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IIFT Exam Pattern 2019/ Paper Pattern - Sample Papers, Syllabus, Marking Scheme

Updated On - September 21st 2018

Before registering for the IIFT entrance exam, candidates must have familiarity with IIFT exam pattern. As per the specifications laid by the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, IIFT exam has multiple-type of questions. Candidates have to mark the most appropriate response from the four choices available. The last date of the IIFT Registration 2019 has extended from September 14 to September 24, 2018. IIFT 2019 is scheduled for December 2, 2018 in offline mode.

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  • The total duration of IIFT exam is two hours.
  • The exam is based on section-wise format, consisting of General Knowledge and Awareness section, the Quantitative section, English Grammar and Comprehension section, and Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation section.
  • Objective/Multiple type of questions are asked in IIFT exam, wherein candidates need to choose only one appropriate answer from the four choices.
  • The marks distribution of each section in exam differs from each other.
  • There is a different negative marking scheme for each section. 1/3 of the marks are deducted for every wrong answer.

IIFT 2019 Exam Pattern Highlights

Exam Duration2 hours (120 minutes)
Exam Timing10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Exam ModeOffline (Expected to be conducted in online mode this year)
No. of sections6
Sectional LimitNo
Total Number of QuestionsNot fixed (114 Questions in IIFT 2018; 123 Questions in 2017)
Type of QuestionsObjective (Multiple Choice Questions)
Total Marks100
Negative MarkingYes

IIFT 2019 Exam Pattern

IIFT 2019 is an objective type exam of 2 hours duration. The question paper consists of 125 MCQs. There is no separate time allotted to candidates for each section. The exam syllabus comprises of 4 sections that include:

  • General Knowledge and Awareness
  • English Comprehension
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Logical Reasoning

IIFT 2019 Exam Pattern has a special question allotment for each section. The question distribution in each section is as follows:

Section numberName of the sectionNumber of questions
Section 1General awareness25
Section 2 – Part 1Reading comprehension16
Section 2 – Part 2English usage20
Section 3Quantitative ability20
Section 4 – Part 1Logical reasoning22
Section 4 – Part 2Data interpretation20

Since there is no specific time allotment for each section, a sample time allotment matrix is tabulated below for the reference of candidates.

Name of the sectionAllotment of time
General awareness8 to 10 minutes
Reading comprehension and verbal ability25 to 30 minutes
Quantitative aptitude30 to 35 minutes
Logical reasoning and data interpretation40 to 45 minutes

IIFT 2019 Marking Scheme – Section-wise

The marking scheme for IIFT 2019 exam is different for each section. For instance, in the Data Interpretation section, a correct answer will be awarded 0.75 marks, while a correct answer from Logical Reasoning will carry one mark. Whereas, negative marking scheme for each wrong response will suffer 1/3 of the allotted marks. The marking scheme is tabulated below for better understanding of the candidates.  

S. No.SectionNo. of QuestionsMarks per questionTotal MarksNegative Marks/question
IData Interpretation200.75150.33
IILogical Reasoning201200.25
IIIGeneral Awareness180.590.17
IVVerbal Ability201200.33
VReading Comprehension161160.33
VIQuantitative Aptitude201200.33
Total -114 -100 -

Now, after knowing the IIFT exam pattern 2019, it’s vital to have a look at the syllabus. Candidates can prepare section-wise for the exam with the help of the Syllabus of IIFT 2019.

IIFT 2019 Syllabus

There are certain topics covered under each section. Let’s have a look at the brief syllabus of IIFT 2019 exam.

  • Data Interpretation - Bar Graph, Line Graph, Pie Chart, Table, Caselets etc.
  • Logical Ability – Comparisons, Deductions, Coding-Decoding, Series & Analysis, Input & Output, Directions, Seating, Selections etc.
  • English Language – This section covers Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension sections. The topics covered in these sections are Grammar, Preposition, Phrases, Analogy, Matching word meanings, Synonyms-Antonyms, Reading Passages, etc.
  • Quantitative Ability – Number, Geometry, Mensuration, Logarithms, ERPV, PPL, Probability, Permutation & Combination etc.
  • General Awareness – Politics, Business, Society, Economics, Banking, History, Films etc.

IIFT 2019 Exam Centres

IIFT 2019 entrance exam is likely to be held across 20 cities in India including, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Delhi, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Kolkata to name a few. CheckIIFT Exam Centers

IIFT 2019 Recommended Books

It is believed that it is quite hard to predict the section-wise difficulty level of IIFT. Below mentioned are some of the best books which the candidates must follow to prepare for IIFT 2019

SubjectBooksAuthorISBN NO.
Data Interpretation & Logical ReasoningData Interpretation & Logical Reasoning for CAT/XAT/IIFT/CMAT/MATGajendra Kumar Abhishek Banerjee Chayan Mukhopadhyay978-9385576942
 Koncepts of LR- Logical Reasoning for CAT, XAT, IIFT, MAT, CMAT, NMAT & other MBA ExamsGajendra Kumar978-9386146137
OtherIIFT (5 mock tests & solved papers)Arihant Experts978-93111253350

IIFT 2019 Important Instructions

In order to score well in the exam, candidates need to be fast and accurate while answering questions. Therefore, candidates need to be clear about concepts and should have enough practice to excel in the exam.

  • Allot time to each section and try to follow this as it will help candidates attempt maximum questions accurately.
  • Extra time should be kept aside to review questions that candidates are not sure about.
  • The reading comprehension section is an area where candidates can score well. However, candidates should not attempt questions that they are unsure about.
  • Candidates often assume that data interpretation is tough. For this reason, it is best to attempt 2 out the 4 questions if candidates are not confident about getting the correct answers.
  • Candidates should take mock tests at least once a week. It will help boost confidence, gain speed and accuracy while answering the exam.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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