IIFT Exam Analysis 2022 – Total Number of Questions in VARC DILR Quant GK, Paper Pattern

IIFT Exam Analysis 2022: NTA has successfully conducted the IIFT 2022 today. IIFT 2022 was conducted on 05 December 2021 between 10.00 am – 12.00 pm. This year the total number of questions is 110. The weightage of questions in each section are – VARC (35), DILR (30), Quant (25), and GK (20). In this article, candidates can check complete information regarding exam analysis of IIFT 2022 such as total no. of questions, sectional analysis, level of difficulty, etc. Candidates who are appearing for the exam can check the detailed IIFT 2022 analysis to determine their chances for selection. The exam analysis will be made available after the conclusion of the exam.

IIFT Exam Analysis 2022

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IIFT 2022 was conducted from 10.00 am to 12.00 pm. In various parts of the country, students faced several issues in today’s exam. Some of the major issues faced by the students in IIFT 2022 are:

  • In various exam centers, exam was not started on time.
  • The user interface was very glitchy, the candidates were unable to see some charts and graphs of DILR section.
  • Invigilators present inside the exam hall were behaving unprofessional.
  • NTA has explicitly mentioned that all covid protocols needs to be followed but the exam centers were not provided any measures for social distancing.
  • The hardware present inside the exam hall were very old and in bad conditions.
  • In some centers the management was very poor, the candidates were allowed inside the exam hall without proper frisking.
  • State of some of the exam centers were very bad, there were no proper sitting arrangements for the candidates.

Candidates can refer to the below information for detailed exam analysis for IIFT 2022.

The total number of questions was 110. VARC had 35 questions, LRDI had 30 questions, Quant had 25 questions, and General awareness had 20 questions.

The overall level of difficulty of IIFT 2022 was moderate. IIFT 2022 was difficult as compared to last year. The general category students can expect a cutoff of 140.

Data Interpretation was lengthy and calculation-based. One caselet in DI was a pie chart based on food crop distribution. The second caselet was a line chart based on a variety of rice. The third set was a bar diagram.

LR questions were based on games and tournaments (1st set), points distribution of competition in IIFT (2nd set), two miscellaneous puzzles.

The quant section was moderate to difficult. Some of the questions were similar to the CAT 2019 question paper. 10-11 questions were from arithmetic. 1 question in Quant was directly taken from the Arun Sharma book.

GK sections came from diverse topics like the Human development index, Olympics, tennis, IMF, etc. The visual-based questions were difficult.

There were 4 RC passages of nearly 350-400 words. Two RC sets had 4 questions each, one RC set had 5 questions while the fourth one had 3 questions.

VARC had questions from identifying correct spellings, synonyms, antonyms, vocabulary-based questions, questions based on foreign words. The biggest surprise was there was no question from para jumbles.

SectionsNo. of questionsLevel of DifficultyIdeal Attempts for 99%ile
RC (4+4+5+3)
VA – 19
Quant25Moderate to difficult9-10
General Awareness20Moderate8-10
Total110Moderate – Difficult40-42

IIFT 2022 Section-wise Exam Analysis

Quantitative Analysis

TopicNo. of questionsLevel of Difficulty
Algebra5-6Moderate – Difficult
Number System1Easy
Geometry6Moderate – Difficult
Modern Math4Moderate
Total25Moderate – Difficult

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

TopicNo. of QuestionsLevel of Difficulty
Synonyms / Antonyms1Moderate
Foreign Words2Moderate
Vocabulary based3Moderate
Spelling correct1Moderate
Correct word2Moderate
Root word2Difficult
Study of Inscription2Moderate
  • First passage was based on the topic of Management theory, and the students said it was quite difficult.
  • Second passage was based on consumption of resources and its LOD was moderate.
  • Third passage was based on god and morality and difficulty level was moderate.
  • Fourth passage was based on styles of communication and diffuclty level was easy to moderate.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

TopicNo. of QuestionsLevel of Difficulty
DI – Pie Charts based on Crops4Easy-Moderate
DI – Line graphs based on Basmati rice4Easy-Moderate
DI – Line graph based on the ranking of countries on basis of crimes4Easy-Moderate
DI – Bar graphs4Moderate
LR – Games & Tournaments3Moderate
LR – Blood relations2Easy-Moderate
LR – Matrix and arrangements4Difficult
LR – 5 people3Moderate
LR – coding, and decoding1Easy-Moderate
LR – Assumptions1Easy-Moderate

General Awareness

TopicNo. of questionsLevel of difficulty
Static GK4-5Easy-Moderate
Current affairs15-16Easy-Moderate

IIFT 2022 Expected Cut Off

In IIFT 2022, candidates have to clear both sectional cutoffs and overall cutoffs. The sectional cutoffs are comparatively low than the overall cutoffs. Candidates can refer to the below information for both expected overall cutoffs and expected sectional cutoffs. In IIFT selection criteria female candidates get an advantage of 2 marks.

IIFT 2022 Overall Cutoff

SC / ST / PwD8886

IIFT 2022 Expected Sectional Cut Off

SectionGeneralSC / ST / PwD

IIFT 2022 Paper Pattern

Candidates can refer to the information for the official paper pattern of IIFT 2022.

  • The duration of the paper is 2 hours (120 minutes) with no sectional time limit.
  • The paper will be conducted in online or computer based mode in MCQ format.
  • The number of questions coming in the exam vary each year ( 110 questions were asked last year).
  • The examination is of maximum 300 marks.

Candidates can check the latest IIFT 2021 paper pattern given below to understand the analysis in a better manner:

Exam SectionsTotal questionsMarks per questionNegative MarkingTotal Marks
Verbal ability & English comprehension 353-1105
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning303-190
Quantitative Analysis253-175
General Knowledge & Awareness201.5-0.530

IIFT Analysis for Last Year

The IIFT 2020 paper was easier than the last two years as it was held online for the first time. Out of all the 4 sections, section A (Quantitative Reasoning) was the most difficult and the lengthier as compared to last year. Section B ( Reading comprehension and Verbal Ability) was similar to previous years with a moderate difficulty level. Grammar was easy while Vocabulary and Para jumble questions were tricky. Section C ( Data interpretation & logical reasoning) was a lengthier and very calculation-intensive section. The LR sets were easier to solve than the DI sets. Section D (General Awareness) was the easiest. Students who have read newspapers daily were able to solve the questions easily. The following table summarizes the analysis for the candidates-

Exam Section Difficulty LevelGood attemptsAchievable ScoreIdeal time (in minutes)
Quantitative analysisDifficult9-103030-35 min
Reading comprehension & verbal abilityModerate18-206030-35 min
Logical reasoning & data interpretation Moderate to difficult 12-144035-40 min
General knowledge Easy8-10155-10 min

IIFT Last Year Analysis – Quantitative Reasoning

The level of this Quantitative Reasoning section was the toughest. The questions were a bit trickier and lengthier than the previous year. The section had a total of 25 questions with -1 negative marking. A large number of questions were from arithmetics including percentages, SI-CI, time and work, time and distance, etc. Other questions were asked from trigonometry, height, and distance. It has been seen that the difficulty level of quantitative ability has been increasing year after year. The distribution of questions is given below:

Sr. NoExam TopicEasyMediumDifficultTotal questions
1 Arithmetic 72211
2Geometry 145
4Modern Mathematics224

IIFT Last Year Analysis – Reading comprehension & Verbal Ability

This section was of moderate difficulty level and could be easily done by candidates who have practiced previous years’ mock papers. The verbal ability questions were inference-based and not very difficult to answer. There were 4 comprehensions, the first one being the lengthiest. The number of questions in RC was the same as last year’s trends. Grammar questions were easy while vocabulary was difficult with new words. Para jumbles were more logical than grammatically correct. Following is the distribution of questions-

Exam TopicNumber of QuestionsLevel of Difficulty
Table of words 2Medium
Match the synonyms2Easy
Identify the Synonym4Easy
Identify the grammatically correct sentence3Medium
Identify the grammatically incorrect sentence 2Easy
One word Substitution 3Easy
Jumbled Paragraphs 32 Medium, 1 Easy

IIFT Last Year Analysis – Data interpretation & Logical reasoning

The difficulty level of this section of the IIFT 2021 exam was moderate to high. The section had 30 questions in total with 16 on data interpretation (DI) and 14 on Logical reasoning (LR). The DI questions were calculation intensive and lengthier to solve than the LR questions. The DI set on the table and pie chart was the most difficult and lengthiest out of all the sets. As per the trends, data interpretation sets have an increased level of difficulty each year. Candidates can refer to the question distribution given below-

Exam TopicNumber of QuestionsLevel of Difficulty
DI Set 1 – Table Based DI4Moderate
DI Set 2 – Table & Pi Chart Based4Difficult and Calculation Heavy
DI Set 3 – Line & Stack Based4Very Difficult
DI Set 4 – Line and Bar Graph-Based4Moderate and Lengthy
LR Set 1 – Seating Arrangement4Easy but Lengthy
LR Set 2 – Calendar Based 2Easy
LR Set 3 – Tournament Based4Difficult

IIFT Last Year Analysis – General Knowledge

This section was the easiest among all the other sections. It followed the usual pattern as per the past year’s trends. Candidates who read daily newspapers and watch news channels regularly can easily solve this section in 10 to 15 minutes. The number of questions from static GK (11 ques) was more than from current Affairs (9 ques). Questions were from diverse topics like sports, brands, international events, space science, etc.

IIFT 2020-2021 Exam Cutoff

Students can check the previous year’s cut-off to determine the IIFT Cutoff 2021. Cutoff refers to the minimum marks scored by the student to qualify for the selection and counseling rounds. The cutoff for IIFT 2021 will be available after the immediate conclusion of the exam on 5th December 2021. Candidates can refer to the table below for category and section-wise cutoffs for the previous year:

IIFT Last Year Cutoff – Category Wise

CategoryCutoff (Out of 300)
OBC (NCL)115.5

IIFT Last Year Section Wise Cutoff

SectionTotal marksGeneral / Gen-EWS / OBC-NCLSC/ST/PwD/ Kashmiri Migrants/Non-Migrants
General Awareness305.54.5

Note: In the IIFT exam, the overall cut-off score is significantly higher than individual sectional cutoffs.

Important Topics in IIFT Exam

On further analysis of last year’s question paper, we have deduced that the following topics are very important with the maximum number of questions asked from these. Candidates must prepare these topics thoroughly for better performance in the exam.

  • Questions from arithmetic like percentages, SI-CI, time and work, time and distance- 11 questions
  • Geometery and mensuration- 5 questions
  • Identify correct sentences- 3 questions
  • Para jumbles- 3 questions
  • Meaning of root words – 4 questions
  • Line + bar graph- 4+4 questions
  • Circular arrangement (analytical reasoning) – 4 questions

IIFT Exam Analysis 2022 – FAQs

Ques. What is the difficulty level of the IIFT 2022 paper?

Ans. The difficulty level of the IIFT exam is usually from moderate to difficult with tricky VARC and calculation-intensive Quantitative Analysis. The IIFT 2022 paper is also expected to be difficult.

Ques. Who will set the IIFT question paper this year?

Ans. The paper is set by the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT). The paper is conducted by NTA i.e National Testing Agency. All the admission-related activities are also seen by the Institute itself.

Ques. What is a good score in IIFT?

Ans. According to last year’s IIFT Exam, 105 to 108 will be considered as a good score and the cutoff for the exam. The paper is of a maximum of 300 marks.

Ques. Is there any selectional cut-off in the IIFT exam?

Ans. Yes, the candidates are required to clear the selectional cutoffs along with the category cutoffs for their selection into the next round which is a group discussion, essay writing, and personal interview.

Ques. What percentile is required for IIFT?

Ans. As per the past trends, the percentile for the Delhi campus is 98 and above.

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