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

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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

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:

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,

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,

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

Registration Start Date

IIFT Test Dates 2nd December, 2018

Last Date Of Registration

IIFT Results

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

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