IIFT 2017 Topper Interview: Systematic self-study takes you through, says 99.99 percentiler Siddharth Tripathi
There is certainly no substitute for practice, says Siddharth Tripathi, the topper of IIFT 2017. Siddharth, who scored 99.99 percentile in one of the most competitive management entrance exams, believes that the two things that made him the topper was systematic self-study and regular practice. He also appeared for CAT and XAT and scored 99.37 and 99.40 respectively. He received admission offers from new IIMs and other B-schools but his interest in Finance domain is what landed him at IIFT, Delhi.
In this interview with Careers360, he tells us how he strategised his preparation for the management entrance exams and how is life at IIFT. 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?
Siddharth: Thank you so much. My overall Score in IIFT entrance exam was 70.58 (99.99 percentile). My Sectional Scores were - 23.25/31 in VA/RC, 16.67 in Quantitative Analysis, 25.67/36.5 in LRDI and 4.99/12.50 in GK.
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?
Siddharth: Apart from IIFT, I got admission offers from NITIE Mumbai and new IIMs. But, I chose IIFT because it is a very reputed B-school for Finance and I was interested in Finance. IIFT also offers a unique MBA degree in International Business which is a recognised course across the world.
Careers360: Please share your preparation journey. How did you strike a balance between your academic/professional life and preparation for an entrance exam?
Siddharth: I started preparing a year before the exam. I joined a classroom programme but the thing that got me through was systematic self study. I prepared regularly and gave all the mock tests without exception. The most challenging time was maintaining my preparations with my Summer Internship which was a little hectic but I cut down on my leisure time and followed a strict schedule. I managed Academics mostly by studying a week before examinations.
Careers360: What was your section-wise strategy for the exam? Did you follow any specific preparation strategy for IIFT?
Siddharth: GK - I followed a lot of blogs on the internet like Washington Post and used services like inshorts to stay updated about all the happenings of the world. Apart from this, I also read newspapers regularly.
LR- I practiced a lot of questions of different variety and gave many sectional tests until I figured out a proper test taking strategy. Puzzle solving also helps in this section.
English Comprehension - There is no substitute for inculcating a reading habit when it comes to RC. I had a decent reading habit so RC came naturally to me. One should be able to identify each type of questions before attempting.
Quantitative Analysis - Being good in Math helped me a little but one must also focus on memorising shortcuts and quick calculation tricks if they want to speed up their calculations and make a decent attempt in the paper. As I’ve previously said, there is no substitute for practice.
Careers360: Mention section-wise books and study materials you referred during your preparation.
Siddharth: I referred mostly to CL’s material. I solved a lot of sectionals and full length papers on their online portal. I read The Guardian and Hindu regularly too.
Careers360: Were you a part of any coaching institute? Do you think coaching is necessary for aspirants to bag the top rank?
Siddharth: I was a part of CL Kanpur. I think the course is not very challenging per se but it requires a great amount of practice and joining a good coaching center inculcates a lot of regularity.
Careers360: What is the significance of mock tests in your success? When did you start taking mocks and what was the frequency?
Siddharth: Mock Tests are a make or break factor when it comes to MBA preparation. There is a lot of pressure and to maintain speed and accuracy along with that pressure requires you to subject yourself to a lot of simulations that are similar to the actual test. Mocks open up your gray areas so you can work towards improving them. Mock tests should be followed up with thorough analysis.
Careers360: What was your section-wise time management strategy on the exam day?
Siddharth: I tried to do at least two out of 3 sections every day. I read every day and practiced RC 3-4 times a week. I tried to do LR-DI daily and I practiced Quantitative 3-4 times a week. Towards the end of my preparation, I started doing everything daily and also increased my study hours.
Careers360: Apart from the assignments and class projects, what other non-academic activities you are involved in? Share your experiences.
Siddharth: I loved quizzing, blogging and watching films. I was lucky that I did not have to compromise a lot on my interests because of my preparations
Careers360: How has your journey been at IIFT so far?
Siddharth: It has been very exciting. I made some great friends and got to learn a lot. The first trimester was very hectic and I got to learn a lot about myself during that time.
Careers360: Any suggestion that you would like to share with aspirants?
Siddharth: Be regular with your preparations and don’t let small obstacles deter you from approaching towards the bigger battle. Also, stay relaxed and positive to crack IIFT 2018.
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Questions related to IIFT
IS IIFT REGISTRATION STARTS? & which website we can register?
NO, IIFT registration is not yet started for 2021 admission . The official date still not released yet. The application will on the offical website of IIFT . The application form is filled by online mode and fee is around 2000 INR for the general and OBC and 1000 INR for the SC/ST.
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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How good is the IIFT EPGDIBS program that they deliver through Hughes? is it as good as their on campus executive program?
Hughes Global Education is the pioneer in providing the ‘Interactive Online Learning Platform’ for the working professionals to pursue an executive MBA/PGDM.
The programs are provided by the top notch B-schools viz. IIM Calcutta, IIM Kozhikode, IIM Rohtak , IIFT New Delhi and XLRI Jamshedpur . The best faculties in the country take live lectures imparting knowledge that is exclusive with specializations across various streams like General Management, Sales & Marketing, Human Resource, Project Management, Finance, International Trade etc.
They offer both offline and online Executive Post Graduate Certificate Courses to all working professionals to keep pace with their careers. Hughes brings together the best career-oriented management programmes from the top B-Schools in India with top-notch faculties and state-of-the-art technology to create an unbeatable combination to deliver the best results in the programmes.
- The EPGDIB programme of IIFT is very good for the acquisition of knowledge in various aspects of international business, but there is no campus placement for EPGDIB students.
- The EPGDIB programme does not provide any placement or help with anything.
You can take this this program to enhance your skills but don't depend or expect Placements opportunities. You can definitely opt this course if you want to learn and gain knowledge regarding International business management and develop skills in finance, marketing, and many more.
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.