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Updated on
December 1, 2019

IIFT exam pattern 2020 has been changed for MBA admission 2020 as revealed in the IIFT 2020 exam held on December 1, 2019 from 10 AM to 12 Noon. Not only IIFT entrance exam was a computer based test as against the earlier paper based test, the Natiponal Testing Agency (NTA) which conducted IIFT MBA 2020 entrance exam has changed its number of sections, number of questions, scoring pattern among other changes.


NTA conducted IIFT 2020 admission test on Sunday, December 1, 2019 in a single session as computer based exam.  

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Key Changes in IIFT 2020 Exam Pattern
NTA has brought about the following key changes in the IIFT 2020 MBA entrance test:

  • IIFT Entrance exam was a computer based test and was held on December 1, 2019
  • No admission is available to IIFT Dar-es-Salaam campus  through IIFT 2020 exam
  • IIFT 2020 exam had 4 Major Sections instead of 6 with variable number of questions
  • First IIFT exam conducted by NTA
  • VARC, Quant, DILR had same scoring pattern while GK had different scoring pattern
  • 5 RC Passages followed by 16 questions appeared in the exam. Passages were considered easy
  • LR more difficult, Data Interpretation questions were more calculation intensive
  • Quant was moderate
  • More Arithmetic intensive questions appeared in IIFT 2020 MBA entrance exam

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 was of 2 hours duration from 10.00 A.M. to 12.00 Noon. IIFT paper pattern 2020 was a single session test and the exam was held in 225 test cities across India on December 1, 2019.


IIFT 2020 Exam: Test Pattern
IIFT 2020 entrance test consisted of multiple choice objective type questions (MCQs). IIFT 2020 pattern was divided into 6 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 marks 100
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
Quantitative Analysis
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
General Awareness (GK)

Key Changes in IIFT Exam Pattern 2020 over Last year
IIFT paper pattern 2020 or the IIFT exam pattern for MBA (IB) 2020-22 batch held on December 1, 2019 with key changes is detailed below:

 IIFT Paper Pattern Components
IIFT 2020 Exam
Last Year IIFT exam pattern
IIFT Exam Date 2020
December 1, 2020
December 2, 2019
IIFT Exam Sessions 2020
Single session exam
No change
IIFT Pattern-Testing Mode 2020
Computer Based Exam
Paper based test
IIFT 2020 Test duration
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
Any question  from any section
Maximum total marks
Marking Scheme
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
1/3rd Negative marking for wrong answer
1/3rd Negative marking for wrong answer
IIFT paper Difficulty Level
Moderate to Difficult

IIFT 2020 paper Pattern: Important Points

IIFT Exam Timing, Reporting Time
The  IIFT exam timing was from 10 morning to 12 noon while the IIFT exam 2020 reporting time was 8 AM. No candidate was permitted to enter the CAT test centre after 9.30 AM. 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, was completed by the invigilator latest by 9:30 A.M.. After this the invigilators in the IIFT testing hall started issuing the instructions to the candidates.

  • Date of IIFT Examination: Sunday 01.12.2019
  • Mode of IIFT MBA 2020 Entrance Examination: “Computer Based Test (CBT)” mode only
  • IIFT 2020 Exam Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
  • Reporting time at IIFT Exam Centre: 8 A.M.
  • Security Check Time: 8 AM to 9.30 AM
  • Entry to Exam Centre officially allowed: 9 A.M.
  • IIFT Exam Centre Gate Closed: 9.30 AM
  • Instructions by the Invigilators: 9:30 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.
  • Candidates Login Started (only to read instructions): 9.50 A.M.
  • IIFT Entrance Test Commenced: 10:00 A.M.
  • IIFT 2020 Entrance test Over: 12.00 Noon

IIFT Exam Centres 2020
IIFT exam cities 2020 are 225 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 2020.


On the basis of IIFT 2020 entrance exam merit, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade will shortlist the candidates for 420 seats in MBA (IB) 2020-22 batch at its Delhi, Kolkata and the Kakinada campuses.


IIFT 2020 MBA entrance exam was the first computer based test as against the earlier paper based test. IIFT 2020 Exam was conducted in a single session of 2 hours duration from 10 A.M. to 12 Noon. MBAUniverse.com is the first to publish the IIFT exam analysis – overall and sectional, immediately after the IIFT exam has got over.


The IIFT Computer Based Online Test consisted of multiple choice objective type questions (MCQs) to be solved in 120 minutes. The major sections consisted of English Grammar, Vocabulary and Comprehension; General Knowledge & Current Affairs; Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation and Quantitative Analysis. There was no sectional time constraint.

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