How Satyaki Mascharak secured admission in IIFT Delhi?
Satyaki Mascharak cracked IIFT with a score of 51 and got admission in one of the top B-School- IIFT Delhi. He followed a simple strategy of keeping the basics right and practicing for the test via videos and succeeded in his aspiration of pursuing MBA in International Business.
In this interview with Careers360, Satyaki emphasizes on the importance of concepts which matter more than the quantity of questions solved. He also shares his techniques of improvising Verbal Ability section of the IIFT exam.
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Careers360: What was your objective behind pursuing Management programme? What are your aspirations?
Satyaki: Pursuing an MBA was my long sought dream. I always wanted to be involved in the decision making process of a company and doing an MBA was the best way to achieve it. I wanted to learn from the very people who had themselves taken the path less travelled and made it big in life. My aspiration is to become the brand manager of a big FMCG brand, like HUL, and launch/reposition a product. I want to be involved right from the inception of the product to seeing it soar.
Careers360: Which other MBA entrance exams you appeared in and how was your performance?
Satyaki:Apart from IIFT, I appeared in CAT only. My preparation was focused on these two management entrance examinations. But my performance in IIFT entrance examination was better than CAT.
Careers360: Why did you take admission in IIFT?
Satyaki: I joined IIFT, Delhi because of its brand superiority and its niche factor. It is the only institute which offers an MBA in International Business. It has an immensely strong Alumni base that is in the top echelons of FMCG brands, Investment Banks and Consulting firms. It is a pioneer in the field of trade and all these were my rationale behind joining IIFT.
Careers360: What was your preparation strategy for IIFT 2013?
Satyaki: I never overcomplicated thing. Quants section was my forte. So I always focused more on Verbal’s, especially the paragraphs which can baffle the “Shakespeare” out of anyone. These paragraphs need to be approached clinically.
This cannot happen overnight, so the only thing required is practice. You need to manage your time well. This might be a clichÃ©d statement but it is all the more true. You have to be persistent in your preparations. Even after a long day’s work, when your body tends to give up, you have to go, sit and study. It is also important to take all the Mock Cats very seriously.
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Careers360: How important is Coaching or Mentoring to crack IIFT or other Management entrance tests?
Satyaki: It indeed is important. Maybe not because of the content which they offer, but because of the regularity they bring in you. The regular Mocks, the classes and the doubt clearing sessions help every aspirant. But if you have regular classes to attend, it actually gives a pull which is required to motivate a person. It also keeps you abreast of the changes and you get to learn an expert’s view at the end of the day.
Careers360: How did you manage IIFT preparation schedule along with your working hours?
Satyaki: It was difficult, at times very strenuous to concentrate and prepare with so much of pressure at work. But I always motivated myself saying that it’s the last leap “let me give it the best”
I had and maintained a strict routine. I always tried to put in at least an hour or two on a daily basis and around 10 hrs (5 each) on a weekend. I started preparing from May’13 and also enrolled for Test series Daily, I used to solve at least a few questions online. So I would say sticking to the plan and being consistent worked for me.
Careers360: Please share your preparation strategy for the English Comprehensive, General Knowledge & Awareness and Logical Reasoning & Quantitative Analysis.
Satyaki:English Comprehensive: Read lots of Paragraphs, read newspaper daily and approach with an objective mind and not in a subjective way.
GK: Solving past papers and Manorama year book supports.
LR and Quant’s: Practice a few problems daily. Gradually increase the level of questions. I followed Arun Sharma religiously. Solve questions from Social Forums and other online test series’. Not ignoring any area is important for every aspirant. The questions in the exam are diversified, so do not ignore question related to some other feild
Careers360: What was your Time Management formula while taking the actual IIFT paper?
Satyaki:My strategy was to maximize attempts. I went through the entire paper once and then started doing all the easy ones. I tried to solve questions uniformly from all sections. I did not swap sections frequently. I let go of questions if they were not solved in the first attempt. The passages tend to be easy. So I tried solving all of them. LR was also on the easier side, so I tried to maximize my score by answering all of them.
Careers360: What were your strong and weak areas? How did you prepare and what special efforts did you put for improving your weak areas?
Satyaki:Strong Areas: LR and Quants and Weak Areas: Passages and DI. I spent a significant amount of my entire prep’s time for my weak section. For starting, I saw a few online videos and then tried implementing those in the questions. It did not work initially. But gradually it started working. This happened with DI specifically. At time with the passage section, you really have no way of knowing which the right answer is or whether all the logic which you have applied stands valid or not. So reading a lot of literary material is the only way to be strong in a particular section.
Careers360: What is your advice for the Management aspirants who will take IIFT 2014?
Satyaki:My advice would be to prepare for the exam with a very sound approach. To keep the basics straight and not follow too many strategies is the mantra. It is all about working to your strengths and hiding your weaknesses. It is also important to attempt equal number of questions from all the sections.
Careers360: How did you divide your timings between preparation and recreational activities? What were the activities that you did besides preparing for the exam?
Satyaki: I am a big time foodie. So the only recreational activity I did was eating in different restaurants. I am also a fan of of Pink Floyd’s music, and I always had them on my I-Pod. They were real stress busters during my preparations.
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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.