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IIFT Syllabus 2019 - Section-Wise Syllabus

Updated On - September 21st 2018

IIFT Syllabus is prescribed by Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT). The number of questions tends to vary every year. The total number of questions this year are expected to range between 120 and 150. 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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However, IIFT Syllabus has not seen any major changes over the years. The syllabus for IIFT Exam will be divided into 4 sections. They have been discussed below:

  • Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation: It includes 42 questions. Marks per question in LR is 1 and 0.75 in DI. The difficulty level of this section is moderate. An accuracy of 70 percent is good.
  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension: It includes 36 questions. Marks per question in VA is 0.75 and 0.75 in RC.
  • Quantitative Ability: It includes 20 questions.Each question carries one mark. It is generally the toughest, yet the most scoring section. 
  • General Knowledge: It includes 25 questions. Marks per question is 0.50.Questions come from politics, geography, history, economics and recent trends of the market. The section always has moderate difficulty level as questions are designed from recent changes in any field.

IIFT 2019 Exam Pattern

Before proceeding to the syllabus, it is important to first understand the exam pattern. Here are some quick highlights of IIFT Exam Pattern:

Mode of examOffline
Number of questions120-150 Questions
Time duration for IIFT exam2 hours (120 minutes)
Marks per question1 for QA, DI and LR; 0.75 for VA, 1 for RC; 0.50 for GA
Negative marking 1/3 of the marks allotted
Medium of examEnglish
Total number of choices per question4

IIFT Syllabus 2019 for Quantitative Ability

  • In this section, questions vary from simple to difficult level.
  • This is one of the most tricky and time-consuming sections but also scoring at the same time.
  • A candidate should not spend more than 10 seconds if he wants to attempt or skip the question.
  • We suggest you be quick with your calculations and shortcuts to excel in this section.

The Quantitative Ability section will majorly cover the following topics:

ParentagesHCF & LCMVectorsLogarithmVenn Diagram
Number SystemMedianModeClocksCalendar
Binomial ExpansionCo-ordinate geometryInstallments paymentsTime, Speed, DistanceRatios & Proportions
Simple interestCompound interestPermutation & CombinationGeometric ProgressionGeometric Mean
Arithmetic ProgressionArithmetic MeanTrigonometryIn- equations QuadraticLinear Equations Algebra
BODMASSet TheoryMensurationProfit & LossWork & Time

Check Quantitative Ability Section in IIFT Exam

IIFT 2016 Paper Analysis

These are the topics that carried the maximum number of questions in IIFT Exam 2016. You may expect a similar number this year too.

Area TestedTopicNo. of QuestionsMark Allotted
Quantitative AbilityAlgebra & Equations22*1
P&C Probability55*1
Time & Work11*1
Geometry & Co-ordinate33*1
Profit & Loss11*1
Number System11*1
Time, Speed and Distance11*1

IIFT Preparation Books for Quantitative Ability

IIFT Quantitative books
Book NameAuthor/ Publisher
How to Prepare for Quantitative AptitudeArun Sharma
The Pearson Guide To Quantitative Aptitude And Data Interpretation Nishit Sinha
Quantum CATSarvesh K Verma

IIFT Syllabus 2018 for Logical Reasoning

  • This section tests a candidate’s ability to solve a problem and his efficiency in terms of solving analytical and conceptual problems.
  • This is another scoring section in IIFT Exam but requires a rigorous practice.
  • In this section the questions can vary from Verbal Logic to Decision Making.

The Logical Reasoning section will majorly cover the following topics:

Visual & Critical ReasoningLinear & Matrix ArrangementsSequencingCoding & DecodingSymbol based Problem
PuzzlesFamily Tree ProblemStatement & ConclusionCause & EffectInput & Output

IIFT 2016 Paper Analysis

These are the topics that carried the maximum number of questions in IIFT Exam 2016. You may expect a similar number this year too.

Area TestedTopicNo. of QuestionMark Allotted
AR and LRDiagram Based Analogy44 * 0.75
Analytical Reasoning1313 * 0.75
Membership11 * 0.75
Missing Number11 × 0.75
Wrong Number Series11 * 0.75
Alphabetic Series11 * 0.75
Syllogism11 * 0.75

Check  IIFT Paper Analysis

IIFT Preparation Books for Logical Reasoning

IIFT Preparation books for Reasoning
Book NameAuthor/ Publisher
Mastering the Verbal Ability for CAT COMMON ADMISSION TESTAjay Singh
Analytical & Logical Reasoning For CAT & Other Management Entrance Tests peeyush Bhardwaj
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CATNishit K. Sinha

IIFT Syllabus 2018 for Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

  • This section tests a candidate’s English proficiency and Grammar.
  • Candidate having a good command over English Language will pose no difficulty in answering the questions.

This section will majorly cover the following topics:

SpellingsFill in the BlanksWord meaning matchOdd word outFigure of Speech
SynonymsAntonymsSentence CompletionSentence correctionSentence Arrangement
Reading ComprehensionGrammarPrepositionPhrasesAnalogy

IIFT 2016 Paper Analysis

These are the topics that carried the maximum number of questions in IIFT Exam 2016. You may expect a similar number this year too.

Reading Comprehension

TopicNo. of QuestionsMark Allotted
Business & Economy44*1
Women's Role in Economy44*1
Technology and Innovations44*1

Read  IIFT 2018 Last Minute Preparation Tips

Verbal Ability

TopicNo. of QuestionsMark Allotted
Sentence Completion33*0.75
Vocabulary Base1515*0.75
Sentence Rearrangement22*0.75

IIFT Preparation Books for Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

IIFT Preparation Verbal and reading books
Book NameAuthor/ Publisher
Verbal Ability & Comprehension for CAT/XAT/GMAT/IIFT/CMAT/MAT/Bank PO/SSCBharat Patodi and Aditya Choudhary
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CATArun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay 
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension 2016Gautam Puri

IIFT Syllabus 2018 for General Knowledge 

  • In this section, candidates should be fully updated with the current scenarios happening all around the world.
  • To excel in this section, you need to be thoroughly aware of the political, economic, sports, etc. situations going around India and abroad.
  • IIFT cutoff for this section is low, therefore candidates can simply answer the number of questions to clear the cutoff.
  • A candidate attempting around 18 – 20 questions with 80% accuracy can easily clear the cutoff scores

This section will majorly cover the following sections:

GeographyInternational AffairsLiteratureAwards & AwardeesEntertainment

Read About IIFT GK Section To Carry 15% Weightage

IIFT Preparation Books for General Knowledge

IIFT General Knowledge book
Book NameAuthor/ Publisher
IIFT 2018 Year-wise & Section-wise (Solved Papers 2006-2016)Gautam Puri
NIFT/NID/IIFT Entrance Examination 2018Dharmendra Mittal
TARGET IIFT 2016Disha Experts

IIFT Question Papers

IIFT Sample Papers 2018 help give a fair idea about how the actual exam can be expected to be. All candidates appearing must practice IIFT Question Papers as much as possible. By solving these papers, you can get familiar with the exam pattern and difficulty level of the actual test.

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Check Best Books for IIFT Preparation

*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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