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IIFT 2017: GK Section To Carry 15% Weightage

Last Updated - October 26, 2016

Our parents have always pushed us to study General Knowledge exhaustively and extensively, so as to attain a good rank in any competitive exam. And well, you all will be thanking them today for this tip. All the candidates appearing for the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade or IIFT 2017now have some good news to hear. If you prepare thoroughly for the GK section, it will definitely be a score-booster as it will now account for 15% of the overall weightage of the exam. This will further help you rank better and place you in merit. Also, it is essential for candidates to qualify in the GK section separately, along with the other three sections- Quantitative Analysis, English Comprehension, and Analytical & Logical Reasoning.

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The IIFT 2017 is a pen and paper exam. Talking about the IIFT 2016 Exam Pattern, it is of 2 hours in duration with multiple-type questions with 4 choices to choose from. The total number of questions generally range from 115 to 130. The mode of IIFT Exam is in English only.

Know More About The GK Section

Till the last year, the GK section carried a weightage of 14% which has now increased to 15% this year. The exam carries 30 GK questions that carry 15 marks out of 100, can get you an edge over the others if you prepare well. Although it requires no special skill to prepare, a thorough read of the daily newspaper, editorials, blogs, etc. can fetch you good marks. However, some candidates are still skeptic about the relevant topics as well as its importance of the section. This year, the IIFT 2017 is scheduled for November 27,2016 for admission to MBA(IB) 2017-19 batch. The last date of submitting duly filled-in form at IIFT office is September 5,2016.

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It is important for candidates to take this section as seriously as others. For some, they prepare for IIFT GK section just because they are simultaneously preparing for the CAT 2016 exam. There is no major difference between the preparation strategy for both the exams. However, their main area is focus is CAT Exam only, which is not the right approach.

Another point, with respect to GK in IIFT, is that the exam has a lot of matching the column kind of questions. This, in a way, is a blessing because each answer option has multiple combinations given. So, even if you don’t know the answer to all 4 combinations, there is always the possibility of knowing 1 or 2 of the combinations and getting the answer using elimination.

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Hence, prepare well!

IIFT 2017 Tips For Preparing For GK Section

Here are some great tips for the GK section to help you score better:

Study Time and Syllabus

For most of the candidates, the first question that pops in their head is, “Where to begin from for the GK section?”. Since there is no set syllabus for the GK section, the topics to study becomes a big worry. We suggest the candidates to devote minimum 2 hours of their day to the GK section. We understand that there are other sections to study too and GK is a never-ending subject, but this section is as important as others. You need to carve out time and learn the key events/ dates/personalities etc.

Devote Sufficient Time

Further, we suggest all the aspiring candidates to not underestimate this section. There are good 25-30 questions from this section, that if attempted well, can increase your score like no other section. According to Prof. S. K. Agarwal, who is an expert on Verbal Ability and IIFT preparation, shares that it’s not only the conventional pattern of GK but also the analytical and current environmental awareness of your surroundings which is needed to crack GK in IIFT 2017. In IIFT 2017 the weightage to General Knowledge & Awareness section would be 14% to 15% and a sectional cut off will also be applied.

Divide into section

It is always a good idea to divide the GK section into different parts. Divide them into,

  • Conventional- books, newspapers, periodicals
  • Business, Finance and Economy- Fiscal and monetary policy, CRR, Repo Rate, Devaluation and up valuation of Rupee.
  • Current Affairs (India)- personalities, sports, events, dates, govt. announcements etc.
  • Current Affairs (International)- military deals, global depression, UN, Defence, etc.

Make Notes

Making notes of the key points is as important as anything else. Since this section requires you to memorize a lot of things, get into a habit of jotting down the important points learnt during the day.

Take help of the savior, the Internet

Internet is a fantastic resource when it comes to learning about new things. Surf Google, watch videos on YouTube, read Blogs, etc. to be vigilant about what is going on. Not just follow, but try and participate in different discussions too. There is no better learning than this.

The Quiz Time

GK is not as hard as we think! If learning seems a problem, you can participate in a number of online quizzes or games. It is a fun and easy way to brush up your GK lessons. This is also a self-assessing tool.

What The Expert Says?

Prof. S.K. Agarwal, apprises the candidates to read whatever interests them. This helps them remember better. One must prepare, revise and groom their GK skills well before the exam. With just 3 months to the IIFT 2017 exam, it is time that you to increase your pace. It is a sufficient time to prepare for such an exam.

We hope this article has given you a fair knowledge about the whole GK section of the IIFT 2017 exam. We wish all you aspirants, best of luck!



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