GP’s 10 fool-proof fundas to Crack IIFT

GP’s 10 fool-proof fundas to Crack IIFT

IIFT, Preparing for CAT, Test Taking Strategies 470 Comments on GP’s 10 fool-proof fundas to Crack IIFT

Among the Indian MBA entrance exams, IIFT entrance exam is possibly the most complicated; while the 3 section CAT 2015 with a time limit of 1 hour for each section is essentially a only a test of knowledge and speed, the IIFT paper is an aptitude test and also a test of your temperament. It has multiple sections (and sometimes subsections also), no sectional time limits, differential marking for questions of different sections, negative marking for incorrect answers, insufficient time and at times does not clearly specify if it has sectional cut-offs. In other words the IIFT paper checks out your ability to multi-task, to manage time, to take the right decisions (choose the easy questions) with insufficient information under a situation of constrains (insufficient time) with penalty for incorrect decisions.

While CAT 2015 is structurally easier than IIFT but in terms of level of difficulty IIFT is easier and apart from GK preparation you do not need to do anything extra. Your CAT preparation for QA, DI, LR, Verbal and RC is more than enough for IIFT and all you need to do is to work on your test taking strategy by attempting old IIFT papers and IIFT Mocks, about 7-8 papers should be sufficient for this purpose.

With a little over 3 weeks to IIFT D-day, let us understand the paper structure, its peculiarities and work out the best way of tackling the paper. We will take into account the IIFT papers of 2009 to 2014 for this purpose.

The IIFT Paper

Contrary to popular belief that the IIFT paper is unpredictable, the reality is that like any other paper it can be predicted. While most people prefer to look at the differences, I prefer to look at the commonalities or the constants of the paper to work out the strategies for cracking the paper. Hence let us first have a look at the constants in the IIFT paper structure:

1. Time limit: 2 hours or 120 minutes.

2. Number of questions: The number of questions in this paper varies from 115 to 135.

3. Total marks: All papers are of 100 marks.

4. Multiple sections: IIFT papers typically have 4-6 sections. DI could be an independent section or combined with QA or LR and similarly RC could be an independent section or combined with EU. IIFT 2012, 2013 and 2014 papers have all been 4 section papers

5. Areas tested: Irrespective of the number of sections or sub-sections IIFT papers test you on the following areas:
1. English Usage
2. Reading Comprehension
3. Quantitative Aptitude
4. Data Interpretation
5. Analytical Reasoning
6. General Knowledge

6. No sectional time limit: IIFT does not prescribe any sectional time limit and expects the students to not only allocate appropriate time to each section but also ensure that this time allocation is implemented. Not being able to do either of these would lead to not being able to achieve the sectional cut-off.

7. Differential Marking: Questions of different sections have different marks but in almost all papers GK & EU questions have the minimum marks and QA & DI questions have the maximum marks.

8. Negative marking: Negative marking is a standard feature in IIFT. Usually it is 1/3rd of the marks allocated to the question for every incorrect answer.

9. Good Attempt: Till 2010 a good attempt was around 50 marks, but in the last two years, with the reduction in the degree of difficulty of QA, DI and RC a good attempt is around 60 marks.

10. Low Cut-off: The cut-off for general category candidates in IIFT 2012 paper was 50 marks which was the highest in the last few years. In 2013 the cut-off was around 47.5 marks, whereas in 2014 the cut off was as low as 38.5. The cutoff for reserved category candidates is typically lower by 5 marks for NC-OBC and 10 marks for SC/ST/PH candidates.

The reason for the substantial increase in cut-off in the 2011 paper were lower level of difficulty and the reduction in the number of candidates called for the second stage by around 10% as compared to the previous year.
IIFT did not declare its cutoffs for 2013 (IIFT 2014-16) and the cutoffs mentioned in this post for the test conducted in 2013 are estimates and could be off by 0.5-1 mark in total and 0.2-0.5 marks in the sections.

11. Sectional cut-off: While in the past IIFT has been silent on this aspect but in the last couple of years it has declared sectional cut-offs for all sections. Even if the question paper does not specify this, it is safe to assume that there will be sectional cut-offs and attempt the paper accordingly.

12. Wrong questions: Every IIFT paper has 5-6 incorrect questions or questions in which none of the choices are correct. Possibly trying to see how you handle chaos.

Strategy Tip 1: The Marks per minute funda: Given that the mark per question in the IIFT paper is different for different testing areas, it is important for us to attempt questions in a manner such that the score is maximized. EU and GK usually have the lowest marks per question but they also take the least amount of time. Similarly, QA and DI typically have the highest marks per question but they take more time to solve. In other words, “marks per minute” is more important than “marks per question” and your target should be to attempt questions worth at least 60 marks in 120 minutes.

Strategy Tip 2:  The Target Attempt Mystery: IIFT is usually silent on the aspect of sectional cutoffs but we cannot assume that it is not there. In 2012, for the first time, IIFT declared its sectional cut-offs. Given that the highest total score required to clear IIFT in the last few years is 50 marks (45 for NCOBC and 40 for SC/ST/PH) in IIFT 2012 and the sectional cutoffs are very low, your target attempt could be:
1. Around 35-40% of the total marks in the section and
2. At least 60 marks in aggregate.

Strategy Tip 3: Finding the Perfect Match: The IIFT paper has around 15 “match the following” questions in GK, EU and RC. These have to be definitely attempted since most of them can be solved on the basis of 1 or 2 matches out of 4 by eliminating the choices.

Strategy Tip 4: The South-Indian Thali: With 2-3 questions of almost all question types the EU, LR and GA sections of the IIFT resemble a “South Indian Thali” and instead of trying to attempt all question types you should focus only on the ones that you are comfortable with. Remember you can afford to leave about 40% of the paper.

Now on the basis of the past few papers of IIFT, let us go deeper into all the areas that are tested to work out a plan for preparation and also the strategy to do well in the test.

English Usage (EU): The 20-25 questions in this section are primarily from vocabulary, sentence completion and sentence correction with a couple of questions from para-jumbles (short sentences) and spellings. Vocabulary is the least time-consuming sub-section in the test but many students are likely to find the words difficult. Grammar or sentence correction is easier than that in CAT and sentence completion questions (word, sentences and phrases) are also do-able.

A good starting point for preparation is to know the meaning of every word that has appeared in the question and the choices of the last 5 years IIFT papers. Vocabulary questions that have appeared in past XAT and FMS papers are also useful for IIFT. The vocabulary section in the Test Gym will be of help in this regard.

Strategy Tip 5: When in doubt – leave. Give this section (EU) about 10-12 minutes for 20 questions and attempt only those questions that you are sure of, follow the principle of “leaving, when in doubt”.

Reading Comprehension (RC): For the last few years RC, has contributed 15-16 questions in 4 lengthy passages. While the length of the passages has come down over the years but with about 1000-1200 words they are lengthier than the ones in all other MBA entrances. The passages are mostly factual and not difficult to understand or answer. In addition to the RC passages of past IIFT papers, RC passages of CAT 1990-98 can also be practiced since most of these are lengthy and factual.

Strategy Tip 6A: From Questions to Passage: Given that the passages are lengthy and the questions are mostly factual it is advisable to attempt only the factual questions from all passages. Thus instead of reading the passage, identify the factual questions in each passage and then glance through the passage to find their answer. Alternately follow tip 6B.

Strategy Tip 6B: The 7-8 min rule If you are keen to read the passages and then attempt the questions, then glance through the passages and attempt any two, @ 7-8 minutes per passage, which you are comfortable with based on the subject of the passage. Do not target all RC passages since this section (along with DI) gives the minimum marks per minute.

EU and RC, Marks per Question: IIFT 2012 and 2013 papers had 20 questions of EU and 16 questions of RC at 0.75 marks per question in a single section of 27 marks. The cut off for this section was only 7 and 5.75 marks in 2012 and 2013 respectively. IIFT 2014 paper similarly had EU & RC combined in a single section of 27 marks with 20 questions of EU and 17 questions of RC at 0.75 and 1 mark per question respectively with a cutoff of 6.5 marks.

Quantitative Aptitude: The 20-25 QA questions in IIFT are of low level of difficulty. Arithmetic and Algebra are the mainstay of IIFT papers in QA and have questions primarily from Ratios, TSD, T&W and Percentages, Simple equations, Sequences & Series and Inequalities with a couple of questions each from Geometry, Mensuration and P&C and Probability. Till 2010, IIFT papers had questions from Functions, Trigonometry (mostly height and distance), Set Theory and Binomial Theorem also but since these have not appeared for the last 4 years those of you who are not comfortable with these topics can afford to leave them.

QA, Marks per question: While the number of questions have varied in QA, it has always been 1 mark per question in QA. The number of QA questions in IIFT 2012, 2013 and 2014 papers was 25, 25 and 20 respectively about 12-15 questions could be comfortably attempted.

Strategy Tip 7: Find the Sitters Many IIFT QA questions are lengthy to read but easy to solve and a few short questions are sprinkled across the paper. Also there are 4-5 questions that are not worth attempting. This section should be attempted in 2 Rounds – R1 for the short and easy questions and R2 for the lengthy to read questions.

Data Interpretation: DI in IIFT typically contributes about 15-20 questions in 3-4 sets. In terms of calculation intensity these are a couple of notches higher than CAT because of very close choices at times due to complicated questions.. While most of the data sets are tables and graphs, caselets have also appeared in the past. Data Sufficiency questions have not appeared in IIFT for the last 5 years and hence can be ignored. In the last few years DI has not come as a separate section, in 2012 and 2013 DI and LR were combined in a single section while in 2014 it was QA and DI.

DI, Marks per question: These questions too usually have 1 mark per question. In IIFT 2012 and 2013 DI was easier than its earlier editions due to lesser calculation intensity. Both papers had 4 data sets with a total of 19 questions and one could attempt about 12-15 questions from 3 sets, however, in 2014 DI went back to its high on calculation avatar and one could attempt only about 5-7 questions out of 15 questions from the 3 DI sets.

Strategy Tip 8: The DI and RC connection Apply the RC strategy in DI, attempt only two DI sets – the easiest and least time consuming sets in about 15 minutes and ignore the rest, alternately attempt a few easy questions from each data. Alternately attempt only 2-3 easy questions from each data set.

Logical Reasoning: The South Indian thali will be most visible in this section. The 20 questions in IIFT test will give you a flavour of almost all kind of reasoning questions that appear in any kind of aptitude test. You can expect 2-3 questions each of arrangement, eligibility criteria, syllogism, coding-decoding, course of action, mathematical operators and alphabet & number series. Hence it is advisable that all these be practiced from your study material and past IIFT papers.
Questions of arrangement, eligibility criteria and mathematical operators are easier to solve if you work systematically and also take less time, attempt them first and for the rest go by your comfort level.

LR, Marks per question: While the number of questions has remained constant at 20 in the last three IIFT papers, the marks per question in 2012 and 2013 was 0.75 but in 2013 it was increased to 1 mark per question. An attempt of around 15 questions is possible in most of the IIFT papers.

Strategy Tip 9: Maximize in LR! This is the section to maximize your scores since the level of difficulty is low-medium and reasoning questions usually have the high marks per question. Questions can be solved in 1-1.5 minutes each. Plan to attempt all questions in this section.

General Knowledge: This is the area that worries most of the students. GK in IIFT is possibly the most unpredictable among all MBA entrances. It can have questions from country-capital-currency, authors-books, business, advertising, films, politics, geography, history etc. In short, anything under the sun can be asked. The saving grace is that the regular newspaper readers are usually able to do well in this section.

For preparation, download the IIFT GK Compendium and Question Bank. Also do go through the GK quizzes in Management Compass of the last 8 months and the static questions of last 6 years IIFT papers. The GK app (android) by CL is already out and should be of help in preparing for this section. The GK preparation will also be useful for XAT and SNAP.

IIFT 2012 and 2013 and 2014 had 28, 28 and 26 questions (of 0.5 marks each) respectively and 6 net-correct answers were sufficient to clear the section since its cut-offs were 1.667 marks in 2012 and 1.8 marks in 2013 and 2.49 marks in 2014.

Strategy Tip 10: The Last Word Plan for not more than 30 seconds per question in GK, leave the question if you are not sure of the answer. An attempt of around 7-8 questions is good for this section. Do attempt the “match the following” question types and for the others the right strategy is “when in doubt – leave”.

IIFT Cutoffs – Sectional and Overall:

IIFT Article Table

Practicing past IIFT papers will help you in CAT and XAT. If you can handle the complexity of IIFT then managing the 3 sections of XAT will not be difficult. Also IIFT will push you to increase your speed and this could help increase your attempts in CAT. As suggested in 5 Weeks to CAT’15 – Ab billi door nahin, do attempt at least one IIFT Mock or old IIFT paper every week and 2-3 such papers in the week of 15th November. For a detailed analysis of past year IIFT papers please refer to the analysis page of IIFT exam, here.

All the best.





  1. Pawan Deshpande November 24, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Hello GP sir,

    My cutoff according to CL is 50.33. However, there is some ambiguity related to 1 LR qs (countries export) and 1 Qa question(area of sector)..therefore I’m getting overall 48 with LRDI at 10.25(11.25 according to CL) and QA at 7.34(8.67 according to CL). I’m worried if I can clear the sectional cutoffs and overall cutoffs as my marks are decreased cos of the ambiguous questions.

    • GP November 24, 2015 at 4:50 pm

      Pawan, Total 48, LRDI 10.25 and QA 7.34 are also above the estimated cutoffs so you should be getting a call. Start with PDP classes immediately after CAT.

  2. Yajur Gulati November 24, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Sir, i am getting 43.27 in IIFT-15 according to CL calculator. Do I have chance of getting a call atleast from Kolkata?

    • GP November 24, 2015 at 3:01 pm

      Yajur, the interview shortlist is common for both the campus. You have a chance but it is a borderline case.

  3. Gaurav November 24, 2015 at 7:07 am

    Hi Sir,

    My overall score in IIFT is around 52.36 as per CL calculator but only 2.01 in GK. Can I expect a call for stage 2? and if in case I will clear cut off in gk how much edge do I have for final convert with this score? Thank you.

    • GP November 24, 2015 at 3:56 pm

      Gaurav, My estimate of GK cutoff is 1.5-1.8 so you should get a call.
      The most important component in the final call is the interview and GD performance.

  4. Aman November 23, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Hello GP Sir,
    I have got 41.84 according to the CL answer key. I’ve crossed the sectional cutoffs, but will I cross the overall cutoff (NC OBC), or is it a borderline situation?

    • GP November 24, 2015 at 4:59 pm

      Aman, I think you will make it to the interview shortlist of IIFT.

  5. Shreehari November 22, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    Sir my IIFT 2015 score as per CL is 62.92. Can I almost be assured of a final conversion?

    • Team CL November 23, 2015 at 1:20 pm

      Shreehari, most likely. But also depends on your performance in the second stage.

  6. Ganesh p u November 22, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Sir today i finished my iift exam
    I ‘m sure even you would have seen the paper can you please tell what can be the cutoff for obc(nc)

    • GP November 23, 2015 at 10:15 am

      Ganesh, we expect the cutoff to be in the region of 43-45 for general category candidates and 5 marks lower for NCOBC candidates. Please check the details at

      • lovepreet November 23, 2015 at 12:18 pm

        Hi sir,
        Score calculator is showing 8.02 marks for quants section for IIFT( 2016-18). Could I able to clear the sectional cutoff or not? and How does the sectional cutoff is decided?

        • Team CL November 23, 2015 at 1:17 pm

          Lovepreet, most probably you’ll clear the cut-off as it is most likely to be at 6-7

          • shirsh November 23, 2015 at 11:26 pm

            Are sectional cutoffs for obc different?

          • GP November 24, 2015 at 4:56 pm

            Shirish, typically the sectional cutoffs for all categories are the same but depending upon the number of applicants they could be lower.

      • Sumit Kumar November 23, 2015 at 2:25 pm

        Hello GP sir,
        I have got 40.91 as per TIME iift score predicter. I belong to OBC, what chances do I stand for IIFT Delhi call. I have 2 yrs of workex plus I am an M.Tech from DTU.

        • GP November 24, 2015 at 5:06 pm

          Sumit, please check the CL IIFT Score Calculator, if it is above 40 then you should be getting IIFT interview call.

  7. saksham November 17, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    Hello GP sir ,
    Gd evening , firstly i would like to say that I am a huge fan of yours , mostly visit your blog also whenever i get time from office . Sr i would like to ask you that i have prepared for cat as well as ifft gettng good score also but i always facing a problem in 2 choices which 1 is correct and mostly i marked wrong 1 . so sr plzz tell me that at this situation what may i do 1- leave the question 2- ya marked the one of them . second problem i am facing is – i mostly ask every one who have give exam and CL sr also that approach of the question – all question have to attempt OR only the question on which i have confident .. tooo confuse regarding this and frankly say SR nervous also :)
    last thing sr on below information will i get call from IIFT –

    10 – up board – 59%
    12- up board – 81.4 %
    bsc computer science – ccs university – 71 %
    DRDO exp – 6 month
    smile foundation exp – 6 month
    plzzzz suggest i need help :)

    • GP November 18, 2015 at 12:40 pm

      Saksham, if most of the time are are going for the wrong one when stuck between two choices, then my suggestion is to leave the question un-attempted in such cases.
      It will however be useful to go through all such questions and revise them (from QA/DI/LR) a couple of times. In the VRC questions stuck between two choices is usually due to logic not being fully in place and hence going back to each such question identifying the reason for the right choice and also the reason why the other choices are wrong is helpful for future.
      Regarding which questions to attempt, my suggestion is to first go for the questions that you are confident of and if you have time then go for the others.
      IIFT interview calls are based only on the Test score and hence your acads and work experience will not play a role in this. However for final selection these have a small weight but it is primarily your Test score and GD/Interview performance that will determine the outcome.
      Call me at 9811155160 in the evening in case you want to discuss this further.

      • gaurav November 22, 2015 at 6:29 pm

        sir r d sectional cut offs for iift kolkata campus lower than that of iift delhi
        plz tell d sectional cut offs for obc for both colleges

        • GP November 23, 2015 at 10:16 am

          Gaurav, the sectional and overall cutoffs are the same for both IIFT Delhi and Kolkata.

    • Aman November 20, 2015 at 1:13 am

      Hello sir,

      I was going through the papers of IIFT 2006,2007. There were quetions with multiple answers type.
      Do we expect such type questions also this year? And if get so, will the cutoff will be low as these are tough to mark.?

      As I’m good in LR and EU but a bit weak in QA, then In QA from which part should we expect more questions??

      • GP November 20, 2015 at 9:32 pm

        Aman, while nothing can be ruled out I do not think such questions are likely in IIFT.
        Arithmetic and Algebra are the mainstay of IIFT QA.

  8. Abhishek November 17, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    Hi Sir,

    This is about the Mock IIFTs in the CL website. I gave one mock -02 , with sectional percentiles being 63.09, 74.46,97.25, and 87 and overall percentile being 91.86.

    But the site doesn’t tell me what the sectional and over cutoffs are. Could you please tell me where to look at in the site?
    Or could you tell me what the rough sectional and overall percentiles should be, so that I can come to know if I’ve cleared the mock or not?

    • Team CL November 19, 2015 at 9:53 pm

      Abhishek, the sectional cutoffs are at 30-35 percentile (in the section), whereas the overall cutoff is around 95+ percentile.

  9. Rajat November 13, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    The picture added here by you says.. Qadi cut off of 2014 was 4.67 out of 20… how can it be out of 20 because their were 35 questions in setion 4 each of 1 marks..
    Please answer as last year QA was comparatively..difficult..and it is difficult to score in such paper..if it comes this year..

    • GP November 13, 2015 at 11:17 pm

      Rajat, you are correct there are two typos, the correct statements should be
      EU-RC 6.5 marks out of 32
      QADI 4.67 marks out of 35
      Will have this corrected tomorrow.

      • Rajat November 15, 2015 at 7:11 pm

        thank you for the help sir :)

  10. Varun November 7, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    Hi GP Sir,
    I’m a CA Final student and appearing for the MBA entrances this season. I completed the 3.5 year CA Articleship in 2011, and passed the CA Inter exam in 2012. I haven’t taken up any full time job since completing articleship, in order to focus on preparing for CA exams. Have taken the CA Final thrice till date (first time in Nov 2013), and also the MBA exams in the last 2 years, but didn’t score well.
    Next year, I will have a gap of 5 years. Please guide me how to best explain this in the interviews.

    • GP November 14, 2015 at 1:41 pm

      Varun, the only thing that you can do in the interview is to speak the truth, what you have written here is what you should be speaking in the interview.

  11. Rohan Gupta November 4, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Sir, are CL IIFT mocks of the same standard as the actual IIFT paper?

    • Team CL November 13, 2015 at 11:30 pm

      Rohan, the CL mocks are of a similar level as the actual IIFT papers. You are bound to get a good feel of the exam with the help of these mocks.

  12. Varun November 3, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    Thank You Sir! A comprehensive strategy for IIFT was much needed, and you’ve wonderfully provided a detailed analysis and plan.

  13. Sreebha Ghoshal November 1, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Hello Sir,

    I know there is sectional cut off, but is there any sub-sectional cut offs also in IIFT? Like if QA and DI come as a combined section, then can I leave DI and attempt QA only?

    • GP November 4, 2015 at 2:57 pm

      Sreebha, IIFT does not have sub-sectional cutoffs but I will not advise leaving one part completely as you would be missing out on a few easy questions.

  14. Raisa November 1, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Hello Sir,

    You have mentioned that IIFT 2011 cut-off went high but I searched over the internet. IIFT 2011 had an cut off of around 38-39 OA for General candidates. So, what is the case with 2011 paper.

    Reply asap , Sir.

    • GP November 14, 2015 at 2:16 pm

      Raisa, the general category cutoff for IIFT 2011 (2012-14) paper was around 45 while that for IIFT 2010 (2011-13) was around 37 marks.

  15. AYUSH November 1, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    GP Sir,

    1.Past iift papers have had 6 sections as wells as 4 sections.
    Also, the cut-off in case of 4 section has been for Quant+di (combined) EU+RC(COMBINED) Lr, gk.
    In case the paper is of 6 sections, will the cut-offs be for individual sections, or will they be combined as mentioned above?

    2. Are 2 RC passages and 2 Di sets enough to attempt in case paper is of 6 sections?

    Thanks. Looking forward to your answer asap.

    • GP November 4, 2015 at 2:46 pm

      Ayush, in case of a 6 section paper the cutoffs will be for each of the 6 sections.
      In the current format of IIFT and based on the cutoffs, a couple of data sets/passages in 15 minutes each for DI and RC are sufficient.

  16. PALASH JAIN August 27, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Hello Sir,

    Sir i am appearing for IIFT-2015 exam.From where should i prepare for GK for this,as the study material in my CL-SIS is not the updated for IIFT-2015.IIFT question bank and compendium is for last years IIFT exam.

    • Team CL August 27, 2015 at 2:44 pm

      Palash, you must follow the daily GK update in your SIS. That will suffice.

      • PALASH JAIN August 27, 2015 at 5:10 pm

        Thanks Team,Would their be any updated GK compendium or Question bank in our CL-SIS ?

        • Team CL August 31, 2015 at 11:15 am

          Palash, the GK Compendium will surely be updated. For your preparation, you must follow the daily GK updates in the SIS.

  17. Shanky July 26, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    Hi Sir,

    Whenever I bookmark the question in GK section or GYANDHARA. I find that I have to go to each individual test then look at its analysis and under the Bookmarks tab I find the imp questions. This is hectic and tiring. Can you please provide a way so that all the bookmarked question can be seen i one go from each of the tests just like in the MOCK CAT analysis where all the imp questions can be seen from each mock

    • GP July 28, 2015 at 5:57 pm

      Shjanky, thanks for the feedback. Will have this changed.

  18. Aditya July 24, 2015 at 10:34 am

    Respected sir,
    Let me know how many times can i appear for iift??

    And let me know the study material and books which i can refer. Which cover all the topics for each type of question.. Please help me

    • Team CL August 3, 2015 at 3:21 pm

      Aditya, there is no cap on the number of attempts of the IIFT Exam, you can appear for it as many times as you want to.

      You must purchase the study material of a good coaching institute. None of the books available in the market are up-to-date. The Test Gym on your SIS is be a great tool to help you get acquainted with different types of questions. Along with this, you must attempt the previous year IIFT papers. Doing this should suffice.

  19. Sagar Verma February 20, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Respected Sir,
    I want to take some advice with u that I want ti begin my preparation for CAT, so when is the right time to begin preparation for it right now i am pursuing my its my first year.
    can i begin it from 2 year. If yes what efforts i can do on my own or should i join a coaching and please suggest me abt the coaching in delhi region to be joined.

    • GP February 22, 2015 at 9:30 pm

      Sagar, since you will be graduating in 2018 and will have to take CAT 2017, hence you should begin your structured preparation for CAT around Sept/Oct 2016. Till then focus on building your oral calculation skill and developing a good reading habit. A daily newspaper (Indian Express or Hindu), a weekly current affairs magazine and a novel a month should be helpful in improving your reading skills, general awareness and vocabulary. Oral calculations and puzzles also should be practised regularly. In your 4th semester you can start solving NCERT Maths books of class IX and X.

  20. Aravind December 22, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    I have cleared the cut offs of iift by only a small a general candidate…Can u please tell me the expected weightage of iift exam score for final selection

    • GP December 22, 2014 at 8:31 pm

      Aravind, what is your IIFT score?

      • Aravind December 22, 2014 at 9:12 pm

        mine is just 38.77 where the cut off is 38.5…i ruined all my passages
        so whats the weight of iift score sir?i heard it as 60 or 65

        • Ankita December 23, 2014 at 12:11 pm

          last year it was 65. This year it is expected to be 60 with 5 marks for Diversity.

          • Aravind December 24, 2014 at 8:18 am

            oh..thanks for the info :)

  21. Prateek Khandelwal December 20, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Dear Sir, My name is appearing in the list of IIFT shortlisted candidates. But the Roll no. and Application number is different. Should i take this as some other “Prateek Khandelwal” has nailed it or Is it some error ?
    What to do ?

    • GP January 4, 2015 at 2:40 pm

      Prateek, apologise for missing your query. Hope this has been resolved.

  22. arnav gupta December 18, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    I have overall score of 39.67.
    I know that i will clear all the cut offs except gk.
    In gk i have 1.67 marks.
    sir, I am an NC-obc candidate.
    can i get a call??

    • GP December 20, 2014 at 10:43 pm

      Arnav, this is a borderline case. While it is difficult but hopefully you will make it.

      • arnav gupta December 21, 2014 at 7:54 am

        not on the list sir. any chances now???

        • GP December 22, 2014 at 10:18 am

          Arnav, unfortunately no.

  23. varun gaur December 2, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    hello gp sir,

    reading all your articles are always a great learning experience for me.sir i am really in a dilemma whether i’ll clear the iift cutoff or not.please help me out with this
    my sectionals are:-
    sir i am in confusion because only cl has predicted the cutoff to be in the range of all the mba coaching centres have predicted it in the range of 41-43.sir what is your point of view regarding this and what are my chances of clearing the cutoff both overall and sectionals..

    • GP December 3, 2014 at 11:22 pm

      Varun, my view is that you will get a call from IIFT. I think that the paper was tougher than what others are assuming it to be.

  24. Saurav Rath November 26, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Hii GP Sir,

    My IIFT score comes out to be 41.84 as per CL answer key. I am of General Category having 25 months of work ex in L&T. Any chances of a call/convert for IIFT Delhi??
    Also, is IIFT Kolkata at par with Delhi as far as placements are concerned???

    • Saurav Rath November 26, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      Sorry sir I forgot to mention the sectionals. They are as follows:

      1. LR: 8.34
      2. DI & QA: 14.67
      3. GA: 6.17
      4. RC & VA: 11.67

      Total marks comes out to be 40.85….sorry for the mistake

      • GP November 26, 2014 at 9:49 pm

        Saurav, you should get shortlisted for the interview at IIFT. While IIFT Kolkata and Delhi have combined placements Delhi is usually ranked higher as it is the older institute.

        • Saurav Rath December 22, 2014 at 11:01 am

          I have been shortlisted for GD/PI/Essay Writing. Your assessment was right, Sir.

          When do they call for GD/PI?? Need some advice regarding preparation for the next level.

          • GP December 22, 2014 at 9:14 pm

            Saurav, typically the IIFT interviews are held in end January or early February.

      • vikas August 31, 2015 at 1:00 pm

        Bro tell me what u have studied and how much because i am also going to give iift

  25. Ashwin November 26, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Hi Sir,
    I am very poor at Quant section…although I am really good at verbal and reasoning, I am not able to clear the cutoffs for quant and DI…I have two years exp as a software engineer with a reputed MNC. Repeated poor performance in quant section has really disappointed me. and I am frustrated because of that.. I really want to crack SNAP and XAT this year and secure call from atleast one reputed bschool.Please guide me how to prepare for quants section for these two examinations….I am looking fwd to your advice.

    • GP November 28, 2014 at 2:19 pm

      Ashwin, SNAP is the paper with easier QA and hence your initial focus should be on solving doing well in this paper. Focus on the old papers of SNAP, solve at least 5 of them and also the Mock SNAP and FLTs. In the time available you cannot really improve on your fundamentals but can ensure that you do well in certain question types hence make sure that you are thorough with all questions in this paper. Please refer to the post SNAP Shot!! for details. Regarding XAT, I will be putting up a post shortly.

  26. Mayank November 25, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Hello Sir,

    According to the CL keys my total for IIFT is coming as 41.68 . I am pretty confident to clear all the sectional cutoffs but I am doubtful about Quant (getting 6.8) .Please suggest if I stand a chance. I belong to general category.


    • GP November 25, 2014 at 8:02 pm

      Mayank, 6.83 in QA makes it difficult but let us hope for the best.

  27. sanjeev November 25, 2014 at 2:44 am

    Sir what can be like worst case cutoff for english section this year in iift? Like can it go beyond 8?

    • GP November 25, 2014 at 8:18 pm

      Sanjeev, it is unlikely to be more than 8.

  28. Danny November 24, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Hello Sir,
    I am an SC candidate and took CAT 2014 in the first slot of 16th November. My attempts are close to 65 and I expect an accuracy of around 80-85%. Besides, I took IIFT yesterday and am scoring a dismal 33-35 marks. What do you suggest for me during the next few days. Do I stand a chance for any top institutes including IIFT, FMS and old IIMs?
    My profile:
    10th: 90%,
    12th: 85%
    Graduation: 54% (IIT-Delhi 2014 passout)
    Job Ex.- NIL


    • GP November 26, 2014 at 9:49 am

      Danny, as a SC candidate you have a very good chance of calls from all IIMs, FMS and JBIMS.
      The IIFT paper was diufficult and our estimate is that you should be able to get short listed here also.

      • Danny November 26, 2014 at 10:22 pm

        Thanks a lot sir. Although I feel that call is pretty unlikely from IIFT but I expect something good from CAT this time.
        I’ll definitely get back here after results.


  29. Shayantu November 23, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Hi Sir,

    My score is coming out to be: 42.84

    And I am clearing the individual cut-offs…Will I clear the cutoffs?? Also are all the guys who clear the cutoffs called for interviews or only some of them are called based on their marks and a rank sheet is made.

    Also , If i am called will my total score be counted including GDPI and WAT or just GDPI/WAT??

    • GP November 25, 2014 at 10:31 pm

      Shayantu, all those who clear the sectional and overall cutoffs are called for the interviews. The final selection has some weight for the written test score, the weight is not disclosed but my estimate is between 30 to 40%.

  30. Mayank November 23, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Hello Sir,

    I am getting a total of 41.68 as per the key. Messed up Section 3 (getting 6.8 in total). Can I expect a call? One more doubt–> Is the cutoff for Quant and DI combined or do IIFT has seperate cutoffs for both?

    Thanks Sir,

    • GP November 25, 2014 at 10:53 pm

      Mayank, IIFT has a sectional cutoff and hence you can clear the QADI cut off by attempting only the QA questions.
      You have a chance in IIFT, I expect the sectional cutoff to be in the range of 6-7 marks.

      • Mayank November 26, 2014 at 2:15 am

        Thanks Sir, hoping to clear this . Meanwhile, let XAT be avenged. Waiting for an as always awesome article on XAT

  31. Christina Canton November 23, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    I took the IIFT 2014 exam and it was very very very lengthy… i managed to answer only 38 questions?? Do i stand any chance of getting a call from IIFT????

    • GP November 23, 2014 at 11:16 pm

      Christina, as a general category candidate you are unlikely to get a call with only 38 attempts in IIFT. Please check the CL website for a detailed analysis.

      • Christina Canton November 25, 2014 at 4:51 pm

        i had an accuracy of 90%… will i not get a call from iift kolkata also???

        • GP November 25, 2014 at 5:55 pm

          Christina, IIFT has a common cutoff for Delhi and Kolkata.

  32. priya November 22, 2014 at 12:40 am

    Respected sir,
    As observed in past IIFT papers they some time club two sections into 1. For example – they club LR and DI into one single section – under which there are 2 separated parts – part A and part B for DI and LR resp. In such a case they have separate cutoff for both the parts within a section or combined for whole section ??

    Because if later is the case we can attempt more questions lr which are easy as compared to DI.
    Please advice.

    • GP November 22, 2014 at 10:21 am

      Priya, IIFT has a sectional cutoffs and even when you have a Part A & Part B in a single section they would have single combined cutoff for the section. However do read the instructions before starting the paper and if there are separate sub-sectional cutoffs it would be mentioned.

  33. Arijit November 21, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Sir, there have been around 5-6 error questions in IIFT papers. Are these questions belong to one particular section or entire question paper? Is it possible that always we will be having some error questions or it may not happen sometimes? how to tackle??

    • GP November 22, 2014 at 10:37 am

      Arijit, these are spread across the paper but mostly are in QA, DI and LR. The errors creep in due to improper editing by those who create the paper and are not there to test your ability to identify the errors. In the paper you would not know about the errors and if you are unable to solve the question just leave it and move on.

  34. Arijit November 20, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Regarding past IIFT papers if I go through 2010-2013 papers will this suffice or I need to go through the papers of 2006 onwards??? plz reply….

    • GP November 20, 2014 at 12:48 pm

      Arijit, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 are sufficient.

  35. RAKESH KUMAR YADAV November 19, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Hello Sir,
    Last year CL had uploaded a 2 hour current affairs session on their YouTube page.The session was really helpful to me and the thousand others in the various competitive exams .

    Wanted to know when it will be uploaded this year as I am eagerly waiting for it.
    Please make it happen if possible ASAP.
    Thank You.

  36. Arijit November 19, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Sir, IIFT GK-Compendium-2014 is not uploaded in SIS…. Plz provide the link to download it asap….
    Thank you….

    • GP November 19, 2014 at 2:20 pm

      Arijit, current affairs, business and economics for IIFT, SNAP and XAT are combined in a single compendium in the SIS since the questions are similar.

  37. Abhijeet November 18, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    How much is the sectional cut off in the IIFT paper for SC category. Pls help.
    Thank you.

    • GP November 18, 2014 at 8:17 pm

      Abhijeet, the sectional cutoffs are the same for all categories but the over all cutoff will be around 40 marks.

      • Abhijeet November 18, 2014 at 8:37 pm

        With just 4 days remaining for IIFT what must be our strategy for G.K.
        Should I just focus on current affairs as I found 40-45% of the questions in GK section from this area.

        • GP November 19, 2014 at 2:50 pm

          Abhijeet, just focus on the GK in SIS. Also check out the last years GK videos in the E Learning videos.

  38. Archit November 18, 2014 at 1:03 am

    Dear Sir,

    My overall Cat score may lie within 108-117(accuracy 95-90, total 43 qstns) not what i expected as compared to others, sir now what should be the best strategy for IIFT and XAT to get some real results please do suggest

    • GP November 19, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      Archit, this is likely to give you a 95%ile but please enter you data in the Percentile Predictor for an estimate and it will also give you the list of B schools that you should apply to.
      For IIFT you should just attempt the past papers (last 3), revise them and also work on GK. Will be writing a separate post on XAT.

  39. Ankit November 14, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Greetings of the day
    How can we improve our calculation speed particularly in DI in IIFT and other exams.Apart from learning cubes , squares , reciprocal (1-30) what else should we do or how should we practice or revise to improve our speed.

    • GP November 15, 2014 at 12:15 pm

      Ankit, if you are not fast in calculation then in the given time you can only limit your exposure to DI and do more of other areas.

  40. Avi November 13, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Hello Sir

    There is an app only for android users sir for gk iift ? Shouldn’t this be available even for ios users for iphone . It would be very helpful


    • GP November 13, 2014 at 7:51 pm

      Avi, iOS app is being developed. GK is available in your SIS also.

  41. Pakshaal S.Shah November 11, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Dear Sir,
    Will jbims see only MHCET and CAT scores from 2015-2017 and not CMAT?
    Also I would like to know whether SIMSREE will see CMAT score and seats available for all India quota under MHCET and other exams like CAT,CMAT, MAT, etc?

    • GP November 12, 2014 at 10:13 am

      Pakshaal, yes the JBIMS website clearly states that they will accept CAT and CET scores only.
      SIMSREE and other MhCET institutes are likely to continue with CAT, XAT, CMAT, Feb MAT and ATMA for the OMS category.

      • Pakshaal S.Shah November 14, 2014 at 3:00 pm

        Okay. Thank You Sir. For SIMSREE OMS category, will there be normalization across AI exams like CAT, CMAT, MAT scores or will it be on Raw scores/percentiles obtained.

  42. CATAspirant November 9, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    Sir in CL IIFT mock I am getting 40-41 score. I have SC reservation. What is the safe score to get IIFT call and convert with moderate GDPI? My profile is Xth:88.9,XIIth: 78.3 B.Tech:78.6 workex: 26 Months …decent extra curricular….

    • GP November 10, 2014 at 8:20 pm

      CATAspirant, as a SC candidate you can get calls from IIFT at 40+ but you should target 45+

  43. deep November 9, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Hello Sir,
    does the sectional cut-off for iift specify di and qa separately or they are taken under the same head?
    for example can i attempt all the di questions and 8-10 questions of quants as i am more comfortable with di?

    Thanks in advance.

    • GP November 11, 2014 at 2:55 pm

      Deep, In IIFT usually DI and LR questions are clubbed together in a single section and QA is a separate section.
      In the DI+LR section you can clear the cutoff by attempting questions only by attempting questions from one of the two areas.

  44. Siddhartha Jain November 8, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Hello Sir, what are the sectional cut-offs for IIFT in terms of raw score percentage. I seem a bit down in EU of IIFT paper. Rest all sections are comfortable at this moment. What should I do from here?

    • Team CL November 11, 2014 at 11:20 am

      Dear Sidhhartha,

      The Cut-offs for the various sections in IIFT 2014-16 test were as follows:-

      QA- 6.34 out of a total of 25.00

      GA- 1.8 out of a total of 14.00

      LR- 9.75 out of a total of 34.00

      VA- 5.75 out of a total of 27.00

      For solving the EU section of IIFT, you must focus on your areas of strength in Verbal. IIFT is one of the most unpredictable paper in terms of the pattern of the questions asked. You must focus on a- Sitters b- RC

      Let’s say, if you know the word and the options involved in a vocab question, then only gun for it. Similarly for Grammar, if only you are very sure of the error asked, then go for it. However, a safe bet would be to focus on the RC and the Logic Based questions. IIFT RCs, although lengthy, can be solved very easily. You can look at the stem of the questions before you skim the passage for the answers. Always eliminate the options. If there are 5 passes, you may look at answering 3 of them but you should not spend more than 7 minutes on a passage.

      All the Best.
      Team CL

      • Vamsi November 12, 2014 at 12:46 pm

        very informative post…thank you

        • Siddhartha Jain November 16, 2014 at 6:00 pm

          Thank you Sir.

  45. pr November 7, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    This is not concerned with IIFT. I am facing a very weird problem from the past 3-4 mocks .
    I don’t feel like sitting through the mock and end up submitting my paper half an hour before. This is a recent problem as i tend to loose focus after 120 mins . I am very worried as there is no time left.

    • GP November 11, 2014 at 2:57 pm

      pr, take a break from the papers. You are possibly a bit tired and a break from papers will possibly do good to you. Do continue with your revision and also take a few sectional tests.

  46. shivangi November 6, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Sir, Can you please suggest the minimum number of questions( both quant and verbal)to be attempted in CAT to cross 90 percentile .

    • GP November 7, 2014 at 5:45 pm

      Shivangi, my estimate is that a score of 55 marks in a section should give you 90%ile.

  47. Aman Jain November 6, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    I gave my nmat on October 7..when will nmat give the raw score?

    • Team CL November 7, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      Dear Aman,

      As per the communication from the institute, the results are usually declared 3-4 weeks after the exam-date. So, you can expect the results to be declared in a couple of days time. All the best!

      Best regards,
      Team CL

  48. Rahul November 3, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    as a reply to my request on one of the posts on this blog , you said that one will be able to view the time spent on each question starting from mock 10. You said that you will get it incorporated in test gym also . But when i just took a section test , it is not providing the time spent by a person on each question. Till when will you get this functionality implemented ?

    • GP November 6, 2014 at 5:26 pm

      Rahul, this was the plan and should have happened, will check and confirm. I was out of action for a few days hence will need to verify.

  49. Aviral November 3, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Enrollment ID 1786370
    Sir,I am a student of CL classroom program.For a few days I’ve been witnessing this glitch with the SIS.After every two minutes the session expires and I’ve to log in again.Yesterday I tried to attempt Mock 14(unproctored) but the session kept expiring.After a lot of attempts I had to quit and hence decided to attempt it later.
    I checked in the SIS and the mock was there with 169 minutes remaining.But today when I decided to attempt it,it’s gone.Please look into the matter and revert it back to the original state so that I can attempt it.These things happening at such a crucial time are disappointing.Please do something.

    • GP November 6, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      Aviral, apologise for the inconvenience and the delay at my end, hope the issue has been resolved. If not, please email your enrolment details to me at

  50. Rahul November 3, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Hi GP sir ,

    Please answer a small query as it will help me plan my remaining time better. The query is regarding the section tests provided in test gym classic .

    CAT Section tests of VALR ( from which test number to which test number ) are below, at par , and above the CAT level.

    CAT Section tests of QADI( from which test number to which test number ) are below , at par and above CAT level.

    Asking this question because the trend is to start with easier tests and then gradually increase the level

    please answer seperately for QADI and VALR


    • GP November 11, 2014 at 3:12 pm

      Rahul, apologise for the delay. The 85 minute sectional tests are based on CAT 2003-08 and are easier than the other sectional tests.

  51. Avi November 3, 2014 at 10:35 am


    I have obtained 235 marks and 98.4%ile in CMAT sept , with AIR of 724. Which colleges should i apply for with this score?

    • GP November 7, 2014 at 5:21 pm

      Avi, the best colleges through CMAT are GIM and KJ Somaiyya and both are possible at your score.

  52. Himanshu Khandelwal November 3, 2014 at 12:47 am

    I am a CL student and I want to attempt the past IIFT papers in the mock test form (means not just downloading and solving them but taking the exam as we take a Mock CAT)
    Is the facility provided?
    How to access that using the SIS Account?

    • GP November 7, 2014 at 3:54 pm

      Himanshu, these will have to be downloaded and solved.

  53. Abheek November 2, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Could you please provide a link to download the iift gk compendium?
    I have the past IIFT papers.Also, what exactly encompasses a static question in gk?

    • GP November 8, 2014 at 9:02 am

      Abheek, it is available in your SIS.
      Static questions refer to the ones whose answer does not change. For example:
      Who is the head of armed forces in India? The answer is President of India and this answer will not change irrespective of who occupies this post. However the questions who is the President of India is a current affairs questions since the answer will change ever time a new President is appointed.

  54. Sovan November 1, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    Where can I download the IIFT GK compendium from?

    • GP November 7, 2014 at 11:42 am

      Sovan, it is available in your SIS.

  55. Utkarsh November 1, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    I am having problems in fixing a strategy for CAT 2014. Can i discuss it here?

    Thank You.

    • GP November 1, 2014 at 9:57 pm

      Utkarsh, you can

  56. Baijnath kumar October 31, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    should we leave revise these questions PARA COMPLETION,FIB, ODD MAN OUT & any other questions which are not mention in MOCK CAT 2014?

    • GP October 31, 2014 at 2:49 pm

      Baijnath, you should continue with all these question types as this is just a sample paper and it will not be safe to assume that these will not appear in CAT’14.

  57. Baijnath kumar October 30, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    hello gp sir
    we are waiting for your view on mock CAT reveal by CAT 2014. there are some new ques like IIFJ. question from some topic like PARA COMPLETION, ODD MAN OUT are missing so can we expect that actual CAT will be same as that of mock cat reveal by cat 2014 in term of question type.


    • GP October 31, 2014 at 9:19 am

      Baijnath, will come out with a post on the issue next week.

  58. aayush makkar October 30, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    i am doing previous year cat papers. i planned to do all papers of 2000-2008 (except DI) and DI 1990-1998. my exam is on 16th. so i cannot do more than this as i had to do revision and also practice some more mocks. is it sufficient to do only above mentioned papers?

    • GP October 31, 2014 at 9:20 am

      Aayush, this should be enough.

  59. Sanket October 30, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Sir, The CMAT results are out and I wanted to ask you if the Colleges shortlist students on the basis of raw score or percentile? My percentile is 87.22 and score is 176. Any decent college within the grasp?

    • GP October 30, 2014 at 2:39 pm

      Sanket, the institutes go by the percentiles and not the raw scores. You can consider GIM and KJ Somaiyya at this score.

      • Sanket October 30, 2014 at 2:49 pm

        Thank you Sir. :)

  60. GOVIND October 30, 2014 at 1:35 pm


    For Rcs how to analyse RCs attempted in mocks along with para completion,


  61. Rahul October 29, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Hi GP Sir ,
    I take 3 to 4 min in solving a Parajumble . The problem I take to the same amount of time in deciding whether to attempt or to leave the question. Kindly advise.

    P.S : I am talking about CAT level Parajumbles.


    • GP November 6, 2014 at 7:56 pm

      Rahul, This is normal. The problem with para jumbles is that unless you have gone through all the statements you cannot decide if it has to be attempted or dropped hence the time difference between attempting and dropping is at best a minute.

  62. Sanchit October 29, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Sir, I am in a really big trouble. Please help me out.
    I am in my final year of engineering and I am preparing for CAT full time. I have worked hard for CAT. My slot is 22nd-Evening. and the issue is that I am having my Final End semester exam on 22nd itself, I am not aware of the timings of my engineering exam but most probably it will be 10am – 1pm (This can change). Distance between my college and CAT exam center would take me around 30 min but the ride would be tiring and also my engineering exam. But if I manage my time well I will be at exam center by time. But Sir, Do you think that this practically possible(I think so, but having doubt)? I know I would be a manager so I have to manage but yet Sir, What should I do to manage my both the exams well and CAT extraordinally well! And yes! Next day, on 23rd Nov, I am having my IIFT in Delhi. (I live in Gwalior). Help me out Sir. :)

    • GP November 6, 2014 at 7:51 pm

      Sanchit, apologise for the delay in responding to you query.
      This is a stupid situation that you are in but it is not in your control and hence have to somehow manage. Assuming that your engineering exam is from 10am to 1pm, your options are:
      1. take both CAT and IIFT
      2. drop CAT and go for IIFT.
      3. take CAT drop IIFT.
      Option 1 would mean 3 important papers in 24 hours with a Gwalior-Delhi journey in between which means that you could be tired for the IIFT exam.
      Options 2 & 3 would mean missing out on papers that you have prepared for over the past few months.
      My suggestion is to go for both CAT and IIFT. While it will be tiring I think it can be managed. You will need to plan these couple of days well to ensure that you can tie all ends. While college to CA centre has been worked by you, IIFT should also not be a problem if you can catch the Shatabdi express to Delhi on 22nd evening.

  63. Aakash March 17, 2014 at 5:45 pm


    I have converted IIFT-D. I am not much aware about foreign trade and would like your views on the college, course and ROI. I am interested in Marketing as I have 2.5 Work Exp in Product marketing. I also have my IIM-Indore Interview scheduled soon. I would like to know which among the two would be a better option considering placements, ROI, Course ware and recognition.

    Thanks in Advance

    • GP March 21, 2014 at 12:54 pm

      Aakash, IIFT is an excellent institute and while it offers MBA in International Business its course is similar to that of a general MBA and you can get into marketing even after IIFT. IIM Indore is a bettter option but you should join IIFT if you do not make it to IIM Indore.

  64. avni January 3, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    sir but i am not interested in foreign trade. but still everybody gives its exam..should i also give it if i am interested in marketing and want to work in an fmcg.. and not in foreign trade??

    • GP January 3, 2014 at 2:15 pm

      Avni, if it is marketing that you are looking at then IIFT should also be considered. FMCG companies do pick up IIFT graduates for marketing and also for international business. Please refer to the IIFT Placement report for details.

  65. Avni January 2, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    sir but the following is from iift website..

    3. What are the specializations offered in the MBA (IB) Programme at IIFT?

    The first year, consisting of three trimesters, is a core course which encompasses all the basic functional areas of management. In the third trimester students are taught the nuances of international aspects of these functional areas. The second year is when students get to choose their preferred area of specialization viz. marketing, finance, trading or systems and IT.

    • GP January 3, 2014 at 8:27 am

      Avni, while systems specialisation is available in IIFT, the focus on the institute is International Business for which the important areas are Marketing, Logistics, Trading and Finance. While a few IT companies come to IIFT for recruitment the job profile is likely to be business development and not Systems.

      • aastha January 3, 2014 at 12:48 pm

        thanku sir

        • aastha January 3, 2014 at 12:50 pm

          your page is really good

  66. avni January 1, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Are their other institutes in india which offer a dual specialisation degree apart from IIFT..??
    Also do they have an option of information system management in specialisation like IIFT ??

    • GP January 1, 2014 at 6:24 pm

      Avni, most of MBA institutes offer dual specialisation. Information Systems is not really an option in IIFT.

  67. avi December 19, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    sir my score is 170 in NMAT and i belong to sc category. is there any chance of getting mumbai campus.?

    • GP November 6, 2014 at 7:13 pm

      Avi, unfortunately NMIMS does not have reservations hence calls are not possible at 170 marks.

  68. UD December 18, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Sir, how much weight age does IIFT give to the aptitude test score?

    • GP December 22, 2013 at 3:25 pm

      UD, this has not been disclosed by IIFT but is is likely to be i the region of 30 to 50%

  69. ABHINAV KISHORE December 18, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Hi sir,

    I have got GD/PI call from IIFT.This is my first call.What am I supposed to do next for its prep?I am a resident of Bangalore and an ex-CL student as well as present Smart Test Cracker & Test Gym affiliator.

    • GP December 19, 2013 at 10:17 am

      Abhinav, start your interview preparation immediately. You will have to divide your time between XAT and PDP. Please contact CL Bangalore as they would be starting a IIFT focused PDP batch.

  70. ak December 10, 2013 at 10:08 am

    I want to know if we have separate cutoffs for the IIFT Delhi and Kolkata campus?

    • GP December 11, 2013 at 4:52 am

      AK, IIFT Delhi and Kolkata have the same cutoffs.

  71. GP December 10, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Aakash, DI+LR is likely to have a combined cutoff and you should get IIFT interview call.

  72. Yash Joshi December 6, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    IIFT 2013 Score according to your answer key:
    QA – 10
    VA – 9
    RC – 4
    DI – 9
    LR – 2.25
    GA – 5.83
    Overall – 40.08
    What are my chances?

    • GP December 7, 2013 at 9:30 am

      Yash, at 40 marks, call from IIFT is not possible for a general category candidate.

  73. prachi December 5, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Hello Sir,
    What would be the expected cut offs for IIFT this year?

    • GP December 5, 2013 at 4:32 pm

      Prachi, IIFT cutoff for general category is likely to be 50 marks.

  74. Manjeet December 3, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Hello sir,

    My score is as below:

    Quant = 12.67
    DI = 10.67
    LR = 10.5
    GA = 4.33
    Verbal = 5.5
    RC = 4.5
    Total = 48.17

    Do I stand any chance of getting a call from IIFT?

    • GP December 4, 2013 at 8:29 am

      Manjeet, a general category candidate is unlikely to get a call from IIFT at a score below 49 but it is a borderline case and things could move your way. YOur VA+RC score of 10 is also on the edge. Focus on XAT and SNAP and keep your fingers crossed.

  75. UD December 3, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Sir, my Nmat scores are
    Total 221
    Quant 90
    Verbal 72
    Logic 59
    Any chance of a call from the Mumbai campus?

    • GP December 3, 2013 at 4:01 pm

      UD, Your verbal and overall score are very good but in Logic you are unlikely to clear the cutoff. Suggest you go for a retake.

  76. Mihir December 3, 2013 at 9:14 am


    AS per the CL key
    My OA score: 52.01
    EU+RC = 22.5
    QA = 11
    DI+LR = 11.18
    GA = 7.33

    what are my chances ?

    Thanks !

    • GP December 3, 2013 at 4:33 pm

      Mihir, a call is on, suggest you start PDP immediately since the IIFT interviews usually start by end January.

  77. Shradha December 1, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    I got 211 in nmat but only 70 in maths. Will I get a call

    • GP December 2, 2013 at 7:44 am

      Shradha, QS cutoff is likely to be above 70 and a call from NM Mumbai may not be possible. Suggest you go for a retake with a minimum target score of 75.

  78. Anuj Verma December 1, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Hi sir,
    CL key I am getting qa=15.33, va=12, di and lr, 8.66+9.5, ga= 5.75 OA 51.33
    I belongs to Ncobc what are my chances to getting the a call.

    • GP December 2, 2013 at 7:48 am

      Anuj, start your PDP classes immediately, call from IIFT is confirmed for you. Your sectional and overall scores are above the estimated cutoffs. Last year the NCOBC cutoff was 45 marks.

      • Anuj Verma December 2, 2013 at 10:56 am

        Sir, I joined only test series courses from CL(Pune Center). am i eligible for attending the PDP classes?? also cl CAT percentile predictor show my percentile 95.95 which college i should apply.

        • GP December 4, 2013 at 4:36 am

          Anuj, Test Series does not include PDP, however as a TS student you may be eligible for a fee waiver. Please contact Pune center for details. Start PDP early as at 95%ile you are likely to receive calls from MBA institutes.

  79. mathews November 29, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    my score is qa-12 di- 6.33 rc eu/rc- 13 lr -10.5 ga7.17
    oa -49 what are my chances

    • GP December 1, 2013 at 8:29 am

      Mathews, this is a borderline case, the cutoff last year was 50 and this year we expect it to be in the region of 49-52. Your sectional scores are not a problem.

      • mathews December 3, 2013 at 2:15 pm

        thank you sir.

    • Anuj Verma September 9, 2015 at 1:25 pm

      Visiting this page after a gap of almost two years. Thanks to G.P. Sir, converted IIFT-K in 2014.

      • Team CL September 9, 2015 at 3:09 pm

        Anuj, all the best for your future endeavors!

  80. niharika November 29, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    sir …, i have calculated my iift 2013 scores 50+ but i messed up with quant section.., in quant section, i have just 5 marks.. is there any chance of being shortlisted??

    • niharika November 30, 2013 at 7:14 am

      sir …, i have calculated my iift 2013 scores 50+ but i messed up with quant section.., in quant section, i have just 5 marks.. is there any chance of being shortlisted??

      • GP December 1, 2013 at 7:45 am

        Niharika, QA cutoff is likely to be around 6 marks and hence a call is difficult despite a 50+ in the overall score. Let us hop for the best.

  81. Akanksha November 28, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    GK : 2.5
    VA+RC= 6
    QA =7.33
    LR+DI =11
    OA = 26.83

    SC category candidate. what are my chances ? (The scores are according to TF key)

    • GP November 29, 2013 at 9:21 am

      Akansha, call from IIFT is unlikely at 26.83 marks. Please check your score as per the CL answer key in Exam Corner to ensure that there are no errors.

  82. Abhinandan November 26, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Sir, I am getting an overall of 64.25 in IIFT 2013 …but my QA score is only 10.33 from CL keys….Will I be able to clear QA cut off?

    • GP November 27, 2013 at 5:04 am

      Abhinandan, the QA cutoff last year was 6 marks, start preparing for GD/Interview, you will get a call from IIFT.

  83. vivek maheshwary November 26, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Sir, I am a general category student. As per answer key my score in various sections of iift 2013 is :
    qa : 17.67
    di+lr : 21.33
    ga : 5.83
    va+rc: 12
    Total : 56.83
    Can I expect a call from IIFT. On various other sites the last year sectional cut off for verbal is said to be around 14. :(

    • GP November 26, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      Vivek, relax, your EU+RC score is not a problem, the cut off last year was only 7 marks. You should get a call, start preparing for the interviews.

      • vivek maheshwary November 26, 2013 at 3:51 pm

        Thank you very much sir for a quick reply and easing of my tension :)

  84. prabhakar November 26, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Sir i have an overall score of 53.25, gut a GK score of only 3 according to the analysis. Will the GK score be enough to pull me through? Various websites are mentioning GK cutoff as 6-7 marks..

    • GP November 26, 2013 at 3:25 pm

      Prabhakar, you should get a call, last year the GK cut off was 1.667 and I don’t expect it to be above 2.5 marks

  85. falguni November 26, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Hi Sir,

    My OA score is 54 , but just 1.667 in g.k.
    Sir, is there any chance or cutoff will shoot up this year

    • GP November 26, 2013 at 3:31 pm

      Falguni, it is difficult to say if the GK cut off will increase over last year. Your overall score is fine and hopefully you will get a call.

      • falguni November 26, 2013 at 4:00 pm

        Thank you sir for the reply. Hoping for the best.
        How is Nmims mumbai as compared to IIFT. I have scored 225 .

        • GP November 27, 2013 at 5:00 am

          Falguni, NM Mumbai FTMBA is ranked below IIFT but it too has a good reputation in the industry and should be considered favourably. 225 is a very good NMAT score and you will get a interview call from all NM programs.

  86. Akshat November 26, 2013 at 6:28 am

    Hello Sir,

    I am an NC-OBC candidate I think I messed up with QA section of IIFT. My scores are

    What are my chances?

    • GP November 26, 2013 at 7:12 am

      Akshat, you should make it to the interview shortlist, the QA cut off in IIFT last year was 6 marks and the overall cut off for NC-OBC was 45 marks.

      • Akshat November 28, 2013 at 3:04 pm

        Thanks for the response sir.
        One more question Does the job experience carry any weightage in the GDPI round?
        I have a work ex of 30 months.

        • GP November 28, 2013 at 4:53 pm

          Akshat, most institutes have some weightage for work experience and while IIFt has not shared its selection criteria it is expected that those will work experience will have some advantage. Also most of the aspirants are able to handle the group discussion and interview better.

  87. Vaibhav November 26, 2013 at 5:34 am

    Greetings Sir,
    I thing i messed up my iift paper. As per CL keys, my scores are :
    QA : 11.68
    DI :8.02
    LR: 9

    OA :47.03
    NC OBC … What are my chances for interview call and also will that be sufficient for conversion?Kindly suggest

    • GP November 26, 2013 at 8:00 am

      Vaibhav, you should make it to the interview shortlist, your scores are above the last years cutoff both sectional and overall (45 for NC-OBC).

  88. ARUN B November 26, 2013 at 12:40 am

    i have scored gk.6.75 eng-5.75 lR and DI =15.25 quants 6.75 total 34.5( few of question i attempt but not know the option i marked so i treated as wrong and evaluated and manage to score 34.5 marks according to ur key i am really worried in eng i scored 5.75 will i get a chance for interview i have 3 yrs work exp in core.
    i belong to sc category pls reply

    • GP November 26, 2013 at 4:41 am

      Arun, the last year IIFT cut off for SC category was 40 marks and this year too I expect it to remain the same. You are unlikely to get a call from IIFT. The sectional cutoff for English last year was 6 so you are on the edge. In case a few questions that you have assumed incorrect turn out to be right then you could make it to the shortlist.

  89. Hament November 25, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Sir, my score according to the key is 47.67 with following sectionals: Quant-16, DI- 9.67, LR- 10.5, GK- 4.5, EU- 3, RC-4.
    Any realistic chances for Interview call?

    • GP November 26, 2013 at 4:10 am

      Hament, Call from IIFT is unlikely at a score less than 49.

      • Hament November 26, 2013 at 5:46 pm

        Thanks sir for the reply..

  90. lovina November 25, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    sir..what is the expected cutoff for the quants section…will 6.34 be enough??

    • GP November 26, 2013 at 4:01 am

      Lovina, 6.34 is likely to be on the border, last year the cut off for this section was 6 marks. Hopefully you will clear. What is your score in other sections.

  91. Vaibhav November 25, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Greetings Sir,
    When can we expect iift written result ? How much time will we get approx. after result for appearing in GDPI?

    • GP November 26, 2013 at 3:59 am

      Vaibhav, IIFT results typically come out by end Dec and the interviews start by end Jan.

  92. Kapil November 25, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    My Score is
    QA: 12
    LR/DI: 23.25
    RC/VA: 17.25
    GA: 2.33
    OA: 53.83

    Any chances Sir. I am worried of g.k score

    • GP November 26, 2013 at 3:51 am

      Kapil, your QA score is low but should not be a problem. The GK cut off last year was 1.667. You should make it to the interview shortlist. Start preparing for the interviews.

  93. l k November 25, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Sir, what has been the highest score in this exam in past, for instance last year??
    Can we see this exam just as a qualifying exam or does higher score here signifies smooth pass through the 2nd round?

    • GP November 26, 2013 at 5:02 am

      l k, IIFT has not disclosed the weightage for various components in the selection process but a high score in the written test does help in final selection.

  94. Rohan November 25, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Sir, my score according to the key is 51.58 with following sectionals: Quant-16.67, DI- 3.33, LR- 15, GK- 4.33, EU- 8.25, RC-4.
    What are my realistic chances?
    Also, does academic profile play any role in shortlisting of candidates?

    • GP November 25, 2013 at 2:55 pm

      Rohan, you are most likely to get a call from IIFT. Al sectional scores are above the estimated cut off. Academic profile does not play any role in shortlisting for the interview.

      • Rohan November 25, 2013 at 4:23 pm

        Sir, thanks for your prompt reply.
        Currently am not a CL student. Can you tell me whether there are courses provided for guidance to clear essay and gd-pi rounds of various colleges?

        • GP November 26, 2013 at 3:54 am

          Rohan, Personality Development Program (PDP) prepares student for the post written stage of MBA institutes and takes care of all selections tools – GD, GE, Interview, Extempore, etc. Which city are you from?

          • Rohan November 26, 2013 at 6:00 pm

            I am from New Delhi.

          • GP November 28, 2013 at 7:55 am

            Rohan, PDP has started in Delhi, please contact your center immediately. IIFT test results should be out by end Dec and the interviews are likely to start by end Jan.

  95. Raja Kapoor November 25, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Sir, my score according to the key is 51.58 with following sectionals: Quant-16.67, DI- 3.33, LR- 15, GK- 4.33, EU- 8.25, RC-4.
    What are my realistic chances?
    Also, does academic profile play any role in shortlisting of candidates?

    • GP November 25, 2013 at 1:41 pm

      Raja Kapoor, with an overall score of 51.58 and decent sectional scores are likely to get a call IIFT. Academic profile does not play any role in shortlisting in IIFT, obny the IIFT score is considered.

  96. vishal shaw November 25, 2013 at 6:46 am

    I got 43.17 according to CL answer key. Any chances? :(

    • GP November 25, 2013 at 6:59 am

      Vishal, as a general category candidate, call from IIFT is unlikely at this score.

      • vishal shaw November 27, 2013 at 4:16 pm


        So should i give up the thought of preparing for GD PI for iift and not bother about it?

        • GP November 28, 2013 at 4:55 am

          Vishal, based on your IIFT score, GD-Interview preparation is not required. You should give preference to your SNAP and XAT preparation. However if your expected CAT score is over 95%ile then you should start your GD-Interview preparation.

  97. soumya surabhi November 25, 2013 at 5:45 am

    Scored 46.42 overall in iift 2013 according to various answer keys…di&lr- 19.58, gk-5.17, va & rc-9, qa-12.67….any chances of getting a call from iift

    • GP November 25, 2013 at 6:43 am

      Soumya, unlikely for a general candidate to get a call from IIFT at 46.42 marks.

    • GP November 25, 2013 at 6:48 am

      Hari, thanks will have it checked.

      • Hari November 26, 2013 at 2:19 pm

        Sir any update on this? Actually if you look at this one carefully, The Doing Business Report 2013 clearly mentions China as rank 91 whereas the Doing Business Report 2014 mentions Russia as rank 92. Since the question explicitly mentions the Doing Business Report 2013, we should consider China as the answer rather than Russia, right?

          • Hari November 27, 2013 at 10:12 am

            Sorry sir, but in the link given by you, there is a table in which it is mentioned China-91,Russian Federation-112. The rank of Russia as 91 and China as 96 is in the 2014 report sir.

          • GP November 28, 2013 at 5:27 am

            Hari, I mixed up the links of while forwarding them to you.

          • GP November 28, 2013 at 5:25 am

            Hari, I mixed up the links of the two reports but the answer is Russian Frederation.
            The latest report released in October 2013 is guidance for 2014 and hence titled Doing Business 2014. Please refer to the Note at the bottom of page 3 of the report. The answer as per the question I believe should be on the basis of this report only.

  98. Rana November 24, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Sir, I am from general category. My IIFT score according to CL key is 51.47 with sectionals (DI=3.67,LR=9.5,QA=15.67,GK=4.13,EU=12,RC=6.5). How much chance do I have to get a call from either campus sir? Is my score “good enough”?

    • GP November 25, 2013 at 6:50 am

      Rana, you should be able to get interview call from IIFT. The cut off is the same for Kolkata & Delhi.

      • Rana November 26, 2013 at 7:29 pm

        Thanks for the reply sir.Sir I am worried about my marks in the DI+LR section. Some centers are mentioning that cut-off in this section will be 15-16+ and I have got just around 13. Will this be a problem? How much confident should I be about getting a call? because I also need to start preparing for interviews.

        • GP November 28, 2013 at 8:00 am

          Rana, with over 13 marks in DI+LR you should not have a problem, the cutoff last year was 8.917 marks. Please contact your center immediately and start PDP, the IIFT test results should be out by end Dec and the interviews are likely to start by end Jan.

          • Rana November 28, 2013 at 5:37 pm

            Thanks a lot sir for this quick reply. I am feeling relieved a lot. Is PDP an online prep program sir?

  99. UD November 24, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Sir, I’ve scored 54.41 according to the answer key. And in gk I’ve scored a lowly 1.33
    Any chance of a call?

    • GP November 24, 2013 at 1:22 pm

      UD, it is unlikely due to your GK score.

      • UD November 24, 2013 at 2:23 pm

        Sir, estimated sectional cut offs for this year?

        • GP November 25, 2013 at 6:51 am

          UD, it is likely top be the same as last year.

  100. AB November 24, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Sir what was the cutoff for IIFT Delhi and Kolkata campus last year for an NC-OBC candidate?

    • AB November 24, 2013 at 11:34 am

      Sir I have scored 38.23 as per CL answer key. Do I have a chance at IIFT, Kolkata? (NC-OBC)

      • GP November 24, 2013 at 1:24 pm

        AB, IIFT Delhi and Kolkata have the same cut off for interviews. Last year it was 45 for NC-OBC and this year it is likely to be around the same number.

  101. sindhura November 23, 2013 at 4:17 am

    I was not able to attend the iift gk webinar on 21 nov. Is the recorded video available?

    • GP November 23, 2013 at 4:33 am

      Sindhura, it will be available in your SIS and CL Exam Corner

  102. prachi November 22, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    I realized that in IIFT 2008 paper multiple answers for single question were present. what is the probability that it would be this year too?

    • GP November 22, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      Prachi, this is not likely at all.

  103. themellifluousbitsian November 22, 2013 at 10:48 am

    I got 52 marks in CL IIFT Mock but then again, I couldn’t clear the cut off for the ’07 paper of IIFT (150 questions). How much is the difference between IIFT papers of today and that of yesteryears and any comment on whether I’m over the bridge or buried under it, wrt cut of?
    Thanks a lot.!

    • GP November 22, 2013 at 10:56 am

      themellifluousbitsian, forget the 2007 paper. Only the last two year papers are important. The QA of these papers is different from that of the earlier versions and the DI/RC is also significantly easier.
      The Mock IIFT cut off is 45 so you are clear.

  104. sourabh November 22, 2013 at 8:11 am

    due to some reason i was not able to attend the session of current affairs for iift on 21 nov… there any way to get ppt. of that…
    please reply
    thank you

    • GP November 22, 2013 at 8:16 am

      Sourabh, it will be uploaded in the SIS.

  105. anshita November 21, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    SIR i have secured 40.08 in iift mock conducted by cl..what can be my chances..with all sectionals clear

    • GP November 22, 2013 at 8:20 am

      Anshita, it is a shade lower than the desired score. A score of 45 would have been fine.

  106. Varun November 21, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    I am a bit slow when it comes to QA ,especially towards the start. Hence, always end up disturbing my strategy in lieu of clearing the cut off in QA. If only I can tackle this section appropriately, I think I can manage remaining. Can you suggest any alternative? Should I rather stick to my plan of time per section? Which section should I begin with?
    Thank you.

    • GP November 22, 2013 at 7:12 am

      Varun, my suggestion is to stick to time per section, since you have starting trouble in QA you can consider attempting it immediately after DI or LR. This will hopefully get you in the groove for QA.

  107. greesh November 21, 2013 at 11:14 am

    whether to mark a option for wrong question or its better to leave that question?????

    • GP November 21, 2013 at 11:44 am

      Greesh, better to leave it because you would not know if it is wrong or you have got in wrong.

  108. Gaurav Dwivedi November 21, 2013 at 5:38 am

    Sir thanx for mock iift in sis.Desperately needed that.

  109. sourabh November 20, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    does iift flt can be available in pdf form….??? i am lucknow cl student but my hometown is far away form there….so it is not possible to go there and any cl centre is not available nearby……i called my centre but they told me i have to collect it from centre….pls help

      • sourabh November 21, 2013 at 7:29 am

        thank you sir …i mailed him..hope i get flt before 24 nov….

        • GP November 21, 2013 at 7:37 am

          Sourabh, by end of day.

          • sourabh November 21, 2013 at 9:51 am

            thanks a lot sir……..

  110. Manik November 20, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Hi Sir,
    Just wanted to ask if there has been any year so far when IIFT had both sectional as well as sub-sectional cut-offs. Also, is it true that in SNAP, there will be no sectional cut-offs this year?

    • GP November 20, 2013 at 11:31 am

      Manik, to the best of my knowledge it has not happened so far in IIFT. It has had only a sectional cut off and overall cutoff. Sub sectional cut off has not been there.
      As per the SNAP bulletin there will not be any sectional cut off this year.

  111. AM November 20, 2013 at 5:13 am


    What should be done for wrong questions on IIFT-2013 Papers?

    Please suggest.

    • GP November 20, 2013 at 7:39 am

      AM, while attempting the paper you can only leave it or mark the closest or most appropriate choice as the answer. My suggestion will be to leave them since most of the time you would not know if you have made a mistake or if the question is wrong.

  112. chetan November 19, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    I gave iift mock and flt 1 for practice…What I have observed is that I lack speed. How should I divide my time…The section I attempted with time was GK- I gave it max 10 min (perhaps I should reduce this)…Could not keep track of rest of the sections…Can you suggest, how many ques I should target section wise to score more than 50 marks?

    • GP November 20, 2013 at 8:23 am

      Chetan, the key to success in IIFT is maximise in LR and QA and not waste time in RC and DI.
      You can consider giving 15 minutes to RC for two passages and similarly target 10 questions of DI in 15 minutes. With 10 minutes to GK you will be left with 80 minutes which can be split as 15 minutes for EU, 25-30 minutes to QA and 30-35 minutes to LR.

  113. GP November 19, 2013 at 5:43 am

    Aabir, the purpose of scanning the IIFT paper in the first 5 minutes is to get a hang of the paper. The instruction page on the top of the paper gives you the structure of the exam and you should do a preliminary time allocation for the sections. When you are allowed to ope the paper then:
    In GK check out how many match the following questions are there.
    In QA check out the length of the questions.
    In DI check out if the data/graph are easy or difficult to understand.
    In LR check out if the section confirms to the normal pattern.
    In EU check out if the section confirms to the normal pattern.
    In RC check out the length of the passages.
    Based on the above firm up your sectional time allocation and start the paper.

    On the second point, faculty in CL do not mark answers to ensure that we do not eat into your seats. Most of the faculty outside CL are section specialists are usually unable to get the required score for a call.

  114. Vishal Shaw November 18, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Hi Sir,
    Could you please let me know what is a good attempt for the iift practice papers given in CL’s material Take-off for quant as well as verbal


    • GP November 20, 2013 at 11:34 am

      QA-DI-LR tests: Overall 30-35 Q, Quant 12-15 Q, DI 10-12 Q, LR 10-12 Q.
      EU-RC: 22-25 Q, RC 8-9 Q, EU 15-17 Q.

  115. pankaj goswami November 18, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Mere SIS me MOCK IIFT kab available hoga?
    sirf 5 days hai IIFT k liye..?
    maine 09999444948 is number pe call kia ,but this sir neglected my query very rudely and cut the call….
    please help…sir…

    • GP November 20, 2013 at 7:05 am

      Pankaj, hope this has been resolved.

  116. SAkshi November 18, 2013 at 6:14 am

    Throw some light on preference in case of New IIMs, IJamnalal Bajaj, SP Jain, NMIMS & Symbiosis.

    • GP November 18, 2013 at 1:02 pm

      Sakshi, my preference is:
      JBIMS, New IIMs, SP Jain, NMIMS, SIBM Pune, SCMHRD.

      • Mayank November 19, 2013 at 12:45 pm

        Please through some light on your preference for New IIMs over SPJAIN, and as NMIMS was in controversy last year,should that be considered as a factor while considering the college for admission.

        • GP November 20, 2013 at 8:33 am

          Mayank, This is difficult because SP Jain is a very good institute with good placement record. The location is also a big advantage. The new IIMs will be over 5 years old in 2016 when you will pass out and the IIM tag will be there with you for life. At present I will be inclined towards SP Jain but this will have to be on a case to case basis.

  117. bvnpraveen November 17, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    sir, what is the cut off for gk in iift in 2012.. many websites have mentioned it as 7 marks// and sir, you mentioned it as 1.667.
    Sir, please clear the vague on that!!
    which one is correct??

    • GP November 18, 2013 at 5:40 am

      bvnpraveen, in IIFT 2012 the GK cut off was it was 1.667, there is no ambiguity on this.

  118. Rahul November 17, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Hi Sir,

    In your comments above , you told that there will be webinars . Please tell the schedule for the same?

    • GP November 19, 2013 at 6:54 am

      Rahul, videos have been uploaded in place of a few of the webinars.
      Webinar for Mock IIFT analysis is scheduled for this evening, Current affairs for thursday and lat minute tips for Friday.

  119. Abhishek U November 17, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    what is the cutoff for CL IIFT MOCK conducted today

    • GP November 20, 2013 at 11:23 am

      Abhishek, 45 marks

  120. Asim November 17, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Sir, How is IIFT Kolkata? Is it at par with IIFT Delhi(esp. in terms of placements)? Like IIFT Delhi, which is one of the topmost college, at what level should IIFT kolkata be considered(analogy with any other college would help).

    Thanks in advance.

    • GP November 18, 2013 at 5:00 pm

      Asim, IIFT Kolkata is in popular perception considered inferior to IIFT Delhi due to its age but the quality of students is almost the same (same cut off for written test and for final call difference is 1-2 marks) and placements are at par. IIFT Kolkata can be compared to the new IIMs.

  121. Raj November 17, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    I noticed you may have skipped my query, and it’s still awaiting moderation. Kindly response.
    You said:
    “Abhirup, the overall cutoff was 50. Also final selection would have been difficult at a score below 55-56.”
    However here the topper of IIFT is shown to have scored 48 marks.

    Should we target 40-45 or 50-55? Kindly clarify, as the target score could make or break an attempt for an aspirant.


  122. prachi November 17, 2013 at 4:13 am

    Hello Sir,
    I would like to know if IIFT is a better option or JBIMS because checking the records both have similar rankings and placements and the fees for JBIMS is low as compaired to IIFT.. whats your view on the same?

    • GP November 17, 2013 at 5:12 am

      Prachi, JBIMS is definitely a better option than IIFT not only because of the fee but also because it is a general management program unlike IIFT which is an MBA in International Business.

      • prachi November 18, 2013 at 9:12 am

        Thank you sir,
        How would IIFT as an option be for international business?

        • GP November 18, 2013 at 9:28 am

          Prachi, it is among the best in India.

  123. Raj November 16, 2013 at 11:34 am

    You said “Abhirup, the overall cutoff was 50. Also final selection would have been difficult at a score below 55-56.”
    However here”” the topper of IIFT is shown to have scored 48 marks.

    Kindly clarify, as the target score could make or break an attempt for an aspirant.


    • GP November 18, 2013 at 12:06 pm

      Raj, this is not possible. The general category cut off for interview calls was 50 marks in IIFT 2012 paper. It is possible that the said student belonged to SC/ST/OBC category and hence got a call at 48 marks, this however was not the highest score.
      Incidentally the IIFT sectional cut offs are also incorrect in the said website.

      • Raj November 19, 2013 at 4:09 pm

        Thank you so much for your response sir. Much appreciated!

  124. Mayank Gulati November 14, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Somewhere above in comments you mentioned that you think attempting GK (10 mins) EU-RC (30 mins) and rest 80 mins in QA, and LRDI in this order is a good choice.
    Although I feel that if I start with Quant and LR (my comparative stronger areas) and then go to EU-RC and GK, it should be of help as attempting QA and LR first might help me gain confidence and thus perform better in other sections too and avoid those silly/unforced mistakes.
    What do you suggest?

    • GP November 15, 2013 at 6:05 am

      Mayank, the right way of handling any paper is different for each one of us and it has to be based on ones strengths & weaknesses and on our comfort level. What I have given is based on what I have found works for most of the students but if you are more comfortable QA, LR+DI followed by EU+RC and finally GK then go ahead with this pattern. Do check it out in a couple of papers to ensure that it is working for you.

      • Mayank Gulati November 20, 2013 at 6:26 am

        Attempting a few last year papers, I realized the approach you mentioned is beneficial.
        But I am still not able to strike the cut-off. Anyways thanks for the guidance.

        • GP November 20, 2013 at 7:04 am

          Mayank, hopefully you will on 24th. Try SQC (use of choices) in QA. All the best.

          • Mayank Gulati November 21, 2013 at 8:22 am

            Thanks a lot. :-)

  125. Ravi Shankar rai November 14, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Respected sir,

    Can you tell me whether kolkata and delhi iift have same cutoff..
    Please reply.

    Thanks in advance,

    • GP November 14, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      Ravi Shankar Rai, IIFT Delhi and Kolkata have the same cut off for interview calls.

      • Ravi Shankar rai November 24, 2013 at 12:44 am

        Thanks Alot Sir !!!!! :)

  126. Sagar November 14, 2013 at 7:58 am

    1. Are there any sub sectional cut offs as well. I took IIFT 2012 in proper test environment and ended up increasing my score considerably when i attempted only LR Questions(Part 1) and leaving out DI Questions(Part 2) than when i had to attempt both.
    2. Also, when the paper is categorized into 6 sections with no sub sections as in IIFT 2011, it is getting very difficult to give time to DI and RC passages.
    I have mailed my query regarding the same. Please help, whenever it is possible for you to reply.

    • GP November 14, 2013 at 1:13 pm

      Sagar, IIFT has sectional cutoffs and not sub-sectional cutoffs. Thus a LDDI section will not have separate cutoffs for LR and DI.

  127. Shubhank November 13, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Sir, My profile is
    X- 82.3%
    XII- 86%
    Btech- 7.6 CGPA(5th sem )
    I am fresher and I am planning to give CAT 2014 is there chances for IIM ABCor for IIM I and K if i got good percentile in cat ?

    • GP November 14, 2013 at 1:19 pm

      Shubhank, If possible try to pull up your CGPA to 8.xx and you will be able to get a call from the top IIMs with a good CAT percentile.

  128. themellifluousbitsian November 13, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    IIFT presents a kind of unprecedented dilemma. I have decent quant and english usage skills. The problem here is the Reasoning section. After having given CAT, in which reasoning made much more sense, IIFT reasoning is borderline irritating. So is RC. Now if such were the case, what would be the order in which YOU would attempt the paper, I mean, which section first and so on, to maximize your score?
    Looking forward to your reply.. :)

    • GP November 13, 2013 at 12:41 pm

      themellifluousbitsian, I would start with GK giving it 10 minutes and attempt only those questions whose answers I am sure of, next I would give 15 minutes each to EU and RC attempting 2 RC passages. In RC the questions are usually factual hence I would glance through the questions, skim the passage and then answer the questions. If required I would not hesitate in going back to the passage. The remaining 80 minutes would be divided into 30 minutes LR, 15 minutes DI and 35 minutes to QA. In LR I would target all questions except the input-output type, in DI I will target 8-10 questions and in QA target 22-23 questions @ 1.5 minutes/question.

  129. ajeet November 13, 2013 at 7:10 am

    sir I want to take cmat exam again and my english and gk section is so weak sir I want to strong my these section so sir give me some tips for English section and how can I improve my gk section.

    which field is most important for gk….

    thank you

  130. kriti priya November 12, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    respected sir
    wanted to knw dat in last year iift’s paper there was a question on the arrangements of heights. none of the answers matched but in the solution provided it was mentioned that since none of the answers were matching( arrangement in ascending order) therefore we will choose the one given in the descending order. wanted to knw if it is the correct way to answer any question

    • GP November 13, 2013 at 7:31 am

      Kriti, this was the best available option since it had the sequence correct. Leaving this questions unanswered would also be fine.

  131. ASHISH DANGRA November 12, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Sir please find some time to reply the queries i mailed you in addition to the enlightment you already gave me with your terrific insights on CET. thank a lot sir

  132. Mayank Gulati November 12, 2013 at 11:08 am

    GK is one of my biggest weaknesses. As per to the stats mentioned above its cut-off last time was 1.66. Would it be a good approach if I attempt only 5-6 questions that i know and start working on QI and LR-DI that are comparatively stronger areas for me.
    Pls advise

    • GP November 13, 2013 at 6:19 am

      Mayank, yes this is the right approach. FOr GK preparation focus only on the topics that you are comfortable with and ignore the rest. A surs shot attempt of 2.5-3 marks is good enough.

  133. udit November 12, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Hi Sir,
    As we all know that the cutoff of the IIFT has considerably increased over the last three years.Keeping that thing in mind ,what according to you should be an ideal score one can aim for irrespective of the difficulty of the question paper ?
    Also mention the sectional scores one can aim to achieve ….

  134. Saurabh November 11, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Hello Sir,

    My slot was 5th nov morng slot (Had one of the toughest VA/LR section among all other slots.can be confirmed even on other MBA forums and websites)

    QA/DI : 25A (24-25C) : 71-75 (for sure)
    VA/LR : 21A (15-17C) : 39-47

    Sir my querry was what percentile to expect ?
    And secondly i got a tough slot in VA/LR but the percentile predictor doesnt know of that fact neither it considers it..
    So obviously a tough slot will not be graded equally with a medium slot in what is a good score in tough slot of VA/LR ?

    Also RCs where not simple at-all (i had seen last year CAT RCs and they where no-where close to this years RCs level)

    I had 4 hypothetical questions and 4 inference questions (just 2 main theme)

    And one LR set was nearly impossible to crack.

    • GP November 12, 2013 at 6:55 am

      Saurabh, I have responded to this query of yours in another post. Repeating it for your reference.

      Rohini, normalisation is a black box that has not been explained by CAT/Prometric and hence you should ignore it. In case it comes into play then your percentile will go up.
      With a raw score in the range of 114-122 you are definitely around 99%ile and should start PDP early so that you are well prepared for the next stage of selection.

      • Rohini November 12, 2013 at 7:09 am

        Thank you for your prompt reply Sir :)
        Actually i posted it on different threads of yours because i was unsure in which of those you currently active in.
        Thanks again.

        Also how precise is percentile predictor ?
        What is the cut-off set in that to cross 99.8 mark ?

        • GP November 12, 2013 at 9:42 am

          Rohini, how precise can only be answered on 14th Jan but I am confident that it gives a reasonably good estimate. Now that CAT is over and we have more data in place we are re-looking at the predictor and may make some changes.

          • Saurabh November 12, 2013 at 1:40 pm

            Thanks a lot sir :)
            A very thoughtful initiative..Also i think most of the people are confident about their attempts and high accuracy (but mostly their accuracy isn’t as good as they think it to be) As in mocks too i have seen people say with cofidence that they have attempted most correctly but end up with low accuracy (This is not the case for the serious CAT candidates)
            I feel in Percentile predictor many put their best case scenario case

            I feel you must release 2 percentiles (one most likely) and other best case scenario percentile prediction.

  135. Saurav Singh November 11, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Sir, nothing has been uploaded yet anywhere in SIS and also the classapart website.. Sir please upload something soon…

    • GP November 12, 2013 at 7:09 am

      Saurav, please check eLib in SIS for the GK Compendium, GK Question Bank and past IIFT papers.

  136. udit November 11, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Hi Sir,
    As we all know that the cutoff of the IIFT has considerably increased over the last three years.Keeping that thing in mind ,what according to you should be an ideal score one can aim for irrespective of the difficulty of the question paper ?
    Also mention the sectional scores one can aim to achieve .

    • GP November 13, 2013 at 6:12 am

      Udit, the degree of difficulty cannot be ignored while deciding the target score. Given that the sectional cutoffs are very low even in the easiest paper (last year) I would not be worried on this aspect. Keeping in mind last years paper your target score should be 60 marks.

  137. Amartya November 11, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Thanks for the guidance…
    1) From where to prepare for AR?
    2) As per your description summation of sectional cutoffs came to around 25 marks whereas overall cutoff was around 50 and our target should be another +10. So what would be the policy to bag this extra 35-40 marks??


    • GP November 12, 2013 at 6:45 am

      Amartya, Do attempt the last 6 years IIFT papers, these will give you sufficient practice for AR.
      The IIFT cut off has gone up due to reduction in the level of difficulty. The sectional cutoffs are very low because most of the students mess up the time management aspect. Assuming the level of difficulty to be the same as IIFT 2012, one should have maximised in AR and QA. For more details please refer to the IIFT 2012 analysis available in CL Exam Corner.

  138. ASHISH DANGRA November 11, 2013 at 6:43 am

    SIR , thanks a lot for your prompt reply to my queries . YOU are really a saviour to mba aspirant students like us :) who don’t get correct guidance inspite of spending thousands of rupees to other coaching insitutes . sir, if you don’t mind i have mailed you some additional doubts on the same topic . please find some time to reply to those queries sir . thanks a lot =D

  139. Vanshraj November 11, 2013 at 3:50 am

    Sir, is there any sectional cut-off in NMAT ? Also, do you have any plan to provide us IIFT MOCKs/FLTs ?

    • GP November 11, 2013 at 6:20 am

      Vanshraj, Please contact your center for IIFT, SNAP and XAT Mocks and FLTs.
      NMAT has sectional cutoffs, you should ensure a minimum score of 55 in LS, 65 in LR, 75 in QS and an overall score of 210.

  140. SAkshi November 10, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Sir, plz upload some iift mocks on sis soon.

    • GP November 11, 2013 at 6:21 am

      Sakshi, IIFT, SNAP and XAT are pen and paper test and Mocks/FLTs for these papers are available at your center.

  141. Ankita Verma November 10, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    sir, I have nmat on 16th nov.. what should I do in last week ??
    what is the difficulty level as compared to CAT ?? Are there durect formula based question ??

    • GP November 11, 2013 at 4:32 am

      Ankita, Please refer to the “Strategy After CAT” section in CL Exam Corner for an analysis of this year’s NMAT.

  142. soniya November 10, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    gud eve sir,
    sir cut off of iift is different for the different category. if yes then what is the cut off for category
    plz help sir

    • GP November 11, 2013 at 4:26 am

      Sonia, the cutoff for IIFT 2012 was:
      1. General – 50
      2. SC/ST/PH – 40
      3. NC-OBC – 45
      Your target should be cutoff + 10 marks

  143. Rana November 10, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Sir, where can I get the latest issues of the Management Compass Magazine? I am a test-series student of CL, so, will I not get the magazine at some price?

    • GP November 11, 2013 at 4:25 am

      Rana, check up with your center, if they have surplus (old and current) they will give it to you.

  144. Aabir Chatterjee November 10, 2013 at 9:34 am


    As far as I have seen while practising the RC passages of past papers, the CAT passages were shorter when compared to other exams, specially IIFT.
    Till CAT, my approach would be to simply read the whole passage and then attempt the questions, but for exams like IIFT, with every second important (plus longer passages), that approach seems wrong; yet by reading the questions and then skimming the passage for answers, I’m generally getting stuck on two options for a question.
    So, what would be your suggestion to handle these longer passages sir?

    (I consider the RC section as one of my strengths, hence the question sir.)

    • GP November 11, 2013 at 4:24 am

      Aabir, practice RC from CAT 1990-98 papers.
      My suggestion is to skim the passage and then answer the questions. IIFT has more factual (or specific detail) questions and hence skimming (with or without reading the questions) will work. YOu will obviously need to practice the technique in the next few days.
      Since RC is your strength area target 3 RC passages in 20 minutes.

  145. ASHISH DANGRA November 10, 2013 at 9:07 am

    good afternoon sir, i have emailed you a query at if you could please clarify it . . . i was not comfortable at asking the query in public . . . hence the mail. thanks for your time sir .

    • GP November 11, 2013 at 4:13 am

      Ashish, responded to your mail.

  146. Deepak Taneja November 10, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Sir, thanks again for such a wonderful article but I want to bring to your notice that IIFT 2012 had 28 questions of GK and IIFT 2011 paper had the cut-off of 35.5 marks for GEN category.

    • GP November 11, 2013 at 8:50 am

      Deepak, thanks for pointing out the error – it was 28 questions of 0.5 marks each adding to 14 marks. I mixed up the number of questions and marks. This has been corrected.
      Regarding thr IIFT 2011 cutoff, I remember it as 45 but will check it again.

  147. Abhirup November 9, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    IIFT-2012 scorecard is available and I did not know it. recently checked it and got to know that I had the following marks distribution:

    The cut-off in LR/DI is mentioned as 8.917 and probably this was the only reason I missed a call last year. Can you tell me whether the overall cut-off was also higher than what I scored? Also, what really should I improve on this year?

    • GP November 10, 2013 at 6:00 am

      Abhirup, the overall cutoff was 50. Also final selection would have been difficult at a score below 55-56.

  148. ajeet November 9, 2013 at 9:27 am

    sir can I take cat exam two times in a year…

    how many examination are there for doing M.B.A.


    in 10 my percentage is 51.06 in intermediate 70.04 and in graduation 53 so which examination is good fir me….

    • GP November 9, 2013 at 11:14 am

      Ajeet, As off now work on the assumption that CAT is only once a year.
      With your low marks in school/college the top IIMs are ruled out but all other institutes are possible. Also the other exams are very important since they do not have high focus on past acads. In addition to CAT you should take CMAT, SNAP, NMAT, IIFT and XAT also.

  149. Hemanth November 9, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Sir when will be new blog posted for SNAP??

    • GP November 9, 2013 at 11:12 am

      Hemanth, in a couple of days.

  150. Akriti November 8, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Hi Sir..

    What should be our strategy for the coming three weeks,apart from last year papers and mocks.. ??

    • GP November 9, 2013 at 11:24 am

      Akriti, continue with what you were doing for CAT and attempt the last 6 IIFT papers. Additionally go through the GK videos/webinars, the GK compendiums and Gyandhara on SIS.

  151. rocky November 7, 2013 at 3:22 pm


    I took IIFT 2012 today in complete test enviornment and I ended up scoring the following marks:

    1. Section 1 Part-1 (LR) = 6
    2. Section 1 Part 2 (DI) = 3.33
    3. Section 2 (QA) = 15.67
    4. Section 3 Part-1 (VA) = 3.75
    5. Section 3 Part- 2 (RC) = 6
    6. Section 4 (GK) = 1.33

    Some of the questions of GK were last year’s so i guess last year would have attempted 2-3 more questions in GK.

    Sir can u throw some light on my performance & where I need to improve in last 2 weeks and how? Coz my overall score is 36.08 which is way lower than 50 despite clearing 3 out of 4 sections’ cut-off.

    • GP November 8, 2013 at 5:10 am

      Rocky, your shortfall is essentially in VA+RC and AR+DI.
      QA – 15.67 is good
      AR+DI – 9.33 is low, can go up to 20.
      VA+RC – 9.75 is low, upto 15 was possible
      GK – 1.33 is low, should be 4-5.

    • ABC November 8, 2013 at 11:08 am

      can u tell me whr can i give iift 2012??

      • GP November 9, 2013 at 7:53 am

        ABC, please contact your CL center or check your SIS for past IIFT papers.

  152. Achyut Daga November 7, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Sir, How many questions come from Number system ? An estimate would be very helpful. Thank you :)

    • GP November 8, 2013 at 5:14 am

      Achyut, around 3-4 questions from number system have been reported in most of the papers.

  153. Ajay Shastri November 7, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    sir which magazines might useful for clearing the GK section of IIFT SNAP TISS and XAT..?

    • GP November 8, 2013 at 5:15 am

      Ajay, focus on Management Compass, Gyandhara, IIFT/SNAP Compendium in SIS and the GK videos/webinars.

  154. Praneet Singh July 16, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Respected Sir,
    When will your GK sessions for IIFT’13 start?
    I am really looking forward to them.

    • GP July 17, 2013 at 8:47 am

      Praneet, the GK webinars are held twice a month. Please check the schedule with your CL center. IIFT GK webinars will be scheduled closer to the test.

  155. Abhinav Mishra December 6, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    GP Sir,
    I am getting:
    VARC: 13.25
    LRDI: 12.92
    GK: 3.83
    QA 14.33
    Total: 44.33
    what are my chances for IIFT Call??

  156. aditi December 4, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    QA: 10
    Overall :44.93
    any chances?

    • GP December 4, 2012 at 5:59 pm

      Aditi, both QA and LRDI are on the border, if you clear these two cutoffs then you should get a call.

  157. Subarna Mukherjee December 1, 2012 at 6:13 pm


    I have given a good IIFT paper and as per the answer key my score is 60.5. I have high scores in all the other sections but in the GK section I scored 5.5. I am slightly apprehensive about the sectional cut-off for the GK section. Could you please suggest if I may expect a call for the next round.

    • GP December 2, 2012 at 11:49 am

      Subarna, GK cutoff is unlikely to be more than 3.5, so you are safe. Start preparing for the interview.

      • Subarna Mukherjee December 4, 2012 at 7:33 am

        Thank you sir.
        Its a lot of relief, especially because I was very disappointed with my performance in CAT. Sir, I would like to know if the GDPI rounds for IIFT is any different from other management institutions and if so, how?

        • GP December 4, 2012 at 1:45 pm

          Subarna, Hope you are attending your PDP classes, IIFT results could be out by end Dec/beg Jan and the interviews are normally scheduled around end Jan. It has a GD and an interview.

  158. balram December 1, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    sir I’ve scored 40.77 according to cl’s answer key,
    any chances for sc candidate???

  159. udit pandey December 1, 2012 at 3:23 am

    thnx a lot sir .

  160. udit pandey November 30, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    sir i hav taken iift this year …sir, as per the CL solutions my score is 39.5 …wat should be the cutoff as per u and is there any outside chance of my clearing it ?

    • GP November 30, 2012 at 3:05 pm

      Udit, If IIFT gives the same number of interview calls as last year then you do not have a chance but if the number of interview calls are increased by 10% then you might get a call.

  161. Arjun November 27, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Hello GP Sir

    I made a major blunder in the IIFT exam. I forgot to write the Question Booklet Serial Code on the answer sheet (havent filled in the circles even for this) and the invigilator also dint check this :(. Do i hope to get my scores or consider it as a lost cause. Can you also suggest what I can do to probably get this corrected now. I have written the question booklet code in the attendance sheet.

    • GP November 28, 2012 at 6:11 am

      Arjun, please contact Sh. Gaurav Gulati, SAO(Academics) at 011-26857908 (Direct), 26965051, 26965124 OR email at immediately with your application details. Hopefully it can be rectified.

      • Arjun November 28, 2012 at 8:06 am

        Thanks for your reply sir. The last line seemed reassuring. No one responded on that number given (probably becaue of the holiday today) so I have written to the admissions office. Waiting for their reply. Really hoping for this thing to get rectified as I am expecting an IIFT call.

  162. Vignesh November 25, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Wrote the test today. Paper explicitly mentioned it has sectional cut-offs. I felt the paper was easy, though I was guarded in my approach. Consider 2 wrong answers (at max) in each section. Attempts
    QA – 11/25, GK – 18/28, LR – 9/19, DI – 11/20, VA – 17/20, RC – 12/16 :) Overall – 78/128 :)

    • GP November 27, 2012 at 4:27 am

      Vignesh, thanks yours was the first input that I got for IIFT. Except for QA other appear in order. What is your score in QA?

  163. Abhishek November 24, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    What is ‘2R’ approach?

  164. Akarsh November 24, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Hello Sir,
    In the article you have mentioned that we shoudl select 2/4 in RC and DI.
    Can you tell us how to choose the 2?
    RC : Should it go with length of passage or topic?
    DI : How to determine which 2 to select?
    Pls reply as deciding 2 of 4 has always resulted in time waste for me (bcoz i am not sure which way to decide)

    Thanks a lot for your help!!

    I am hoping reply will be sent to my mail also sir.

    • GP November 25, 2012 at 12:55 am

      Akarsh, for RC go by the length and the subject of the passage and for DI go for the data which is easy to understand. Difficult to understand will be time consuming.

  165. Ritika November 24, 2012 at 5:33 am

    Dear Sir,
    Tomorrow is the d-Day..! Kindly guide as to what should b the best utilisation of today….should we practice questions of various sections or should we just read read read thru?

    • GP November 24, 2012 at 5:40 am

      Revise the important questions by reading thru them, do a bit of vocabulary but mostly relax.

  166. Shantanu November 20, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Could you tell me whether IIFT Delhi is better than IIFT Kolkata in terms of the faculty and the placement activities? I mean are the two centers very different educational quality-wise?

  167. SIM November 18, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    I am slow and not very strong in QA /DI sections. But my strengths lie in VA RC and AR to some extent.But these areas specially VA/RC are time consuming and award less”Marks per minute spent” in comparison to QA and DI sections.Also after completing these sections i am pressed for time for the QA/DI ssections which are more rewarding in terms of marks.

    Please advise me how to attempt the paper better to capitalize on my strengths and maximize my marks.

    Do reply sir :)

    • GP November 19, 2012 at 11:48 am

      Sim, VA does not take time in IIFT – focus on the vocab based questions. Even if you attempt the lengthy to read questions, like PJ, you should be able to finish it in 15 minutes. While for RC there is no solution unless the length of the passages is reduced but in Reasoning you can maximise your score.
      In QA do only the short questions and ignore the lengthy to read questions, an attempt of 12-13 questions in 25 minutes should be enough. In DI, like RC, choose the questions carefully and attempt around 4 questions in 10 minutes.

  168. SIM November 17, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Are you not able to see my query ??

    Kindly reply to it

    • GP November 17, 2012 at 10:43 am

      Thanks for this reminder, I had missed your query. It has been responded to now.

  169. Arpit Jain November 17, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Sir i have just received a call from the Center Director. They will now conduct it tomorrow itself. Thanks a lot! Looking forward to the analysis tomorrow! Regards

    • GP November 17, 2012 at 10:43 am


  170. Arpit Jain November 17, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Sir i am CL-Ludhiana student. IIFT mock was scheduled to be held tomorrow but the Ludhiana center is not conducting it. They say they haven’t got the papers from the head office. I have registered for tomorrow’s evening analysis and it would be a waste then. Please intervene and make sure that we are able to take the test tomorrow itself. Thanks!

    • GP November 17, 2012 at 7:31 am

      Arpit, will have this checked up. Please send your CL enrollment details to

  171. sim November 16, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Sir kindly reply to my query above… :)

    Also tell me where the recording for previous webinars on IIFT are uploaded…

  172. rahi November 16, 2012 at 1:57 pm


    1.Are there any sectional cutoffs in IIFT,and were there sectional cutoffs last year??
    2.weightage of number systems and geometry in quant
    3.also please give some tips on di and rc sections

    • GP November 17, 2012 at 5:01 am

      1. As mentioned in this article:
      Sectional cutoff: IIFT is silent on this but data suggests that it does not have sectional cutoffs.
      2. Geometry typically does not have more than 2-3 questions. No system, Arithmetic and Algebra formed the bulk of questions in IIFT 2011
      3. DI and RC section: Please go thru the article again.

  173. varun November 16, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Kindly provide fundas for XAT exam too as there is plenty of time for it and we can kickstart the preparation right away.

    • GP November 16, 2012 at 11:12 am

      Varun, we will be starting with XAT specific sessions after IIFT.

  174. Rachit Goenka November 16, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Sir I wanted to understand the commercial aspect of seminars conducted by CL Educate. I am a CL student but still I have to pay Rs 99 for each seminar conducted on IIFT. I appreciate the effort and I also appreciate the fact that these seminars are open for all students. But CL students have already paid some amount to be part of CL team and paying an amount at every step however small is an encumbrance.

    • GP November 16, 2012 at 4:07 pm

      Rachit, the primary reason for charging a nominal fee for these sessions is that in free sessions many students register and do not turn up and since we have limited capacity many students miss out. Typically in a free session the drop outs are to the extent of 60-70% while in a paid session it is less than 10%. Also since the recordings are available a couple of days after the session no one looses out.

      • Rachit Goenka November 25, 2012 at 7:27 pm

        Thanks sir. Looking forward to your sessions on SNAP and XAT.

  175. Sim November 16, 2012 at 6:19 am

    Sir in the few days left for IIFT , apart from GK and mocks should we concentrate on specific areas that we are not very comfortable in or would it not be of much use ??
    Should we concentrate on higher maths as it is generally said to form a large portion of IIFT , though last yr is wasn’t so.

    What exactly should be our preparation schedule for the next 8-9 days for IIFT?
    Please reply sir :)

    • GP November 17, 2012 at 10:41 am

      Apologise for missing out on your query. From IIFT perspective you should focus on GK, Past Papers and IIFT FLTS & Mock.
      For GK go thru the GK compendiums for IRMA, SNAP, IIFT, the IRMA and IIFT GK webinars and finally the quizzes in the last 6 issues of Management Compass.
      For Matha (QA) the past papers, mock and FLT are more than enough. Do not worry about higher Maths. It did not come last year but before that most of the time one would not attempt the questions of higher maths because they were difficult/time consuming. So your focus still has to be the rest of the QA – mainly Arithmetic and Algebra.
      Focus on Reasoning because this is the only area that can be completed in IIFT. Practice the question types from your study material.
      In the next 7 days take the FLTs and revise the important questions from past papers of IIFT.

  176. Rahul Singh November 16, 2012 at 5:28 am

    Hello Sir,

    I posted a comment on this forum.But did not get posted. Can you please share your email id?


    • GP November 16, 2012 at 5:37 am

      Rahul, due o the amount of spam that this blog attracts, all queries are screened and then approved for posting.
      My email id is

  177. rahul November 15, 2012 at 6:58 am

    Hi GP sir,
    I wanna know should I see your SQC videos now, will they help me out in IIFT paper , as i was not able to attend your SQC webinar but have the videos with me as of now.
    Another thing is that please upload the ppt of iift gk webinar(by rajat sen) either on your blog or on class apart .

    • GP November 18, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      Yes they will help and the videos are being uploaded.

  178. rahul November 14, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    sir, when would the webinar of iift gk-1 be posted on the website?? i wanted to see the 15 new questions …

    • GP November 15, 2012 at 4:38 am

      Rahul, it would be available by end of day today.

  179. Vrinda November 14, 2012 at 5:33 pm


    only 1 video has been uploaded on the CL youtube site, when can we expect the other 2 :( ?
    and any more sessions being planned??
    please help !!

  180. Abin November 14, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Sir, can you please post the overall cut-off marks (general category) for getting a GD-PI call from IIFT for the past few years ( 2005 to 2011) ?

  181. rakshit November 13, 2012 at 4:37 am

    Hi Sir,

    cud u pls give me any tips as to how to solve lengthy and calculative DI..
    Any links or books where tips and tricks to solve calculative DI is given would suffice….
    I am really suffering in these types of questions in all speed based examinaton.

    PLS HELP..

    • GP November 13, 2012 at 8:07 am

      Rakshit, let me plan an online session on this.

  182. saish November 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Hi Sir,

    Could you please provide us the link for IIFT GK Compendium and Question Bank, which will be useful for our preparation.
    Also, are IIFT papers of last 5-6 years available in SIS?
    If not, please provide us the link to download it.

    • saish November 14, 2012 at 6:49 am


      by the way am CL student. please provide me the link now :)

      • Sunil November 14, 2012 at 6:19 pm

        Available under eLib section

  183. gaurav November 9, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    sir as you said, about 5-6 questions are incorrect in iift paper…so what should we do?????attempt them or leave..????

    • GP November 10, 2012 at 1:36 pm

      Leave them, the incorrect questions are eliminated.

  184. rahul November 9, 2012 at 5:01 am

    Kindly upload the video of “IIFT An intro session” on the site. I missed the live webinar.

    • GP November 9, 2012 at 11:36 am

      Will be done in a couple of days.

  185. Mahesh November 8, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Thanks a lot for the Inputs sir

  186. Ananya November 8, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Hello sir,
    Thanks for posting.
    Can we strategise which section to attempt first and which one later?
    Specially if i am weak in DI

    • GP November 8, 2012 at 5:39 pm

      Ananya, it should be based on your comfort level. My preference is:
      Scanning the paper 5-8 min
      GK 10 min – no guesswork, focus on match the following
      EU 10 min – focuson vocab, leave lengthy questions
      RC 15 min – 1 to 2 passages depending upon the length
      Reasoning 30-35 min – Focus on single questions. LR in the end.
      QA 30-35 min – Focus on Arithmetic, 2R approach
      DI 15 min – 1 – 2 sets of data, leave lengthy questions unattempted.

  187. pramod November 8, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    sir a lame question but require your advice . how should we go about marking the questions in iift omr sheets . should it be done simultaneously while attempting the questions or should we mark them on the question paper and then into the omr in one go .

    • GP November 8, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      Pramod, I prefer to mark the answer as soon as I solve for the single questions and forgrouped questions after completing the data set or the group.

    • GP November 10, 2012 at 4:31 am

      Thanks Shubham, while imitation is the best form of flattery ;-), appropriate action is being taken.

  188. Pramod November 8, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Will it be adviseabl (aftr attempting almost all d qstns of AR) 2 try attempting only 50% of d qstns of all the remaining sections..nd den proceed 2 d sections as per strengths for further attempts
    2)What wud be a decent attempt in QA section..!!

    • GP November 9, 2012 at 11:18 am

      Pramod, I am okay with this strategy. It will need good time management.
      2. An attempt of 12-15 questions is a good attempt in QA. Between QA and Reasoning you can target 30 marks if you are good in this area.

  189. s k v November 7, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    your help line is a big help


  190. Prabal Khurana November 6, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    In the GK section,
    1) Are the questions more towards the current happenings or static awareness?
    2) Are the majority questions based on Indian general awareness or the world

    • GP November 7, 2012 at 4:31 am

      Prabal, IIFT GK has questions from all over. The answer to both the questions is “Both”. Please go thru the GK section of past IIFT papers.

  191. Ankit Rathore November 6, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    On a scale of 10 where would you rate IIFT vis-a-vis CAT and XAT in terms of Level of Difficulty??

    • GP November 7, 2012 at 4:22 am

      IIFT is a more difficult paper than CAT primarily because of its structure. On a scale of 10 I would put CAT around 7 and IIFT 9.

  192. Ankush Verma November 6, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    I am not a CL Student.
    how can i download this compendium and gyaan dhara stuff..

    • GP November 7, 2012 at 4:14 am

      Ankus, catch hold of a friend who is one 😉

  193. Tushar November 6, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Sir, what about sectional cut-off in IIFT, its there or not.
    How do we know in advance that sectional cut off is going to be there ?

  194. Arpit Jain November 6, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Data Interpretation is extremely tough in IIFT. What would be a fine attempt in this section?? 2 sets??

    • GP November 6, 2012 at 12:09 pm

      Yes 2 out of 4 sets. Typically 50% attempts is good enough for most of the sections

      • prosenjit November 6, 2012 at 11:20 pm

        What would be the accuracy for this section to get a call? Sir it would be a great help if you can provide your analysis on the cut off of each section.

        • GP November 7, 2012 at 4:33 am

          Prosenjit, Your overall accuracy should be around 85-90%. Sectional cut off, if any, is likely to be less than 40% in each section.

  195. Akshay Kochhar November 6, 2012 at 11:02 am

    I have just started preparing for CAT and have realized that i am slow(speed) in solving the questions…so please help me out how can i improve my speed???

    • GP November 7, 2012 at 4:13 am

      Akshay, speed increase with practice and effort. Stop using calculators, try to remember telephone numbers, mug up squares (1-30), cubes (1-20), square roots and cube roots (1-10). This will over a period of time improve your calculation speed. Similarly read a lot, try to read faster and it too will increase.

  196. Devina Jain November 6, 2012 at 10:38 am

    sir what is the difficulty level of the Quant section with respect to CAT? Should i practice questions which are the same level as CAT, or higher or lower?

  197. Sai Shyam November 6, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Thanks for your insights Sir.. Your sessions helped a lot for CAT. Looking forward to the IIFT session by you :)

  198. MBA Guy November 6, 2012 at 9:42 am


    Why was the cut off for IIFT so high during some past years? Has the paper been easier or what? Also, can you please elaborate the GK section preparation.

    • GP November 6, 2012 at 10:41 am

      The cut-off went up substantially in 2011 paper because the number of candidates called for the second stage was reduced by around 10% in 2011 as compared to 2010.

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