IIFT Exam Pattern 2022


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Updated on
June 18, 2021

IIFT exam pattern 2022 has been changed for MBA admission 2022. Not only IIFT exam pattern has now become a computer based test as against the earlier paper based test, the National Testing Agency (NTA) which will conduct IIFT MBA 2022 entrance exam on January 9, 2022 has changed number of sections, number of questions, scoring pattern among other changes in IIFT exam pattern.


Key Changes in IIFT 2022 Exam Pattern
NTA will conduct IIFT 2022 admission test in a single session as computer based exam. Following key changes in the IIFT exam pattern 2022 are brought about by NTA:

  • IIFT 2022 exam timing is changed to 3PM-5PM as against 10AM-12 Noon
  • IIFT Entrance exam is now a computer based test and not a paper based test
  • IIFT 2022 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 2022 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 proposes to launch its new Kakinada campus with 60 seats in 2022
  • Dar-es-Salaam campus of IIFT has also started operating

IIFT exam pattern consists of multiple choice objective type questions. The computer based IIFT 2022 exam is of 2 hours duration. IIFT 2022 paper pattern is a single session test and the exam will be held in 68 test cities across India on January 9, 2022.  

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IIFT Exam Pattern 2022: Sectional Composition
IIFT Exam pattern 2022 consists of multiple choice objective type questions (MCQs). IIFT 2022 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 2022
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 2022 exam pattern stands substantially revamped. IIFT 2022 paper pattern or the IIFT exam pattern for MBA (IB) 2022-24 batch with key changes is detailed below:

 IIFT Paper Pattern Components
IIFT 2022 Pattern
Earlier IIFT Test Pattern
IIFT Exam Date 2022
January 9, 2022
November last Sunday or December first Sunday
IIFT Exam Sessions 2022
Single session exam
Single session
IIFT Pattern 2022-Testing Mode 
Computer Based Exam
Paper based test
IIFT Pattern 2022 - Test duration
2 hours from 3PM to 5 PM
2 hours from 10AM to 12 Noon
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 2022
Marking Scheme in IIFT Exam Pattern 2022
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 2022
1/3rd Negative marking for wrong answer
1/3rd Negative marking for wrong answer
Exam Difficulty level in revised IIFT pattern 2022
Moderate to Difficult
Moderate to Difficult

IIFT 2022 paper Pattern: Important Points

  • The number of sections in IIFT paper pattern 2022 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 2022 Exam Pattern are also clubbed as a single session now. Candidates can attempt and compensate DI questions to LR questions in the revised IIFT 2022 pattern.
  • 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 2022 pattern may go anywhere in the range of 110 to 130. While IIFT 2022 pattern is expected to consist of 110 questions, IIFT exam pattern and syllabus also had 110 questions in 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 2022 exam pattern. To maximize score in revised IIFT 2022 pattern, the candidates therefore have to be careful to avoid this negative marking by choosing the answer options with well calculated thought process.  

IIFT 2022 Pattern: Test Timing, Reporting Time

The IIFT 2022 pattern has revised exam timing. For the IIFT 2022 pattern, exam timing is from 3PM to 5PM while the IIFT exam 2022 reporting time is 1 P.M. No candidate is permitted to enter the IIFT test centre after 2.30 PM. 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 2:30 P.M. After this the invigilators in the IIFT testing hall start issuing the instructions to the candidates.

  • Date of IIFT Examination: January 9, 2022
  • Mode of IIFT MBA 2022 Entrance Examination: “Computer Based Test (CBT)” mode only
  • IIFT 2022 Exam Time: 3 p.m. to 5.00 PM
  • Reporting time at IIFT Exam Centre: 1 P.M.
  • Security Check Time: 1 P.M. to 2.30 P.M.
  • Entry to Exam Centre officially allowed: 2 P.M.
  • IIFT Exam Centre Gate Closing time: 2.30 PM
  • Instructions by the Invigilators: 2:30 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.
  • Candidates Login Starts (only to read instructions): 2.50 P.M.
  • IIFT Entrance Test Commences: 3:00 P.M.
  • IIFT 2022 Entrance test Over: 5 PM

IIFT Exam Centres 2022
IIFT exam cities 2022 are 68 in number. Apart from the other IIFT exam cities, the IIFT 2022 test cities include the National Capital Delhi and most of the State Capitals.


On the basis of IIFT 2022 entrance exam merit, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade will shortlist the candidates for 420 seats in MBA (IB) 2022-24 batch at its Delhi, Kolkata and the Kakinada campuses. 

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The major sections consists 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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