IIFT 2018 Analysis Pattern Cutoffs

IIFT 2018: Pattern Analysis and Cutoffs

IIFT 2018: Pattern Analysis and Cutoffs
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IIFT 2018 Exam Paper Pattern

IIFT 2018 was  similar to IIFT 2017. The difference was that GK was a little easy, with plenty of questions coming from traditional trade and business area. Most students have found the LR section quite difficult, and DI was quite calculation intensive. So LRDI section was the toughest of all. QA was moderate, while VARC was also moderate, with the questions RC being quite straight forward. The paper had almost the same difficulty and pattern as the one that came in 2017. The overall difficulty level of the paper was on the higher side.

So, now we come to the main question: who is likely to do well in this exam? The answer is that the ones who are good in vocab and grammar are likely to do well in this paper. The VA section was vocab intensive, with more than 8 questions coming directly from this area. Also, students who have done well in Quant are likely to cross the overall cutoff.  You can go through the broad question and section wise analysis in the tables below.

IIFT paper usually has four sections: QA, VARC, LRDI, and GK, with VARC having two subsections: VA and RC, and LRDI having two subsections: LR and DI. There is usually a combined cutoff for LRDI, which is taken as one section. Same is the case with VARC. In IIFT 2017, however, there was a change in the marking and cutoff scheme. The two separate subsections had a separate cutoff, something which many students had failed to take note of.

IIFT 2018 question paper was divided into 6 sections. Each section had individual cutoffs. Also, each section had a differential marking system. The total maximum marks of the IIFT 2018 paper was 100. Below is the breakup of different section marks wise.

IIFT 2018 paper pattern and weightage

The details of the number of questions in each section and marks are as follow:

Section

Number of Question Marks per Question Negative Marking

Total Marks

GK and Current Affairs

18 0.5 0.17 9
Reading Comprehension

16

1 0.33

16

English Usage

20

0.75 0.25 15
Quantitative Aptitude

20

1 0.33

20

Data Interpretation

20 1 0.33

20

Logical Reasoning

20 1 0.33

20

Total

114

100

ANALYSIS: Difficulty level and sectional cutoffs of IIFT 2018

Historically, IIFT cutoffs have been in the range of 36 to 48. When the paper is easy, the cutoff goes beyond 45, and when the paper is tough, the cut off comes below 40. Since IIFT 2018 was a little difficult, we are expecting the cutoffs to be anywhere between 36-38

The section-wise difficulty levels and expected sectional cutoffs are as follows:

 

Section

Difficulty level Ideal Attempts

Cutoffs (Marks)

GK and Current Affairs Moderate 6-8 1-1.5
Reading Comprehension Moderate 12 4
English Usage Moderate 16 3
Quantitative Aptitude Moderate – Difficult 8 4
Data Interpretation Difficult 6-8 3.33
Logical Reasoning Difficult 6-8 3.33

Overall Cutoffs:

The overall cutoffs for IIFT this year should be between 33 and 35. It is important to note that the candidates need to clear cutoffs in each section along with the overall cutoffs in order to fetch the GDPI calls. Historically, IIFT gives good weightage to written score in its final selection process. Hence, a candidate getting higher marks than the cutoff marks stands a good chance to convert the calls.

A score of 35+ is likely to fetch a call from IIFT Delhi, while a score of  32-33 is likely to fetch a call from IIFT Kolkata.

Topic wise breakups of each section

The table below has categorized the questions from IIFT 2018 paper into easy, average and difficult categories. The cutoff for a particular section is usually the no of easy questions in that section multiplied by the marks per question for that section. Though the sectional cutoff for IIFT is always on the lower side, the overall cut off is not the sum total of sectional cutoffs, but a figure significantly higher than that. Therefore, it is very important for the students to maximize their score in at least sections in order to clear the overall cutoff.
Reading Comprehension

Passage Theme

Number of Questions Total Marks

Difficulty level

Culture and different aspects of culture 3 3 Moderate
Different professions and their perspectives and ideologies and attitudes towards different things 3 3 Moderate-Difficult
Internet and Information 4 4 Easy- Moderate
Technology and Innovation 3 3 Moderate
GDP and yardsticks used to measure it 3 3 Moderate

English Usage

Topic

Number of Questions Total Marks

Difficulty level

Grammar 4 3 Moderate
Vocabulary 14 10.5 Easy to Moderate
Parajumbles 2 1.5 Moderate

 

GK and Current Affairs

Topic

Number of Questions Total Marks

Difficulty level

Sports 1 0.5 Moderate
Science 1 0.5 Moderate
Geography and Polity 2 1 Easy
History 0 0
Organization and Business 7 3.5 Moderate to Difficult
Current Affairs 4 2 Moderate
Books and Awards 1 0.5 Difficult

 

Quantitative Aptitude

 

Topic

Number of Questions Total Marks

Difficulty level

Arithmetic 6 6 Moderate-Difficult
Plane Geometry 4 4 Moderate
Mensuration 2 2 Difficult
Algebra 5 5 Moderate – Difficult
Modern Maths 3 3 Difficult

Data Interpretation

Topic

Number of Questions Total Marks

Difficulty level

Tabular 8 8 Moderate-Difficult
Mixed Graphs 12 12 Difficult – Calculative

Analytical & Logical Reasoning

Topic Number of Questions Total Marks Difficulty level
Coding Decoding 3 3 Moderate
Tabular Arrangement 4 4 Difficult
Conditional Reasoning 3 3 Moderate
Complex Arrangement 4 4 Difficult
Seating arrangement 4 4 Difficult
Numbers Based 3 3 Difficult

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