IIFT 2018 Analysis by T.I.M.E. - Indian Institute of Foreign Trade conducted the nationwide exam IIFT on December 3, 2017. Careers360 brings the IIFT 2018 analysis by T.I.M.E, one of the well-known coaching institutes for the preparation of management entrance exams. The experts at T.I.M.E institute provide information related to the overall and sectional difficulty level and expected cutoffs for each section of IIFT 2018. The exam is for admission to IIFT’s two-year MBA programme in International Business. Read the article to know the complete IIFT analysis 2018 by T.I.M.E.
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IIFT 2018 Analysis by T.I.M.E.
Before knowing the IIFT Analysis 2018 by T.I.M.E, it’s important to know the exam pattern of IIFT 2018 first. IIFT 2018 exam had 6 sections - Verbal Ability (VA), Reading Comprehension (RC), Logical Reasoning (LR), Data Interpretation (DI), Quantitative Aptitude (QA) and General Awareness (GA). The exam also had negative marking. One-third of the allotted marks to a question is deducted for an incorrect answer. The below-given table explains the same.
IIFT 2018 Exam Pattern
Number of Questions
Marks per question
Now, let’s have a look at the complete analysis of the exam by T.I.M.E.
IIFT 2018 Analysis by T.I.M.E. – Section-wise
According to the experts, IIFT 2018 was tougher than the last year exam. The exam pattern was changed this year. It had six sections instead of four like last two years. And, the difficulty level was also increased. Read the section-wise analysis below:
IIFT 2018 Analysis by T.I.M.E. – Logical Reasoning
The questions on Input-output were time-consuming and would have needed a good amount of concentration. One of the questions in this set required the students to pay attention to detail (input to be mentioned in reverse order). The questions based on ‘distribution’ in the first set, though not very difficult, were time-consuming, whereas the second set of ‘distribution’ was relatively easier. The games and tournament questions might have seemed slightly trickier in the first glance, however, they were actually pretty easy. The question on logical deductions was pretty much straightforward for somebody who has gone through the basic concepts pertaining to this topic. The data sufficiency questions were based on coding-decoding and arrangement and were on the easier side.
This section can be said to the sole easier section, relatively, in this paper, supplying much-needed relief to the students. The overall difficulty level of this section was moderate. A good number of attempts in this section can be considered to be 8-10 questions while the cut-off is expected to be 4-5 marks.
IIFT Analysis - LR
Description of the Set
No of Questions
Distribution (Final placement of the MBA students)
Games & Tournaments (Football tournament)
Direction sense (Cricket players)
Arrangements (Seven persons travelling in a train)
Distributions (Sports telecasted on TV channels)
IIFT 2018 Analysis by T.I.M.E. – Data Interpretation
This section was a definite tough nut to crack. There was absolutely no relief to the students with a large number of graphs/data. Some of the questions had huge calculations.
There were a total of three sets of five questions each, one set of three questions, and one with two. All the sets were based on Tables and/or Line Graph. Almost all the questions were calculation intensive and were very lengthy. 5-8 could be a good number of attempts in section, while the cutoff is expected to be around 2-3 marks.
IIFT 2018 Analysis by T.I.M.E. – Quantitative Aptitude
The difficulty level of this section was higher as compared to that from last year. As has been the case, the questions were lengthier, though mostly moderate to difficult. This section had a good mix of questions from diverse topics. The distribution is given as below:
IIFT Analysis - QA
No of Questions
Only three questions in this section could be classified as relatively easy ones - one from Sequence & Series, one from Co-ordinate Geometry, and another from Functions. The remaining questions were either moderate or difficult to handle. A good candidate would have been able to attempt around 10-12 questions. The cut-off is expected to be around 3-4 marks.
IIFT 2018 Analysis by T.I.M.E. – Verbal Ability
This section had questions mostly based on English Grammar viz., identifying various phrases/clauses in the given sentences, Punctuation, and Prefix/Suffix. There were questions based on Analogies, creating a word out of jumbled letters and identifying its meaning and replacing a part of a given sentence by the correct one. The questions on analogies had not-so-common words and needed detailed thought to identify the linkages and select the answers. There were questions on adverb, adjective, noun phrases clauses which made it look like a test for the English language rather than an aptitude test.
The entire section was difficult and the cut-off for this section is expected to be around 2-3 marks. 8-10 is expected to be a good number of attempts to get through the cutoff.
IIFT 2018 Analysis by T.I.M.E. – Reading Comprehension
The passages in the section were lengthy but definitely readable. A person with good reading skills should not have faced much of a problem in reading the passages. However, answering the questions of the passages was a bit difficult task.
There were 4 passages with 4 questions each. The passages were from Entrepreneurship, & Business (Groupon), Literature, Financial crisis and Business Management. The cut off for this section is likely to be around 3-4 marks.
IIFT 2018 Analysis by T.I.M.E. – General Awareness
GA was certainly one of the most difficult sections in IIFT yet again this year. The questions were from topics ranging from Sports, Corporate logos, Corporate entities, Government policies, Stock exchanges, Currencies, etc. Only the candidates who were extremely well prepared could answer the questions in this section.
The questions were very wordy and going through this text ate away into the test time. The 2 RC type questions were to be left out straight away, especially considering the fact that the mark per question is only 0.5. Some very remote questions like the one on a not very well known music band bamboozled the students. As has been the case, historically the sectional cutoff for this section has really been on a very, very low side.
Out of a total of 18 questions, four questions could be classified as easy ones and another four as moderate ones. The cut-off in this section last year was 1.99 and is expected to go lower than this for this year, to around 0.75 to 1.5 marks. 8-9 questions could be considered to be a good number of attempts in this section!
Now, let’s have a look at this year's expected cutoff along with the previous years' cutoffs. Candidates who have appeared for IIFT 2018 must know about it. As per the IIFT 2018 cutoff, the overall and sectional cutoff is expected to go down this year.
IIFT 2018 Expected Cutoff - Category-wise
- General - 38-40
- OBC - 33-35
- SC - 28-20
- ST - 20-22
IIFT 2017 Cutoff
IIFT 2016 Cutoff