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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