IIFT 2014 Analysis: Moderate to Tough Paper with 118 questions
Sreetama Datta, 24 Nov 2014, #IIFT
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IIFT 2014 Analysis- IIFT 2014 exam has been conducted on Sunday, November 23, 2014. The fact that CAT 2014 exam was held a day before the IIFT 2014 entrance exam acted in favour of the candidates as they were already prepared for the test. As per the overall difficulty level is concerned, test takers found the paper to be moderate to difficult. Many candidates found the paper to be lengthy and tougher than CAT. The structure of the paper has changed compared to last year. The total number of questions was 118. The total marks is 100. Last year the total number of questions was 128.


Sandeep Manudhane, Chairman, PT Education terms the overall difficulty level of the exam to be moderate to tough. "Compared to last year, there was lesser number of questions in the sections GK, QA and DI. With good question selection and time management, the 2 hours duration should have been enough for the paper," he says.


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The IIFT 2014 structure is given in the table below:


IFT 2014 Paper Structure

Number of Questions




Marking Scheme

1 for QA, DI and LR, 0.75 for VA, 1 for RC and 0.50 for GA

Negative Marking

1/3 of allotted marks

Number of choices



120 minutes

Surbhi, an IIFT 2014 candidate shares, “The overall difficulty level was moderate. The QA & DI section was tougher than others and General Awareness section was moderately tough. The Verbal Ability and Logical Ability sections were comparatively easier.”


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Nishanth, another test taker says, “For me, Quant was easy. I had to struggle a bit in Verbal & RC. General Knowledge, of course, depends on how alert one is. Overall it was a good paper.”


Bhawani, a first time candidate for IIFT entrance exam states, “This was my first attempt. My exam was okay. I got stuck with some Quant questions but otherwise there was no such issue.”


Overall the test taker found Quant and DI questions tough, Logical Reasoning was moderate and General Awareness section to be easy. The Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension questions were easy to moderate in terms of difficulty level but lengthy.


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Section wise IIFT 2014 Analysis


Quantitative Ability


The Quantitative Ability section had 20 questions with 1 mark each. Hence the total marks of the section 20. The difficulty level if this section was moderate to tough. The difficulty level of this section was moderate.


Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning


The number of questions in the Data Interpretation section was 15 and in Logical Reasoning there were 20 questions. Each question had 1 mark. The total marks of this section is 35. The Data Interpretation questions were tough but the Logical Reasoning questions were moderate in nature. While the Data Interpretation questions were of moderate difficulty level, the Logical Reasoning questions were of moderate to tough.


Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension


The section was divided into 2 parts, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension. The Verbal Ability section had 20 questions of 0.75 marks each. The total marks were 15. The Reading Comprehension had 17 questions with 1 mark each. The overall difficulty level of this part of the section was easy to moderate.


There were 4 Reading Comprehension passages but they were too lengthy. "If you are a good reader, you should have been able to solve at least 2 RC passages properly," shares Manudhane. The English Usage questions were of easy difficulty level and the topics were from variety of areas like vocabulary, grammar etc.


General Awareness


This section had 26 questions with 0.5 marks per question. The total marks is 13. The candidates found that the overall difficulty level of this section was easy. The questions were of easy to moderate difficulty level.


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Other than IIFT exam cut off what other factors IIFT consider in shortlisting candidates? Does experience matter? what is seat breakup according to reservations?

Niveditha 18th Nov, 2019


The selection procedure for this year IIFT exam will start from 2020 January. The selection procedure has two divisions one is that the marks or the percentile obtained in the exam and the second is the Group Discussion(GD) , essay writing and the Personal Interview(PI).

The shortlisted candidates with the minimum criteria of marks in the exam are called for the GD and PI process. The final stage of admission to the particular college is based on the score and the performance in GD and PI.

The three criteria for the short listed candidates are:

1. essay writing

2. Group discussion

3.Personal interview

Candidates are first given with the essay writing with the word limit of 300 words  and the time given is 20 minutes. In this the writing skills and the vocabulary is tested.

The next round is Group Discussion. Mainly GD is conducted to check how the candidate works in team. The GD topic can be based on the current issues or any abstract topic , so that the candidates must be aware of all the news and issues happening.

Finally the last round is the Personal Interview where the candidates can be asked for any questions related to their work experience, the achievements or why the want to join the particular college.All the interview questions is based on the interviewer.

The criteria for all these are:

IIFT exam score- 65%

Group Discussion - 15%

Personal Interview-20%

The candidates must be well prepared for the exam as well as Group Discussion and Personal Interview because nearly 2000 candidates were short listed for the final round just for 420 seats .

The seat break up for the total of 420 seats is:

7.5% for Schedule Tribe(ST)

5% for person with disability

15% for Schedule Caste(SC)

27% for Non creamy backward classes(NC BC)

10% for economically weaker sections

35.5% for the general class

To avail these reservations candidates have to mention it  in the application form.

The original documents has to be submitted when the candidates are shortlisted and are called for GD and PI

All the best....


Im unable to find my admit card, kindly guide me through this

Rohan Rawat 18th Nov, 2019

Hi there,

Your question is not complete as its not giving any information about the exam with which that admit card is related to.

But still, I can help you in a very general way:

1.Search the soft copy of the admit card in your PC/Lappy/mobile because you must have downloaded it once for sure.

2.If the above mentioned step is not useful: Then try to search for the link through which you can download the admit card foe one more time. (The examination authority keeps the link open till the date before the exam)

3.If the above mentioned step is not useful: Then write a mail to the examination cell or call them on their helpline numbers and tell them about the mishap.

If you will try you best then you will definitely be able to find your admit card.

All the best for the exam (which ever it is ;)

I hope this will help you!!


Can anyone share link to download admit card its already 15 november and still i am unable to see it.

Ruchika Chauhan Expert 18th Nov, 2019


The admit card of IIFT 2020 is likely to be released anytime soon on November 18 by National Testing Agency.

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Good Luck!


i scored 56 percent in both 10+2 so i am eligible for xlri iift like collage

Rehan Alam Student Expert 12th Nov, 2019

Dear Aspirant,

Yes you are eligible for both the exams as for XLRI Jamshedpur there is no minimum requirement of marks for appearing in the exam and for the Indian Institute of foreign trade, cutoff marks are 50% in any graduation for general category students.

Hope this helps. Thanks.


is there any extra time given to a physically disabled person in IIFT exam just like in CAT for every hour 20 minutes are given extra??

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 10th Nov, 2019


see in information brochure there is nothing mention about extra timing facility for pwd candidates. the admission will be followed by written test of 12 minutes, WAT, gd, AND PERSONAL INTERVIEW ROUNDS. i WOULD SUGGEST YOU TO CONTACT WITH THE EXAM CONTROLLING AUTHORITY REGARDING THIS.

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