First, let us have a look at the DOs.
1. Focus of General Awareness preparation:
2. Take IIFT mock tests: Each entrance exam is unique in its nature and pattern. You must have taken enough mock tests exclusively for IIFT 2012. In the last week, you should take at least two mock tests and analyze them carefully. “Take a couple of mock tests in the last week before IIFT to identify and rectify errors you have been are facing,” says Saurav Tibrewal, an alumnus of IIFT Delhi.
3. Practise questions from past years’ papers: There are possibilities that you will get questions from previous years’ papers. So, it is a good idea to revise questions of the past five years. “You must solve past years’ questions. You may get a couple of familiar questions,” Tibrewal says.
4. Be careful about calculation:
5. Read the instructions carefully: As IIFT does not have a fixed pattern of questions and the marking scheme, it is advised that as soon as you get the paper, you must read the instructions carefully. This will give you a clear direction on how many questions to attempt, how much time you will get for each question and section, etc.
Now, let’s focus on the DO NOTs.
1. Don’t make any new strategy now: Now that less than one week is left for the exam, you must have zeroed in on a particular strategy. It would not be a wise decision to change unless it is absolutely necessary on the D-Day.
2. Don’t attempt your weak sections first: Since there is no compulsion for you to attempt a particular section first, you have the liberty to choose the order of the sections. Don’t start with the section you are not comfortable with. If you start the test with confidence, your performance will be better.
3. Don’t make blind guesses: Since IIFT involves negative marking, you should not make any blind guesses. You can take calculated risks though. But you should be absolutely confident about the risk you take. “Wild guess is not advised at all. Remember, there is negative marking. But you can take some calculated risks if you are 50 per cent sure of the answers,” Tibrewal advises.
4. Probe deeper into questions: You should not take the questions on their face value. There can be a lot of sitter-enabled questions. This is mostly applicable for Data Interpretation questions. At times, questions are loaded with data and seem to be calculation intensive. But they are actually an eye wash. Abhishek Gupta, academic head, Career Launcher, says, “DI in IIFT is mostly cumbersome. But it is not impossible to get direct questions hidden between indirect ones.”
5. Don’t lose patience: IIFT is a matter of two strenuous hours. Maintain cool and attempt to solve questions with the right momentum. “It is all about keeping one's cool and proper time management, because IIFT often has more questions compared with CAT. My year (2008) saw a lot of emphasis on data interpretation,”
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