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IIFT 2017 Analysis: Exam pattern revamped; Cut-off expected to go down

Dec 4, 2017 15:13 IST
    IIFT 2017 Analysis
    IIFT 2017 Analysis

    Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) conducted the MBA entrance exam was held on 3rd December (Sunday), across India to grant admission to its two-year program in International Business. The test was conducted between 10 am and 12 o’ clock i.e. within the time frame of 120 minutes.

    The exam paper came up with many surprises for the exam takers. The biggest change in the IIFT exam was seen in the total number of questions. From 123 questions that appeared last year, in 2017, IIFT paper comprised of 114 questions only. On the contrary, the level of difficulty was high in comparison to the previous year.

    Another major tweaking in the exam was the number of section in the exam pattern. From the tradition 4 sections, IIFT 2017 contained 6 sections. Take a look at the sectional composition of questions from the six sections:

    Exam Pattern of IIFT 2017

    Section Name

    Total no. of Questions

    Marks per question

    Total Marks

    General Awareness

    18

    0.50

    09

    Verbal Ability

    20

    1.00

    20

    Reading Comprehension

    16

    1.00

    16

    Quantitative Aptitude

    20

    1.00

    20

    Logical Reasoning

    20

    1.00

    20

    Data Interpretation

    18

    0.75

    15

    Total

    114


    100

    1. Verbal Ability Section

    The verbal ability section was a major surprising element in the exam for the exam takers. The questions on topics such as on punctuations and passage improvement were lengthy. The questions from verbal analogy were quite confusing as per the exam takers. Overall this section was rated moderate to difficult by the IIFT exam takers. The cut-off for the verbal ability section is expected to go down this year.

    Here is a topic-wise distribution of questions from the verbal ability section:

    Topic

    Number of Questions

    Level of Difficulty

    Punctuation

    3

    Difficult

    Phrase/Clause identification

    5

    Difficult

    Verbal Analogy

    3

    Difficult

    Prefix/Suffix

    1

    Easy

    Passage Improvement

    5

    Moderate

    Jumbled Words

    3

    Moderate - Difficult

    Total

    20

    Difficult

    2. Reading Comprehension in IIFT

    The reading comprehension was although very lengthy but the questions from this section were not difficult to crack. Out of 16 questions, a candidate with good reading speed could easily crack 12 questions. For those who faced higher level of difficulty in cracking the Verbal ability section, RC was a life saver to score good percentile.

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    3. General Awareness Section

    Moving on to another important section of IIFT exam; GK is important to push the percentile score. This year, in IIFT exam, GK section was not a cakewalk. The level of difficulty was rated as moderate to difficult by the exam takers. Unlike previous year, GK is expected to have cut off below 1 mark.

    Topic

    Number of Questions

    Level of Difficulty

    Business and Economy

    6

    Difficult

    Sports

    3

    Difficult

    Brands

    6

    Moderate

    Personalities

    1

    Moderate

    Geography

    1

    Easy

    Miscellaneous

    1

    Difficult

    TOTAL

    18

    Difficult

    4. Quantitative Ability Section

    Where Verbal ability and GK were challenging to crack for the aspirants, Quantitative ability was no less in testing the skills of the IIFT aspirants. Out of 20 questions, 7 questions from Arithmetic were the easiest to crack and saved the aspirants from the risk of scoring low in the exam. Overall the quant section was moderately difficult. Here is the topic wise bifurcation of the topics that came in the exam:

    Topic

    Number of Questions

    Level of Difficulty

    Number System

    1

    Moderate

    Arithmetic

    7

    Easy

    Algebra

    5

    Easy-Moderate

    P&C and Probability

    2

    Moderate

    Geometry, Mensuration and Trigonometry

    5

    Moderate

    Total

    20

    Moderate

    5. Data Interpretation

    The Data Interpretation section was no less intricate to crack. Out of 18 questions from this section, the ones who attempted 4 questions are expected to score good in the exam.

    6. Logical Reasoning

    This section came as good news for the IIFT aspirants aiming to score high percentile. From 20 questions that were asked in the exam, there were 10-12 questions that were easy to attempt for an average student. Questions on topics such as Distribution and Input-output were moderately difficult. Other topics such as Direction sense, syllogism, selection and data sufficiency were easy to handle in the exam.

    In Summation

    IIFT exam came with a higher difficulty level in 2017. An IIFT aspirant can expect 35-40 marks as a good score to grab a seat in IIFT campuses. So the candidates scoring low in the exam can expect a high percentile this year.

    IIFT allot the different campuses located at Delhi, Kolkata and Kakinanada in Andhra Pradesh. Every year approximately 60 thousand students compete for 420 seats. IIFT accepts the score of its own entrance test to grant admission; foreign nationals and NRIs are required to submit GMAT scores.

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