IIFT and CAT Difficulty Level

IIFT and CAT are two entrance tests which are very much similar to each other and one cannot differentiate between the difficulty level of both the exams. There is no denying in the fact that preparation for CAT will easily prepare you for the IIFT entrance exam as well. However, both these entrance tests have a different exam pattern and hence requires different preparation strategy.

For example, the RCs in the IIFT exam have questions that are more fact-based whereas, in the CAT, the RCs are a mix of both inferences based and fact-based type questions. Like this, there are other points which make IIFT different from CAT exam. Check complete information int his regard from the article below.

Difficulty Level of IIFT and CAT

The overall difficulty level of IIFT and CAT are similar. However, for many IIFT is more difficult in comparison to CAT due to an additional section in the IIFT exam, i.e., GK. The General Knowledge part is a real bummer for many as, after CAT, they get only 01 week of preparation time for IIFT.

IIFT vs CAT: Section-wise Difficulty level for both the exams

Reading Comprehension

As stated above, the RCs in the IIFT exam have questions that are more fact-based, which is a completely different scenario in CAT. Furthermore, there is a slightly more focus on vocabulary in IIFT as compared to the CAT exam. Hence, the difficulty level in this section for IIFT is of Moderate Level, whereas, CAT os

Quantitative Section

The Quant section is more or less the same in both the CAT and IIFT exam.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Section

The DI-LR section in IIFT is much more calculation intensive in comparison to CAT. The candidates need to have a faster calculation speed to crack this section.

How To Prepare for IIFT Along With CAT?

The foundation stone for many entrance exam remains the same, i.e. work hard. However, there are a few differences which should be taken into account to ensure a balanced exam preparation approach.

How To Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude Section?

Over the years, it has been observed that the difficulty level of QA section has been decreased in CAT exam. Whereas, in IIFT- the level of Quant has improved. In terms of preparation, both of they have an equal share of important topics, the major difference lies in the difficulty level.

Name of the Topic Difficulty level in IIFT Difficulty level in CAT
Arithmetic Moderate Moderate
Algebra Difficult Moderate
Numbers Difficult Moderate
Geometry Difficult Difficult
Trigonometry Moderate Moderate
Permutation and Combination Moderate Moderate
Probability Moderate Moderate
Coordinate Geometry Difficult Moderate
Heights and Distance Difficult Moderate

How To Prepare for Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Section?

The level of difficulty of this section is generally the same in both the exams. The major difference is that IIFT has longer reasoning caselets, whereas, CAT has a smaller caselets. Preparation for DI-LR section is enough if you have prepared for CAT exam well, apart from some additional topcis which come in IIFT.

Name of the Topic Difficulty level in IIFT Difficulty level in CAT
Coding-Decoding Moderate X
Strong-Weak Arguments Moderate X
Series Moderate X
Family Tree Moderate Moderate
Seating Arrangement Moderate Moderate
Puzzles Difficult Moderate
Logical DI X Moderate

How To Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension?

The major difference here is that the RCs in IIFT are comparatively lengthy than CAT. At times, you can expect the RC passage to be around 1500-2000 words which will test your patience to attempts RCs. In terms of difficulty level, RCs in IIFtTwill be easier as compared to CAT.

Name of the Topic Difficulty level in IIFT Difficulty level in CAT
Reading Comprehension Moderate Difficult
Antonyms/ Synonyms Moderate Difficult
Fill In the blanks Moderate Difficult
Sentence Correction Moderate Moderate
Grammar Moderate Difficult
Critical Reasoning Moderate Difficult
Para jumbles Moderate Difficult
Para Completion Moderate Moderate

How To Prepare for General Knowledge?

This section creates a major difference in CAT and IIFT entrance tests. You can use this section to either secure the cut off marks or to obtain maximum marks in no time. This section can be helpful and you can easily socre 6-10 marks in this section. Reading newspapers, watching the news and be up-to-date with the current affairs will help you to excel in this section.

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