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IIFT-2010
Analysis

After a hectic schedule of CAT there was one more exam in the month of November which was IIFT conducted on 28th November 2010. As usual, this year again there was some changes in the pattern of the test, there were 135 qns. as compared to 122 last year. The RC and EU sections were merged; similarly LR and DI were also merged. The main features of this year’s tests are as follows:
Summary:


Duration of Test

120 minutes

Number of Questions

135

Marks per Question

0.4 to 1

Negative marking

1/3rd of the mark allotted

Number of Sections

4

Number of options

4

DETAILED ANALYSIS
IIFT 2010 had sectional cut-offs and students were expected to do well in all sections of the paper. As is the case with all exams involving sectional and overall cut-offs, the right strategy is to give enough time to all sections so as to clear the cut-offs comfortably. With 4 sections which included a GK section, a good time allocation strategy would be to give GK around 10-15 minutes and apportion the remaining time between the other sections depending on their relative difficulty levels.
Overall, IIFT 2010 question paper was very much along the predictable lines. The paper was very lengthy and the QA and LR DI sections had quite a few tedious questions. The break-up of the sections is given below:
QUANTITATIVE ABILITY
No. of Qs        : 30 (1.0 marks per Q à Total Marks – 30.0 Marks)

The difficulty level of the section can be rated as moderate. Around 12 questions were there, which could be solved easily in a time span of 40 minutes. The topic wise breakup of the section is as follows –

Area

Description

No. of Qs

Quant

Number Systems

6

Geometry & Mensuration

4

P&C, Probability

2

Averages & Percentages

2

Time &Work, Pipes & Cisterns & Speed, Time & Distance

3

Progressions

1

Trigonometry

2

Logarithms, Linear and Quadratic equations, Set Theory

5

Maxima & Minima

1

Profit & Loss, Partnership

3

Co-ordinate Geometry

1

Overall

 

30


VERBAL COMPREHENSION ABILITY
No. of Qs        : 40 (0.7/Qs in Part-1 & 0.5/Qs in Part-2 à Total Marks – 23.0 Marks)
This section was distributed in two parts viz. Reading Comprehension and English Usage. In RC, there were 15 questions and in EU, there were 25 questions, while the marks for correct answers were 0.7 and 0.5 each respectively. In EU there were questions from questions, questions, questions, 2 questions, 6 questions and 2 questions. The details of RC passages are as follows –

Area

Description

No. of Qs

Reading Comprehension

Passage on Business

5

Passage on Economics

4

Passage on Psychology

3

Passage on Investment

3

English Usage

Fill in the blanks (two blanks)

6

Correct way of phrasing

3

Verbal Analogies

6

Spelling correction

2

Para Jumble

6

sentence correction

2

Overall

 

40

Overall, we could say that the cut-off for VA section would be around 10 marks.

INTERPRETATION AND REASONING ABILITY
No. of Qs        : 35 (1.0 marks per Q à Total Marks – 35.0 Marks)
In this section, there were 15 questions on Logical Reasoning and 20 questions were on Data Interpretation. The LR part was much easier than the DI part. One could solve fourteen questions of LR and could attempt one set of DI in a time span of 40 minutes. An attempt of 17 + questions is a decent one for this section. The detailed breakup of the section is as follows –

Area

Description

No. of Qs

Data Interpretation

Table

9 questions distributed in two sets

Bar Chart

10 questions distributed in three sets

Bar Graph

1

Logical Reasoning

Data Arrangement

15 questions distribute d in three sets

Overall

 

35

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE
No. of Qs        : 30 (0.4 marks per Q à Total Marks – 12.0 Marks)
This section was easier than last few years‘GK section. The questions were from traditional as well as dynamic GK. There were questions from Business, Country, Capital, Currency, Name of Parliaments, Current Affairs, Locations of International Organizations and Economics etc.
An attempt of 12+ questions with 90% accuracy in a time span of 10 minutes will be decent one.

The overall cut-off for getting a call from IIFT Delhi should be around 39+ marks and 33+ marks for IIFT Kolkata.