IIFT 2017 Topper Interview: Coaching gives competitive advantage but not necessary, says 99.98 percentiler Abhas Vijayavargiya
Abhas Vijayavargiya, the topper of the IIFT, believes no question in the MBA entrance exams is undoable. It is the ability to do a particular question in the given time and that comes with a regular practice. Abhay, who topped the exam with 99.98 percentile, is currently pursuing an MBA in International Business from the prestigious management school- IIFT. While preparing for various management entrance exams, he put together a regular study plan that allowed him to practice each section on a regular basis. Abhay completed B.Tech in Electrical and Communication Engineering and carries a professional experience of 18 months.
In this interview with Careers360, Abhay tells us about his preparation days and how smartly he balanced his professional and academic life while preparing for the exams. Read on to know more.
Read the full interview here:
Abhas: Thank you so much for the wishes. My overall score in IIFT 2017 was 62.69 and the sectional score was - English Comprehension – 23, Quantitative Analysis – 10.35, Logical Reasoning – 21.35 and General Awareness- 7.99.
Careers360: Did you have admission offers from other B-schools? Why did you choose IIFT over other B-schools?
Abhas: Apart from IIFT, I had admission offers from new IIMs. I decided to join IIFT because of the brand value the college has earned over the past 54 years.
Careers360: Please share your preparation journey. How did you strike a balance between your academic/professional life and preparation for an entrance exam?
Abhas: I started preparing for MBA Entrance exams in June 2017. So, I had good 5 months to prepare for these exams. I used to study around 7-8 hours a day on weekends and at least 2-3 hours a day on working/weekdays. This gave me a constant study plan and helped me to practice each section on a regular basis.
Careers360: What was your section wise strategy for General Knowledge, Logical Reasoning, English Comprehension and Quantitative Analysis? Did you follow any specific preparation strategy for IIFT?
Abhas: For GK, I believe reading newspapers suffices. For any other subject, one can take some course material and follow it. There is no question in the MBA Entrance exams which is undoable, but it is the ability to do a particular question in the given time is what is required and that can be achieved by regular practice.
Careers360: Mention section-wise books and study materials you referred during your preparation.
Abhas: Not as such. I joined a crash course and just followed the material provided by them.
Careers360: Were you a part of any coaching institute? Do you think coaching is necessary for aspirants to bag the top rank?
Abhas: Yes, I was. But, I don’t think that it is necessary. Yes, it gives you a competitive advantage as you keep getting constant feedback on your performance. But, you can prepare for these exams on your own.
Careers360: What is the significance of mock tests in your success? When did you start taking mocks and what was the frequency?
Abhas: Mock tests play a pretty much significant role. It gives you practice of the real exam that you’re going to face. I started taking mocks from the last week of July and by the end of October, I was giving 2-3 full length mocks every week.
Careers360: What was your section-wise time management strategy on the exam day?
Abhas: I started with VARC and gave around 25 minutes to it. Then, I moved to Quant section and gave around 45 minutes to it. After that, 10 minutes for GK section and towards the end, I moved to LRDI section to complete my exam.
Careers360: Apart from the regular classes, projects and assignments, what other non-academic activities you are involved in? Share your experiences about them.
Abhas: IIFT is a journey in itself. Each one of us is involved in some or the other non-academic activity. I am a Junior Executive Member of the Cultural Committee of IIFT. It’s a fun job where I get to organize events and also my job includes talking to a lot of dignitaries for organizing our events. So, it’s really happening.
Careers360: How has your journey been at IIFT so far?
Abhas: It’s been great. I have loved each and every moment of it. From being Mr. Fresher to organising Marathon to Singing my heart out every single night, this has been a happy journey so far and I am totally enjoying it.
Careers360: Any suggestion that you would like to share with aspirants?
Abhas: I would say don’t get pressurised. Be relaxed and plan whatever you do. The result will definitely be yours. All the best to each IIFT 2018 aspirant!
Questions related to IIFT
what are courses available in iift
The following courses available in iift-indian institte of foreign trade:
1.MBA in IB(weekend) ------- fee for course:7,60,000 for gen and obc
2.MBA in IB(full time) -------- fee for fourse:7,60,000 for gen and obc
3.EPGDIB-internantional finance,marketing,business ------fee:5,10,000
4.MA in economics-trade and finance -------fee :3,60,000
5.certificate course-CPGTLO,CPEM,CPCFM ----fee:75k
6.PhD in economics and manegment mphil degree is required with good percent
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can I upload NC obc certificate in hindi for iift? or is there any other format required ?
Yes you can definitely upload in Hindi Language however your caste details should be specifically mention all details of caste and be made from any gazetted officer or any legal person
Before filling the application form, applicants must keep the following documents and information ready with them before they begin to fill the IIFT 2021 application form.
Scanned copy of passport size photograph (Black and white, in clear contrast)
Scanned copy of signature
Scanned copy of category certificate
Two copies of academic mark sheets or certificates of 10th, 12th and Graduation.
Copy of undertaking regarding the candidates who have not appeared for any other MBA entrance exam such as CAT, XAT or any (Only for NRI candidates)
Copy of official entries on passport pages
Two letters of recommendation.
For more information regarding registration check https://bschool.careers360.com/articles/iift-registration
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why iift has not released exam notification for 2021 ?
National Testing Agency will release the important dates for IIFT 2021 anytime soon. IIFT 2021 important dates will specify the complete schedule for the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade entrance test for MBA programs. The IIFT important dates 2021 also prescribe the start and end date to submit the online application form. As per the tentative IIFT schedule, the entrance test will be conducted in the first week of December 2020 in Computer Based Mode (CBT) . The National Testing Agency (NTA) will start the IIFT 2021 registration anytime soon. Those who aim to take admission in Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) program can apply for IIFT on or before the first week of November 2020. Meanwhile, the conducting body will also provide the “Image correction window” which will be notified. IIFT 2021 application form has to be filled via online mode only. While filling IIFT online application form, candidates need to pay the amount of application fee of Rs 2000 (for General/ OBC category candidates) and Rs 1000 for reserved category candidates (SC/ ST/ PH). Before filling the form for IIFT 2021 registration, candidates should check the eligibility criteria of IIFT . Read the full article to know all the details related to IIFT registration 2021 such as it’s detailed eligibility criteria, required documents to be uploaded, application fee, steps to fill the IIFT 2021 application form etc.
what should be my Sectional cutoff in iift exam 2020
This is the sectional cutoff of IIFT exam 2020:
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension 18-20
Quantitative Analysis 16-20
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning 18-20
General Awareness (GK) 8-10
This sectional cutoff is for Delhi IIFT. So for other IIFTs it will be slightly lower.
Is iift consider your past academics record
- Hey, acccording to my opinion IIFT does not consider your past academics record . iift consider your good percentile WAT,PI and GD scores .if you are clear sectional cutoff and over all cutoff then you are eligible for shortlisted candidates .i think IIFT DELHI AND KOLKATA ARE THE GOOD CAMPUS . I THINK YOU SHOULD SCORES GOOD PERCENTILE THEN ACADEMIC RECORD DOES NOT MATTER FOR YOU FIRST YOU SHOULD GIVE TOTAL FOCUS TOWARD ENTRANCE EXAM.....