About :

IIFT is the entrance test for admission to the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi and Kolkata. The test score of this entrance examination is used for admission for programmes offered at IIFT’s New Delhi and Kolkata Campus. 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.


Recognized Bachelor's degree of minimum 3 years' duration. Candidates appearing for a qualifying examination can also apply subject to submission of proof of requisite qualification by 7th October 2016. No age limit.

Format :

The admission test is a multiple choice objective type written test (in English). It generally consists of questions covering English Comprehension, General Knowledge & Awareness, Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Analysis.

The number of questions change every year, mostly in the range of 115-125. Total marks of paper is 100.

Exam Duration: 2 hours with no sectional time limit; sectional cut-offs apply Negative Marking: One third of the allotted mark.


IIFT 2015 Analysis :

Section Name Area Tested No. of Questions Marks/question Total
Section 1 Quantitative Ability 22 1 22
Section 2 – Part 1 Logical Reasoning 20 0.75 15
Section 2 – Part 2 Data Interpretation 18 1 18
Section 3 – Part 1 Reading Comprehension 16 1 16
Section 3 – Part 2 Verbal Ability 20 0.75 15
Section 4 General Awareness 28 0.5 14
Total 124 100

Quantitative Ability :

Quantitative Ability section had a decent mix of questions from various topics. There were only around 2-3 questions which could be classified as difficult. While the questions were not too difficult to solve, around half the questions were on the lengthier side.

Logical Reasoning :

The Logical Reasoning part was among the easier sections in the paper and had a mix of questions based on Distribution, Networks and Selections.

Data Interpretation :

The Data Interpretation part had four sets, one of which was very calculation intensive. Among the remaining sets, two sets required the candidates to read the data from the charts and calculate the answer while the other set involved a little bit of reasoning.

Reading Comprehension :

The Reading Comprehension part contained passages which were easy reads. While the passages might have taken a bit of time to go through, this would have been time well-spent as the questions did not require a lot of mulling over. A few questions could be solved by just spotting the relevant content in the passage.

Verbal Ability :

The emphasis in the Verbal Ability part was on vocabulary questions, as has been the trend. There were a few questions on Oxymorons as well this year. The other questions were Grammar-based, PFQs and Idiom questions.

General Awareness :

The section had a good mix of current affairs and static GK questions. There were around 13 questions relating to trade – a stock topic for IIFT GK preparation. The Match the following questions were easier to attempt, given that one could arrive at the answer by knowing 1-2 of those 4 pairs.