Study tips for IIFT 2017 preparation in the last 5 days

Preparing for the IIFT MBA entrance exam is no easy task – The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) was set up by the Indian government as an autonomous body specializing in international/ foreign trade. Over the years it has established itself as a renowned business school and is counted among the top 10 B-schools in India. No wonder then, that despite the rising popularity of MBA entrance exams like CATXAT & international-level exams like GMAT, IIFT still continues to conduct its own entrance exam for admission to its most in-demand program – the MBA in International Business (IB.)

Last year almost 45,000 candidates wrote the IIFT entrance exam for admission to 500+ seats at IIFT New Delhi and IIFT Kolkata proving the popularity & difficulty level of this exam.

This year, IIFT’s MBA entrance exam is going to be conducted on Sunday, 3rd December, 2017. With just 5 days left, we know that many MBA aspirants are in panic mode already!

Here are some last-minute preparation tips for IIFT 2017

  1. Understand the IIFT exam pattern

    What makes the IIFT exam unique in comparison to CAT, CMAT etc. is that it does not have any fixed exam pattern. The 4 sections remain the same, however the marking scheme, number of questions for each section, changes every year. This surprise quotient adds to the difficulty level of the exam. Go through the exam pattern of IIFT in the last 3 years to get an idea of what you can expect this year: IIFT previous years’ exam pattern.

  2. Attempt 1 mock IIFT question paper a day

    In these 5 days, just stick to attempting one full-length IIFT sample test. Try to simulate the actual testing environment – sit down to write the test between 10 am – 12 noon. When you repeat this practice from Tuesday to Saturday, the actual test on Sunday (i..e. 3 December) won’t same as intimidating or scary! Just treat Sunday as another mock test and give your best attempt with full confidence.

  3. Learn from your mistakes

    Don’t just attempt those sample tests and leave them at it. Go back and analyz2016e your test to understand where you’re losing out. Are you not well-versed with certain concepts? Is speed an issue? Do you need more practice for certain types of questions. Spend the second half of every day trying to correct these issues, before you attempt a new mock test the next day.

  4. Don’t start a new topic now

    The last 5 days is not the time to learn a new mathematics concept. This will only lead to last-minute panic and make you lose confidence over the other topics you do know.

    Also read: All you need to know about IIFT: campus, fee, placements

  5. Never too late to learn more GK!

    The only exception to the “don’t start a new topic” rule is for IIFT’s General Awareness preparation. This is a significant section of the exam and in the last 3 years, more than 25 questions have been dedicated to the GK section of IIFT, carrying at least14% weightage in the whole test. So, even in these last few days, keep going through business & international trade journals, keeping a tab on all financial, political, economics related news. The best part about this section is that you don’t need a lot of time to figure out if you know the answer or not. Don’t take more than 15 seconds per GK question, and move on to spend time on other sections of the test.

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