IIFT GA Section 2023: How To Start GA Preparation, Tips and Strategy

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 13th, 2023

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) is one of the top Management colleges in India that offers candidates to pursue their MBA in International Business (IB). In this article, we will be discussing how a candidate should start their preparations for the IIFT GA section and the GA questions that they should be targeting for IIFT 2023. So, let’s get started!

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GA section is one the most understated and neglected sections which in reality is very important and can be very scoring if candidates pay attention to it while preparing for the MBA entrance exam. Let us know some more tips on how you should start your preparations for the GK section.

Exam Pattern of IIFT 2023


No. of Qs

Marks per Qs


Negative per question

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)





Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation​





Quantitative Analysis (QA)





General Awareness (GA)










In the IIFT exam, the GA section has only 20 questions having half the weightage as compared to the other 3 sections.

Check here the complete IIFT Syllabus 2023

IIFT GA Section 2023 Syllabus:

The General Awareness section consists of 20 questions. While the marking consists of +1.5 marks for every correct answer in this section, there is also a negative marking of 0.5 marks per question in case the candidate gives an incorrect answer. The General Awareness section consists of :

  • Static GK
  • Current Affairs

However, IIFT 2022 saw more questions from the Current Affairs than the Static GK. The questions had an Easy-Moderate level of difficulty. As per the IIFT 2022 Analysis given by the BYJU’S Exam Prep Experts, there were around 4-5 questions from Static GK and 15-16  questions from Current Affairs. However, there is no prescribed syllabus for GK, it has been observed that questions from the following topics have been asked previously in the exam:

History Business and Economy International Affairs Politics
Geography Famous Personalities Prominent Authors Sports
International Organizations  Govt. Schemes

How to Prepare for GA Section for IIFT 2023

  • Check the Syllabus: It is very important to mark the boundaries of what to study and what not to. One might end up studying things that are less important. Check IIFT Syllabus
  • Look for an appropriate Study Material for IIFT.
  • Keep yourself up to date: Keeping yourself up-to-date with all the current affairs and evolvements happening around the world is of utmost importance
  • Reading Newspaper on a daily basis: Reading a newspaper daily will not only help you with the latest Business news and other current affairs but also will be a great help in helping you with learning new vocabulary words. The daily one must follow are named below:
    • The Hindu
    • Business World
    • Economic Times
    • Financial Express
    • Business Line
  • Prepare Notes: All major topics/events/news/announcements should be noted. This helps in memorizing the facts faster and for a longer time. Also one can go through it at the last moment.
  • Previous year’s paper analysis: This is very helpful in analyzing the type of questions asked in a particular exam.
  • Solve sample papers: Solving sample papers before the exam helps in being confident during the real exam.
  • Accuracy: As there is negative marking for every wrong answer, one should be sure about the answer before attempting the question. One must leave those questions he/she is unsure of.
  • Revision of Important Topics before the exam: There should be a proper revision of Important topics from the previous years’ question papers.

IIFT GA Questions – Sample Questions from Previous Year Exam

Here is a list of GA questions asked in the IIFT 2022 (Day 1) examination for your reference:

  • International Airlines and  their Logos 
  • The youngest K2 Climber was from which Country
  • Name of  India’s first Satellite guided missile tracker
  • Name the continent having the highest number of countries.
  • Name of the US  Secretary of State sworn in 2021.
  • Which country has been recently inducted into the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation?
  • Match the Players and the  Sports they play.
  • Which World organization resolves the Balance of Payment issues of countries?
  • Which Govt. Ministry has opened the portal SACRED?
  • Which Strait connects the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea?
  • Name the American car brand named after free-running wild horses.

List of GA questions asked in the IIFT 2022 (Day 2) examination:

  • Books and Authors
  • Name of the company and the Country (Match the following)
  • Company and Brands
  • eNam Scheme

Here is a list of GK questions seen in the IIFT 2019 examination for your reference:

  • 2014 Hong Kong protest was termed as:
  1. Red Shirt
  2. Umbrella Protest
  3. Million man march
  4. March for our lives 
  • Which company launched India’s first ethanol-based bike?
    1. HERO
    2. HONDA
    3. TVS
    4. BAJAJ
  • The Gandhi Solar Park (GSP) was recently inaugurated at the headquarters of which international organisation?
    1. IMF
    2. European Union
    3. United Nations
    4. WHO
  • Adani Group won the bid to manage and develop which of the following airports in India?
    1. Nagpur
    2. Bengaluru
    3. Hyderabad
    4. Lucknow
  • “83” is a biopic on which famous personality?
    1. Sunil Gavaskar
    2. Mohinder Amarnath
    3. Kapil Dev
    4. MS Dhoni
  • The 2018 Winter Olympics games were held in :
    1. South Korea
    2. Canada
    3. Sweden
    4. Romania
  • Heis a French Business magnate, investor and art collector. He is the Chairman and Chief executive of LVMH, the world’s largest luxury goods company. He is the second richest person in the world according to Forbes Magazine as of July 2019. Identify the Personality.
    1. Carrie Perrodo
    2. Francois Pinault
    3. Patrick Drahi
    4. Bernard Arnault
  • Which ministry launched the UDAAN Scheme?
    1. Ministry of External Affairs
    2. Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
    3. Ministry of Women and Child Development
    4. Ministry of Defence
  • According to the latest UN International Migrant Stock 2019 report, which country is the leading country of origin of international migrants in 2019?
    1. India
    2. Mexico
    3. China
    4. Russia
  • Scientist’s plan to build an elevator between Earth and the Moon to cut down on the rocket fuel needed for a trip between the Earth and the Moon is known as:
    1. Space Line
    2. Space Lift
    3. Space Elevator
    4. Space Bridge
  • Who is the co-founder of the multi-brand sneaker store “VegNonVeg”?
    1. Karan Johar
    2. Aditya Birla
    3. Anand Ahuja
    4. Sanjay Kapoor
  • Which of the following is not a recipient of the Ramon Magsaysay Award?
    1. Ravish Kumar
    2. Arvind Kejriwal
    3. Kiran Bedi
    4. C.N.R. Rao
  • Which of the following country is not a member of BIMSTEC?
    1. Bhutan
    2. China
    3. India
    4. Myanmar
  • With which of the following countries Afghanistan shares its border?
    1. Turkmenistan
    2. Uzbekistan
    3. Tajikistan
    4. Iran
    5. Kyrgyzstan

    Select the correct option :

    1. (i), (ii) and (iv) only
    2. (ii), (iii), (iv) and(v) only
    3. (iii), (iv) and (v) only]
    4. (i), (ii), (iii) and (iv) only
    • Name of which of the following shoe brands derived its logo from a ‘wild cat’ found in the Americas?
    1. Nike
    2. Reebok
    3. Puma
    4. Fila
  • Identify the name of ISRO Mission whose objective is to carry a three-member crew to low earth orbit and return them safely to a pre-defined destination on earth?
    1. AsroSat
    2. Aditya – L1
    3. Gaganyaan
    4. Akash 

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