IIFT 2018 was conducted on 2rd Dec 2018 for admission to the prestigious Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) located in Delhi, Kolkata, and Kakinada (AP). The test was conducted across various centers in the country from 10 AM to 12 Noon. The duration of the exam was 2 hours with no sectional time limit. However, with there being 6 sections this time, VA, RC, DI and LR as separate sections, students needed to manage their time across sections extremely deftly to ensure that they go past the sectional cutoffs.
The detailed analysis, key, and the score calculator to estimate the possible scores have been made available on the T.I.M.E. website. The score calculator would especially be useful in knowing about the realistic chances of getting a call from IIFT. We, hence, encourage all the IIFT test-takers to make use of the same.
Snapshot of the Exam
There were six sections this year as against four last year. Each of the sections had sectional cut-offs applicable (as was mentioned in the test instructions). Below is the snapshot of various sections ( based on Set - A).
The total number of questions that appeared in IIFT this year was 114 - exactly similar to that of the last year.
A detailed analysis of the sections of the paper is given below (section ordering as per Set A)
Section 1 (Reading Comprehension)
The RC passages, though fairly lengthy, were definitely readable. A person with moderate to good reading skills should not have faced much of a problem in reading the passages. However, most of the questions that followed the passages were difficult in nature owing to the ambiguity of the options. The big change is that there were 5 passages, with four having three questions each and one having four questions. The passages were from similar areas. While one was on Culture, another one was on Sociology. There was one on Economics. The remaining two were on Information(Science) and Liberal Arts. The cut off in this section could be around 3-4 marks. Around 7-9 attempts can be considered very good in this section. The cut-off in this section is expected to be in the range 2.33 to 3.
Section 2 (Verbal Ability)
The questions in this section were predominantly on vocabulary – jumbled words, origin, Fill in the Blanks, and word-analogies. English Grammar did have a presence, but in the form of two different models of sentence-correction questions – both reasonably simple. The vocabulary part was reasonably challenging, with quite a few unfamiliar words making an appearance. The questions based on origin were challenging. The two parajumbles could be worked out more by elimination than by actual solving. Overall the section was challenging barring a couple of grammar questions, and only someone who understands words well would have been able to get a good score. 10-12 would be a good number of attempts in this section. The cut-off is expected to be around 3-3.5.
Section 3 (Quantitative Ability)
The difficulty level of this section was higher as compared to that from last year on account of lengthier and tougher questions.
This section had a good mix of questions from diverse topics. The distribution is given as below:
There were only about five questions which could be classified as relatively easier ones – two from Logarithms, one from Simple Equations, one from Time & Work, one from Time & Distance. The remaining questions were either moderate or difficult to handle during the test. A good candidate would have been able to attempt around 7-9 questions in QA. The cut-off in this section is expected to be 3-4 marks.
Section 4 (Data Interpretation)
Another of the never-ending difficult sections in the test, DI was a definite tough nut to crack. With large quantum of data/graphs to work with, there was no relief to the students.
There were a total of five sets of four questions each. All the sets were based on Tables and/or Line Graph/Bar Graph. Almost all the questions were calculation intensive and were very lengthy. However, there was one set (related to LPI indicators) where the calculations were relatively easier.
5-8 could be a good number of attempts in section, while the cutoff is expected to be around 2-3 marks.
Section 5 (Logical Reasoning)
The distribution and level of difficulty of questions in the Logical Reasoning section is as follows:
The questions on Input-output were time-consuming and would have needed a good amount of concentration. The questions based on ‘distribution’ - job fair, though little time consuming were relatively easier to solve. The missing number question might have seemed slightly trickier in the first glance; however, it was actually pretty simple. The case-let on Venn Diagrams, which had a minor error, was on the tougher side (if the mistake is not identified). The selections based question needed a good grasp of basic concepts. Compared to last year, this year’s LR section was relatively much more difficult. The overall difficulty level of this section can be classified as moderate-difficult. A good number of attempts in this section can be considered to be 6- 8 questions while the cut-off is expected to be around 4 to 4.67 marks.
Section 6 (General Awareness)
GA though easier than last year still was on the tougher side. The questions were from diverse topics like Personalities, Sports, Corporate logos, Corporate entities, International trade organizations, Currencies, etc. This implies that the students needed to be extremely well prepared to clear the cut-off in this section. Unlike last year, the questions were not lengthy in nature. This would have enabled students to attempt the section in 5-10 minutes. Some very difficult questions like the one on ‘South Indian sea ports’ must have baffled the students. Historically, the sectional cut off for this section has been very low, though this year there may be a tiny movement northward.
The cut-off in this section last year was 0.82 marks and is expected to be little higher this year - to around 1 to 2 marks. 6-8 questions could be considered to be a good number of attempts in this section!
Overall the cut-offs last year for the general category were as below
This year, the sectional cut-offs are expected to be as below:
The overall cut-offs too are bound to move south to be around 33±1 marks.
Note: These cut-offs are for General category students.
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About the Author:
Ankur Jain, is the Chief Knowledge Expert, T.I.M.E. Currently, he is involved in teaching, training, motivating CAT, GMAT, GRE, CSAT, CRT and aspirants of aptitude exams. He is known as the aptitude expert for Verbal Ability, Logical Reasoning, GDPI and General Awareness section among the MBA aspirants.