Overview:
Number of Questions

122

Number of Sections

4

Number of Options

4

Time

120 minutes

Negative Marking

1/3^{rd}

IIFT 2009 reduced its section to 4, from the 6 sections of last year. The sections were:
 Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
 General Knowledge and Current Affairs
 Quantitative Aptitude
 Verbal Ability. SubSections: (1) Reading Comprehension and (2) English Usage.
The number of questions reduced to 122 as compared to 150 last year.
The unique type and style of questions of IIFT was maintained. There were questions with ambiguity, inconsistent data, no option that was correct, and grammatical errors.
Some questions were similar to previous CAT questions, but not exactly similar, which was the case last year. The differential marking for different sections/subsections and decimal marks were typical to IIFT.
This year, it was clearly mentioned that there will be sectional cutoffs.
Overall, the IIFT 2009 paper was moderate and a student with an above average grasp of concepts could have attempted around 6070 questions in the allotted time frame. Although, the paper was quite different from a typical CAT paper, but it was a good warmup before the Big CAT starting Saturday.
Section

Category

Number of Questions

Marks per Question

Ideal Attempts (No. of Q.)

Expected
Cutoffs (Marks)

Level of Difficulty

1

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

34

1.0

1520

1012

Moderate

2

General Knowledge and Current Affairs

20

0.4

1215

34

Easy to Moderate

3

Quantitative Aptitude

28

1.0

810

68

Moderate to Difficult

4 (part1)

Reading Comprehension

15

1.0

810

1215

Moderate

4 (part2)

English Usage

25

0.6

1520

The overall cutoff is expected to be 32+ for Delhi campus and 25+ for Kolkata campus. The call for GDPI stage will also depend upon past academic records and work experience of the candidates.
The overall difficulty level of the paper was Moderate.
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning – 34 Questions
This section comprised 23 questions on Data Interpretation and 11 questions on Logical Reasoning.
Learning Objectives

NoQ

Topics

NoQ

Charts and Diagrams

6

Data Interpretation

23

Tables and Caselets

17

Complex Arrangement

3

Logical Reasoning

11

Linear Arrangement

2

Miscellaneous

2

Numerical Logic

4

Total

34


34

The DI sets were mostly based on tables. Though the reasoning involved in DI caselets was very simple, the huge calculations made them time intensive, and perhaps worth solving selectively only.
The LR questions were, in general, not difficult and could have been attempted within 15 minutes. A total of 3540 minutes could have been used for this section.
General Knowledge and Current affairs – 20 Questions
The emphasis of this section was on Business GK and Current Affairs as compared to many questions from static GK last year. The level of difficulty of the questions was also less as compared to last year. Many of the questions of ‘match the following type’ could have been solved even with one or two clues.
The last 10 minutes of the paper should have been used to attempt this section.
Quantitative Aptitude  28 Questions
The QA section had 28 questions, as follows:
Learning Objectives

No. of Q.

Topics

No. of Q.

Logarithms

1

Algebra

3

Linear Equations

1

Algebraic Formulae and
Operations

1

Time and Distance

2

Arithmetic

9

Time and Work

2

Stocks and Shares

1

Mixtures and Alligation

1

Interest and Growth Rates

1

Profit, Loss and Discount

1

Percentages

1

Circles

2

Geometry

6

Trigonometry

2

Quadrilaterals and Other
polygons

2

Probability

3

Modern Maths

7

Sequences, Progressions
and Series

3

Permutations and
Combinations

1

Differential Calculus

3

Higher Mathematics

3

Total

28


28

This was the most difficult section in the entire paper. The question stems were lengthy for most of the questions; also the concepts tested were difficult. A fair number of Higher Maths, Modern Maths, Geometry, Logarithms and Binomial theorem questions made this section sufficiently difficult to attempt. Surprisingly, there were no questions from Numbers.
This section required through preparation on specific areas tailored to IIFT, in order to do well in it.
A well prepared student could attempt 810 questions from this section, based on his/her selection ability, in about 3035 minutes.
Verbal Ability – 40 Questions
Learning Objectives

No. of Q.

Topics

No. of Q.

Elimination Techniques

15

Reading Comprehension

15

Correct/ Incorrect
Sentences

5

Errors in Usage

5

Synonyms

5

Vocabulary

10

Antonyms

5

Fill in The Blanks

4

Verbal Reasoning

10

Jumbled Sentences

6

Total

40


40

In the Verbal Ability section, apart from a few questions which were tricky, and should have been avoided, the questions were moderate in difficulty. Two of the RC passages were extremely long, but compensated by having questions on the easier side. The passage from economics was short, but very dense.
The nonRC questions had lower marks, and could have been attempted faster than the RC’s. The Jumbled Sentences showed a variation, bringing in options that covered only three of the four sentences given.
In general, a good time allocation for this section would have been 3035 minutes.
