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IIFT 2020 toppers
Mohit SharmaExam score : 99.98 percentile
Mohit Sharma has done B.E (Electronics & Communication) and belongs to Nagpur. He had 28 months of work experience before joining IIFT MBA (IB) 2016-18 programme. He loves reading and listening music. Mohit Sharma attributes his success to his father.
My exam prep strategy, experience & Advice
For the benefit of MBA aspirants, MBAUniverse.com asked Shekhar Kapoor about his preparation strategy and advice to do well in MBA entrance exams. Details follow
Q.What was your overall preparation strategy for IIFT exam?
A. I will share on it by dividing my preparation strategy in 3 slots beginning from the day when I seriously started my preparation for IIFT entrance exam
Last 3 months: I started my preparation in earnest at this time. I found out my areas of strength and weaknesses and started focussing on them. I made a list of very important subtopics which I intended to focus. I also tried compiling my notes from different sources and solved questions of all type of difficulties – easy moderate and difficult.
I also gave a few diagnostic tests to gauge my level of preparation and determine the areas requiring my maximum focus and time.
Last month: At this time, I started focussing on fine tuning my preparation and gave mocks every alternate day and analysed the results religiously and gave it the majority of my time at hand.
Also, I started revising the various concepts and specific problem types I had earmarked for this time.
Last 15 days: I stopped giving mocks at this time and just analysed the previous mock results in which I had done pretty poorly. I started formulating my strategy for D-Day and dedicated my efforts to shortcut tricks and mathematical formulae. I also revised the wordlists at this time.
Q. Please share your sectional preparation strategy for IIFT 2015? How did you prepare for each section Quantitative Aptitude, English Comprehension, General Awareness & Logical Reasoning? What study materials and books did you use?
A. My preparation strategy for each section could be summarized as below-
IIFT exam is one of the few exams which include this section in their entrance exams. This section is one of the most feared by aspirants but if one dedicates some time to it, General Awareness can help in maximizing your score and also save a couple of minutes for lengthier questions in other sections.
Business and economics always corner most of the questions in this section. I personally referred to Career Launcher’s and Bankers’ Adda compendium to brush up my knowledge and I found them helpful.
I also read The Hindu every day and it helped me in getting through a few questions too. There are a few questions related to History, Geography, Arts, etc. too but they are highly subjective and reading a lot about them might not be the best use of your time.
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation
The Logical Reasoning subsection is similar to most other related competitive exams. There are multiple sets and regular practice must be done. Previous years’ question papers should be solved so as to increase your confidence level and competency. But, apart from the sets, IIFT exam also has questions relating to blood relation, syllogism, series, etc.Any good book will suffice for the logical reasoning part and I preferred Arun Sharma’s book on the subject matter as it included ample problems and solutions.
As far as data interpretation is concerned, practice is the key. Pie Chart and Line Chart are the most common types but sufficient practice should be done of other type of figures. Practicing frequently will help the aspirant get a hang of the type of questions asked and will be instrumental in saving valuable time in exam. It is imperative to be very well acquainted with shortcuts like decimal to fraction conversion and vice versa, tables up to 25, etc. to ease the calculation part.
Quantitative Ability is normally dominated by questions from arithmetic area. Last year, as much as 11 questions out of 22 found their way into the question paper. I always enjoyed Algebra and Probability related questions and solved them first but that will differ from person to person. So, my advice will be very clear with the fundas of arithmetic and it will definitely see you through.
I referred ‘Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT’ by Arihant and was thoroughly satisfied with the content and level of questions given.
Verbal Ability is divided into two subparts – English Usage and Reading Comprehension. Reading Comprehensions are known to be very lengthy in IIFT exam but the trick is to skim through the passages and find key words of question in the passages and find your answer therein. RCs could end up taking a lot of time, so it is advisable to keep an eye on the watch. Again, comprehensive practice should be done at home to make you acquainted with the type of questions.
The second section English Usage has high focus on vocabulary so it is advisable to read wordlists (I read the Barron’s wordlist and found it to be more than enough). Basic grammar rules should be read from any primer and it will come in handy in the exam.
Q.Was there any particular section that you were weak at? How did you overcome this challenge?
A.I was strong in Verbal and General Knowledge section but lagged behind in Quants.
To remedy the situation, I devoted majority of time during the early phases of my preparation to brushing up my quant basics and deciding on which topic to focus and which topics to leave altogether. I picked up high scoring and formulae based topics like geometry, probability, etc.
Q.How can candidates use Mock tests better? What is your advice?
A. The thing I did right during my test prep was my focus on giving as many mock tests as possible. My studies revolved around the mocks. I had a big chart above my study table which tracked my scores in different mocks. That way, I was able to track my progress and modify and refine my strategies on runtime basis. When I saw the graph rising in consecutive weeks, I felt confident of my strategies and when otherwise, I took time out to modify my plan accordingly.
Q.Did you go to offline coaching centre? What role does a coaching centre play?
A.I did not go to any offline coaching centre for my preparation.
Q.Other than IIFT, which exam did you appear?
A.I appeared for NMAT, SNAP, XAT and CAT besides IIFT.
Q.Which institutes did you apply for admission?
A. I applied in the following institutes for admission: NMIMS Mumbai; SIBM-P & SCMHRD; SPJIMR; IIMs; XLRI
Q.Please share your strategy for the IIFT Day. What was your last-minute preparation? How did you plan your IIFT test taking?
A. My strategy on the exam day was to start the test with my area of strength which was Verbal Reasoning. Thankfully, I was able to perform as per my expectations here. After verbal, I went on to the General Awareness section because I figured that it will not take much time to complete this section and might be a score augmenter for me.Till this time, I was finished with two sections and I had comfortable time at hand which was a morale booster. And thus, I started with LR&DI and quant sections.
Focussing on your area of strength first can help in obtaining a substantial portion of score that you are going to get in the least possible time. This will help you in dedicating maximum time for sections in which you are comparatively weak.
Q. Which B-school you decided upon and why?
A. I chose IIFT over my other options because foremost it’s a Government institution and thus I know there will be no compromise over quality of education. Also, I talked to a few seniors who overwhelmingly suggested me IIFT over my other options.
Q.Any message you would like to share with the candidates preparing for IIFT 2016.
A. I would suggest the aspirants to focus on their strengths and try to maximize their marks in these areas. But, this should not mean that they ignore any section altogether for the fear of losing out on sectional cutoffs. It is also mostly noticed that aspirants totally ignore the general knowledge part. The General Knowledge section can be critical for getting you some extra marks and that too without taking much time, so don’t ignore it.
Mukesh GoyalExam score : 99.84 percentile
CAT 2017 can be conquered with 100 percentile by the determined students from small towns and with their self preparation, is the message Mukesh Goyal, CAT 2016 topper with 100 percentile and student of MBA 2017-19 batch at FMS Delhi shares with the CAT 2017 aspirants.
Apart from CAT, Mukesh appeared in XAT 2017 and IIFT 2016 also. He scored 99.795 in XAT and 99.84 in IIFT but preferred to join FMS Delhi as it was his dream B-school.
Mukesh hails from a modest family of small town Sunam in Sangrur district of Punjab. His father is a businessman and mother is homemaker. Sunam, as the name reflects represents a good reputation and true to the reputation of his birth place, Mukesh has added flying colours to it. Few may be aware that Sunam is also the birthplace of Shaheed Udham Singh, the great martyr who laid his life in Indian independence Movement by avenging of Jalianwala Bagh Massacre where British killed hundreds of innocent Indians.
Mukesh Goyal was a working professional when he started his CAT 2016 preparation. He balanced his CAT preparation with his working hours and managed both. It was not only simple preparation but also a good deal of devotion was required to overcome the weakness in VARC section.
Breaking the myth that Coaching is required to crack CAT exam, Mukesh remained stuck to self preparation but took as many Mocks as possible. An inspiration to CAT 2017 aspirants, Mukesh advises the MBA aspirants to take more and more Mocks, analyse them and have peer discussion which will help in boosting your score in CAT 2017.
Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) of Delhi University is the dream B-school for CAT toppers who prefer the campus to IIMs and other top B-schools due to the various USPs of this highly ranked B-school which has a legacy of more than 60 years. FMS Delhi is the highest RoI B-school with very low fee structure and high placements.
Mukesh has been a consistent performer throughout his academics. He scored 91.2% in class 10; 87.8% marks in class 12 and 72% marks in Bachelor in Engineering (B.E.). Mukesh had worked as Market Analyst at Futures First before joining MBA 2017-19 at FMS Delhi. Mukesh has great interest in playing and watching Cricket & Football doing Acting among other hobbies.
Nitesh PadhiExam score : 99.44 percentile
IIFT 2016 topper with 99.44 percentile studying in IIFT MBA (IB) 2017-19 batch Nitesh Padhi suggests the IIFT 2017 MBA entrance exam aspirants to go for speed reading the news papers as it will help not only the RC passages but will also help in GK section and in your future life.
Nitesh comes from a modest family of Bhubaneswar, Orissa. His father is a businessman and mother is employed. He has a younger sister studying in class 10. Nitesh has a consistently good academic record to his credit. He did his class 10 with 8/10 CGPA, class 12 with 79.40% marks and did his BBA in Finance from NMIMS Mumbai with 75.12% marks. Nitesh had gained a work experience of 10 months with Genpact India in Gurgaon before joining IIFT MBA (IB) 2017-19 batch.
Nitesh loves playing football and was Captain of School & College Football Teams. His hobbies include photography, reading (Lord of the Rings and Matthew Reilly), blogging among others.
Nitesh Padhi not only scored 99.44 percentile in IIFT entrance exam, but also scored 96 percentile in CAT 2016 and 99.07 percentile in CAT 2015 and above 98 percentile in NMAT. However, Nitesh preferred to join IIFT instead of any IIM or other B-school.
Sharing with MBAUniverse.com, Nitesh highlights his experience in preparation journey to IIFT and modestly attempts to give the ‘success mantra’ to the IIFT 2017 aspirants
My exam prep strategy, experience & Advice:
For the benefit of MBA aspirants, MBAUniverse.com asked Nitesh Padhi about his preparation strategy and advice to do well in MBA entrance exams. Details follow:
Nitesh (IIFT topper): I knew my strengths and weaknesses with regards to the different sections in the exam. My LR and Maths is above average while my English ability is on the higher side. So I knew which portions I needed to focus and spend more time on which I went on to do.
I went through a few coaching books and solved a lot of Mock Tests, which ensured that I was ready for the kind of questions which would come in the exam rather than being caught out by surprise.
MBAUniverse.com: Please share your sectional preparation strategy for IIFT 2016? How did you prepare for each section Quantitative Aptitude, English Comprehension, General Awareness & Logical Reasoning? What study materials and books did you use?
Nitesh (IIFT topper): Verbal Ability isn’t really something you can prepare separately for; it’s entirely dependent on your command over the English language and your vocabulary. You could try to speed read a lot of newspapers, this would not only ensure that you don’t spend too much time on the comprehension paragraphs, but would also be extremely valuable for the GK Section and MBA Life at IIFT in general.
For LRDI and Quant, I spent the first few days of my preparations just going through all the concepts in the books. After I had a brief idea of all the concepts, I started solving all the Practice Papers and Mock Tests available in the books. Developing the habit of solving questions would ensure that you’re up to the task on the actual day of the exam.
MBAUniverse.com: How important is General Awareness section in IIFT entrance exam? Was there any special strategy you adopted in GK preparation?
Nitesh (IIFT topper): While I wouldn’t say that General Awareness plays a huge role in the selection criteria for IIFT, it’s not something which can be avoided altogether. You need to have a basic understanding of the world around you and the different things going on with it. No one expects you to know even half of the GK questions, and that’s why the cutoff in this section is so low. Just read the newspaper everyday starting almost immediately, and you’ll be fine.
Pay special attention to the International Deals and Government Yojanas out there. Since IIFT specializes in International Trade, special emphasis lies on the International Trade Deals which happen such as ASEAN, TPP, BRICS and so on. Know basic details about them, the headquarters, the year if possible. Also know about the Government Yojanas such as the UDAN Scheme, Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan and so on.
MBAUniverse.com: Was there any particular section that you were weak at? How did you overcome this challenge?
Nitesh (IIFT topper): I would say that Quant was probably my weakest section out of them all. I didn’t take any coaching classes though, and cracked it on my own. Like I said above, read through all the concepts given in any coaching book first to get a basic idea and overview of everything, and then give as many Mock Tests and Practice Papers as possible. That’ll be more than enough to crack the IIFT Exam.
The Prime reason for doing this the way I did so was that you need to recognize the concept required for any question within 10-15 seconds max. You can’t afford to spend a minute trying to just understand the question. If you recognize which concept is needed, you’ll be able to solve it that much quicker saving on valuable time. It also helps with your psychology; knowing that you’re able to solve these questions well gives you a boost during the exam and is good for your self-confidence. It works out really well in the end.
MBAUniverse.com: How can candidates use Mock tests better? What is your advice?
Nitesh (IIFT topper): A lot of people procrastinate and run away from taking Mock Tests, which is the single most important element during the Preparation Process. Take as many Mock Tests as possible as regularly as possible; not only will it ensure that you’re up to date on your concepts, but it will build the habit of solving within you and really help you with your time management.
Taking mock tests would also tell you the ideal sequence in which you should solve the exam. You can try out different combinations and figure out which works for you. For me personally, English, LR/DI, Quant was the magic sequence.
MBAUniverse.com: Did you go to offline coaching centre? What role does a coaching centre play?
Nitesh (IIFT topper): I did NOT go to any coaching centre at any point, and took the exam on the basis of my own preparations. This is after dedicating 12 or so hours a day to my Job. Cut down on your sleep, 5 hours is more than enough for you for now.
MBAUniverse.com: Other than IIFT, which exam did you appear?
Nitesh (IIFT topper): I appeared in CAT, NMAT and XAT other than IIFT.
MBAUniverse.com: Which institutes did you apply for admission?
Nitesh (IIFT topper): I only applied to the top 10 or so B-Schools in India. I believed that I was capable of getting into them, and would only leave my Job if I received an Admission Offer from one of them. Don’t rush into your MBA and complete it from an Institute you’re not happy with just for the sake of getting done with it. Strive for your dream Institute, and it’ll work out for you if you put in the effort.
MBAUniverse.com: Please share your strategy for the IIFT Day. What was your last-minute preparation? How did you plan your IIFT test taking?
Nitesh (IIFT topper): One constraint of me while taking any exam is that I NEVER study for it on the actual day of the exam. You can’t afford to rush through last minute preparations because then your mind would be running at a hundred miles an hour and this would work against you during the actual exam. You want to be relaxed, have a simple light breakfast and listen to music.
Plan to reach the IIFT Exam Centre at least 45 minutes prior to the Reporting Time. Carry a large bottle of water; keeping yourself hydrated helps with the thought process. It’s also needed for when you’re stuck while solving any question; having a sip of water enables you to get your thoughts back on track and give it a fresh go.
Rajat TomarExam score : 97.00 percentile
Rajat Tomar has done B.Tech in Mechanical Engg. from HBTI Kanpur and is now pursuing PGDRM from IRMA. He has a Work Experience of around 2 years in United Breweries Ltd. Rajat belongs to Baraut, Uttar Pradesh. His father is a teacher in primary school and his mother is a house-wife.
Determined to crack CAT with high percentile, Rajat appeared in CAT exam and scored 92.5 percentile.
He has interest in Reading and Analyzing World Politics, Spirituality, Cricket, Badminton.