IIFT Exam Pattern 2018

Last Updated - February 13 2018

IIFT (Indian Institute of Foreign Trade) provides MBA program in International Business via IIFT entrance examination. Aspirants who wish to apply for the same has to appear for the IIFT 2018 entrance. The exam will be a pen and paper-based test which is scheduled to be held on December 3, 2017.

The question paper will include 4 sections such as English Comprehension, General Knowledge and Awareness, Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Analysis. There is negative marking too. The qualifying marks or the cut off will help determine that whether the aspirant is qualified for the next round.

It is a multiple-questions based national level test which is affiliated with both speed and accuracy. For further details about the IIFT 2018 Exam Format follow the article below.

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IIFT Exam Format 2018 Highlights Table

IIFT 2018 will be a pen and paper based examination of the period of 2 hours. There is no separate time allocation of for each section. The questions will be of multiple choices based on a total of six sections and 125 marks. The language will for organizing the test will be only English.

The exam highlights table below is the summation of the exam format so that the interested aspirants get aware of the exam format in just a glimpse

Exam ModeOffline (pen and paper based)
Number of Papers1
Number of sections4
SectionsEnglish Comprehension, General Knowledge and Awareness, Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Analysis
Question Paper TypeMultiple Choice Based
Exam Duration2 hours
Exam LanguageEnglish

IIFT Exam Format 2018 in Detail

IIFT 2018 question paper will be primarily MCQ type. The total period of the exam is two hours and there is no separate time allocation for the personal section. There is a total of 4 sections in the question paper which comprise the following subjects: The question paper includes of 125 multiple choice model questions.

  • Quantitative Ability
  • Verbal Ability
  • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
  • Reading Comprehension and General Awareness

The question allocation for every section is different. The distribution of question for every section is given below:

Section numberName of the sectionNumber of questions
Section 1General Awareness25
Section 2 – Part 1Reading Comprehension16
Section 2 – Part 2English Usage20
Section 3Quantitative Ability20
Section 4 – Part 1Logical Reasoning22
Section 4 – Part 2Data Interpretation20

As there is no specific time allocation for every section it is advisable to the aspirant to follow the below time chart which they should invest for each section. The time chart will help the candidates to solve the question paper efficiently

Name of the sectionAllocation of time
General Awareness8-10 minutes
Reading Comprehension & Verbal Ability25-30 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude30-35 minutes
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation40-45 minutes

Marking Scheme for IIFT 2018

Below given table shows the IIFT 2018 Marking Scheme:

General Knowledge0.5
Verbal Ability0.75
Reading Comprehension1
Data Interpretation1
Analytical and Logical Reasoning0.75

Negative Marking: Negative marking of 1/3rd  is allotted against every wrong response.

Syllabus for IIFT 2018

IIFT 2018 Exam will cover the following subjects:

English Comprehension
  • Correction of sentences
  • One word replacement
  • Mistake correction in choosing words
  • Antonyms
  • Comprehension of passage
  • Completion of sentences
  • Phrasal verbs
  • Mood
  • Syllogisms
  • Inaccurate words
  • Jumbled paragraphs containing 4 to 5 sentences
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Contextual usage
  • Usage of foreign language words in English
  • Idioms
  • Proverb
  • Odd one out
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Analogies
  • Use of same words in various places
  • Punctuation
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation
  • Statements and assumptions
  • Assumption-premise-Conclusion
  • Identifying Probably True
  • Symbol Based problems
  • Definitely true
  • Antonyms
  • Identifying strong arguments and weak arguments
  • Matrix arrangements
  • Statements and conclusions
  • Family tree problems
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Probably false
  • Assertion and reason
  • Sequencing
  • Cause and Effect
  • Identifying next number in the series
  • Coding and decoding
  • Puzzles
  • Identifying valid references
Quantitative Analysis
  • Calendar
  • Arithmetic progression
  • Pipes and cisterns
  • Geometric progression
  • Work
  • Quadratic linear equations
  • Harmonic mean
  • HCF
  • Partnerships
  • Work and time
  • Arithmetic mean
  • Venn diagram
  • Percentage
  • Simple interest and compound interest
  • Geometry
  • Binomial expansions
  • Probability
  • Mensuration
  • Partnership
  • Clocks
  • Geometric mean
  • Number system
  • Profit & Loss
  • Median
  • Permutations and combinations
  • Surds, Indices and Complex numbers
  • Average
  • Set theory
  • Time-speed-distance
  • Mode
  • LCM
  • Logarithm
  • Number based system
  • Trigonometry
  • Co-ordinate geometry
  • Vectors
  • Installment payments
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Allegation and Mixtures
  • Maxima & Minima improvmentsion
Reading Comprehension
  • Female participation in labour force
  • SLAM in robotics
  • Passage on
  • Manufacturing sector vs service sector
  • Reverse innovation by PepsiCo
General Awareness
  • Geography
  • Books
  • Present Affairs
  • Sports
  • Science
  • Economics
  • History
  • Politics

IIFT 2018 Important Books

It is frequently stated that it is very hard to predict the section-wise difficulty level of IIFT. Below mentioned are names of some of the best books which the aspirants must follow to prepare for IIFT 2018.

SubjectBooksAuthorISBN NO.
Data Interpretation & Logical ReasoningData Interpretation & Logical Reasoning for CAT/XAT/IIFT/CMAT/MATGajendra Kumar Abhishek Banerjee Chayan Mukhopadhyay978-9385576942
 Koncepts of LR- Logical Reasoning for CAT, XAT, IIFT, MAT, CMAT, NMAT & other MBA ExamsGajendra Kumar978-9386146137
Other IIFT (5 mock tests & solved papers)Arihant Experts978-93111253350

Besides, ample exercises from books and giving of mock tests will ultimately help you prepare for IIFT 2018.

IIFT 2018 Important Instructions

Before appearing for IIFT 2018 aspirants must know that there are around 124-125 questions in the question paper. You required to prepare separately for IIFT as The Institute of Foreign Trade is one of top 10 B-schools in India. Thus, it is not enough to prepare for a mere preparation which can be eligible for every MBA entrance. The test is very much similar to speed + accuracy basis test.

  • On the contrary to CAT, Reading Comprehension for CAT are directly forward where you can simply attempt 12 questions just by analyzing the question and searching for the response.
  • You should make a habit of taking mock tests once or twice for every week. This will facilitate you in making familiar with the format and the topics where you are weak and strengthen it.
  • Verbal Ability is simpler. If this portion is merged with Reading Comprehension. Emphasize more on the RC portion as it is much scoring. Don’t attempt questions which you are not sure about.
  • Divide time accordingly for each section so that you can get minimum 8-10 minutes for every section. The easiest section will increase your chances to score more marks.
  • Logical Reasoning is another simple and scoring portion where you should attempt more question.
  • Data Interpretation is assumed to be tough. Just attempt 2 out the 4 questions accordingly and opt out of the portion.
  • The quantitative aptitudes are more or less easier to the standard level. So start solving the problems from easy to hard.
  • In case of General Awareness, the questions will cover more present affairs. The cutoff is expected to be around 2-3 marks. So guess work s not advisable for this portion at all. Attempt 6-8 questions accurately if you seeking to complete round-1.

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