IIFT 2021: Analysis

The IIFT 2021 paper pattern was the same as that of IIFT 2020. However, the paper was slightly more difficult than last year. The reasons can be attributed to:

  1. The problematic User Interface of the exam that involved a lot of scrolling
  2. Difficult DILR section, as compared to last year
  3. Lengthy RCs (that involved a lot of scrolling up and down, left and right)

Overall, the VARC section was of moderate level of difficulty. The RCs were lengthy, as compared to last year’s RCs; and thus, the section was time consuming.

The LRDI section was of difficult LOD as compared to last year. The sets of both DI and LR had students sweating.  QA, as always, was a lengthy section, but slightly easier than that of last year.

Like past years, IIFT 2021 too had match the following question in both GK and VARC. These were easy; and should have been attempted.

IIFT 2021 Paper: At a Glance:

Section

Name

No. of Questions

Marks/Q

Max. Marks

Cut-Offs (for General)

Section 1

Reading Comprehension & Verbal Ability

35

3

105

30+

Section 2

Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation

30

3

90

20+

Section 3

Quantitative Analysis

25

3

75

15+

Section 4

General Knowledge

20

1.5

30

5+

Total

 

110

 

300

120+ (Gen. Category)
100+ (EWS/OBC Category)
80+ (SC/ST Category)
(Relaxation for girls:
5 to 8 marks)

Quantitative Analysis

The Quantitative Analysis section of IIFT 2021 was lengthy as always; and your performance in this section depended on how much time you decided to spend on it. If you gave yourself about 25 minutes for this section then around 10-12 questions with an 85% accuracy were possible, and if 35 minutes were spent on QA then around 15-16+ questions with a similar accuracy were possible. Ideally, 35 minutes should have been spent on this section, with 5 minutes extra either on this section or on VARC.

Topic

Number of Questions

Level of Difficulty

Arithmetic

11

Easy-Moderate

Algebra

4

Moderate

Number System

1

Moderate

Geometry

5

Moderate

Modern Math

4

Easy-Moderate

Total 

25

 

Good Attempt: 15-16+ questions
Cut-off: ~ 15+ marks

Reading Comprehension & Verbal Ability

This section was of moderate LOD. The 35 questions included 16 questions on RCs and the remaining 19 questions were from various topics of Verbal Ability.

A good way to attempt the section would have been to attempt all the 10-12 factual questions of RCs. or leave 1 RC passage that involved lot of scrolling, and was lengthy. Around 13-14 questions in RCs should have been solved as they were easy, just like IIFT RC questions usually are. Most of these questions were factual in nature. About 4-5 questions were of inferential nature; and were easily solvable. When it comes to Verbal Ability, around 12-13 questions could have been solved easily without many challenges. However, if VARC is your strength, you could have attempted more (~30+ questions).

Ideally, 35 minutes should have been spent on this section; with 5 minutes extra either on this section or on QA.   

Topic

Number of Questions

Level of Difficulty

RC

16

Easy - Moderate

Match the Synonyms

2

Easy

Para Jumbles

3

Moderate

Grammar

5

Moderate

Synonyms (Root words)

4

Easy

One-Word Substitution

3

Easy

Table of Words (Crosswords & Synonyms)

2

Moderate

Total

35

 

Good Attempt: 24-26+ questions
Cut-off: ~ 30+ marks

Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation

This section in IIFT 2021 was difficult, in terms of the level of difficulty. After an easy DI last year, this year’s DI was lengthy and involved lots of calculations. The repetitive scrolling in the section also added to the frustration. Ideally, 2 sets in DI and 1 set in LR (Coin toss set) were best left alone. Overall, 10 questions in LR and 2-4 in DI were doable in a time frame of 35 minutes or less.

This means an overall attempt of about 12 - 13 questions would have been a good attempt.

Topic

Number of Questions

Level of Difficulty

DI Set 1 - Table Based DI

4

Moderate

DI Set 2 - Table & Pi Chart Based

4

Difficult and Calculation Heavy

DI Set 3 - Line & Stack Based

4

Very Difficult

DI Set 4 - Line and Bar Graph Based

4

Moderate and Lengthy

LR Set 1 - Seating Arrangement

4

Easy but Lengthy

LR Set 2 - Calendar Based

 

2

Easy

LR Set 3 - Tournament Based

4

Difficult

Total

30

 

Good Attempt: 12 - 13 questions
Cut-off: ~ 20+ marks

General Knowledge

The General Knowledge section in IIFT 2021 followed the usual pattern. One could have attempted 8 - 10 questions overall. There were more questions from Static GK than from Current Affairs.

Topic

Number of Questions

Static GK

9

Current Affairs

11

Total

20

 

Good Attempt: 8 - 10 questions

Cut-off ~ 5+ marks

It appears that the cut-off would drop to around 110+ in IIFT 2021 for the General Category, 95+ for EWS & OBC Categories & 75+ for the SC/ST Categories. As we gather more data on your attempts, our AI-driven prediction engines will be able to give you a more accurate picture.