IIFT Exam Pattern 2019

Last Updated - January 17 2018

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade or IIFT organizes an entrance exam every year to select aspirants for its MBA program in International Business. It is a pen and paper method exam and is scheduled to be held in December 2018. Aspirants interested in applying to this MBA program have to apply for IIFT entrance exam.

As per IIFT Exam Format 2019, the question paper is divided into four sections that comprise: General Knowledge and Awareness, English Comprehension, Quantitative Analysis and Logical Reasoning. There is negative marking too in IIFT 2019 exam.

All candidates must register for the exam well in time. Details about the objective type national level IIFT 2019 Exam Format have been discussed in this article. Aspirants can also check the syllabus and advisable books for the same further. IIFT Application Form 2019 will be made available tentatively from July 2018.

IIFT Exam Format 2019 Highlights

IIFT 2019 is a paper and pen exam of 2 hours of the period. The multiple choice questions cover six sections with a total score of 125 marks. There is no separate time issued for each section.

The exam highlights of IIFT 2019 that aspirants should be aware are as follows.

Exam methodOffline
Number of papers1
Number of sections4
SectionsGeneral knowledge and awareness, English comprehension, quantitative analysis and logical reasoning
Question paper typeObjective type (MCQs)
Exam period2 hours
Medium of examEnglish

IIFT Exam Format 2019 Details

IIFT 2019 is an objective type exam of 2 hours period. The exam syllabus includes 4 sections that comprise: There is no separate time issued to aspirants for each section. The question paper consists of 125 MCQs.

  • English Comprehension
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • General Knowledge and Awareness

IIFT 2019 Exam Format has a special question allocation for each section. The question distribution in each section is as follows:

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

Since there is no specific time allocation for each section, a sample time allocation matrix is tabulated below for the reference of aspirants.

Name of the sectionAllocation of time
General awareness8 to 10 minutes
Reading comprehension and verbal ability25 to 30 minutes
Quantitative aptitude30 to 35 minutes
Logical reasoning and data interpretation40 to 45 minutes

Marking Scheme for IIFT 2019

The marking scheme for IIFT 2019 exam is various for each section. For instance, in the Data Interpretation section, an accurate response will be honored 0.75 marks, while an accurate response from Logical Reasoning will carry one mark. Whereas, negative marking scheme for each wrong answer will suffer 1/3 of the issued marks. The marking scheme for IIFT 2019 in detail is tabulated below for better understanding of the aspirants.  

General knowledge, quantitative analysis and logical reasoning0.5
Verbal ability0.75
Reading comprehension1
Data interpretation1
Analytical and logical reasoning0.75

For each negative response, 1/3rd of the issued marks will be deducted.

Syllabus for IIFT 2019

IIFT 2019 entrance exam includes questions from English Comprehension, Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation, Quantitative Analysis and General Awareness. Section-wise syllabus for IIFT 2019 exam has been tabulated below.  

English Comprehension

Verbal ReasoningSyllogismsAnalogies
Comprehension of passageAntonymsPhrasal verbs
Completion of sentencesFill in the BlanksContextual usage
ProverbIncorrect wordsPunctuation
Mistake accurate in choosing wordsUsage of foreign language words in Englishcorrect of sentences
Use of same words in various placesMoodOne word replacement
Jumbled paragraphs containing 4 to 5 sentencesIdiomsOdd one out

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation

Identifying next number in the seriesCoding and decodingPuzzles
Symbol Based problemsProbably falseSequencing
Family tree problemsCause and EffectMatrix arrangements
Identifying strong arguments and weak argumentsStatements and conclusionsIdentifying Probably True
Identifying valid referencesVerbal ReasoningAssumption-premise-Conclusion
Statements and assumptionsAssertion and reasonCritical Reasoning
Logical Reasoning and Data InterpretationQuantitative AnalysisGeneral Awareness

Quantitative Analysis

GeometryPartnershipQuadratic linear equations
Ratio and proportionTime-speed-distancePercentage
Number systemProfit & LossAverage
Geometric progressionArithmetic meanMedian
Allegation and MixturesGeometric meanHCF
LCMHarmonic meanMensuration
Number based systemWork and timeArithmetic progression
Pipes and cisternsMethodSimple interest and compound interest
Set theoryVenn diagramPartnerships
ProbabilityTrigonometryPermutations and combinations
Binomial expansionsMaxima & Minima progressionSurds, Indices and Complex numbers
VectorsLogarithmCo-ordinate geometry

General Awareness

Present AffairsScience 

IIFT 2019 Advisable Books

It is believed that it is quite hard to predict the section-wise difficulty level of IIFT. Below mentioned are some of the best books which the aspirants must follow to prepare for IIFT 2019

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
OtherIIFT (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 2019.

IIFT 2019 Important Instructions

It is important that aspirants know about IIFT 2019 Exam Format before attempting the exam. Therefore, aspirants obligatory to be complete about concepts and should have enough exercise to excel in the exam. In order to score well in the exam, aspirants obligatory to be fast and correct while response questions.

  • Aspirants should take mock tests minimum once a week. It will help boost confidence, gain speed and accuracy while responding the exam.
  • Issue time to each section and try to follow this as it will help aspirants attempt maximum questions accurately.
  • Aspirants often assume that data interpretation is tough. For this reason, it is best to attempt 2 out the 4 questions if aspirants are not confident about getting the accurate responses.
  • Extra time should be kept aside to review questions that aspirants are not sure about.
  • The reading comprehension section is an area where aspirants can score well. However, aspirants should not attempt questions that they are unsure about.

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