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    Detailed Analysis of IIFT (2018 -2020)

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  • Dec 04, 2017

IIFT (Indian Institute for Foreign Trade) conducted its pen paper based exam for admissions into the IIFT 2018-20 programmes at IIFT Delhi, Kolkata and Kakinada on Sunday, December 3, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 12:00PM. There were 114 Questions of 100 Marks. There were six sections in the paper and as defined in the question booklet, there will be a sectional cut off for each section as well as a total cut off to get admission into these programmes. There was differential marking, however negative marking was 1/3rd for each question.


Section

Area

No. of Questions

Marks per Question

Total Marks

Section 1

Quantitative Aptitude

20

1

20

Section 2

Data Interpretation

20

0.75

15

Section 3

General Knowledge

18

0.5

9

Section 4

Verbal Ability

20

1

20

Section 5

Reading Comprehension

16

1

16

Sectipn 6

Logical Reasoning

20

1

20



114


100


The paper was comparatively difficult as compared to the previous years’ papers.

The detailed Sectional Analysis is as follows:

Section 1 (Quantitative Aptitude): The QA section featured 20 questions. Each question was of 1 mark with 0.33 marks being deducted for a wrong answer. The section was evenly distributed between Arithmetic, Geometry and Algebra. The detailed breakup is as follows:

Topic

Subtopic

No. of Question

Level

Arithmetic

Percentage

1

Average 1


Simple Interest

1

Average 2


Proportion

1

Easy


Time & Work

2

Avearge 2


Averages

1

Average 1

Number System

Sum of Digits

1

Easy

Geometry

Triangles

2

Average


Circles

3

Easy to Average


Trigonometry 

1

Difficult

Probability

Bayes’ Theorem

1

Average 2

Set Theory

3 Venn Diagram

1

Difficult

Algebra

Equation

1

Difficult


Function (Basic)

1

Easy


Function (Sequence)

1

Easy


Co ordinate

1

Average

Higher Algebra

Exponential

1

Difficult


A well prepared student could have attempted 10 to 12 questions and scored 9 to 10 marks in this section in about 25 mins. **The sectional cut off would be about 4 to 5 marks.

Section 2 (Data Interpretation): The DI section featured 15 questions. Each question was of 0.75 mark with 0.25 marks being deducted for a wrong answer. The section had 1 mixed graph and 4 tables. DI was average to difficult and one should not have spent much time on this section. 
A well prepared student could have attempted 6 to 7 questions and a good score would be 4 to 5 marks in this section in about 15 mins. **The sectional cut off would be about 2 to 3 marks.

Section 3 (General Knowledge): The GK Section featured 18 questions including both current and static questions. Each question was of 0.5 marks with 0.17 marks being deducted for a wrong answer. The detailed breakup is as follows:

Topic

Source

No. of Question

Brands

Newspaper/TV Commercial/Online

4


Required Intensive Reading Material

2

Sports

Newspaper/TV Commercial/Online

2


Required Intensive Reading Material

1

Economy

Newspaper/TV Commercial/Online

3


Required Intensive Reading Material

3

Geography

Required Intensive Reading Material

1

Music

Newspaper/TV Commercial/Online

1

Global CEO’s

Newspaper/TV Commercial/Online

1

It was a mix of questions of moderate and difficult levels. It also featured a new question type related to identifying which statement in a newspaper entry was incorrect ( in the sports category). Questions asked included those on Chabahar port, currency of Israel, corporations and their headquarters and Indian CEO’s  of global technology companies.
A well prepared student could have attempted 7 to 8 questions and a good score would be 3 to 4 marks in this section in about 5 mins. **The sectional cut off would be about 1 to 2 marks.

Section 4 (Verbal Ability): The VA section featured 20 questions. Each question was of 1 mark with 0.33 marks being deducted for a wrong answer.  The section was tough and getting a good score required knowledge of both vocabulary and grammar. The detailed breakup is as follows:

Topic

No. of Question

Difficulty Level

Clauses and Phrases

5

Difficult

Punctuation

3

Easy

Suffixes/Prefixes

1

Average

Analogies

3

Difficult

Jumbled Words

3

Moderate

Sentence Correction

5

Moderate


A well prepared student could have attempted 7 to 8 questions and scored 5 to 6 marks in this section in about 15 mins. **The sectional cut off would be about 2 to 3 marks.

Section 5 (Reading Comprehension): The RC section featured 16 questions equally divided over 4 RC’s. Each question was of 1 mark with 0.33 marks being deducted for a wrong answer.  This was an easy to moderate section for those who were well prepared.
3 passages were business based and 1 passage was about reading as a skill.
This section featured long and descriptive passages as the IIFT paper usually contains. 
A well prepared student could have attempted 10 to 11 questions and scored 8 to 9 marks in this section in about 25 mins. **The sectional cut off would be about 5 to 6 marks.
 
Section 6 (Logical Reasoning): The LR section featured 20 questions. Each question was of 1 mark with 0.33 marks being deducted for a wrong answer. Almost all sets were easy and could have been attempted. All single questions were also very easy. This was an easy to moderate section. The detailed breakup is as follows:

Topic

No. of question

Difficuly Level

LR Sets

11

Easy to Moderate

Input Output 

4

difficult

Distance & Direction

2

Easy

Syllogism

1

Easy

Ranking

1

Easy

Coding

1

Easy

A well prepared student could have attempted 10 to 12 questions and scored 8 to 9 marks in this section in about 25 mins. **The sectional cut off would be about 4 to 5 marks.

Over All Cut off: Over all the paper was difficult and over all cut off will fall as compared to last year. A well prepared student could have scored 46 to 48 marks in about 2 hours. **The overall cut off would be about 40 marks.
**Disclaimer: Actual cut offs may be different. We have provided you the best possible analysis and suggestions. Analysis was provided to you by Team AnkGanit and Expected cut off marks decided by Ankit Gaur & Hriday G Sarat. 

Ankit Gaur is a CAT Expert and serial CAT Taker from CAT 2007. CAT 2017 was his 11th consecutive CAT. He is a B.Sc (Honours) Mathematics and M.Sc. Maths, Serial XAT topper and CAT 99.99%iler in Quant & DI. 
Hriday G Sarat is an MBA from FMS Delhi. He is also the all India Rank 2 holder of an exam conducted by UPSC. He served government of India as Assistant Commissioner for 18 months. He is an expert trainer for CAT and MBA Entrances. 
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