IIFT Preparation books: List of must read books for IIFT exam

IIFT is a pen-paper based exam conducted at the national level for admission to the progrmame of MBA in International Business (MBA-IB) in the three campuses of Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT). IIFT exam is quite popular among MBA aspirants and is considered a little tougher than CAT.
There are a lot of books in the market which claim to be the best for IIFT preparation. But following so many sources is not always feasible due to time and other constraints. So we have prepared a comprehensive list of books which you can consider for you IIFT preparation.
IIFT exam consists of multiple choice objective type questions. The exam comprises questions based on English Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, General Knowledge & Awareness, Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation and Quantitative Aptitude.
Books for Verbal Ability
This section comprises of questions based on English Usage and Reading Comprehension. The English Usage questions include questions based on Vocabulary, Grammar and Verbal Reasoning. Reading Comprehension includes passages followed by questions. The following books can help you perform well in this section-
  • How to prepare for Verbal Ability and RC by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhaya
This book is a comprehensive guide for Verbal Ability. It includes expert tips, sample questions, solved examples and strategy to tackle various types of RC & Verbal Ability questions. You will find previous year question papers and sample papers for various exams like CAT, XAT, MAT, CMAT etc.
  • The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning by Nishant Sinha
It is one of the most recommended books for CMAT. The book is well written featuring new topics as per the recent pattern of CAT including Non- MCQ based questions. Along with 2000+ solved questions, the book comes with a CD containing simulated CAT online tests.
  • Word Power made Easy by Norman Lewis
Books for Quantitative Aptitude
This section corresponds to quantitative aptitude section of CAT. So you can follow the same strategy and books that you have been following for CAT to crack this section in IIFT exam as well.
The questions in this section are of high difficulty level than CAT but the topics covered are the same. These include Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Number System, Speed Time and Distance, Probability etc.
The following books will suffice your preparation for Quantitative Aptitude section-
  • ‘How to prepare for Quantitative Ability for CAT’ by Arun Sharma, published by Tata McGraw Hill
This book is a comprehensive guide and covers all the chapters along with solved examples and exercises. It’s written with the purpose of clarifying the fundamental concepts and then acquaints you with questions of varying difficulty levels. It follows the latest pattern followed by CAT as well as other exams like XAT, IIFT, SNAP, etc. Further, you will learn expert tricks to save time and improve accuracy in tough questions.
  • Quantitative Aptitude by R.S. Aggarwal
One of the oldest books for Quantitative Aptitude, this book has remained the favourite among all the mathematics tutors. It covers all the major topics of quant along detailed solutions for 5000+ questions. The book features various memory-based questions as per the latest trend of CAT, IIFT, XAT, etc.
Books for Logical Reasoning
This section comprises of questions to test the reasoning ability of candidates and covers topics like puzzles, seating arrangement, coding-decoding, blood relations, selection and conditionals, so on and so forth.
This section is more about improving your problem solving ability. So the only way to perform well is to practice more. The following books will help you sail through this section-
  • How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT; by Arun Sharma-
The book is compiled with the aim to provide you with a simple approach to handle complex topics. You will find practice questions of varying difficulty.
Books for Data Interpretation
This section comprises of questions based on data, tables, graphs etc. The questions here need to be solved with the help of shortcuts and tricks. The following books will help you prepare better-
  • How to prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT; by Arun Sharma-
This book covers all the past as well as probable questions of DI along with tricks to handle each type of question. Additionally, you will get more than 40 test papers with complete solution. Apart from CAT, the book also includes previous papers of XAT, IIFT, SNAP, etc.
Books for General Awareness
The general awareness section of IIFT is very vast and includes both static and dynamic (current affairs) topics. For static topics like history, geography, polity, environment and so on, you can refer to Manorma Year Book or India Year Book. For current affairs, you must read the newspaper regularly. Also you can refer to updated current affairs at gk.hitbullseye.com. 
Apart from reading these books, it is advised that you should regularly take mock tests to assess your performance. This will help you to get acquainted with the actual exam. So make a well executable plan and crack the IIFT exam with flying colours.
Happy Preparation!
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