IIFT 2017- Test Analysis

OVERVIEW:

The overall structure of the IIFT 2017 was markedly different from that of 2016. The difficulty level also went much further.

IIFT 2017 had SIX sections instead of the four Sections that we found in 2016 and 2015. The total number of questions in the test was 114 which was down from 123 in 2016. Another surprise was the weightage given to each DI question (0.75 marks) was lower than that for each question in the LR Section (1 mark). IIFT-2017 was, in short, fewer questions, more difficult and a greater number of cut offs to cover!

Like in the previous years, each question had 4 options and carried negative marks of 1/3rd of the allotted marks for each question.

The following table shows the overall structure of IIFT 2017 and 2016 at a glance:
IIFT 2017 IIFT-2016
Section Questions Marks per question Total Section Questions Marks per question Total
Reading Comprehension 16 1 16 RC 16 1 16
Verbal Ability 20 1 20 VA 20 0.75 15
General Awareness 18 0.5 09 GA 25 0.5 12.5
Quantitative Ability 20 1 20 QA 20 1 20
Logical Reasoning 20 1 20 LR
22 0.75 16.5
Data Interpretation 20 0.75 15 DI 20 1 20
Total 114   100   123   100

IIFT- 2017 was a difficult test. In fact, it was one of the toughest IIFT tests in recent years.

The different sections did not vary too much in the difficulty level from each other. However, the Reading Comprehension Section, the only easy section in IIFT 2017 made up for the difficulty level in the length of the passages.

In IIFT exam, the overall cut-off is significantly more than the sum of the individual sectional cut-offs. Therefore ideally, a student should have attempted a few questions in each section and devoted more time and attempted maximum questions from the sections from his/her strength. In the following paragraphs, the analysis of the individual sections is given. The time allotment and ideal attempt in each section have been mentioned from the point of view of a student who wants to maximize his/her score in that section.

The Verbal Ability Section of IIFT 2017 was difficult and technical.

All the questions in this section were based on the English Language as a subject rather than on reasoning or analysis. We could even call it the English Section. The questions tested the principles of grammar like “adverbial phrase” etc. as options, and Vocabulary. The vocabulary questions asked about prefixes, suffixes, anagrams etc. They were also technical.

All the question types in this section were unlike what are generally found in competitive examinations.  None of the anticipated question types like synonym, antonyms, etc., were present. If last year the test carried questions based on crossword, this year there were anagrams questions. Error spotting was also in an unfamiliar format of a paragraph with several sentences underlined.

Type No. of Questions Level of Difficulty
Nature of phrase/clause in a sentence 05 Difficult
Punctuation 03 Medium-Difficult
Meaning of suffix/prefix 01 Difficult
Analogy 03 Difficult
Anagram and synonym 03 Difficult
Errors in passage 05 Easy-Medium

A serious candidate with fairly good awareness of grammatical principles and vocabulary will be able attempt about 12 to 14 questions with 80 per cent accuracy in about 15 minutes.

Expected cut-offs

We expect the following cut-offs for IIFT-2017:

Sr. No Section Cut-off
1. Reading Comprehension 2.66
2 Verbal Ability 3.67
3 General Awareness 1.15
4 Logical Reasoning 3.5
5 Quantitative Ability 3.66
6 Data Interpretation 1.75

We expect the overall cut-off for the next round of admissions for IIFT-Delhi , IIFT-Kolkatta and IIFT-Kakikada to be around 37.5-39.5 marks for General Category of students. For SC/ST/PH category of students, it is expected to be around 30 marks while for OBC (NCL) category of students, it is expected to be around 35.5 marks.

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