Understanding the IIFT Written Exam

The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade(IIFT) is one of the premier institutes to pursue a management course in International Business. From this year onwards, IIFT has entrusted the responsibility of conducting the entrance exam to National Testing Agency (NTA) for students seeking admission to the MBA (IB) programme.
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Students to be eligible to give the exam need to have a minimum of 3 years' duration in any discipline with minimum 50% marks. In case of students belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PWD) categories, they need to have 45% in graduation.
Important Note : This year there is a major change in the test pattern as now the exam will be a Computer Based Online Test for a duration of 2 hours. The question paper will be in an objective format. Students should expect questions from English Grammar, Vocabulary and Comprehension, Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation, Quantitative Analysis and General Knowledge.
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:
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.

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.

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.

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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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