IIFT 2017 Topper Interview: Take plenty of mock tests before appearing for the exam, says 99.94 percentiler Manan Shah
Manan Shah, the topper of IIFT, says it was the support of his boss and colleagues at work that helped him immensely during his preparation for management entrance exams. And it was his consistent and focused preparation that allowed him to top the exam with 99.94 percentile. Manan appeared for several B-school entrance exams and received admission offers from multiple B-schools. Nevertheless, he found his interest towards Finance domain much before he took the different entrance exams and that’s why choosing IIFT over other B-schools was an obvious choice for him. Manan was a professional Electrical engineer with almost two years of work experience before joining IIFT, Delhi.
In this interview with Careers360, he tells us how regular studies and support at workplace helped him achieve the top rank in IIFT 2017. Read on to know more.
Read the full interview here:
Careers360: Congratulations on your admission to IIFT Delhi. What was your score in IIFT 2017?
Manan: Thanks. I scored 21.25 in English Comprehension, 15.34 in Quantitative Analysis (QA), 22 in Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation (LRDI) and 5.83 in General Knowledge (GK). The total score was 64.42 which makes it 99.94 percentile.
Careers360: Did you appear for any other entrance exam? If yes, please share the score.
Careers360: Did you have admission offers from other B-schools? Why did you choose IIFT over other B-schools?
Due to my prior inclination towards Finance domain, I had already decided to do my majors in Finance. IIFT being the most prestigious B-school for their specialty in Finance & Trade among others, it was the obvious choice for me.
Careers360: Please share your preparation journey. How did you strike a balance between your academic/professional life and preparation for an entrance exam?
Manan: I prepared for entrance exams for nearly 10 months. While preparing, I had full support from my boss & colleagues at work which helped me focus on my exams during last few weeks. I usually studied for 2-3 hours each day.
Careers360: What was your section-wise strategy for the exam? Did you follow any specific preparation strategy for IIFT?
Manan: My strategy was mostly based on the weightage of a particular section and my proficiency in that domain. Based on my performance in mocks and knowing my strengths, I prepared a specific strategy and followed the same during the exam.
Careers360: Mention section-wise books and study materials you referred during your preparation.
Manan: For Quant and LRDI, I used the study material provided by T.I.M.E. institute and some chapters from Total Gadha website. For Verbal/RC, I used to read newspaper and novels regularly.
Careers360: Were you a part of any coaching institute? Do you think coaching is necessary for aspirants to bag the top rank?
Manan: Yes, I took study material and enrolled for test series of three different coaching institutes which certainly helped me prepare in such a short span of time. T.I.M.E. institute was one of them.
Careers360: What is the significance of mock tests in your success? When did you start taking mocks and what was the frequency?
Manan: Mock tests help a lot. While preparing for CAT, I wasn’t friendly with the question pattern of other exams such as IIFT, NMAT or XAT. I wrote at least 10 mock tests before appearing for each exam which helped me a lot on the final day of the exam.
Careers360: What was your section-wise time management strategy on the exam day?
Manan: I am good at Quant and LR. So, I completed both of them along with GK in the first hour. Verbal and RC took another 35-40 minutes and then I moved to DI part. I applied this approach based on my previous mock tests.
Careers360: Apart from the assignments and class projects, what other non-academic activities you are involved in? Share your experiences.
Manan: I was the part of a marathon event organised by Melange - cultural committee of IIFT recently. Apart from that, there is always something going on on the campus, be it Sectional war, Ultimate warrior league or Panipuri competitions.
Careers360: How has your journey been at IIFT so far?
Manan: For me, it’s been a wonderful journey indeed. Everything is great here from curriculum to professors to peer to peer learning, etc.
Careers360: Any suggestion that you would like to share with aspirants?
Questions related to IIFT
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.
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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.....
3.5 months are enough to crack CAT and IIFT exams ? Can anyone suggest me the study plan ? I am targetting maximum 97% in CAT and 145 marks in IIFT.
Sectional Division of Overall Preparation
Know your strengths along with weaknesses
Accept the importance of previous year question papers
Coaching or self-preparation
If you are preparing for CAT exam on a serious note, there won't be any problem preparing for IIFT too, provided you know the correct strategy for it! only the strategy of how you should play in the required format changes. So is the case with IIFT and other similar entrance exams apart from the CAT.
Firstly, from this year onwards, IIFT is conducted by NTA, so for the first time this year, IIFT will be conducted online just like any other MBA entrance exams! So there are two pros mainly I can think of -
- We don't have to spend our time circling the answers.
- We don't have to separately get accustomed to the paper based format from now.
This exam mainly consists of six sections -
- Reading Comprehension
- Verbal Ability
- Data Interpretation
- Logical Reasoning
- Quantitative Ability
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Thank you & Good Luck!!!