IIFT Entrance Test
November 23, 2014
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IIFT Entrance Test
November 23, 2014
Reading Comprehension (RC)

Reading Comprehension 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Key B C D C A C B A A D
Reading Comprehension 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
Key B A B A D C D

Total 4 passages. Strategy is crucial in this section. Let us see how.

Passage 1            (Rating TOUGH)

Theme – English Premier League and the lowly rated WIGAN ATHLETIC club and its dynamics

Source – The book The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know About Football is Wrong, by Chris Anderson, David Sally

Length of passage – 2.75 pages, approximately 1600 words

How to tackle – the passage spoke at length about the wages structure within the EPL and how various analyses and studies point to the connection between performance of clubs with the moneys involved (wages, TV rights etc.) Many people, places and organizations are named in the passage, and it is all foreign! No Indian names – so can get tough for someone who is not interested in EPL type football or who does not read such content regularly.

Time required to read the full passage – with full concentration, at least 6 to 8 minutes.

No. of questions – Only 5!

Types of questions – Identify the correct statement (purely memory based), Identify the incorrect statement (purely memory based), Match the columns (purely memory based), Inference-based (one question), factual (one question).

Of the 5 questions, 3 were sitters (if passage was read properly), and 2 needed some effort

Strategy Suggestion – if you pick this passage to attempt (of the total 4 given), then go the whole hog, devote 10 to 12 minutes and crack all 5 questions. Otherwise a disastrous choice this will prove to be!

Q.1 – The answer is option (B). Found in the end of the 7th para of the passage  (Option (C) can confuse you but it is not correct)

Q.2 – The answer is option (C). Found second last para directly. Very easy.

Q.3 – The answer is option (D). Connect the names with organizations. Easy.

Q.4 – The answer is option (C). Have to infer it properly. Also can eliminate options.

Q.5 – The answer is option (A). Deloitte’s data is for 20 yrs, not last 10 yrs alone.

Passage 2            (Rating EASY)

Theme – Life of a (low-caste) judge in colonial times and his daily schedule & experiences

Source -  The novel The Inheritance of Loss, by Kiran Desai

Length of passage – 1.75 pages, approximately 950 words

How to tackle – the passage was a story of a judge in the colonial times (assumption, due to various references given) and his life style on a daily basis. It was very easy to read and had all Indian references and names. The prevailing social structure and mores are explained interlaced with the judge’s daily routine.

Time required to read the full passage – with full concentration, at least 3 to 4 minutes. Content was easy to read (story book style)

No. of questions – 4 in all

Types of questions – Identify the incorrect statement (partly memory based and partly inferential), Inference-based (two questions), odd one out (one question).

Of the 4 questions, 1 was a sitter (if passage was read properly), and 3 needed some effort

Strategy Suggestion – if you pick this passage to attempt (of the total 4 given), then chances are good that you will get all 4 correct by devoting less than 10 minutes. So this passage should be chosen over the first one.

Q.6 – The answer is option (C). We can deduce it since it’s given that “his own command was tenuous” hence incorrect

Q.7 – The answer is option (B). Very easy – given directly in the passage (.. because he returned with Nothing!)

Q.8 – The answer is option (A). Given directly in the passage.

Q.9 – The answer is option (A). A lariat is a lasso, rest are all flocks.

Passage 3            (Rating TOUGH)

Theme – Description of the Italian maverick guerilla military leader Garibaldi’s life and times in the struggle of Italian unification

Source – The book Mavericks, by Robert Harvey (partly)

Length of passage – 2.75 pages, approximately 1550 words

How to tackle – the passage spoke at length about the struggles that Italy was witnessing within its various princely states, and due to attacks from external forces like Austria, French, Spanish etc. The names are all totally foreign to one’s understanding (unless you have read medieval and 19th century European military history extensively!) and the events unfold fast. But it is an interesting passage if you can hold a lot of data in your head.

Time required to read the full passage – with full concentration, at least 6 to 8 minutes.

No. of questions – Only 5!

Types of questions – Identify the correct statement (purely memory based), Match the columns (purely memory based and Easy!), Fill in the blanks (very easy), Identify the incorrect statement (partly memory based and partly inferential), Inference based

Of the 5 questions, 2 were sitters (if passage was read properly), and 3 needed some effort

Strategy Suggestion – if you pick this passage to attempt (of the total 4 given), then go the whole hog, devote 10 to 12 minutes and crack all 5 questions. Otherwise a bad idea.

Q.10 – The answer is option (D). Do not be confused by (A) as the words “greatly improved” are difficult to agree to.

Q.11 – The answer is option (B). Given in the sixth and seventh para of the passage. Option (C) looks right but we cannot be sure that his children stayed at Nice throughout his fighting in Italy for unification.

Q.12 – The answer is option (A). Very easy to connect and solve ( i – c, iii – d )

Q.13 – The answer is option (B). Given in the second last para.

Q.14 – The answer is option (A). Pope took refuge with Ferdinand II (King Bomba) and not King of Peidmont.

Passage 4            (Rating MODERATE to TOUGH)

Theme – Description of the present scene of Indian public sector banking, the low rate of loan book growth, capital adequacy norms, and reasons for slow growth

Source – Article in The Mint, August 11, 2014

( http://www.livemint.com/Industry/dhmAU5lA0eFStwS7jj3YAK/Government-banks-shying-away-from-lending-to-lower-rated-fir.html )

Length of passage – 1.75 pages, approximately 1000 words

How to tackle – The passage describes very nicely (and in a simple language) the present situation in the Indian public sector banking (PSB). It explains why some top banks (with names) are not able to grow their loan books, reasons for the slowdown, credit rating systems and connection with capital adequacy norms, Basel III norms, and the generally precarious situation today.

Time required to read the full passage – with full concentration, at least 4 to 6 minutes.

No. of questions – Only 3!

Types of questions – Identify the correct statement (not purely memory based, required some tough inference making), What cannot be concluded (slightly tough), Inference based

Of the 3 questions, no sitters

Strategy Suggestion – if you pick this passage to attempt (of the total 4 given), then reading the passage is easy but the no. of questions is less, and even they are not really direct.

Q.15 – (D) is obviously correct because PNB recorded a de-growth of 0.66% (less than 1%). Option (A) seems right but is not (preceding quarter is not defined properly hence the confusion). (B) is wrong as the relation is inverse.

Q.16 – (C) is the answer. Option (D) is wrong because it’s clearly mentioned in the first line of the 6th para.

Q.17 – (D) All of these are correct outcomes.



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