Understanding the IIFT Written Exam

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 2016-18 mentions the following regarding IIFT syllabus:

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

By indicatingonly 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:

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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, Seating Arrangements.

Data Interpretation

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

Further Reading :
How to Prepare IIFT Quant and DI
Verbal Ability

Synonyms-Antonyms, Odd word out, Grammar, Prepositions, Phrases, Analogies, Matching word meanings, Fill in the blanks, Spellings, Para Jumbles, Figures of speech.

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 :
How to Prepare IIFT Verbal Section
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General Awareness

It 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 and Banking.

Further Reading :
How to Prepare GK for IIFT

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.