The significant change in IIFT 2012 Admission Test was related to sectional cut-offs being mentioned in instructions, which was not there in the last two years. The paper was easy as compared to some of the previous year papers. The question paper had 128 questions divided into 4 sections to be solved in 120 minutes.

IIFT 2012 Snapshot

  • Date of Exam: 25 November, 2012
  • Number of Questions: 128
  • Sections: 4
  • Questions per section: 36 in VA & RC; 39 in LR & DI; 28 in GA; 25 in QA
  • Marking Scheme: 0.50 for GA; 0.75 for VA, RC & LR; 1 for QA & DI
  • Negative Marking: 1/3rd of the mark allotted
  • Number of Choices: 4
  • Duration: 120 Minutes

Sectional Break-up in IIFT 2012 

S.No. Section Sub-Section Questions Marks per question Total marks
1 General Awareness -- 28 0.5 14
2 Quantitative Ability -- 25 1 25
3 DI & LR Data Interpretation 19 1 19
Logical Reasoning 20 0.75 15
4 RC & EU Reading Comprehension 16 0.75 12
English Usage 20 0.75 15
    Total  128   100

Quantitative Ability

The Quantitative section, like last year, was of moderate difficulty. Leaving a couple of questions which need in depth calculations, most of the other questions were simple. The greatest relief that students have this year is that most of the questions do not require in-depth conceptual understanding. 

Logical Reasoning

The LR section this year had a few questions which did not have an answer from the given options. But apart from these questions, the paper had a lot of simple questions. The easy questions were from the areas of seating, comparisons and linear word formation which is a new question type that made an entry this year.

Data Interpretation 

The Data Interpretation section continued to be tedious in terms of time consuming calculations, the options often running very close. The first set on import and export required the student to read the table and a few of the questions were particularly tricky with the language as well as calculations. The remaining questions were seemingly difficult but easier of the lot. The second set on the production of major minerals and metals was on the easier side and if the total production was tabulated first and the calculations done with care, these six questions could have been attempted. The third set on foreign tourists would have caught the student off guard with the two questions on CAGR. The calculations were very close and one needed to tread very cautiously. The next set (on import and export of various types of TVs) required the student to understand the meaning of external trade as against net import or net export and also that the differences would need to be calculated per TV type rather than on the total. The last set on the percentage contribution of various car models was easy.

Verbal Ability 

Unlike in last year's IIFT and like in the traditional one, the verbal ability this year was the first part of the English Language Section. It had the usual miscellaneous question types on vocabulary, grammar and verbal reasoning. As VA and RC were not separate sections, there was a combined sectional cut-off.

Reading Comprehension 

Unlike in last year's IIFT paper in which RC was a stand-alone section, this time RC was the second part of the English Language section. There were 4 passages in this section, which were long though not as long as the ones last year. The first passage, an extract from a report on Corporate Social Responsibility, was about 'the motive of business' and was about 750 words; the second was an extract from Orhan Pamuk's Istanbul: Memories and the City and was about 1200 words; the third passage was an article from the Times of India “KBC & the rescue of reality” by Santosh Desai and was about 900 words and the last passage was an extract from “Raiders from the North (Empire of the Moghul #1)” by Alex Rutherford 870 words.

General Awareness

The GA section became important for an aspirant this year on two counts – the number of questions saw a jump from 20 to 28 and there is a sectional cut-off this year. The question had a mix of sitters and really tough ones, but a well-prepared student should find this paper quite easy.