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Updated on
December 2, 2019

IIFT 2020 Exam was conducted from 10AM to 12 noon on December 1 by NTA as computer based test. IIFT MBA (IB) 2020 entrance exam conducted as computer based test for the first time threw many surprises. Number of sections were reduced to four, Varying scoring pattern scrapped for VARC, Quant, DILR; maximum score has gone up at 300. IIFT 2020 has remained on moderate difficulty level. The likely cut offs for IIFT Delhi and Kolkata campuses may remain between 115 to 120

 

39572 candidates have registered and applied for IIFT MBA (IB) 2020 admission and it is reported that about 35000 candidates have taken IIFT MBA 2020 entrance test vying for 420 total seats in IIFT Delhi Kolkata and Kakinada campuses. 

 

National Testing Agency (NTA) was assigned the task of conducting IIFT 2020 MBA entrance exam for the first time. On December 1, 2019, National Testing Agency (NTA) conducted first computer based IIFT MBA entrance exam in more than 225 test cities. However, NTA did not conduct IIFT MBA 2020 entrance exam at any city/centre which was not opted by a minimum number of 200 candidates.

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IIFT 2020 Analysis: Exam Pattern Overhauled
Apart from converting IIFT MBA entrance exam a computer based test, IIFT has changed its exam pattern by varying the number of sections and questions this year. The questions were not straight forward and were of varying difficulty level and of twisted type.

 

IIFT 2020 Analysis: Exam Highlights

  • Exam pattern: Computer Based
  • Type of Questions: MCQs
  • Total maximum marks: 300
  • Total Questions: 110
  • Total Sections: 4 (VARC, Quant, DILR, GK)
  • Individual Sectional Time Limit: No
  • Overall IIFT Exam Time Duration: 2  Hours ( 10 AM to 12 Noon)
  • Scoring Pattern: 3 Marks for each correct answer for VARC, Quant, DILR
  • GK Section Scoring Pattern: +1.5 for each correct answer,-0.5 for each wrong answer
  • Negative Marks: -1 for each wrong answer (For GK -0.5 for each wrong answer)
  • RC passages rated lengthier
  • DI More calculation intensive
  • LR Moderate
  • GK more finance & international events based
  • Overall Difficulty level: Moderate
  • Likely Cut off: 120 to 125 out of 300 for Delhi/Kolkata campuses
  • IIFT Kakinada campus yet to take off

On the basis of IIFT 2020 entrance exam merit, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade will shortlist the candidates for 420 seats in MBA (IB) 2020-22 batch at its Delhi, Kolkata and the Kakinada campuses.

 

IIFT 2020 MBA entrance exam was the first computer based test as against the earlier paper based test. IIFT 2020 Exam was conducted in a single session of 2 hours duration from 10 A.M. to 12 Noon. MBAUniverse.com is the first to publish the IIFT exam analysis – overall and sectional, immediately after the IIFT exam has got over.

 

The IIFT Computer Based Online Test consisted of multiple choice objective type questions (MCQs) to be solved in 120 minutes. The major sections consisted of English Grammar, Vocabulary and Comprehension; General Knowledge & Current Affairs; Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation and Quantitative Analysis. There was no sectional time constraint.

 

IIFT 2020 Analysis in Detail

The  IIFT exam timing was from 10 morning to 12 noon while the IIFT exam 2020 reporting time was 8 AM. No candidate was permitted to enter the CAT test centre after 9.30 AM. The pre exam activities at IIFT exam centre, like Entry in the Examination Centre/Hall/Room, physical frisking, document verification, Invigilators recording manual attendance and Biometric registration at registration desk, Cross checking of admit card, signature and photo match, was completed by the invigilator latest by 9:30 A.M.. After this the invigilators in the IIFT testing hall started issuing the instructions to the candidates.

  • Date of IIFT Examination: Sunday 01.12.2019
  • Mode of IIFT MBA 2020 Entrance Examination: “Computer Based Test (CBT)” mode only
  • IIFT 2020 Exam Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
  • Reporting time at IIFT Exam Centre: 8 A.M.
  • Security Check Time: 8 AM to 9.30 AM
  • Entry to Exam Centre officially allowed: 9 A.M.
  • IIFT Exam Centre Gate Closed: 9.30 AM
  • Instructions by the Invigilators: 9:30 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.
  • Candidates Login Started (only to read instructions): 9.50 A.M.
  • IIFT Entrance Test Commenced: 10:00 A.M.
  • IIFT 2020 Entrance test Over: 12.00 Noon

IIFT 2020 Exam Analysis: Test Pattern
IIFT Exam pattern and sectional score weightage in shortlisting remain as under:

Section
Total questions
Mark awarded for each correct answer
Max marks 100
Expected attempts
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
 35
3
105
24+
Quantitative Analysis
 25
3
 75
11+
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
30
3
 90
13+
General Awareness (GK)
20
1.5
30
10+
Total
110
--
300
 

IIFT 2020 Exam Analysis: Key changes
IIFT Exam Analysis reflects many changes as compared to last year, although the overall IIFT 2020 exam remained on the moderate difficulty level:

  • IIFT 2020 exam had 4 Major Sections instead of 6 with variable number of questions
  • IIFT Exam format changed to Computer based test
  • First IIFT exam conducted by NTA
  • VARC, Quant, DILR had same scoring pattern while GK had different scoring pattern
  • 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
  • More Arithmetic intensive questions appeared in IIFT 2020 MBA entrance exam

IIFT 2020 Exam Analysis: Overall Cut Offs
It is expected that the IIFT 2020 cut offs for MBA (IB) admission 2020 will be somewhere between 115-120 marks out of 300. However, the shortlisting by IIFT will depend upon the sectional cut offs also. If a candidate does not clear the sectional cut off, he/she will not be considered for shortlisting by IIFT for any of its three campuses

 

Although IIFT does not shortlist the candidates campus wise, the expected overall cut offs for each of the three IIFT campuses may remain as under:

IIFT Campus

IIFT Delhi

IIFT Kolkata

IIFT Kakinada

Expected Cut off

118-120

115-118

110-115

 

IIFT 2020 Exam Sectional Analysis

IIFT 2020 was divided into four sections and the section wise analysis is shared below:

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) 

The VARC section in IIFT 2020 on December 1 was not very difficult. Following are the sectional highlights:

IIFT 2020 Exam VARC Analysis: Highlights

  • Easier than last year
  • VARC section had 35 questions
  • Maximum score available was 105 marks
  • RC Based questions were 16
  • Varbal Ability consisted of 19 MCQs
  • Good Attempts: All 16 RC Based questions were doable. 10-12 questions in Verbal Ability were doable and could be solved without deploying too much efforts.
  • Grammar based 3 questions were on easier side. Parajumbles were doable and the questions on Fill in the Blanks were also not difficult. 
  • 25+ questions with 90 percent accuracy could fetch you 55-60 marks.
  • Expected Sectional Cutoff: 30-34 marks

IIFT 2020 Exam Quantitative Aptitude Analysis

The Quant section in IIFT 2020 on December 1 was a bit lengthy as per the past trends of IIFT exam. Following are the sectional highlights:

IIFT 2020 Exam Quant Analysis: Highlights

  • QA section in IIFT 2020 had 25 questions (All MCQs)
  • Maximum available score was 75 marks
  • More Arithmetic based questions were in this section
  • Section was lengthy demanded more time
  • Estimated time to solve the 12-14 questions was 32-35 minutes with 85% accuracy
  • 12-13 questions could be considered good attempt to fetch 30 marks
  • Expected cut off: 10-12 marks out of 75

 

IIFT Exam 2020 DILR Analysis

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) in IIFT 2020 was on different pattern. LR was found more difficult than DI although DI was considered more calculation intensive.

 

IIFT 2020 Exam DILR Analysis: Highlights

  • DILR Section had 30 questions (All MCQs)
  • Maximum available score was 90 marks out of 300
  • LR was more difficult than DI
  • 3 DI problem sets out of four sets were moderate and could be solved
  • In Logical Reasoning, the questions based on Missing number, set theory, input-output were easier than the question sets on circular arrangement and mirror
  • Candidates could attempt 9-10 questions from DI and 5-6 from LR  
  • An attempt of 13-14 questions with 90% accuracy could fetch 30-32 marks
  • Expected Sectional cut off could be 14-15 marks out of 90
  • It is expected that an overall IIFT score cut off  could go in the range of 115 to 120 marks out of 300.

 

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IIFT 2020 Exam Analysis: 7 Key Changes & Components
IIFT exam analysis 2020 on December 1, 2019 by MBAUniverse.com will cover following 5 important areas:

  1. IIFT 2020 MBA entrance exam is conducted by NTA for the first time
  2. IIFT Exam in December 1, 2019 is a computer based test as against paper based test till last year
  3. Important firsts and key changes in IIFT 2020 Exam Pattern, Scoring Pattern, Number of Questions
  4. IIFT Exam Difficulty Level overall and section wise
  5. Overall and section wise division of questions with best attempts
  6. Expected IIFT exam cut offs for MBA (IB) 2020 – overall & sectionwise
  7. IIFT MBA (IB) 2020 exam analysis by T.I.M.E., CL, IMS among other top preparation institutes 

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Previous Years IIFT Exam Analysis in Detail:

IIFT 2018 exam has got over at 12 Noon on December 2, 2018 as a computer based test. Candidates found the IIFT exam at higher difficulty level than last year. The expected cut offs for shortlisting by IIFT may go down to 34-36 marks out of the 100 total marks. The IIFT 2018 exam analysis reflects the IIFT exam pattern, key changes and ideal attempts to improve your scores. Since last year, IIFT has changed its exam pattern by increasing the number of sections to 6 while the overall weightage to sections remains the same. 

 

Here is the IIFT 2018 exam Analysis. The IIFT 2018 exam for admission to 420 seats in MBA (IB) 2019 at Delhi, Kolkata and Kakinada campuses of IIFT got over at 12.00 Noon. IIFT 2018 is rated a moderate to difficult exam. Surprisingly, the IIFT 2018 Exam has remained on the same pattern as was last year.

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IIFT Exam Analysis:

  • No Change in  Exam Pattern
  • Exam Divided in 6 section with variable number of questions
  • Total Questions remain 114
  • Maximum Score for correct answers is 100
  • Scoring pattern is 0.5 Mark to 1 Mark for each correct answer
  • VA, RC, Quant, DI, LR, GK are placed in individual sections
  • RC passages rated lengthier
  • DI More calculation intensive
  • Cut off to remain 39-40 Marks out of 100

IIFT 2018 Exam Analysis: Test Pattern

Section
Total questions
Mark awarded for each correct answer
Max marks 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%

Analysis: Key Facts

  • 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: 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


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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

 

IIFT 2017 Analysis: Key Takeaways
Following are the key features of IIFT 2018 exam analysis to be published by MBAUniverse.com:

  • IIFT 2018 Exam Analysis will be published immediately after the exam
  • IIFT 2018 exam Analysis with expected cut offs will be out in afternoon
  • IIFT 2018 Analysis by the experts at top coaching centres like T.I.M.E, Career Launcher among others will also be published by MBAUniverse.com.
  • IIFT 2018 Analysis and cut offs will give you a fair idea to calculate your score, expected IIFT 2018 percentile to assess your performance in IIFT 2018 exam much before the IIFT 2018 Result is declared
  • Alongwith the IIFT Exam 2018 Analysis, the IIFT Marks Vs IIFT Percentile from experts will also be published.

IIFT Analysis 2017: Exam pattern Overhauled
Since last year IIFT has changed its exam pattern by increasing number of questions, changing the type of questions and increasing the number of sections, it is expected that the IIFT exam 2018 analysis will reflect a changed difficulty level and twisted type of questions among other things. 

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Tough GK and English Usage with 6 sections make IIFT 2017 exam more difficult
IIFT 2017 entrance exam for admission to MBA (IB) 2018-20 which began at 10AM today on December 3, 2017, got over a few minutes back.

 

IIFT 2017 exam had more surprises than expected. The exam had 6 sections instead of earlier 4.  Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Quant and General Awareness were separated this year.

 

The Verbal Ability and Reading comprehension had to be attempted separately. RC questions and English usage (Verbal Ability) questions could not be compensated by each other. The Verbal Ability was rated as very tough. The focus was more on English Usage, Grammar, vocabulary, idioms, phrases.

 

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning are segregated now. Candidates could not attempt and compensate DI questions to LR questions.

 

General Awareness (GK) also remained as a difficult section and most of the candidates could not perform very well in GK and Verbal Ability sections in IIFT 2017 exam. 

 

Overall Analysis

  • Total questions were reduced to 114
  • IIFT 2017 had 6 sections, Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability based on English usage, Reading Comprehension, General Awareness
  • The 120 minutes test was found to contain very difficult questions in Verbal Ability section. Most of the candidates couldn’t solve more than 30 to 40% questions.
  • Candidates scoring low in IIFT 2017 can expect a high percentile
  • Candidates found it difficult to crack more questions in GK section with good attempts.
  • Cut-off in the GK and Verbal Ability sections is expected to go down as compared to last year.
  • GK is expected to have cut off below 1 mark 

Sectional Analysis

 

Logical Reasoning (LR)

  • Total questions: 20
  • Type of questions: MCQs
  • Format of questions: In sets as well as individual questions

Topics of LR problems:
Question were based on:

  • Team based questions
  • Statements-conclusions
  • Problem on 5 MBA students
  • 5 Players
  • Coding machine generating pass codes

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Total questions: 20
  • Type of questions: MCQs
  • Format of questions: Individual questions

Topics of Quant questions:
Question were based on:

Arithmetic

  • Simple Interest
  • Man Days and work
  • Ratio
  • Cost
  • Percentage
  • Filling of overhead tank

Geometry, Algebra, Log

  • Triangles
  • Rectangular Plank
  • Diagonal  distance
  • Circumference
  • Probability

Data Interpretation

  • Total questions: 20
  • Type of questions: MCQs
  • Format of questions: In sets of 2 to 5 questions

Topics of DI questions:
Question were based on:

  • Data on Import-Export-Tables
  • Wholesale price and inflation trends-Table
  • Company’s production and average output data –Table
  • Monthly prices on commodities in US dollar - Table
  • Traffic handled by Ports – data table

Verbal Ability

  • Total questions: 20
  • Type of questions: MCQs
  • Format of questions: Individual questions

Topics of questions: All questions on English Language usage Question were based on:

  • Identify type of phrases-5 questions
  • Inserting punctuation marks-3 questions
  • Correction of underlined parts of sentences in passage – 5 questions
  • Analogy
  • Placement of words at appropriate places
  • Matching the prefix and suffix

General Awareness (GK)
General Awareness questions were a mix of questions on currencies, appointments, personalities, business and economy among others.

  • Total questions: 18
  • Type of questions: MCQs
  • Format of questions: Individual questions

Topics of questions: All questions on English Language usage Question were based on:

  • Matching the logos of Airlines
  • Make in India
  • Ease of doing business
  • Personalities – Cricketers
  • Matching the stock markets to countries
  • Currency of the country
  • Port being built by India in Iran
  • Which product not endorsed by Amitabh Bachchan as brand ambassador

Reading Comprehension

  • Total RC passages: 4
  • Total questions: 16
  • Type of questions: MCQs
  • Each RC passage followed by 4 questions

Topics of RC passages:   
All the 4 RC passages were of moderate difficulty level

  • Competitors and the analytics
  • Groupon as the fastest growing company
  • Transformation in reading
  • Crisis on Currency

IIFT 2017 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.


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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 2017 exam Analysis by T.I.M.E.
The total number of questions that appeared in IIFT this year was 114 as compared to 123 last year. 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 2017 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+.

 

IIFT 2017 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 2016:  Appeared similar to last year but much different

The IIFT 2016 appeared very similar to the IIFT 2015 and IIFT 2013 papers. However, though on first look IIFT 2016 test paper appeared easier than the last year’s paper, on careful analysis, it looks as if the paper is bit difficult than the paper of 2015.

 

Unlike the previous years, the RC wasn't as lengthy and the DI wasn't as calculation intensive.

 

The Verbal areas, surprisingly was not easy. Given the fact there that were 20 questions with quite a few vocabulary intensive ones, though they appeared easy, there was good chance that students would make a lot of mistakes in this area. The cut-off for this section may be lower than that of last year. The RC section, however, was easy though there were two longer passages.

 

The General Knowledge section, as usual, was difficult for many students. The cut-offs are expected to be very low.

 

LRDI: Section with errors

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation section with 42 Questions had highest weightage of  36.5 Marks out of maximum overall 100 marks for the IIFT 2016 exam. The difficulty level was considered moderate although Logical Reasoning was a bit more tough.

 

Area Total Qns Marks/Qns Total Marks Negative Marks
Logical Reasoning 22 0.75 16.5 0.25
Data Interpretation 20 1 20 0.33

 

Overall, the LR and DI section together commanded the highest marks in the paper. One expects that a good student would have spent the maximum time in this section and attempted close to 30 questions and probably 25 worth of marks.

 

The accuracy level in this section is usually higher and hence a potential score of 18 to 20 can be obtained if one uses the time judiciously and picks the right sets to solve.

 

Logical Reasoning

The logical reasoning section with 22 questions is definitely doable if one avoids getting stuck in one set or the other. The overall level of difficulty can be termed as moderate. Of these 22 questions, there were 5 sets of questions (3 or 4 questions each) and 5 individual questions.

 

Among the Individual (stand alone) question, there were 3 number or letter series questions, one Venn diagram question and one question on syllogism.

 

The questions in this area can be categorized under the following types of questions.

  • Relationship between Letters (given in a STAR form) and Analogies
-4 qns
  • Blood Relations & relationships among tribes
-3 qns
  • Circular (hexagon) Arrangement
-4 qns
  • Arrangement and Order sequencing
-3 qns
  • Distribution among Doctors, Specialty, Timings
-3 qns

 

Of these, the sets on Relationships and Analogies among Alphabets, Blood Relations and relationship and Circular Arrangement were doable and any student giving about 15 minutes to these sets would have been able to solve them easily.

 

Data Interpretation

The DI area had TWO sets on Bar charts (Normal and Stacked) and two sets of Tables. Surprisingly, the questions were straightforward and if one had given 20 to 25 odd minutes in this area, they could have cracked more than 15 questions in this.

 

The set on revenue and expenses is the easiest one. The Set on Foreign Investment (FI) and Domestic Investment (DI) also was easily doable. Incidentally, even the one on T-Shirt Manufacturing across 5 stores was also direct and easy. The only set, which had some calculations, though easy ones, was the table on Students in Five Kingdoms and their Pass Percentages across 5 years.

 

Overall as given above, the DI and LR section was slightly more easier than that of last year, However, since LR was more difficult and the tendency of students to attempt less of DI (at least most students!), the cutoff may not be higher than 8.5.

 

Errors spotted in question sets

Errata:

 

Set on Arrangements of Doctors, timings and their specialties, THERE is a mistake in the conditions given. Two conditions contradict each other and hence one of the questions cannot be answered correctly because of that. However, if we ignore the same, we may force fit the answer too! The key will be released with this caution!

 

Similarly, in the same set, the third question also has an error in the choices. The answer to that question would be U reaching at 4 pm. There is NO Answer choice given.

 

Set on 7 employees and working in 3 departments: The answer to the question.

 

Q. In which of the departments, does a group of 3 work?

 

A. Only Finance  (There is no such choice given in the question)

 

 

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

VARC was the next high weightage section with 36 questions carrying a weight of 31% score in the IIFT 2016 exam. The section had moderate difficulty level especially the 16 RC based questions were not as difficult as that of 20 questions in VA part which was more vocabulary based.

 

Area Total Qns Marks/Qns Total Marks Negative Marks
Reading Comprehension 16 1 16 0.33
Verbal Ability 20 0.75 15 0.25

 

In Reading Comprehension area, there were 4 sets of RC with 4 questions each. Of these, two were of lengthy variety whereas two were shorter passages. While the questions in all four passages were easy, not all are direct questions and it required some effort to get these right.

 

The Verbal area was full of vocabulary intensive questions. While through elimination, one can get most of these correct, it also depends on the individual’s comfort on vocabulary (which is suspect for a lot of students!)

 

Hence the cut-off may be shaded lower than what it was last year. According Prof Arks Srinivas, CEO VistaMind Education, “A good student could have attempted close to 30+ questions in 30 minutes and would have got about 15 marks. The cut-off however would be closer to 8 marks.”

 

Quantitative Techniques

 

Quantitative Techniques section had 20 questions as against 22 last year. Weightage of 1 mark for each correct answer in Quant remains the same as that of last year. The overall weightage to Quant section has been reduced to 20% in IIFT 2016 exam from 22% in IIFT 2015. Difficulty level of Quant section was moderate to difficult.

 

The break up of questions as per the areas in quant is as given below.

Area # of Questions
Arithmetic (Equations, PPL, T&W, T&D) 4
Algebra (Indices, Logs, Progressions, Inequalities) 5
Numbers 2
Permutations & Combinations/Probability 5
Geometry and Mensuration 2
Venn Diagrams 1
Coordinate Geometry 1

 

The number of arithmetic questions has reduced drastically from the last year’s paper. In IIFT2015, there were a total of 11 arithmetic questions, which were easy too. Given the composition of the paper, and given that there were a number of P&C/Probability questions, the students would have found this section a little tougher than last year.

 

There were some sitters in the paper and any good student giving about 25 to 30 minutes in this section could have scored about 10 to 12 marks. The fact that the number of questions also reduced from last year and the other sections weren’t particularly easy, the cut-off would be closer to 4 marks.

 

General Awareness

General Awareness or GK is one of the most difficult sections in IIFT exam. IIFT 2016 has reduced the weightage of GK section to 12.5% from 14% last year.  Although the weightage is reduced, the section remains equally difficult. It is expected that the cut off in GK section in IIFT 2016 exam may increase to 1 mark from 0.82 mark in last year.

 

There were 25 questions in GK section in IIFT 2016 exam as against 28 questions last year. The weightage to each correct answer remains the same with 0.50 mark.

 

Of the 25 questions given in the GK section, very few students would even know more than 10 questions in this section.

 

Overall Analysis

IIFT was slightly more difficult than the last year’s paper. The cut-offs may be very similar to that of last year and the overall score may be lower than what was last year.

 

Summary of the Expected Cutoffs

S No Section Cutoff
1 Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension 8
2 Logical Ability & Data Interpretation 8.33
3 Quantitative Ability 4
4 General Knowledge 1
  OVERALL 45.8-46.5

 

Expected Overall Cutoffs: Categorywise

General Candidates 45.8 – 46.5
OBC Candidates 40.8 – 41.5
SC/ST Candidates 35.8 – 36.5
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