IF YOU’RE preparing for CAT, there’s no way you can avoid taking the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) entrance exam scheduled for the fourth Sunday of November this year.
Conducted in the paper- pencil format (followed by group discussion, essay writing and interview for the final selection), IIFT 2010 was held in 20 cities and towns across the country, including Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Dehradun and Delhi. This year, too, the centres are likely to be the same. And the paper pattern will not be different from the IIFT 2010 format.
Informs Dr Vijaya Katti, Chairperson, IIFT’s Graduate Studies Division: “The entrance exam is in the multiple choice format in English. It has questions covering English Comprehension, General Knowledge and Awareness, Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation, as well as Quantitative Analysis.” There’s no magic bullet that can help you clear this first hurdle. Your knowledge of the subjects covered by the four sections of the test paper and grasp over issues of contemporary relevance will help you crack the written test, but you’ll be assessed on much more in the stage that follows the written exam for shortlisted candidates.
“We evaluate candidates on the basis of their clarity and logical expression, level of maturity, balanced approach, presence of mind and the potential for being groomed as a manager,” says Munish Bhargava, IIFT’s Corporate Adviser and Placement Head. “We observe very closely their personality, communication skills and body language, the quality of their contributions to discussions ( not aggression!), and their ability to listen to others.” The entrance exam covers concepts that are more or less the same as in CAT, but the level of the paper is much easier. Speed solving and speed reading are the two attributes that will help you clear this exam. The Data Interpretation section is more calculation intensive but the passages are easy.
A sound vocabulary will help you sail through English Comprehension, so start learning at least ten new words every day. Also, read newspapers regularly regularly to enhance your comprehension and reading speed.
For the Quantitative Analysis section, bone up on the concepts that figure in CAT, but rest assured that the level of questions is easier. Trigonometry is the topic that doesn’t figure in the CAT scheme of things. That leaves you with the critical issue of time management.
No Sectional Cut-Offs!
The entrance exam question paper doesn’t have sectional cut- offs, so set your individual time limits for each section and approach one with the determination to max it.
Srijan Pal Singh, Knowledge Adviser to the coaching institute, PT Education, suggests that when you prepare for the Verbal Ability section of CAT, devote considerable time to newspapers and magazines. This will help you prepare for the language comprehension and general awareness sections of most management entrance exams as well as for the interviews that follow.
And even if you’re preparing for IIFT, crack the quantitative and data interpretation sections of the old papers of the FMS admission test and XAT, the XLRI entrance exam whose results are accepted by a host of other management schools. A place at the IIFT can prove to be your ticket to a career in international business. Don’t let this opportunity slip by.
Article Credits: Education Mail