All about IIFT 2017 Analysis

This year IIFT has done a few changes in terms of distribution of sections and marks allocation. This year VA, RC, Data & Reasoning were all separate hence taking number of sections to six as compared to four, last year. The total number of questions was reduced to 114 from 123. GK & Verbal ability section was slightly different in terms of format for e.g. in GK section, a few questions were asked by giving description first and then asking questions out of it. To maintain the cutoff, in all the six section, was really a difficult task and a lot of student will end up in not clearing cutoffs in one or two sections. This year different sets had different sequence of sections. Here in our analysis we are using Set A to present the breakup.
IIFT 2017 Question Paper
IIFT 2017 Answer Key
The break-up for the six sections was as follow:
Section Sections No. of Questions Marks per Questions Total-Marks Negative Marks/Question
Section - 1 General Awareness 18 0.5 9 0.17
Section - 2 Verbal Ability 20 1 20 0.33
Section - 3 Reading Comprehension 16 1 16 0.33
Section - 4 Analytical Reasoning 20 1 20 0.33
Section - 5 Quantitative Ability 20 1 20 0.33
Section - 6 Data Interpretation 20 0.75 15 0.25
    114 - 100  
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Overview of the IIFT 2017 Paper
Time Allotted 2Hrs.
Total no. of questions 114 (100 Marks)
Marking Scheme Different for different sections
Sections 6
Number of choices 4
Expected cutoff and Good Attempt
Section Good Attempt (Number of questions)
General Awareness 8 – 10
Verbal Ability 9 – 11
Reading Comprehension 11 – 12
Analytical Reasoning 16 – 18
Quantitative Ability 10 - 12
Data Interpretation 7 - 9
The expected overall score at which one can expect a call from IIFT will be around 40+.
Remember, you need to clear the individual sectional cut-offs as well.
Section I: General Awareness
Evaluation: A few of the GK questions were in paragraph form and a few were based on match the column. Only 5 questions were direct MCQ type. There were mixtures of topics checking general awareness of the candidate across the all areas. Students found GK this year a bit tougher than last year.
Attempt by Good Student: 8 – 10
Section II: - Verbal Ability
Sr. No. Description No. of Questions Mark Allotted
Verbal Ability Grammar (Phrases & Clauses) 5 5 × 1
Vocabulary Base (Prefix, Suffix) 1 1 × 1
Jumbled words 3 3 × 1
Grammar (Punctuation) 3 3 × 1
Analogies 3 3 × 1
Sentence Correction (Para form) 5 5 × 1
Total 20 20
Evaluation: The Verbal Ability portion of the exam had an extremely strong emphasis on Vocabulary and grammar based questions. In case your grammar fundamental were strong you could have decent attempts in this section. Vocabulary was also a very dominant part of this section and the words given belong to the moderate to tough category making the attempt in this part less.
Attempt by Good Student: 9 – 11
Section III: - Reading Comprehension
Sr. No. Description No. of Questions Mark Allotted
1. Commerce 4 4 × 1
2. Education – Close & Careful reading 4 4 × 1
3. Financial Crises 4 4 × 1
4. Business – Statistical Analysis 4 4 × 1
  Total 16 16
Evaluation: The RC section was relatively difficult and featured long RCs as compared to last year’s RCs. There were four passages with 4 questions each. The level of RCs varied from moderate to difficult overall a student could have easily solved at least two passages in given time. The questions were more of inference based rather than facts based, which made this section challenging.
Attempt by Good Student: 11 – 12
Section IV:- Analytical and Logical Reasoning
Area Tested Description No. of Question Mark Allotted
Analytical Reasoning Analytical Reasoning 11 11 × 1
Reasoning based DS 2 2 × 1
Directions 2 2 × 1
Input Output 4 4 × 1
Syllogism 1 1 × 1
Total 20 20
Evaluation: This section was of Easy to Moderate difficulty level. There were four AR blocks. One AR block on (MBA Students) was moderate while other three AR blocks (ISL, Swarna Shatabdi Express & Sports related) were easy to moderate. There were two questions on directions which were easy and two questions were on DS and they were also doable. There were four questions on Input Output and they were moderate.
Attempt by Good Student: 16 – 18
Section V: Quantitative Ability
Area Tested Description No. of Questions Mark Allotted
Quantitative Ability Function, Algebra & Equations 3 3 × 1
P&C Probability 1 1 × 1
Time & Work 2 2 × 1
Geometry & Co-ordinate 6 6 × 1
Logs 1 1 × 1
Percentage, Profit & Loss, SI & CI 3 3 × 1
Number System 1 1 × 1
Time, Speed and Distance 1 1 × 1
Ratio & Proportion 1 1 × 1
Sets 1 1 × 1
Total 20 20
Evaluation: The Quantitative Ability was Moderate to difficult. Some of the questions were calculation intensive. Questions related to Number System, SI, Ratio & Allegation can be easily doable. Question based on Logarithm was very lengthy. Overall difficulty level Moderate to difficulty.
Attempt by Good Student: 10 – 12
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Section VI: - Data Interpretation
Area Tested Description No. of Question Mark Allotted
Data Interpretation Mixed Graph 5 5 × 0.75
Tables 15 15 × 0.75
  Total 20 15
Evaluation: This section was of moderate difficulty level. There were four sets on Tables and one set on Mixed Graph. Set on mixed graph and set on wholesale price index were very calculation intention. Sets on commodity prices and port traffic were of moderate level and doable. However the set on moving averages was very difficult and should not have been attempted.
Attempt by Good Student: 7 – 9