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IIFT 2019 Analysis by T.I.M.E. - Indian Institute of Foreign Trade conducted the nationwide MBA entrance exam IIFT 2019 on December 2, 2018, in offline mode (paper-pencil based). Now that the exam has been conducted, Careers360 brings to you the complete IIFT 2019 analysis by T.I.M.E, one of the well-known MBA coaching institutes. The experts at T.I.M.E institute have analysed the exam to provide information related to the overall and sectional difficulty level of the exam and expected cutoffs for each section of IIFT. With the help of IIFT analysis 2019 by T.I.M.E., candidates would be able to estimate their score much before the announcement of the actual result. The IIFT exam is conducted for admission to the institute's two-year MBA programme in International Business. Check all the details of IIFT exam analysis 2019 by T.I.M.E.
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Before knowing the IIFT Analysis 2019 by T.I.M.E, it’s important to know the exam pattern of IIFT 2019 first. The exam pattern has undergone slight changes as compared to that of the last year. Contrary to four sections last year, the exam had 6 sections - Verbal Ability (VA), Reading Comprehension (RC), Logical Reasoning (LR), Data Interpretation (DI), Quantitative Aptitude (QA) and General Awareness (GA)- this year. The exam also had negative marking. One-third of the allotted marks to a question will be deducted for an incorrect answer. The below-given table explains the same.
IIFT 2019 Exam Pattern
Number of Questions
Marks per question
The number of questions keeps changing every year. The analysis for IIFT 2019 has been released by T.I.M.E. For the time being, let’s have a look at the complete analysis of last year's exam by T.I.M.E. It will give the aspirants an idea about the type of questions asked and the difficulty level of the test.
Some academic experts believed that last year's IIFT exam was even tougher than CAT. The exam pattern was also changed last year. It had six sections instead of four like previous two years before that. And, the difficulty level was also increased. It means that candidates can expect a surprise this year when it comes to the difficulty level. Read the last year's section-wise analysis by T.I.M.E. below:
The distribution of questions and their difficulty level is depicted in the following table.
Description of the set
Number of questions
Distribution (Job Fair)
Missing number in the figure
Venn Diagrams (Sara and Dora)
Selections (Blue and Purple Rooms)
The questions on Input-output were time-consuming and would have required a good amount of concentration. The questions based on ‘distribution’ - job fair, though little time consuming were relatively easier to solve. The test takers may have found the missing number question slightly trickier in the first glance; however, it was actually pretty simple. The case-let on Venn Diagrams, which had a minor error was relatively tougher( if the mistake is not identified ). The selections based question required candidates to be absolutely clear with their concepts. This year’s LR section was relatively much more difficult as compared to last year. The overall difficulty level of this section can be classified as moderate-difficult. 6- 8 attempts can be considered a good number of attempts while the cut-off is expected to be around 4 to 4.67 marks.
IIFT Analysis by T.I.M.E. – Data Interpretation
Another in the bandwagon of never-ending difficult sections in the test was DI. There was no relief to the students as they had to work with a large quantum of data and graphs.
In total, there were five sets of four questions each. All the sets were based on Line Graph/Bar Graph and/or tables. Almost all the questions were very lengthy and calculation intensive. However, there was one set (related to LPI indicators) where the calculations were relatively easier.
IIFT Exam Analysis - DI
Description of the Set
First table gave values related to Economic Indicators for Different Regions of the world while the second table gave values related to Economic indicators for select countries
The bar chart gave the data related to Region wise average hotel occupancy rates for four quarters. The line chart gave the data related to Revenue of select hotel chains worldwide.
1 Bar Chart and 1 Line Chart
The tabular data gave the values related to IBM's global revenue from 2010 to 2017
The table gave the values related to LPI indicators of select countries in 2018
1 Table and 1 Stacked Bar Chart
The table gave the data related to Industry indicators from 2008-09 to 2015-16. The Bar/Line gave key industry indicators from 2008-09 to 2015-16
Bar/Line & Table
Bar, Line and Tables
5-8 is considered to be a good number of attempts in section. The cutoff is expected to be around 2-3 marks.
As compared to last year, the difficulty level of this section was higher owing to lengthier and tougher questions.
This section had a mix of questions from various topics. The distribution is given as below.
IIFT Exam Analysis - Quantitative Aptitude
There were only about five questions which could be considered as relatively easier ones – two from Logarithms, one from Simple Equations, one from Time & Distance, one from Time & Work. The remaining questions were either moderate or difficult to tackle in the test. A good candidate would have been able to attempt around 7-9 questions in QA. The cut-off in this section is expected to be 3-4 marks.
The questions in this section were mainly from vocabulary – Fill in the Blanks, jumbled words. origin, and word-analogies. There were a considerable number of questions from English Grammar, mainly two different models of sentence-correction questions – both reasonably simple. The vocabulary part was quite challenging, with a few unfamiliar words making an appearance. The questions based on origin were challenging. The two para jumbles needed more elimination than actual solving. The overall section was challenging excluding a couple of grammar questions. Only those who have a strong grip over words would get a good score. 10-12 attempts will be fairly good in this section. The cut-off is expected to be around 3-3
IIFT Exam Analysis by T.I.M.E. – Reading Comprehension
The RC passages were definitely readable but were lengthy. A person with moderate to good reading skills could have read and understood the passages without any difficulty. However, most of the questions that followed the passages were ambiguous in nature and hence, slightly difficult.
The big change is that there were 5 passages this year as compared to previous years’ trend of four passages. Out of these five, four passages had three questions each and one passage had four questions. The passages were from similar areas. While one was on Culture, another one was on Sociology. The remaining two were on Information(science) and Liberal Arts. One passage was on Economics. The cut off in this section could be around 3-4 marks. 7-9 attempts made by the candidate can be considered very good for this section.The cut-off in this section is expected to be in the range 2.33 to 3.
Although the GA section easier than last year but it still was on the tougher side. The questions were from a variety of topics like Personalities, Corporate logos, Corporate entities, sports, International trade organizations, Currencies, etc. This required students to be extremely well prepared to clear the section. Unlike last year, the questions were not lengthy in nature. This would have allowed students to finish attempt the section only five to ten minutes. There were some very difficult and baffling questions like the one on ‘South Indian sea ports’. Going by the previous years’ trends, the sectional cutoff for this section has been very low so far, though this year there may be a tiny movement northward.
The cut-off in this section last year was 0.82 marks and is expected to soar to 1 to 2 marks. 6-8 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 2019 must know about it. As per last year's cutoff, IIFT 2019 cutoff is expected to go down this year.
IIFT 2019 Cutoff (General Category)
VA - 3.35
Let's have a look at the last year's expected cutoff for all categories -
General - 38-40
OBC - 33-35
SC - 28-20
ST - 20-22
Also, check the IIFT cutoff of previous years.
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