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Quantitative Ability Section in IIFT Exam

Last Updated - August 04, 2017

IIFT Exam for Management Courses is conducted by the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade annually in the month of November. It is an offline exam that comprises of 4 sections viz. Quantitative Analysis, English Comprehension, General Knowledge & Awareness and Analytical & Logical Reasoning.

IIFT Exam Pattern observes a change each year. Talking about the Quantitative Ability section, it is the toughest section in IIFT exam. It demands more practice, concentration and solving speed.

  • The quantitative ability section in IIFT Exam carries the least weightage.
  • It has a total of 20 questions.  
  • Each question carries 1 mark each.
  • Negative marking is applicable in IIFT Exam. For every wrong answer, 1/3 marks will be deducted.

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.

Read on to know the pattern, preparation tips, best books and important topics in Quantitative Ability Section in IIFT.

IIFT Exam Pattern 2017

Here are the key highlights of IIFT Exam Pattern:

IIFT Exam Pattern 2017
Exam ModeOffline 
Number of Test Papers1
Number of Sections4
Question Paper TypeObjective Type - Multiple choice questions
Exam Duration120 minutes
Exam LanguageEnglish

IIFT Section-wise Exam Pattern

The total numbers of questions are distributed among following 5 sections:

SectionSubjectQuestionsMarks per QuestionTotal Marks
Section 1Quantitative Ability201.0020
Section 2Verbal ability200.7515
Reading Comprehension161.0016
Section 3General Knowledge 250.5012.50
Section 4Data Interpretation201.0020
Logical Reasoning220.7516.50
Total -123-100

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 Questions 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
Book NamePublisher / AuthorISBN
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive ExaminationsLexis Nexis /
Varun Gupta
9789351435679, 9351435679
Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations (English) 7th Edition (Paperback, Experts' Compilation)S.Chand Publication / Dr.R.S. Aggarwal-
Quantitative Aptitude Fast Preparation Book (Paperback, Mirchi Experts)Mirchi Bazaar / Mirchi Experts -
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations 3 Edition (English, Paperback) Pearson / Dinesh Khattar9789332546998, 9332546991
Quantitative Aptitude - For Competitive Examinations [PB] (Paperback, Rao U M)Scitech Publications-Chennai / Rao U M9788183714631, 8183714633
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.9788172544768, 8172544766
IIFT 2017 Year-wise & Section-wise Solved PapersCareer Launcher (CL) / Gautam Puri9789386309433

Tips to Crack IIFT Quantitative Ability 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 2013 and 2014 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 2016 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 2017 Quantitative Ability Section are 20, the qualifying marks will be around 5-7 marks.
  • Here is the expected sectional IIFT Cut off 2017 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.
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