IIFT in 2012 has gone back to the 2010 pattern where the paper had sections but DILR as well as Verbal Ability were split into 2 sub-sections each. In our article on Last Minute Tips to prepare for IIFT, we had cautioned students about the possibility of the IIFT exam having 4 sections with separate sub-sections this year and had accordingly advised them to prepare for DI and LR separately, as well as VA and RC separately. Students who would have read and followed those tips would have got a pleasant surprise in the IIFT exam. As per the 2010 pattern, DILR was a common section comprising two sub-sections for LR and DI. Similarly, Verbal Ability was common section comprising two sub-sections for VA and RC. The section on verbal ability was slightly tricky, though not time consuming. DI was easy but time consuming whereas LR could have been solved very quickly. The QA section had a mix of some sitters interspersed between high quality questions. Overall, speed was the crucial factor in this paper.
The tradition of having a different number of questions in each section and different marks for questions in different sections continued.
The paper surprisingly, was not sealed. Hence, students opportunistically glanced at the paper when the invigilator was not looking.
Number of Sections
4 (with sub-sections)
Options per Question
1/3rd of Marks for the Question
Marks per Question
Expected Overall Cut-offs
RC, like last year, had four passages, of about two pages each. Except for the passage on profit and profitability which was slightly concept-driven, the other three passages were easy. Questions in all the passages were direct. A good, fast reading speed would have helped attempt 11 - 13 out of the 16 RC questions in about 20 minutes.
Out of the twenty questions, twelve were straight vocabulary-driven. With decent vocabulary, 5-7 questions could have been attempted. Out of the four grammar questions, two were easy and doable and the other two were lengthy, time-consuming and confusing. Jumbled sentences were pretty straight forward and one of the two fill in the blanks questions should have been definitely attempted. 10-12 questions could have been easily attempted in around 10 minutes.
The data interpretation section was a pleasant surprise, consider the calculation intensive sets generally associated with the IIFT. The set on production and sales of TVs was like a red herring. It looked time consuming, but once the initial calculations were done, all 3 questions could have been answered together. The set on production of major minerals had the maximum number of questions (6). It had a mix of some very simple and time-consuming questions. Here, question selection was critical. The set on pie-charts was quite simple and should have been attempted. A safe attempt would be around 10-11 questions, with around 8-9 correct.
The logical reasoning section was the simplest section in the paper. A couple of questions had ambiguities or the correct answer was not given at all. Nearly the entire section was doable in 20 – 25 minutes and at least 15 correct attempts may be necessary in this section.
General Knowledge and Current Section:
The G.K section covered a wide range of questions including sports, films, banking, history, politics, society and industry. Overall it was a manageable section provided one has kept himself or herself up-to-date with current affairs. However, the proportion of static GK was higher this year. For the ‘match the column’ type of questions, some of the options could be eliminated rather easily. One could have attempted 12-13 questions, irrespective of background.
The Quantitative Ability section was slightly more difficult than that in 2011 but easier compared to the QA section of earlier IIFTs. There were 5 questions on Probability and Permutations and Combinations together, and these were on the tougher side. The arithmetic questions were slightly verbose but were doable. 15-17 questions could have been attempted in around 30 minutes.