IIFT Exam Analysis – 2019-2021

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.

IIFT Exam 2018: Sectional Cut Offs

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

Section Total no. of questions Marks per question Total Marks Good Attempts Achievable Score Sectional Cutoff Ideal Time (in minutes)
Section 1 Data Interpretation 20 1.00 20 4 3 0.75 10 minutes
Section 2 Logical Reasoning 20 1.00 20 10 8 4-4.5 35 minutes
Section 3 General Knowledge 18 0.5 9 8 2.5-3 0.83-1 10 minutes
Section 4 Reading Comprehension 16 1.00 16 9-10 7-8 2.5-2.75 25 minutes
Section 5 Verbal Ability 20 0.75 15 11-12 7.5-8 3.25-3.5 12 minutes
Section 6 Quantitative Aptitude 20 1.00 20 10-11 7.5-8 3-3.25 30 minutes
Overall 114 100 50-52 38-39 31-33 120 minutes

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 the 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 4-5 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 Number 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. Students attempting 8 questions with 50% accuracy would easily sail through the cutoff.

Topic Number of Questions Doable Questions Level of Difficulty
Current Affairs 2 2 Easy
Business and Economy 10 3-4 Moderate to Difficult
Miscellaneous 1 1 Easy
Geography 2 Difficult
Science 1 Difficult
Sports 1 1 Easy
Books 1 1 Easy
TOTAL 18 8-9 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, a 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 Number 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 1-2 Difficult
Passage 5: GDP 3 2 Moderate
Total 16 9-10 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 the 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 Number 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 2-3 Easy
Match the column 2 1-2 Moderate
Spot the error 2 2 Easy
Word Roots 4 1 Moderate-Difficult
Sentence Improvement 2 2 Easy
Para Jumble (4 sentences) 2 2 Easy
Total 20 11-12 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 Number 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.

All the best! Keep working hard for the forthcoming examinations. 

Team CL

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 the information in this document and the actual result.

ARKS Srinivas

ARKS Srinivas is an alumnus of IIM Calcutta and has been the All India CAT Director at TIME. He is currently the National Head for MBA Prep at Career Launcher.

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