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CAT vs IIFT: Is IIFT Tougher than CAT?

Mahima GuptaUpdated On: December 03, 2021 | IIFT

Both IIFT and CAT are the key management entrance exams we have. Let us see the similarities and differences between them. This article will give you detailed insights regarding section-wise differences, exam patterns, scope between both the exams.

CAT vs IIFT: Is IIFT Exam Tougher than CAT?

IIFT and CAT both are considered to be the toughest management entrance exams for aspirants in India. Both the entrance exams have knocked on the door, so applicants must brace themselves and start preparing for the same.  Applicants can compare the two to get familiar with their test pattern, syllabus, difficulty level, marking scheme, etc. 

Although both CAT and IIFT are the management exams that ultimately help students to get admissions to IIMs and other top B-schools, both differ in terms of their level of difficulty, exam pattern, syllabus, and much more. CollegeDekho will help you get better clarity on the related aspects through which you can compare both based on several parameters and decide which is the best suited for them.

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CAT Syllabus

IIFT Syllabus

CAT Exam Pattern

IIFT Exam pattern

CAT vs IIFT: Key Differences and Similarities

Students can find the major differences and similarities between the two most prominent National- level management entrances exams prescribed in the tabular format below.

Particulars

CAT (Common Admission Test)

IIFT (Indian Institute of Foreign Trade Entrance Test)

Total Questions

100 

110 

Total Marks

228

300

Test Mode

CBT (Computer- Based Test)

CBT (Computer- Based Test)

Total Sections

CAT exam has total 3 sections namely:

  • Quantitative Ability(QA)

  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

  • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)

IIFT exam has total 4 sections namely:

  • Quantitative Ability(QA)

  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

  • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)

  • General Knowledge and Awareness (GK)

Total Duration

2 hours

2 hours

Sectional Time Limit

CAT has a sectional limit of 40 minutes for all three sections.

No sectional time limit for IIFT.

Entrance Test Fee

Rs. 2,000

Rs. 2,500

Marking Scheme

Correct Answer: +3

Incorrect Answer: -1

Correct Answer: + 3 (In first three sections) and + 1.5 (In the last fourth section)

Incorrect Answer: -1

Test Acceptance

The CAT exam is accepted for admissions to IIMs and top B schools. 

The IIFT exam is accepted by 

IIFT Delhi, IIFT Kolkata, and IIFT Kakinada.

Section-wise Difficulty between CAT and IIFT

Collegedekho has created a tabular distinction among various sections for both CAT and IIFT exams based on the previous year's question papers. Therefore, it will help you analyse which sections are easy to attempt and which of them require more preparation.

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

Aspirants can check the difficulty level for various topics included in the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) section for both CAT and  IIFT exams here:

Topics

CAT (Common Admission Test)

IIFT (Indian Institute of Foreign Trade Entrance Test)

Sentence Correction

Moderate

Moderate

Reading Comprehension

Moderate

Difficult

Para jumbles

Moderate

Difficult

Para Completion

Moderate

Moderate

Grammar

Moderate

Difficult

Fill In the blanks

Moderate

Difficult

Critical Reasoning

Moderate

Difficult

Antonyms/ Synonyms

Moderate

Difficult

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)

Aspirants can check the difficulty level for various topics included in the Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) section for both CAT and IIFT exams here:

Topics

CAT (Common Admission Test)

IIFT (Indian Institute of Foreign Trade Entrance Test)

Seating Arrangement

Moderate

Moderate

Family Tree

Moderate

Moderate

Puzzles

Difficult

Moderate

Quantitative Ability (QA)

Aspirants can check the difficulty level for various topics included in the Quantitative Ability (QA) section for both CAT and  IIFT exams here:

Topics

CAT (Common Admission Test)

IIFT (Indian Institute of Foreign Trade Entrance Test)

Trigonometry

Moderate

Moderate

Probability

Moderate

Moderate

Geometry

Difficult

Difficult

Permutation and Combination

Moderate

Moderate

Numbers

Difficult

Moderate

Heights and Distance

Difficult

Moderate

Coordinate Geometry

Difficult

Moderate

Arithmetic

Moderate

Moderate

Algebra

Difficult

Moderate

Note: Applicants must note that the above-mentioned details have been curated based on the last year's question papers. The information is not confirmed for the upcoming session as well.

CAT vs IIFT: Scope after the Management Exam

Candidates before appearing for both the management examinations also compare what is the career scope offered by them after clearing the test successfully. Here is the comparison of the career prospects offered by both CAT and IIFT mentioned in the table below.

Particulars

CAT (Common Admission Test)

IIFT (Indian Institute of Foreign Trade Entrance Test)

Career Scope

CAT is no doubt the most popular management entrance exam in India. Career prospects after clearing the entrance exam are wide enough. The exam is accepted by the prominent IIMs and top B-Schools in our country.

IIFT exam is apt for candidates who want to make big in IBM(International Business Management).

Career prospects after clearing the entrance exam are limited as it is accepted only by institutions driven by IIFT.

Institutes Accepting the Test

CAT vs IIFT: Which is Tougher?

Both the management entrance tests require similar effort and approach for the test preparation. If the applicants prepare well and study the formulate and develop exam strategies, they will do well in both the exams. Candidates must start practicing more and more available sample papers and mock tests available on various websites online to tackle the exams with ease. Applicants' choices and interests, in the end, are the ultimate deciding factors regarding which exam they wish to appear for.

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We hope that this article has helped you in deciding which exam is right for you to appear.

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