IIFT 2016: How to ace the test
Urvashi Dalal, 01 Sep 2016, #IIFT
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The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade will conduct the IIFT 2016 entrance exam in offline mode on November 27, 2016. IIFT, which is different from the other MBA entrance exams in terms of sections and number of questions, would require special attention for the aspirants aiming to crack the test. The important factor is how to prepare for the test? Careers360 brings preparations tips to let you ace the test and score well in IIFT 2016.

To start the preparations with, break up the study material into parts and cover a little each day. The focus must be on strategizing the overall and sectional preparation plan along with exam day planning.

1. Mock Tests- Start your preparations with the mock tests. There is no fact denying that practicing as many Mock tests as you can, can lead you towards your dream B-school. Mock Tests prepares you for the exam in the most appropriate manner. They provide insight about the actual exam and let you know about the type of questions to be covered in the exam. Satyaki Mascharak cracked IIFT with a score of 51. He suggests, “The regular Mocks are like doubt clearing sessions, which helps every aspirant. They actually give a pull which is required to motivate a person”.

Another IIFT Topper, Sahil Shirbate explains the importance of Mock tests. He says, Solve previous year’s question papers in the weeks before the exam. It gives a fair idea of the pattern of the exam and enough time to adjust your strategy accordingly. It is very important to have a fair idea about what type of questions are covered in the exam and practice those questions with a dedication”.


2. Sectional Preparation Tips- As per the exam pattern of IIFT 2016 the test will be of an objective type conducted in paper pencil format. The mode of the test will be English with a time limit of two hours. The exam will be divided into four sections of 200 questions to be answered by the students. The sections of the exam will be English Comprehension, General Knowledge and Awareness and Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Analysis.


IIFT 2016 Test Sections

Section I

English Comprehension

Section II

General Knowledge & Awareness

Section III

Logical Reasoning 

Section IV

Quantitative Analysis

Your preparation plan needs to have section wise preparation strategy, which will guide you on how to attempt each section of the test.

  • General Knowledge and Awareness- One of the most important sections in IIFT is General Knowledge- GK. Sunny Pandey, an IIFT Topper provides insights about the GK section. “Brush up on Current Affairs and Static GK before the exam as it’s important to be strong in the GK section if you want to crack IIFT. Pick up Manorama’s Yearbook and read it for around 15 days. For current affairs rely on newspapers.” he says. For General Awareness, keep yourself updated about current events through newspapers, general knowledge books and news. The focus should be on business and trade related GK, as it is mostly covered in the IIFT.

    Adding to GK preparation, Roshan says, “Divide your preparation for General Awareness section in two parts-Static GK and Dynamic GK. For static GK you can refer to any good GK book. To improve your dynamic GK current affairs keep yourself abreast of all the important news on a daily basis”.

  • Logical Reading and Quantitative Analysis- The key to score in this section lies in your reading speed. Reading newspaper editorial will serve two purposes- first they help you to solve analytical RC’s, and another they improve your reading speed, suggests Anjali.

  • English Comprehension- For preparation on English Comprehensive read articles on internet and write a concise summary. This will help in identifying the main idea and structure of the article. Take feedback from other students as well. It will allow you to discard any other information which is not necessary. Also, the previous year’s papers along with coaching study material and mock tests combined gives an exhaustive list of questions to practice for Quantitative Ability, Verbal and Reasoning section.

3. Start Early- The key strategy to preparation for IIFT is to start preparing for the test minimum 2-3 months prior to the test. Aspirants must start their preparations. The statement might be clichéd but it is all the more true for every aspirant.


4. Speed and Accuracy-IIFT exam checks for speed as well as accuracy. Time per question in IIFT exam is significantly shorter than that in other management exams. So it becomes vital to develop a good speed to attempt all the questions within the time frame.


Roshan Tated cracked IIFT with a score of 64.34. He believes in knowing all about the exam first and later developing a strategy accordingly.On developing speed he says, “To increase speed, solve previous years IIFT papers within the time limit. I analyzed my mistakes and corrected them”.


IIFT 2016 is expected to be taken by around 40,000 candidates. Last year, the total number of registrations was 42,976 out of which 37,723 took the rest. The institute offers two years full time MBA in International Business, at two of the IIFT campuses- IIFT Delhi and Kolkata. The total number of seats for both the IIFT Delhi and Kolkata campuses is around 350.

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I have work ex but I am not presently employed. What should I enter in the Employment details section of the form?

Ruchika Chauhan Expert 17th Oct, 2019


The last date to fill the IIFT 2020 registration form is October 25, 2019. In the employment details section, you should mention the details of the organisation you last worked with.

Firstly, select employed then a new row will appear and you will have to fill the following details:

Name of Last/Current Organization and Address : fill here the name of the organization you last worked with

Post Held: your designation
Nature of Duties: fill here your job roles and responsibilities
Work Experience From: date you joined the organization
Work Experience To: date you left the organization

Do let us know if you have any other doubts

Good Luck!


does iift considers category cutoff? if yes, what is the cutoff for obc and expected score to get a call?

Vemireddy Rushitha Student Expert 15th Oct, 2019

Hello Aspirant,

As IIFT is one of the most preferred college by many of the candidates, the cut off is set very high for this particular college to give seats to the most deserving candidates. The cut off varies for different categories. For more details kindly go through this link, https://bschool.careers360.com/articles/iift-cutoff

Good luck!


I want list of names of colleges in India accepting the scores of CAT NMAT SNAP CMAT IIFT.

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 14th Oct, 2019


Colleges that accept SNAP scores-

  • Symbiosis Institute of Business Management [SIBM] - Pune
  • Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resource Development, Pune
  • Symbiosis Institute of Telecom Management, Pune
  • Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Hyderabad
  • Symbiosis School of Banking and Finance, Pune (SSBF)
  • Symbiosis Institute of Business Management [SIBM] Bengaluru

IIFT Scores are accepted by Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) with their campus in New Delhi, Kolkata, Kakinada.

Go through the following to know about colleges that accept scores of different entrance test-

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someone plz tell me the form date oh iift

_Abhishek_Vatsya Student Expert 14th Oct, 2019


NTA which will conduct INDIAN INSTITUTE OF FOREIGN TRADE2020 released registration form on 9 September 2019.And last date of registration is 25 October 2019.You can fill registration form in online mode..

For more details visit below mention link:




Sweta Student Expert 11th Oct, 2019


You can read the article for more clarity:


However, I will try to solve your issue. You donot need to fill the iift programmes individually.

Here are the steps:-


  2. Click on the icon ADMISSION 2020

  3. Fill in the personal details asked in the form

  4. Upload the necessary documents (mentioned above) in the IIFT application form 2020

  5. Fill the preferred exam centre

  6. Proceed for the payment of fees via card or online wallet.

  7. Once the details are filled and submitted, students will receive the confirmation mail.

  8. Download and take a print out of the confirmation mail.

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