IIFT 2021 Exam Analysis

Welcome to our IIFT 2021 Exam Analysis page. IIFT 2021 was conducted on 24th January 2021, from 3 to 5 PM. It will be a computer-based exam conducted across 63 cities. There are four sections without any sectional time limit. Maximum marks of 300 with each correct answer fetching +3 marks and +1.5 marks for the GK section and each incorrect answer attracting a negative mark of -0.33.

IIFT 2021 Exam Analysis – First Impression

The exam paper pattern was on the same lines as compared to last year. This year the difficulty was slightly high. RC was a little lengthy and DI questions were a notch up in terms of calculation and time spent per minute would be high. We reckon what bothered many test-takers was that they had to scroll right and left for RC and LR sets. – Jaimin Shah, Chief Mentor, Endeavor Careers

IIFT 2021 Exam Video Analysis


IIFT 2021 Exam Analysis

Last year was the first time that IIFT had taken its entrance test online. This year in its second online edition, one clearly gets a feeling that now IIFT has started moving towards a standardized exam pattern. This can be said from the fact that this year’s test pattern and marking system were the same as those last years.

IIFT 2021 Paper Pattern

Sections Number of Questions Marks/question Negative Marking Total Marks per Section
Quantitative Ability 25 3 1 75
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension 35 105
Data Interpretation and  Logical Reasoning 30 90
General Awareness 20 1.5 0.5 30
Total 110 300


The sectional, in-depth IIFT 2021 Exam analysis is as follows:

Section 1: Quantitative Aptitude:

 The section had 25 questions with around 45% of the questions were from Arithmetic. In terms of difficulty, this section was more or less similar to last year.

The detailed distribution in this section is as follows:

Topic Number of Questions
Arithmetic 11
Algebra 4
Geometry 5
Modern Maths 4
Numbers 1

Among the Arithmetic questions, 2 questions from Time Speed and Distance, 1 question each from Time and Work, Partnership, and Clock were doable. The rest of the questions Profit Loss, SICI, Ratio Proportion, and Time and Work were lengthy and supposed to be avoided during the exam. Here, one question on SICI seems technically wrong. 2 questions from Algebra; Age question and one based on Quadratic equation were easy but those based on surds and indices were difficult and time-consuming. 4 out of 5 Geometry questions were doable. Of these, 1 question was on Height and Distance and 3 others on Circles. 1 out of 4 Higher Arithmetic question which was on Probability was doable and others on Permutation and Combination and the miscellaneous type was difficult. The lone question on numbers was doable.

Difficulty Level: Moderate to Difficult

Ideal Attempts: 10-12

Ideal Time: 35-40 minutes

Cut off: 11-13 marks

Section 2: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension:

The section had 35 questions out of which 16 questions were on Reading Comprehension and 19 were on Verbal Ability.

The detailed question distribution in this section is as follows:

Topic Sub-Topic Number of Questions
Reading Comprehensions 4 passages with 4 questions each 16
Verbal Ability Set of 15 words – Questions based on Crosswords, synonyms/antonyms of some words from the list 4
Verbal Ability Etymology 3
Verbal Ability Match the Following – Words and Meanings 1
Verbal Ability Meanings and words 2
Verbal Ability Grammar – Choose the correct sentence/sentences 6
Verbal Ability Para-jumbles 3

Among the Reading Comprehensions, 2 passages were quite lengthy, but they also had more number direct questions. Of the remaining 2, one was a bit dense and could have been avoided. There were a good number of true/false based questions in the RCs and this could have acted as a speed breaker for few students.

In Verbal ability, a lot of students would have been surprised by 3 Etymology based questions and would have found those questions difficult. Also, surprising was the absence of Fill in blanks and Idioms based questions. Out of the 6 grammar-based questions, 2 questions were based on punctuations (both on Question Mark). The rest of the questions asked the students to identify the correct sentences/sentences from the 4 given sentences. These questions could easily be attempted through option elimination.

There were 7 vocabulary-based questions – 4 questions were based on a set of words that was given in the paper and one of these 4 questions was based on crosswords. Of the remaining 3 vocabulary-based questions 1 question was based on match the following and the other 2 asked the students to identify the word for given meaning. Out of 7, at least 4 of the vocabulary-based questions could have been easily attempted through option elimination.

Among the 3 questions of parajumbles, 2 questions had 6 sentences to be arranged and this could have been time-consuming. 1 question had 4 sentences and it was quite easy

Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

Ideal Attempts: 22-25

Ideal Time: 35 minutes

Cut off: 28-30 marks

Section 3: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning:

The section had 30 questions wherein there were 7 sets; of which 6 sets had 4 questions each and 1 set had 2 questions. The rest of 4 questions were individual questions. The individual questions and one set based question on Calendar were easy and doable. One of the reasoning set on Circular arrangement was a bit lengthy but a smart test taker could have solved the set by looking at the option. Another Reasoning set on Games and Tournament was difficult as it had variation from the normal set rules. There were 4 sets on Data Interpretation of which one based on the table (which had information about Production, Consumption, and Export) was doable and another based on a combination of Line and Stack Graph (which had an average of 10 years for 3 different product) was moderate level difficulty and one could have solved 2 or 3 questions out of 4 questions. Another set on Pie chart and Table (which had a city-wise sample and total wastage) could been solved. The set on a combination of Line Graph and Bar Graph could have been avoided as it involved lots of lengthy calculations.

Difficulty Level: Difficult

Ideal Attempts: 11-12

Ideal Time: 35-40 minutes

Cut-off: 13-15 marks

 Section 4: General Awareness:

 This section had questions from almost all topics ranging from Static GK to Current Affairs. There were questions based on, UPI payment – Whatsapp, Mahindra Marrazo, Paris climate treaty, Poverty Index, Logistic Index, Country with the highest labour force, Indian origin parliamentarian in New Zealand, World Economic Forum, ASEAN, Recently concluded Naval exercise in the Malabar strait, sports and 2 match the following questions – one on sportspersons and their country and another on pharma companies and their owners

Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

Ideal Attempts: 6-8

Ideal Time: 10 minutes

Cut-off: 5-6.5 marks

Overall IIFT 2021 Analysis and Cut-Offs

Sections Number of Questions Marks/question Negative Marking Total Marks per Section Ideal Attempts  Cut-offs
Quantitative Ability 25 3 1 75 10-12 11-13
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension 35 3 1 105 22-25 28-30
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation 30 3 1 90 11-12 13-15
General Awareness 20 1.5 0.5 30 6-8 5-6.5
Total 110 300 Overall Cut-off* – 115-117

The above-mentioned overall cut-off is for the General category student. However, looking the past experiences, the overall cut-off for the EWS category would be 92-94 marks, and that for the SC-ST category should be 74-76 marks.

*If like last year some questions are found to be wrong then the cut-off would increase. Last year IIFT had given 15 bonus marks for 5 wrong questions so the cut-off went to 138 marks. Otherwise, the actual cut-off would be 123 marks.


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Check out previous years IIFT exam analysis below:

IIFT 2019 Exam Analysis

IIFT 2018 Exam Analysis and Expected Cut-off

IIFT 2017 Exam Analysis

IIFT 2016 – Analysis



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