IIFT 2015 Analysis, Answer Keys & Solution

The Pattern of the IIFT 2015 paper was a little different from IIFT 2014 as the total number of questions was 124. The IIFT 2014 paper had 118 questions with differential marking scheme which was continued this year also. One major change was that the DI section was clubbed with Analytical Reasoning and there was a separate section on Quantitative Aptitude. The overall feel of the paper was Easy to Moderate.

As in IIFT sectional cut-offs are taken into consideration, so it was tight rope walk to manage the sectional cut-off in different sections.

There were 124 questions (4 Sections) and the time allotted was 2hrs. The four sections were as follow:

Following is an overview of the IIFT 2015 paper format:

SectionSectionsNo. of QuestionsMarks per QuestionsTotal-Marks
Section -1Quantitative Ability221.0022
Section -2(Part-1) Analytical & Logical Reasoning200.7515
 (Part -2) Data Interpretation181.0018
Section -3(Part -1) Reading Comprehension161.0016
 (Part -2) Verbal Ability200.7515
Section -4General Awareness280.5014
 Total124 100.00
Overview and Expected cutoff for the IIFT 2015 Paper
Time Allotted2Hrs.
Total no. of questions124 (100 Marks)
Marking SchemeDifferent for different sections
Number of choices4
Negative Marking1/3

The expected overall score at which one can expect a call from IIFT will be around 46. However one has to clear the sectional cut offs in each sections individually.

Exam Pattern

Another approach to understand the IIFT test is to take a look at the previous year papers, and the areas from which questions were asked. While it is not at all necessary that IIFT examiners will repeat the pattern, however, it will give you an idea of their preferred topics.

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Now let us see the areas tested in the exam and the overall marks allocated to each of them, in last year's IIFT Exam.

  •  Quantitative Ability
  •  Analytical&Logical Reasoning
  •  Data Interpretation
  •  Reading Comprehension
  •  Verbal Ability
  •  General Awareness
Section I: Quantitative Ability
Sr. No.DescriptionNo. of QuestionMark Allotted
1Algebra & Equations55x1
2P&C Probability44x1
3Time & Work22x1
6Profit & Loss11x1
10Alligation & Mixture11x1

The Quantitative Ability was Easy to Moderate. Some of the questions were calculation intensive. Overall the feel of the section was easy.

Comfortable Attempt: 10-12 questions.

Achievable Score: Around 9.5 marks.

Section II: (Part -1)Analytical and Logical Reasoning
Sr. No.DescriptionNo. of QuestionMark Allotted
1Alphabetic Series11x1
4Cause and Effect11x1
5Blood Relations11x1
6Analytical Reasoning1515x1

Evaluation: This section was of Easy to Moderate difficulty level. There were four AR blocks. One AR block on (six daughters) was moderate while ot her three AR blocks (Six engineer, Export cargo, Three countries) were easy. Rest of the section was of moderate difficulty level.

Comfortable Attempt: 10-12 questions.

Achievable Score:  Around 9 marks.

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Section II: -(Part -2)Data Interpretation
Area TestedDescriptionNo. of QuestionMark Allotted
 Multiple Graph99x1

Evaluation:There were four blocks in this section. Except one block(Ellen Inc), others were easy to understand but calculative in nature. One could have increased the attempt with approximation and proper usage of choices.

Comfortable Attempt: 6-8 questions.

Achievable Score: Around 5 marks.

Section III: - (Part - 1) Reading Comprehension
Area TestedDescriptionNo. of QuestionMark Allotted
Reading ComprehensionImportance of steel in economic development44x1
Role of internet/technology44x1
Policy regarding lending/borrowing44x1
Media people in politics44x1

Evaluation: There were 4 long RCs but one of them was a little longer than the other three. In the starting they might have looked intimidating but a close look at the questions before reading the Reading Comprehensions could have given a hint towards solving the RCs. Though lengthy, the RCs were of easy to moderate in terms of difficulty level.

Comfortable Attempt: 10-12 questions.

Achievable Score: Around 6 marks.

Section III: (Part - 2) Verbal Ability
Area TestedDescriptionNo. of QuestionMark Allotted
Verbal AbilitySentence Completion66x0.75
Sentence Rearrangement22x0.75
Sentence Correction & Grammar33x0.75
Figures of speech22x0.75
Vocabulary Base66x0.75

Evaluation: Verbal Ability Section was dominated by sentence completion and vocabulary based questions. There was only one analogy based question and it was moderate The Sentence Correction and grammar questions were easy to moderate. Sentence rearrangement questions were again easy to moderate. Overall this section was of easy to moderate.

Comfortable Attempt: 10-12 questions.

Achievable Score: Around 8 marks.

Section IV: General Awareness

Evaluation: This year GK section was dominated by questions on Current and Static GK. This section was very exhaustive and required routine reading of newspaper and Current Affairs Magazines.

Comfortable Attempt: 8-10 questions.

Achievable Score: Around 2.5 marks.