Tips To Prepare For CAT and IIFT Simultaneously

Both CAT and IIFT exams provide excellent opportunities to the students. So, often candidates prefer to prepare for both the exams simultaneously and attempt them effectively. So, some of the most important tips to prepare for CAT and IIF simultaneously are given below to help the MBA aspirants ace both exams easily.

Visit how to prepare for CAT to get some of the most important strategies to prepare effectively for the exam. Now, for preparation of CAT and IIFT simultaneously, one needs to know the pattern and syllabus in order to find the similarities between both the two:

CAT 2022

Common Admission Test (CAT) is a test conducted by the IIMs each year. Cracking the CAT can get you admission into the IIMs and many other top B-schools. Candidates are awarded 3 marks for every correct answer while 1 mark is deducted for incorrect attempts (except TITA questions).

CAT 2022 Exam Structure:


Number of Questions

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) 26
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) 24
Quantitative Ability 26

The CAT exam is essential for induction into more than 100 administration establishments crosswise over India which incorporates prominent foundations like IIMs, Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), Management Development Institute (Gurgaon), S.P Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), International Management Institute (IMI), National Institute of Industrial Engine, etc.

IIFT 2022

IIFT (Indian Institute of Foreign Trade) offer various projects, particularly in International Trade and Business. The exam is held in a disconnected configuration. The duration of the “exam” will be for 2 hours, yet, the number of segments may shift. A year ago, three areas were included in the exam which was:

  • English comprehension
  • General knowledge and awareness
  • Logical reasoning and quantitative analysis

IIFT is an examination that assigns differential imprints per question to each segment. There is a negative marking of 1/3 for each wrong answer. The English area expects candidates to have great learning of the dialect. Questions may incorporate RC, verbal thinking, para-jumbles, vocabulary based questions, and so on.

IIFT 2017 Exam Pattern


No. of Questions

Marking Scheme

Data Interpretation 19 1
RC 16 0.75
Quantitative Ability 25 1
Logical Reasoning 20 0.75
General awareness 28 0.5
Verbal Ability 20 0.75

It can be interpreted from the pattern of both these exams that they have a similar structure and format. So, if you are well-prepared for CAT, you can appear for IIFT which have an additional segment of “General Awareness”. But IIFT has standard segments of Quant, Verbal Ability and Reasoning as that of CAT. Hence, the trouble level is much lower than CAT or XAT.

For the GK and current affairs, a candidate must be updated with current issues and static GK. Perusing the daily paper consistently alongside specific magazines and web journals can offer assistance. The questions are comprehensively in light of universal exchange, sports, economy, governmental issues, and so on.

So, aspirants preparing for both these exams are suggested to have proper CAT preparation to be able to prepare for CAT and IIFT more effectively. Candidates can check BYJU’S free materials, mock tests and sample papers to be thoroughly prepared for the exams.

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