IIFT 2016 Analysis

OVERVIEW:

The overall structure of the IIFT exam underwent some changes this year vis-a-vis the structure last year. The weight allotted to English (VA+RC) remained unchanged at 31 marks. However the weight allotted to DI-LR increased from 33 marks to 36.5 marks, while the weight of QA section decreased from 22 to 20 while the weight of GA section decreased from 22 to 20. 

Following table summarizes the relative comparison between IIFT-2016 and IIFT-2015 exams.

  IIFT-2016 IIFT-2015

 

No. of questions Marks per question Total No. of questions Marks per question Total
RC
VA
16 1 16 16 1 16
20 0.75 15 20 0.75 15
GA 25 0.5 12.5 28 0.5 14
QA 20 1 20 22 1 22
DI
LR
20 1 20 18 1 18
22 0.75 16.5 20 0.75 16.5
Total 123   100 124   100

Overall IIFT-2016 examination was marginally tougher than the previous year. The exam was marked by a marginally tougher DI-LR section (with tougher LR sub-section, calculation intensive DI sub-section) and one notch more difficult QA section as compared to the previous year. VA-RC section was also slightly tougher than the previous year, with RC sets at similar level of difficulty and tougher VA questions. Similarly, GA section was also marked by questions slightly tougher than the previous year.

We expect the overall cut-off for the next round of admissions for IIFT-Delhi and IIFT-Kolkatta to be around 40 marks for General Category of students. Generally the section-wise cut-off for IIFT is low while the overall cut-off is significantly higher than the sum of cut-offs of individual sections. As a result, the strategy should be to ensure to score enough to clear all the section-wise cut-offs and maximizing attempts and score in the section of your strength. In the analysis that follows, the ideal attempts and time have been mentioned from the point of view of a student who aims at maximizing his/her score in the sections.

The analysis of each of the sections is given below. 

There were 25 questions in this section, comprising 13 static and 12 current events questions. Furthermore, out of these 25 questions, 14 were on world affairs and only 11 on national events. This section was a little tougher than the GA section last year. There were a few ‘Match the Column’ questions which were easy because identifying only one correct pair would have given you the answer. However, some current event questions were quite difficult. The themes of the questions were mostly on business, personalities, headquarters and sports, with a couple from science and technology.

On the whole, if you devoted around 10-12 minutes to the GA section, you could have attempted around 13-15 questions. The expected cut-off for this section would be around 1-1.33 marks.

IIFT 2016, 2015 and 2014 Cutoffs

According to IIFT 2016 results, a score of 60.1 was equivalent to 99.78 percentile, a score of 58.09 was equivalent to 99.6 percentile, a score of 54.24 was equivalent to 98.86 percentile, a score of 51.09 was equivalent to 97.6 percentile, and a score of 48.93 was equivalent to 96.19 percentile.

The 2016 cut-off for IIFT-Delhi and Kolkata campuses is 48.5 for General candidates, 43.5 for OBC NCL candidates, 38.5 for SC, 27.17 for ST candidates & 28.85 for PH candidates (Sectional cut-offs : VARC 9.67, DILR 8.00, GA 1.99, QT 4.01).

For your reference and a better understanding of the test, we have also mentioned IIFT 2015 and 2014 results.

According to IIFT 2015 results, a score of 60.08 was equivalent to 99.7 percentile, a score of 58.35 was equivalent to 99.52 percentile, a score of 56.85 was equivalent to 99.31 percentile and a score of 55.09 was equivalent to 98.98 percentile.

The 2015 cut-off for IIFT-Delhi and Kolkata campuses is 48.5 for General candidates, 43.5 for OBC NCL candidates and 38.5 for SC, ST & PH candidates (Sectional cut-offs : VARC 8.75 DILR 8.68 GA 0.82 QT 4.34).

According to IIFT 2014 results, a score of 48.91 was equivalent to 99.8 percentile, a score of 47.26 was equivalent to 99.65 percentile and a score of 38.8 was equivalent to 96.36 percentile.

The 2014 cut-off for IIFT-Delhi and Kolkata campuses is 38.5 for General candidates, 33.5 for OBC NCL candidates and 28.5 for SC, ST & PH candidates (Sectional cut-offs : VARC 6.50 LR 4.34 DIQA 4.67 GA 2.49).

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