Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) is one of the most difficult to crack. It means serious business compared to other MBA programs because it begins with a hardcore ‘foreign trade’ specialisation. The process of selection at IIFT consists of an Essay (WAT), a Group Discussion (GD) and a Personal Interview (PI).

Some Facts about the Admission Procedure at IIFT

  • We hope you have filled the handwritten form for IIFT and have sent it. The latest news says that you will get a call/email by the 18th of January 2017.
  •  Your city and the slot of the interview will be according to what you have requested in the form.
  • Must Carry: Your form and your original mark sheets (10th, 12th, UG) and certificates, pay-slips, recommendation letters of your work experience.
  • The GD/PI/WAT process will start in 1st week of Feb and they end by the middle of Feb.
  • By Mid March 2017, the First Shortlist student list for Delhi and Kolkata will be declared. You will get approximately one month to pay the fee.
  • Waitlist Candidate List is generally declared in a few weeks after the last date of fee payment.
  • Follow the Facebook Group of IIFT for Dates and Discussions on GD-PI

A Typical Interview Day at IIFT

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1. Essay/WAT: (Duration: 20 Minutes, Words: 300) 

You enter a room with around 8 odd candidates with whom you are given a topic for the essay. Hence, you essentially have five minutes to think and 15 minutes to write. Topics may or may not be about economics or foreign trade heavy but you must be ready for such topics since it is a Foreign trade institute. One of the topic last year was  “Role of regional parties in Indian Politics”. Most importantly, do not make grammatical errors. Your essay should be gold-plated.

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Sample Topics: 

  • Demonetisation 
  • “Incredible India” Campaign
  • Effects of falling Oil Prices on Global Economy
  • Economic development Opportunity in Indian Villages
  • Food Security: Concern for lesser developed countries
  • Rapes and Female Clothing in India
  • Donald Trump as the US President and its Effects on India

2. GD: (Duration: 40 Minutes, Panelists: 3)

They give you a topic and you get a few minutes to prepare your content. Each candidate gets 1-2 minutes to give an introduction to the topic. Include the most important points that matter to you. These are the most noteworthy things you want to discuss. As a matter of fact, if you are the 1st person to speak, it is the easiest to speak but the last one finds it the most difficult as most of the points will have been covered by others! In conclusion and similar to what Shah Rukh Khan says in Chak De India, it seems like, ‘1 minute hai tumhare paas!‘ After that, the floor is open for all. This discussion can turn into a fish market. However, you’ve got to learn how to firmly put your points forward and get heard. There are almost no points for screaming and disrespecting others.

Sample Topics:

  • Demonetisation: Blessing or Waste?
  • Trump for India or Against
  • Swachh Bharat Abhiyan: Much Noise, Less action
  • Rural posting of Doctors should be Voluntary or Compulsory
  • Arrests for Social Media Posting: Fair or Unfair
  • 24hr News Channels: For or Against

3.  Interview: (Duration 10-15 minutes Panelists: 3)

They have your CV and the form that you had sent for the interview. You can be asked a lot of questions on the basis of that. Hopefully, you have written genuine things and have not tried to fake it. Be honest in a scenario of questions based on ethics because they can be tricky and the more you fake, the higher chances you get caught. Furthermore, some of the General Knowledge Questions are also asked during the interview. These can be foreign trade related questions too. Nevertheless, being confident and honest is the key.

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Sample Questions:

  • Your Academic Profile: If you are changing your field from Engineering, it ought to be one of the questions because it is a big decision and says things about you.
  • Your Current Situation in Life: If you have taken a gap year, then they could ask about that as well. If you are leaving a job for MBA, they may ask why.
  • Personality Questions: You must know how to ‘Talk about Yourself’. If you have written about a peculiar hobby, think of how can you explain it if a question is asked. Know what are your strengths, weaknesses and how are you working upon those. They can ask about your city/town/village and its speciality too. 
  • Why IIFT- is the most important question. Why not any other B-School?
  • General Knowledge: Your opinion on Cyrus Mistry vs Ratan Tata or Demonetisation or Trump is good for America, etc can be asked.
  • About the Specialisation your wish to Study: If you want to study Marketing at IIFT, you must know which are the extra subjects like International Marketing, International Trade, International Finance, etc. 

Some Pearls of Wisdom from Your IIFT Seniors

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In conclusion, your honesty, clarity and confidence will help you crack the IIFT interview. This is almost true for any interview out there! Hence, Be confident and put your best non-sweaty hand and non-smelly foot forward!

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