Indian Institute of Foreign Trade 2018 exam was conducted recently. Ramnath Kanakadandi breaks downs the paper for the aspirants
The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) 2018 exam was on December 2 for admission to the institutes located in Delhi, Kolkata, and Kakinada (AP). The test was conducted across various centres in the country. The two hour exam had no sectional time limit. However, there were six sections this time — Verbal Ability (VA) and Reading Comprehension (RC) as separate sections along with Logical Reasoning (LR) and Data Interpretation (DI). Students needed to manage their time across sections deftly to ensure that they go past the sectional cut-offs.
There were six sections this year as against four last year. Each of the sections had sectional cut-offs applicable. Below is the snapshot of various sections (Set — A).
Section 1: 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 owing to the ambiguity of the options. The big change is that there were five passages, with four having three questions each and one having four questions. The passages were from similar areas. While one was on Culture, another one was on Sociology. There was one on economics. The remaining two were on Information (Science) and Liberal Arts. The cut-off in this section could be around three-four marks. Around seven-nine attempts can be considered very good in this section. The cut-off in this section is expected to be in the range 2.33 to 3.
Section 2: The questions in the VA were predominantly on vocabulary — jumbled words, origin, Fill in the blanks, and word-analogies. English Grammar did have a presence but in the form of two different models of sentence-correction questions — both reasonably simple. The vocabulary part was reasonably challenging, with quite a few unfamiliar words making an appearance.
The questions based on origin were challenging. The two para-jumbles could be worked out more by elimination than by actually solving. Overall the section was challenging barring a couple of grammar questions, and only someone who understands words well would have been able to get a good score. 10-12 would be a good number of attempts in this section. The cut-off is expected to be around 3-3.5.
Section 3: The difficulty level of QA this section was higher as compared to that from last year on account of lengthier and tougher questions. There were only about five questions which could be classified as relatively easier ones — two from Logarithms, one from Simple Equations, one from Time & Work, one from Time & Distance. The remaining questions were either moderate or difficult to handle during the test. A good candidate would’ve been able to attempt around seven-nine questions in QA. The cut-off in this section is expected to be three-four marks.
Section 4: Another of the never-ending difficult sections in the test, DI was a definite tough nut to crack. With large quantum of data/graphs to work with, there was no relief to the students.
There were a total of five sets of four questions each. All the sets were based on Tables and or Line Graph/Bar Graph. Almost all the questions were calculation intensive and were very lengthy. However, there was one set (related to LPI indicators) where the calculations were easier.
Section 5: The LR questions on Input-output were time-consuming and would have needed a good amount of concentration. The questions based on ‘distribution’ — job fair, though a little time consuming were relatively easier to solve. The missing number question might have seemed slightly trickier in the first glance; however, it was actually pretty simple.
The case-let on Venn Diagrams, which had a minor error was on the tougher side (if the mistake is not identified). The selections based question needed a good grasp of basic concepts. Compared to last year, this year’s LR section was relatively much more difficult. The overall difficulty level of this section can be classified as moderate-difficult. A good number of attempts in this section can be considered to be 6- 8 questions while the cut-off is expected to be around 4 to 4.67 marks.
Section 6: (General Awareness): This section, though easier than last year, still was on the tougher side. The questions were from diverse topics like Personalities, sports, corporate logos, corporate entities, International trade organisations and currencies. This implies that the students needed to be extremely well prepared to clear the cut-off in this section.
Unlike last year, the questions were not lengthy in nature. This would have enabled students to attempt the section in five-10 minutes. Some very difficult questions like the one on ‘South Indian sea ports’ must have baffled the students. Historically, the sectional cutoff for this section has been very low, though this year there may be a tiny movement northward.
The cut-off in this section last year was 0.82 marks and is expected to be little higher this year — to around one-two marks. Six-eight questions could be considered to be a good number of attempts in this section. Read more posts…
The writer is Ramnath Kanakadandi, National CAT course director, TIME
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