IIFT Analysis

IIFT 2018 Analysis:

IIFT has always been the exam that puts in surprises with the number of questions and marks. This year they have come to our surprise with no changes to last years pattern, it’s the same 6 Sections with individual cutoff. Overall in terms of the difficulty the exam was of moderate difficulty, students with a focussed prep plan would not face any difficulty here.

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The overall Cutoff is expected to go down by 10-11 marks looking at the difficulty level.

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Let’s take a deep dive into the sectional analysis:

Verbal Ability was not complete off beat this time like last year, it was more predictable with moderate verbal ability questions and direct norman lewis based vocabulary questions. A more time consuming part of the section was the lengthy parajumbles and para correction questions. 10 to 12 questions were easily doable in this section. A good attempt would be 14 questions

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Reading comprehensions were like the earlier IIFT exams Direct and factual questions. Still with time 10 to 12 questions will be a good attempt.

Quantitative Ability, was not difficult but definitely time consuming. Keeping the overall time consuming one could attempt 12-13 questions. The section had maximum arithmetic based questions and a few geometry and modern maths.

As all exams, data interpretation was extensively calculations based, 2 sets were easily manageable for all and 2 were heavy calculation based meant to be left.

General awareness did not throw back the students this year  if they had focused on the always important aspects of International affairs and business oriented GK. However the common response amongst students was to consider this difficult and hence the GK sectional cutoff should be around 1

Let’s hope to see the results and how it goes. The overall cutoff is expected around 37-38.

IIFT 2017 Analysis:

Before analysing IIFT 2017, lets get a brief knowledge about what is IIFT. The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade(IIFT) exam is an entrance test conducted for two-year MBA programme at IIFT. It is a one of the top business school and it is famous for management courses in International Business Management and Strategy courses. It conducts its independent exam called IIFT and based upon the marks obtained, candidates are further called for Essay writing, Group Discussion and Personal Interview.

IIFT has always been the exam that puts in surprises with the number of questions and marks. This year it was conducted on  December 3, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.This time they have come with a major surprise the traditional 4 Sections was replaced to 6 sections, each will have a separate cutoff. Overall in terms of the difficulty the exam was on the tougher side as compared to last year.

The overall Cutoff is expected to go down by 10-11 marks looking at the difficulty level.

Let’s take a deep dive into the sectional analysis:

Verbal Ability was a complete off beat this time where we saw the back to school grammar questions like identify the adjective clause, noun clause etc. A more time consuming section with lengthy parajumble and para correction questions. 10 to 12 questions were easily doable in this section. A good attempt would be 14 questions.

Reading comprehensions were lengthy and not the usual factual questions. Still with time 10 to 12 questions will be a good attempt.

Quantitative Ability, was not difficult but definitely time consuming. Keeping the overall time consuming one could attempt 12-13 questions. The section had maximum arithmetic based questions and a few geometry and modern Maths.

As all exams, data interpretation was extensively calculations based, 1 set was easily manageable for all.

Let’s hope to see the results and how it goes. The overall cutoff is expected around 37-38.

IIFT 2016 Analysis:

IIFT 2016 was conducted today, on November 27th, 2016.

Here is the first-cut analysis of the exam

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Here is what students are saying about the exam:

Quant – Less lengthier questions; a few lengthy ones (Time-Speed-Distance & Probability)

LR & DI – selection of questions was the key to a good score; 1 set of DI and LR was lengthy/calculation-intensive

RC & Verbal Ability – some new variants of questions; time-consuming

General Awareness – Tough; Match the column question was easy

 

Cut-off for the General Category will be around 43 – 47.

 

Here is the answer key for IIFT 2016:

IIFT 2016 Answer Key

IIFT 2015 Analysis:

As of 2014, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) was ranked #6 in India by the Wall Street Journal. The entrance exam, IIFT 2015 was held on November 22nd, 2015. Around 47,000 students took the exam for the International Business (IB) Course. With around 270 seats, the competition was high with 1500 students getting selected for the final admission rounds.

Getting selected from the 47,000 students and being included in the 1500+ list takes practice and good preparation. In order to prepare well, one must KNOW the exam well. Here is a detailed analysis of IIFT 2015, prepared by our experts, for our students.

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Total Time: 120 mins

Negative Marking: 1/3rd of the marks allotted for the question.

Total no of sets: 4 (A, B, C, D)

Pattern of IIFT 2015 was a bit different from IIFT 2014. IIFT 2014 had 118 questions while IIFT 2015 had 124.

IIFT 2015 wasn’t tough. It was easy to moderate as compared to IIFT 2014. IIFT 2015 was much similar to IIFT 2013.

Since there are sectional cut-offs in IIFT, it is essential to prepare well in all the sections mentioned above.

 

General Awareness- IIFT 2015

Questions were a combination of different areas. No surprises here. Current and Static GK questions made up the majority. Books and their authors, Companies and their CEOs, discoveries, 14th Finance Commission were the topics for some of the questions. There were a few questions on the European Union (EU). 8-10 minutes would have been more than enough to attempt each question as long as the candidate would have prepared well by reading newspapers and Current Affairs articles.

 

Reading Comprehension

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Reading Comprehension passages were to the point. And so were the questions following the passages. There were 4 lengthy passages where one passage was lengthier than the other three. Apart from a few tough questions, this section was fairly easy. Devoting 20 mins and getting around 10 questions from 3 passages correct, would be considered a good attempt.

 

 

 

English Usage

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This section had 20 questions. Sentence Completion and Vocabulary-based questions made up the majority in this year’s paper. 15 mins would be a good amount to spend in this section. Questions were easy and direct.

 

 

 

 

        Quantitative Ability

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This section was easy to moderate and not as tough as IIFT 2014. Most of the topics were covered. Arithmetic questions were based upon Equations, Percentages, Mixtures, Time & Work and Time & Distance. Algebra consisted of Progressions, Indices and logs. Some questions were calculation intensive. Finding sitters and taking them out would boost the student’s chances tremendously. 30 mins would have been a good time to devote to this section.

 

 

Data Interpretation

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18 questions were distributed among 4 sets. Some questions were easy to understand. Some were calculation-lengthy. Two sets had multiple data sets and had to be taken into consideration simultaneously in order to solve the problem. No online calculators here to provide relief from calculations (unlike CAT). Using approximation, one could have increased their speed. 20 minutes would be the ideal time to spend on this section.

 

 

 

 

 

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Logical Ability Section was well-represented in IIFT 2015. Analytical Reasoning questions on family and relationships were moderate while the others were comparatively easy. 20 mins would have been enough for this section. Students would have preferred finishing LR and securing their scores before moving on to DI.

Finally, all of the marks scored above by a student would contribute to the cut-offs mentioned below.

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IIFT 2014 Analysis:

Overall exam pattern :

IIFT 2014 exam pattern was quite different from the previous year. With the differential marking scheme the total no. of questions were 118. There were 4 sections and duration was 2 hours. The major change in exam pattern was that LR section was independent and DI section was clubbed with Quants. Sectional cut-offs were considered in IIFT exam.

 

SECTION TOPICS NO. OF QUESTIONS MARKS PER QUESTIONS TOTAL MARKS
Section 1 Part 1 – Reading Comprehension 17 1 17
Part 2 – Verbal ability. 20 0.75 15
Section 2 Analytical & Logical Reasoning 20 1 20
Section 3 Part 1 – Data Interpretation 15 1 15
Part 2 – Quantitative Ability 20 1 20
Section 4 General Awareness 26 0.50 13
Total 118 100

 

Detailed Sectional Analysis:

SECTION 1

 Part 1 – Reading Comprehension.

RC part was easy to read and comprised of 4 passages with direct questions, thus one could easily locate the answers. Passages were quite long and carried one mark each, there were in total 15-16 passages. The average attempt could have been 7-8 questions in RC.

Part 2 – Verbal ability.

VA part had a total of 20 questions of 0.75 marks each. Topics covered were vocabulary, grammar and sentence based questions, sentence correction, sentence formation, idioms etc. average attempt could

have been 12-15 questions. Difficulty level was quite high.

SECTION 2:

Analytical &Logical reasoning:

This section had difficulty level of moderate – difficult. It had a mixture of selection – based problems, puzzles, input – output problems. The questions were quite lengthy, difficult and time consuming as compared to last year’s paper. Average attempt could have been 9-12 questions.

SECTION 3:

Part 1: Data Interpretation:

DI section had 5 multiple graphs and 10 tables a total of 15 questions of 1

Mark each. Mostly the questions were of calculation – intensive. Average                                   could have been 8-10 questions.

Part 2 :  Quantitative Ability:

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QA section was moderate to tough. Average attempt could have been 10- 12 question.

Section 4 : General Awareness :

GK section was surprisingly simple there were hardly very few difficult questions. It comprised of questions on current affairs. Average attempt could have been 8-10 questions.

 BIRD’S EYEVIEW:

Total no. of Questions 118(100 Marks)
Duration 2 Hours.
Marking Scheme Different for different sections
No. of choices 4
Negative Marking 1/3
Expected cut-offs 42-45
No. of Sections 4

IIFT 2013 Analysis:

Overall exam pattern:

IIFT 2013 consisted of 4 sections viz. Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, General Awareness, Verbal ability & Reading comprehension, Quantitative ability. The difficulty level was easy to moderate. There were no negative markings. It consisted of 128 questions to be solved in 120 min.

No. of Sections         Subject No. of Questions Marks per question
Section 1 – Part 1 Data interpretation 19 1
Section 1 – Part 2 Logical reasoning 20 0.75
Section 2 General awareness 28 o.5
Section 3 – Part 1 Verbal ability 20 0.75
Section 3 – Part 2 Reading comprehension 16 0.75
Section 4 Quantitative ability 25 1
                  Total 128

Detailed Sectional Analysis :

 Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning :

The questions from DI were time consuming & intensive calculations as it was difficult. Most students would have attempted 15 -16 questions with 80% accuracy. The questions from LR were of easy to moderate difficulty level. A good student would attempt 15-17 questions with 85% accuracy.

General awareness :

The question on GA was quite simpler than previous year’s as it was not lengthy. A good student would attempt 15-18 attempts with 75% accuracy.

Verbal Ability & Reading comprehension :

VA section had a good mix of vocabulary based questions, idioms, grammar based questions, paragraph formation. Average attempt would have been12- 15 questions.

The RC passages were long but not very tricky; it consisted of 4 passages with 4 questions each. A good candidate could have solved it within 20 minutes.

 Quantitative ability :

QA was the most difficult section of all. There were total 25 questions of 1 mark each. Difficulty level was moderate to tough. Average attempt would have been 15-17 questions.

BIRD’S EYE VIEW:

TOTAL NO OF QUESTIONS 128
DURATION 120 MINUTES
NO. OF SECTIONS 4
TOTAL MARKS 360
NO. OF OPTIONS 4
MARKS PER QUESTION 0.5 – GK, 0.75 – VA, RC& LR, 1 – DI & QA.
NEGATIVE MARKING 1/3rd OF MARKS ALLOTTED
MODE OF MARKING HB PENCIL

IIFT 2012 Analysis:

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
(A)

(E) = ( C) * (D)

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

14

28 (Questions 01-28) 0.50
Section – 2

15

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

25

25 (Questions 65-89) 1.00
Section – 4

15

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

100

128

 

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

EXPECTED OVERALL CUTOFF

IIFT Delhi– 45 -47

IIFT Kolkata  –  40 -42

IIFT 2011 Analysis:

Overall exam pattern:

IIFT 2011 consisted of 6 sections viz. Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, General Awareness, Verbal ability, Reading comprehension, Quantitative Ability. The difficulty level was moderate to difficult. The no. of questions was reduced from 135 to 120 to be solved in 120 min.

No. of Sections         Subject No. of Questions Marks per question
Section 1 General Awareness 21 0.5
Section 2 Reading Comprehension 15 0.75
Section 3 Verbal Ability 23 o.75
Section 4 Quantitative Ability 24 1
Section 5 Data Interpretation 16 1
Section 6 Logical Reasoning 21 1
                  Total 120

Detailed Sectional Analysis :

 General Awareness :

As usual thequestions werefromDI were history, geography, Hollywood current affairs etc which was quite difficult. Students reading newspapers would have solved easily the questions in 10-15 min. it also had one of the statement from upper classes which was from PRATIYOGA DARPAN book .An ideal student would attempt 12-14 questions.

Reading Comprehension :

This section consisted of 4 passages with 4 questions in three passages & 3 questions on 4th passage .The 1st passage was on effect of trade & economy due to influence of IT & government policy. The 2nd passage was on how different income group people managed their finances. The 3rd passage was on behavioural aspects of popular lawyers. The 4th passage was on review of Indian bank’s performance & strategy they should use in future. An overall attempt would be 10-11 questions in 20-25 min.

Verbal Ability :

 VA section had a good mix of vocabulary based questions, Fill in the blanks, Error identification, Para-jumbles etc. Average attempt would have been11-12 questions. The difficulty level was Moderate to difficult as more emphasis was given on Grammar. A good candidate could have solved it within 25 minutes.

Quantitative ability :

QA consisted of questions from ERPV, P & L, Mensuration, logarithms, arithmetic, time & work, time & distance, AMA. Difficulty level was moderate to difficult. Since questions were lengthy it was time consuming.  Average attempt would have been 10-12 questions.A good student could have solved it within 30-35 min. The total questions were reduced from 30 to 24 this year.

Data Interpretation:

This section had 3 sets out of which 1 was time consuming. The set on GDP was time consuming. The set on country XX’s export to various countries & set on import & export of 10 different countries was simple & less time consuming. Average attempts could be 10-12 questions which could be solved in 15-20 min.

Logical reasoning:

The questions were from coding- decoding, syllogisms, course of action, blood relations, term selection, arrangement etc. The difficulty level was easy to moderate. Average attempt would be 14-16 questions which could be solved within 15-20 min.

BIRDS EYE VIEW :

TOTAL NO OF QUESTIONS 120
DURATION 120 MINUTES
NO. OF SECTIONS 6
NO. OF OPTIONS 4
MARKS PER QUESTION 0.5– GK, 0.75 – VA&RC, 1 – DI & QA &LR
NEGATIVE MARKING 1/3RD OF MARKS ALLOTTED
MODE OF MARKING HB PENCIL

IIFT 2010 Analysis:

Overall exam pattern:

IIFT 2010 consisted of 4 sections viz. Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, General Awareness, Verbal ability, Quantitative ability. The difficulty level was Moderate to difficult. It consisted of 138 questions to be solved in 120 min. It also consisted of errors.

No. of Sections         Subject No. of Questions
Section 1 Data interpretation & Logical Reasoning 35
Section 2 General awareness 30
Section 3 Quantitative ability 30
Section 4– Part 1 Reading comprehension 15
Section 4- Part 2 Verbal ability 25
                  Total 138

Detailed Sectional Analysis :

 Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning :

ThequestionsfromDI were time consuming & intensive calculations as it was difficult. Most students would have attempted 15 -16 questions with 80% accuracy. The questions from LR were of easy to moderate difficulty level. A good student would attempt 15-17 questions which could be solved in 30-35 min.

General awareness :

The question on GE were quite simpler than previous year’s as it was not lengthy. An ideal would be attempt 12-14 attempts which could be solved in 10-12 min.

Verbal Ability & Reading comprehension:

The RCs were on Kodak & Warren buffet, limited statistical evidence & reactions to organisational experience were difficult. The VA questions were on Fill in the blanks, analogies etc. Overall attempt could be 21-22 questions which could be solved within 30-35 min.

Quantitative ability :

QA was the most difficult section of all. The QA had questions from geometry, mensuration, trigonometry, AMA, progressions etc. Overall attempts would be 12-15 questions which could be solved in 35-40 min as DI was time consuming & intensive calculations.

BIRD’S EYE VIEW:

TOTAL NO OF QUESTIONS 135
DURATION 120 MINUTES
NO. OF SECTIONS 4
NO. OF OPTIONS 4
NEGATIVE MARKING 1/3RD OF MARKS ALLOTTED
MARKING SCHEME RANGING FROM 0.4 TO 1.0