IIFT Analysis

This year IIFT exam was conducted by National Testing Agency and exam was computer based. There were 4 sections namely QR, RC&VA, DI&LR, GA with a total of 110 questions. QR section was tough this year. DI was calculation intensive and selection of question was important in LR. RC was comparatively easier than last year and was dominated by factual questions. Vocabulary was the toughest part in RC&VA section as the words were moderate to tough. Like last year GK was tough. To maintain the cutoff in all 4 sections time management was the key.

Section I: Quantitative Reasoning
This section was difficult this time. Overall it was dominated by Arithmetic, Geometry and Mensuration. Geometry and Mensuration included questions on Triangles, Coordinate and Height and Distance. In Arithmetic section questions on percentages were easy but lengthy. This time there was a question on installment and escalators as well. Questions on clock and Venn diagram were easy and direct. This time there were a couple of questions from algebra. So overall it was difficult as it had only few direct questions.
Section II: – Reading Comprehension & Verbal Ability
The RCs were easy to medium in difficulty level and were shorter in length as compared to last year. There were four passages with 4 questions each. A student could have easily solved two-three passages in the given time. The RC section was dominated by factual questions.
The Verbal Ability portion of the exam had an extremely strong emphasis on Vocabulary. One crossword vocabulary based question was also there. There were four analogies based questions and 3 idiom/phrase based questions. As mentioned vocabulary was a very dominant part of this section and the words given belonged to moderate to tough category making the attempt tricky. Grammar was comparatively easier this year with 2 grammar fill in the blanks questions related to preposition and 1 sentence correction based question. There were 3 Para jumble questions and they were of easy to moderate difficulty level.
Section III: – Data Interpretation & LR
This section was of moderate level and DI was slightly easier than last year as the graphs and tables were easy to interpret, but it was calculation intensive. Two sets were graph based and two sets were table based. Table based graph on Delhi/Mumbai (style based S1 S2 S3 S4) was easy. In the LR section circular based block was difficult while input output set was comparatively easier. There was also a 3 set Venn diagram which was of moderate level.
Section IV: General Awareness
The General Awareness section had questions from various topics and tested the candidate across all areas. There was a fair mix of current and static GK. As expected this year also GK was tough. The expected attempt is low.

IIFT 2018 Analysis

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) conducted the Admission Test 2019-2021 for admission into its two-year program in International Business, on Sunday, December 02, 2018. The test was conducted across various centers in the country between 10 am and 12 noon.

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Dates
1Start of XAT 2021 application processStart of XAT 2021 application process
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Last date to fill the XAT 2021 application form

Second week of December 2020
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Last date for the submission of the application form (with late fee)
Third week of December 2020
4Availability of XAT 2020 admit card
Fourth week of December 2020
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XAT 2021

First week of January 2021
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Candidates response sheet of XAT 2021

First week of January 2021
7Releasing of XAT 2021 answer key
Second week of January 2021
8Last date to file an objection against XAT answer key
Second week of January 2021
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Declaration of XAT 2021 result

Third week of January 2021
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XAT Cutoff 2021

Last week of January 2021

The paper was excruciatingly lengthy and some of the questions were agonizingly tricky. Reading Comprehension became extremely tedious and the number of passages increased from 4 to 5. Overall, the entire paper became difficult. Hence, the overall difficulty level of the paper went a few notches higher. The total number of questions continued to be 114.

Data Interpretation

IIFT continued to show its favouritism to calculation intensive DI. An attempt of 4-5 would be very good and students who had attempted just about 2-3 questions with 100% accuracy should sail through the cutoff

Logical Reasoning

Overall a time-consuming section again. While the circular arrangement and Matrix sets (friends and hotels) were easy, the other sets were time consuming. Anyone who has attempted around 10-11 questions in half an hour with 85% accuracy would have done very well.

General Awareness

The GK section was slightly easier than last year with about 6-8 questions considered doable through elimination alone. Studemts attempting 8 questions with 50% accuracy would easily sail through the cutoff.

Reading Comprehension

Reading Comprehension went back to being the ‘IIFT-kind-lengthy’ this year. There were five passages. Four of these had three questions each and one had four questions. The passages were from interesting areas. However, majority of the passages were taken from academic sources. Hence, the language became verbose and confusing. Even the questions were not direct or fact-based. A lot of questions required a thorough understanding of the passage. The ‘fact-based’ questions were deceptively framed. Anyone with a good reading habit could have tackled this section successfully. Otherwise, the section would have ended up becoming time-consuming. One should have picked 3-4 passages and solved questions there.

Verbal Ability

IIFT went back to a predictable pattern this year. The ‘phrase-clause’ based questions were missing this year. The word jumble questions continued to be there for the second consecutive year. The vague etymological origin questions reappeared after a year’s gap. Overall, the VA section was tough. The jumble word questions were not easy to identify. Only one question looked obvious. The analogy questions were completely weird and so were the word-matching questions. These went beyond the realm of English language and looked more like GK based questions. The para-jumble, fill in the blank, and grammar based questions were easy. Accuracy in these questions will determine one’s performance in the paper.

Quantitative Ability

This section continued to be verbose and students would end up not attempting more than 10-12 questions with about 85% accuracy in 30 mins. As always the weightage to Geometry and Modern Math was higher compared to other entrance exams.

IIFT 2017 Analysis

IIFT 2017 was conducted today (3rd Dec 2017) for admission to the prestigious Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) located in Delhi, Kolkata, and Kakinada (AP). The test was conducted across various centers in the country from 10 AM to 12 Noon.

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General Awareness

General Awareness lived up to its image of being one of the most difficult sections in IIFT yet again this year. The questions were from topics ranging from Sports, Corporate logos, Corporate entities, Govt policies, Stock exchanges, Currencies, etc. This implies that the students needed to be extremely well prepared to get a good score in this section to help their overall cutoff. The questions were very wordy and going through this text ate away into the test time.
Some very remote questions like the one on a not very well known music band bamboozled the students. As has been the case, historically the sectional cutoff for this section has really been on a very, very low side

Verbal Ability

The questions in this section were mostly based on English Grammar viz., identifying various phrases/clauses in the given sentences, Punctuation, and Prefix/Suffix. Apart from this, there were questions based on Analogies, creating a word out of jumbled letters and identifying its meaning, and replacing a part of a given sentence by the correct one.The questions on adverb/adjective/noun phrases/clauses made this section appear like a test for the English language rather than an aptitude test.

The questions on analogies had not-so-common words and needed detailed thought to identify the linkages and select the answers.The entire section was difficult barring a couple of punctuation questions, the prefix/suffix question, and the ones which required replacing a part of a given sentence by the correct one.

Reading Comprehension

The RC passages, though fairly lengthy, were definitely readable. A person with moderate to good reading skills should not have faced much of a problem in reading the passages. However, most of the questions that followed the passages were difficult in nature requiring involved reading, multiple times.

There were 4 passages, with 4 questions each. The passages were from diverse areas. While one was on ‘Entrepreneurship, & Business (Groupon)’, another one was on ‘Literature’, whereas the remaining two were on ‘Financial crisis’, and ‘Business Management’.
The cut off in this section could be around 3-4 marks.

Logical Reasoning

The questions on Input-output were time-consuming and would have needed a good amount of concentration. One of the questions in this set required the students to pay attention to detail (input to be mentioned in reverse order). The questions based on ‘distribution’  in the first set, though not very difficult, were time-consuming, whereas the second set of ‘distribution’ was relatively easier. The games and tournament questions might have seemed slightly trickier in the first glance, however, they were actually pretty easy. The question on logical deductions was pretty much straightforward for somebody who has gone through the basic concepts pertaining to this topic. The data sufficiency questions were based on coding-decoding and arrangement and were on the easier side.

This section can be said to the sole easier section, relatively, in this paper, supplying much-needed relief to the students. The overall difficulty level of this section was moderate.

Quantitative Ability

The difficulty level of this section was higher as compared to that from last year. As has been the case, the questions were lengthier, though mostly moderate to difficult.This section had a good mix of questions from diverse topics.There were only about three questions which could be classified as relatively easy ones – one from Sequence & Series, one from Co-ordinate Geometry, and another from Functions. The remaining questions were either moderate or difficult to handle during the test.

Data Interpretation

Another of the never-ending difficult sections in the test, DI was a definite tough nut to crack. WIth large amounts, if data/graphs to work with, there was no relief to the students. Add to this, the ambiguity in a couple of questions (growth to indicate absolute growth or percentage growth??), we sure have a recipe to brew trouble. The calculations were huge in some sets (Merchandise imports/exports).

There were a total of three sets of five questions each, one set of three questions, and one with two. All the sets were based on Tables and/or Line Graph. Almost all the questions were calculation intensive and were very lengthy.

IIFT 2016 Analysis

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) conducted the Admission Test 2017-2019 for admission into its two-year program in International Business, on Sunday, November 27, 2016. The test was conducted across various centers in the country between 10 am and 12 noon.

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There was a total of 123 questions spread over four sections with a negative marking of 1/3rd of the maximum marks allotted to that question.

General Awareness

General Awareness section of this year’s IIFT test was on expected lines. Questions were from static Business & Economy and current affairs as well as miscellaneous GK. There were questions from history, geography, polity, science, books, and sports. The difficulty level remains almost same as last year, and the expected cut-off of GK should be around 2.00 marks. An attempt of 10 – 15 questions with an effective score of 4 – 5 could be considered as a good one.

Reading Comprehension

Reading Comprehension is going to make the difference this year. Students should have attempted this section. The passages were not lengthy by IIFT standards. The last passage was surprisingly concise. The students should have judiciously chosen at least three passages to attempt. The passages came from familiar areas. Most of the questions were factual in nature. As the passages were of manageable length, the students could have optimized their score in this section. Students strong in RC would have attempted all 4 passages in about 20 minutes. An attempt of around 12-14 questions with 9-10 correct answers in 20 minutes is ideal.

Verbal Ability

English Usage was a moderate to difficult section this year. The vocabulary questions were slightly unusual in nature as three questions were etymology-based. The idioms were also colloquial in nature which made them difficult. The crossword questions were easy as the answers could have been derived by the rule of elimination. Grammar was the surprise omission. An attempt of 15 questions with 12 correct in 15 minutes is ideal.

Quantitative Ability

Difficulty level of this section was similar to last year. Focus shifted from Arithmetic to Algebra and Modern Math. A couple of questions from P&C and Probability were slightly difficult and the language of the right circular cylinder questions was slightly misleading. Most of the other questions were. 14-16 attempts in 30 minutes with an accuracy of 80% would be good.

Logical Reasoning

Realization that DI was going to be the game changer here was imperative. The section starts with LR and previous year bias towards Reasoning would have enticed you to spend time on Reasoning, however that would be fraught with risk. The Star figure question tested you on length/area and clockwise/anticlockwise logic. The tribes question was doable but would have taken a little time. The hexagon seating arrangement set and the Doctors set would be time consuming. The first question in the Logistic/Finance/Administration question was incorrect since Finance was a clear-cut answer (Finance or Logistics was the next best). The singlets were doable and students should have attempted them first. 14-16 attempts with 80% accuracy would be a good score

Data Interpretation

DI portion of this section wasn’t too difficult. The two sets on tables should surely have been attempted. The DI-DI set had two questions with None of These as options which would have forced you to calculate a lot. Thus, these two questions could have been left alone. The bar charts on A,B,C Ltd. Were doable and approximation would have helped. 10 questions with 70% accuracy would have been good.

IIFT 2015 Analysis

As of 2014, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) was ranked #6 in India by the Wall Street Journal. The entrance exam, IIFT 2015 was held on November 22nd, 2015. Around 47,000 students took the exam for the International Business (IB) Course. With around 270 seats, the competition was high with 1500 students getting selected for the final admission rounds.

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Total Time: 120 mins , Negative Marking: 1/3rd of the marks allotted for the question. Total no of sets: 4 (A, B, C, D) Pattern of IIFT 2015 was a bit different from IIFT 2014.

General Awareness

Questions were a combination of different areas. No surprises here. Current and Static GK questions made up the majority. Books and their authors, Companies and their CEOs, discoveries, 14th Finance Commission were the topics for some of the questions. There were a few questions on the European Union (EU). 8-10 minutes would have been more than enough to attempt each question as long as the candidate would have prepared well by reading newspapers and Current Affairs articles.

Reading Comprehension

Reading Comprehension passages were to the point. And so were the questions following the passages. There were 4 lengthy passages where one passage was lengthier than the other three. Apart from a few tough questions, this section was fairly easy. Devoting 20 mins and getting around 10 questions from 3 passages correct, would be considered a good attempt.

Verbal Ability

This section had 20 questions. Sentence Completion and Vocabulary-based questions made up the majority in this year’s paper. 15 mins would be a good amount to spend in this section. Questions were easy and direct.

Quantitative Ability

This section was easy to moderate and not as tough as IIFT 2014. Most of the topics were covered. Arithmetic questions were based upon Equations, Percentages, Mixtures, Time & Work and Time & Distance. Algebra consisted of Progressions, Indices and logs. Some questions were calculation intensive. Finding sitters and taking them out would boost the student’s chances tremendously. 30 mins would have been a good time to devote to this section.

Data Interpretation

18 questions were distributed among 4 sets. Some questions were easy to understand. Some were calculation-lengthy. Two sets had multiple data sets and had to be taken into consideration simultaneously in order to solve the problem. No online calculators here to provide relief from calculations (unlike CAT). Using approximation, one could have increased their speed. 20 minutes would be the ideal time to spend on this section.

Logical Reasoning

Logical Ability Section was well-represented in IIFT 2015. Analytical Reasoning questions on family and relationships were moderate while the others were comparatively easy. 20 mins would have been enough for this section. Students would have preferred finishing LR and securing their scores before moving on to DI.

IIFT 2014 Analysis

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) conducted the Admission Test 2015-2017 for admission into its two-year program in International Business, on Sunday, November 22, 2014. The test was conducted across various centers in the country between 10 am and 12 noon.

There were a total of 118 questions spread over four sections with a negative marking of 1/3rd of the maximum marks allotted to that question. The details of the sections are given below:

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Reading Comprehension

RC part was easy to read and comprised of 4 passages with direct questions, thus one could easily locate the answers. Passages were quite long and carried one mark each, there were in total 15-16 passages. The average attempt could have been 7-8 questions in RC.

Verbal Ability

VA part had a total of 20 questions of 0.75 marks each. Topics covered were vocabulary, grammar and sentence based questions, sentence correction, sentence formation, idioms etc. average attempt could have been 12-15 questions. Difficulty level was quite high.

Logical Reasoning

This section had difficulty level of moderate – difficult. It had a mixture of selection – based problems, puzzles, input – output problems. The questions were quite lengthy, difficult and time consuming as compared to last year’s paper. Average attempt could have been 9-12 questions.

Data Interpretation

Almost all the sets in DI were lengthy and calculation intensive. Unless one is was very fond of attempting DI, this section should have been largely left un-attempted. There was only one set that could have been attempted.

Quantitative Ability

QA section was moderate to tough.Though there were 5-6 sitters in this overall difficult section, these sitters were camouflaged in lengthy text. There were a couple of questions which could be done by just looking at the options carefully. Overall, the recipe of this section would have been delectable to Quant enthusiasts. Average attempt could have been 10- 12 question.

General Awareness

This section of the paper was mostly dominated by current affairs with more emphasis on Business and Sports Personalities. A few questions from Economy were based on Human Development Index (HDI), Census, etc. It comprised of questions on current affairs. Average attempt could have been 8-10 questions.

IIFT 2013 Analysis

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) conducted the Admission Test 2014-2016 for admission into its two-year program in International Business, on Sunday, November 24, 2013. The test was conducted across various centers in the country between 10 am and 12 noon.The difficulty level was easy to moderate.  It consisted of 128 questions to be solved in 120 min.

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Data Interpretation

The questions from DI were time consuming & intensive calculations as it was difficult. Most students would have attempted 15 -16 questions with 80% accuracy. The questions from LR were of easy to moderate difficulty level. A good student would attempt 15-17 questions with 85% accuracy.

General Awareness

Students who have seen the GA section of IIFT from yore would have been delighted with the familiarity of the questions. Statistics based questions were conspicuous by their presence. The cutoff in the GA section has always been the nemesis for a lot of otherwise high-scoring candidates with many students struggling with even the very modest cutoffs of 1.5-2.5 marks.A good student would attempt 15-18 attempts with 75% accuracy.

Verbal Ability

This part of the exam was a good mix of Vocabulary based questions, idioms, grammar based questions and paragraph formation questions. There has been a larger emphasis on Vocab based testing than the other two testing areas. However, some of these questions could be answered by elimination (especially the match two columns questions). The paragraph formation questions had plenty of clues to help arrive at the right answer.

Reading Comprehension

The passages looked long but the questions were not very tricky. There were four passages with four questions for each. Most of the questions were based on a direct reference to particular parts of the passages. A student should not have spent more than 20 minutes to solve the section with 75% accuracy as there were no questions that required extensive analysis of the passages to draw an inference.

Quantitative Ability

QA was the most difficult section of all. There were total 25 questions of 1 mark each.The section was easily the most difficult of the sections – with questions ranging from sitters to very difficult. The performance in QA will possibly be the differentiator in the overall test.

Logical Reasoning

The questions from the LR area were easy-moderate in difficulty barring the first set (Professors and their contributions). The data in the set was inadequate to arrive at a definite arrangement and therefore some of the students may have spent a little extra time trying to be certain of our answer choices. However, going with the spirit of the test, one could have marked answers even without getting an exact configuration. The critical reasoning question on the number of employed youth may have a few of the students stumbling. Barring these, the remaining questions were quite doable.

IIFT 2012 Analysis

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) conducted the Admission Test 2014-2016 for admission into its two-year program in International Business, on Sunday, November 25, 2012. The difficulty level was easy to moderate.  It consisted of 128 questions to be solved in 120 min.

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Data Interpretation

The number of questions in the Data Interpretation section was 19. There was 1 mark per question and hence the total marks in this section was 19. The difficulty level of the section was moderate to difficult. The questions were calculation intensive and time consuming hence this section consumed maximum time of the candidates

General Awareness

This section had 28 questions with 0.5 marks per question. The total marks was 14. The General Awareness section bears a special importance in the IIFT entrance exam. Some of the questions were quite tough but it was not so difficult for candidates who were well versed with the national and international current affairs.

Verbal Ability

The Verbal Ability section had 20 questions of 0.75 marks each. The total marks was 15. The overall difficulty level of this part of the section was easy to moderate.

Reading Comprehension

There were 4 Reading Comprehension passages which had 16 questions in total. The difficulty level of this part was easy. The passages were lengthy but not too much. The questions were direct in nature though few were tricky in nature.

Quantitative Ability

The Quantitative Ability section had 25 questions with 1 mark each, making the total marks of the section 25. The difficulty level if this section was moderate. Compared to last year, the section was easier as said by the experts. The questions were simple in nature and had quite a few sitters. The questions did not require conceptual depth.

Logical Reasoning

The Logical Ability section had 20 questions of 0.75 marks each. The total marks of this section was 15. The overall difficulty level of the section was moderate. Though the question types were simple, it was reported that several questions did not have the correct answer in the options.

IIFT 2011 Analysis

IIFT 2011 consisted of 6 sections viz. Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, General Awareness, Verbal ability, Reading comprehension, Quantitative Ability. The difficulty level was moderate to difficult. The no. of questions was reduced from 135 to 120 to be solved in 120 min.

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General Awareness

As usual the questions were from History, Geography, Hollywood current affairs etc which was quite difficult. Students reading newspapers would have solved easily the questions in 10-15 min. An ideal student would attempt 12-14 questions.

Reading Comprehension

This section consisted of 4 passages with 4 questions in three passages & 3 questions on 4th passage .The 1st passage was on effect of trade & economy due to influence of IT & government policy. The 2nd passage was on how different income group people managed their finances. The 3rd passage was on behavioural aspects of popular lawyers. The 4th passage was on review of Indian bank’s performance & strategy they should use in future. An overall attempt would be 10-11 questions in 20-25 min.

Verbal Ability

 VA section had a good mix of vocabulary based questions, Fill in the blanks, Error identification, Para-jumbles etc. Average attempt would have been11-12 questions. The difficulty level was Moderate to difficult as more emphasis was given on Grammar. A good candidate could have solved it within 25 minutes.

Quantitative Ability

QA consisted of questions from ERPV, P & L, Mensuration, logarithms, arithmetic, time & work, time & distance, AMA. Difficulty level was moderate to difficult. Since questions were lengthy it was time consuming.  Average attempt would have been 10-12 questions.A good student could have solved it within 30-35 min. The total questions were reduced from 30 to 24 this year.

Data Interpretation

This section had 3 sets out of which 1 was time consuming. The set on GDP was time consuming. The set on country XX’s export to various countries & set on import & export of 10 different countries was simple & less time consuming. Average attempts could be 10-12 questions which could be solved in 15-20 min.

Logical Reasoning

The questions were from coding- decoding, syllogisms, course of action, blood relations, term selection, arrangement etc. The difficulty level was easy to moderate. Average attempt would be 14-16 questions which could be solved within 15-20 min.

IIFT 2010 Analysis

IIFT 2010 consisted of 4 sections viz. Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, General Awareness, Verbal ability, Quantitative ability. The difficulty level was Moderate to difficult. It consisted of 138 questions to be solved in 120 min.

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Data Interpretation

The questions from DI were time consuming & intensive calculations as it was difficult. Most students would have attempted 15 -16 questions with 80% accuracy

Logical Reasoning

The questions from LR were of easy to moderate difficulty level. A good student would attempt 15-17 questions which could be solved in 30-35 min.

General Awareness

The question on GE were quite simpler than previous year’s as it was not lengthy. An ideal would be attempt 12-14 attempts which could be solved in 10-12 min.

Reading Comprehension

The RCs were on Kodak & Warren buffet, limited statistical evidence & reactions to organisational experience were difficult

Verbal Ability

The VA questions were on Fill in the blanks, analogies etc. Overall attempt could be 21-22 questions which could be solved within 30-35 min.

Quantitative Ability

QA was the most difficult section of all. The QA had questions from geometry, mensuration, trigonometry, AMA, progressions etc. Overall attempts would be 12-15 questions which could be solved in 35-40 min as DI was time consuming & intensive calculations.

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