IIFT 2017 Topper Interview: Mock tests encourage you to study hard, says 99.88 percentiler Pranay Suman Das
Pranay Suman Das quit his job to prepare for management entrance exams. He knew that he was left with the sole task of clearing the major B-school exams and he did it quite well. Pranay topped IIFT 2017 with 99.88 percentile and scored remarkably well in other highly competitive management exams too. Out of multiple admission offers, Pranay decided to join IIFT, Delhi because of its international reputation and corporate-accessible location. Describing his preparation journey, he mentioned the importance of mock tests in preparation. He also explained that coaching makes the preparation journey easier but it’s not necessary to take coaching for the exams.
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In this interview with Careers360, Pranay reveals that sometimes pre-decided strategies don’t work on the exam day. Candidates should be ready to improvise. 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?
Pranay:Thank you. My overall score in IIFT was 62.41 (99.88 percentile) and sectional scores were - Verbal Ability: 22.67, Quantitative Analysis: 16, Logical Reasoning: 20.42 and General Knowledge: 3.32.
Careers360: Did you appear for any other management 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?
Pranay: Apart from IIFT, MDI, SJMSOM, NMIMS, SIBM Pune, XIMB, new IIMs and some other colleges offered me admission. Choosing the right college is a tough decision considering other colleges have great reputation and specialties. However, IIFT as a brand offers a mix of niche course (International Business, Trade) and mainstreamed ones like Finance and Marketing. Also, the location of the college makes it very accessible to corporates. Under the aegis of Ministry of Commerce, it has grown up to be a college of international reputation. Hence, I joined IIFT.
Careers360: Please share your preparation journey. How did you strike a balance between your academic/professional life and preparation for an entrance exam?
Pranay: I had quit my job for the preparation of entrance exams. I believe, to excel in any kind of exam, one needs to obliterate any backup options. When you believe that cracking this exam is the sole option left to you, you can do wonders.
I used to divide my day into 3 parts. One part for practicing new problems, second for revision of my earlier mistakes and the last one for trying out things that need regular practice (Like vocab or RC or Permutation and combination).
Careers360: What was your section-wise strategy for the exam? Did you follow any specific preparation strategy for IIFT?
Pranay: IIFT is an exam which falls mid-way on a toughness scale. What one needs to do for IIFT is work on one’s strength. I used to begin with GK (5 minutes), English (25 minutes), Quant (45 minutes) and LR (45 minutes). However, this plan fell apart in the final exam and I had to improvise. Rather than taking the exam as a challenge to your intelligence, one should try to maximize the score by doing things he/she has been doing well regularly.
Careers360: Mention section-wise books and study materials you referred during your preparation.
Pranay: I followed the study material provided by my coaching centre only. For Reading Comprehension, rcprep.com is a very good source.
Careers360: Were you a part of any coaching institute? Do you think coaching is necessary for aspirants to bag the top rank?
Pranay: Yes, I was a part of IMS, Bhubaneswar. Also, I subscribed the examination module from Career Launcher. Although I don’t believe coaching is necessary for entrances exams, it definitely makes the journey easier. In a world where most of your competitors go to coaching, to level the playing field, you might need the help they offer.
Careers360: What is the significance of mock tests in your success? When did you start taking mocks and what was the frequency?
Pranay: I used to take 3 mocks per week for the last 4 months of the preparation. It allows you to know about your level of preparation. The way I used to see it, if you are scoring less, a mock exam will encourage you to study hard. If you are scoring high, the motivation is to retain the percentage. So, it’s a win-win either way.
Careers360: What was your section-wise time management strategy on the exam day?
Pranay: I made a section-wise time management strategybut I couldn’t execute it properly on the exam day. So, I improvised. Some parts of the exam took more time than expected and some parts took much lesser time than I thought. So, one should try to complete questions as soon as possible rather than worrying about pre-decided section timing.
Careers360: Apart from the assignments and class projects, what other non-academic activities you are involved in? Share your experiences.
Pranay: I write short stories and they have been published in national level magazines. Also, I love to read books and listen to podcasts. These have helped me in building up a vocabulary and understanding tough RC passages.
Careers360: How has your journey been at IIFT so far?
Pranay: It has been surreal. After joining at such a reputed institution, it has been a chain of unexpected events from day 1. Sometimes, the real world is scary. You tend to believe you can’t handle MBA, then you realize that’s why you have joined MBA. Get the taste of the real world and carry on.
Careers360: Any suggestion that you would like to share with aspirants?
Pranay: Since the exams are around the corner, don’t try to work on your weaknesses now. Solidify your strengths. Go with an open mind to the examination and try to adapt. That’s what they try to check in an aptitude exam. However, just remember that no matter what position you are in, it’s just an exam. So, be confident and do your best on the IIFT 2018 day!
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.
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.....
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!!!