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IIFT 2018 Exam Pattern

Last Updated - May 05, 2017

IIFT (Indian Institute of Foreign Trade) offers MBA program in International Business through IIFT entrance examination. Candidates 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 in November, 2018.

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

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


Highlights Table for IIFT 2018 Exam Pattern

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

The exam highlights table below is the summation of the exam pattern so that the interested candidates get aware of the exam pattern 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 2018 Exam Pattern in Detail

IIFT 2018 question paper will be primarily MCQ type. The question paper comprises of 125 multiple choice model questions. The total duration of exam is two hours and there is no separate time allotment for individual section. There is a total of 4 sections in the question paper which include the following subjects:

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

The question allotment 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
Total123

As there is no specific time allotment for every section it is recommended to the candidate to follow the below time chart which they should invest for each section. The time chart will help the aspirants to solve the question paper efficiently

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

IIFT 2018 Marking Scheme

Candidates will to be able to qualify for the next round only if they able to meet the expected qualifying marks after the negative marking features in the written round. The marking scheme for IIFT 2018 will be determined on the following.

Cut off

The cutoff varies from year to year. The cut off depends on the following factors:

  • Past year cut offs
  • The hardship level of the entrance
  • The total number of  test taker
  • Least expectations of the conducting authority
  • Availability of seats for admission
  • Marking strategy
  • Regulations for admission as per the category and the department that the candidate belongs.
  • In general performance of the students who appear for the test.

The cut offs will be declared by IIFT with the release of the answer key. However, over viewing the last year cut offs it is expected that cut off range will be around 42 to 46. The section-wise cut off in accordance to the last year along with maximum marks allotted to per section are tabulated underneath:

Name of the subjectsLast Year Sectional Cut offs in percentageMaximum Marks for each section in percentage
General Awareness20.312.5
Reading Comprehension1316
English Usage16.315
Quantitative Ability16.320
Logical Reasoning17.916.5
Data Interpretation16.320

Negative Marking: Negative marking of 0.33 is allotted against every wrong answer.


IIFT 2018 Syllabus

IIFT 2018 Exam will cover the following subjects:

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

Important Books

It is frequently said 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 candidates 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 practices from books and giving of mock tests will ultimately help you prepare for IIFT 2018.


Important Instructions

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

  • Divide time accordingly for each section so that you can get at least 8-10 minutes for every section. The easiest section will increase your chances to score more marks.
  • In case of General Awareness, the questions will cover more current affairs. Cutoff is expected to be around 2-3 marks. So guess work s not recommended for this portion at all. Attempt 6-8 questions accurately if you want to clear round-1.
  • On the contrary to CAT, Reading Comprehension for CAT are straight forward where you can simply attempt 12 questions just by analyzing the question and searching for answer.
  • 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.
  • The quantitative aptitudes are of more or less easier to standard level. So start solving the problems from easy to hard.
  • Data Interpretation is assumed to be tough. Just attempt 2 out the 4 questions accordingly and opt out of the portion.
  • Logical Reasoning is another simple and scoring portion where you should attempt more question.
  • You should make a habit of taking mock tests once or twice for every week. This will facilitate you in making familiar with the pattern and the topics where you are weak and strengthen it.

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