IIFT Entrance Exam Trend over the years and Tips
Updated on Nov 21, 2016 - 12:19 p.m. IST by Sreetama Datta
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IIFT entrance exam is conducted by the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Delhi for the admission to flagship MBA-International Business (MBA-IB) programme. The uniqueness of the exam lies in the fact that apart from the sections, the exam does not follow a fixed pattern. You cannot have a pre established mind set about the number of questions or marks to expect during the written test.

 

The sections and the IIFT syllabus remain the same over the years, what varies is the number of questions and marks per questions. The IIFT cut off marks also vary from year to year. The following table will give you trend of the past eight years in terms of number of questions and how experts find the difficulty level.

 

IIFT Year wise Total Questions and Difficulty Level

Year

Number of Question

Difficulty Level

2015

124

Moderate to Tough

2014

118

Moderate to Tough

2013

128

Moderate

2012

128

Moderate

2011

120

Moderate

2010

135

Difficult

2009

122

Moderate

2008

150

Tough

IIFT Entrance Exam Sections

There are broadly the following sections in the IIFT entrance exam:

  • Quantitative Ability

  • Logical Reasoning

  • Data Interpretation

  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

  • General Awareness

Some of the past test papers were structured with the sections of Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension appearing separately and the Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation combined under the same section. The marks per question also vary from year to year.

Marking Scheme

We bring here information on number of questions per section along with the marks per question in past years:

 

IIFT Section wise Questions & Marking Scheme

Year

Section

Number of Questions

Marks per Question

Negative Marking

2015

 

Quantitative Ability

22

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1/3 of the allotted marks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Logical Reasoning

20

0.75

Data Interpretation

18

1

Reading Comprehension

16

1

Verbal Ability

20

0.75

General Knowledge

28

0.5

2014

Quantitative Ability

20

1

 

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

35

1

 

General Awareness

26

0.5

 

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

20

0.75

2013

Quantitative Ability

25

1

Data Interpretation

19

1

Logical Reasoning

20

0.75

Verbal Ability

20

0.75

Reading Comprehension

16

0.75

General Awareness

28

0.5

2012

Quantitative Ability

25

1

Logical Ability

20

0.75

Data Interpretation

19

1

Verbal Ability

20

0.75

Reading Comprehension

16

0.75

General Awareness

28

0.5

2011

Quantitative Ability

24

1

Reading Comprehension

15

0.75

Verbal Ability

23

0.75

Logical Reasoning

21

1

2010

Quantitative Ability

30

1

Verbal Ability

25

0.5

Reading Comprehension

40

0.7

Logic & Data Interpretation

35

1

General Knowledge

30

0.4

2009

Quantitative Ability

28

1

Verbal Ability

40

1

Logic & Data Interpretation

34

1

General Knowledge

20

0.4

Quantitative Ability

28

1

Verbal Ability

40

1

2008

Quantitative Ability

27

0.7

Data Interpretation

26

0.8

Reasoning & Business Decision Making

32

0.8

Reading Comprehension

12

0.8

Verbal Ability

23

0.7

General Knowledge

30

0.3

By now you must be having a clear idea about the unpredictability of the IIFT entrance exam pattern. However, the syllabus or the question types and topics are similar. Let us have a look at the brief analysis of the sections so that you know the probable topics and the syllabus of IIFT entrance exam which you will take on Sunday, November 27, 2016.

 

Quantitative Ability

The difficulty level of this section in IIFT 2015 paper was easy to moderate. However, the weightage was maximum with 22 out of 124 questions. The topics which you can expect in this section include the following:

  • ERPV

  • PPL

  • SI & CI

  • Numbers (Surds & Indices)

  • Geometry

  • Mensuration

  • Logarithms

  • Permutation & Combination

  • Probability

  • Time & Work

  • Time & Distance

  • AMA

  • Heights & Distance

  • Special Equations

  • Indices & Surds

  • Progression
  • Logarithm
  • Set Theory

Logical Ability

The overall difficulty level of this exam ranges from easy to moderate. According to past trends, the question types are mainly simple and doable. The types of questions are as follows:

  • Comparisons

  • Deduction

  • Coding-Decoding

  • Series & Analysis

  • Input & Output

  • Directions

  • Seating Arrangement

  • Selections

  • Linear Word Formation

Data Interpretation

The difficulty level of this section is mainly tough due to its calculation intensive questions which make it time consuming. The caselets are mainly based on the basic Data Interpretation question types namely Bar Graph, Line Graph, Table and Pie Chart.

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

You can expect to get around 4 Reading Comprehension passages followed by 4 to 5 questions. According to the analysis of past few years the questions are mainly direct and easy. The length of the paragraphs is generally moderate.

 

As per the Verbal Ability part is concerned, the topics are mainly same as what you have prepared for CAT or other MBA entrance exams. The questions are amalgamation of grammar and vocabulary. The broad areas from which you can expect the questions are as follows:

  • Identifying grammatically correct questions

  • Propositions and phrases

  • Vocabulary: Analogy, word meaning, spellings, antonyms, odd word out, para formation questions

  • Figure of speech

General Awareness

The General Awareness section distinguishes IIFT entrance exam from CAT. However, the weight of the section is lesser compared to the other sections such as Quantitative Ability or Data Interpretation in the IIFT exam. It is visible in the marks allotted in the section. However, having a good grip over General Awareness will only help you score higher so don’t ignore the preparation.

 

The section consists of 2 types of questions, static GK and current affairs. While static GK is easy to prepare, current affairs is a vast field. According to Yogesh, an alumnus of IIFT, the topics with which you must be abreast include merger and acquisitions, recent appointments, corporate facts, sobriquets of famous personalities, awards and awardees namely  Nobel Prize to Dara Shikoh Awards etc. and more.

 

Business and politics are the base of the General Awareness section of any exam. Since IIFT offers MBA in International Business, it would be wise to brush up the current statistics of the international business scenario, India’s trade relations among other relevant areas.

IIFT Cutoff

The cutoff will depend on certain factors like the number of questions, difficulty level, number of test takers etc. However, last year the section wise cutoffs for IIFT exam were as follows:

 

IIFT 2015 Sectional Cutoff

Sections

Number of Questions

Total marks

IIFT 2015 cutoff

Quantitative Ability

22

22

4.34

Logical Ability & Data Interpretation

38

33

8.68

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

36

31

8.75

General Awareness

28

14

0.82

Now let us take a look at the overall IIFT 2015 cutoff according to different candidate categories.

 

IIFT 2015 Cutoff - Overall

Category

IIFT 2015 Cutoff

General

48.50

SC/ST/PH

38.50

OBC (NCL)

43.50

 Preparation Tips for IIFT Entrance Exam

The preparation for IIFT is not much different from that of the other MBA entrance exams like CAT or XAT. For the sections like Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension syllabus and topics are similar.

 

The segregating factor is General Awareness. For this section, there cannot be any specific preparation as it is a continuous process. The best way is to read news and features from varied sources. Read at least 2 newspapers daily such as The Hindu, The Economic Times, The Indian Express, simple reason, they cover social and political reports more than other popular newspapers. Subscribe to magazines like the Frontline, Outlook, India Today etc. Refer to year book from the reputed publishers.

 

Kamlesh Sajnani, MD, IMS Learning suggests, “Take four to five mock tests and analyze the same to thoroughly get acquainted to the test structure and the type of questions. The exam additionally assesses Decision Making and General Awareness type of questions hence get oriented to these question types.”

Also Read

IIFT 2016: How to ace the test 

IIFT Topper Interviews

 

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