Quantitative Ability Section in IIFT

    Aarushi Kalra Aarushi Kalra
    Exams Prep Master

    The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) has a 2-stage admission process. In the first stage, an objective type test is conducted to shortlist the candidates for next stage of admission. As per IIFT exam held on December 1, 2019, it is revealed that IIFT exam pattern has changed. NTA which conducted IIFT MBA 2020 has changed the number of sections, numer of questions, marking scheme and much more.

    The exam is now conducted in online mode. There are 4 sections – Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, General Awareness (GK). Talking about the Quantitative Ability section, it is the toughest section of all other sections. It demands more practice, concentration and solving speed. The section has 25 questions with least weigtage of 75 marks. Check IIFT Syllabus

    Accuracy and speed are the keys to score well in this section. You will find plenty of Books for IIFT Preparation in the market. We advise you to practice regularly and get a hang of this section’s pattern and structure. At the same time, you need to carefully select the questions to attempt and the ones you have to leave. Read on to know the pattern, preparation tips, best books and important topics in Quantitative Ability Section in IIFT.

    IIFT Exam Pattern 2020

    Here are the key highlights of IIFT Exam Pattern:

    Exam Pattern Highlights
    IIFT Exam Pattern 2020
    Exam ModeOnline
    Number of Test Papers1
    Number of Sections4
    Question Paper TypeObjective Type - Multiple choice questions
    Exam Duration120 minutes
    Exam LanguageEnglish
    IIFT Exam Pattern

    IIFT Section-wise Exam Pattern

    As per the new exam pattern, the table below shows all the details for 4 sections : 

    SectionSubjectQuestionsMarks per QuestionNegative MarkingTotal Marks
    Section 1Quantitative Ability253-175
    Section 2Verbal ability & Reading Comprehension353-1105
    Section 3General Knowledge 201.5-1190
    Section 4Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning303-0.530
    Total -110-300

    Check complete IIFT Exam Pattern

    Important Questions in IIFT : Quantitative Ability Section

    Just like other management entrance exams, the syllabus of IIFT Quantitative Ability Section are derived from more or less similar topics. Below are all the important topics from Quantitative Ability Section that you must study:

    Important Topics : QA
    Important Topics in IIFT Quantitative Ability Section
    Number SystemsWork and time
    Fraction and DecimalsIn-equations
    PercentagesQuadratic and linear equations
    Simple Interest and Compound InterestGeometry
    Profit and LossTabulation, Pie Chart, Bar Chart
    Ratios and ProportionPipes and Cisterns
    Allegation & MixturesPermutations & Combinations

    IIFT Preparation Books for Quantitative Ability

    Books play an integral part of your preparation plan. It is always essential to choose the right kind of book, so that you do not get any surprises in the actual exam. Given below are some of the Best Books for IIFT Preparation for your reference:

    IIFT Preparation Books

    Recommended Books : QA
    Book NamePublisher / Author
    Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive ExaminationsLexis Nexis /
    Varun Gupta
    Quantitative AptitudeS.Chand Publication / Dr.R.S. Aggarwal
    Quantitative Aptitude Fast Preparation Book (Paperback, Mirchi Experts)Mirchi Bazaar / Mirchi Experts
    Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations Abhijit Guha
    Quantitative Aptitude - For Competitive Examinations [PB] (Paperback, Rao U M)Scitech Publications-Chennai / Rao U M
    Quantitative Aptitude and Arithmetic Competitive Exam Book (English, Paperback)Sura College of Competition / Prof. Abhilasha Khanna, M.A., C.T.E., B.Ed., Arvind Sharma, M.Sc., M.Ed.
    IIFT 2019 Year-wise & Section-wise Solved PapersCareer Launcher (CL) / Gautam Puri

    Tips to Crack IIFT Quantitative Ability Section

    Tips to crack QA section

    Preparing strategically for Quantitative test can help to crack this section very easily. Here are some of the most helpful preparation tips for your reference.

    1. Easy Level (can be solved easily and accuracy is 100%)
    1. Moderate Level (can be solved with some efforts but not much confident about and accuracy level is around 60% to 70%)
    1. Tough Level (need to learn from basics so lots of efforts it demands)
    • All Above three levels should be bifurcated further on the basic of Timing.
    1. You need to judge what time it takes in solving questions related to above three levels
    1. Practice to reduce time of solving questions
    • Work on moderate level first to get higher accuracy level and take it to 100% accuracy
    • Analyse minutely on what step of solution process it becomes bit tough and takes time
    • Tough Level questions need to strengthen basics first.
    • Learn step by step and understand the objective of the topic.
    • Do not let it dominate your thought process. Just take it as a challenge what we like in solving the puzzles.
    • Work upon your speed and accuracy.
    • There will be tricky and complex questions. Solve these questions at last and keep last 30 – 40 minutes for such questions
    • Practice IIFT Sample Papers frequently for judging improvement level and to have an idea about the challenges still facing

    • On observing and analysing the previous years’ question papers, the numbers of the questions in Quantitative Ability Section vary each year. They generally toggle between 20 to 30.
    • Difficulty level of the questions in Quantitative Ability Section will not be easy. It will be between moderate to tough level.
    • Changing ratio between moderate and tough level may be 4:6 and vice-versa.
    • IIFT 2018 and 2019 exams were quite lengthy. There were about 22 and 24 questions from arithmetic, algebra, geometry, permutation & combination and probability. The level was not as much difficult as was seen in previous years.
    • It was observed that the difficulty level of the questions in IIFT 2019 Quantitative Ability Section was not as difficult as the previous year.
    • Questions on Time & Work were of easy level and Question on Time, Speed & Distance was of moderate level

    Qualifying Marks for IIFT Quantitative Ability Section

    • According to the difficulty level and pattern of IIFT Exam, the qualifying marks and cut off are decided.
    • Since the total questions in IIFT 2020 Quantitative Ability Section are 25, the qualifying marks will be around 5-7 marks.
    • Here is the expected sectional IIFT Cut off 2020 for your reference. These are anticipated by some of the top coaching centres in India. However, the final IIFT Cut off will be declared by the institute only.
    Expected Cutoff

    Section name

    Total questions

    Total marks

    Cut offs by T.I.M.E

    Cut offs by CL

    Cut offs by IMS

    Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension






    Quantitative Analysis






    Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning






    General Awareness (GK)








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