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IIFT 2017: Why .01 score loss should matter? And how to manage it?

Last Updated - September 08, 2016

Your score in IIFT 2017 is indispensable and of great importance. The significance of even a minute decimal fractional score will play a key role. Students must not lose even .01 if they aspire to pursue the best MBA Course in the country.

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The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade or the IIFT conducts its national level entrance exam each year to admit students to its MBA programmes in International Business. The course is offered at it campus in the capital, New Delhi, as well as in Kolkata. The IIFT exam date is November 27, 2016.

This article emphasis on the importance of that .01 score loss that candidates cannot afford to lose. If at all they do, it can lead to hurling them out of the race. Read on to know more.

Why is your IIFT Score crucial?

We all know about the prestigious MBA (IB) course that the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade offers. The coming academic session of 2017-2019 will be putting great emphasis on the IIFT Score, where even a minutest decimal difference can affect your selection. These minute decimal fraction of scores will be considered to great extent this year.

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The IIFT Exam is not just about the number of questions but also about the weightage awarded to each section. Despite containing more than 120 questions, the total scores are calculated from 100 only in the IIFT Entrance Exam. This is a concern for many aspirants. It somewhere puts these students to a disadvantage.

For this, students have started answering these questions selectively. Here, attempting the number of questions is not necessary, but answering the correct mix of questions is. They attempt the sections with the highest weightage, where the number of questions might also be less. This helps them fetch more marks. On the contrary, some answer a good number of questions but still do not score well.


Topper shares his experience

Most of the candidates who have already appeared in the IIFT exam are well aware of its structure and scoring pattern. Scoring 49 or 50 in the exam, can make you clear the exam, but may not admit you to the institute.

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Harshit Goswami, a student of IIM Udaipur and one of the CAT Toppers of 2015 shares his opinion on the same. He scored 98.01 percentile in CAT Exam and scored 95.86 percentile in IIFT Exam. His raw score was 48.26. unfortunately, he missed the IIFT Cutoff by 0.24 mark only.

From this, we learn that even if someone scores 48 in IIFT, he may not be considered for the admission. On the other hand, if he scores 48.8, he will fall in the cutoff list and get selected for the final round.


IIFT Exam & Score Pattern

The IIFT 2017 entrance exam is a pen and paper based test. Candidates are advised to carefully go through the IIFT Exam Pattern for a comprehensive preparation plan. IIFT in general has a tendency to experiment with the pattern of examination every year.

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The written test for admission to MBA Course in IIFT, comprises of 120-130 questions with maximum score of 100 marks. Read the below table to know more about the IIFT Exam Pattern:

IIFT Exam Pattern

Number of questions



2 hours (120 minutes)

Marks per question

1 for QA, DI and LR,

0.75 for VA,

1 for RC and

0.50 for GA

Negative marking (Marks deducted per wrong question)

1/3 of the marks allotted

Medium of examination


Total number of choices per question


We see a difference in the sectional weightage form the above table. Prof S.K. Agarwal, who is an expert on Verbal Ability for IIFT Preparation, shares his views on the same. He tells us how focusing on these section-wise weightage is important during your preparation period and actual exam. Carefully attempting these sections is important to be able to find a place in the IIFT Merit List.


IIFT consists of multiple choice objective type questions (in English). The exam comprises the questions covering English Comprehension, General Knowledge & Awareness, Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Analysis. A candidate may attempt any question from any section during the time allotted. Hence, we suggest you to keep the high ranking sections in mind for a better and easy score.

As far as the IIFT Score Pattern is concerned, the different sections and sub-sections of the IIFT Entrance Exam carry different marking scheme. The maximum marks allotted to each section range from 0.5 to1. Thus, sectional cutoffs also play an important role.

There is also a penalty of one-third marks for incorrect answers. Avoid getting your marks cut because of this negative marking scheme.

Useful IIFT Preparation Tip

It is important to score the minimum required marks in order to secure a place in the IIFT Merit List, says S.K. Agarwal. The different sections must be attempted in a way that your cumulative score is the maximum. Try attempting the questions with higher weightage with accuracy and speed, and we assure you the best scores.

Candidates may please note each section needs minimum qualifying marks. Interestingly, the cut off marks for admission to IIFT MBA (IB) programme remain less than 50%. So you need to be accurate while attempting the well selected questions from your strong areas.


For a quick tip, read articles on the internet and write a concise summary. This is primarily helpful for the English Comprehensions where you get the main idea & the structure of the article.

For General Awareness, pick up Manorama’s yearbook and read it for about 15 days. For cureent affairs, reply on newspapers.

For the Logical Reasoning section, refer to Arun Sharma’s book on the subject. For Quants solve Arihant’s Quantum Cat.

We hope that you do not lose on any extra mark. We suggest you to complete the IIFT Entrance Exam within the set time frame. This will also leave some room for your revision time. Understand the importance of these minutest marks, and you are good to go!



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