IIFT Study Plan with Timetable

Shreya Sareen Updated On: 10 Jan, 2020 15:28 IST

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IIFT Preparation Strategy & Study Plan

Getting admission in MBA International Business programme of the prestigious Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) is not a cakewalk. The IIFT entrance exam is a big hurdle that one needs to cross before actually making it to the other side of the gates of IIFT.

The entrance examination is going to be conducted in online mode (Computer-Based) and candidates will be tested on the basis of six sections, namely, English Grammar, General Knowledge & Current Affairs, Vocabulary and Comprehension, Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation, and Quantitative Analysis. IIFT 2020 aspirants will be allotted 120 minutes to complete their entrance examination.

For those who are preparing for IIFT 2021, we've listed preparation strategies that can help candidates achieve high scores. By religiously following a well-structured study plan for cracking IIFT 2021, one can take his/her preparation to the next level. 

Month-wise Preparation Strategy for IIFT

The month-wise preparation strategy for IIFT exam can be checked below:

IIFT Preparation Strategy for First Month

  • After completing the IIFT 2021 syllabus, candidates should solve questions from previous years' papers that are most likely to be asked in IIFT 2020.

  • You must evaluate whether or not you have gained a good clarity of your basic concepts and fundamentals.

  • In the entrance exam, one needs to attempt the objective type questions in 120 minutes duration. So, time management is a key requirement to perform well in the entrance exam.

  • Practicing the mock tests helps in analysing the overall difficulty level of the entrance exam and helps in deciding how much time should be invested in each section. Candidates should focus on solving the most scoring questions first and deal with the remaining ones later.

IIFT Preparation Strategy for Second Month

  • Taking the section-wise approach can be really helpful. Candidates may prepare for Reading Comprehension and Verbal Ability in 10 days, Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation in 10 days, Quantitative Analysis and General Knowledge in 10 days.

  • Candidates must solve at least one mock test paper every day and work on maximising their attempts.

  • Identifying the strong and weak areas is another important step in the process of preparation.

  • Identifying the type of questions that they have appeared in previous years' exams and practicing them on a regular basis can be very helpful.

  • Candidates must also work on their calculation speed and accuracy of solving questions.

  • Join a coaching institute and referring to some popular books and study materials are some other options that can be taken up as part of the preparation process. 

IIFT Preparation Strategy for Third Month 

  • In the last month before the exam, starting from scratch is not an option. Hence, candidates should focus on revising the subjects and topics that carry the maximum marks.

  • During this time, candidates should also have a clear exam-taking strategy, which can be planned by solving maxmimum number of mock tests.

  • Revision is the key if one intends to score high in the IIFT entrance exam. All the topics must be revised throughly days before taking the exam.

  • Self-preparation is another important element in achieving success in an exam like IIFT. 

IIFT Preparation Timetable/Study Plan

IIFT 2021 consists of six sections, namely Logical Reasoning, English Grammar, Data Interpretation, General Knowledge and Current Affairs, Quantitative Analysis, and Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary. The total number of questions varies from year to year and the marking scheme of IIFT 2021 also differs for each section.  

IIFT 2021 Strategy for Quantitative Ability

Name  of the Subject

Quantitative Ability

Number of Units (Topics)

10

No. of Sub-Topics that Can be Covered Per Day 

Two

No. of Sub Topics that can be covered in a Week (Five Days - Monday to Friday)

 

2*5 = 10

 

Sixth Day, i.e., Saturday

Revision of the Topics

Seventh Day, i.e. Sunday

Take Practice Test for One Complete Topic

 IIFT 2021 Strategy for Verbal Ability 

Name of the Subject

Verbal Ability

Number of Units (Topics)

12 or 15

No. of Sub-Topics that Can be Covered Per Day

Two or Three

No. of Sub Topics that can be covered in a Week (Five Days - Monday to Friday)

3*5=15

Sixth Day, i.e., Saturday

Revision of the Topics

Seventh Day, i.e. Sunday

Take Practice Test for One Complete Topic

 IIFT 2021 Strategy for Logical Reasoning (LR)

Name of the Subject

    Logical Reasoning (LR)

Number of Units (Topics)

11 to 12

Number of Sub-Topics that can be Covered Per Day

Two or Three

No. of Sub Topics that can be covered in a Week (Five Days - Monday to Friday)

3*5=15

Sixth Day, i.e., Saturday

Revision of the Topics

Seventh Day, i.e. Sunday

Take Practice Test for One Complete Topic


 IIFT 2021 Strategy for Data Interpretation 

Name of the Subject

Data Interpretation

Number of Units (Topics)

5

No. of Sub-Topics that Can be Covered Per Day

 One

No. of Sub Topics that can be covered in a Week (Five Days - Monday to Friday)

1*5=5

Sixth Day, i.e., Saturday

Revision of the Topics

Seventh Day, i.e. Sunday

Take Practice Test for One Complete Topic

 IIFT 2021 Strategy for General Awareness (GK)

Name of the Subject

General Awareness (GK)

Number of Units (Topics)

15

No. of Sub-Topics that Can be Covered Per Day

 Three

No. of Sub Topics that can be covered in a Week (Five Days - Monday to Friday)

3*5=15

Sixth Day, i.e,  Saturday

Revision of the Topics

Seventh Day, i.e. Sunday

Take Practice Test for One Complete Topic

To begin with IIFT 2021 preparation, candidates must be aware of the section-wise list of topics that must be covered from IIFT 2021 syllabus. Here, we’ve provided a detailed list of topics to be prepared for appearing in the entrance examination.

Topics Covered in IIFT Vocabulary and Comprehension Section

Odd word out

Figures of speech 

Spellings

        Matching word meanings

Grammar

Prepositions

Phrases

Synonyms-Antonyms

Analogy

Fill in the blanks

Para Formation Questions

Reading Comprehension

Topics Covered in IIFT GK & Current Affairs

Economics

Politics

History

Society

Sports

Business

Industry

Science

Banking

  Geography

Mythology

  Films

Awards

  Literature

International  Affairs

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Topics Covered in IIFT Data Interpretation

Bar Graph

Caselets

Tables

Line Graph

Pie Chart

      -

Topics Covered in IIFT Logical Reasoning (LR)

Selections

Coding-Decoding

Comparisons

Linear word formation

Deductions

Series  & Analysis

Input  & Output

Directions

Family  tree problem

Seating Arrangements

Symbol Based problems

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Topics Covered in IIFT Quantitative Ability

Number

Logarithms

Geometry

PPL

Probability

Time, Distance, Work and Heights

AMA

Permutation and Combination

SI and CI

Mensuration

ERPV

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Day-Wise Study Plan for IIFT Exam 2021

As IIFT 2021 exam is approaching, MBA aspirants must make it a point to plan their per-day preparation strategy so that they can have a track of time and their routine. Take a look at the table below that displays the number of hours and topics that one must cover per day until the day of the entrance examination.

Total Number of Hours to be spent for Exam Preparation (Per Day)

10 Hours

(7:00 AM to 9:00 AM)

Choose a sub-topic from IIFT syllabus and start reading and understanding it. List down and highlight the important points that you must prepare

(9:00 AM to 10:00 AM)

Take a Break/Daily Routine Activities

       (10:00 AM to 12:00 AM)

Choose another sub-topic from IIFT syllabus and start reading and understanding it. Note down and highlight the important points that you must prepare

(12:00 AM to 2:00 PM)

Take a Break/Daily Routine Activities

(2:00 PM to 5:00 PM)

Revise the topics that you have studied during the day time and start with another sub-topic from IIFT syllabus and try to understand it completely. Note down and highlight the important points that you must prepare

(5:00 PM to 7:00 PM)

Take a Break/Go for a walk/ Daily Routine Activities

 (7:00 PM to 10:00 PM)

  Review whatever you’ve learnt so far from the topics, make notes side by side and then proceed with another sub-topic

(10:00 PM)

Go to Sleep 

Best Tips for Exam Day

While every candidate will have his/her own strategy for the exam day, we are providing some basic tips that IIFT aspirants should definitely keep in mind to increase their chances of scoring high in the exam. 

1. Don’t spend too much time on one question. If you have doubts about a question and if you think it's taking away your precious time, move to the next question.

2. While writing the exam, keep a track of time.

3. Handle your OMR sheet with care and avoid causing any damage to it.

4. Try not to panic on the day of the exam. It will negatively impact your performance. 

5. Be careful when you are going through the Comprehension passage.

6. Things you should carry to the exam hall -

7. Things you should not carry to the exam hall - 

  • Bags or valuable items are not allowed inside the exam hall as there will be no lockers available at the exam center.
  • No mobile phone, pager, tablets, or any device with a radio transmitter are allowed.
  • Avoid carrying any piece of paper to the exam hall.
  • Nothing should be printed on your stationery box.

IIFT 2021 Coaching Institutes vs Preparation at Home

It has been observed that candidates often get confused when it comes to deciding whether to join a coaching institute or prepare at home to crack the IIFT entrance. We have provided some insights on both - preparation at coaching institutes and preparation at home, which can put an end to this very prominent dilemma. 

If the candidates are to join a coaching institute for IIFT 2021` entrance, they have to first find the best among the lot. There are many institutes that offer coaching classes to prepare for IIFT entrance, and candidates must keep a few important pointers in mind while choosing one. The coaching institutes have a very different appreach while preparing the candidates for an entrance examination. The study material provided by these institutes comprise of important notes on all the topics present in the IIFT 2021 syllabus. Apart from this, they conduct mock tests in regular intervals that help the candidates work on their weakness. Taking mock tests also help in boosting their confidence, which is a key element in finding success. Eminent and experienced academic experts deliver lectures to the candidates who enroll for coaching programmes. In a nutshell, joining a coaching institute means students can expect to achieve comprehensive preparation for IIFT 2021.

However, those who choose not join any coaching institute can also do well in the exam. They must prepare a strategy in advance and stick to the same in order to complete the syllabus on time. The next step is to find the right set of books for preparation. There are many toppers who have achieved success without any help from coaching institutes. The two most important elements to do well in any examinations are hard work and perseverance. Diligent and strategic self-study will make the candidates competent enough to deal with any sort of challenge during the preparation process as well as during the examination. 

Preparation for IIFT 2021 in 6 months

Here is the preparation strategy that can be adopted to prepare for IIFT 2021 in 6 months:

  • Six months is a lot of time for preparation of IIFT 2021. Therefore, candidates are at first advised to go through the detailed exam pattern of the entrance. 

  • Next, the candidates should be aware of the IIFT syllabus. Without knowing the syllabus, they won't know what topics and subjects need preparation.

  • After going through the syllabus, candidates can focus on identifying their weak and strong areas.

  • Clarity is the key to do well in an examination. Candidates should act on building their fundamentals to gain conceptual clarity.

  • Candidates are advised to not waste a lot of time in preparing the theoretical portions. Once the concepts are clear, candidates should take part in the IIFT quiz.

  • Implementing theoretical knowledge is a must. Therefore, candidates should appear for more and more mock tests to get an idea about the types of questions asked in the exam.

  • Candidates should find out the best study materials to prepare for the entrance examination. And the first steo is to get hands on the right set of books.

  • Candidates should maintain their confidence level throughout the preparation journey.

  • Time management is an important element in the preparation strategy. Candidates should allot equal time to prepare all the sections of the IIFT syllabus. 

Preparation for IIFT 2021 in 2 months

It might sound surprising but many candidates who top the IIFT entrance exam prepare for it in two months. We have provided certain pointers that should be kept in mind while preparing for the entrance exam:

  • Candidates should put more focus on IIFT Exam Quiz, IIFT Mock tests and various types of questions that have been already asked in the IIFT entrance over the years.

  • Taking mock tests without analysis is an effort gone waste. Hence, candidates should evaluate their performance after every mock test.

  • Candidates should go through the study materials for IIFT 2021 entrance and mark the important areas.

  • Instead of being worried about the weaknesses, candidates should focus on their strengths. They should not invest too much time in thinking about what they don't know. They can, in fact, think about what all can be done to maximise the scores on the day of the exam.

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