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IIFT 2008 - an overview

Posted on Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Here's a quick overview of IIFT 2008

The third test in the series – IIFT 2008 – did not throw any major surprise in terms of test structure or answer options. Conducted on 23rd November 2008, IIFT was a fairly easy paper with a mix of easy and moderately difficult questions. One had to spend time in reading each question because it was framed in a lengthy manner. There were no business judgment cases this year.

Overall test structure

Institutes accepting this exam score


Total Duration of the exam (minutes)


Total number of questions


Number of sections


Number of choices per question


Negative marking

1/4th of the allotted mark

Mode of marking the ovals

HB Pencil

 Section-wise test structure

No. of questions
Total Marks


 Logical & Analytical Reasoning





Quantitative Ability





Data Interpretation





Reading Comprehension





Verbal Ability





General Awareness








SECTION – 1: Logical & Analytical Ability

This section was a good breather compared to Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation section. It would have been a wise decision to spend more time in this section to increase the attempts and maximize the score. Selection criteria sets were easy and should have been definitely attempted. Questions based on family relationship were quite easy and should have preferred over Sequential output sets. Sets based on arrangement and groups and conditionality were of medium level of difficulty. In this section, there were two questions on Syllogisms. They could be easily solved with the help of Venn diagrams, but one of them was a bit confusing because three options out of four had ‘either … or’ format.


Number of Questions


Set(2) + set(4) + 1

Logical Puzzle(single question)




Numerical Puzzle(single question)


Family Relationships(single question)


Groups and conditionality


Selection criteria

Set(2) + Set(3)



Sequential Output

Set(4) + Set(3)



Ideally one should have attempted 11-14 questions in Logical and Analytical reasoning section with a possible accuracy of 8-10 questions. A possible score in this section would be 6+.

SECTION – 2: Quantitative Ability

Quantitative Ability was a tough section to crack and was more time consuming. This section was dominated by questions from Modern Mathematics, which include topics like probability, permutation, combinations, progression etc. Another area well represented in the section was Geometry. Questions from geometry were based on trigonometry, menstruation, triangle etc.


 Number of Questions







Modern Maths

 11 + set(3)

Advance Math [Statistics]




Thus, selection of the question based on one’s strength would play the crucial role.

SECTION – 3: Data Interpretation

Data Interpretation was ‘calculation based’. Majority of the questions were framed as ’ which of
the following is TRUE or FALSE’. These questions required evaluation of all the options.

Therefore, even though questions were direct, they were time consuming. Questions having data
in the table format involved complex calculation while those having data in bar Graph and line graph were easier and should have been preferred over the ‘Tables’. To maximise the score, one should have attempted easier questions based on the ‘Tables’ sets without aiming at completing the set.

Data Representation

Number of Questions


Set(6) + Set(5) + Set(5)

Line Graph


Bar Graph




Ideally one should have attempted 8-10 questions in Data Interpretation section with a possible accuracy of 7-9 questions. A possible score in this section would be 5+.

SECTION – 4: Reading Comprehension

There were 3 passages in this section and all of them were lengthy. One passage was on New
Business Model, one taken from The Perils of Certain English Prisoners by Charles Dickens and the last one from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne. Each passage had 4 questions.

The questions were mainly direct ones but all of them had the ‘Find the true statement’ and ‘Find the false statement’ format. The options had sentences directly lifted from the passage but there were very deceptive changes made in order to make them incorrect. Therefore, one had to read the options as well as the passages very carefully. Overall, it was a time-consuming section.

One could have attempted 6 to 7 questions in this section with a possible accuracy of 4 to 5 questions.

A possible score in this section would be 3+.

SECTION – 5: Verbal Ability

There were 23 questions in this section and they tested a students basic concepts pertaining to
grammar, vocabulary and word usage. The questions were a mix of easy and moderately difficult ones and a number of constructs featured in the section.

Identifying the Appropriate Word from Given Meanings

There were three questions, which required one to know the exact meanings of the words.
Eliminating the options was somewhat tricky.

Fill in the Blanks

This set had sentences with single as well as paired blanks. One had to read and understand the
context properly before marking the correct option. Moreover, one question tested one’s knowledge of homophones (prophesy; prophecy). A student a good vocabulary would have found this set quite easy.

Sentence Correction

The 4 four questions in this set tested one’s knowledge of basic grammatical concepts like
subject-verb agreement, parallelism, tense and moods and conditionals. It was an easy set as elimination of the options was not at all difficult.


This was a comparatively difficult set because one had to not only know the meanings of the words but also had to understand the relation between the stem words. Some of the words were not very familiar ones like conundrum, obdurate, peccadillo, etc.


Another word based set containing three questions. The set required one to know the precise meanings of the words for effective elimination of incorrect options.

Jumbled Paragraph

The three questions in this set had somewhat lengthy sentences. Finding the opening sentence in each question was quite easy. The links between sentences were not too deceptive.

Correct Usage of Underlined Word / Phrase

This set was almost like Inappropriate Usage questions that featured in the CAT. One had to select the option/s where the underlined word or phrase was used correctly. This was a tricky set.

One could have attempted 15-17questions in Verbal Ability section with a possible accuracy of 11-12 questions.
A possible score in this section would be 7+.

SECTION – 6: General Knowledge

There were 30 questions, which focused mainly on static information. They covered areas like politics, economics, sports, awards and personalities, inventions, business, literature, history, geography, etc. A well-read student could have solved most of the questions in this section.
A good attempt in this section would be 15-18 questions in General Knowledge section with a possible accuracy of 10-12 questions.

A possible score in this section would be 4+.

OVERALL, a good score could be 29+ marks.

Courtesy: IMS


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