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Tips To Prepare For CAT and IIFT Simultaneously

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

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

CAT 2023

Common Admission Test (CAT) is a test conducted by the IIMs every 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 2023 Exam Structure (Expected)


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 entry into more than 100 administration establishments across the country, which incorporates prominent organisations 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 2024

IIFT (Indian Institute of Foreign Trade) offers various projects, particularly in International Trade and Business. The exam will be held in a computer-based test mode. The duration of the “exam” will be for 2 hours, yet, the number of segments may change. In the last year, three sections were included in the exam, as listed below:

  • English Comprehension
  • General Knowledge and Awareness
  • Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Analysis

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

IIFT 2024 Exam Pattern (Expected)

Section Number of Questions Total Sectional Marks
Quantitative Aptitude 25 75
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension 35 105
General Awareness 20 30
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning 30 90

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 has an additional segment of “General Awareness”. But IIFT has standard segments of Quant, Verbal Ability and Reasoning as that of CAT. Hence, the difficulty 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, along with specific magazines and web journals, can assist them. The questions are comprehensive 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 access BYJU’S free study materials, such as mock tests, previous years’ question papers and sample papers, to be thoroughly prepared for the CAT exam.

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