IIFT 2013 Analysis

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:
SectionSectionsNo. of QuestionsMarks per QuestionsTotal-Marks
Section -1(Part -2) Analytical Reasoning and Logic Reasoning191.0019
 (Part -2) Analytical Reasoning and Logic Reasoning200.7515
Section -2General Awarenes280.5014
Section -3(Part -1) Verbal Ability200.7515
 Part -2)Reading Comprehension160.7512
Section -4Quantitative Ability251.0025
 Total128 100.00
Overview of the IIFT 2013 Paper
Time Allotted2Hrs.
Total no. of questions128(100 Marks)
Marking SchemeDifferent for different sections
Number of choices4
Negative Marking1/3
Expected cut-offs*Around 49 marks
Sectional – Analysis
Section I: (Part -1)Data Interpretation
Area TestedDescriptionNo. of QuestionMark Allotted
Data InterpretationMultiple Graph44x1

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 TestedDescriptionNo. of QuestionMark Allotted
AR and LRSeries33x0.75
AR Blocks109x0.75
Critical Reasoning22x0.75
Coding Decodin33x0.75

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 TestedDescriptionNo. of QuestionMark Allotted
QuantAlgebra & Equations22x1
P&C Probabilit55x1
Time & Work33x1
Number System66x1
Chain Rule11x1
SI & CI11x1

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 TestedDescriptionNo. of QuestionMark Allotted
1Sentence Completion20.75x2
3Sentence Rearrangement30.75x2
4Sentence Correction & Gramma30.75x4
5Spell- Check20.75x2
6Vocabulary Base80.75x6
7Figures of speech10.75x2

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 TestedDescriptionNo. of QuestionMark Allotted
1Media’s treatment of organized crime/defendants40.75x4
2Case study on the rise of two brands40.75x4
3Clearing air on controversy related to morals aspects of capitalism40.75x4
4Discussion on Brazil and Asian Economics40.75x4

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.