The entrance exam of the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) was conducted on Sunday, November 27 at various exam centres across the country. The two hour exam had four sections. However, candidates were allowed as much time as they wanted for the sections they wanted to focus on.
A total of 123 questions were asked this year.
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Quantitative Ability (QA):
This section had 20 questions, out of which, five questions were from algebra, eight questions were from pure maths, five were from arithmetic and three were from geometry.
In comparison with last year’s question paper, this section was more or less the same. However, there were more questions from the algebra and pure math parts as opposed to the arithmetic section.
Apart from one or two questions which were based on time-speed-distance and probability, QA was not too difficult, provided you did not put in too much of time and effort on these two questions. This section was do-able in about half an hour.
Looking at the level of questions, the cut-off for this section can go as much as six of seven this year.
Logical Reasoning (LR) and Data Interpretation (DI):
In the LR section, the number of questions in the analogies and circular arrangement parts was four each, tribe puzzle had three questions, districution had six questions (three in two sets), venn diagram, number series and deductions had one question each and missing number/letter part had two questions, bringing the total to 22 questions.
One question from the missing number/letter part could have perplexed candidates a bit.
DI comprised of four sets: Two each from tables and bar graphs. Here, one of the sections required more calculations (the ‘garment’ question) but most were simple and easy to attempt.
The total attempt-ability of this section was about 10-12 questions with an average time of 22-25 minutes spent on each section, along with an answer accuracy of about 80 per cent.
Last year’s cut-off for LR and DI was 4.3. This is expected to remain more or less steady this year.
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Reading Comprehension (RC) and Verbal Ability (VA):
Relatively difficult than the previous years question papers, this section had longer passages as well as variety of questions in VA. What was new this year were the crossword questions and some of the vocabulary questions, which could have taken a lot of time out of the allotted limit.
In addition to this, the questions on etymology were tough as knowledge about origin of words was required.
In RC, apart from most questions which were pretty much straight-forward, the ‘main idea’ question in passage four was a little tough.
The expected cut-off this year is slightly lower than last year’s 8.75.
General Awareness (GA):
The GA section is where most students end up losing marks. Questions could range from anywhere in this section, be it entertainment industry, politics, history to major world events. In order to crack this section, candidates need to be well versed with current and past affairs.
The cut-off for this section has always been very low given the difficult of this paper, averaging on 0.82 last year. This year, this cut-off may remain put.
Among the topics this section covered was: currencies (Bulgaria), headquarters based questions (NATO, OECD, Amnesty International, World Bank, European Central Bank, Food and Agricultural Organisation), Bitcoin, elected representatives, etc.
It is imperative to note that this section had two questions towards the end which might have been missed by many candidates had they devoted too much time on the more difficult questions in the beginning.
-With inputs from T.I.M.E. career institute, New Delhi.
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