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IIFT 2013: Analysis & Expected Cut-offs

IIFT 2013 was almost similar to IIFT 2012 as the format was exactly the same as that of last year’s. There was no change in marking scheme. As the sectional cut-offs are also taken into consideration, so it was important to manage the given time judiciously on different sections.

Overview of the paper:
Section Sections No. of Questions Marks per Questions Total-Marks
(A) (B) (C) (D) (E)=(C)×(D)
Section -1 (Part -2) Analytical Reasoning and Logic Reasoning 19 1.00 19
  (Part -2) Analytical Reasoning and Logic Reasoning 20 0.75 15
Section -2 General Awarenes 28 0.50 14
Section -3 (Part -1) Verbal Ability 20 0.75 15
  Part -2)Reading Comprehension 16 0.75 12
Section -4 Quantitative Ability 25 1.00 25
  Total 128   100.00
Overview of the IIFT 2013 Paper
Time Allotted 2Hrs.
Total no. of questions 128(100 Marks)
Marking Scheme Different for different sections
Sections 4
Number of choices 4
Negative Marking 1/3
Expected cut-offs* Around 49 marks

Sectional – Analysis

Section I: (Part -1)Data Interpretation
Area Tested Description No. of Question Mark Allotted
Data Interpretation Multiple Graph 4 4x1
Tables 15 15x1
Total 19 19

Evaluation: Most of the DI questions were calculative in nature. One could have increased the attempt with approximation and proper usage of choices.

Comfortable Attempt: 12-14 questions.

Achievable Score: Around 11 marks.

(Part -2)Analytical and Logical Reasoning
Area Tested Description No. of Question Mark Allotted
AR and LR Series 3 3x0.75
Clock 1 1x0.75
AR Blocks 10 9x0.75
Symboperation 1 1x0.75
Critical Reasoning 2 2x0.75
Coding Decodin 3 3x0.75
Total 20 20

Evaluation: Except 1 block (6 Indian professor) rest of the section was manageable. Overall this section was of Moderate difficulty level.

Comfortable Attempt: 11-13 questions.

Achievable Score: Around 9 marks.

Section II: Quantitative Ability
Area Tested Description No. of Question Mark Allotted
Quant Algebra & Equations 2 2x1
P&C Probabilit 5 5x1
Time & Work 3 3x1
Geometry 5 5x1
Number System 6 6x1
Logs 2 2x1
Chain Rule 1 1x1
SI & CI 1 1x1
Total 25 25

Evaluation: The Quant Section was Moderate to Tough. Right selection of questions was important to find out the simpler questions.

Comfortable Attempt: 12-14 questions.

Achievable Score: Around 10 marks.

Section III:(Part -1) Verbal Ability
Area Tested Description No. of Question Mark Allotted
1 Sentence Completion 2 0.75x2
2 Analogies 2 0.75x2
3 Sentence Rearrangement 3 0.75x2
4 Sentence Correction & Gramma 3 0.75x4
5 Spell- Check 2 0.75x2
6 Vocabulary Base 8 0.75x6
7 Figures of speech 1 0.75x2
  Total 20 15

Evaluation: Verbal Ability Section was dominated by vocabulary based questions. Sentence rearrangement and grammar questions were easy. The sentence completion was a fair mix of tricky and easy questions. The Section also contained analogies, figure of speech and active passive voice based questions. Overall this section was easy to moderate.

Comfortable Attempt: 12-15 questions.

Achievable Score: Around 8 marks.

(Part -2) Reading Comprehension
Area Tested Description No. of Question Mark Allotted
1 Media’s treatment of organized crime/defendants 4 0.75x4
2 Case study on the rise of two brands 4 0.75x4
3 Clearing air on controversy related to morals aspects of capitalism 4 0.75x4
4 Discussion on Brazil and Asian Economics 4 0.75x4
  Total 16 12

Evaluation: This section was easy. Except one RC, (Clearing air on controversy related to morals aspects of capitalism), the rests were moderate in length and easy. Most of the questions were direct.

Comfortable Attempt: 8-10 questions.

Achievable Score: Around 6 marks.

Section IV: General Awareness

Evaluation: This year also GK section was dominated by questions on static GK. There were a few current affairs based questions also.

Comfortable Attempt: 8-10 questions.

Achievable Score: Around 3 marks.

This section had 28 questions with a dominance of static awareness with 16 questions. These 16 questions were spread across diverse subject areas- Geography (5), History (2), International Organizations (2), National Projects (2), Business & Economy (1), Science (1), Books & Authors (1), Personalities (1), Phrases (1). As in the previous years, geography had a higher proportion of questions on static awareness. The questions tested multiple dimensions of awareness, reflected an average difficulty level and could have been managed with a general understanding of static components of the environment.

Questions on current affairs were fewer in number, but were sourced from a wide variety of topics, reflecting both International and National news- Polity (1), Books & Authors (1), Business & Economy (4), International Organizations (2), Sports (2), People (2). The questions required a regular follow up of issues , challenges and events in these various sectors of current affairs.

Overall, an attempt of 18-20 questions with good accuracy would be a safe approach in this section.

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