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IIFT Exam Pattern

Exam Pattern

Number of sections- 4 (with sub sections)

Options per Question- 4

Negative Marking- 1/3 rd of marks for the question

Marks per Question- Variable

Expected Overall Cut-offs- 50 - 52

Duration- 2 hours

Section Name (for Set-C. The sequence of sets was different for other sets.)   Question area                                No of Qs                  Marks/Q            Total         

Section 1 - Part 1


  Data Interpretation         15        1      15

Section 1 - Part 2


  Quantitative Ability         20        1     20

Section 2


  General Awareness         26      0.5     13

Section 3 - Part 1


  Reading Comprehension          17       1     17

Section 3 - Part 2


  Verbal Ability          20      0.75     15

Section 4


  Logical Reasoning          20        1     20



          118         100

Syllabus Summary

No. Of Subject 6
No. Of Unit 12
No. Of Chapter 109
  1. Visual Reasoning
  1. Critical Reasoning
  1. Number series
  2. Letter Series
  3. Series Missing Numbers
  4. Odd one out
  5. Blood Relation
  6. Calender
  7. Clock
  8. Matrix
  9. Cubes
  10. Coding Decoding
  11. Direction and Distance test
  12. Ranking Tests
  13. Sitting Arrangement
  14. Linear Arrangements
  15. Matrix Arrangements
  16. Mathematical Puzzles
  17. Venn Diagram
  1. Strong & Weak Arguments
  2. Statements Assumptions
  3. Statements and Conclusions
  4. Statements & Inferences
  5. Logical Sequence of Words
  6. Analogies
  7. Verbal Classification (Odd one out)
  8. Syllogism
  9. Logical Deduction (based on syllogism)
  10. Course of Action
  11. Causes and Effects
  1. Sentence­ Jumble
  1. Nouns
  2. Pronouns
  3. Adjective
  4. Adverbs
  5. Prepositions
  6. Articles
  7. Verbs
  8. Tense
  9. Modifiers
  10. Parallelism
  11. Sentence Improvement
  12. Subject Verb Agreement
  1. Sentence completion
  2. Word Usage
  3. Synoymns
  4. Idioms and Pharses
  5. Cloze Test
  6. Antonym
  7. Analogy
  8. Homophones
  9. Confusables
  10. Migratory Words
  11. Phrasal Verbs
  1. Politics
  2. Banking and Finance
  3. Business
  4. Sports
  5. Institutions of India
  6. Defence & Space
  7. Indian Judiciary
  8. Awards & Honours
  9. Literature
  10. Economics
  11. Indian Constitution
  12. International Relations
  13. Science and Technology
  14. Movies
  15. Who's who
  16. Indian Industries
  17. Indian Agriculture
  18. Current Affairs
  19. History
  20. Geography
  1. Profit, Loss and Discount
  2. Percentage 
  3. Partnership
  4. Pipes and Cisterns
  5. Time and Work
  6. Time, Speed and Distance
  7. Ratio and proportion
  8. Age
  9. Averages
  10. Alligation and Mixture
  11. Circular Track & Upstream-downstream
  12. Compound interest
  13. Relative speed
  14. Simple Intrest
  1. Angles, lines
  2. Properties of Circles
  3. Area and Volume of 2D and 3D figures
  4. BODMAS/Simplification
  5. Quadratic equations
  6. Number System
  7. Probability 
  8. LCM and HCF
  9. Permutation and Combination
  10. Height and Distance
  11. Logarithm
  12. Linear Equation
  13. Indices
  14. Arithmatic and Geometric Prograssion
  15. Set Theory & Venn Diagram
  16. Geometry and Mensuration
  17. Properties of Quadrilaterals
  18. Properties of Triangles

How to prepare

Preparation Strategy
 Make a proper Time Table

It is very important that you make a time table and stick to it and you will have an exact idea of what you are required to study and the time required for it.
Concept clarity rather than rote learning
It is essential that you have a clear idea of the formulas and concepts rather than rote learning of things for the papers. While you might require it for memorizing formulas it is important that for other stuff you make sure you clear your basis and concepts before moving on.
Prepare Notes
It is very important make small notes or a comprehensive list of formulas on each covered topic and chapter which will come in handy at the time of revision. This will require you to be regular with your work but will surely make things easy at the time of revision.
Revision of Class XI and XII concepts
Make sure that you revise your concepts from the syllabus of these classes before starting anything new as most of the engineering exams will be for admission to undergraduate courses and so the syllabi from class XI and XII becomes the testing ground to check students.
Seek guidance
It is not possible for you to know everything in your syllabus, at least not at the time of preparation. Sooner or later you will run into a concept or so which will give you trouble and then it is best you seek guidance from an instructor or a teacher. It is necessary that you clear your doubts at regular intervals and don’t prolong things for long. Getting into a good coaching class is nothing to be ashamed off and if anything a regular coaching class will enable you to avoid roadblocks in your preparation.
Sample Papers
Even though there may be a complete change in the exam pattern or the expected questions altogether,it is important that you practice on the sample and previous years question papers available for the engineering exam you’d be attempting. You will know the existing pattern and have a fair idea of the type of questions to expect in the paper along with the time constraint.
Mock tests
The paper pattern, duration of the paper and the number of questions to be attempted in the given amount of time is not something you will be able to pick up on the day of the examination. A Mock Test tests a student’s abilities as it not only provides a similar feel of real exams but also helps in building speed and confident to face the exam. Furthermore, they can improve their performance to get an extra edge in actual exams.  
Time management
Time management can be learnt through thorough practice and regular test taking. So it is important that you practice it and practice it well.

Duration : 120 Minutes

Important Instructions

a) Filled-in applications should reach IIFT at B-21 Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi-110016. b) IIFT will not be responsible for postal delay or non-receipt of applications due to postal loss. c) There are 220 seats in Delhi Campus and 140 seats in Kolkata Campus. Seats are reserved as per Government of India norms. The reservations are subject to candidates meeting the admission requirements of the Institute under this category. d) Complete details of the programme are available at IIFT's website: ( and the students can submit applications online by visiting the website and clicking the “ADMISSIONS 2016” icon available on the homepage Students are advised to quote the Application Form Number in all correspondence with the Institute. e)All disputes would be subject to the jurisdiction of Delhi Courts ONLY. Incomplete applications in any manner (either for Application Forms or filled-in applications) and those received after the prescribed date SHALL BE SUMMARILY REJECTED. CHANGE OF CENTRE:- Candidates should be careful while opting for the Admission Test Centre. A fee of `500/- in the form of a demand draft drawn in favor of Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (payable at Delhi) will be charged for changing the opted Centre. No request for change of center will be entertained

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