17 Nov 2012

IIFT entrance exam

IIFT entrance exam were taken by 56,000 candidates last year. If you have registered to take the IIFT 2012 exam, this article is meant for you. You will know the paper pattern and what should be your preparation strategy for the remaining 25 days.

IIFT tests your skills on quantitative ability, reading comprehension, English usage, data interpretation, logical reasoning and general awareness.

The number of questions varies every year; so candidates should be prepared to face any number of questions. Last year, the number was 120. The duration of the paper is two hours. Now, let us have a look at the pattern of questions in each of the sections.

Quantitative ability
IIFT 2011 had 24 questions in this section. The questions were from arithmetic, algebra, geometry, permutation & combination and probability. The difficulty level was moderate to tough.

Reading comprehension
IIFT offers separate sections for reading comprehension and English usage. The RC section had four passages which consisted of 15 questions. The questions were direct and the difficulty level was easy to moderate.

English usage
This section had 20 questions last year. The questions were on vocabulary and the sub topics were synonyms, antonyms, figure of speech and idioms. The rest of the questions were from grammar, para completion, sentence jumble and word jumble. The difficulty level was easy to moderate.

Data interpretation
This section had the questions in the form of sets, which were lengthy and time consuming. The question types were direct and the difficulty level was moderate.

Logical reasoning
This section had 21 questions in 2011. The difficulty level was easy to moderate. There were some questions from verbal logic and the others were from blood relations, team selection, arrangement, coding-decoding, information-based sets, syllogisms and course of action.

General awareness
This section had 21 questions of the tough difficulty level. The section had a mix of questions from static GK and current affairs. The question types were on personality & awards, business and economy.
If you have taken CAT 2012 or prepared for it, half of your preparation for IIFT 2012 exam is already done, as the sections and the topics are almost identical. The only uncommon section is general awareness, for which you need to prepare separately.

According to Arks Srinivas, CEO, VistaMind Education, candidates need to spend at least two hours every day for preparing general awareness. “General awareness and current affairs cannot be completed in 10 days. It requires steady and regular preparation,” he says.

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