All about IIFT 2018 Analysis

This year IIFT paper was almost similar to last year’s paper. There were 6 sections namely DI, AR & LR, GK, RC, VA and QA. The total number of questions was same as that of last year’s i.e. 114. This year the only change was in marking scheme of VA and DI which was interchanged i.e. VA from 1 to 0.75 and DI from 0.75 to 1 per question. In terms of difficulty level, students found AR very tough as compared to last year’s. To maintain the cutoff, in all 6 sections, was really a difficult task and a lot of students will end up in not clearing cutoff in one or two sections. This year also the different sets had different sequence of sections. Here in our analysis we are using Set C to present the breakup.
IIFT 2018 Question Paper
IIFT 2018 Key Explanations
The break-up for the six sections was as follow:
SectionSectionsNo. of QuestionsMarks per QuestionsTotal-MarksNegative Marks/Question
Section - 1Data Interpretation201200.33
Section - 2Analytical & Logical Reasoning201200.33
Section - 3General Awareness180.590.17
Section - 4Reading Comprehension161160.33
Section - 5Verbal Ability200.75150.25
Section - 6Quantitative Ability201200.33
Overview of the IIFT 2018 Paper
Time Allotted2Hrs.
Total no. of questions114 (100 Marks)
Marking SchemeDifferent for different sections
Number of choices4
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Expected cutoff and Good Attempt
SectionGood Attempt (Number of questions)
Data Interpretation6 - 8
Analytical Reasoning6 - 8
General Awareness6 – 8
Reading Comprehension7 - 8
Verbal Ability8 – 10
Quantitative Ability10 - 12
The expected overall score at which one can expect a call from IIFT will be around 28 – 30 marks. Remember, you need to clear the individual sectional cut-offs as well.
Section I: - Data Interpretation
Area TestedDescriptionNo. of QuestionMark Allotted

Data Interpretation

Mixed Graph1212 × 1
Tables88 × 1
Evaluation: DI varied from moderate-difficult and was calculation intensive, 2 sets were based upon tables, rest were mixed graphs;3 Sets based upon 7 regions, IBM and LPI were calculation intensive but easy-moderate and should have been attempted, set based upon Hotel occupancy was moderate, set based upon industry analysis was difficult and should have been avoided
Attempt by Good Student: 6 – 8
Section II:- Analytical and Logical Reasoning
Area TestedDescriptionNo. of QuestionMark Allotted
Analytical and Logical ReasoningAnalytical Reasoning1717 × 1
Input Output22 × 1
Miscellaneous11 × 1
Evaluation: This section was moderate to difficult, there were 5 AR sets comprising of 18 questions,3 sets; Matrix, Albert and Betty, and Sara Dora sets were difficult, Sets based on 8 officers and Sunny, Pinki were moderate. 2 input/output questions were easy-moderate; 1 miscellaneous question based upon numbers was easy and should have been attempted.
Attempt by Good Student: 6 – 8
Section III: General Awareness
Evaluation: 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’s.
Attempt by Good Student: 6 – 8
Section IV: - Reading Comprehension
Sr. No.DescriptionNo. of QuestionsMark Allotted
1.Culture & Society33 × 1
2.Public Intellectual33 × 1
3.Overflow of Information44 × 1
4.Importance of Liberal arts33 × 1
5.Non GDP measures filling Gaps in public policy33 × 1
Evaluation: The RC section was relatively lengthy but east to medium in difficulty level. There were five passages with 3 - 4 questions each. The level of RCs varied from easy to moderate overall a student could have easily solved at least three passages in given time. The RC section was dominated by factual questions.
Attempt by Good Student: 7 – 8
Section V: - Verbal Ability
Sr. No.


No. of Questions

Mark Allotted

Verbal Ability

Grammar & Sentence Correction


4 × 0.75

Vocabulary Based


6 × 0.75

Jumbled words


3 × 0.75



2 × 0.75

Para jumbling


2 × 0.75

Sentence Completion


3 × 0.75




Evaluation: The Verbal Ability portion of the exam had an extremely strong emphasis on Vocabulary and grammar based questions. In case your grammar fundamentals 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. Sentence Completion and Para jumbling were easy.
Attempt by Good Student: 8 – 10
Section VI: Quantitative Ability
Area TestedDescriptionNo. of QuestionsMark Allotted

Quantitative Ability

Function, Algebra & Equations44 × 1
P&C Probability22 × 1
Time & Work22 × 1
Geometry Mensuration77 × 1
Logs22 × 1
Percentage22 × 1
Sets11 × 1
Evaluation: This section was dominated by Geometry mensuration and Algebra. A couple of questions were also there from time & work and logarithm and were doable. Overall this section was calculation intensive and most of the students found it moderately difficult.
Attempt by Good Student: 10 – 12
*Disclaimer: All the above given information is based on personal opinion of Bulls Eye Expert faculty. Several factors have been considered before giving these cut-offs however, It has nothing to do with original cut-offs.