IIFT Syllabus 2021


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Updated on
April 8, 2020

IIFT 2021 exam Syllabus consists of multiple choice objective type questions (in English). Although there is no specifically defined IIFT Exam Syllabus, but going by the changes brought since last year in the IIFT questions, exam pattern, sectional composition, the IIFT 2021 Syllabus & exam pattern comprises the questions on English verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, General Knowledge & Awareness, Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation and Quantitative Analysis. 


IIFT Exam 2021: Major Shifts & Changes
In a major shift introduced since last year in IIFT exam, is the change of IIFT exam format as computer based test from earlier paper based test. The IIFT exam on December 6, 2020 will be held as a computer based test, instead of paper based test.

  • Accordingly with the change of IIFT exam format, the IIFT exam Syllabus has also changed
  • The syllabus for IIFT Exam 2021 will have questions split in four sections
  • The IIFT syllabus with the changes in sectional composition has also changed the number of questions in each section.

Key Changes in IIFT 2021 Syllabus

  • The number of sections in IIFT Syllabus 2021 has been reduced to 4 from earlier 6 Sections. Some of these sections will have increased number of questions.
  • The Verbal Ability and Reading comprehension in the revised IIFT 2021 Exam Syllabus have now been clubbed as a single section. Now the RC questions and English usage (Verbal Ability) will appear in a single section without separate sectional cut offs.
  • Another change in IIFT Syllabus 2021 is that the Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning are clubbed as a single section instead of separate sections. Candidates can attempt and compensate DI questions to LR questions.
  • One of the big changes in IIFT Syllabus is that the number of questions is reduced to 110 in IIFT 2021 exam syllabus from earlier 120+ questions.
  • Maximum overall marks in IIFT MBA syllabus are increased to 300 instead of earlier 100. A penalty of 1/3 marks will be awarded for every wrong answer.

Section wise Syllabus for IIFT Exam 2021
The 2 hours IIFT 2021 exam syllabus would comprise the questions covering the 4 sections. To understand what to study and what not to study, it is necessary to know the revised IIFT exam pattern. The number of questions and scoring pattern for each section is shared below:

Total questions
Mark awarded for each correct answer
Max marks out of 300
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
Quantitative Analysis
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
General Awareness (GK)

Section-1: IIFT 2021 Syllabus on Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension are now a single section in IIFT Syllabus 2021. The composition of this section in revised IIFT exam syllabus and marking pattern is as under:

  • Total questions: 35
  • Type of questions: MCQs
  • Format of questions: Individual questions in VA, Set of Questions for RC
  • Marking Scheme: +3 mark for each correct answer
  • Negative marking: - 1/3 negative marking

VA Topics of questions: All questions on English Language usage are based on following topics:

  • Total VA questions: 18-20
  • Idioms & Phrases
  • Punctuation
  • Correction of Grammatical Errors in Sentence construction for underlined parts
  • Analogy
  • Placement of words at appropriate places
  • Matching the prefix and suffix
  • One word substitution
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Jumbled sentences
  • Figures of Speech
  • Spelling Correction
  • Antonyms/Synonyms
  • Active-passive

RC Topics of questions: Reading Comprehension (RC) in revised IIFT Syllabus 2021 is clubbed to Verbal Ability now. The Syllabus details are given below:

  • Total RC passages: 4
  • Total questions: 14-16
  • Type of questions: MCQs
  • Each RC passage followed by 3-4 questions
  • Marking Scheme: +3 mark for each correct answer
  • Negative Marking: - 1/3rd Mark for each wrong answer

Topics of RC passages:   
All the 4 RC passages are of moderate to high difficulty level. The topics of RC passages usually selected by IIFT are:

  • Current Affairs – Business & Economy
  • Social Scenario in the country
  • International happenings and their impact on India
  • Opinion Based Abstract topics
  • Fact based data driven topics 

Section-2: IIFT Syllabus for Quantitative Analysis
Number of questions in this section are 25. The Quantitative Analysis Syllabus for IIFT 2021 is:

  • Total questions: 25
  • Type of questions: MCQs
  • Format of questions: Individual questions
  • Marking Scheme: +3 marks for each Correct answer
  • Negative Marking: - 1/3rd mark for each wrong answer

Topics of Quant questions:
Question are  based on:



  • Simple Interest
  • Man Days and work
  • Ratio
  • Cost
  • Percentage
  • Filling of overhead tank

Geometry, Algebra, Log

  • Triangles
  • Rectangular Plank
  • Diagonal  distance
  • Circumference
  • Probability

Other topics are Integers, Time, distance, speed/Time & work, Other Arithmetic questions, Algebra, Mensuration, Log theory, Geometry, Permutation combination


Section-3: IIFT 2021 exam syllabus for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) are now clubbed to a single section in IIFT syllabus 2021. Earlier these two were separate sections.


Data Interpretation Syllabus

  • Total questions: 15
  • Type of questions: MCQs
  • Format of questions: In sets of 2 to 5 questions
  • Marking Scheme: +3 Marks for each correct answer
  • Negative marking: - 1/3rd mark for each wrong answer

Topics of Data Interpretation questions:
Question are based on:

  • Analysis and comparative study of Data Tables
  • Charts and Graphs with Tables
  • Pie Charts and Tables
  • Bar Diagrams and Comparative Tables

Topics of Logical Reasoning problems in IIFT Syllabus

  • Total questions: 15
  • Type of questions: MCQs
  • Format of questions: In sets as well as individual questions
  • Marking Scheme: +3 Mark for Each Correct Answer
  • Negative Marking: - 1/3rd mark for each wrong answer

Questions are based on:

  • Team based questions
  • Statements-conclusions
  • Coding – de Coding
  • Arguments
  • Conclusions
  • Blood Relations
  • Clocks
  • Calendars
  • Direction Sense
  • Seating Arrangements

Section-4: IIFT Syllabus for General Awareness (GK)
General Awareness (GK) in IIFT is one of the prominent sections and is considered as a tough section. It has minimum weightage but the sectional cut offs goes below 1 mark for this section. IIFT Syllabus on GK places mix of questions on currencies, appointments, personalities, business and economy among others

  • Total questions: 20
  • Type of questions: MCQs
  • Format of questions: Individual questions
  • Marking Scheme: + 1.50 mark for each correct answer
  • Negative Marking: - 1/3rd mark for each wrong answer

Topics of questions: 

  • Matching the logos
  • Question on English language usage like Make in India, Ease of doing business
  • Personalities
  • Matching the stock markets to countries
  • Currency of the country
  • Current Affairs
  • Famous personalities endorsing the product for example ‘Which product not endorsed by Amitabh Bachchan as brand ambassador’
  • Fictional Characters
  • Books and Authors
  • Business & Economy
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