About CAT

Managed by IIMs, Common Admission Test (CAT) is a computer based exam which is a prerequisite for an MBA and other management programmes. The scores are accepted by close to 170 colleges across India for various courses. Until 2009, CAT was a completely paper based test and after that, they have updated it to a computer based test. Every year, there are some minor changes in the pattern or the number of questions asked.

Important Dates for CAT 2017

Registration Start Date 9th August, 2017

CAT Test Date 26th November, 2017

Last Date of Registration 25th September, 2017

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CAT 2017 Paper Pattern

The CAT 2017 paper pattern was similar to the last year, with the difficulty level a notch higher. A total of 100 questions were asked from Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI LR), Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) and Quantitative Ability (QA) both had 32 questions each. The total duration for the exam was 180 minutes. The candidates were not able to switch from one section to another, but use of basic on-screen calculator for computation turned out to be beneficial for the students to save time.

There were 3 sections:

  1. Quantitative Aptitude (QA): 34 questions (60 minutes)
  2. Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR): 32 questions (60 minutes)
  3. Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC): 34 questions (60 minutes)

To be eligible to appear for the exam a student must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA. Candidates in their final year of the bachelors can also apply. The selection process will include Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussions (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI). IIMs may use previous academic performance of the candidates, relevant work experience and other similar inputs in short listing and ranking of the candidates at various stages of the admission process.

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CAT 2017 Exam Analysis

CAT 2017 Exam Analysis | First Slot

CAT 2017 had 3 sections as mentioned in CAT Notification and Online Demo:

As per the format, first section was Reading Comprehension and Verbal Ability. Break up of questions were same as last year i.e. 24 questions of RC divided in 5 Passages as 2 passages having 3 questions each and 3 passages having 6 questions each. There were 3 questions on Summary Writing, 4 in Parajumbles and 3 out of context questions. Second Section of 32 questions had the expected break up of 16 questions from each sub section i.e. Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation. There were 4 sets in each sub section carrying 4 questions each. Third Section was Quantitative Ability having 34 questions spread across different concepts of Arithmetic, Algebra, Modern Mathematics and Geometry.

The sectional, in depth analysis is as follows:

VARC section:

CAT 2017, had exactly same format as CAT 2016 with a difficulty level one notch lower.

With Verbal Ability (10 questions) & Reading Comprehension (24 questions) verbal Section of CAT 2017 was close replica of CAT 2016 with minor change. Like last year Vocabulary based, Grammar based, Logical Continuation & Critical Reasoning questions were missing.

RCs were 5 in number: 3 RCs (450-600 words) with 6 questions each & 2 RCs (300-350 words) with 3 questions each. By look of it the section might be intimidating. However, this subsection can’t be called difficult. The passages were fairly contemporary spread across; Economy, Culture, Technology, Business and Finance. Out of the 24 questions, 10-12 questions were direct and hence these questions called for a lot of regression. Apart from that, 4-5 other questions were of the format: “Author would agree to all of the below, EXCEPT” which again led to back & forth reading of the passages. At least 8 questions were related to main idea and conclusion of the passage.  Overall, the RCs in terms of intensity of language / density or depth of the topic were light but slightly time consuming because of the regression it called for.

Verbal Ability had just 3 types of questions: Logical Discontinuity / Out of Context question (3 questions), Summary of the passage (3 questions) & Parajumbles (4 questions).

Parajumbles were ‘key ins’ the problem with this being non-MCQ is that this question type became difficult because each of the parajumbles had 5 sentences to be rearranged. Links were available, but two broken links and hence it made this part a little tricky and time consuming. Since these questions carried no negative marking a smart test taker will be able to attempt them with 75% accuracy.

Out of Context was non-MCQ variety but this can be called “pseudo non-MCQ” because it was more like keying-in a number instead of marking an option. Out of context questions comprised 5 sentences. They were easy in difficulty level hence they should not have been missed.

Summary questions were not ‘key ins’ this time like in CAT 2016. Two questions had short passages, which were abstract. The difficulty level for this question type was moderate to difficult. Overall, the VARC section was Moderate difficulty level.

27-28 attempts with 90% accuracy can be classified as a good score in this section.

LRDI section:

Challenging section – Could be the final Decider, again.

This section seemed to be toughest, though on the line of expectation but attempting more than 21 question would have been difficult.

Two sets, Burger scheduling and 5 x 5 matrix of pillars were doable otherwise 3 sets in LR and 2 sets in DI can surely be considered as time consuming. Specifically set on Happiness Index, Set on marks in PCM with percentiles, School going students and set based on Flights were deceptive enough to engross students in it without scoring marks.

Overall, Attempting 16+ questions with 80% accuracy can be considered for good score.

Overall, again LR/DI section may become bottleneck for most of the students. Though, this section was expected to be tough, but handling newer varieties of question is always difficult. Moreover, lot of sets were time consuming and hence, it would not have been easy to skip sets.

QA Section :

Surprisingly, this section turned out to be easier than expected.

Nearly every chapter had a representation Percentages, Profit & Loss, Linear Equations, Quadratic Equations, Inequalities, Surds & Indices, Averages & Partnership,  Time & Work, Time & Distance, Permutation & Combination, Inequalities, Triangles, Circles, Area & Volume, Coordinate Geometry and the list goes on. The only shock was absence of questions from Number system. Below mentioned is the unit wise description of the same.

Algebra 10 Questions
Arithmetic 7 Questions
Modern Maths 10 Questions
Geometry 7 Questions

With around 4 questions in the paper difficult, a third of the section easy and remaining moderate, the spread of the questions was good.

Such a paper has advantages as well as disadvantages – you should have been prepared with everything and just in case you have left just a chapter or two, the damage isn’t astounding. Hence, a cheer-worthy paper for a prepared test taker.

27 attempts with 90% accuracy can be classified as a good score in this section.

Below mentioned is the expected break up of sectional scores with respective percentiles:

Percentile Verbal Ability DI + LR Quantitative Ability Overall
80%ile 36 14 29 68
90%ile 50 20 41 99
95%ile 58 26 52 123
98%ile 65 32 62 143
99%ile 70 39 73 157
99.5%ile 166 marks

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About XAT

Xavier Aptitude Test is conducted by XLRI, generally in the 1st week of January. Scores of the exam are accepted by around a 100 institutes. The exam is conducted at around 44 centers in India and 2 centers abroad.

Important Dates for XAT 2018

Registration Start Date 16th August, 2017

XAT Test Date 7th January, 2018

Last Date Of Registration 30th November, 2017Register

XAT Results To be announced

XAT 2017 Pattern

Total Questions: 103   |  Duration: 3.5 Hrs.

Section wise break up:

  • Verbal: Total number of questions – 28. 15 questions of reading comprehension and 13 questions of verbal ability
  • Quantitative Aptitude: Total number of questions – 38. 15 questions of DI and 23 questions of Quant
  • Decision Making: Total number of questions – 24
  • General Knowledge: Total number of questions – 20


One more year with a format of 3.5 hours.

Test paper was divided into two parts:

Part I: Quant + DI + Verbal Ability + Decision Making: 170 minutes

Part II: GK + Essay Writing: 35 minutes

Part I was divided into 3 sections.

Section wise details are as described below:

Data Interpretation and Quantitative Ability (27 Questions)

The section comprised of 17 questions of Quant, 8 questions of Data Interpretation and 2 questions of Caselet with Data Sufficiency.

With just 17 questions of Quant, it was not possible to do justice to all the areas of Quant. It was unusual to see that there was just one question on Numbers. Two questions on Algebra and one question on Profit and Loss were there from the arithmetic section. Ratio related chapters had a limited share of just two questions with 1-1 each from Time and Work and Time Speed Distance. Geometry and Trigonometry had a usual share of 4 questions, most of which were difficult. Apart from some random questions, there was one question each on Probability, Progression and Set Theory. Overall, Quant was easy to moderate.

There were two sets of DI of four questions each. One of them was a typical table chart and another was a yearly doze of a typical ‘XAT’ type DI set, which was difficult to comprehend. Overall, DI was Moderate to Difficult.

Suggested time for this section would be 60 minutes. Approximately 20 attempts with a score of 14 can be a 98%ile equivalent score.

Verbal and Logical Ability (24 Questions)

The section comprised of two parts: 12 questions of Reading Comprehension and 12 questions of other verbal ability based questions.

The biggest passage of approx 550 words was followed by 3 questions. There were two passages with an approximate length of 450 words with 3 or 4 questions at the end. A small paragraph of 250 words was the fourth RC having 2 questions at the end. Overall the RCs were moderate to difficult because most of the questions were inference based.

Interestingly, there were two Poem-based questions in this test paper, both of which needed a test taker to identify the gist of the poems. Two Parajumbles, One Analogy, Two Grammar based questions and two Fill in the Blanks discussing usages of words were also there in the test. Remaining three questions were from Critical Reasoning.

Overall, the section was of moderate difficulty level. In a suggested time of 55 minutes, 18 attempts and a score of 11 can be called a 98%ile equivalent performance.

Decision Making (21 Questions)

This section was a mix of 6 Logical Reasoning based questions, 4 business decision related questions, 3 questions testing ethics of a test taker and 8 questions on random decision making.

Logical Reasoning part was divided into two sets of 3-3 questions each. They were moderate to difficult. Decision Making portion was made of many caselets of 1 or 2 or 3 questions.

Overall, this section was of moderate difficulty level. In a suggested time of 55 minutes, 17 attempts and a score of 10 can be called a 98%ile equivalent performance.

Part II comprised of 25 General Knowledge Questions and an Essay.

General Knowledge (25 Questions)

This section was a good mix of Geography, TV, Movies, Business, History, Personalities and current affair based GK questions. A score of 8-10 can be termed as a Good Score.


Topic: Globalization and Jingoism always coexist!

Although this was a very good topic to check an aspirant’s thought process, many aspirants could not attempt it because they could not understand the meaning of ‘Jingoism’.

Good Score/Cut Off

No. of Questions Suggested Time Good Attempt Good Score Level of Difficulty Cut off for XLRI
Quant + DI 26 60 minutes 20 14 Quant: Easy to Moderate
DI: Moderate to Difficult
Verbal 24 55 minutes 18 11 Moderate 9
Decision Making 21 55 minutes 17 10 Moderate 7
Total 72 170 minutes 34

Estimated Cut off for:

XLRI – 34

XIM-B – 29

IMT-G – 29

GIM – 24

LIBA – 20

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About SNAP

Symbiosis National Aptitude Test is generally conducted in December. It is mandatory for all PG courses at the colleges of Symbiosis International University. There are 14 institutes of Symbiosis National University present in Pune, Nashik, Bangalore and Hyderabad which accept SNAP scores.

Important Dates for SNAP 2017

Registration Start Date 10th August, 2017

SNAP Test Dates 17th December, 2017

Last Date Of Registration 24th November, 2017

SNAP Results To be

SNAP 2016 Pattern

Total Questions: 150, 3 sections with 40 questions each and 1 section with 30 questions. Duration: 2 hours

Sections Total Marks
General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability 40
Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency 40
General Awareness: General Knowledge, Current Affairs, Business Scenario 30
Analytical & Logical Reasoning 40

Total Marks: 150

Marking: 1/4th negative marks.

Sectional Cut-offs: No

SNAP 2016 Analysis

SNAP finally changed its pattern after many years. The LR section moved from a 2 marker to a 1 marker. The GK section changed to Current Awareness section. The overall test was of 2 hours, 150 questions, 150 marks.

Easy Verbal Ability, comparatively time consuming Quant and Logical Reasoning section is the single line summary of SNAP 2016.

Section wise details are as below:

Quantitative Ability + Data Interpretation (40 Questions)

The section consisted of 6 questions of Data Interpretation and 34 questions of Quantitative Ability.

Data Interpretation was spread in two sets of 3-3 questions each. Both were standard DI sets of Table and Pie Chart with one of them easy and the other one needing some time to solve.

Quant part of the section was again dominated by Numbers with 5-6 questions having direct applications of Numbers and 2-3 more questions which can be categorized as Number related puzzles. 6 questions were asked from Ratio related chapters (Time and Work, Partnership, Time Speed Distance, Mixtures etc.) Share of geometry was limited to 3 questions only. A couple of questions from each of the Profit and Loss, Progression, Surds, Basic Algebra and 1-1 question from Probability, Set Theory etc and some miscellaneous ones created rest of the section.

Overall, this section was slightly time consuming.

Allocating 40 minutes to this section, 19-22 can be termed as Good Attempts and the same with 90% accuracy can be considered a Good Score.

Logical Reasoning (40 Questions)

The biggest surprise in SNAP 2016 was the change in the question mix of this section.  A sizeable chunk of questions (9-10 in number) were of Math based puzzles. The typical tabular data arrangement questions were missing. There were 6 questions based on sequence & series, 4 questions based on an input-output prediction, 3 questions of visual reasoning, 2 on blood relations, 1 each on clock & calendars etc. Rest of the questions were largely random logical puzzles.

Overall, this section was reasonably time consuming as well. Absence of standard variety of LR made this section more challenging for aspirants.

Allocating 40 minutes to this section, 18-21 can be termed as Good Attempts and the same with 90% accuracy can be considered a Good Score.

Verbal Ability (40 Questions)

Vocabulary – That’s the one word summary of this section. 6 questions of direct Synonym-Antonyms, 4 FIBs on confusing words, 3-4 Analogies and 3-4 more FIBs testing Vocabulary were asked. Adding to these questions, there were 2 questions on idioms & 1 on foreign words.

Apart from Vocabulary, 2 Reading Comprehensions (6+5 questions) were asked to test the comprehension skills of the test takers. Both were easy to attempt. The section also had 3 parajumbles and a couple of verbal reasoning questions.

Overall, this section was easy and was a morale booster.

Allocating 30 minutes to this section, 32-34 can be termed as Good Attempts and the same with 90% accuracy can be termed a Good Score.

Current Affairs (30 Questions)

This year, SNAP changed the title and the scope of this section. As per the communication shared by SNAP, it was supposed to be a section made of only current affairs of the last two years. SNAP creators have successfully delivered such a section.

There was a good spread of questions, with 6 questions on Sports and Business each, 5 questions of the who’s who (Business as well as Government), 3 questions on Awards and 3 questions on Tech related news.

A test taker who has been following news regularly should get a nice edge over others.

An ideal allocation can be 10 minutes for this particular section and a score of 14-16 can be termed as a good score.

Sections Qs Suggested Time Difficulty Level Good Score
Quantitative Ability + DI 40 40 minutes Moderate 16-17
Logical Reasoning 40 40 minutes Moderate 15-17
Verbal Ability 40 30 minutes Easy 25-27
Current Affairs 30 10 minutes Easy to Moderate 14-16

Expected Cut offs:

SIBM-P: 73+


SIBM-B: 58+

SIIB: 56+

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About NMAT

NMAT by GMAC, which was previously known as Narsee Monjee Admission Test, will be conducted by GMAC, is valid for entry into all PG programs of Narsee Monjee Colleges, and universities such as Alliance University (Bangalore), Amity University (Delhi), Thapar University (Chandigarh) and several others. A candidate could take NMAT-2015 up to a maximum of 3 times (first attempt plus 2 retake attempts) including no shows, if he/she wishes to. There has to be a gap of at least 15 days between two successive attempts. For candidates having multiple attempts, the best score (total and sectional) is considered for short listing purposes. The result for each attempt is declared separately, approximately 15 days after the test attempt. It is generally conducted from October-December.

Important Dates for NMAT By GMAC

Registration Start Date 4th July, 2017

NMAT Test Dates 5th October to 18th December, 2017

Last Date Of Registration 3rd October, 2017

NMAT Results To be

NMAT By GMAC 2017 Pattern

There are generally 3 sections in the test:

  • Section 1: Language Skills which consists of 32 Questions
  • Section 2: Quantitative Skills which consists of 48 Questions
  • Section 3: Logical Reasoning which consists of 40 Questions

Candidates can choose the order of sections in NMAT. Each of the three sections have individual section timings and candidates are supposed to answer and review the questions of a particular section within the allotted section time.

NMAT 2017 Analysis

As standardized as it could be!!

Question type and difficulty level both were same as that of last year’s exam.

It was, once again, a speed based test inviting all aspirants to target a typical 208-210 score to earn an NMIMS-Mumbai process call. 

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (48 Questions, 60 minutes):

The section comprised of 20 questions of Data Interpretation and 28 questions of Quantitative Ability.

DI part of the section was, once again, time-consuming and mostly calculative. Five sets of four questions each were there to test an aspirant’s ability to interpret data. The set with the pie chart was the easiest of all. A good test taker should have given priority to one caselet based set and the set with a bar chart over the other two sets considering the moderate level of difficulty of the former ones.

Remaining 28 questions were from Quant area of aptitude with 22 independent questions and 6 questions of Data Sufficiency. Numbers dominated the section with 6 questions. A good representation of 4 questions was also there from each of Algebra, Percentage Application, Ratio Application, and Geometry. All the 6 questions of Data Sufficiency were the easiest to solve whereas the Ratio based problems (Time Distance, Partnership, Time Work etc) demanded time to get solved.

Overall, the section can be termed as easy to moderate and 36-38 genuine attempts with 90+ % accuracy should lead to a Good Score.

Reasoning (40 Questions, 38 Minutes):

12 Questions from Verbal Reasoning and 28 Questions from Logical Reasoning constituted the reasoning section.

Verbal Reasoning portion had a good variety of questions in form of Syllogism, Course of Action, Sentence Assumption, Strengthen-weaken and inference based question. All of the 12 Questions were easy to moderate. An aspirant with a reasonably good practice of such variety of questions should get 8-9 Questions correct.

Logical and Analytical Reasoning part was dominated by two sets of tabular arrangements based questions. All the 8 questions were easy to moderate. Just one manageable set of Input-output was a small surprise, however, the previous slot of the day tested the takers with a set of good difficulty level.  4-5 questions from Coding, 2 questions of Blood Relations, 3 questions of Series and patterns, 2 questions on set theory formed a major part of the remaining section.

Approximately 28-30 genuine attempts with a 90+% accuracy should be sufficient for a Good Score.

Verbal Ability (32 Questions, 22 minutes):

The section was dominated by Vocabulary based questions. There were 5 Questions of Synonyms/Antonyms, 6 Fill-in-the-blanks and 1 Analogy question, all of which demanded a decent command over vocabulary.

The rest of the section had 4 Questions of Para jumbles, 5 Questions of Spotting the errors, 3 Preposition based Fill-in-the-blanks and 2 Reading Comprehension of 4 Questions each. Both the RCs were of medium size with a possible turn-around time of 6 to 7 minutes and most of these questions were manageable.

As far as the conduction is concerned, Pearson has done a brilliant job. The verification process before the Test is very smooth, provided you carry the right documents. The interface is quite good and responsive, however, one has to take note that there is no question pallet in the test and one has to use “next” and “previous” buttons in order to navigate through a section.


Test takers should reach the test center with all documents asked for.

Test takers should be mentally ready for a Speed Test which has no Negative Marking.

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About IIFT

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade – is generally conducted in the month of November by IIFT. The exam is valid for PG courses at its Delhi and Kolkata campus.

Important Dates for IIFT 2017

Registration Start Date

IIFT Test Dates 3rd December, 2017

Last Date Of Registration 15th September, 2017

IIFT Results To be

IIFT 2017 Pattern

The exam is a multiple choice objective type written test, which consists of questions covering English Comprehension, General Knowledge & Awareness, Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Analysis. The exam is of 2 hours duration. The marking scheme of IIFT may vary from year to year. Based on the marks obtained in the Written Test, candidates would be called for Essay Writing, Group Discussion and Interview.

There are a total of 6 sections in the test.

Sections Part Section Name No. of Questions Marks per Question Total Marks
Section I Part A Data Interpretation 19 1 19
Section I Part B Analytical and Logical Reasoning 20 0.75 15
Section II General Awareness 28 0.5 14
Section III Part A Verbal Ability 20 0.75 15
Section III Part B Reading Comprehension 16 0.75 12
Section IV Quantitative Aptitude 25 1 25

There is 1/3rd negative marking for a wrong answer and the total marks are 100. There’s a differential marking system for each section.

As expected, the paper contained a differential marking system but was relatively easier than the last few years’ IIFT papers. The exam was divided into 4 sections, further sub-divided into 6 sections viz. General Awareness, Reading Comprehension, Verbal Ability, Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation and Analytical & Logical Reasoning. In all, there were 128 questions amounting to a total of 100 marks. Each section had questions with the ideal blend of level of difficulty and variety.

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IIFT 2017 Analysis


This year IIFT brought in multiple shockers for students. Instead of 4 sections and two sub section in two of the four sections, it was 6 sections flat. Weightage for Data Interpretation section reduced from 1 to 0.75. Reduction in questions of GK from 25 to 18. Difficulty level was certainly higher than last year and mention of sectional cut-off for every section would have caused panic in some students. There were different variety of questions in Verbal Ability and General Knowledge.

Section Wise Analysis:

Section 1 – Analytical Reasoning: 20 questions X 1 mark each

The section was divided into 1 set of 5 questions, 5 sets of 2 questions, 1 set of 4 question and a single question set.  Except for 1 set of 4 questions on Data Structure, all sets were easy. Areas like arrangements of 5 X 4 format, Sports Tournaments, Direction sense, and Statement and Conclusions were evaluated. This can be called as the only scoring section in the complete paper. Nearly all the sets & individual questions were doable. 15-16 can be said to be good attempts and approximately 12 marks can be considered a good score in this section. A section worth spending 25 mins in and a section that won’t disappoint a test taker.

Section 2 – Data Interpretation: 20 Questions X 0.75 marks each

There were 4 sets, out of which 2 sets were manageable, one was time consuming and one difficult to interpret. The set on moving average was an aberration and hence possible that students would have left that set considering it calculative. However, a smart test taker would have approximated the values and could have tried closing 2 out the 5 in that set. Otherwise, if a test taker puts in 7-8 mins into each set, each set could have been solved. Just because the return on investment of time for this section isn’t as good as the AR or the Verbal Ability or the Quant section, it is a little not-so-much-worth to overspend time in this section. All in all, putting in 20 mins into this section to fetch 11 attempts to eventually fetch 4-5 marks in this section can be considered a good score.

Section 3 – Reading Comprehension: 16 questions X 1 mark each

4 RCs, 4 questions each. Length of RCs was 1000 to 1200 words. So, it was more or less like last year’s IIFT section. Even the intensity and difficulty level matches that of last year. The RCs on Group On Business and Economics by Raghuram Rajan were doable. Other two on Business Statistics and Reading Philosophy were difficult. Again, because it is not great return on investment on time (the realization is not more than 1 Question per min) and hence RCs may not be a glamorous steal. Still spending 25 mins and attempting 3 RCs can be considered ideal. In all, making a comfortable 10 attempts with a net realization of 7-8 marks can be considered a good score.

Section 4 – Verbal Ability: 20 questions X 1 mark each

This is the section where most of the innovation was done. Five questions on identifying the nature of phrase/clause, 3 questions on inserting commas, and 3 questions on arranging the jumbled words were completely new question types for the students required a lot of patience and reverse thinking ability . Only respite was 3 questions on Analogy which was also tricky if not tough. Moreover, the return on investment of time was good. Students who have a good hold of reading and grammar would still be able to manage the section, every test taker ideally would have taken around 15 mins to close this sections. A good score in this section can be around 6 marks with good attempts being around 12-13 questions.

Section 5 – General Knowledge: 18 Questions x 0.5 marks each

Weightage of GK has been reduced from 12.5 marks to 9 marks. Only 5 questions direct, rest of 13 questions were in trivia format. Questions based on finding out mistakes in the news article would have shocked most of students as these kind of questions were never seen before. There were typical three questions match the columns as per the IIFT trend. There were questions on Government policies, International Business, Currency, Sports, Logo identification, Taglines, CEO’s etc. All in all, 12 mins spent in this section is enough to see through the length of this section and to go through every question. A person with good awareness will be able to attempt around 9 questions. 2-3 marks can be considered a good score in this section.

Section 6 – Quantitative Ability: 20 Questions X 1 mark each

The spread of the section wasn’t as good. Arithmetic had unprecedented weightage with 10 questions from it. Algebra had just 2 & Geometry had 5 questions each. Modern mathematics had a representation of 3 questions. Log based question on ex series was slightly time consuming whereas question on finding the area of shaded portion was confusing because of the diagram. With 9 questions being easy, 5 moderate and 6 tough, we can classify this sections as Moderate to Tough. Ideal attempts in 27-28 minutes can be 13 and good score can be 9.

Overall, this is how it seems:

IIFT 2017 Analysis
Section No. of Questions Weightage Marks Difficulty Ideal Time (Mins) Ideal Attempts Good Score Sectional CutOffs
1 Analytical Reasoning 20 1 20 Easy to Moderate 25 16 11 4
2 Quantitative Ability 20 1 20 Moderate to Tough 28 13 9 3.5
3 Data Interpretation 20 0.75 15 Tough 20 11 5 1.5
4 General Awareness 18 0.5 9 Moderate to Tough 12 9 2.5 0.75
5 Verbal Ability 20 1 20 Moderate 15 12 6 2.5
6 Reading Comprehension 16 1 16 Moderate 20 11 7.5 4
Overall 114 NA 100 Moderate to Tough 120 70 41 NA

Expected Overall Cut-off: 38.8           

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