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November 9, 2020

IIFT 2021 exam date is January 24, 2021. National Testing Agency (NTA) will conduct MBA (IB) 2021 entrance test for admission to Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) Delhi and Kolkata campuses as a computer based test from 3PM to 5 PM. To help IIFT MBA aspirants prepare better, experts at MBAUniverse.com have prepared IIFT Previous test papers with answer keys, IIFT question paper with solutions and earlier IIFT Question papers based on IIFT exam pattern.  


IIFT 2021 for MBA IIFT 2021 admission will be held in 68 test cities in India. With the launch of Kakinada campus, IIFT intake 2021 is proposed to increase by 60 more seats from the present 400+ seats. 


IIFT Previous Year Papers are the best guide to prepare for the IIFT question paper 2021. Although, the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) earlier allowed the test takers to carry their respective question paper of the exam, when it was the paper based test, now NTA releases the previous question papers with answers to the candidates who actually appear in the IIFT entrance exam. Candidates need to check the set wise answers. It is therefore a good preparation strategy to go through the IIFT previous test papers with answers to avoid any confusion in regard to understand how a question should be approached for answer. Attempting the previous test papers of IIFT on computer screen will help you to get acquainted how to navigate and answer a question as per the revised IIFT exam pattern. 

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Key Changes in IIFT Exam paper
If we go through the Previous Question Papers for IIFT with effect from IIFT 2017 Question Paper, it is observed that all the subsequent IIFT exam question papers are on changed pattern. The biggest change in IIFT exam paper that was introduced in the IIFT Question Paper was the increase in number of sections from 4 to 6 and type of IIFT exam questions in each section. With effect from 2019, the NTA started conducting IIFT entrance exam with fewer questions divided into four sections and with maximum marks of 300.


Prepare with IIFT Previous Question papers
IIFT previous question paper with solution is a great help for IIFT 2021 test takers to know the exact IIFT question paper, its topics and composition. With the IIFT Previous Years Solved Question Papers, it has become possible also to understand how to approach IIFT questions.


You can assess your IIFT 2021 preparation with the IIFT previous year question papers with answers and make changes in your IIFT preparation strategy as per the changed IIFT question paper pattern:


Latest IIFT Previous Year Question Papers with Solutions
The composition of present Question Paper for IIFT is slightly different from earlier IIFT exams. Based on IIFT previous question papers of three years, it is expected that IIFT 2021 entrance test will consist of multiple choice objective type questions (MCQs) divided into 4 sections comprising questions on Verbal Ability; English Reading Comprehension; General Knowledge & Awareness; Logical Reasoning; Data Interpretation and Quantitative Analysis.


Going by the IIFT exam pattern, out of the total 300 marks, the distribution of marks in IIFT 2021 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 sectional marks out of 300

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension




Quantitative Analysis




Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning




General Awareness (GK)








Key Changes in IIFT Question paper
During last three years IIFT question paper has witnessed many changes. Some of the changes with effect from IIFT previous years paper are given below:

IIFT Paper Pattern Components
IIFT 2021
IIFT 2020
IIFT 2019
IIFT Exam Date 2020
January 24, 2021
December 1, 2019
December 2, 2018
IIFT Exam Sessions 2020
Single session exam
Single session
IIFT Pattern-Testing Mode 2020
Computer Based Exam
Computer Based Exam
Paper based test
IIFT 2020 Test duration
2 hours from 3PM to 5 PM
2 hours from 10AM to 12Noon
2 hours from 10AM to 12Noon
Total Questions
Type of Questions
Number of Sections
Sectional Time Limit
No, Any question from any section can be attempted in two hours
No, Any question from any section can be attempted in two hours
No Change
Maximum total marks
Marking Scheme
0.5 to 1 mark credit for each correct answer
0.5 to 1 mark credit for each correct answer
0.5 to 1 mark credit for each correct answer
Negative Marking
1/3rd Negative marking for wrong answer
1/3rd Negative marking for wrong answer
1/3rd Negative marking for wrong answer
IIFT paper Difficulty Level
Moderate to High
Moderate to High
Low score gives high percentile

IIFT Previous Year Papers
All the previous IIFT exams were conducted in single session on a single day. Last year IIFT question paper consisted of following number of questions section wise:

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Section 1: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) 
The VARC section in IIFT 2020 on December 1 was not very difficult. Following are the sectional highlights:

  • Easier than last year
  • VARC section had 35 questions
  • Maximum score available was 105 marks
  • RC Based questions were 16
  • Varbal Ability consisted of 19 MCQs
  • Good Attempts: All 16 RC Based questions were doable. 10-12 questions in Verbal Ability were doable and could be solved without deploying too much efforts.
  • Grammar based 3 questions were on easier side. Parajumbles were doable and the questions on Fill in the Blanks were also not difficult. 
  • 25+ questions with 90 percent accuracy could fetch you 55-60 marks.
  • Expected Sectional Cutoff: 30-34 marks

Section-2: Quantitative Aptitude
The Quant section in IIFT 2020 on December 1 was a bit lengthy as per the past trends of IIFT exam. Following are the sectional highlights:

  • QA section in IIFT 2020 had 25 questions (All MCQs)
  • Maximum available score was 75 marks
  • More Arithmetic based questions were in this section
  • Section was lengthy demanded more time
  • Estimated time to solve the 12-14 questions was 32-35 minutes with 85% accuracy
  • 12-13 questions could be considered good attempt to fetch 30 marks
  • Expected cut off: 10-12 marks out of 75

Section-3: Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) in IIFT 2020 was on different pattern. LR was found more difficult than DI although DI was considered more calculation intensive.

  • DILR Section had 30 questions (All MCQs)
  • Maximum available score was 90 marks out of 300
  • LR was more difficult than DI
  • 3 DI problem sets out of four sets were moderate and could be solved
  • In Logical Reasoning, the questions based on Missing number, set theory, input-output were easier than the question sets on circular arrangement and mirror
  • Candidates could attempt 9-10 questions from DI and 5-6 from LR  
  • An attempt of 13-14 questions with 90% accuracy could fetch 30-32 marks
  • Expected Sectional cut off could be 14-15 marks out of 90
  • It is expected that an overall IIFT score cut off  could go in the range of 115 to 120 marks out of 300.

Section 4:  General Awareness (GK)
GK questions were not very difficult. Most of the questions were based on international events.

  • Total GK questions were 20
  • Each correct answer carried the weightage of 1.5 Mark with 0.5 negative marking for wrong answer
  • Sectional weightage is 10% in overall exam
  • Topics included Countries, currencies, identifying the logo, BIMSTEC, WTO Agreements, Launching of Apps among others
  • The section had moderate to difficult questions
  • Cut off was expected at or below 7 to 8 Marks

Actual IIFT previous year test papers
IIFT Previous years question papers with solutions as appeared in IIFT entrance exams are shared below. These IIFT previous exam papers and IIFT question papers will enable the IIFT test takers to become conversant with the IIFT exam pattern and the type and topics on which questions could be asked in IIFT exam.


For the benefit of serious MBA aspirants like yourself, MBAUniverse.com, India’s leading MBA aspirants website is happy to share Answers & Expert Solutions to official IIFT previous years test papers. This will help you in predicting your IIFT 2021 entrance test Percentile. Follow the instructions and directions as given in the test questions

IIFT Previous Year Question Paper
Answer with Solution 2017

IIFT Previous Year Question Paper
Answer with Solution 2016

IIFT Previous Year Question Paper
Answer with Solution 2015

IIFT Previous Year Question Paper
Answer with Solution 2014

IIFT Previous Year Question Paper
Answer with Solution 2013

IIFT Previous Year Question Paper
Answer with Solution 2012

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