IIFT 2019 Detailed Analysis!!

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  • Dec 01, 2019

IIFT 2019 (2020-2022)

IIFT conducted its exam for admissions into the IIFT 2020-22 programmes at IIFT Delhi, Kolkata & Kakinada. The 2 hours test was conducted between 10 am and 12 noon on Sunday, Dec 1st, 2019. There were two major changes in the paper. Firstly, the exam was held for the first time as a Computer based Test. Secondly there were only 4 sections in the paper as opposed to 6 sections in IIFT 2018.

The four sections were Quantitative Aptitude(QA), Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension(VA&RC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DI&LR)& GK. There will be a sectional cut off for each section and an overall cutoff. Questions of QA, VA & RC and DI & LR were for 3 marks each with a negative marking of 1 mark for a wrong answer. In GK Section each question was for 1.5 marks with a negative marking of 0.5 marks for a wrong answer Total marks were 300 and the number of questions was reduced to 110 from 114 in IIFT 2018.

IIFT 2019 (2020-2022) Detailed Analysis

The IIFT Paper was  easier compared to previous years. VA & RC was of easy to moderate level, DI & LR,  GK were of moderate level while  QA was of difficult level. Overall, the entire paper was of moderate difficulty level. The key was to avoid the difficult questions, clear sectional cutoffs and maximize overall score from easier sections. A well prepared student could have scored 130-140 marks out of 300. The cut off for this paper would be around 115-125 marks.

Section Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VA &RC)

The number of RC questions featured remained the same at 16 questions over 4 RCs. Each question was of 3 marks with 1 mark being deducted for a wrong answer. The RCs were of easy level of difficulty.  The section featured long passages, however the passages were shorter than those seen in previous year’s paper based IIFTs. Ideally a student should have done at least 3 RCs as these were easy pickings, and a well prepared student would have been able to do at least 3 passages.

Verbal Ability was dominated by Vocabulary based questions with nearly 12-13 questions based on the knowledge of words. The grammar questions were easy with a sprinkling of jumbled paragraphs also featuring. A well prepared student could attempt between 20-24 questions and score 50-55 marks in this section.

The cut off of this section is likely to be 22-25 marks

Section Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

The QA section featured 25 questions. Each question was of 3 marks with 1 mark being deducted for a wrong answer. Each question was tricky and time consuming. The paper was dominated by Arithmetic questions with a majority of questions coming from Arithmetic. A well prepared student could have attempted around 10-12 questions and scored around 27-30 marks in this section.

The sectional cut off would be around 10-12 marks.

Section Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning(DI & LR)

The DI & LR section featured 30 questions. Each question was of 3 marks with 1 mark being deducted for a wrong answer. Compared to IIFT 2019 DI was easier and LR was tougher. Overall it was an easy to moderate section with a lot of easy DI questions to pick from. A well prepared student could have attempted 15-18 questions and scored 45-50 marks from this section

The sectional cut off is likely to be 18-20 marks

Section General Knowledge (GK)

The GK Section featured 20 questions including both current and static questions. Each question was of 1.5 marks with 0.5 marks being deducted for a wrong answer. There was a focus on Static GK with almost 14-15 questions being from Static GK as opposed to 5-6 questions from Current Affairs. The GK section was of roughly the same level as last year with about 5-6 questions considered doable with options. A well prepared student could have attempted around 8-10 questions and a good score would be around 12-14 marks.

The Sectional Cut off would be about 3-5 marks.


 Overall: The paper was of moderate difficulty. A well prepared student could have scored 130-140 marks. The cut off for getting a call from IIFT is likely to be around 115 marks.



Team AnkGanit

Disclaimer: Analysis and Answer keys was provided to you by Team AnkGanit and Expected cut off marks decided by Ankit Gaur & Hriday G Sarat.

*Actual cutoff marks may be slightly different.

Ankit Gaur is a CAT Expert and serial CAT Taker from CAT 2007. CAT 2019 was his 13th consecutive CAT. He is a B.Sc(Hons) 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 batch of 2009. 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. He was among top 3 scorers of IIFT 2017.

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