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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

Registration Start Date

CAT Test Date 25th November 2018

Last Date of Registration 26th September 2018

CAT Result To be announcediimcat.ac.in

CAT 2018 Paper Pattern

The CAT 2018 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 2018 Exam Analysis

CAT 2018 Exam Analysis | First Slot

With the expectations of CAT 2018 built largely over the format and difficulty level of the last three years, the exam evoked mixed responses ranging from “it was as expected” to “it’s shock value makes it difficult”.

Experience maketh man better! The conduction of the exam was fairly glitch-free with no technical issues and seamless processes. A far better experience for the test-taker.

So, what evoked the mixed responses? The difficulty-level of DI/LR was a notch lower than expected while that of QA was about one notch higher. Going by the speculations of QA based on the last three years’ difficulty level, this took test-takers by surpriseVA evoked a slightly more confused response, thanks to the lengthier RCs and the slight difference in number of questions per RC.

The sectional, in depth analysis is as follows:

VERBAL:
With 24 RC questions and 10 non-RC questions, the overall format was as expected. The surprise was in the 5 questions per RC in 4 RCs and 4 questions in 1 RC. This also meant that the length of each RC was 550 to 650 words. No single paragraph, 200-word RC like last year was observed. This would have taken test-takers aback slightly. But the RCs topics were contemporary with easy language making comprehension easy. The topics were evolutionary biology, history- the relevance of recognizing India’s role in and contribution to the Second World War, environment -plastic recycling evading the real problem, economics- quantifying and assessment of happiness for economic growth, and animal and human behavior. The questions were the usual main idea, except, inferences, direct and logical purpose questions with an odd contextual-vocabulary question and weaken the argument question thrown in.

The non-RC questions were indeed smooth sailing! The Para-jumbles were surprisingly easy involving only 4 sentences (last year all of them had 5 sentences), 2 of the 4 questions being really easy. The 3 Summary questions had topics of philosophy and art, but had really easy options. The 3 Out of Context questions made one think a little more, but not a tough ask for a student who has prepared well. The 7 key-in questions were Para-jumbles and Out of Context.

The section was moderate. For a 98 percentile, 29 attempts here with an 80% accuracy should be considered good.

DI-LR:
With the difficulty levels of DI/LR increasing year on year in the last three years, test-takers went inured to the challenges of this section. Interestingly, the section was easier than the previous years. The eight sets with four questions each had 1 traditional and 1 new-age DI, 3 traditional LR sets and 3 new-age LR sets. Two sets -the 4-category set theory DI question and the pipeline new-age LR question were difficult. All the others were moderate except the pie charts DI set and the arrangement LR set were the easiest. The 8 key-in questions were well distributed.

Overall, a student who has prepared well should be able to attempt 5 to 6 sets properly in the allocated 60 minutes. This section could be termed moderate. For a 98 percentile, 22 – 23 attempts with an 80% accuracy should be considered good.

Quant:
This was indeed the surprise of the paper and unnerved test-takers. With a heavy dose of Geometry and Logarithm questions – 7 and 3, this altered the balance of this section though Geometry was easier than previous year. If the test taker had learnt not to judge the book by the cover, he would be fine in this section. Each question had to be read and understood before taking the call to skip the same. A lot of students ended up skipping questions which were below average in difficulty-level because of the look of the question! There was also a heavy dose of Arithmetic: 3 Time, Speed, Distance questions, 3 Time &Work questions. There were also 3-4 Numbers questions, 2 each of Set Theory, Functions, Average and Partnerships, and 1 each of SICI, Profit and Loss, Percentage, P&C, Alligations and Mixtures, Progressions.

Overall, it was a far more balanced section compared to previous years’ formats and students had to spend some time on questions rather than look for sitters as sitters were fewer in number. Another feature was that the 12 key-in questions were time consuming and required students to be clear about concepts and careful in calculations.

The section was moderate to difficult. For a 98 percentile, 25 attempts with 80% accuracy should be considered good.

Find below the percentile projections on the basis of raw scores:

Expected Percentile on basis of Raw Scores
Percentile Overall Verbal LRDI Quant
99 169 70 53 65
98 154 64 46 57
95 132 58 40 47
90 113 50 34 40
85 95 44 28 33
80 83 39 24 28

 

Overall, unlike Bollywood in 2018, where big stars have disappointed on the first day- first show, CAT 2018 is clearly a blockbuster, on the lines of what was expected and students have nothing to cry foul about. This paper was balanced across all sections and one needs to appreciate CAT authorities for creating a blockbuster of a paper which will only increase students’ faith in the system.

Wishing all the best to all the test takers for the results!

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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

Registration Start Date

XAT Test Date 6th January, 2019

Last Date Of Registration 30th November, 2018Register

XAT Results To be announced

XAT 2018 Pattern

XAT 2018 in its first online attempt mostly kept its pattern similar to last year. There were 2 parts in the paper: Part A and Part B. Part A had 26 questions of Verbal ability and logical reasoning, 21 questions of Decision Making and 27 questions of Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation. The time allotted for this part was 170 minutes (with no sectional time limit). Part B had 25 questions of General awareness and an essay topic. The time allotted for this part was 40 minutes. There was a 10 minutes break provided between both the parts.

XAT 2018 Analysis

An easier than expected Quant + DI and a moderate Decision-Making section, a slightly tougher than the expected verbal section and close options throughout all sections were the highlights of the paper.

Part A:

Quantitative Ability+ Data Interpretation (27 Questions)

The section consisted of 6 questions of Data Interpretation, 2 questions of Data sufficiency and 19 questions on Quantitative Ability.

Data Interpretation was spread in two sets of 3 questions each. While one was standard DI set consisting of a bar and line graph; another one was a football tournament based set. Both of them were easy and can be solved by a well-trained student.

Quant part of the section was dominated by Arithmetic with 3 questions from numbers, 1 from percentage, 2 from Ratios, 2 from Time and Distance and 1 from Time and work. Algebra had its share of 2 questions – 1 on quadratic equation and other on inequality. Geometry had 4 questions – 1 on circle, 1 on 3-dimensional Height and Distance and 2 on mensuration. There were 2 questions on application of Maths, 1 question on probability and 1 question on application of Fibonacci series.

Overall this section can be called easy to moderate considering options were close in 3 to 4 questions and some 4 to 5 questions were tough.

Allocating 60 mins to this section, 20+ can be termed as Good Attempts and 15+ can be a good score.

Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning (26 Questions)

Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning section had 26 questions with 3 Vocabulary Sentence Completion, 1 Grammar Sentence Correction, 5 RCs with 15 questions which included a poem of 2 questions, and 5 Critical Reasoning questions. Sentence Completion was moderate with one tricky question using words like phillipic and ennui, and another, an interesting relief for the fans of Game of Thrones with the Lannisters, Tyrells, Jon and Daenerys thrown in! The lone Grammar question tested the correct use of conjunction and double negative.

3 of the 5 RCs were abstract with dense language making reading difficult. They were abstract discussions of belief and doubt, science and consciousness, and labour and capital. The RC on lessons of history was easy to read but had difficult questions and confusing options. Most RCs were about 400 to 450 and one RC of about 600 words. The poem on the theme of love with 2 questions was 12-14 lines long. The other RCs had 3 questions each and 1 RC with 4 questions. There were a number of most likely/least likely questions, a couple of inferences, one vocab-based question, two essence of the passage questions and the others detail-based. Critical Reasoning had a definitely interpreted, least likely, inference, most likely explanation and an unusual ‘Which assumption would make the argument redundant?’ questions.

A student could allocate about 55 mins to this section and attempt 20+ questions with 11+ correct.

Decision Making (21 Questions)

Decision Making had 7 caselets with 4 carrying 3 questions each and 3 carrying 2 questions each making for a total of 18 DM questions. Five of these caselets were business cases with 1 involving ethics and humanitarian decisions. One caselet was an interesting set of kingdoms and the decisions that the Queens and Kings of these kingdoms would need to take with regard to the security and sovereignty of their kingdom and another to do with economic justice. Though all caselets were around 150 to 350 words and easy to understand, the most likely not/least likely not nature of the questions and the close options made them challenging.

This section had only one set of data-related decision making with three questions with the data provided in a tabular form.

With 55 minutes allocated to this section, good attempts would be 18+ with 10+ correct.

PART B: General Awareness and Essay-Writing:

Part B had 25 questions of GK followed by an essay on the topic: Ethical Practices and Sustainability: Can they co-exist? GK was a good mix of static and current affairs topics and had questions about countries and their capitals, territories and prime ministers, space agencies and spaceships, Indian music festivals, cryptocurrency, video sharing platforms, product and companies, and dogfooding and showrooming.

Finding the essay topic easy to understand unlike last year’s must have come as a relief to test takers.  Ethical practice and sustainability being oft-discussed terms these days, there are businesses and business practices that ensure an enduring and balanced approach to economic activity, environmental responsibility and societal benefit ensuring that future generations are able to enjoy the same kind of lifestyles that people enjoy today. This naturally involves taking a long-term perspective on balancing the economic, environmental and social impact of business.

Sectional Synopsis:

Section Difficulty Ideal Time Good Attempts Good Score
QA + DI Easy to Moderate 60 Minutes 20+ 15+
VA + LR Moderate to Tough 55 Minutes 20+ 11+
DM Moderate to Tough 55 Minutes 18+ 10+
Overall Moderate to Tough 170 Minutes 59+ 37+


Predicted Scores for different percentiles:

Section Score @ 97%ile (Appx.) Score @ 90%ile (Appx.) Score @ 80%ile (Appx.)
Score @ 70%ile (Appx.)
Quant 15+ 10+ 8+ 6+
VA+LR 11+ 7+ 6+ 5+
DM 10+ 6+ 5+ 4+
Overall 37+ 25+ 20+ 16+

Predicted Cut-offs:

Section XLRI – HRM XLRI-BM XLRI-GMP XIMB/IMT-G
Quant 70%ile (6) 90%ile (10) 75%ile (7) 70%ile (6)
VA+LR 80%ile (6) 80%ile (6) 75%ile (5.5) 70%ile (5)
DM 75%ile (4.5) 80%ile (5) 75%ile (4.5) 70%ile (4)
Overall 93%ile (30+) 96%ile (35+) 90%ile (25+) 90%ile (25+)

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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

Registration Start Date

SNAP Test Dates 16th December, 2018

Last Date Of Registration 18th January, 2019

SNAP Results 28th February, 2019snaptest.org

SNAP 2017 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 2017 Analysis

SNAP 2017 in its first online attempt mostly kept its pattern, difficulty level and type similar as last year.

To attempt 150 questions in 120 minutes online made it a super speed based exam wherein there was no breathing space. Time-consuming Quant, Vocab, and Grammar heavy Verbal, Multidimensional Reasoning and Dynamic General Knowledge can be said as highlights of the paper.

Section wise details are mentioned below:

Quantitative Ability+ Data Interpretation (40 Questions)

The section consisted of just 7 questions of Data Interpretation and 33 questions of Quantitative Ability.

Data Interpretation was spread in two sets of 5 and 2 questions respectively. Both were standard DI sets; one was a Pie chart and other was a Line Chart. Both of them seemed easy but ambiguous in definition.

Quant part of the section was dominated by Arithmetic with 8 questions having direct applications of Percentages, Ratios and Profit and Loss. P&C and Probability had a high weightage with 7 questions, while Geometry was limited to 3 questions only. Shockingly there were just 3 questions on Numbers. Presence of 2 reasoning based questions might have surprised some students. Other than these there were 2 questions on Set Theory and Logarithms and 1 question each on Time & Work, TS, and SICI.

Overall this section was time consuming with reading and calculations to be done.

Allocating 40 mins 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)

This section comprised of all varieties of questions. There were three sets on Symbol based blood relationship, Number based arrangement and Interpretation from graph with 5 questions each. There 2 questions on Card Game which could have hindered the speed. Presence of sufficient amount of quant questions based on permutation, geometry, ratios and numbers in this section would have caused some trouble. Otherwise this section had almost all type of reasoning questions; 1 question each on Input Output, Directions, Linear arrangement, Coding – Decoding and Clocks. Like always there were some newly formed questions based on a cartoon picture and physics knowledge which were interesting to solve.

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

Allocating 40 mins to this section, 20-23 can be termed as Good Attempts and the same with 90% accuracy can be considered a good score.

Verbal Ability (40 Questions)

Verbal Section in SNAP had no surprises! Half of it comprised Vocabulary based questions and the remaining half was a mix of Reading Comprehension questions, Grammar and Sentence Rearrangement. Although Critical reasoning and Verbal reasoning questions were conspicuous due to their absence.

Vocabulary-19 questions; 2 questions of direct Synonyms, 6 of Antonyms, 5 FIBs, 2 Analogies were asked for vocabulary testing. Adding to these questions there were 4 questions on idioms and phrases.

Reading Comprehension questions-12; (6+6 questions in two passages) were asked to test comprehension skills of the test takers. Both were easy to attempt. The section also had 2 Sentence Rearrangement and 7 Grammar based questions.

Overall, Verbal section was fairly manageable with approximately 15 questions very easy, 18 moderate and 7 difficult questions. It could certainly be a morale booster for a well prepared student.

Allocating 30 mins to this section, 29 – 31 can be termed as Good Attempts and the same with 80% accuracy can be considered a good score.

Current Affairs (30 Questions)

Like last year it was supposed to be a section made of only current affairs of last few years. SNAP creators have certainly successfully delivered their promise with this section. There was a good spread of questions with all different types like Sports, Business who’s who (Business as well as Government), Awards and Tech related news.

Questions on Bit coin, SMAC, Hriday Nath Mangeshkar award, 104 Satellites, Recent Attorney General, Disney deal, RPG Goenka launch, Hilmut Kohl – Germany, Game of thrones, Roger Fedrerer’s Wimbledon wins, New organ found in body, Olympics sponsor, Cricket Associations and Cyclone were testing students on all different grounds.

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

An ideal allocation can be 10 mins for this particular section and 15-16 attempts with 85% accuracy can be considered for a good score.

Section Qs Suggested Time Difficulty Level Good Score
Quantitative Ability + DI 40 40 minutes Moderate 15-16
Logical Reasoning 40 40 minutes Moderate 14-16
Verbal Ability 40 30 minutes Easy  24-26
Current Affairs 30 10 minutes Easy to Moderate  10-12

 Expected Cutoffs:

  • SIBM-Pune: 67+
  • SCMHRD: 63+
  • SIBM-B: 52+
  • SIIB: 50+

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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

NMAT Test Dates 4th October to 17th December, 2018

Last Date Of Registration 3rd October, 2018

NMAT Results 3rd week of January, 2019www.nmat.org.in

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.

Overall,

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

Registration Start Date

IIFT Test Dates 2nd December, 2018

Last Date Of Registration

IIFT Results iiftadmissions.net.in

IIFT 2018 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 2018 Analysis

 

If IIFT 2017 shocked the test taker by producing the most difficult test of recent past, then one can surely say that IIFT 2018 went one step ahead in challenging thousands of IIFT aspirants.

Test takers were well aware that they had to reach the sectional cut off of each section before targeting the overall cut off. But, the test designer ensured that no section ended up giving marks easily. In absence of any Easy section, the overall cut off should come down by few marks in comparison to last year.

It was little disappointing to see approximately half a dozen questions with ambiguous data which involved a set of Logical Reasoning as well. The ambiguous nature of these many questions may have confused many test takers and would further cost a mark or two in overall cut off.

The sectional, in depth analysis is as follows:

Reading Comprehension (16 Qs of 1 mark each)

The RC Sectional made a stark departure from the last few years’ standard 4×4 RCs. This time with 5 RCs of  800 to 1000 words, the RCs not only challenged students with their length but also with their number and distribution of questions. 4 RCs had 3 questions each and  1 RC had 4 questions.

The questions were fairly direct and could be answered by skimming and scanning. The RCs on GDP and Utility of liberal arts graduates in the Second Machine age were easy as they had all direct questions. Two RCs-  one, on the Importance of Information and two, on Public Intellectuals had semi-inference question and could be answered easily by understanding the main idea from the first paragraphs. The last RC was on metamorphosis of culture, the questions were tricky because the options were close, but clear understanding of the first paragraph could make things easier. However, with return on investment on time (the realization is not more than 1 question per min) not being great, this  RC was not worth spending time on.

With 22 mins, making a comfortable 10 attempts with a net realization of 7 marks can be considered a good score.

Verbal Ability (20 Qs of 0.75 mark each)

The Verbal Ability sectional was on the same lines as last year, but with more question variety. The emphasis on language technicality continued. Both Grammar and Vocab questions offered diversity and the conventional Para-jumble made a return, much to the relief of the test takers! Of the 3 questions on arranging the jumbled letters to form a meaningful word that matched with one of the options, two were easy and moderate, one was really difficult. ‘Pernickety’ is certainly not a much used word. One of the two analogy questions was difficult. There were 3 questions of Sentence Completion, one of which was tricky. Grammar was back to its good old days of error detection and sentence correction. Of the 4 Grammar questions, only 1 was difficult. The two Para-jumble questions could be easily tackled by a trained student. Etymology-based questions continued their run for the third year, sending home the message loud and clear of IIFT’s interest in language origins and expectations from test takers. A very difficult set of words, the only easy one being ‘voracious’. The 2 match the following questions, one of which was Vocab-based and the other, Grammar-based, also used some difficult words.

Students with formal training in Vocabulary and strong Grammar training will have found a good number of questions for themselves. With 12-15 mins spent on this sectional and attempts of 12-13 questions, a student can hope to score about 7 marks.

Quantitative Ability (20 Qs of 1 mark each)

The section was more or less similar to last year with an exception of having 7 Qs of Geometry and Mensuration. Most of the problems were time consuming and demanded a test taker to demonstrate own Qs selection ability to find relatively easier Qs. Two questions of Logarithm and Time and Work were also part of this section with 3 to 4 Qs coming from Algebra.

We can classify this sections as Moderate to Tough. Ideal attempts in 25-27 minutes can be 12 and good score can be 8.

Data Interpretation (20 Qs of 1 mark each)

Once again the Data Interpretation section was the most challenging. IIFT has continued with its tradition of producing highly calculative Data Interpretation sets which tested calculation skills of all the test takers. Almost no set can be called an easy one. Test taker were forced to spend time in at least two sets to get the sectional cut off of this section.

Overall, we can classify this sections as difficult. Ideal attempts in 22 minutes can be 8 and good score can be 5.

Logical Reasoning (20 Qs of 1 mark each)

The section was divided into 3 sets of 4 questions, 2 sets of 2 questions, 1 set of 3 questions and a single question set. The paper evaluated areas like arrangements of 6 X 3 format, Data structure, Venn diagram and number puzzle. There was a clear emphasis visible on arrangement based puzzles ranging from circular arrangement, tabular arrangement to a grid-based matrix arrangement. Except for 1 set of 4 questions on friends and hotels and a single question on number puzzle, all the other sets were either time consuming or moderate to difficult. The set on Venn diagram was lengthy and just 2 question following it made it a time-consuming proposition, while the sets based on matrix and circular arrangement can be considered moderate to difficult. One set that was based on friends staying in rooms of different colour, required some assumptions to be made in order to solve the set. This certainly wasn’t a scoring section in the paper. Overall, 10-11 can be called good attempts and approximately 7 marks can be considered a good score in this section within 25 minutes.

General Knowledge (18 Qs of 0.5 mark each)

Continuing the last year’s trend, GK section this year too had 18 questions with 9 marks. Two of the three conceptual questions (i.e. Shell Company & Regressive taxation) were relatively easy. The rest 15 questions were factual, from areas viz. Sports, International Organizations, International Affairs, Business Trivia, Currency etc. True to the IIFT trend, there were 3 match-the-column questions and one pictorial question on Logo identification. In all, the GK section this year was easier compared to last few years. A well-prepared student should be able to attempt around 10 questions and 3 marks can be considered a good score in GK section.

Overall Analysis

Section Qs Marks/Q Marks Difficulty Level Ideal Time (min) Good Score Probable Cut off
Reading Comprehension 16 1 16 Moderate 22 7 2.66
Verbal Ability 20 0.75 15 Moderate 15 7 2.50
Quantitative Ability 20 1 20 Moderate 26 8 3.00
Data Interpretation 20 1 20 Difficult 22 5 1.66
Logical Reasoning 20 1 20 Difficult 25 7 3.33
General Knowledge 18 0.5 9 Moderate 10 3 1.00
Total 114   100   120   30

Probable Cut off for IIFT Delhi and Kolkata: 30 Marks

Answer key for IIFT-18 can be found here.

 

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Working on developing personality for final challenge

  • 64 hrs Add on Test Series
  • 10 hrs GDPI Training
  • 3 Panels Per Call
  • 10+ GD/PI Workshops
Phase 1

Foundation

 

Clearing the concepts and Building the basics

  • 40 hrs Classroom Learning
  • 8+ Paper Tests
  • 106+ Online Tests
  • 2 Value Sessions
Phase 2

Fundamentals

 

Developing core test areas,identifying improvement areas and fortifying the strengths

  • 150 hrs Classroom Learning
  • 165 Paper Tests
  • 211 Online Tests
  • 8 Knowledge Workshops
Phase 3

Endeavor

 

Focus on building speed and accuracy through testing and regular mentoring

  • 2 One-to-One Mentoring Sessions
  • 80+ Sectionals
  • 34+ Mock CATs
Phase 4

Cruise Control

 

Working on developing personality for final challenge

  • 64 hrs Add on Test Series
  • 10 hrs GDPI Training
  • 3 Panels Per Call
  • 10+ GD/PI Workshops
Phase 1

Foundation

 

Clearing the concepts and Building the basics

  • 64 hrs Classroom Learning
  • 8+ Paper Tests
  • 106+ Online Tests
  • 2 Value Sessions
Phase 2

Fundamentals

 

Developing core test areas,identifying improvement areas and fortifying the strengths

  • 180 hrs Classroom Learning
  • 165 Paper Tests
  • 211 Online Tests
  • 8 Knowledge Workshops
Phase 3

Endeavor

 

Focus on building speed and accuracy through testing and regular mentoring

  • 2 One-to-One Mentoring Sessions
  • 80+ Sectionals
  • 34+ Mock CATs
Phase 4

Cruise Control

 

Working on developing personality for final challenge

  • 64 hrs Add on Test Series
  • 10 hrs GDPI Training
  • 3 Panels Per Call
  • 10+ GD/PI Workshops
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