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Indian Institute of Foreign Trade - is generally conducted in the month of November by IIFT. The exam is valid for PG courses at its Delhi and Kolkata campus.

 

IMPORTANT DATES FOR IIFT

REGISTRATION START DATE:
Friday, 15 July 2016


LAST DATE OF REGISTRATION:  
Monday, 5 September 2016


LINK:   iiftadmissions.net.in
           IIFT TEST DATE :
           Sunday, 27 November 2016


           IIFT RESULTS :  
           Mid December 2016

IIFT & ITS HISTORY

The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) was set up in 1963 by the Government of India as an autonomous organisation to help professionalise the country's foreign trade management and increase exports by developing human resources; generating, analysing and disseminating data; and conducting research. IIFT has, over the years, undertaken path-breaking research studies with organisations like WTO, World Bank, UNCTAD and the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India. The Institute has also trained more than 40,000 business professionals across 30 countries in various facets of international business and trade policy via its Management Development Programmes.

IIFT 2015 PATTERN

The exam is a multiple choice objective type written test which consists of questions covering English Comprehension, General Knowledge & Awareness, Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Analysis. The exam is of 2 hours duration. The marking scheme of IIFT may vary from year to year. Based on marks obtained in Written Test, candidates would be called for Essay Writing, Group Discussion and Interview.

There are a total of 6 sections in the test.

Sections

Part

Section Name

No. of Questions

Marks per Question

Total Marks

Section I

Part A

Data Interpretation

19

1

19

Section I

Part B

Analytical and Logical Reasoning

20

0.75

15

Section II

 

General Awareness

28

0.5

14

Section III

Part A

Verbal Ability

20

0.75

15

Section III

Part B

Reading Comprehension

16

0.75

12

Section IV

 

Quantitative Aptitude

25

1

25


•   There is 1/3rd negative marking for a wrong answer and the total marks is 100
•   There’s differential marking system for each section

As expected, the paper contained a differential marking system but was relatively easier than the last few years’ IIFT papers. The exam was divided into 4 sections further sub-divided into 6 sections viz. General awareness, Reading comprehension, Verbal ability, Quantitative ability, Data Interpretation and Analytical & Logical Reasoning. In all there were 128 questions amounting to a total of 100 marks. Each section had questions with the ideal blend of level of difficulty and variety.

IIFT 2015 ANALYSIS

A genuine roller coaster ride: Three years, three papers.
Cutoff for IIFT’13 was around48.3
Cutoff for IIFT’14 was a little less than38.5
Cutoff for IIFT’15 seems to be around50
IIFT’15 was an easy paper wherein speed and selection will be the decider.

Section Wise Analysis:

Section 1:
Subsection 1 - Analytical Reasoning:

This can be called an absolute sitter. Nearly all the sets & individual questions were doable. Just one set was tricky because the questions were ambiguous (The set on countries) and hence a little time consuming, otherwise, the whole section can be completed in 20 mins. 15-16 can be said to be good attempts and approximately 10 marks can be considered a good score in this section. All in all, a section worth spending 20 mins in and a section that won’t disappoint a test taker.

Subsection 2 - Data Interpretation:

There were 4 sets, out of which 2 sets were manageable, one was time consuming and one difficult to interpret. The set on www.jay.com had the Graph C Y-axis not so clear and hence possible that kids would have gotten disillusioned and left that set, however, an above average test taker would have guessed the values on the y-axis. Otherwise, if a test taker puts in 7-8 mins into each set, each set could have been solved. Just because the return on investment of time for this section isn’t as good as the AR or the Verbal Ability or the Quant section, it is a little not-so-much-worth to overspend time in this section. All in all, putting in 22-23 mins into this section to fetch 12-13 attempts to eventually fetch 6-7 marks in this section can be considered a good score.

Section 2:
Subsection 1 - Reading Comprehension:

4 RCs, 4 questions each. So, it was more or less last year’s CAT’s RC section. Even the intensity and difficulty level matches that of CAT14. The RCs on steel industry, IMF & worldwide information network were doable. Again, because it is poor return on investment on time (the realization is not more than 1 Question per min) and hence even RCs are not a glamorous steal. Spending 25 mins and attempting 3 RCs can be considered ideal. All in all, making a comfortable 10 attempts with a net realization of 7-8 marks can be considered a good score.


Subsection 2 - Verbal Ability:

This section can be considered fast-food. With 2 questions on parajumbles, 2 questions on idioms, 2 on word usage, 9 questions on vocabulary, the whole section seems a quick run-through. Also, the fact that a lot of words were from the “frequently asked words” in any competitive exam, this subsection seemed easy. Moreover, the return on investment of time was good. So, ideally, every test taker would have left after finishing the section and that ideally would have taken him / her around 15 mins. A good score in this section can be around 9 marks with good attempts being around 15-16 questions.

Section 3 - General Knowledge:

It is difficult to rate a GK section because perceptions differ from person to person. However, the spread of questions was impressive. There were questions on Eurozone, world history, authors and books, awards and recognition, inventions, world economy etc. All in all, 12 mins spent in this section is enough to see through the length of this section and to go through every question. A person with good awareness will be able to attempt around 16 questions. 5-6 marks can be considered a good score in this section.

Section 4 - Quantitative Ability:

The spread of the section wasn’t as good as last year. Arithmetic had unprecedented weightage with 10 questions from it. Algebra & Geometry had just 3 questions from each. Modern mathematics had a representation of 6 questions. The questions from the difficulty level standpoint was such: There were 9 sitters & 6 other moderate questions which would have taken less than 1-1.5 mins per questions. All in all, with 25 mins given to the section, attempting 16-17 questions and scoring 12-14 marks can be considered a good score.

Overall, this is how it seems:

IIFT 2015 Analysis Snapshot

   

No of Qs

Weightage

Total

Difficulty Level

Time Allocation (Mins)

Good Attempts

Good Score

Predicted Sectional Cutoffs

Predicted Total Cutoffs

Sec 1

Analytical Reasoning

20

0.75

15

Easy

 20

16

10

9

48.67

Data Interpretation

18

1

18

Moderate to Difficult

23

11

7

Sec 2

Reading Comprehension

16

1

16

Moderate

25

12

8

8

Verbal Ability

20

0.75

15

Easy to Moderate

16

15

10

Sec 3

General Awareness

28

0.5

14

Moderate

12

16

6

3

Sec 4

Quantitative Ability

22

1

22

Easy to Moderate

24

17

14

6

   

124

 

100

 

120

87

55

   
 

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