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IIFT 2011 Overall Analysis

Published On: 28 Nov 2011 | Last Updated On: 02 Dec 2011

The IIFT 2011 exam, an entry pass for admission in the management programs offered by the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) got over on November 27, Sunday. The IIFT 2011 exam for admission in session 2012-2014 was also bundled with a surprise this year like CAT, IRMA and NMAT. IIFT too like the aforementioned management entrance exams changed its exam pattern and introduced 6 sections instead of 4 sections. As always the level of difficulty of IIFT exam was considered tough.

Overview of IIFT 2011 Exam:

The IIFT 2011 exam was a 2 hours duration exam with 120 questions. Each multiple choice question had 4 answer options. The question paper this time included 6 sections – General Awareness (GA), Reading Comprehension (RC), Verbal Ability (VA), Data Interpretation (DI), Quantitative Ability (QA) and Logical Ability (LA). Negative marking was also applicable and nearly 1/3rd marks will be deducted from the total marks allotted for one question.

IIFT 2011 Sectional Break Up:

Let’s take a quick look at the IIFT 2011 sectional breakup:-


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Sectional Analysis:

Reading Comprehension:

The IIFT exam consisted of 4 RC’s with 15 questions in all. Mostly the RC questions were based on particular details and were direct questions. Possible attempts one could have made in this section are 6-8 questions and the possible score one can expect is 3-3.5.

Verbal Ability:

The topics that were covered in the verbal ability section were Grammar, Vocabulary, Para-Completion, Sentence Jumble, Spelling and Word Jumble. Questions were asked regarding idioms, Figure of speech, Antonyms and Synonyms. While the vocabulary questions were definitely difficult, questions on world jumble were time taking but easy. The possible attempts once could have made in this section are 16-17 questions and the score one expect is 7.5-8.

General Awareness:

General Awareness section was tougher this year in comparison to the previous year. The questions were based mostly on static as well as current GK. The questions were based on the following topics – Economy, Business, Static General Awareness as well as Personality & Awards. The level of difficulty of these questions was somewhere in between moderate – tough. The possible attempts one could have made in this section are 6-7 and the score one can expect is 1.5-2.

Quantitative Ability:

The QA section was somewhat easier in comparison to last 3-4 years question papers. This time the QA section included questions that were less tedious as well as short in length. All the questions in the QA section could be attempted at least once. The topics covered were arithmetic, algebra, geometry and probability. The level of difficulty for the QA section was somewhere between easy to moderate. The possible attempts one could have made in this section are 14-15 and the score one can expect is 12-13.

Data Interpretation:

Even though the DI section included straightforward questions, the questions were lengthy, calculation-intensive and quite tedious. The possible attempts one could have made was 5-6 and the score one can expect is 3-3.6.

Logical Reasoning:

The questions in the logical reasoning section were quite easy and shorter in length in comparison to last year. The topics covered in this section were – Blood Relations, Team Selection, Arrangement, Coding-Decoding, Information based LR sets, Syllogisms and Course of Action. The level of difficulty of this section can be rated somewhere between easy to moderate. The possible attempts one could have made was 12-13 questions and one can expect a score somewhere between 8.3-9.

Overall Analysis:

With introduction of 6 sections and no clarity at all on sectional cut-offs, the students were required to quickly divide their total time for each individual section. More time should have been allocated to the sections – Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Quantitative Ability while sections such as Verbal Ability, Logical Ability and General Awareness should have been quickly completed. General Awareness in all should not have been given more than 12 minutes in all. There were some lengthy as well as questions in the DI and LA section and students who did not get stuck in those questions and attempted more easier questions can expect a call for IIFT second round.

Students who took the IIFT exam keeping in mind that they are required to cover 120 questions in 2 hours and curbed their urge of doing guess work and marking the questions only when they were sure of an answer definitely stand a much better chance than their counterparts since every wrong answer costs one 1/3rd of the marks/question.

Students with an overall cut off of somewhere in between 39-40 can expect a call for IIFT’s second round.

For more information log onto IIFT exam page.

Best of Luck!!

Source: Career Launcher

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