IIFT 2021 Exam Analysis by TIME

TIME Institute shares IIFT 2021 exam analysis for the aspirants who appeared for the exam on 24th January 2021. Find out exam difficulty level, expected cutoff and concur it with your performance in IIFT 2021.

Created On: Jan 25, 2021 13:31 IST
IIFT 2021 Exam Analysis by TIME
IIFT 2021 Exam Analysis by TIME

IIFT 2021 was conducted today (24 Jan 2021) for admission to the prestigious Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) located in Delhi, Kolkata, and Kakinada (AP). The test was conducted across various centres in the country from 3 PM to 5 PM in the CBT (computer-based test) format. The duration of the exam was two hours with no sectional time limit. With there being only four sections this year similar to what we had last year, most of the students would have heaved a sigh of relief. The exam interface involved a lot of horizontal and vertical scrolling, which would have affected the test taker's performance to some extent. However, it could have been mitigated by viewing the paper in the question paper mode or by hiding the question palette.

IIFT 2021 Exam Analysis by TIME

There were four sections this year.

Area

No of Questions

Marks per question

Total

Negative marks per question

Section A (Quantitative Reasoning)

25

3

75

1

Section B (Reading Comprehension & Verbal Ability)

35

3

105

1

Section C (Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning)

30

3

90

1

Section D (General Awareness)

20

1.5

30

0.5

Total

110

--

300

--

A detailed analysis of the sections of the paper is given below:

IIFT 2021 - Quantitative Reasoning Analysis

The section was higher in difficulty with lengthier questions as compared to last year's paper. The section had a total of 25 questions from multiple areas, though arithmetic appeared to rule the roost. Test takers would have noticed a huge surge in the number of questions from arithmetic like Percentages, SI-CI, Time & Work, Time & Distance etc. The distribution is as given below:

Area

No. of Questions

Algebra

4

Pure Maths

4

Arithmetic

11

Geometry

5

Numbers

1

Total

25

The section had some really difficult questions. A good candidate would have been able to attempt around 9-10 questions in QA. The cut-off in this section is expected to be 14-16 marks.

IIFT 2021 - Reading Comprehension & Verbal Ability Analysis

This section was very similar to the last year's pattern. So, students who have prepared with us and took our mock IIFT exams would have been prepared well for this year's exam!

This section consisted of 16 questions on RCs and 19 on Verbal Ability with a total of 35 questions.

There were four RC passages with four questions each. Most of the questions were Inference based or Specific Detail based. The Inference questions, however, were not very difficult to answer.

Following is a brief description of the RC part:

Passage No.

Passage Context

Approximate Word Count

Passage 1

Why and how social influences work / Nudging

1000

Passage 2

Cultural evolution and its impact on economy

520

Passage 3

Conservatives vs Liberals approach to governance

600

Passage 4

Plastic ban and its impact on other industries

650

Passage 1 was clearly the lengthiest. It would have taken students close reading of at least 50% of the passage to understand what the passage was about! Such a long passage with just 4 questions to it would surely discourage students from attempting it, and it should not have been attempted.

Passages 2, 3, and 4 were shorter. Some of the questions associated with these passages were a bit tricky.

The questions in the Verbal Ability segment were an assorted mix predominantly on Vocabulary, with Grammar and Para Jumbles the following suit.

Here is a snapshot of the Verbal Ability part:

Area

Question Type

No. of Questions

Grammar

Incorrect question tag

2

Identify correct sentences

3

Para Jumbles

6 sentences

2

4 sentences

1

Vocabulary

Meanings of root words

4

Crossword

1

Match words with meanings

3

Match meanings with words

3

Answering the Grammar questions should have been a cakewalk as the choices were also not close either.

The Vocabulary questions could have been killers for students who did not focus on this part, but for those students who prepared Vocabulary with us would have noticed many familiar words.

Of the three Para Jumble questions, two were very tricky and one was of moderate difficulty. Students would have had to rely more on logical thinking than on grammatical connectives.

Expected sectional cut-off: 32-34

IIFT 2021 - Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Analysis

This section had a total of 30 questions with 16 questions on DI and 14 on LR. The distribution of the questions is as below:

Type of Set

Difficulty Level

No of Questions

Line + Bar Graph

Moderate-Difficult, Difficult

4+4

Pie chart + Table

Moderate

4

Table

Moderate

4

Circular Arrangement (Analytical Reasoning)

Moderate-Difficult

4

Calendar/Scheduling

Moderate

2

Tournaments

Moderate-Difficult

4

Miscellaneous

Easy-Moderate

1+1+2

The DI sets were very calculation-intensive, which made the sets lengthier to solve. The LR sets were relatively easier than the DI sets. The overall difficulty level of this section can be classified as moderate-difficult. The cut-off is expected to be around 20 to 22 marks.

IIFT 2021 - General Awareness Analysis

This year the GK section was easy. This section, apart from the regular MCQ's, also had match the following type of questions.

Students who avidly read the Newspapers would have been able to handle this section with some ease. The questions were from diverse topics like Personalities, Sports, Brands, Geography, Space science, Awards, Corporate entities, Government Schemes, etc. Out of 20 questions, Static GK had 11 questions and 9 questions were based on Current Affairs.

The cut-off in this section is expected to be around 6 to 7.5 marks.

IIFT 2021 – Overall Analysis

This year, the sectional cut-offs are expected to be as below.

QR

VARC

DILR

GA

14-16

32-34

20-22

6-7

The overall cut-offs are expected to be around 113(+/-)3 marks.

Note: These cut-offs are for General category students.

All the best!

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    Now it has become very clear that the chinese are behind the fire incident at SII. It is high time we provide multi layered security to SII and weed out employees having a leftist ideology and pàkistan suppoters...
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  • Jayant Pratap Singh 10 hours ago
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