IIFT 2020: Sectional Preparation Guide
Sreetama Datta, 03 Dec 2019, #IIFT
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IIFT 2020 section wise preparation: A strategic preparation is a key to crack any exam. Every aspirant aims to secure a high percentile in the exams they attempt. But only a few turn that aspiration into reality and success. The reason is their focus on each and every aspect of the exam during preparations, especially their dedicated section-wise preparation of IIFT 2020.
Latest: IIFT Question paper 2020 has been released by NTA. IIFT 2020 result to be declared soon.


The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade Entrance Test- IIFT is an exam that tests your speed, more importantly, your sectional knowledge. In this feature by Careers360, we present a ‘Sectional Preparation Guide for IIFT 2020. If you are an IIFT aspirant, this article will guide you on how to strategically prepare for every section of IIFT exam, and turn that dedicated preparation into success.

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The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade Entrance Exam (IIFT) is scheduled to be conducted on December 1 in a computer-based format across centres. With a few weeks to go, here we provide the vital information for students to focus while preparing for every section.


Now, as per the exam pattern of IIFT 2020, the test will be divided into six sections namely, English Grammar, General Knowledge& Awareness, Vocabulary and Comprehension, Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation and Quantitative Analysis. The number of questions and marking scheme varies from year to year. The following table brings to you last year's IIFT structure so that you can plan your IIFT 2020 section-wise preparation better.

IIFT 2020 Structure

Sections

Number of questions

Marks for the correct answer

Negative Marking

Total marks

Data Interpretation

20

1

0.33

20

Logical Reasoning

20

1

0.33

20

General Awareness

20

1

0.33

20

English Grammar

18

0.5

0.17

9

Vocabulary and Comprehension

16

1

0.33

16

Quantitative Analysis

20

0.75

0.25

15

Total

114



100

IIFT 2020 section wise preparation - Comprehension & Vocabulary


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English is a primary language for the corporate world, which is why; it is mandatory to clear this language test for the management entrance exams, importantly for IIFT as it affects sectional cutoff. The key to score in this section lies in your reading speed. Read newspaper editorial section daily which will serve two purposes- one they help you to solve analytical RC’s, as well as they improve your reading speed.

The foremost step to prepare for reading comprehension is to read on regular basis. Read newspapers, novels, magazines such as ‘The Economist’, India Today etc. IIFT 2017 topper Sidhharth Tripathi, who secured 99.99 percentile says, "

There is no substitute for inculcating a reading habit when it comes to RC. I had a decent reading habit so RC came naturally to me. One should be able to identify each type of questions before attempting." The preparation strategy for English comprehension must be divided topic wise, as each topic requires different techniques to learn. Once you divide the sub-topics, prepare a schedule and practice one topic at a time in the given time.



Quick tips to prepare for overall section:

  1. Read a lot of books, magazines and newspapers

  2. Prepare from Mock tests and Sample Papers while maintaining speed and accuracy

  3. Focus of improvising grammar and vocabulary by reading editorial sections

  4. Mark difficult words and learn their meaning from dictionary

  5. Underline and take brief notes as you read

  6. Practice critical thinking questions

  7. Solve Puzzles

IIFT 2020 section wise preparation - Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation


As per the IIFT 2020 syllabus, the difficulty level of this section is expected to be moderate to tough and can carry 40 questions on both the topics with total 40 marks. This section tests the reasoning and interpreational skills of the candidates. By this time you must have learned the basics of the section. It is important for the candidates to have conceptual clarity which will help them in solving questions of this section. Practice is the key to get a high score in this section. As Mohit Sharma, 99.98 percentile in IIFT says, "As far as LR & DI goes, practice is the key. I made it a habit to solve at least five caselets every day of different type so that I felt comfortable with the topic. The key here is to solve problems of almost every kind imaginable so that you don’t have to waste much time during exam to analyse the data."


IIFT 2020 section wise preparation - Quantitative Ability

It is a must to follow the concepts and practice each topic by solving simple questions first, and gradually moving towards the difficult ones. If you are weak in Quant and not taking any coaching classes, practice via mocks available on web or prepare for Quant section from books, which are the best source to learn the concepts and enhance your knowledge on a topic. This is a crucial phase, where revision and practice is the key; do not start with a new topic until you are confident about it. After taking mock tests evaluate your performance to check which are the areas you require to work harder.


The thumb rule of a great preparation is to focus and maximize your effort on your weak areas. During preparation, one must focus on learning, practising and revising the QA topics they are weak in. Shikhar Mahalwala, 99.77 percentiler shares, "The simple rule I followed was to understand the basics first before applying formulas. Again, practice comes in handy but the speed also plays a major role. Speed comes in naturally if you analyse the question first and then start solving."




IIFT 2020 section wise preparation - General Knowledge and Awareness


This is an important section in the IIFT exam which consists around 20 questions to be answered by the candidates. Topics from which the General Knowledge questions appear include Business, Sports, Economy, Politics, Trade and International Bodies etc.


As General Awareness is a very vast area, it makes sense to follow the top stories as and when they happen. Candidates should start enhancing their general awareness full-time by reading newspapers and magazines such as Outlook and Outlook Business. While reading up on news, candidates should consider various aspects and arguments and use their own judgment to decide what their stand should be.


The General Awareness section questions are more or less similar in all the MBA entrance exams. The questions are mainly a mix of current affairs and static GK. However, the question types vary according to the conducting institute as well, like in IIFT, the questions will be more related to finance, economy etc related. Sharing his preparation strategy, Siddharth Tripathi says, "I followed a lot of blogs on the internet like Washington Post and used services like inshorts to stay updated about all the happenings of the world. Apart from this, I also read newspapers regularly."


IIFT is a national level post-graduation entrance examination, conducted by Indian Institute of Foreign Trade. The institute offers two years full time MBA in International Business. As per the exam pattern of IIFT 2020, the test will be of objective type conducted in computer-based format.


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Hello I got 62 marks in IIFT and belong to PWD category Can I expect a call from IIFT?

Himanshu 15th Dec, 2019

Dear Aspirant,

National testing Agency (NTA) conducted IIFT 2020 on 1st December, 2019 and the expected release of Cutoff is in second week of January. Congratulations you have scored really good marks in the examination and as per the last year cut-off for PWD category you are just cracked the first round as it was 23.69 out of 100. Although the expected cut-off for this year will be 22.25 in PWD category. As the candidates who qualify the IIFT 2020 will then be called for essay write up, group discussion and personal interview round. Students who will qualify all the admission process will only be offered admission. The final results of the selected students will be declared tentatively in April after the essay write up, group discussion and personal interview round gets concluded.

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Sir/Maam OBC NC Candidate here, my marks are as follows, Overall=136, |QA-30, VARC-77, DILR-23, GK-6 |. can I expect any call??

SAKSHI KULSHRESHTHA 14th Dec, 2019

The official cutoff for IIFT has not been released yet by NTA. Although the experts have been expecting a cutoff of around 120-130 for the general category students. You seem to be clearing the sectional cutoff of QA, VARC and DILR easily. The cutoff for GK would probably remain around your score. So for OBC NC with a score of 136, I believe you have a good chance of getting a call from all the three campuses of IIFT. All the best.

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Hi! Im in General category. my IIFT 2020 Score is as follows. QA : 35 VR : 44 DI : 57 GK : 7 TOTAL : 143 will I get call from IIFT Delhi ?

SAKSHI KULSHRESHTHA 14th Dec, 2019

Vismay, the official cutoff has not been released yet by the NTA. But the experts have been expecting a cutoff of around 120-130 for general category students. You also seem to be clearing the cutoffs for each section. With your score of 143, you can easily get a call from all the three campuses. All the best.

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Has the merit list for IIFT 2020 been released?

Halry Bhalodia 14th Dec, 2019

Hello Aspirant,

IIFT 2020 entrance exam Result has been released late evening on December 13, 2019 on NTA website immediately after the release IIFT final answer keys. You can download IIFT 2020 exam score card by login with your IIFT 2020 MBA entrance exam application number and password from the official NTA IIFT exam website. With changes in the IIFT scoring pattern, the IIFT cut offs for admission are expected to remain between 110-115 marks out of 300

IIFT 2020 Result has been released for MBA (IB) admission 2020-22 batch by National Testing Agency (NTA) which conducted IIFT MBA (IB) 2020 entrance exam on December 1, 2019 as computer based test. Along with the IIFT Result, IIFT score card has also been released by the NTA.

You can download IIFT MBA (IB) 2020 entrance exam result from official NTA-IIFT exam website by login with your IIFT login ID and password. If you have scored 110+ marks out of 300, you can expect to be shortlisted by IIFT for final selection round which will be conducted by Indian Institute of Foreign Trade in different cities of India in January/February 2020. The job of National Testing Agency (NTA) is over with the declaration of IIFT 2020 entrance exam result. Now the final selection process comprising GD-PI-WAT will be conducted by Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) as it used to do earlier.


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I have received a score of 99 marks in the IIFT examination. Can I expect a call from IIFT for the second round for any of their campuses?

SAKSHI KULSHRESHTHA 14th Dec, 2019

The official cutoff for IIFT has not been released yet by NTA. Although the expected cutoff is said to be somewhere between 105 to 120, according to the various different sources, for general category students. With a score of less than 100, I am sorry to say that there are almost no chances of getting a call from any of the 3 IIFT campuses this year.


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