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Analysis: IIFT 2009
The question pattern of IIFT 2009 paper was very different from IIFT 2008.Last year paper was dominated with DI and AR questions, while this year AR questions were very less in number as well as in terms of marks. In Quant section numbers of questions were same but weightage was more. Verbal section was comparatively easy.
While overall feel of the paper was easy but negative marking was increased to 1/3rd from 1/4th which will make the cut-offs comparable to last year cut-offs.
There were 122 questions (4 Sections) in all and the time allotted was 2hrs. The four sections were as follows:Reading Comprehension and Verbal Ability
  • Reading Comprehension and Verbal Ability
  • Data interpretation
  • General awareness
  • Quantitative Ability
Overview of the IIFT Paper
Time allotted 2 Hrs.
Total no. of questions 122 (100 marks)
Marking Scheme Different for different sections
Sections 4
Number of choices 4
Negative Marking 1/3 1/3
Expected cut-offs* 33+
SECTION I: Reading Comprehension & Verbal Ability
Sr. No. Area Tested Description No. of Questions Mark Allotted
1. Reading Comprehension Passage on CEO & independent directors 5 5x1=5
2. Reading Comprehension Passage on trade cycle 3 3x1=3
3. Reading Comprehension Passage on climate change 4 4x1=4
4. Reading Comprehension Passage on sugar refining plants 3 3x1=3
5. Verbal Ability Antonyms 5 5x 0.6=3
6. Verbal Ability Synonyms 5 5x 0.6=3
7. Verbal Ability Sentence correction 5 5x 0.6=3
8. Verbal Ability Sentence Rearrangement 5 5x 0.6=3
9. Verbal Ability Vocab + Usage 5 5x 0.6=3
Evaluation: In Verbal section, two RCs(Trade cycle,Sugar refining plants) were easy while two were time consuming.Verbal usage was easy.Sentence correction & rearrangement and sentence completion were moderate in nature. Overall this section was easy-moderate.
Comfortable Attempt: 20-25 questions in about 35 minutes.
Achievable Score: 10+ was an achievable score.
SECTION II: Data Interpretation and Analytical Reasoning
Sr. No. Area Tested Description No. of Questions Mark Allotted
1. Data Interpretation Bar graph 6 6x1=6
Tables 17 17x1=17
2. Analytical reasoning Input output 3 3x1=3
Direction sense 1 1x1=1
Logical reasoning 4 4x1=4
Arrangement questions 3 3x1=3
Evaluation: DI blocks were very calculative in nature and choices were very close. So it required a lot of labor. AR question were lesser in numbers as compared to last year but were very time consuming. This section required a lot of effort for clearing cut-off.
Comfortable Attempt: 12-15 in about 30-35 minutes.
Achievable Score: 9+ was an achievable score.
SECTION III: General Awareness
Evaluation: This year GK section saw a tremendous change. Unlike last year,this year this section was dominated by questions on Business GK and International affairs.Overall the feel of the section was easy.
Comfortable Attempt: 11-13 questions in 10-15 minutes.
Achievable Score: 3+ was an achievable score.
SECTION IV: Quantitative Ability
Sr. No. Area Tested Description No. of Questions Mark Allotted
1. QUANT Probability 3 3x1=3
TSD 2 2x1=2
Mensuration & Geometry 7 7x1=7
Maxima & minima and binomial 3 3x1=3
Progression & Log 3 3x1=3
Trigonometry 2 2x1=2
Percentage 3 3x1=3
Time and work, ratio proportion and shares 5 5x1=5
Evaluation: Quant section was tougher than last year. Lot of questions required knowledge of higher Maths except 5-6 questions, rest were tough and time consuming
Comfortable Attempt: 10-13 in 30-35 minutes.
Achievable Score: 7+ would be an achievable score in this area.
*Disclaimer:  All the above given information is based on personal opinion of Bulls Eye Expert faculty. Several factor have been considered before giving these cut-offs however, It has nothing to do with original cut-offs.
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