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IIFT 2018 Exam Analysis by Career Launcher | Sectional Analysis & Cutoff

Dec 3, 2018 11:08 IST
    IIFT 2018 Exam Analysis by Career Launcher
    IIFT 2018 Exam Analysis by Career Launcher

    Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) conducted the Admission Test 2019-2021 for admission into its two-year program in International Business, on Sunday, December 02, 2018. The test was conducted across various centers in the country between 10 am and 12 noon. Differential marking continued to be there and the penalty for every incorrect answer was 1/3rd of the total marks assigned to the question.

    The terror of the ‘traumatic’ IIFT continued for the second consecutive year. In fact, the paper this year managed to become even more difficult than that of last year. The paper was excruciatingly lengthy and some of the questions were agonizingly tricky. Reading Comprehension became extremely tedious and the number of passages increased from 4 to 5. Overall, the entire paper became difficult. Hence, the overall difficulty level of the paper went a few notches higher. The total number of questions continued to be 114.

    There were six sections and each section carried a sectional cut-off. The details of the sections are as follow:

    Section

    No of Questions

    Marks Per Questions

    Total Marks

    Data Interpretation

    20

    1

    20

    Logical Reasoning

    20

    1

    20

    General Knowledge

    18

    0.5

    9

    Reading Comprehension

    16

    1

    16

    Verbal Ability

    20

    0.75

    15

    Quantitative Aptitude

    20

    1

    20

    Total

    114


    100

    Section

    Good Attempts

    Achievable Score

    Sectional Cutoff

    Time Required

    Data Interpretation

    4

    3

    0.75

    10 mins

    Logical Reasoning

    10

    8

    4-4.5

    35 mins

    General Knowledge

    8

    2.5-3

    0.83-1

    10 mins

    Reading Comprehension

    9 - 10

    07 - 08

    2.5-2.75

    25 mins

    Verbal Ability

    11 - 12

    7.5-8

    3.25-3.5

    12 mins

    Quantitative Aptitude

    10 - 11

    7.5-8

    3-3.25

    30 mins

    Total

    50 - 52

    38-39

    31-33

    120 mins

    *Cutoff for General category students is most likely to be in the range of 31-33 marks. The corresponding figures for NC/OBC and SC/ST/PWD should be around 26-28 and 23-24 marks respectively. The cutoff for ST might go lower if number of applicants is lesser.

    Data Interpretation

    IIFT continued to show its favouritism to calculation intensive DI. An attempt of 4-5 would be very good and students who had attempted just about 2-3 questions with 100% accuracy should sail through the cutoff.

    Topic

    Number of Questions

    Doable Questions

    Level of Difficulty

    Mixed Graphs

    12

    3

    Difficult

    Tables

    8

    2

    Difficult

    Total

    20

    04-05

    Difficult

    Logical Reasoning

    Overall a time-consuming section again. While the circular arrangement and Matrix sets (friends and hotels) were easy, the other sets were time consuming. Anyone who has attempted around 10-11 questions in half an hour with 85% accuracy would have done very well.

    Topic

    No of Questions

    Doable Questions

    Level of Difficulty

    Distribution

    4

    3

    Easy-Moderate

    Matrix

    4

    4

    Easy

    Venn-diagram

    2

    1

    Moderate

    Input Output

    2

    1

    Moderate

    Missing number

    1

    1

    Easy-Moderate

    Arrangement

    4

    2

    Moderate-Difficult

    Selection

    3

    1

    Moderate

    Total

    20

    11-12

    Moderate

    General Awareness

    The GK section was slightly easier than last year with about 6-8 questions considered doable through elimination alone. Studemts attempting 8 questions with 50% accuracy would easily sail through the cutoff.

    Topic

    No of Questions

    Doable Questions

    Level of Difficulty

    Current Affairs

    2

    2

    Easy

    Business and Economy

    10

    03 - 04

    Moderate to Difficult

    Miscellaneous

    1

    1

    Easy

    Geography

    2

    -

    Difficult

    Science

    1

    -

    Difficult

    Sports

    1

    1

    Easy

    Books

    1

    1

    Easy

    TOTAL

    18

    08 - 09

    Moderate

    Reading Comprehension

    Reading Comprehension went back to being the ‘IIFT-kind-lengthy’ this year. There were five passages. Four of these had three questions each and one had four questions. The passages were from interesting areas. However, majority of the passages were taken from academic sources. Hence, the language became verbose and confusing. Even the questions were not direct or fact-based. A lot of questions required a thorough understanding of the passage. The ‘fact-based’ questions were deceptively framed. Anyone with a good reading habit could have tackled this section successfully. Otherwise, the section would have ended up becoming time-consuming. One should have picked 3-4 passages and solved questions there.

    A detailed breakup of the section is given below:

    Topic

    No of Questions

    Doable Questions

    Level of Difficulty

    Passage 1: Culture

    3

    2

    Moderate

    Passage 2: Public Intellectuals

    3

    2

    Difficult

    Passage 3: Information flow

    4

    2

    Difficult

    Passage 4: Liberal Arts Education

    3

    01-Feb

    Difficult

    Passage 5: GDP

    3

    2

    Moderate

    Total

    16

    09-Oct

    Difficult

    English Usage

    IIFT went back to a predictable pattern this year. The ‘phrase-clause’ based questions were missing this year. The word jumble questions continued to be there for the second consecutive year. The vague etymological origin questions reappeared after a year’s gap. Overall, the VA section was tough. The jumble word questions were not easy to identify. Only one question looked obvious. The analogy questions were completely weird and so were the word-matching questions. These went beyond the realm of English language and looked more like GK based questions. The para-jumble, fill in the blank, and grammar based questions were easy. Accuracy in these questions will determine one’s performance in the paper.

    A detailed breakup of the section is given below:

    Topic

    No of Questions

    Doable Questions

    Level of Difficulty

    Jumble words

    3

    1

    Difficult

    Analogy

    2

    0-1

    Weirdly difficult

    Fill in the blanks (2 blanks)

    3

    02-Mar

    Easy

    Match the column

    2

    01-Feb

    Moderate

    Spot the error

    2

    2

    Easy

    Word Roots

    4

    1

    Moderate-Difficult

    Sentence Improvement

    2

    2

    Easy

    Para Jumble (4 sentence)

    2

    2

    Easy

    Total

    20

    11-Dec

    Moderate-Difficult

    Quantitative Ability

    This section continued to be verbose and students would end up not attempting more than 10-12 questions with about 85% accuracy in 30 mins. As always the weightage to Geometry and Modern Math was higher compared to other entrance exams.

    Topic

    No of Questions

    Doable Questions

    Level of Difficulty

    Arithmetic

    5

    3

    Moderate

    Algebra

    7

    4

    Easy-Moderate

    Geometry and Mensuration

    5

    2

    Moderate

    P&C, Probability and set theory

    3

    2

    Easy-Moderate

    Total

    20

    10

    Moderate

    An overall score of 31-33 should be enough for General category students to clear the cutoff.

    Disclaimer: The analysis given above has been prepared by Career Launcher experts. The information given here has no bearing on your actual score. Career Launcher does not take responsibility for any discrepancy between information in this document and the actual result.

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