IIFT 2019 Analysis

This year IIFT exam was conducted by National Testing Agency and exam was computer based. There were 4 sections namely QR, RC&VA, DI&LR, GA with a total of 110 questions. QR section was tough this year. DI was calculation intensive and selection of question was important in LR. RC was comparatively easier than last year and was dominated by factual questions. Vocabulary was the toughest part in RC&VA section as the words were moderate to tough. Like last year GK was tough. To maintain the cutoff in all 4 sections time management was the key.
IIFT 2019 Question Paper
IIFT 2019 Key Explanations
The break-up for the four sections was as follow:
Section Sections No. of Questions Marks per Questions Total Marks Negative Marks/Questions
Section - 1 Quantitative Reasoning 25 3 75 1
Section - 2 RC & Verbal Ability 35 3 105 1
Section - 3 DI & Logical Reasoning 30 3 90 1
Section - 4 General Awareness 20 1.5 30 0.5
  Total 110   300  
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Overview of the IIFT 2019 Paper
Time Allotted 2Hrs.
Total no. of questions 110 (300 Marks)
Sections 4
Number of choices 4
Expected cutoff and Good Attempt
Section Good Attempt (Number of questions)
Quantitative Reasoning 11 - 15
Verbal Ability & RC 23 - 28
Data Interpretation & LR 12 – 16
General Awareness 4 - 8
Expected Cut-Off Score 105 - 115
The expected overall score at which one can expect a call from IIFT will be around 105 – 115 marks. Remember, you need to clear the individual sectional cut-offs as well. However, the cutoffs are calculated keeping in mind that the format of the paper has been changed to computer based.
Section I: Quantitative Reasoning
Area Tested Description No. of Questions Mark Allotted

Quantitative Reasoning

Function, Algebra & Equations 2 2 × 3
P&C Probability 2 2 × 3
Time & Work 2 2 × 3
Geometry Mensuration 8 8 × 3
Percentage 4 4 × 3
Sets & Venn diagram 1 1 × 3
Average 1 1 × 3
Clocks 1 1 × 3
Time, Speed & Distance 2 2 × 3
Interest 2 2 x 3
Evaluation: This section was difficult this time. Overall it was dominated by Arithmetic, Geometry and Mensuration. Geometry and Mensuration included questions on Triangles, Coordinate and Height and Distance. In Arithmetic section questions on percentages were easy but lengthy. This time there was a question on installment and escalators as well. Questions on clock and Venn diagram were easy and direct. This time there were a couple of questions from algebra. So overall it was difficult as it had only few direct questions.
Attempt by Good Student: 11 - 15
Section II: - Reading Comprehension & Verbal Ability
Sr. No. Description No. of Questions Mark Allotted

RC & VA

Disruptive and Sustaining Innovation 4 4 × 3
Negotiation Style and Psychology 4 4 × 3
Economic growth in democracy and dictatorship 4 4 × 3
Cultural roots influencing competitive advantage and economic growth 4 4 × 3
Vocabulary Based 4 4 × 3
Grammar & Sentence Correction 1 1 × 3
Grammar: Fill in the blanks 2 2 × 3
Analogies 4 4 × 3
Para Jumble 3 3 × 3
Sentence Completion 2 2 × 3
Idiom/Phrase 3 3 × 3
Total 35  
Evaluation: The RCs were easy to medium in difficulty level and were shorter in length as compared to last year. There were four passages with 4 questions each. A student could have easily solved two-three passages in the given time. The RC section was dominated by factual questions.
The Verbal Ability portion of the exam had an extremely strong emphasis on Vocabulary. One crossword vocabulary based question was also there. There were four analogies based questions and 3 idiom/phrase based questions. As mentioned vocabulary was a very dominant part of this section and the words given belonged to moderate to tough category making the attempt tricky. Grammar was comparatively easier this year with 2 grammar fill in the blanks questions related to preposition and 1 sentence correction based question. There were 3 Para jumble questions and they were of easy to moderate difficulty level.
Attempt by Good Student: 23 - 28
Section III: - Data Interpretation & LR
Area Tested Description No. of Question Mark Allotted

DI & AR/LR

Mixed Graph 8 8 × 3
Tables 8 8 × 3
Circular Based 4 4 × 3
Linear Based 3 3 × 3
Floor Based 2 2 × 3
Sets & Venn diagram 2 2 × 3
Input & Output 2 2 × 3
Series 1 1 × 3
Evaluation: This section was of moderate level and DI was slightly easier than last year as the graphs and tables were easy to interpret, but it was calculation intensive. Two sets were graph based and two sets were table based. Table based graph on Delhi/Mumbai (style based S1 S2 S3 S4) was easy. In the LR section circular based block was difficult while input output set was comparatively easier. There was also a 3 set Venn diagram which was of moderate level.
Attempt by Good Student: 12 - 16
Section IV: General Awareness
Evaluation: The General Awareness section had questions from various topics and tested the candidate across all areas. There was a fair mix of current and static GK. As expected this year also GK was tough. The expected attempt is low.
Attempt by Good Student: 4 – 8
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.
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