IIFT Syllabus 2023

IIFT Syllabus is quite similar to that of other MBA entrance tests, yet varies in the weightage given to different areas. Here, you will get the list of key topics to prepare for IIFT 2023.

IIFT 2023

The prestigious Indian Institute of Foreign Trade has a 2-stage admission process. In the first stage, it conducts an objective-type test (IIFT) to shortlist candidates for the next stage of admission. Thereafter, the shortlisted students are called for further selection rounds. IIFT exam is generally held in the month of December every year.

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IIFT Exam Structure 2023
IIFT is a computer-based test, composed of multiple-choice questions. It consists of four major sections, designed to test the general aptitude of the candidates. The following table shows the detailed distribution of questions across all sections of IIFT 2023, along with their marking scheme:
No. of Questions
Marks/ Question
Negative Marks/ Question
Total Marks
Quantitative Analysis
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
General Awareness
- 0.5
IIFT Syllabus 2023: Section-wise List of Important Topics

Given below are the lists of topics for different areas of IIFT exam:

Quantitative Analysis
This section is a bit difficult and involves some calculation-intensive questions. The majority of quant questions are from arithmetic and geometry. Other questions are from algebra and modern mathematics. Around half of the quant questions can be solved with good accuracy.
  • 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
Logical Reasoning
There are both set-based and standalone questions in the LR part of the IIFT exam. These are generally time-consuming and more intensive than the DI part of the section. However, for a well-practised test-taker, LR questions are usually manageable, and nearly half of these questions can be attempted.
  • Selections
  • Linear word formation
  • Comparisons
  • Deductions
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Series & Analysis
  • Input & Output
  • Directions
  • Seating Arrangements
  • Family tree problem
  • Symbol Based problems
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Data Interpretation
DI questions are moderate in difficulty level and usually doable. These questions are in the form of sets only and the information is given in graphical format. In the DILR section, the DI part constitutes nearly half of the weightage.
  • Bar Graph
  • Line Graph
  • Pie Chart
  • Tables
  • Caselets
Verbal Ability
The verbal questions in VARC are mostly based on vocabulary and grammar, with the former taking up the majority weightage. This part is easy and quite scoring.
  • 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: RC forms a sub-section within the Verbal Ability part. This contains 4 passages with 3-5 questions after each passage. This part is a mix of easy and moderate-level questions. Ideally, around 70% of the questions can be answered accurately in VARC.
General Awareness

IIFT GK section contains a mixture of questions on current affairs and static GK, with a greater focus on the former. If your GK is strong, you can answer almost half of these questions well.

IIFT syllabus for both parts of GK is fetched from the following areas:

  • History
  • Geography
  • Mythology
  • Sports
  • Science
  • Films
  • Awards
  • Literature
  • International Affairs
  • Politics
  • Business
  • Society
  • Industry
  • Economics
  • Banking
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Now that you know about the complete IIFT syllabus, make a study schedule and streamline your preparation.

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