IIFT 2018 Entrance Exam is a 2-hour exam based on Multiple-choice based questions. The examinees are required to choose the correct answer out of the given options or choices. Each question consists of four options.

A sound knowledge of IIFT 2018 Cut-off trends of the previous years is of paramount importance for improving the chances of doing well in the coming exam. Together, they can help a candidate evaluate their chances and prepare in a better way to improve their chances of doing well in the exam.

Speaking of the previous three years’ of IIFT Exam, i.e. year 2017, 2016 and 2015, let us make a list of the cut-offs of the three years and learn what changes the IIFT Exam Pattern had in all the three years. Held in different cities across India, the IIFT Exam contains questions from the following subjects:

  • English Grammar
  • Vocabulary & Comprehension
  • General Knowledge
  • Data Interpretation
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Quantitative Analysis

In line with the trends of the previous years, the examinees were allowed to carry the question paper out of the examination centre which not just allowed educational institutes to publish it but also conduct a thorough analysis of the examination.

IIFT 2018 Exam Pattern

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IIFT 2018 Exam to be held on Dec 2, 2018.

The mode of the difficulty of IIFT Exam varies from one year to the other and the same can be said about its examination pattern. According to those who appeared the examination, it was a little different from the exam pattern of the preceding years.

Most of the times, examiners put forward some challenging questions in the Logical Reasoning section and the same turned out to be the hardest among all the sections in the last year’s question paper. In comparison, the questions linked to Data Interpretation and Reading Comprehension were relatively easier. Overall, the question was of a moderate difficulty level in contrast to the IIFT examination held in December 2016.

Here is a brief overview of the number of questions and marks linked to various subjects in a tabular form.

Section No. of questions Marks per question Total marks Cut off
General Awareness 18 0.50 09 0.83-1
Reading Comprehension 16 1 16 4.5
English usage 20 1 20 3
Quantitative Ability 20 1 20 3.5
Logical Reasoning 20 1 20 4
Data Interpretation 18 0.75 15 1.5
Total 114     – 100 38-40

IIFT 2018 Exam Duration 

The success of a candidate in the exam depends on how effectively a candidate can distribute the overall duration of 2 hours into time intervals for different sections: GA, RC-VA, QA, LR-DI. On average, the candidates spent 25-30 minutes, 30-35 minutes and 40-45 minutes approximately.

IIFT 2017 Cut-off Pattern

Section Subjects No. of Questions Marks per Questions Total-Marks Negative Marks/Question Number of Good Attempts
Section – 1 General Awareness 18 0.5 9 0.17 8-10
Section – 2 Verbal Ability 20 1 20 0.33 9-11
Section – 3 Reading Comprehension 16 1 16 0.33 11-12
Section – 4 Analytical Reasoning 20 1 20 0.33 16-18
Section – 5 Quantitative Ability 20 1 20 0.33 10-12
Section – 6 Data Interpretation 20 0.75 15 0.25 7-9
114 100

IIFT 2016 Cut-off Pattern

Section Total Number of Questions Marks per question Total Marks Good Attempts Achievable Score Sectional Cut-off Ideal Time
Section 1 (GA) 28 0.50 14 10-12 4-5 2 10
Section 2, Part 1 (English Usage) 20 0.75 15 22-24 16-17 6.5 30-35
Section 2, Part 2 (RC) 16 1.00 16 22-24 16-17 6.5 30-35
Section 3 (QA) 22 1.00 22 14-16 11-12 6.25 30-35
Section 4, Part 1 (LR) 20 0.75 15 18-20 11-12 7.25 35-40
Section 4, Part 2 (DI) 18 1.00 18 18-20 11-12 7.25 35-40
Overall 124 100

IIFT 2015 Cut-off Pattern

Section Area Questions Marks per Q Total Marks Expected Cut-off
Section 1, Part 1 Logical Reasoning 20 0.75 15 10-11
Section 2, Part 2 Data Interpretation 18 1 18
Section 2, Part 1 English Usage 20 0.75 15 8-10
Section 2, Part 2 Reading Comprehension 16 1 16
Section 3 General Awareness 28 0.5 14 3-4
Section 4 Quantitative Ability 22 1 22 7-8
Overall 124 100 45+

IIFT Exam Anticipated Overall Cut Off

Categories Anticipated Cut off Marks
ST 22-26
SC/ST/ PWD 22-30
NC/OBC 31-35
General 38-40

IIFT Exam Anticipated Sectional Cutoff

Sections Cut off marks
LR 5-9
RC 4-5
VA 3-4
GK 0.5-1
DI 2-4
QA 3-4

Mentioned above were some of the top trends of IIFT Examination which was held in 2017. The speculations for the current year’s exam, IIFT 2018, are ripe. These trends have already given an impression as to what the candidates can expect while taking the 2-hour examination in the examination centre.

While we are at it, let us also have a close look at the key changes made in IIFT 2018 Exam Pattern, slo we can devise our exam strategy accordingly. 

Key Changes in IIFT 2018 Paper Pattern

1. The number of sections has increased from four to six in IIFT 2018 Exam Paper pattern.

2. The Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) in the revised IIFT Exam Paper pattern have now become separate sections. Now the RC questions and English usage (Verbal Ability) questions do not compensate each other.

3. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning have also been rendered as separate sections. Candidates cannot attempt and compensate DI questions to LR questions.

4. The number of questions is reduced to 114 in IIFT 2018 Exam Pattern from earlier 123. There are no fixed number of questions in IIFT Entrance Test, their number may go anywhere in the range of 114 to 130. IIFT 2017 had 114 questions, IIFT 2016 had 123 questions while IIFT 2015 had 124 questions in MCQ format.

5. Maximum overall marks in IIFT Paper Pattern are 100. A penalty of 1/3rd marks will be awarded for every wrong answer. The candidates, therefore, have to be careful to avoid this negative marking by choosing the answer options with a well-calculated thought process.  

IIFT 2018 is just two days away, and it is completely understandable to feel nervous and jittery before this significant exam. For any last minute preparations and revisions, please refer to our combined Mocks + GK Package which has a plethora of study material and tests to strengthen your IIFT 2018 Exam Preparation. 

Here’s wishing you all the very best for IIFT 2018 Exam!