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Major differences between CAT and IIFT written test

  • Jul 30th, 2017
CAT vs IIFT

CAT is the most popular MBA entrance exam in India with over 2 lac registered applicants in 2016. It is conducted by the IIMs and the CAT scorecard is accepted by hundreds of MBA colleges across the country. However, not all management institutes accept the CAT scorecard and some top-notch institutes like IIFT conduct their own entrance exams. As IIFT is a top- ranked B- School with a coveted MBA in International Business, candidates usually do not want to limit their options and find themselves confused and unable to decide if they should prepare for both the exams. And if, they should follow a different preparation strategy for CAT and IIFT entrance exams?

In this article, Career2NextOrbit team has drawn a clear and detailed analysis of the key differences between CAT and IIFT written test to help the aspirants make informed decisions.

Structure of both the exams  

Name of the Exams

CAT

IIFT

Format

Computer based test (English medium)

Pencil Paper Test (English medium)

Duration

3 hours

2 hours

Number of sections

3 sections

4 sections with 2 sub-sections

Number of questions

100 (32 in one section, 34 in the other two)

Total number of questions varies between 121 to 125

Marking Scheme

+3 for every correct answer, -1 for every wrong answer and no negative marking for non-MCQs

Differential marking for every section

Total marks

300

Varies depending on the number of questions and differential marking scheme

Scorecard Accepted

At all 20 IIMS and hundreds of other B- Schools

Only for admission to IIFT- Delhi and IIFT- Kolkata

Sections in the tests

The CAT exam has 3 sections (Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning) while the IIFT entrance test has 4 sections(Quantitative analysis, Logical Reasoning, English Usage, and General Knowledge and Awareness) with 2 sub- sections (Data Interpretation and Reading Comprehension).

IIFT Test Sections

CAT Test Sections

Quantitative analysis

 

Quantitative Ability

 

Logical Reasoning – sections (includes Data Interpretation)

 

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

 

Verbal Ability – 2 sections (English Usage, and Reading Comprehension)

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

 

General Knowledge and Awareness

 

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Marking Scheme of the CAT and IIFT entrance exams

 The marking scheme of the IIFT Entrance Exam and the CAT exam are significantly different from each other. While the questions in the CAT exam contain a mixture of MCQs and non-MCQs, all the questions in the IIFT entrance exam are MCQs. There is a uniform distribution of marks in the CAT exam while there is a differential marking system for every section in the IIFT exam. The penalty for every question answered wrongly is the same for both the exams i.e., 1/3rd of the maximum marks allotted to that question.  However, there is no penalty for wrongly answered non-MCQs in the CAT exam. Here’s a detailed analysis of the 2016 question paper of both the exams:

  • CAT Marking Scheme in 2016

CAT

Section

Total questions

Marks per question

No. of MCQs

No. of Non-MCQs

Total

Marks

Duration

Section 1

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

34

3

24

10

102

1hr

Section 2

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

32

3

24

8

96

1hr

Section 3

Quantitative Aptitude

34

3

24

10

102

1hr

 

Overall

100

 

72

28

300

3hrs

  • IIFT Marking Scheme in 2016

 IIFT

Section

Total questions

Marks per question

Total Marks

Section 1

General Awareness

25

0.5

12.5

Section 2 - Part 1

Reading Comprehension

16

1

16

Section 2 - Part 2

English Usage

20

0.75

15

Section 3

Quantitative Ability

20

1

20

Section 4 - Part 1

Logical Reasoning

22

0.75

16.5

Section 4 - Part 2

Data Interpretation

20

1

20

 

Overall

123

 

100

Exam Syllabus of CAT exam and the IIFT entrance

The syllabus for the CAT exam and IIFT entrance exams are not officially defined. The official websites encourage students to go through previously asked questions to understand the pattern and types of questions generally asked. It has been observed that some topics don’t appear at all in consecutive exams while some other topics dominate. It is best to prepare all the topics to avoid any unpleasant surprises on the test. To help the test- takers, Career2NextOrbit team has compiled a list of expected topics and sub- topics for both the exams.

CAT Syllabus

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

Quantitative Ability

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation

-Vocabulary Based (Synonyms Antonyms)

-Cloze Passage

-Reading Comprehension

-Summary Questions

-English Usage or Grammar

-Sentence Correction

-Meaning-Usage Match

-Facts / Inferences / Judgements

-Jumbled Paragraph

-Verbal Reasoning

-Fill in the blanks

-Analogies or Reverse Analogies

 

 

-Geometry

-Inequalities

-Surds and Indices

-Percentages

-Speed

-Time and Distance

-Progressions

-Logarithm

-Binomial Theorem

-Mensuration

-Trigonometry

-Time and Work

-Interest (Simple and Compound)

-Set Theory

-Probability

-Mixtures and

-Number Systems

-Permutation and Combination

-Averages

-Allegation

-LCM and HCF

-Complex Numbers

-Coordinate Geometry

-Ratio and Proportion

-Quadratic Equations

-Permutation and Combination

-Profit and Loss

-Functions

-Linear Equations

 

-Seating Arrangement

-Calendars

-Blood Relations

-Cubes

-Logical Connectives

-Venn Diagrams

-Syllogism

-Binary Logic

-Number and Letter Series

-Clocks

-Logical Sequence

-Logical Matching

-Line Charts

- Pie Charts

-Tables

-Bar Graphs

-Column Graphs

 

 IIFT Syllabus

Verbal Ability

Quantitative Aptitude

Logical Reasoning

General Awareness

-Grammar

-Sentence Correction

-Synonyms

-Antonyms

-Analogies

-Spelling Tests

-Vocabulary based Questions

-Fill in the Blanks

-Verbal Logic

-Vocabulary Empower (lexicon, words, and phrases)

-Error Detection

-Para Jumbles

-Reading Comprehension

-Number Systems

-Fraction and Decimals

-Geometry

-Quadratic and linear equations

-Ratios and Proportion

-Percentages

-In-equations

-Averages

-Partnership

-Time-Speed-Distance

-Algebra

-Profit and Loss

-Allegation & Mixtures

-Pipes and Cisterns

-Simple Interests and Compound Interest

-Work and time

-Mensuration

-Permutations & Combinations

-Tabulation, Pie Chart, Bar Chart

·       Line

·       Graph

-Probability

-Visual and Critical Reasoning

-Assumption-Premise-Conclusion

-Statements and Assumptions

-Assertions and Reasons

-Decision Making

-Data Structures

-Series

-Coding-Decoding

-Blood relations

-Alphabetical Series

- Statements & Assumptions

-Statement & Conclusion

-Syllogisms

-Current Affairs of National and International Economy

-Personalities in news

-Politics

-Geography

-Economics

-Sports

-Literature

-Sports news

-Trade Awareness

-History

-Culture

-Indian Constitution

-Science in everyday life


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