IIFT 2018 Exam Analysis: Cut offs to go Down; RC Lengthy, LR Difficult, DI Calculation Intense; 114 Qs greet test takers

IIFT 2018 Exam Analysis
Monday, December 03 2018, 11:07 AM
The IIFT 2018 exam analysis reflects similar pattern but higher difficulty level which may pull down the cut offs in the range of 34 to 36 marks. IIFT 2018 is rated a moderate to difficult exam. IIFT 2018 Exam Analysis reflects that the exam was on similar pattern as that of last year. However, LR, Quant questions were reported a bit more difficult, while RC passages were found lengthy and DI was rated as more calculation intensive.

Expect a lower cut off for MBA (IB) 2019 admission as the IIFT exam held on December 2, 2018 has been rated more difficult than last year. Overall it can be interpreted that the cut off may go down by 3-4 marks and the overall expected cut off may remain between 34-36 marks out of 100. 

The IIFT 2018 exam held in 20 cities, for admission to 420 seats in MBA (IB) 2019 at Delhi, Kolkata and Kakinada campuses of IIFT got over at 12.00 Noon. While IIFT 2018 exam is rated a moderate to difficult exam, surprisingly, it has remained on the same pattern as was last year except a few minor changes and replacements in its scoring pattern.

IIFT 2018 exam for admission to MBA 2019 was held from 10 AM to 12 Noon on December 2, 2018. IIFT 2018 Exam Analysis reflects that the exam was on similar pattern as of last year. However, LR, Quant questions were reported a bit more difficult, while RC passages were found lengthy and DI was rated as more calculation intensive.

True to its reputation IIFT 2018 has left the test takers gasping for time management as they found it difficult to attempt  114 questions in 2 hours.

IIFT Exam Analysis:

  • No Change in  Exam Pattern
  • Scoring pattern Changed for VA, DI sections
  • Exam Divided in 6 section with variable number of questions
  • Total Questions remain 114
  • Maximum Score for correct answers is 100
  • Marking scheme is 0.5 Mark to 1 Mark for each correct answer
  • Negative marking remains at 1/3rd of allotted Marks for each answer
  • VA, RC, Quant, DI, LR, GK are placed in individual sections
  • RC passages rated lengthier
  • DI More calculation intensive
  • Cut off to remain 34-36 Marks out of 100

IIFT 2018 Exam Analysis: Pattern

Section
Total questions
Mark awarded for each correct answer
Max marks out of 100
Percentage of Weightage in shortlisting
Reading Comprehension
 16
1.0
16
16%
Verbal Ability
 20
0.75
15
15%
Quantitative Analysis
 20
1.0
20
20%
Data Interpretation
 20
1.0
20
20%
Logical Reasoning
 20
1.0
20
20%
General Awareness (GK)
 18
0.5
 9
  9%
Total
114
--
100
100%

IIFT 2018 Exam Analysis: Key changes

  • Logical Reasoning found on easier side than last year      
  • GK has remained moderate in IIFT 2018 as compared to last year
  • Marking Scheme for DI and VA interchanged.
  • Each Correct answer in Verbal Ability to get 0.75 mark instead of 1 mark last year
  • Each Correct answer in data Interpretation to get 1 mark instead of 0.75 mark last year
  • 5 RC Passages followed by 16 questions appeared in the exam. Passages were considered lengthier
  • Data Interpretation questions were more calculation intensive
  • Quant was moderate
  • Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry dominate Quant Section

IIFT SECTION WISE ANALYSIS

Section 1 Analysis: Reading Comprehension

  • The first section on RC had 16 questions.
  • Each correct answer carried the weightage of 1 Mark with 0.33 negative marking for wrong answer
  • 5 RC Passages appeared in the exam.
  • 4 RC passages had 3 questions each and 1 RC passage had 4 questions
  • Despite being lengthier, RC Passages were readable

Section 2 Analysis: Verbal Ability

  • Verbal Ability section had 20 Questions
  • Each correct answer carried the weightage of 0.75 Mark with 0.25 negative marking for wrong answer
  • Questions had moderate to high difficulty level
  • More Vocabulary Based questions to insert correct pair of words to fill in the blanks
  • Choosing the appropriate words to complete the sentence
  • Creating Words by using jumbled Alphabets
  • Decoding the One word substitution
  • Identification of Errors in Sentences
  • Jumbled Paragraphs

Section-3: Quantitative Analysis
Quantitative Analysis section has remained moderate to difficult. The section had high weightage in the IIFT exam. More emphasis on Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry in this section leads to the indicator that IIFT proposes to increase diversity in its class rooms.

  • Quantitative Analysis section had 20 Questions
  • Each correct answer carried the weightage of 1 Mark with 0.33 negative marking for wrong answer
  • Sectional weightage is 20% in overall exam
  • Section was of moderate difficulty level
  • Section was dominated by Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry topics with 18 questions out of total 20 questions

Section 4: Data Interpretation
Most of the candidates found the Data Interpretation more calculation intensive

  • Total DI questions were 20
  • Each correct answer carried the weightage of 1 Mark with 0.33 negative marking for wrong answer
  • Sectional weightage is 20% in overall exam
  • Questions were based on Tables, charts, graphs and were in sets
  • Cut off in the section is expected to go down from the last year level

Section 5: Logical Reasoning
Logical Reasoning section had moderate to high difficulty level questions.

  • Total LR questions were 20
  • Each correct answer carried the weightage of 1 Mark with 0.33 negative marking for wrong answer
  • Sectional weightage is 20% in overall exam
  • Questions were in sets on the topics like Seating arrangement, position matrix etc.

Section 6: General Awareness (GK)
GK questions were not as difficult as appeared last year. Most of the questions were based on international events.

  • Total GK questions were 18
  • Each correct answer carried the weightage of 0.5 Mark with 0.17 negative marking for wrong answer
  • Sectional weightage is 9% in overall exam
  • Topics included Countries, currencies, identifying the logo, BIMSTEC, WTO Agreements, Launching of Apps among others
  • The section had moderate to difficult questions
  • Expected cut off is expected at 1 Mark

Expected Cut Offs

Overall Cutoff

General Category                    : 34-36

OBC                                        : 31-33

SC/ST/PH                               : 25-27  

Read More on IIFT Cut offs

IIFT does not announce campus wise shortlists. Therefore, the shortlist prepared by IIFT will consist of all the shortlisted candidates with wait list which are relevant for all the campuses and will later be segregated while preparing final merit list and making admission offer after allotting the campus to the candidate.  

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