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IIFT 2018 Paper Analysis, Answer Key and Question Paper

IIFT 2018 was successfully conducted on Sunday, December 02, 2018 across various centers in the country. Indian Institute of Foreign Trade or more popularly known as IIFT conducted its own entrance test for admission to its renowned two year MBA program in International Business. Well judging the reactions of candidates who appeared for the examination and initial IIFT Paper Analysis 2018 by coaching houses and experts, the question paper was difficult to solve.

IIFT 2018 was conducted in offline mode (pen and paper based) from 10 am to 12 noon. A total of 114 questions and the paper was divided into 6 sections. The marking scheme varied for each section between 0.5 to 1 mark. The marking scheme was particularly changed for VA and DI sections following last year trends. Based on the preliminary analysis its safe to assume that the expected cut off marks can down up to 34-36 marks. Overall, the exam was moderate to difficult level exam for candidates.

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Detailed Analysis for IIFT 2018

The six sections in IIFT Exam 2018 had their own sectional cutoffs. Reading Comprehension section in particular was quite tedious with the number of sections being increased from 4 to 5. Data Interpretation was calculation intensive. Here is sectional breakdown with expected cutoff for all the students.

Section Total No. of Questions Marks per Question Total Marks Negative Marks per Question Good Attempts Expected Sectional Cut off Expected Time Required
Data Interpretation 20 1.00 20 0.33 4 0.75 10 mins
Logical Reasoning 20 1.00 20 0.33 10 4-4.5 35 mins
General Knowledge 18 0.5 9 0.17 8 0.83-1 10 mins
Reading Comprehension 16 1.00 16 0.33 9-10 2.5-2.75 25 mins
Verbal Ability 20 0.75 15 0.25 11-12 3.25-3.5 12 mins
Quantitative Aptitude 20 1.00 20 0.33 10-11 3-3.25 30 mins
Overall 114 100 50-52 31-33 120 mins


  • The cut off score for General category is expected to be in the range of 31-33 marks.
  • For OBC-NCL candidates, the score is expected to be between 26-28 marks.
  • For SC/ST/PwD candidates, the score is expected to go down up to 23-24 marks. It may dip even further if the number of candidates decrease even further.

Data Interpretation (DI)

IIFT’s preference for calculation intensive DI section is no secret and this year was no exception. Candidates who could solve 2-3 question 100% precision should easily clear the section cutoff while 4-5 questions should be benchmarked as good attempts for DI section. Here’s a topic wise breakdown of Data Interpretation section:

Topic No. of Questions Good Attempts Difficulty Level
Mixed Graphs 12 3 Difficult
Tables 8 2 Difficult
Total 20 4-5

Logical Reasoning (LR)

The LR section overall was easy but again time consuming. Anyone solving 10-11 questions within 30 minutes along and with a accuracy of 80-85% accuracy would be considered good attempts. The sets on Circular Arrangement and Matrix were rather easy while the other sets required more time.

Topic No. of Questions Good Attempts Difficulty Level
Distribution 4 3 Easy-Moderate
Matrix 4 4 Easy
Venn-Diagram 2 1 Moderate
Input-Output 2 1 Moderate
Missing Number 1 1 Easy-Moderate
Arrangement 4 2 Moderate-Difficult
Selection 3 1 Moderate
Total 20 11-12 Moderate

General Knowledge (GK)

GK section was definitely easier this year. Candidates solving 8 questions with nearly 50% accuracy could easily surpass the sectional cut off. Almost 6-8 questions could be easily attempted this year with elimination alone. Here the tabular breakdown of the entire section:

Topic No. of Questions Good Attempts Difficulty Level
Current Affairs 2 2 Easy
Business and Economy 10 3-4 Moderate to Difficult
Miscellaneous 1 1 Easy
Geography 2 Difficult
Science 1 Difficult
Sports 1 1 Easy
Books 1 1 Easy
Total 18 8-9 Moderate

Reading Comprehension (RC)

RC section was quite lengthy this year with 5 passages. The language of these passages was verbose and confusing since the passages were taken from academic sources. Four passages had 3 questions each while one passage had 4 questions. Most of the questions were not direct and fact-based.

To solve a lot of questions, one required to understand the passages thoroughly. A lot of questions (fact-based) were framed in a rather deceptive manner. Candidates with a reading habit definitely would have an edge over others. A good attempt in this section would be 3-4 passages and solving questions over there.

Here is the breakdown of the Reading Comprehension section:

Topic No. of Questions Good Attempts Difficulty Level
Passage 1: Culture 3 2 Moderate
Passage 2: Public Intellectuals 3 2 Difficult
Passage 3: Information Flow 4 2 Difficult
Passage 4: Liberal Arts Education 3 1-2 Difficult
Passage 5: GDP 3 2 Moderate
Total 16 9-10 Difficult

English Usage

This section was back again on predictable lines. The ‘phrase-clause’ based questions were not asked this year. Word jumble questions were again asked this year. The Vague Etymological Origin were re-introduced this year.

VA section was not easy to attempt. Jumble words questions were not easy to identify. Analogy and word-matching questions were also tricky and difficult to solve. The easy questions were from para-jumble, fill in the blank, and grammar based questions. Here’s the sectional breakdown:

Topic No. of Questions Good Attempts Difficulty Level
Jumble Words 3 1 Difficult
Analogy 2 0-1 Very difficult
Fill in the Blanks 3 2-3 Easy
Match the Column 2 1-2 Moderate
Spot the Error 2 2 Easy
Word Roots 4 1 Moderately Difficult
Sentence Improvement 2 2 Easy
Para-jumble 2 2 Easy
Total 20 11-12 Moderately Difficult

Quantitative Ability

The weightage to Geometry and Modern Math was much higher compared to other MBA entrance exams. The section was not at all easy to attempt and candidates solving 10-12 with nearly 80% accuracy in 30 minutes would be considered a good attempt.

Topic No. of Questions Good Attempts Difficulty Level
Arithmetic 5 3 Moderate
Algebra 7 4 Easy to Moderate
Geometry and Mensuration 5 2 Moderate
P&C, Probability and Set Theory 3 2 Easy to Moderate
Total 20 10 Moderate