IIFT 2021 Analysis

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This year IIFT exam was conducted on 5th December 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 not calculation intensive and selection of question was important in LR. RCs were easy to moderate. Vocabulary was also moderate in RC&VA section. This year difficulty level GK was moderate as it was dominated by current GK. To maintain the cutoff in all 4 sections, time management was the key. Students had to scroll right and left frequently to read the questions and then options.It is to be noted that IIFT has brought slight changes in its shortlisting criteria, with around 70% weightage allotted to the exam score and remaining to the academic profile and diversity. There were technical glitches at several centers as reported by the students including poor interface. The National Testing Agency (NTA) postponed the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) 2022 exam for admission to MBA in International Business in states of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, and West Bengal in wake of cyclone JAWAD. Overall feel of the paper was moderate to tough.
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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
 
Overview of the IIFT 2021 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
10-12
Verbal Ability & RC
18-20
Data Interpretation & LR
10-12
General Awareness
8-10
Expected  overall Cut-Off Score
125-130
The expected overall score at which one can expect a call from IIFT will be around 125-130 marks. Remember, you need to clear the individual sectional cut-offs as well.
Section I: Quantitative Reasoning
Area Tested
Description
No. of Question
Mark Allotted
Quantitative Reasoning
Geometry Mensuration
6
6 × 3
Function, Algebra & Equations
5
5 × 3
P&C & Probability
4
4 × 3
Logarithm
2
2 × 3
Arithmetic (Average, SI CI ,TSD,%,Ratio Mixture etc.)
7
7 × 3
Number system
1
1 × 3
Total
25
75
Evaluation:This section was slightly difficult and questions were comparatively lengthier. Overall it was dominated by Arithmetic, Geometry and Mensuration. In Arithmetic section questions were moderate. There were 2 questions on logarithm, out of which one was easy while other was difficult. This year there were 3-4 questions on permutation and probability. Students also found errors in 2-3 questions. So overall feel of this section was moderate to difficult.
Attempt by Good Student: 10-12
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Section II: - Reading Comprehension & Verbal Ability
Area Tested
Description
No. of Question
Mark Allotted
RC & VA
RC
16
16 × 3
Vocabulary Based
11-12
12 × 3
Grammar & Usage based
5
5 × 3
Root based
2
2 × 3
Total
35
105
Evaluation:The RCs were moderate in terms of difficulty level. There were four passages. Two passages had 5 questions each and were lengthy & other two passages had 3 questions each were short in terms of length of passages. Two short passages had direct and easy questions. On the other hand, the long passages had questions based on inference & main idea. A student could have easily solved 2-3 passages in the given time. The Verbal Ability portion of the exam had an extremely strong emphasis on Vocabulary. The questions were based on contextual vocabulary, idioms, & idiomatic usages, Latin roots, origin of the words, homonyms, confusing words etc. As mentioned, vocabulary was a very dominant part of this section and the words given belonged to moderate category making the attempts slightly tricky. The grammar-based questions were based on fundamentals. The overall feel of this section was moderate.
Attempt by Good Student: 18-20
Section III: - Data Interpretation & LR
Area Tested
Description
No. of Question
Mark Allotted
DI & AR/LR
Bar Graph
4
4 × 3
Stacked Data
4
4 × 3
Pie
4
4 × 3
Line
4
4 × 3
Games
4
4 × 3
Blood Relation ,Coding, Assumption etc.
6
6× 3
AR Block
4
4× 3
Total
30
90
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Evaluation:Unlike previous years, this year DI was comparatively easier than LR. Most of the questions in DI Blocks were easy and less calculation intensive. So the students who had focused more on DI were definitely had an advantage. In LR games block was time consuming. Single questions in LR were manageable.
Attempt by Good Student: 10-12
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Section IV: General Awareness
Evaluation: The General Awareness section had questions from various topics and tested the candidate across all areas. The section was primarily dominated by current GK. The overall feel of GK section was moderate. The expected attempts will again be low.
Attempt by Good Student: 8-10
Disclaimer: All the above given information is based on personal opinion of Hitbullseye 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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