IIFT Topper Interview: Clear sectional cutoffs before maximising overall score, says Aditya Siwach, 99.81 percentiler
Aditya Siwach, who was a working in government sector, followed a systematic preparation plan which took minimal time, yet reaped optimum result. Owing to his work, he could not stick to a regular study plan. All he did was to attend weekend classroom programme of a coaching institute which he joined five months before the test and read newspapers to stay updated with current affairs which eventually took care of the GK section.
In this interview with Careers360, Aditya Siwach, who secured 99.81 percentile in IIFT 2015 exam, shares how his strategy to first clear sectional cut off, which are not very high in IIFT exam and later focussing on maximising overall score helped him crack the test. He also shares his plan to manage weak areas during preparation as well as on the exam day.
Read the full interview below.
Careers360: Why did you plan to pursue MBA in International Business from IIFT?
Aditya: I was working in the government sector which is considered a secure job especially as the economic recession hit a few years back. But I had a gut feeling that probably the worst of the economic recession is over. New opportunities are opening up and even the policies of the present-day government are encouraging the private sector to take the lead. I chose to tap the opportunity and IIFT was an obvious choice because of the focus of the curriculum on International Business. It would equip me to face the challenges that as a future manager I may face in a globalised world.
Careers360: When did you start preparing for IIFT and what was your overall strategy?
Aditya: I started preparing in June 2015 for the exam scheduled in November. I joined a weekend batch of Career Launcher as I was out of touch with the pattern of entrance exams. Also, I got all the study material in one place and did not have to waste time in sifting books. My strategy was to attend all the classes without fail. I had a habit of reading the newspaper regularly so it took care of the GK part of the entrance exam.
Careers360: Tell us about your strong and weak areas in IIFT entrance test? How did you tackle your weak areas?
Aditya: RC was always my strong area. I scored full marks in the exam. My weakest area was Data Interpretation (DI). I went through the DI questions once but if I could not make sense out of them, I tried maximising my score through the LR questions and other sections like QA.
Careers360: What was your time management strategy for IIFT in terms of preparations and test?
Aditya: I knew that the sectional cut-offs are usually very low in this exam. So, I attempted only that many questions in my first attempt that could easily help me clear the sectional cut-off. I then shifted to the other sections. In the end, I came back to the start of paper and then tried to maximise my overall score by scoring most in QA and RC-VA.
Careers360: How did you prepare for the post exam selection rounds of IIFT?
Aditya: I attended the GD-PI classes of my coaching institute. I met with the faculty there and got feedbacks regarding my CV form. It helped me in preparing answers for HR questions of the interview. The mock GD and mock PI sessions also helped.
Careers360: What do you think are the key factors that influenced your selection at the GD-PI stage?
Aditya: I prepared quite a lot through reading newspapers and mock sessions for GD-PI. It instilled confidence in me and a positive energy to tackle the GD-PI challenge.
Careers360: What was your essay topic and how did you structure it?
Aditya: My essay topic was on financial inclusion in India. I started with the definition of the term and its implication for the masses of India. Then, I wrote about the steps taken by the government in this regard. I ended the essay on a positive note with some suggestions that could further deepen the financial inclusion in the country.
Careers360: What would you like to advise the IIFT 2016 aspirants?
Aditya: Time management is the key. Focus on clearing sectional cut-offs first and then try to maximise the overall score. Read at least one newspaper regularly. It will help not only in the GA section but till your GD-PI round. Lastly, do not get bogged down by low percentiles in mock tests. Focus on the IIFT exam and finish your quota of failing well before 26 Nov, 2016.
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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.
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.