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IIFT 2019 Analysis by IMS Learning – IMS Learning, a management preparation coaching institute of repute has released the detailed IIFT analysis 2019 on December 2 at 7 PM. Indian Institute of Foreign Trade successfully conducted IIFT 2019 on Sunday, December 2, 2018, from 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon. Post-exam, aspirants are now eager to know the IIFT exam analysis and estimated score. IIFT exam is known to throw surprises and also it has a differential marking scheme which makes it one of the competitive entrance tests. According to the IIFT 2019 analysis by IMS experts, IIFT 2019 was a difficult test as compared to last year. The Quantitative Ability and surprisingly the Logical Reasoning (which is usually amongst the highest scoring) sections were the toughest in recent years. The overall pattern remained unaltered with a total of 114 questions and six sections. The number of questions in each section also remained the same as the previous year. However, there were changes in the weightage (marks) in the two sections of Verbal Ability and Data Interpretation. For the Verbal Ability questions, the marks per question came down from 1 to 0.75 and for the Data Interpretation questions, the marks for each question increased from 0.75 to 1. This exam is conducted to select candidates for the two-year MBA (International Business) programme at IIFT campuses.
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According to the Chief Business Officer & Chief Mentor at IMS, Mr. Vinayak Kudva, previous year IIFT was a difficult test in comparison to the rest of the bygone years' tests. Careers360, in this article, projects the IIFT 2019 Analysis by IMS Learning including the expected cutoff as predicted by the IMS experts.Latest: Check IIFT Exam Analysis 2019 and IIFT Cutoff here!
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According to the test takers, IIFT 2019 was on the tougher side as compared to the previous year. The IIFT analysis 2019 by IMS Learning experts have provided information pertaining to the level of overall and sectional difficulty, expected cutoffs and experts’ opinion about the exam in respect to its pattern, number, and type of questions. Candidates, who will qualify the written exam will be shortlisted for further rounds, i.e. essay writing, group discussion and personal interview rounds for the final selection and admission of candidates.
Overview: IIFT 2019 analysis
IIFT analysis 2019 by IMS experts have been released, candidates can go through the analysis of IIFT 2019 by IMS Learning to understand the standard of the questions asked in the question paper of IIFT 2019. Before everything else, prospective test takers should be aware of the exam pattern of IIFT 2019 given below-
IIFT 2019 Exam Pattern
No. of Questions
Quantitative Ability (QA)
Data Interpretation (DI)
Logical Reasoning (LR)
General Awareness (GA)
Reading Comprehension (RC)
Verbal Ability (VA)
Now, take a look at the section-wise analysis of IIFT 2019 analysis by IMS Learning-
IIFT exam was a difficult test. In fact, it was more difficult than the previous year. The QA section and the LR section (typically amongst the highest scoring section) were the toughest in recent years.
As per the IIFT 2019 analysis by IMS experts, the Verbal Ability section of IIFT was difficult. All the questions in this section were based on the English Language as a subject rather than reasoning or analysis, except for the two paragraph jumbles questions. Unlike the technical questions in the grammar of last year, this year questions related to VA were application based on sentence correction and spot the error questions. The vocabulary questions dominated the section.
As many as 13 questions (out of 20) were vocabulary based, including the three sentence completion questions. There were questions about the origin of the words, similar to last year. None of the anticipated question types like synonyms, antonyms, etc., were asked. Like the previous year, there were anagrams questions as well. Error spotting and sentence correction questions were presented in the familiar format. Precisely, there were no new question types.
Check the detailed IIFT 2019 analysis of the verbal ability section provided by IMS experts
Number of Questions
Level of Difficulty
Match the correct answers (Vocabulary)
Fill in the Blanks (2 blanks)
Identify the error
Anagram and synonym
Identify the origin/source of the words
An attempt of about 8 to 10 questions with 80-85% accuracy in about 15 minutes would be considered a good attempt.
The section of Reading Comprehension kept to the general IIFT norm with 16 questions based on five reading passages. There were four passages with three questions each and one passage with four questions in it. Not only the format but also the length and the difficulty levels were as typical of IIFT exam pattern 2019. The passages were lengthy but readable. However, there were very few direct and easy-to-solve questions. Majority of the questions needed a more than average comprehension of the passage to answer and could be termed as medium to difficult. Time constraint, being a crucial factor in IIFT, attempts in RCs are often moderate.
Check the detailed IIFT 2019 analysis of the reading comprehension section provided by IMS experts
Topics of Reading Passage
Type of Questions
Meaning of culture(Approx. 900 words)
Medium - Difficult
Public Intellectual (Approx. 1000 words)
1 Direct2 Inferential
Information (Approx. 1000 words)
3 Direct 1 Inferential
Computer Science & Liberal arts (Approx. 1000 words)
1 Direct 2 Inferential
GDP (Approx. 900 words)
An attempt of about 6 to 8 questions with 80 percent accuracy in about 20 minutes would be considered a good attempt.
As per the IIFT 2019 expert analysis by IMS experts, this section was a lot tougher than last year’s. In fact, according to the feedback of the test takers, the LR section of IIFT 2019 could be considered the toughest in recent few years. Most of the questions (in fact 19 out of the 20 ) in the LR section were set based, and spread across six sets. Compared to previous years the LR sets were data heavy and time-consuming in nature. The LR section was dominated by set based questions on Arrangements. Moreover, there were sets based on Sequential Output, Groups & Conditionalities, Venn Diagrams. The only standalone question was a Visual Puzzle. There were no questions on Syllogisms or questions based on Verbal Reasoning in the LR section of IIFT 2019.
Check the detailed IIFT 2019 analysis of the logical reasoning section provided by IMS experts
Type of the set
3 set Venn diagram on types of goods
8 persons discussing different issues
4x3 matrix of code-words
6 friends working in different companies and staying in different hotels.
An attempt of about 4-5 questions in approximately 30 minutes at about 80-85 percent accuracy would be considered a good attempt in this section.
In this section, the DI sets were highly calculation intensive and time-consuming as usual. Most of the DI sets were difficult to solve. In the DI section, there were a total of five sets with four questions each. Each of the sets had certain questions with very close options. Four out of the five sets were based on multiple graphs/charts. The DI sets were largely table based (i.e either having two tables or a combination of a table and one other type of graph). Selection of sets was crucial in this section. The framing of a couple questions was a bit ambiguous. As compared to last year IIFT, the DI section was nearly at the same level of difficulty.
Check the detailed IIFT 2019 analysis of the data interpretation section provided by IMS experts
Type of the Data Interpretation Set
DI set on select economic indicators for different regions and different countries of the world
Bar Graph and Line Chart
DI set on the occupancy rate of different hotel chains
DI set on the global revenue break-up of IBM
Table and Stacked Graph
DI set on Logistics Performance Index
Table, Bar Graph and Line Chart
DI set on Industry Indicators
An attempt of about 7-9 questions in 25-30 minutes would be considered a good attempt in this section.
Overall, QA section was a lot tougher than the QA section of IIFT of the recent years. In fact, the level of difficulty of the IIFT QA section of the last 2 years has been progressively increasing. Unlike the IIFT of the years 2015 & 2016, this year saw hardly any sitters in the QA section. Most of the questions were moderate to difficult. It would have been a good idea to spend the first couple of minutes going through all the questions and then to solve questions from the areas test taker is comfortable with.
This section was dominated by Geometry and Modern Mathematics with nearly 13 out of the 20 questions from these two areas. The number of questions in Arithmetic has been coming down over the years and there were just a couple of questions on Algebra and absolutely no question on numbers. Questions on Geometry were based on calculation. Several questions had options with unfriendly appearance (numbers such as 458, 7502-62512+4, etc). So, selection of the right questions will help aspirants fetch marks in this section.
Check the detailed IIFT 2019 analysis of the quantitative ability section provided by IMS experts
Time & Work
Work, Pipe & Cisterns
Permutation & Combination
Total Number of Questions - 20
As per the IMS experts, a total attempt of about 9-10 questions with 80-85% accuracy in about 35-40 minutes would be considered a good attempt in the QA section.
IIFT analysis 2019 by IMS Learning states that the GA section was of medium difficulty level, as compared to the difficult GA of last year. Like last year General Awareness section had 18 questions. However, there was no long paragraph based questions like the previous year. Instead, the normal MCQs and the match the column questions (2 column questions) typical of IIFT made up the questions of this section.
14 questions were normal MCQs, and four questions 'match the column' questions for evaluating awareness of multiple things. Overall the section was not very tough. There were 8 static GK questions and 10 dynamic questions which ranged from business, agriculture to logos & sports. A wide range of area was covered and gave no special advantage to people who are experts in a particular domain/area.
Check the detailed IIFT 2019 analysis of the general awareness section provided by IMS experts
Name of Topic
1 Medium 1 Difficult
1 Easy 2 Medium
Total no. of questions
An attempt of about 8 to 10 questions with about 60-70% accuracy in about 7-8 minutes would be considered a good attempt.
According to the IIFT 2019 analysis by IMS Learning, the cut-offs will be less this year than what they were in 2018. The previous year, the cut-off was 35.5 for General Category candidates. Based on inputs from the test takers, the initial estimate of the cut-off for General Category candidates this year is expected to be ranging between 30-31. As per IMS experts, the overall cutoff for the next rounds of admissions for IIFT-Delhi and IIFT-Kolkata would be around 29-31 marks for General category of applicants.
IIFT cutoff 2019 by IMS Learning experts
IIFT 2019 Cutoff by IMS Learning (Expected)
Name of Section
Expected cutoff score (Sectional)
Previous Year: IIFT Cutoff 2018
Candidates who had appeared for last year's IIFT examination (IIFT 2018), IMS experts had predicted the following cutoff scores -
General candidates: 37.5-39.5
OBC candidates: 35.5
SC/ST/PH candidates: 30
Tentatively, around 55-65,000 students appeared for the nationwide test. The exact, overall and sectional, analysis along with expected cutoff 2019 by the experts at IMS Learning is provided above. The result of IIFT 2019 is expected to be declared in the first week of January, 2019.
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