Awareness:

IIFT Exam Analysis 2021 for the General Awareness Section i.e. the GK section had 20 questions. The section consisted of normal MCQs and also the match the column questions which are like 2 column questions typical asked in IIFT Exam only.

There were approximately 5 static GK questions and 15 Current Affairs questions. Questions covered a wide range of areas including company brands & logos, government schemes, international organizations, sports, geography, awards, national affairs, etc. and did not give any advantage to candidates having any expertise in a particular area.

The GA section was very easy and less difficult than the previous year. An overall attempt of about 11 to 12 questions with good accuracy would be considered a good attempt.

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