IIFT 2012 Paper Pattern

No of Questions 128
No of Marks 100
No of Sections 4 (Cutoffs exist for each section)
Marking Differential
Negative Marking 1/3 rd of the mark allotted for a question
Total No of Sets 4 sets (A B C D)

While the paper was overall the same for everyone, the order of the sections changed for person to person. Given below is the paper pattern of SET C. However, the order of the questions for a given section for all the sets was the same.

Section Total Part No. Of Questions Marks/Question

(E) = ( C) * (D)

(B) ( C) (D)
Section -1


28 (Questions 01-28) 0.50
Section – 2


Part – 1 20 (Questions 29-48) 0.75
12 Part – 2 16 (Questions 49-64) 0.75
Section – 3


25 (Questions 65-89) 1.00
Section – 4


Part – 1 20 (Questions 90-109) 0.75
10 Part – 2 19 (Questions 110-128) 1.00




IIFT 2012 Paper Analysis

“Below the IIFT standard” is the first comment one got to hear from the students who wrote the IIFT exam today. There were all around smiles after the exam and it was a hugely welcome surprise to students to see such an easy paper, coming as it did, after an inscrutable CAT 2012.

The exam had 4 sections and the instructions clearly said that there will be sectional cutoffs this year. Given the fact that the paper was easy, the cutoffs will be decidedly higher.

Section I – General Awareness (14 marks)

The General awareness section was a mix of Current Affairs and History. Anyone who has been a regular reader of the newspaper over the last six months and a person with a sense of basic history and interest in politics, economy, sports, and info on entertainment would have done the paper well.

Actual cut off after the result – 1. 667 marks

Section II – Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (27 marks) 

The verbal section was a sitter. The words, odd man out, spelling, jumbled words, and the Grammar questions were all there to give marks to the students. A person good in English will crack the paper. A person who is average in English and reads normal papers also would do well in this section.

RCs, however, was lengthy. But the passages were simple to comprehend and the questions were not difficult either. The paucity of time may mean that the student does only 2 passages or 3 passages out of the 4 given, but once a passage is read, getting marks for the section becomes easy.

Actual cut off after the result – 7 marks

Section III – Quantitative Ability (25 marks)

As written above, the quant section was very much doable. There were, however, quite a few questions on probability and permutations and combinations, which would have stumped some of the non-engineers or students not good in math. The paper had a decent dose of Geometry and Mensuration, Numbers and Arithmetic too. A student well prepared for CAT would have attempted more than 15 questions in 30 minutes.

Actual cut off after the result  – 6 marks

Section IV – Logical Ability & Data Interpretation (34 marks)

This section had the highest number of questions as well as the highest number of marks, 39 and 34 respectively.

There were 20 Questions from LA including Deductions, Series, Coding, input/output, arrangement etc. The overall level of difficulty was easy to moderate. Students who select the questions wisely based on familiarity and worked towards their strengths would be rewarded.

DI in the past had been difficult and calculation intensive. DI this time was another pleasant surprise. With the exception of the set on foreign tourists, which dealt with CAGR, most sets were easy to understand and had simple numbers and not too close choices

If DI & LA are taken together, a good student could have attempted about 16-20 Qs in 35-40 min.

Actual cut off after the result  – 8.917


IIFT Delhi– 45 -47

IIFT Kolkata  –  40 -42



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