IIFT 2018 Analysis

IIFT 2018 Exam 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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