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.
|No. of questions||Marks per question||Total||No. of questions||Marks per question||Total|
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.
The VA-RC section was divided into two subsections, with 16 RC questions (of 1 mark each) in the first subsection and 20 VA questions (of 0.75 marks each) in the second subsection). Just like last year, the RC questions were simple and very easy to do. The majority of the RC questions were direct, with very few inferential questions; and even the inferential questions would not have posed much problem. There were four passages with 4 questions each; two of the passages were somewhat lengthy (around 1.5 pages long each), but the other two were less than a page each. All the passages were fairly easy to read and understand.
The VA subsection was a little more challenging, as it featured a number of new question types, such as a crossword and etymology of a word. Nearly all the questions were vocabulary based, apart from 2 jumbled sentence questions (also a new question type for IIFT, but easy to do). The Fill in the Blanks questions required you to know certain idiomatic/colloquial expressions that not everyone would have been familiar with. Apart from the difficulty of the words themselves, several of the questions were time consuming, as they involved consulting long lists and tables of words.
In about 35 minutes, it would have been possible to attempt 8-12 RC questions and 11-13 VA questions. The expected cut-off for this section would be around 8-9 marks.
|Passage Topic||No. of Questions||Type of Questions||Level of Difficulty|
|Manufacturing sector in India||4||All direct||Easy|
|PepsiCo’s strategy in emerging markets||4||All direct||Easy|
|Women’s participation in the labour force||4||2 direct, 2 inferential||Easy-Medium|
|Robot vision||4||2 direct, 2 inferential||Easy-Medium|
|Type||No. of Questions||Level of Difficulty|
|Antonyms (Match the Columns)||2||Difficult|
|Fill in the Blanks (Idioms/Colloquial Words)||3||Medium-Difficult|
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.
This section was sub-divided into two parts, namely Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation in that order.
The Logical Reasoning part was characterized by easy to difficult sets as well as easy to medium singleton questions. Out of 22 questions in LR, 2 questions were from Verbal Reasoning while the remaining 20 questions were from Non-Verbal reasoning. Following was the break-up of the Logical Reasoning part:
|Type||Number of questions||Level of difficulty|
|Arrangement (hexagonal table coupled with names and professions)||4||Difficult|
|Family Tree + Arrangement||3||Difficult|
|Grouping + Arrangement*||3||Medium|
|Numerical series||2 (both singleton questions)||Easy to Medium|
|Syllogisms||2 (both singleton questions)||Easy|
*: One question in the set had incorrect options. While the correct answer is “Finance”, it was not mentioned in the options. The best was to mark the option which was logically closest i.e. “Finance or Logistics”.
Ideal strategy would have been to solve easy sets and singleton questions before attempting the difficult sets on Arrangements and Family Tree + Arrangement.
There were total 4 sets with 5 questions each. As usual, Data Interpretation sets were fairly calculation intensive. Out of the four sets, two sets were on Tables, one set was on a stacked column graph and one set was a multiple bar chart. Following was the break-up of the Data Interpretation part:
|Type||Number of questions||Level of difficulty|
|1||A set on Tables (Students in five kingdoms: Anga, Banga, Chedi, Dwarka and Gandhar)||5||Medium|
|2||A Stacked Column graph on five types of shirts in five stores||5||Difficult|
|3||A set on Tables (Domestic and Foreign Investments in different sectors)||5||Medium to Difficult|
|4||A set on Bar Graph (Revenues and Expenses of three companies over five years)||5||Medium to Difficult|
Ideally one should have attempted 18-20 questions in about 40 minutes. The expected cut-off for this section is around 6 marks.
This section was dominated by Modern Mathematics (11 questions), followed by Arithmetic and Geometry (3 questions each). There were 2 questions on Algebra and 1 question on Numbers.
Following table shows the break-up of the questions in the Quantitative Analysis section.
|Number of questions||Level of difficulty|
|Modern Mathematics (Total 11 questions)|
|Arithmetic (Total 3 questions)|
|Profit & Loss||1||0||0||1|
|Time & Work||1||1||0||0|
|Geometry (Total 3 questions)|
|Algebra (Total 2 questions)|
|Numbers (Total 1 question)|
|Surds & Indices||1||1||0||0|
Ideally a student whose strength is Mathematics should have attempted 14-15 questions in about 40 minutes. The expected cut-off for this section would be around 4 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).