How to Prepare for IIFT

Other than CAT, there is IIFT(Indian Institute of Foreign Trade) exam..concepts are more or less same but the level of the paper is quite easy in comparison to CAT.


  • Speed solving/ Speed reading is the most important factor which determines the success in this exam.IIFT tests your static GK as well.Data Interpretation is more calculation intensive.Passages are quite easy.


  • A sound vocabulary could easily sail you through the verbal section.It is advisable to the MBA aspirants to learn at least ten new words a day…be it any exam vocabulary plays a major role in verbal section.


  • In addition to vocabulary, read newspaper daily this will increase your comprehension and reading speed.


  • For quantitative ability section you need not prepare extra if you have prepared for CAT. The concept used are same and the level of the questions is quite easy in comparison  to CAT.Some of the questions are asked from trigonometry in addition to what CAT asks.


  • You can prepare Static GK from freembastuff.. We are soon coming up with a section where you will find the relevant material for IIFT GK,  other than this newspapers is the best mode  to study for GK.


  • The important thing is it is no where mentioned on the question paper about the sectional cut off. So try balancing the paper..do not leave any section completely and choose at least one section where you can maximize your score.
  • The experts feel that it is a good idea to prepare for Verbal Ability and General Awareness together. While sharing his own experience, Srijan Pal Singh, Knowledge Advisor, PT Education said, “While preparing for VA in CAT, I made sure that I focus on reading more of news and news analysis, e.g. dailies and magazines. This helped in preparation for VA, GK and even for the interviews.”
  • So according to the experts, what you need to do for preparing the general awareness section of the MBA entrance exam is to read news papers, magazines on current affairs on politics, business, sports etc., watch television and take regular tests on the basis of the MBA entrance exams. So just keep on updating yourself and test your knowledge by taking GK tests.
  • A look at IIFT 2006 confirms that it was the most difficult and surprising of the entrance tests last year, as test takers experienced more surprises than sections in the test. IIFT 2006 was characrterised by:

  • About 75 per cent questions with no negative marking but the possibility of more than one correct answer option. (The most unexpected bouncer)
  • Declaration of sectional cut-offs by the test makers for the first time. (A welcome surprise)
  • Reduction in the number of sections and answer options from 5 to 4. (Thankfully accepted).
  • Permission to the test takers to retain the test booklet. (A welcome move)
  • A tough exam, factually (literally, no one could manage to clear the initial declared cut-offs)

Now, let’s talk about what it takes to prepare for the IIFT entrance exam. Most of the concepts are more or less the same and praparation for CAT will be handy here. IIFT has Quant and DI integrated in one section itself, much like the FMA and XAT tests. In addition, if the IIFT 2006 pattern is retained, 25 per cent of the questions will be about ‘General Awareness’.

IIFT 2008 Expected Cut Off

Section
Number of Qns
Total marks
Difficulty level
Probable Attempts
Expected Scores
Reading    Comprehension
12
0.8
9.6
Average
6
3+
Verbal Ability
23
0.7
16.10
Easy
14
7+
General Knowledge
30
0.3
9
Tough
12
3+
Reasoning    Ability
AR-18
0.8
25.6
Tough
16
9+
MR-8
0.8
Mis-4
0.8
LR-2
0.8
Quantitative Ability
27
0.7
18.9
Average
14
6+
Data Interpretation
26
0.8
20.8
Tough
9
5+
Total
150
100

71
33+

Section I : Reading Comprehension
Topic
Questions
Weightage
Remarks
Reading  Comprehension
3 Passages
4+4+4
0.8
8 Average,

4 Easy

Total questions
12
9.6
Tough
Section II : Verbal Ability
Topic
Questions
Weightage
Remarks
Verbal  Ability
Jumbled Sentences
3
0.7
Easy
Vocabulary based questions
3
0.7
Easy
Analogies
4
0.7
Tough
Correct usage of the word
3
0.7
Average
Antonyms
3
0.7
Average
Fill in The Blanks
4
0.7
Easy
Based on Grammar    In sentences
3
0.7
Easy
Total questions
23
16.10
Average

Section III : Quantitative Ability

Topic
Questions
Weightage
Remarks
Quantitative  Ability
Permutation and Combination
2
0.7
Average
Maxima Minima
1
0.7
Tough
Equation
1
0.7
Tough
Standard Deviation
1
0.7
Tough
Trigonometry
1
0.7
Average
Geometry
3
0.7
Average
Average
1
0.7
Average
Mensuration
1
0.7
Tough
Progression
5
0.7
Tough
Series
1
0.7
Easy
Polygon
1
0.7
Easy
Heights and Distances
1
0.7
Easy
Simplification
1
0.7
Tough
Boats and Streams
1
0.7
Average
Profit & Loss
3
0.7
Average
Probability
2
0.7
Tough
Quadratic Equation
1
0.7
Easy
Total questions
27
18.9
Average
Section IV : Data Interpretation
Topic
Questions
Weightage
Remarks
Data  Interpretation
Tabular Form(Railway Wagons & Average Capacity)
6
0.8
Tough
Line Graph (Revenue Total Profit)
5
0.8
Average
Tabular Form (FDI Inflow)
5
0.8
Tough
Tabular Form (World Merchandise Export)
5
0.8
Tough
Bar Graph    (Production)
5
0.8
Average
Total questions
26
20.8
Tough

Section
V : Reasoning and Decision Making

Topic
Number
of questions
Weightage
Remarks
Reasoning
Ability
Family tree
1+1
0.8
1 Tough, 1 Average
Matching
3
0.8
Average
Input-Output
3+4
0.8
3 Average, 4 Easy
Logical Reasoning
2
0.8
Average
Mathematical Reasoning

(Bribe)

1
0.8
Average
Data Verification
3+2
0.8
3 Average, 2 Easy
Arrangment Based

(Based on CAT 2003 DI)

1+3+4
0.8
Average
Maximizing Profit

(Based on CAT 2002)

1
0.8
Easy
Caselet on Speed, Time & Distance (Motor Race)
3
0.8
Average
Total questions
32
25.6
Average


IIFT Paper

November 16 has gone by and the year’s most awaited exam(CAT) is over, but the battle is not over yet for most MBA aspirants across the nation.

The CAT is not the only test for admission  into a top B-school, in fact it is just the first of the lot. Come November 23 and test takers will sit for another difficult test — the IIFT (Indian Institute of Foreign Trade) Entrance examination.

A look at IIFT 2006 and 2007 confirms that it was the most difficult and surprising of the entrance tests last year, as test takers experienced more surprises than sections in the test. IIFT 2006/2007 was characrterised by:

  • About 75 per cent questions with no negative marking but the possibility of more than one correct answer option. (The most unexpected bouncer)
  • Declaration of sectional cut-offs by the test makers for the first time. (A welcome surprise)
  • Reduction in the number of sections and answer options from 5 to 4. (Thankfully accepted).
  • Permission to the test takers to retain the test booklet. (A welcome move)
  • A tough exam, factually (literally, no one could manage to clear the initial declared cut-offs)

Now, let’s talk about what it takes to prepare for the IIFT entrance exam. Most of the concepts are more or less the same and praparation for CAT will be handy here. IIFT has Quant and DI integrated in one section itself, much like the FMA and XAT tests. In addition, if the IIFT 2006 pattern is retained, 25 per cent of the questions will be about ‘General Awareness’.

For more analysis on it, check other section of IIFT on competeindia.com .

IIFT Exam Pattern

IIFT (Indian Institute of Foreign Trade) Pattern

Following are the pattern on IIFT EXAM before 2006:

To see pattern and analysis of IIFT 2006 AND 2007 , Please refer to the IIFT Paper Analysis Secion.

IIFT TEST ON 27th NOV 2005 :

185 questions of different weightage divided into 5 sections to be attempted in 120 minutes with negative marking of 1/3rd. Negative marking was 1/5th last year was changed to 1/3rd this time. Each question had 4 choices unlike the last year where there were 5 choices for each question. There was no sectional time limit. Total marks were 100. The 5 section were:

1) QUATITATIVE : 40 questions of 3/4 Marks per question. Making a total of 30 marks for this section. Questions were from Trigonometry, Complex Numbers, Calculus, Integration & Differentiation, Co-ordinate geometry, Stocks, shares & dividends, Clocks, Inequalities, Mensuration, Probability, Functions, Permutation & Combination, Matrix & Determinants, Algebra, Statistics, Logarithms, Number System, Time- Speed- Distance, Pipes & Cisterns , Time & Work, Mixtures & Alligations, Surds & Indices, Averages.

2) DATA INTERPRETATION : 40 questions of 3/4 marks per question making a total marks of 30 marks for this section. Questions based on Tables, Charts , Graphs, Data Sufficiency, Coding- decoding, Reasoning, Sequences and complete the Series. (UrPercentile.com)

3) ENGLISH USAGE : 45 Questions of 1/3 marks per question making a total marks of 15 marks for this section. Questions on Sentence completion ,sentence correction, selection of antonyms, synonym, misspelled words, parts of speech, prepositions and origin of words.

4) READING COMREHENSION : 20 Questions of 3/4 marks per question making a total marks of 15 marks for this section. There were 5 Reading Comprehension passages of varying length with 2 to 5 question on each passage depending upon the length of the passage.

5) GENERAL/BUSINESS AWARENESS- 40 questions of 1/4 marks per question making a total marks of 10 marks for this section. Questions on Current Business, Current Affairs, Constitution, Economics, History, Politics, Geography, General Science, Literature and Sports.

IIFT 2004

IIFT 2004 paper was of 2 hours with 196 questions in it. There were 5 options for each question and there was negative marking of 1/5 of the marks allocated to each question. The question were of different marks . There were 4 sections in it namely Quantitative, verbal, Reasoning and GK.  There was no time limit for the sections.

Quantitative Section had 48 questions in it with ¾ marks allocated to each question thus making a total of 36 marks for this section.  The questions were not difficult and there were many questions on higher mathematics also.

Reasoning section had 48 questions in total with ½ marks allocated to each question thus making a total of 24 marks for this section. There were question on Analytical reasoning, DI, DS, Verbal reasoning.

Verbal section had 50 questions in it with 2/5  marks allocated to each question thus making 20 marks for this section.  The section was bit difficult and had many “not so common words”  in it.  There was just one passage for RC.

The GK section also had 50 questions in it with 2/5 marks allocated to each question. Most of the questions were based on current affairs and were not so difficult. There were few questions on static GK also.

IIFT 2001~2003

IIFT 2001 , 2002 and 2003 had following pattern.

There were 175 questions to be solved in 2 hours . The were 5 sections namely  Quantitative ability, RC, English Usage , Reasoning and General Awareness.  There was no negative marking in these papers.

Quantitative Section had 47 questions in it with ¾ marks allocated to each question thus making a total of 35.25 marks for this section.

Reasoning section had 33 questions in total with ½ marks allocated to each question thus making a total of 24.75  marks for this section. There were question on Analytical reasoning, DI, DS, Verbal reasoning.

RC section had upto  5 passages with 20 questions based on them. ¾ marks were allocated to each question .

Verbal ability had 45 to 50 question with 1/3 marks allocated to each question.

GK was mostly based on current affairs and there were 25 to 30 questions on GK with 1/3 marks allocated to each question.