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IIFT 2010 Analysis

IIFT 2010 Analysis

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IIFT 2010 Analysis
Exam Overview
Number of Questions 135
Marks per Question Variable
Maximum Marks 100
Number of Options 4
Negative Marking 1/3 of Marks allotted to the Question
Number of Sections Four

IIFT 2010 exam went off smoothly, with the paper along predictable lines. As usual, the paper was quite
lengthy, and the quant and DILR sections had some difficult questions. Verbal ability had some difficult
vocab-based questions, and the RC questions were inferential and difficult.
Question selection was very important due to the structure of the paper – a mix of easy and difficulty
questions. The ability to bypass tantalizing, but not easy-to-solve questions was equally important.
Section Overview
Number of
Marks per
Marks for
Quants 30 1 30 35 Min 6
DILR 35 1 35 40 Min 7
3 – Part 1
RC 15 0.7 10.5 20 Min 2.5
3 – Part 2
VA 25 0.5 12.5 15 Min 3
GK 30 0.4 12 10 Min 2.5

135 100 120 Min 27-29

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Section 1: Quantitative Ability
Topic No. of Q's Learning Objective No. of Q's
Algebra 7
Linear Equations 1
Logarithms 2
Number Theory 2
Quadratic and Higher Order Equations 2
Arithmetic 8
Averages 1
Interest and Growth Rates 1
Profit, Loss and Discount 2
Ratio and Proportion 1
Time and Distance 1
Time and Work 2
Geometry 5
Mensuration 1
Quadrilaterals and Other Polygons 1
Triangles 1
Trigonometry 2
Higher Mathematics 3
Calculus: Limits, Differentiation and Integration 2
Determinants and Matrices 1
Modern Maths 7
Permutations and Combinations 3
Probability 1
Sequences, Progressions and Series 2
Sets 1

Quantitative ability was verbose, and difficult, with longish questions (referring both to length of the
question and time required to solve it). It had the following main features:
1. A large number of questions had “None of these” as the answer option, making the questions
more difficult. In a significant number of questions, “None of these” was the right answer
2. It was possible to solve some questions by substituting options directly.
3. A number of questions required the use of plus-two level maths.
The questions on positive integers exceeding sixty lakhs, Values of α, β, γ, Arrangement of SERIES, Root
of quadratic equation, Logarithms (both questions), Octagon, Venn diagram, Cosine rule in circle should
have been attempted.

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Section 2: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
Topic No. of Q's Learning Objective No. of Q's
Data Interpretation 20
Charts and Diagrams 11
Tables and Caselets 9
Logical Reasoning 15
Complex Arrangement 10
Linear Arrangement 3
Miscellaneous 2

Overall, the difficulty was medium, and in keeping with the tone of the paper, the section was lengthy.
Logical Reasoning was fairly simple with a great focus on arrangements, and all should have been
attempted except for the one on truck travel distance.
Data Interpretation was based on bar charts or tables, and was very calculation intensive. One set had
four tables, but could be solved without too much of trouble, once the common data had been
understood. The set on Carbon Credits was complicated.

Section 3: Part A (Reading Comprehension) and Part B(Verbal Ability)
Topic No. of Q's Learning Objective No. of Q's
Errors in Usage 5
Correct/Incorrect Sentences 2
Sentence Completion 3
Reading Comprehension
15 Elimination Techniques 15
Verbal Reasoning 18
Analogy 6
Fill in the Blanks 6
Jumbled Sentences 6
2 Word Usage 2

Reading comprehension was deceptive, since the passages were of moderate length and difficulty. The
questions were lengthy, had a number of inferential questions, and some questions required detailed
re-reading of the passage. The passage on ‘Kodak’ was comparatively easier and doable with 5
straightforward answers. One of the other 3 passages needed to be attempted. Overall, a section which
consumed a lot of time and provided low return on time invested.
Verbal ability had a number of vocabulary based questions, which required an uncommon command
over vocabulary and spelling. The rest of the section was a mix of easy and difficult questions. Out of the
6 Qs on Jumbled sentences, 6 on Fill in the blanks and 5 on Grammar, 12 Qs could have been attempted
with a high accuracy in 15 minutes.

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Section 4: General Knowledge and Current Affairs
Topic No. of Q's Learning Objective No. of Q's
General Knowledge and
Current Affairs
30 General Knowledge and Current Affairs

There was a mix of questions on corporate and other questions. There were a number of three
parameters questions that could have been solved by elimination.
Corporate Questions included on:
1. M & A
2. Taglines
3. Women CEO’s
4. Public Sector Bank Brand Ambassadors.
The Non-Corporate Questions included:
1. National Highway
2. Chief Guest at Republic Day Parade
3. Location of International Organisations like NATO, Interpol

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