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IIFT 2013 entrance exam for the reputed Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) Delhi and Kolkata is a week away, on Sunday, December 24, 2013. Careers360 is here to provide you all the guidance and motivation in the form of IIFT topper interviews. Today, we will provide you the first IIFT topper interview of the series with Shambhavi Singh, a second year student of IIFT Delhi.
Shambhavi took IIFT entrance exam in 2011 and scored 48.2 out of 100. She is a B. Tech in Computer Science from Jaypee Institute of Information Technology. She talks about IIFT entrance exam, her preparation strategy, GDPI experience, life at IIFT and her career aspirations.
For any doubts and questions related to the exam pattern, preparation and other related queries, students can call the IIFT 2013 Exam Helpline at 011-40360360.
Excerpts from the interview:
Q: What motivated you to join IIFT?
A: I was looking to do my masters in business and while researching the B-schools to apply to, I came across IIFT. It is counted amongst the top 10 B-schools of India. While that was a good enough reason, I did further research and came to the conclusion that IIFT offers differentiation in form of MBA (IB) that most other premier institutes do not. The location of the B-School as well as the placement reports were enough motivation to seriously apply for IIFT.
Q: Which other MBA entrance exams did you take?
A: Apart from IIFT entrance exam, I took CAT, XAT and NMAT.
Q: Which other B-school calls did you convert and why did you choose IIFT over those B-schools?
A: I converted NMIMS and all the new IIMs. I didn’t go for NMIMS because of the sheer batch size intake and also I got banking which may or may not have been upgraded. I chose IIFT over newer IIMs because it’s a 50 year old institution. It has a long standing history of providing quality management education and exposure in the international business. That will take some time for the new IIMs to catch up to.
Q: How different is IIFT entrance exam compared to other MBA entrance exams that you took? Did you take separate preparation for IIFT?
A: No, I did not do any separate preparation for IIFT because I was anyway reading newspapers and I like to keep up with what’s happening. So, GK wasn’t too much of an issue. And for other sections, CAT preparation sufficed.
Q: Share your experience of IIFT GD, PI and SoP or any other selection criteria for IIFT?
A: My GD topic at IIFT was around the lines of ‘Should recruiters give the maximum weightage to the MBA degree or individual talent?’ IIFT GD was a great experience as there was enough airtime for everyone. While that may sound easier but it’s not because now you have to make sense and pitch in great points. Also, at any time, the evaluating professors may make anyone from the group act as the moderator. So, it’s different in that aspect compared to other top B-School GD experience.
The form which you have to fill once you clear the written exams and before the GD PI rounds is very important as your entire interview may revolve around that. Though that did not happen with me, a lot of people had that experience. I just made sure that I proof read my form multiple times and got other people’s opinions as well.
IIFT interview is taken by our professors. They are very senior faculty and made me feel very comfortable. Questions were the usual ones revolving around why MBA, why IIFT, my hobbies etc.
Q: While exams like CAT, MAT, TISSNET and now IRMA are going computer based, do you think it IIFT should also convert the traditional paper pencil based test to computer based/online?
A: Well that is always an option, but I don’t think there is any glitch in our process even now. In my opinion, why look for a solution where isn’t a problem. Any which way It may not make too much of a difference.
Q: How is life at IIFT? What according to you makes the institute different?
A: Joining IIFT has been one of the best decisions of my life in terms of life experiences. Life at IIFT never has a dull moment. Though it’s immensely pressurizing at times because we have one of the heaviest course load across all B-schools, there is always time to have fun and have plenty of it. There are so many clubs and activities always going on. Being a small batch size, all of us know everyone else. You step out of your hostel alone; you can always find a familiar face to talk to. And that I think is the USP of IIFT, the small batch size and the small campus.
Q: According to you, how important is the gender or academic diversity in a class of MBA? Do you think it is justified to award extra marks to female or non engineering candidates to maintain diversity in the class?
A: While gender diversity is important, it is more important to respect talent and competence at post graduate level. If we are trying to induce gender diversity, MBA isn’t the place to do it. Primary and secondary schools are. We make the crÃ¨me de le crÃ¨me of India’s educated population. Diluting quality at this stage is a strict no – no. This is another great thing about IIFT. The process is extremely transparent.
Q: What are your career aspirations? Where do you want to see yourself five years down the line?
A: I am interested in a career in marketing. Five years down the lane, I see myself having finished my necessary sales stint and in a decision making role in marketing in a firm of good repute. During the first few years of my career, I only want to learn, learn and keep learning.
Q: What is your advice to the IIFT aspirants who would be taking the exam on 24th November?
A: This is a generic advice for any exam, the more you panic the worse you perform. Be absolutely confident of the hard work you have put in. For IIFT specially, make sure you attempt a decent number of questions in GK because that can be a deal breaker. Do NOT leave any section under attempted in case they decide on sectional cut offs. Once you have uniformly attempted all sections, return to the section which is your strength and maximize your score there.
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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
hope this helps,
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.