IIFT 2018 | IIFT Quant | Preparation Strategy


Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) exam is conducted typically in the first week of December. This is the only exam with differential marking. This is also the only exam with an uncertain amount of questions. 2015 had 123 questions in 2 hours while 2016 had 125 questions for the same two hours. However, despite the  number of questions, the difficulty level remains well below the likes of CAT and XAT chiefly because the time per question is much higher. IIFT Quant is different from the quantitative aptitude in other exams in that it places greater importance on geometry, modern maths and mensuration rather than arithmetic. Therefore, this ends up meaning that you’d have a lot of calculations and a lot of formulae to take care of. So, here are some preparation tips to crack IIFT Quant. These tips are both generic and subject related since at this point, with the 2018 exam inching closer, you would be focusing on the final preparations

Tips to crack IIFT Quant:

  • Do a lot of sectional mocks. At least two a day. The rationale behind this is that you need the practise to think on your feet
  • With subjects like Geometry, Mensuration and Modern Maths, you need the ability to come up with the required logic. No amount of mugging up the basics can give you that. You need to learn how to solve the questions, and for that, there is no better way than to practise a lot
  • Nothing mentioned above indicates to mean that basics are not important. In fact, if you don’t know the basics to a particular concept, you might as well leave the topic behind. There is a negative marking too (1/3 of the allotted marks) but there are no negative marks for unanswered questions. It’s obvious which one is the better option
  • There was a question in the 2015 paper about cyclic quadrilaterals. Without knowing the concepts, you couldn’t answer the question at all. Therefore, learn your basics well. But it doesn’t just suffice to learn the basics because Geometry and Mensuration have a lot of subjective applications. Work on learning where and when to apply them. If you’ve already learnt them, as you should have, take at least 2-3 mock tests in a day and see where you rank. This will also help you assess your speed and abilities
  • Previous IIFT Delhi pass-outs say that the best way is to judiciously utilise your time. Remember that DI, apart form IIFT quant requires a lot of computation and tables. You must save as much time as you possibly can in the areas that you can. Since it is hard to save time in DI with all the tables and computations, you should aim to save in Quant section
  • You need accuracy more than speed here. Unlike other topics like percentages etc., you can’t verify the accuracy of your answers. If you slip in the exam, there is no way of identifying that you slipped. Therefore, work on your accuracy.


IIFT Quant is a tricky but relatively simple topic. Usual number of questions range between 20 and 25. All it takes is a lot of practise, and getting used to the topics. Also learn to practise in limited space because you won’t have any rough sheets. You’ll only have the question booklet to use as roughsheet. So, one must get used to utilising the space judiciously too.