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IIFT Exam Pattern 2017

The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) defines the paper pattern for its entrance exam- IIFT Exam. The Exam Pattern of IIFT describes the complete paper pattern, marking scheme, total marks, and distribution of marks. Generally, the pattern changes each year. However, you can expect about 125 MCQs in the exam.

Latest News- An official notification by IIFT regarding the change of IIFT 2017 Exam Date has released. The written exam will now be held on December 3, 2017. Earlier, the clash of the exam dates of IIFT & CAT left the students perplexed. This has now given them a sigh of relief!

Here are some quick points about the exam pattern of IIFT:

  • IIFT Exam will be held in offline mode on December 03, 2017.
  • Questions distributed among 4 sections namely – Quantitative Analysis, English Comprehension, General Knowledge & Awareness and Analytical & Logical Reasoning.
  • Th exam duration is 2 hours. It will be conducted in more than 20 cities in India.Check IIFT Exam Centres
  • As for IIFT Marking Scheme, it varies every year and is different for each question.
  • The total marks are 100 and there is a negative marking of 1/3 marks in case of an incorrect response. Check  IIFT Syllabus

IIFT 2016 Exam was full of surprises. There were a total of 123 questions. Maximum were from Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Section (42), while the least were from Quantitative Ability (20). The overall difficulty level of the exam was moderate-high.

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IIFT Exam Pattern Highlights

Exam modeOffline mode
Number of papers2
Number of sections4 (Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning, General Knowledge)
Question TypeMCQ
Total marks100 to 200
Exam duration2 hours 
Exam languageEnglish
Marks per questionQuantitative Analysis: 1 mark each Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning: 1 mark each Vocabulary Aptitude: 0.75 each Reading Comprehension: 1 mark each General Awareness: 0.50 marks each

IIFT Section-wise Exam Pattern

The total numbers of questions are distributed among following 5 sections:

SectionsSection NameNo. of QuestionsMarks per QuestionTotal Marks
Section 1Quantitative Ability201.0020
Section 2Verbal ability200.7515
Reading Comprehension161.0016
Section 3General Knowledge 250.5012.50
Section 4Data Interpretation201.0020
Logical Reasoning220.7516.50
Total 123 100

IIFT Exam Pattern 2017 for Quantitative Ability

  • In this section, questions vary from simple to difficult level.
  • This is one of the most tricky and time-consuming sections but also scoring at the same time.
  • A candidate should not spend more than 10 seconds if he wants to attempt or skip the question.
  • We suggest you be quick with your calculations and shortcuts to excel in this section.
  • The number of questions will be around 20.
  • Marks per question will be 1.
  • This section will carry a total of 20 marks.
  • Each incorrect response will get 1/3 marks cut.

The Quantitative Ability section will majorly cover the following topics:

IIFT 2017 Quantitative Ability Topics
ParentagesHCF & LCMVectorsLogarithmVenn Diagram
Number SystemMedianModeClocksCalendar
Binomial ExpansionCo-ordinate geometryInstallments paymentsTime, Speed, DistanceRatios & Proportions
Simple interestCompound interestPermutation & CombinationGeometric ProgressionGeometric Mean

Check Quantitative Ability Section in IIFT Exam

IIFT 2016 Paper Analysis

These are the topics that carried the maximum number of questions in IIFT Exam 2016. You may expect a similar number this year too.

Area TestedTopicNo. of QuestionsMark Allotted
Quantitative AbilityAlgebra & Equations22*1
P&C Probability55*1
Time & Work11*1
Geometry & Co-ordinate33*1
Logs11*1
Profit & Loss11*1
Sets11*1
Number System11*1
Progression44*1
Time, Speed and Distance11*1
Total2020

IIFT Preparation Books for Quantitative Ability

IIFT Quantitative books
Book NameAuthor/ Publisher
How to Prepare for Quantitative AptitudeArun Sharma
The Pearson Guide To Quantitative Aptitude And Data Interpretation Nishit Sinha
Quantum CATSarvesh K Verma

IIFT Exam Pattern 2017 for Verbal Ability

  • This section tests a candidate’s English proficiency and Grammar.
  • Candidate having a good command over the English Language will pose no difficulty in answering the questions.
  • This section is divided into sections- Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension.
  • The number of questions will be around 36.
  • Marks per question in VA will be 0.75, while marks for RC will be 1.
  • This section will carry a total of 31 marks.
  • Each incorrect response will get 1/3 marks cut.

Important Topics in Verbal Ability Section

IIFT 2017 Verbal Ability Section Topics
SpellingsFill in the BlanksWord meaning matchOdd word outFigure of Speech
SynonymsAntonymsSentence CompletionSentence correctionSentence Arrangement
Reading ComprehensionGrammarPrepositionPhrasesAnalogy

IIFT 2016 Paper Analysis

These are the topics that carried the maximum number of questions in IIFT Exam 2016. You may expect a similar number this year too.

Reading Comprehension

TopicNo. of QuestionsMark Allotted
Economy44*1
Business & Economy44*1
Women's Role in Economy44*1
Technology and Innovations44*1
Total1616

Read  IIFT 2017 Last Minute Preparation Tips

Verbal Ability

TopicNo. of QuestionsMark Allotted
Sentence Completion33*0.75
Vocabulary Base1515*0.75
Sentence Rearrangement22*0.75
Total2015

IIFT Preparation Books for Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

IIFT Preparation Verbal and reading books
Book NameAuthor/ Publisher
Verbal Ability & Comprehension for CAT/XAT/GMAT/IIFT/CMAT/MAT/Bank PO/SSCBharat Patodi and Aditya Choudhary
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CATArun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay 
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension 2016Gautam Puri

IIFT Exam Pattern 2017 for Logical Reasoning

  • This section tests a candidate’s ability to solve a problem and his efficiency in terms of solving analytical and conceptual problems.
  • This is another scoring section in IIFT Exam but requires a rigorous practice.
  • In this section, the questions can vary from Verbal Logic to Decision Making.
  • The number of questions will be around 42.
  • Marks per question in DI will be 1, while marks for LR will be 0.75.
  • This section will carry a total of 36.5 marks.
  • Each incorrect response will get 1/3 marks cut.

The Logical Reasoning section will majorly cover the following topics:

IIFT 2017 Logical Reasoning Topics
Visual & Critical ReasoningLinear & Matrix ArrangementsSequencingCoding & DecodingSymbol based Problem
PuzzlesFamily Tree ProblemStatement & ConclusionCause & EffectInput & Output

IIFT 2016 Paper Analysis

These are the topics that carried the maximum number of questions in IIFT Exam 2016. You may expect a similar number this year too.

Area TestedTopicNo. of QuestionMark Allotted
AR and LRDiagram Based Analogy44 * 0.75
Analytical Reasoning1313 * 0.75
Membership11 * 0.75
Missing Number11 × 0.75
Wrong Number Series11 * 0.75
Alphabetic Series11 * 0.75
Syllogism11 * 0.75
 Total2216.5

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IIFT Preparation Books for Logical Reasoning

IIFT Preparation books for Reasoning
Book NameAuthor/ Publisher
Mastering the Verbal Ability for CAT COMMON ADMISSION TESTAjay Singh
Analytical & Logical Reasoning For CAT & Other Management Entrance Tests peeyush Bhardwaj
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CATNishit K. Sinha

IIFT Exam Pattern 2017 for General Awareness

  • In this section, candidates should be fully updated with the current scenarios happening all around the world.
  • To excel in this section, you need to be thoroughly aware of the political, economic, sports, etc. situations going around India and abroad.
  • IIFT cutoff for this section is low, therefore candidates can simply answer the number of questions to clear the cutoff.
  • A candidate attempting around 18 – 20 questions with 80% accuracy can easily clear the cutoff scores
  • The number of questions will be around 25.
  • Marks per question will be 0.50.
  • This section will carry a total of 12.50 marks.
  • Each incorrect response will get 1/3 marks cut.

This section will majorly cover the following sections:

IIFT 2017 General Knowledge Topics
SocietyIndustryEconomicsBankingHistory
GeographyInternational AffairsLiteratureAwards & AwardeesEntertainment
PoliticsBusinessScienceSportsMythology

Read About IIFT GK Section To Carry 15% Weightage 

IIFT Preparation Books for General Knowledge

IIFT General Knowledge book
Book NameAuthor/ Publisher
IIFT 2017 Year-wise & Section-wise (Solved Papers 2006-2016)Gautam Puri
NIFT/NID/IIFT Entrance Examination 2017Dharmendra Mittal
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