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IIFT 2016: Check dates, eligibility, exam pattern, syllabus

The IIFT conducts entrance tests for admission to their New Delhi and Kolkata campuses. IIFT 2016 will be conducted on 27 November, this year.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 31, 2016 12:36:19 pm
IIFT, IIFT admission 2016, IIFT entrance test, iift new delhi admission, iift kolkata admission, iift entrance date, iift entrance exam date, iift entrance 2016 date, iift entrance 2016 syllabus, iift entrance 2016 paper pattern The IIFT conducts entrance tests for admission to their New Delhi and Kolkata campuses. IIFT 2016 will be conducted on 27 November, this year.

The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) was set up in 1963 by the Government of India as an autonomous organization. IIFT is one of the premier B-schools in India. It is among the top-25 B-schools in the country.

IIFT conducts entrance test for admission to their New Delhi and Kolkata campus. IIFT 2016 will be conducted on 27 November, 2016. It is a two-hour long examination. The last date to deposit the form is September 5, 2016.


Exam duration: Two hours with no sectional time limit. Sectional cut-offs are applicable. Negative marking is 1/3rdof the allocated marks.

Preparation tips: Except for the section on general awareness, all the other sections of IIFT get well covered with a good preparation for CAT. However, it would be advisable for a student to work on his/her speed mathematics as some of the questions under data interpretation tend to be calculation intensive. Similarly, RC in IIFT has featured passages that are longer than those in CAT. Students must be prepared well for that with sufficient mock tests.

For preparation on general awareness, in addition to reading newspapers regularly, it would be advisable for a student to read good GK magazine, focus on features like Business GK, current issues and events and current event chronicle (this feature captures important tid-bits). In addition to the above, please revise good GK model papers.

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Giving mock IIFT papers: Due to CAT preparation, most students have practice of online exams but IIFT is a paper pencil-based exam and thus students must get sufficient practice in this format, using a reputed test series.

Students should remember that sectional cut-offs are present in the exam. Hence, the key to doing well is that students must allocate time proportionate to the marks of the section, except for the GK Section, which takes much less time. Some adjustment in time allocation, based on one’s strengths and weaknesses is acceptable.

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The overall number of questions increased to 124 in 2015, compared to 118 in 2014. The Quantitative Ability (QA) section was a stand-alone section in 2015, with Logical Reasoning (LR) and Data Interpretation (DI) together comprising another section. This was in contrast to the examination of 2014 when LR was a stand-alone section, with QA and DI together forming a section. Students must therefore practice all kinds of patterns, so that they are confident of cracking all sectional cutoffs, irrespective of sectional composition.

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The exam will be held in the following cities – Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Bangalore, Bhubeneshwar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Jamshedpur, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur and Visakhapatnam.

The article has been written by Ankur Jain, chief knowledge expert, T.I.M.E.

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