Syllabus for IIFT Exam 2018

The prestigious Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) has a 2-stage admission process. In the first stage, it conducts a paper based objective type test to shortlist candidates for the next stage of admission. The institutes' admission brochure for 2018-20 mentions the following regarding IIFT syllabus:

"It generally consists of questions covering English Comprehension, General Knowledge & Awareness, Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Analysis"

This statement just talks about the sections of the exam, which are:

  • Section 1: Quantitative Ability
  • Section 2(a) : Analytical and Logical Reasoning
  • Section 2(b): Data Interpretation
  • Section 3(a): Reading Comprehension
  • Section 3(b): Verbal Ability
  • Section 4:General Awareness
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By indicating only the broad areas from which questions might be asked, IIFT examiners have retained the flexibility to change the pattern and syllabus of the test, as required. However, by observing the previous year question papers, a list of areas can be drawn, which may be equated to the IIFT syllabus:

IIFT Syllabus: Quantitative Ability
  • Number System
  • SI & CI
  • Geometry (Lines, angles, Triangles, Spheres, Rectangles, Cube, Cone, etc.)
  • Mensuration
  • Logarithms,
  • Permutations & Combinations
  • Probability
  • Time & Work
  • Time & Distance
  • Height & Distance
  • Indices & Surds
  • Ratios and Proportion
  • Percentages
  • Allegation & Mixtures
  • Partnership
  • Time-Speed-Distance
  • HCF
  • LCM
  • Geometric Progression
  • Arithmetic progression
IIFT Syllabus: Analytical and Logical Reasoning
  • Selections
  • Linear word formation
  • Comparisons
  • Deductions
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Series & Analysis
  • Input & Output
  • Directions
  • Seating Arrangements
  • Family tree problem
  • Symbol Based problems
IIFT Syllabus: Data Interpretation
  • Bar Graph
  • Line Graph
  • Pie Chart
  • Tables
  • Caselets

Most questions were time consuming due to the heavy calculations involved.

Quantitative Ability

Numbers, SI & CI, Geometry, Mensuration, Logarithms, Permutations & Combinations, Probability Time & Work, Time & Distance, Height & Distance and Indices & Surds.

Logical Ability

Selections, Linear word formation, Comparisons, Deductions, Coding-Decoding, Series & Analysis, Input & Output, Directions, SeatingArrangements.

Data Interpretation

Bar Graph, Line Graph, Pie Chart, Table, Caselets Most questions were time consuming due to the heavy calculations involved.

Suggested Reading :
P&C and Probability Questions
IIFT Syllabus: Verbal Ability
  • Synonyms-Antonyms
  • Odd word out
  • Grammar
  • Prepositions
  • Phrases
  • Analogies
  • Matching word meanings
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Spellings
  • Para Jumbles
  • Figures of speech
  • Sentence Correction
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Reading Comprehension: Reading Comprehension forms a sub-section within the Verbal Ability part. This generally contains 4 passages with 4 questions after each passage.
Further Reading :
Learn the best way to prepare IIFT Verbal section from our seasoned experts!
IIFT Syllabus: General Awareness

IIFT GK section contains a mixture of questions on current affairs and static GK.

The IIFT syllabus for GK consists of

  • History
  • Geography
  • Mythology
  • Sports
  • Science
  • Films
  • Awards
  • Literature
  • International Affairs
  • Politics
  • Business
  • Society
  • Industry
  • Economics
  • Banking

You must remember that, the above list is only indicative of the areas included in the IIFT Syllabus. The actual questions may be asked form other topics as well. However, this probable IIFT syllabus will streamline your preparation.

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