IIFT 2020 Exam Analysis by T.I.M.E., CL, IMS: Pattern, Difficulty Level, Likely Cut offs

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December 2, 2019
Well known preparation centres for IIFT namely Career Launcher, IMS, T.I.M.E., have come up with their IIFT 2020 exam analysis immediately after the exam is over on Dec 1. The experts at these coaching centres have rated the IIFT exam on the moderate to difficult side and have predicted the similar cut off. Career Launcher has predicted cut off score as 120+
IIFT Exam Analysis by T.I.M.E., CL, IMS, Bulls Eye

One of the most sought after MBA entrance exams IIFT 2020 MBA (IB) with 39572 registered candidates has been over at 12 Noon on December 1, 2019 as the first computed based test conducted by National Testing Agency. The exam was conducted in a single session from 10AM to 12 noon.

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Well known preparation centres for IIFT 2020 exam namely T.I.M.E., Career Launcher, IMS, have come up with their comprehensive analysis of IIFT 2020 exam immediately after the exam is over. The overall and sectional analysis for IIFT 2020 with cut off score based on the expected score in the exam are announced by the experts at these top preparation centres.  Besides the IIFT percentile predictor, based on your performance in IIFT 2020 exam, can also be used to know the nearest IIFT 2020 percentile. IIFT 2020 exam analysis reveals that IIFT considers individual sectional cut offs. The experts have predicted the cut off scores for the low and high percentile range.

IIFT Exam Analysis by T.I.M.E

T.I.M.E.4education has found IIFT MBA 2020 admission exam of moderate to high difficulty level. The overall expected cut offs are estimated by TIME around 130 out of 300 marks. Detailed IIFT exam analysis by TIME is shared below:

 

IIFT 2019 was conducted today (1st Dec 2019) for admission to the prestigious Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) located in Delhi, Kolkata, and Kakinada (AP). The test was conducted across various centers in the country from 10 AM to 12 Noon in the CBT (computer-based test) format. The duration of the exam was two hours with no sectional time limit. With there being only four sections this year as against six last year, most of the students would have heaved a sigh of relief. While there was no mention of sectional cut-offs in the paper, going by the previous track record of IIFT, we have good reason to believe that there could be sectional cutoffs this year too. The exam interface which was different from that of the mock test shared by NTA involved a lot of horizontal and vertical scrolling which would affect a test taker’s experience. However, it could have been mitigated by just viewing the paper in the question paper mode or by hiding the question palette.

 

SNAPSHOT OF THE EXAM

There were four sections this year.

Area
No of Questions
Marks per question
Total
Negative marks per question
Section A (Quantitative Reasoning)
25
3
75
1
Section B (Reading Comprehension & Verbal Ability)
35
3
105
1
Section C (Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning)
30
3
90
1
Section D (General Awareness)
20
1.5
30
0.5
Total
110
-
300
-

A detailed analysis of the sections of the paper is given below:

 

Section A (Quantitative Reasoning)

The difficulty level of this section was higher as compared to that of last year on account of lengthier and tougher questions. This section had questions from diverse topics, though arithmetic appeared to rule the roost. Test takers would have noticed a huge surge in the number of questions from arithmetic like Percentages, SI-CI, Time & Work, Time & Distance etc. As compared to last year, when there were only five questions from arithmetic (out of 20 questions in the Quant section), this year there were 12 arithmetic questions in the section. This increase came at the cost of algebra which is underrepresented this year. The distribution is as given below:

Area No. of Questions
Algebra 2
Pure Maths 2
Arithmetic 12
Geometry 7
Numbers 1
Venn Diagram 1
Total 25

The section had some really difficult questions from geometry, mensuration, SI-CI (the one on EMIs as well as the one on Mudra loan) and Time & Work. Test takers also felt that apart from being lengthy, quite a few questions in this section also had additional information which was not necessary to answer the question.

 

There were only about three questions that could be classified as relatively easy – one from Venn Diagrams, one from Clocks (Time & Distance), and one from Numbers. The remaining questions were either moderate or difficult to handle during the test. A good candidate would have been able to attempt around 6-8 questions in QA. The cut-off in this section is expected to be 14-16 marks.

 

Section B (Reading Comprehension & Verbal Ability)

This section consisted of 16 questions on RCs and 19 on Verbal Ability with a total of 35 questions.

 

There were four RC passages with four questions each. Most of the questions were inference based or specific detail based. There was only one question on the Title of the passage in the passage about Negotiation and Bargaining Personalities. Following is a brief description:

Passage 1 Sustaining Innovation versus Disruptive Innovation
Passage 2 Negotiation and Bargaining Personalities
Passage 3 Political System for Economic Growth
Passage 4 Japan’s Culture of Collaboration

Passage 1 was fairly lengthy, and the choices were also rather close. Passages 2, 3, and 4 were shorter and reader-friendly. The answers were mostly direct. Test-takers with due diligence would have found the IIFT RC section eminently do-able.

 

The questions in the Verbal Ability segment were an assorted mix predominantly on vocabulary, with grammar and para jumbles following suit. A test taker with comprehensive command over vocabulary would have attempted all word-based questions successfully.

 

Vocabulary questions were split into matching words with meanings (1 question), crossword (1 question), analogies (4 questions), and fill-in-the-blanks (2 questions) and one question based on the meaning of a phrase.

 

Grammar questions were limited to two questions on phrasal verbs, two questions on idioms, and one question on error identification. All could be considered elementary. Choices were not close either.

 

Of the three parajumble questions, two were moderate and one was tricky.

 

On the whole, test takers would have found VARC to be the most scoring section.

 

Section C (Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning)

The distribution and level of difficulty of questions in the Data Interpretatiom & Logical Reasoning section are as follows:

Description of the Set Difficulty Level No of Questions
Food spent/Style spent Moderate 4
Products and their purchase pattern Difficult 4
Chennai and Kanpur plants Difficult 4
Number of T-shirts sold Easy-Moderate 4
Circular arrangement & blood relations Difficult 4
Linear arrangement- 9 people standing in a row Moderate 3
Input-Output Moderate-Difficult 2
12 Floor building with 2 lifts Moderate 2
Number series Easy 1
Venn Diagram (Marketing, Finance and HRM) Easy-Moderate 2

The set on food spent/style spent had easier questions and the calculations were also not very rigorous. It should have been attempted without fail. The set based on product purchasing patterns wasn’t straight forward and test-takers would have struggled with the interpretation of the language of the caselet. While a couple of questions seemed do-able, this was a set better left out. The set based on Chennai and Kanpur plants was very heavy on data but once the data was tabulated, it would have been a relatively easy affair. The set on ‘T-shirts’ was a must-do set as it involved simpler calculations and an option-based approach would have saved precious time.

 

The questions on Circular arrangement & Blood relations were time-consuming and tricky in nature. The questions on Input-output also needed a good amount of concentration. The questions based on the linear arrangement and 12-floor building were relatively easy to solve. The missing number question might have seemed slightly trickier at first glance, however, it was rather pretty straight forward. The case-let on Venn Diagrams was moderately difficult. The overall difficulty level of this section can be classified as moderate-difficult. The cut-off is expected to be around 18 to 20 marks.
 

Section D (General Awareness)

This year the GK section was easier than that of the last few years. Students who avidly read the Newspapers would have been able to handle this section with some ease. The questions were from diverse topics like Personalities, Sports, Brands, Geography, Space science, Awards, Corporate entities, Government Schemes etc. Unlike previous years, the questions were not lengthy in nature. This would have enabled students to attempt the section in 5-10 minutes. Some difficult questions like the one on ‘Afghanistan neighbours’ and ‘Hongkong protests’ would have baffled many students. Historically, the sectional cutoff for this section has been very low however this year there could be a northward movement.
 

The cut-off in this section is expected to be around 6 to 7.5 marks.

 

Overall

This year, the sectional cut-offs are expected to be as below

QR VARC DILR GA
14-16 30-32 18-20 6-7.5

The overall cut-offs are expected to be around 130 marks.

Note: These cut-offs are for General category students

IIFT 2020 Exam Analysis by Career Launcher (CL)

With IIFT 2020 going online for the first time, the exam, as expected, became easy. In fact, it was easier than the IIFT paper of the last two years. Overall, the VARC section was easy and the RCs were not as lengthy as it used to be in the paper-based format of the exam.

 

In LRDI, there was a good contrast as the DI questions were easy while the LR sets were difficult. QA, as always, was a lengthy section and an attempt of 10-12 questions in this section would have been a good attempt.

 
Section
Total no. of questions
Marks per question
Negative Marking
Total Marks
Good Attempts
Sectional Cutoff
Section 1
Quantitative Aptitude
25
3
-1
75
10 - 12
9 - 10
Section 2
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
35
3
-1
105
25+
27 - 30
Section 3
Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation
30
3
-1
90
12 - 14
12 - 14
Section 4
General Knowledge
20
1.5
-0.5
30
8 - 10
3.5 - 4.5
 
Overall
110
 
 
300
50 - 55
105 - 108

Quantitative Aptitude

The Quantitative Aptitude section of IIFT 2020 was lengthy as always and your performance in this section depended on how much time you decide to spend on this section. If you gave yourself about 25 minutes for this section then around 10 questions with an 80% accuracy was possible, and if 35 minutes were spent on QA then around 12-13 questions with a similar accuracy were possible.

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
Arithmetic 13 Moderate
Algebra 2 Easy
Number System 1 Easy
Geometry 6 Moderate - Difficult
Modern Math 3 Moderate - Difficult
Total  25  

Good Attempt - 10 - 12 questions

Cutoff ~ 9 - 10 marks

 

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension 

The Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension section was an easy section this year. The 35 questions in this section comprised 16 questions on RCs and the remaining 19 questions from the various topics of Verbal Ability. 

 

A good way to attempt the paper would have been to attempt all the 16 questions on RCs. All of these questions should have been solved as they were easy, just like IIFT RC questions usually are. Most of these questions were factual in nature. When it comes to Verbal Ability, around 8 - 10 questions could have been solved easily without many challenges.

 

The 2 - 3 questions on Grammar were easy to the extent of being sitters. The 2 Fill in the blanks questions and the questions on ParaJumbles were also easy.

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
RC 16 Easy
Analogy 4 Moderate
Para Jumbles 3 Easy - Moderate
Grammar 3 Easy
Vocabulary 4 Moderate - Difficult
Idioms 3 Moderate - Difficult
FIB 2 Easy
Total 35  

Good Attempts - 25+ questions

Cutoff ~ 30 marks

 

Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation

This section in IIFT 2020 was moderate to difficult in terms of the level of difficulty. This section represented a dichotomous nature. While the Data Interpretation questions were extremely easy, the Logical Reasoning questions were extremely difficult.

 

In Data Interpretation, out of the 4 sets, 3 were easily doable. In Logical Reasoning, the sets on circular arrangement and mirror were slightly tricky and were better left alone. The set on set theory and the missing number were of easy-moderate level of difficulty. The input-output type questions also seemed to be easy. 

 

If the section has to be seen in terms of the number of attempts then from Logical Reasoning around 4-5 questions and in Data Interpretation around 8 - 9 questions were extremely good attempts. 

 

This means an overall attempt of about 12 - 14 questions would have been a good attempt.

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
Bar Graph & Line Graph 7 Easy
Table (Products & Customers) 2 Easy
2 Pie Charts + 1 Table 4  
Table (Shirt & Color)  4 Easy
Blood Relation & Data Arrangement 4 Moderate - Difficult
Linear Arrangement 3 Easy
Set Theory 2 Easy
Lift & Timing based 2 Easy
Machine Input-Output 2 Difficult
Missing Number 1 Easy
Total 30  

Good Attempts - 12 - 14 questions

Cutoff ~ 12-14 marks

 

General Knowledge

The General Knowledge section in IIFT 2020 was as usual. One could have attempted 8 - 10 questions in General Knowledge overall. There were more number of questions from Static GK than there were from Current Affairs.

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
Static 15 Moderate - Difficult
Current 5 Easy - Moderate
Total 20 Difficult

Good Attempts - 8 - 10 questions

Cutoff ~ 3.5 - 4.5 marks

Overall As of now, it seems that a score of 105-108 would be the cutoff score for IIFT 2020. As we gathered more data on your attempts, our AI-driven prediction engines will be able to give you a more accurate cutoff. 

IIFT 2020 Exam Analysis by IMS Learning

IMS, one of the top preparation institutes for IIFT entrance exam has rated the test as ‘one notch easier as compared to the previous three years.’ The detailed IIFT 2020 exam analysis for MBA (IB) admission by IMS Leaning is shared below;

 

For the first time, the entrance test for Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) was held ONLINE, on December 1, 2019. The test was conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA).

 

There were major changes in the pattern from the previous years’ pattern when the test was conducted on-paper. There were four sections in IIFT-2019, unlike 6 in the previous two years. There was a change in the weight age allotted to questions in the four sections. In terms of level of difficulty, the test was one notch easier as compared to the previous three years.

 

The test had a total of 110 questions divided over FOUR sections with different weight ages for different sections, as shown below:

 
 
Section
 
No. of Questions
 
Marks per question
 
Total marks
Negative Marks/ incorrect response
 
Expected Cut-off*
Suggested time allocation  (minutes)
 
Quantitative Ability
 
25
 
3
 
75
 
-1
 
12-15
 
30-35
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
 
35
 
3
 
105
 
-1
 
22-25
 
30-35
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning 
 
30
 
3
 
90
 
-1
 
18-20
 
35-40
General Awareness 
 
20
 
1.5
 
30
 
-0.5
 
6-7
 
5-10
 
Total
 
110
 
 
300
 
 
125-130
 
 
(Note: In IIFT exam, the overall cut-off is significantly more than the sum of the individual sectional cut-offs. Therefore, ideally, a student should have attempted a few questions in each section and devoted more time and attempted maximum questions from the sections from his/her strength. The time allotment and ideal attempt in each section have been mentioned from the point of view of a student who wants to maximize his/her score in that section.

 

The cut-off shown in the table pertains to the cut-off for general category male students. Going by the trend of IIFT-2018, we expect the cut-off for OBC male candidates at 110-115 marks and that for SC-ST male students at 95-100 marks. Further, going by the trend of IIFT-2018, we expect the cut-off for female students lower by around 6 marks in each category than corresponding cut-offs for male students.

 

Data Interpretation-Logical Reasoning
Out of the 30 questions in the section, 18 questions were on Data Interpretation and 12 questions were on Logical Reasoning.

 

Data Interpretation sets in IIFT-2019 were one notch easier than the types of calculation intensive DI sets traditionally asked in IIFT exam. There were five DI sets (4 sets having 4 questions each and one set having 2 questions). The questions asked on DI sets involved mostly simple calculations. There were no very time-consuming questions such as ‘Which of the following is third highest’ etc, which have been traditionally asked in IIFT exam. Similarly the options to questions were also not very close and did not have too many ‘None of these’ or ‘Cannot be determined’ options.

 

Out of the 12 questions on Logical Reasoning, 11 were spread across four sets and there was one standalone question. LR sets were dominated by questions on arrangements. There was one set on Sequential Output and one set on puzzles.

 

Overall, the questions on DI were easier than that on LR. Moreover because DI and LR were combined in the same section, ideally students should have aimed at solving majority of DI questions before attempting LR questions.  

 

The following table shows the break-up of the sets in the section:

Set
Type of set
Description of data
Number of questions
Difficulty Level
Data Interpretation
1
Table
Five products purchased by 17 customers
4
Easy-Medium
2
Table
T-shirts of different colors and sizes sold in two locations
4
Easy-Medium
3
Bar chart + Line
Food spent and Sentiment index
4
Easy-Medium
4
Three bar graphs
Production cost in two locations
4
Difficult
5
Venn Diagram
Number of employees in three departments
2
Easy
Logical Reasoning
1
Arrangement
Seating arrangement of seven individuals with different professions (Combination of family tree and arrangement)
4
Medium-Difficult
2
Arrangement
Linear arrangement
3
Medium-Difficult
3
Sequential Output
 
2
Medium
4
Puzzle
Time taken by a lift on different floors
2
Medium
5
Standalone question
Complete the series
1
Easy-Medium

Several students have reported similarity of Sequential Output set in this exam with that of a set in IIFT-2018.

 

An attempt of about 12-14 questions with 80-85% accuracy in 35-40 minutes would be considered a good attempt in this section.

 

Reading Comprehension and Verbal Ability

IIFT 2019 Reading Comprehension and Verbal ability were combined into a single Section. However, the change in the overall pattern did not deviate much from its earlier format with 16 Reading Comprehension Questions and 19 VA Questions. 16 Reading Comprehension questions were based on 4 passages of around 500-600 words each with 4 questions on each passage.

 

There were no long or difficult passages. The passages were easy to comprehend and interpret. Most of the questions were direct and easy to answer. Since time constraint is severe in IIFT, attempts in RC are often moderate.

Passage Topic
No. of Questions
Type of Questions
Level of Difficulty
 
Sustaining versus Disruptive Innovation (Approx. 600 words) 
 
4
3 Specific Detail
 1 Inferential
 
Medium
Negotiating Styles (Approx. 600words) 
4
2 Specific Detail
1 Inferential
1Title
Easy to Medium
 
Democracy and Totalitarian Regimes (Approx. 500 words) 
 
4
3 Specific Detail
1 Inferential
 
Medium
 
Japan and Culture (Approx. 500 words) 
 
4
3 Specific Detail
1 Inferential
 
Easy to Medium
 

 

Verbal Ability

Verbal Ability
No. of Questions
Level of Difficulty
Table of Words (Crossword and Synonyms)
03
Medium
Analogy
04
Medium
FIB - Prepositions
02
Easy
Identify Grammatically correct sentence
01
Easy
Match the word with its meaning
01
Difficult
Idioms - meaning
03
Medium
Sentence completion ( 2 Blanks)
02
Easy
Paragraph Jumbles
03
Medium
 

An attempt of about 16 to 18 questions including RC with 80-85% accuracy in about 35 minutes would be considered a good attempt.

 

General Awareness
The GA section this year was of Medium difficulty level, compared to the tough GA of last year. The General Awareness section had 20 questions. The section consisted of normal MCQs and matches the column questions (2 column questions) typical of IIFT made up the Section.

 

Overall the section was not very tough.  There were 6 static GK questions and 14 CA questions.  Questions covered a wide range of areas and gave no special advantage to people who may be experts in a particular area.

 

Several questions from IMS GK tests for IIFT appeared in the test.

 

An attempt of about 8 to 10 questions with about 60-70% accuracy in about 7-8 minutes would be considered a good attempt.

 

Quantitative Ability

This was the toughest section in IIFT-2019. The questions were lengthy and were on difficult side in general. This section was dominated by questions on Arithmetic. Out of 25 questions in the section, 11 were on Arithmetic, followed by 7 on Geometry and 4 on Modern Maths.

 

Sr. No
Topic
Easy
Medium
Difficult
Total
1
Numbers
 

 

IIFT 2018 Exam Analysis by T.I.M.E.

The duration of the exam was 2 hours with no sectional time limit. However, with there being 6 sections this time, VA and RC as separate sections along with LR and DI, students needed to manage their time across sections extremely deftly to ensure that they go past the sectional cutoffs. 

The detailed analysis, key, and the score calculator to estimate the possible scores have been made available on the T.I.M.E. website. The score calculator would especially be useful in knowing about the realistic chances of getting a call from IIFT. We, hence, encourage all the IIFT test-takers to make use of the same. 

SNAPSHOT OF THE EXAM 
There were six sections this year as against four last year. Each of the sections had sectional cut-offs applicable (as was mentioned in the test instructions). Below is the snapshot of various sections ( based on Set - A).

Type
No of Questions
Marks per question
Total
Negative marks per question
Section 1 (Reading Comprehension)
16
1
16
0.33
Section 2 (Verbal Ability)
20
0.75
15
0.25
Section 3 (Quantitative Ability)
20
1
20
0.33
Section 4 (Data Interpretation)
20
1
20
0.33
Section 5 (Logical Reasoning)
20
1
20
0.33
Section 6 (General Awareness)
18
0.5
9
0.17
Total
114
-
100
-

The total number of questions that appeared in IIFT this year was 114 - exactly similar to that of the last year. A detailed analysis of the sections of the paper is given below (section ordering as per Set A) 

Section 1 (Reading Comprehension) 
The RC passages, though fairly lengthy, were definitely readable. A person with moderate to good reading skills should not have faced much of a problem in reading the passages. However, most of the questions that followed the passages were difficult in nature owing to the ambiguity of the options. The big change is that there were 5 passages, with four having three questions each and one having four questions. The passages were from similar areas. While one was on Culture, another one was on Sociology. There was one on economics. The remaining two were on Information(science) and Liberal Arts. The cut off in this section could be around 3-4 marks. Around 7-9 attempts can be considered very good in this section. The cut-off in this section is expected to be in the range 2.33 to 3. 

Section 2 (Verbal Ability) 
The questions in this section were predominantly on vocabulary – jumbled words, origin, Fill in the Blanks, and word-analogies. English Grammar did have a presence, but in the form of two different models of sentence-correction questions – both reasonably simple. The vocabulary part was reasonably challenging, with quite a few unfamiliar words making an appearance. The questions based on origin were challenging. The two parajumbles could be worked out more by elimination than by actual solving. Overall the section was challenging barring a couple of grammar questions, and only someone who understands words well would have been able to get a good score. 10-12 would be a good number of attempts in this section. The cut-off is expected to be around 3-3.5. 

Section 3 (Quantitative Ability) 
The difficulty level of this section was higher as compared to that from last year on account of legthier and tougher questions.
This section had a good mix of questions from diverse topics. The distribution is given as below:

Area
No. of Questions
Algebra
6
Pure Maths
2
Arithmetic
5
Geometry
6
Venn Diagram
1
Total
20

There were only about five questions which could be classified as relatively easier ones – two from Logarithms, one from Simple Equations, one from Time & Work, one from Time & Distance. The remaining questions were either moderate or difficult to handle during the test. A good candidate would have been able to attempt around 7-9 questions in QA. The cut-off in this section is expected to be 3-4 marks. 

Section 4 (Data Interpretation) 
DI was a definite tough nut to crack. With large quantum of data/graphs to work with, there was no relief to the students. 

There were a total of five sets of four questions each. All the sets were based on Tables and/or Line Graph/Bar Graph. Almost all the questions were calculation intensive and were very lengthy. However, there was one set (related to LPI indicators) where the calculations were relatively easier.

Description of the Set
Presentation
Maximum Marks
Good Marks
First table gave values related to Economic Indicators for Different Regions of the world while the second table gave values related to Economic indicators for select countries
Two Tables
4
 
The bar chart gave the data related to Region wise average hotel occupancy rates for four quarters. The line chart gave the data related to Revenue of select hotel chains world wide.
1 Bar Chart and 1 Line Chart
4
The tabular data gave the values related to IBM's global revenue from 2010 to 2017
1 Table
4
The table gave the values related to LPI indicators of select countries in 2018
1 Table and 1 Stacked Bar Chart
4
The table gave the data related to Industry indicators from 2008-09 to 2015-16. The Bar/Line gave key industry indicators from 2008-09 to 2015-16
Bar/Line & Table
4
Total
Bar, Line and Tables
20
2-3

5-8 could be a good number of attempts in section, while the cutoff is expected to be around 2-3 marks. 

Section 5 (Logical Reasoning) 
The distribution and level of difficulty of questions in the Logical Reasoning section is as follows:

Description of the Set
Difficulty Level
No. of Questions
Distribution (Job Fair)
Easy-Moderate
4
Missing number in the figure
Easy-Moderate
1
Venn Diagrams (Sara and Dora)
Moderate-Difficult
2
Input-Output
Moderate-Difficult
2
Matrix arrangement
Moderate-Difficult
4
Circular Arrangements
Moderate
4
Selections (Blue and Purple Rooms)
Moderate-Difficult
3
Total
-
20

The questions on Input-output were time-consuming and would have needed a good amount of concentration. The questions based on ‘distribution’ - job fair, though little time consuming were relatively easier to solve. The missing number question might have seemed slightly trickier in the first glance; however, it was actually pretty simple. The case-let on Venn Diagrams, which had a minor error was on the tougher side ( if the mistake is not identified ). The selections based question needed a good grasp of basic concepts. Compared to last year, this year’s LR section was relatively much more difficult. The overall difficulty level of this section can be classified as moderate-difficult. A good number of attempts in this section can be considered to be 6- 8 questions while the cut-off is expected to be around 4 to 4.67 marks. 

Section 6 (General Awareness) 
GA though easier than last year still was on the tougher side. The questions were from diverse topics like Personalities, Sports, Corporate logos, Corporate entities, International trade organizations, Currencies, etc. This implies that the students needed to be extremely well prepared to clear the cut-off in this section. Unlike last year, the questions were not lengthy in nature. This would have enabled students to attempt the section in 5-10 minutes. Some very difficult questions like the one on ‘South Indian sea ports’ must have baffled the students. Historically, the sectional cutoff for this section has been very low, though this year there may be a tiny movement northward. 

The cut-off in this section last year was 0.82 marks and is expected to be little higher this year - to around 1 to 2 marks. 6-8 questions could be considered to be a good number of attempts in this section! 

MBA (IB) 2019-21: Expected Sectional cut-offs

VA
RC
DI
LR
QA
GA
3-3.5
2.33-3
4-4.67
2-3
3-4
1-2

The overall cut-offs too are bound to move south to be around 33±1 marks. 

Note: These cut-offs are for General category students

Last Year Cut offs Overall: The cut-offs last year for the general category were as below

VA
RC
DI
LR
QA
GA
3.35
2.69
5.67
0.25
3.01
0.82

IIFT 2018 Exam Analysis by Career launcher with Cut offs

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) conducted the Admission Test 2019-2021 for admission into its two-year program in International Business, on Sunday, December 02, 2018. The test was conducted across various centers in the country between 10 am and 12 noon. Differential marking continued to be there and the penalty for every incorrect answer was 1/3rd of the total marks assigned to the question.

The terror of the ‘traumatic’ IIFT continued for the second consecutive year. In fact, the paper this year managed to become even more difficult than that of last year. The paper was excruciatingly lengthy and some of the questions were agonizingly tricky. Reading Comprehension became extremely tedious and the number of passages increased from 4 to 5. Overall, the entire paper became difficult. Hence, the overall difficulty level of the paper went a few notches higher. The total number of questions continued to be 114.

There were six sections and each section carried a sectional cut-off. The details of the sections are as follow:

 
Section
Total no. of questions
Marks per question
Total Marks
Good Attempts
Achievable Score
Sectional Cutoff
Ideal Time (in minutes)
Section 1
Data Interpretation
20
1.00
20
4
3
0.75
10 minutes
Section 2
Logical Reasoning
20
1.00
20
10
8
4-4.5
35 minutes
Section 3
General Knowledge
18
0.5
9
8
2.5-3
0.83-1
10 minutes
Section 4
Reading Comprehension
16
1.00
16
9-10
7-8
2.5-2.75
25
minutes
Section 5
Verbal Ability
20
0.75
15
11-12
7.5-8
3.25-3.5
12 minutes
Section 6
Quantitative Aptitude
20
1.00
20
10-11
7.5-8
3-3.25
30 minutes
 
Overall
114
 
100
 50-52
38-39 
31-33
120 minutes 

*Cutoff for General category students is most likely to be in the range of 31-33 marks. The corresponding figures for NC/OBC and SC/ST/PWD should be around 26-28 and 23-24 marks respectively. The cutoff for ST might go lower if number of applicants are lesser

Data Interpretation
IIFT continued to show its favouritism to calculation intensive DI. An attempt of 4-5 would be very good and students who had attempted just about 2-3 questions with 100% accuracy should sail through the cutoff

Topic
Number of Questions
Doable Questions
Level of Difficulty
Mixed Graphs
12
3
Difficult
Tables
8
2
Difficult
Total
20
4-5
Difficult

Logical Reasoning
Overall a time-consuming section again. While the circular arrangement and Matrix sets (friends and hotels) were easy, the other sets were time consuming. Anyone who has attempted around 10-11 questions in half an hour with 85% accuracy would have done very well.

Topic
Number of Questions
Doable Questions
Level of Difficulty
Distribution
4
3
Easy-Moderate
Matrix
4
4
Easy
Venn-diagram
2
1
Moderate
Input Output
2
1
Moderate
Missing number
1
1
Easy-Moderate
Arrangement
4
2
Moderate-Difficult
Selection
3
1
Moderate
Total
20
11-12
Moderate

General Awareness
The GK section was slightly easier than last year with about 6-8 questions considered doable through elimination alone. Studemts attempting 8 questions with 50% accuracy would easily sail through the cutoff.

Topic
Number of Questions
Doable Questions
Level of Difficulty
Current Affairs
2
2
Easy
Business and Economy
10
3-4
Moderate to Difficult
Miscellaneous
1
1
Easy
Geography
2
-
Difficult
Science
1
-
Difficult
Sports
1
1
Easy
Books
1
1
Easy
TOTAL
18
8-9
Moderate

Reading Comprehension
Reading Comprehension went back to being the ‘IIFT-kind-lengthy’ this year. There were five passages. Four of these had three questions each and one had four questions. The passages were from interesting areas. However, majority of the passages were taken from academic sources. Hence, the language became verbose and confusing. Even the questions were not direct or fact-based. A lot of questions required a thorough understanding of the passage. The ‘fact-based’ questions were deceptively framed. Anyone with a good reading habit could have tackled this section successfully. Otherwise, the section would have ended up becoming time-consuming. One should have picked 3-4 passages and solved questions there. A detailed breakup of the section is given below:

Topic
Number of Questions
Doable Questions
Level of Difficulty
Passage 1: Culture
3
2
Moderate
Passage 2: Public Intellectuals
3
2
Difficult
Passage 3: Information flow
4
2
Difficult
Passage 4: Liberal Arts Education
3
1-2
Difficult
Passage 5: GDP
3
2
Moderate
Total
16
9-10
Difficult

English Usage
IIFT went back to a predictable pattern this year. The ‘phrase-clause’ based questions were missing this year. The word jumble questions continued to be there for the second consecutive year. The vague etymological origin questions reappeared after a year’s gap. Overall, the VA section was tough. The jumble word questions were not easy to identify. Only one question looked obvious. The analogy questions were completely weird and so were the word-matching questions. These went beyond the realm of English language and looked more like GK based questions. The para-jumble, fill in the blank, and grammar based questions were easy. Accuracy in these questions will determine one’s performance in the paper. A detailed breakup of the section is given below:

Topic
Number of Questions
Doable Questions
Level of Difficulty
Jumble words
3
1
Difficult
Analogy
2
0-1
Weirdly difficult
Fill in the blanks (2 blanks)
3
2-3
Easy
Match the column
2
1-2
Moderate
Spot the error
2
2
Easy
Word Roots

4

 

IIFT 2018 Analysis by Bulls Eye

This year IIFT paper was almost similar to last year’s paper. There were 6 sections namely DI, AR & LR, GK, RC, VA and QA. The total number of questions was same as that of last year’s i.e. 114. This year the only change was in marking scheme of VA and DI which was interchanged i.e. VA from 1 to 0.75 and DI from 0.75 to 1 per question. In terms of difficulty level, students found AR very tough as compared to last year’s. To maintain the cutoff, in all 6 sections, was really a difficult task and a lot of students will end up in not clearing cutoff in one or two sections. This year also the different sets had different sequence of sections. Here in our analysis we are using Set C to present the breakup.

The break-up for the six sections was as follows:

Section
Sections
No. of Questions
Marks per Questions
Total-Marks
Negative Marks/Question
Section - 1
Data Interpretation
20
1
20
0.33
Section - 2
Analytical & Logical Reasoning
20
1
20
0.33
Section - 3
General Awareness
18
0.5
9
0.17
Section - 4
Reading Comprehension
16
1
16
0.33
Section - 5
Verbal Ability
20
0.75
15
0.25
Section - 6
Quantitative Ability
20
1
20
0.33
 
 
114
-
100
 

Overview of the IIFT 2018 Paper

Time Allotted
2Hrs.
Total no. of questions
114 (100 Marks)
Marking Scheme
Different for different sections
Sections
6
Number of choices
4

Expected cutoff and Good Attempt

Section
Good Attempt (Number of questions)
Data Interpretation
6 - 8
Analytical Reasoning
6 - 8
General Awareness
6 – 8
Reading Comprehension
7 - 8
Verbal Ability
8 – 10
Quantitative Ability
10 - 12

The expected overall score at which one can expect a call from IIFT will be around 28 – 30 marks. Remember, you need to clear the individual sectional cut-offs as well.

Section I: - Data Interpretation

Area Tested
Description
No. of Question
Mark Allotted
Data Interpretation
Mixed Graph
12
12 × 1
Tables
8
8 × 1
Total
20
20

Evaluation: DI varied from moderate-difficult and was calculation intensive, 2 sets were based upon tables, rest were mixed graphs;3 Sets based upon 7 regions, IBM and LPI were calculation intensive but easy-moderate and should have been attempted, set based upon Hotel occupancy was moderate, set based upon industry analysis was difficult and should have been avoided

 Attempt by Good Student: 6 – 8

Section II:- Analytical and Logical Reasoning

Area Tested
Description
No. of Question
Mark Allotted
Analytical and Logical Reasoning
Analytical Reasoning
17
17 × 1
Input Output
2
2 × 1
 
Miscellaneous
1
1 × 1
 
Total
20
20
 

Evaluation: This section was moderate to difficult, there were 5 AR sets comprising of 18 questions,3 sets; Matrix, Albert and Betty, and Sara Dora sets were difficult, Sets based on 8 officers and Sunny, Pinki were moderate. 2 input/output questions were easy-moderate; 1 miscellaneous question based upon numbers was easy and should have been attempted.

Attempt by Good Student: 6 – 8

Section III: General Awareness
Evaluation: There were mixtures of topics checking general awareness of the candidate across the all areas. Students found GK this year a bit tougher than last year’s.

Attempt by Good Student: 6 – 8

Section IV: - Reading Comprehension

Sr. No.
Description
No. of Questions
Mark Allotted
1.
Culture & Society
3
3 × 1
2.
Public Intellectual
3
3 × 1
3.
Overflow of Information
4
4 × 1
4.
Importance of Liberal arts
3
3 × 1
5.
Non GDP measures filling Gaps in public policy
3
3 × 1
 
Total
16
16

Evaluation: The RC section was relatively lengthy but east to medium in difficulty level. There were five passages with 3 - 4 questions each. The level of RCs varied from easy to moderate overall a student could have easily solved at least three passages in given time. The RC section was dominated by factual questions.

Attempt by Good Student: 7 – 8

Section V: - Verbal Ability

Sr. No.
Description
No. of Questions
Mark Allotted
Verbal Ability
Grammar & Sentence Correction
4
4 × 0.75
Vocabulary Based
6
6 × 0.75
Jumbled words
3
3 × 0.75
Analogies
2
2 × 0.75
Para jumbling
2
2 × 0.75
Sentence Completion
3
3 × 0.75
Total
20
15

Evaluation: The Verbal Ability portion of the exam had an extremely strong emphasis on Vocabulary and grammar based questions. In case your grammar fundamentals were strong you could have decent attempts in this section. Vocabulary was also a very dominant part of this section and the words given belong to the moderate to tough category making the attempt in this part less. Sentence Completion and Para jumbling were easy.

Attempt by Good Student: 8 – 10

Section VI: Quantitative Ability

Area Tested
Description
No. of Questions
Mark Allotted
Quantitative Ability
Function, Algebra & Equations
4
4 × 1
P&C Probability
2
2 × 1
Time & Work
2
2 × 1
Geometry Mensuration
7
7 × 1
Logs
2
2 × 1
Percentage
2
2 × 1
Sets
1
1 × 1
Total
20
20

Evaluation: This section was dominated by Geometry mensuration and Algebra. A couple of questions were also there from time & work and logarithm and were doable. Overall this section was calculation intensive and most of the students found it moderately difficult.

Attempt by Good Student: 10 – 12

*Disclaimer: All the above given information is based on personal opinion of Bulls Eye Expert faculty. Several factors have been considered before giving these cut-offs however, It has nothing to do with original cut-offs.

IIFT Analysis by IMS

IFT 2018 was a difficult test, in fact, it was more difficult than 2017. The QA Section and surprisingly the LR (which is usually amongst the highest scoring) sections were the toughest in recent years

The overall pattern remained the same with a total of 114 questions and 6 Sections. The number of questions in each section also remained the same as last year .However, there were changes in the weightage (marks) in the two sections of Verbal Ability and Data Interpretation . For  the Verbal Ability questions the marks per question came down from 1 to 0.75 and  for the Data Interpretation questions the marks per question increased from 0.75 to 1.

Like in the previous years, each question had 4 options and carried negative marks of 1/3rd of the allotted marks for each question.

The following table shows the overall structure of IIFT 2018 and 2017 at a glance:

IIFT 2018
IIFT 2017
Section
Questions
Marks/ 
question
Total
Questions
Marks/ 
question
Total
Data Interpretation
20
1
20
20
0.75
15
Logical Reasoning
20
1
20
20
1
20
General Awareness
18
0.5
9
18
0.5
9
Reading Comprehension
16
1
16
16
1
16
Verbal Ability (English)
20
0.75
15
20
1
20
Quantitative Ability
20
1
20
20
1
20
Total
114
--
100
114
--
100
  • In IIFT exam, the overall cut-off is significantly more than the sum of the individual sectional cut-offs. 
  • Ideally, a student should have attempted a few questions in each section and devoted more time and attempted maximum questions from the sections from his/her strength. 
  • In the following analysis of the individual sections, time allotment and ideal attempt in each section have been mentioned from the point of view of a student who wants to maximize his/her score in that section.

Reading Comprehension
IIFT 2018 Reading Comprehension kept to the general IIFT norm, with 16 questions based on 5 passages. There were 4 passages with 3 questions each and 1 passage with 4 questions. Not only the format but also the length and the difficulty level were as typical of IIFT. The passages were lengthy but readable. However, there were few direct and easy questions. Majority of the questions needed  more than average comprehension and could be termed as medium to difficult.

Since time constraint is severe in IIFT, attempts in RC are often moderate.

Passage Topic
No. of Questions
Type of Questions
Level of Difficulty
Meaning of culture
(Approx. 900 words) 
3
3 Inferential
Medium to Difficult
Public Intellectual (Approx. 1000 words) 
3
1 Direct
2 Inferential
Medium to Difficult
Information (Approx. 1000 words) 
4
3 Direct 
1 Inferential
Medium to Difficult
Computer Science & Liberal arts (Approx. 1000 words) 
3
1 Direct 
2 Inferential
Medium to Difficult
GDP (Approx. 900 words)
3
1 Direct 
2 Inferential
Medium

An attempt of about 6 to 8 questions with 80 per cent accuracy in about 20 minutes would be considered good.   

Verbal Ability
The Verbal Ability Section of IIFT 2018 was difficult. All the questions in this section were based on the English Language as a subject rather than reasoning or analysis, except for the 2 paragraph Jumbles questions. Unlike the technical questions in grammar of last year, this year the questions were application based like sentence correction and spot the error questions. 
 

The Vocabulary questions dominated the Section. As many as 13 questions were vocab based, including the 3 Sentence completion questions. Like last year there were questions about the origin of the words. None of the anticipated question types like synonym, antonyms, etc., were present. Like last year there were anagrams questions this year too.  Error spotting and sentence correction questions were in the familiar format. In short, there were no new question types. 

Type
No. of Questions
Level of Difficulty
Match the correct answers (Vocabulary)
02
Medium
Fill in the Blanks (2 blanks)
03
Easy - Medium
Identify the error
02
Easy
Analogy
02
1 Easy 
1 Difficult
Anagram and synonym
03
Difficult
Identify the origin/source of the words
04
Difficult
Sentence Correction
02
Easy to Medium
Paragraph Jumbles
02
Easy

An attempt of about 8 to 10 questions with 80-85% accuracy in about 15 minutes would be considered a good attempt.

General Awareness
The GA section this year was of Medium difficulty level, compared to the tough GA of last year. Like last year General Awareness section had 18 questions. However, the long paragraph based questions of last year were not present. Instead, the normal MCQs and the match the column questions (2 column questions) typical of IIFT made up the Section.

14 questions were normal MCQs, and 4 questions were match the column questions testing awareness of multiple things. Overall the section was not very tough.  There were 8 static GK questions and 10 dynamic.  Questions covered a wide range of areas and gave no special advantage to people who may be experts in a particular area.

Several questions from IMS GK Compendium for IIFT appeared in the test.

Type
Static
Current
Difficulty Level
Current Affairs
0
2
1 Medium 1 Difficult
Business
1
2
3 Easy
Sports /Authors
2
0
2 Easy
Science
1
0
Difficult
World trade
0
2
2 Medium
Economics
1
2
1 Easy 2 Medium
Geography
1
0
1 Easy
Politics
0
2
1 Medium 1 Difficult
Logos
1
0
Medium
International Relations
1
0
Difficult
 
8
10
 

An attempt of about 8 to 10 questions with about 60-70% accuracy in about 7-8 minutes would be considered a good attempt.

Quantitative Ability
This section was at one notch higher level of difficulty than in IIFT-2017. Traditionally there have been at least a few sitters in the Quantitative Ability section in IIFT exam. However, this year, there were no sitters as such and most of the questions were at medium to high level of difficulty.

This section was dominated by Geometry and Modern Mathematics. Some questions in this section, especially the ones on Geometry were highly calculation intensive. Several questions had options with unfriendly appearance (numbers such as 458, 7502-62512+4etc). As a result, selection of the right questions to attempt was very important.

The following table shows the break-up of the Quantitative Ability section.

 Area
Easy
Medium
Difficult
Total
Algebra
1
1
2
4
Maxima-Minima
 
 
1
1
Polynomials
 
 
1
1
Quadratic Equations
 
1
 
1
Simple Equations
1
 
 
1
Arithmetic
2
2
 
4
Percentages
 
1
 
1
Time & Work

1

 

 

Last Year IIFT Exam Analysis by T.I.M.E., CL, IMS, Bulls Eye

MBAUniverse.com has summarised the IIFT analysis and predictions by IMS, T.I.M.E, CL, Bulls Eye and bring it to you with the key observation points by experts.

IIFT Exam Analysis by T.I.M.E.
The total number of questions that appeared in IIFT last year were 114 as compared to 123 in 2016. The reduced number of questions, however, was offset by the increase in the number of sections, from 4 to 6.   With there being 6 sections this time, VA and RC as separate sections along with LR and DI, students needed to manage their time across sections extremely deftly to ensure that they go past the sectional cut-offs. 

 Sectional Analysis

Section
Difficulty level
              Analysis
General Awareness
Difficult
  • Students needed to be extremely well prepared to get a good score in this section to help their overall cut-off.
  • The questions were very wordy and going through this text ate away into the test time.
  • The 2 RC type questions were to be left out straight away, especially considering the fact that the mark per question is only 0.5.
  • Out of a total of 18 questions, four questions could be classified as easy ones and another four as moderate ones.
  • 8-9 questions could be considered to be a good number of attempts in this section!  
Verbal Ability
Difficult
  • The questions in this section were mostly based on English Grammar viz., identifying various phrases/ clauses in the given sentences, Punctuation, and Prefix/Suffix.
  • There were questions based on Analogies, creating a word out of jumbled letters and identifying its meaning, and replacing a part of a given sentence by the correct one.
  • The questions on adverb/adjective/noun phrases/clauses made this section appear like a test for the English language rather than an aptitude test.
  • The entire section was difficult barring a couple of punctuation questions.
  • 8-10 would be a good number of attempts in this section.
Reading Comprehension
Moderate
  • The RC passages, though fairly lengthy, were definitely readable.
  • Most of the questions that followed the passages were difficult in nature requiring involved reading, multiple times. 
  • There were 4 passages, with 4 questions each. The passages were from diverse areas. While one was on ‘Entrepreneurship, & Business (Groupon)’, another one was on ‘Literature’, whereas the remaining two were on ‘Financial crisis’, and ‘Business Management’. 
  • 8-10 attempts can be considered to be good in this section.
Quantitative Ability
Moderate to difficult
  • The difficulty level of this section was higher as compared to that from last year.
  • Questions were lengthier, though mostly moderate to difficult.
  • This section had a good mix of questions from diverse topics.
  • There were only about three questions which could be classified as relatively easy ones - one from Sequence & Series, one from Co-ordinate Geometry, and another from Functions.
  • The remaining questions were either moderate or difficult to handle during the test.
  • A good candidate would have been able to attempt around 10-12 questions in QA. 
Logical Reasoning
Easy to Moderate
  • This section can be said to the sole easier section, relatively, in this paper, supplying much-needed relief to the students.
  • The overall difficulty level of this section was moderate.
  • A good number of attempts in this section can be considered to be 8-10 questions
  • The questions on Input-output were time-consuming and would have needed a good amount of concentration.
  • One of the questions in this set required the students to pay attention to detail (input to be mentioned in reverse order).
  • The questions based on ‘distribution’ in the first set, though not very difficult, were time-consuming, whereas the second set of ‘distribution’ was relatively easier.
  • The games and tournament questions might have seemed slightly trickier in the first glance, however, they were actually pretty easy.
  • The question on logical deductions was pretty much straightforward for somebody who has gone through the basic concepts pertaining to this topic.
  • The data sufficiency questions were based on coding-decoding and arrangement and were on the easier side.
Data Interpretation
 Difficult
  • DI was a definite tough nut to crack.
  • With large amounts, if data/graphs to work with, there was no relief to the students. Add to this, the ambiguity in a couple of questions (growth to indicate absolute growth or percentage growth??), we sure have a recipe to brew trouble.
  • The calculations were huge in some sets (Merchandise imports/exports).
  • There were a total of three sets of five questions each, one set of three questions, and one with two. All the sets were based on Tables and/or Line Graph.
  • Almost all the questions were calculation intensive and were very lengthy.
  • 5-8 could be a good number of attempts in section  

Expected cut offs by T.I.M.E
The overall cut-offs are bound to move south to be around 40±2 marks. The sectional cut-offs are expected to be as below

Sectional cut offs

 
Section
Total Max.Marks
Good attempts to clear  sectional Cut-off
Section 1
General Awareness
09
0.75-1.5
Section 2
Verbal Ability
20
                2-3
Section 3
Reading Comprehension
16
                3-4
Section 4
Quantitative Ability
20
               3-4
Section 5
Logical Reasoning
20
                4-5
Section 6
Data Interpretation
15
                2-3

IIFT Exam Analysis by Career Launcher (CL)
This year’s paper was designed to literally test the endurance of the students. Unlike last year, IIFT did not prove to be easy or moderate. The paper was excruciatingly lengthy and some of the questions were agonizingly tricky. Questions in English came from unfamiliar areas. Hence, the overall difficulty level of the paper went a few notches higher. The total number of questions went down to 114.

Sectional Analysis

Section
Difficulty level
Analysis
General Awareness
Difficult
  • General Awareness (GA) was on the tougher side
  • Questions were based on Business, economy, brands, personalities, sports, Geography and others
English Usage
Difficult
  • The Verbal Ability section of IIFT threw in major surprises.
  • Questions required some technical knowledge of semantics and sentence structure.
  • No guess work was logically possible
  • Out of 20, a good student could have attempted 12 questions
Reading Comprehension
Moderate
  • Reading Comprehension went back to its usual lengthy self.
  • Three out of the four passages belonged to the area of Business and Economics.
  • The questions were not difficult.
  • Out of 16 questions, around 12 were fact based.
  • A student, who has a good reading speed, could have easily attempted 12-14
Quantitative Ability
Moderate
  • Difficulty level of this section increased significantly compared to last year.
  • The section was evenly distributed between Arithmetic, Algebra and Geometry.
  • Few questions required knowledge of Trigonometry
  • A well-prepared candidate could have attempted 11-12 questions in 28-30 mins.
Logical Reasoning
Moderate
  • Apart from the 5 questions on matrix (MBA students), which was lengthy, and one of the sets between input-output and football the rest of the questions were easy to moderate.
  • All other sets were easy in nature and could have been attempted.
  • All singlets were very easy and must have been attempted all in order to maximize.
  • A good candidate could have attempted 12-13 questions in 25-30 min.
Data Interpretation
 Difficult
An attempt of 5-6 would be very good and students who had attempted just about 2-3 questions with 100% accuracy should sail through the cutoff

Expected cut offs by CL
Cut-off for General category students is most likely to be in the range of 38-40 marks. The corresponding figures for NC/OBC and SC/ST/PWD should be around 33-35 and 28-30 marks respectively. The cutoff for ST might go lower if number of applicants are lesser.

Sectional cut offs

 
Section
Total Max.Marks
Expected Cut-off
Section 1
General Awareness
09
0.83-1
Section 2
English Usage
20
3
Section 3
Reading Comprehension
16
4.5
Section 4
Quantitative Ability
20
3.5
Section 5
Logical Reasoning
20
4
Section 6
Data Interpretation
15
1.5
 
Overall
100
38 - 40

IIFT Exam Analysis by IMS
The overall structure of the IIFT 2017 was markedly different from that of 2016. The difficulty level also went much further. IIFT 2017 had SIX sections instead of the four Sections that we found in 2016 and 2015. The total number of questions in the test was 114 which was down from 123 in 2016.

Another surprise was the weightage given to each DI question (0.75 marks) was lower than that for each question in the LR Section (1 mark). IIFT-2017 was, in short, fewer questions, more difficult and a greater number of cut offs to cover!

Like in the previous years, each question had 4 options and carried negative marks of 1/3rd of the allotted marks for each question.

Sectional Analysis

Section
Difficulty level
              Analysis
General Awareness
Difficult
  • The GA section this year was difficult.
  • With 18 questions in all with 0.5 marks for each and 1/3rd (0.17) negative, the questions were long with a lot to read.
  • Many questions tested knowledge of several things in one question itself using the match the columns format.
  • Only 5 out of the 18 questions were of the simple MCQ types that we generally anticipate in a test.
  • The short and long questions were a mix of general awareness in the true sense covering all the areas.
  • The GA Section was thus a good leveller, giving no special advantage to people well-aware in a particular area. 
  • Questions on business awareness dominated. However, there were questions on Music, Sports, Government Policy, International relations. Media etc.
  • Serious candidates who are well prepared for general awareness ought to be able to attempt about 10 questions in about 10 minutes.   
Verbal Ability
Difficult
  • The Verbal Ability Section of IIFT 2017 was difficult and technical.
  • All the questions in this section were based on the English Language as a subject rather than on reasoning or analysis.
  • The questions tested the principles of grammar like “adverbial phrase” etc. as options, and Vocabulary. The vocabulary questions asked about prefixes, suffixes, anagrams etc. They were also technical.
  • All the question types in this section were unlike what are generally found in competitive examinations. 
  • None of the anticipated question types like synonym, antonyms, etc., were present.
  • If last year the test carried questions based on crossword, this year there were anagrams questions.
  • Error spotting was also in an unfamiliar format of a paragraph with several sentences underlined.
  • A serious candidate with fairly good awareness of grammatical principles and vocabulary will be able attempt about 12 to 14 questions with 80 per cent accuracy in about 15 minutes.
Reading Comprehension
Moderate
  • IIFT 2017 Reading Comprehension kept to the general IIFT norm with 4 passages and 4 questions on each passage.
  • The length and the difficulty level were as one expected in IIFT. The passages were lengthy but readable and the questions were direct and easy.
  • Since time constraint is severe in IIFT, attempts in RC are often moderate.
  • A serious candidate should be able to attempt about 10 questions with 80 per cent accuracy in about 20 minutes.
Quantitative Ability
Moderate to difficult
  • This section was dominated by Geometry and Arithmetic.
  • Some questions in this section were rather difficult. In fact, one question on infinite series involving logarithms was way too difficult and it required understanding of Taylor series, which is usually not expected in MBA entrance exams.
  • Selection of the right questions to attempt was very important.
  • Students who worked with options and eliminated options that were incorrect would have been able to save significant time.
  • A total attempt of about 14-15 questions with 80-85% accuracy in about 35-40 minutes would be considered a good attempt in this section.   
Logical Reasoning
Moderate
  • This section was dominated by sets on arrangements.
  • An attempt of about 11-13 questions in 30-35 minutes at about 80-85% accuracy would be considered a good attempt.
Data Interpretation
Difficult
  • Usually DI sets in IIFT are fairly calculation intensive.
  • DI sets in IIFT-2017 were one (or rather two) notch above the DI sets in recent IIFT exams.
  • There were 5 sets with 3 sets with 5 questions, one set with 2 questions and one set with 3 questions.
  • Most of the sets were data heavy. As a result, interpretation of the data and understanding the question were time-consuming.
  • The selection of sets to attempt was very important. The set with two questions was the easiest of the lot and must not have been missed.
  • An attempt of about 7-9 questions in 25-30 minutes would be considered a good attempt in this section.  

Expected cut offs by IMS
We expect the overall cut-off for the next round of admissions for IIFT-Delhi, IIFT-Kolkata and IIFT-Kakinada to be around 37.5-39.5 marks for General Category of students. For SC/ST/PH category of students, it is expected to be around 30 marks while for OBC (NCL) category of students, it is expected to be around 35.5 marks.

Sectional cut offs

 
Section
Total Max. Marks
Expected Cut-off
Section 1
General Awareness
09
               1.15
Section 2
Verbal Ability
20
               3.67
Section 3
Reading Comprehension
16
               2.66
Section 4
Quantitative Ability
20
               3.66
Section 5
Logical Reasoning
20
               3.5
Section 6
Data Interpretation
15
               1.75

IIFT Exam Analysis by Bulls Eye
This year IIFT has done a few changes in terms of distribution of sections and marks allocation. This year VA, RC, Data & Reasoning were all separate hence taking number of sections to six as compared to four, last year. This year different sets had different sequence of sections.

Sectional Analysis

Section
Difficulty level
Analysis
General Awareness
Difficult
  • Students found GK this year a bit tougher than last year.
  •  A few of the GK questions were in paragraph form and a few were based on match the column.
  • Only 5 questions were direct MCQ type.
  • There were mixtures of topics checking general awareness of the candidate across the all areas.
  • Attempt by Good Student: 8 – 10
Verbal Ability
Difficult
  • The Verbal Ability portion of the exam had an extremely strong emphasis on Vocabulary and grammar based questions.
  • Vocabulary was also a very dominant part of this section
  • The words given belong to the moderate to tough category making the attempt in this part less.
  • Attempt by Good Student: 9 – 11
Reading Comprehension
Moderate to difficult
  • The RC section was relatively difficult and featured long RCs as compared to last year’s RCs.
  • There were four passages with 4 questions each.
  • The level of RCs varied from moderate to difficult
  • Overall a student could have easily solved at least two passages in given time.
  • The questions were more of inference based rather than facts based, which made this section challenging.
  • Attempt by Good Student: 11 – 12 
Quantitative Ability
Moderate to difficult
  • Some of the questions were calculation intensive.
  • Questions related to Number System, SI, Ratio & Allegation can be easily doable.
  • Question based on Logarithm was very lengthy.
  • Attempt by Good Student: 10 – 12  
Logical Reasoning
Moderate
  • There were four AR blocks. One AR block on (MBA Students) was moderate while other three AR blocks (ISL, Swarna Shatabdi Express & Sports related) were easy to moderate.
  • There were two questions on directions which were easy and two questions were on DS and they were also doable. There were four questions on Input Output and they were moderate.
  • Attempt by Good Student: 16 – 18
Data Interpretation
 Moderate to Difficult
  • There were four sets on Tables and one set on Mixed Graph.
  • Set on mixed graph and set on wholesale price index were very calculation intensive
  • Sets on commodity prices and port traffic were of moderate level and doable.
  • The set on moving averages was very difficult and should not have been attempted.
  • Attempt by Good Student: 7 – 9

Expected cut offs by Bulls Eye
To maintain the cutoff, in all the six sections, was really a difficult task and a lot of student will end up in not clearing cutoffs in one or two sections.

Sectional cut offs

 
Section
Total Max.Marks
Good attempts to clear  sectional Cut-off
Section 1
General Awareness
09
8-10
Section 2
Verbal Ability
20
9-11
Section 3
Reading Comprehension
16
11-12
Section 4
Quantitative Ability
20
10-12
Section 5
Logical Reasoning
20
16-18
Section 6
Data Interpretation
15
7-9

The expected overall score at which one can expect a call from IIFT will be around 40+.
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