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IIFT 2017 Last minute Preparation Tips

Last Updated - November 25, 2016

IIFT (Indian Institute of Foreign Trade) is a national level entrance examination. This exam provides admission to the MBA-IB programme offered at IIFT campus, New Delhi and Kolkata.

IIFT 2017 examination is scheduled to be conducted on November 27, 2016. Candidates can download the admit card from the official website of IIFT on November 15, 2016. The examination result will be declared in the mid of February 2017.

IIFT examination is comprised of multiple-choice questions (MCQs). Questions will be asked from 4 different sections named as Quantitative Analysis, English Comprehension, General Knowledge & Awareness and Analytical & Logical Reasoning. For every wrong answer, 1/3 marks will be deducted from allotted marks.

Selection of the candidate is done on the basis of marks secured by them in the examination. Final selection of the candidate is based on Essay Writing, Group Discussion and Personal Interview. Candidates are advised to read all the instructions carefully before start attempting the examination.


Important Dates

IIFT application form availabilityJuly 15, 2016
IIFT 2017 Admit card uploadedNovember 15, 2016
Commencement of IIFT 2017 examinationNovember 27, 2016
IIFT Result DeclarationFebruary 2017

IIFT 2017 Last Minute Preparation Tips and Tricks

Preparation for particular examination isn’t a simple task because it’s always a matter of discussion between students that how to start preparation. So, following are the last minute helpful tips and tricks that are required for preparation:

  1. Candidates have to start preparing easy questions first because they consume less time. By attempting these questions candidates can secure good marks. So, after attempting easy questions candidates need to solve difficult questions.
  2. Candidates are advised to manage time in such a way that they solve all the questions easily within a specific time frame. Because candidates can lose their chances of scoring good marks if they fail to complete paper in given time. So, candidates have to make time management strategy in the best way.
  3. Students are advised to attempt an equal number of questions from all the four sections. Therefore, after attempting evenly questions from all sections candidate have to pick that section in which they think their chances of securing good marks are high.
  4. Candidates are advised to make notes which help in revision.
  5. Selection of questions can directly affect their questions solving speed and accuracy. Because scoring good marks depends on the number of right or wrong answers. So, candidates are advised to skip the questions rather than guessing answers. 
  6. Apart from preparing regular questions candidate’s try to solve mock test and previous year papers.
  7. Refreshment is also necessary so candidates need to refresh themselves by watching movies or documentaries, listening music or by involving in other activities.
  8. Candidates have to strictly follow examination pattern and marking scheme.

IIFT 2017 Section Wise Preparation Tips

IIFT examination is comprised of 4 sections named as Quantitative Analysis, English Comprehension, General Knowledge and Awareness, and Analytical and Logical Reasoning. Following is the section wise preparation tips for IIFT 2017

Quantitative Analysis

In this section candidates, can get both difficult and simple type of questions. It is time-consuming and also scoring section. Candidates are advised not to waste their time on solving those questions whose answer they don’t know. This section includes questions from varies categories like

Number SystemLogarithmTrigonometryWork and Time
MedianVectorsCompound InterestBODMAS
ModeTime, Speed, DistanceArithmetic Mean and ProgressionSet Theory
ClocksBinomial ExpansionRatiosMensuration
CalendarSimple InterestProfit and LossGeometry

Candidates cannot go through from all the topics in two days they are recommended to solve previous year IIFT exam papers so that they can get rough idea about type of questions

English Comprehension

Those who are having good command over English can easily solve questions of this section. Questions of this section will be tricky and will be asked from topics such as

SpellingsFill in the BlanksPhrasesWord Meaning Matching
SynonymsSentence CompletionSentence CorrectionPreposition
Reading ComprehensionPhrasesSpeech of FigureGrammar
AntonymsAnalogyOdd Word Out 

Candidates should revise their grammar books and attempt mock questions. By watching English movies candidates can enhance their vocabulary.

General Knowledge and Awareness

Candidates should update themselves with current scenarios around the world. The section is comprised of following topics:

SocietyEconomicsAwardsEntertainment
BusinessBankingIndustryMythology
SportsLiteraturePolitics 
HistoryInternational AffairsGeography 

Analytical and Logical Reasoning

This is another scoring and confusing section but questions can vary from Verbal Logic to Decision Making. Candidates should try to solve puzzles within the specific time. However, Time management is the most important key to solving this section. Following are the names of the topics from which the questions asked such as

Visual & Critical ReasoningSequencingInput & OutputFamily Tree Problem
Coding & DecodingSymbol Based ProblemPuzzlesLinear & Matrix Arrangements
Cause & EffectStatement & Conclusion  

Above topics should prepare from the books as well as from 5-year previous papers. The names of the suggested books are as following:

  • Ace the IIFT by IMS Publisher
  • Study Package for IIFT Entrance Exam by Dharmendra Mittal
  • NIFT/ NID/ IIFT Entrance Exam Guide by Prof. Jagdeep I. Vaishnav
  • Cracking the MBA/ MAT for XLRI, IIFT, FMS, MAT by Surendra Kavimandan

IIFT 2017 Exam Pattern

The examination is comprised of 120-150 Multiple choice questions (MCQs). The time duration to complete the examination is 2 hours. In the examination number of choice per question is 4.

The following table shows the distribution of marks per questions asked from different sections is explained as below:

SectionsMarks per question
Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation1
Vocabulary0.75
Reading Comprehension1
General Awareness0.50

Read More IIFT Exam Pattern


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