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How to ace GK section in IIFT 2023? [IIFT GK Questions]

How to ace GK section in IIFT 2023? [IIFT GK Questions]

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IIFT gk questions

Important Notice

This is to inform all the aspirants of full time MBA (International Business) and MBA (Business Analytics) Programmes that for the academic year 2024, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade will accept CAT 2023 Score.

The IIFT (Indian Institute of Foreign Trade) test is an exam for MBA aptitude management admission just like any other entrance test to a B-school, especially for IIFT Kolkata, Delhi and Kakinada.  The exam is held in an online mode across 60-70 cities of India. It is taken by around 40,000+ candidates every year. The IIFT exam tests students on 4 sections divided into LRDI (Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation), VARC (Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension), QA (Quantitative Aptitude), and GK (General Knowledge).

Today, at MBA Rendezvous, we will be talking about the GK section of the IIFT exam in specific and some tips to crack it with ease.

General Knowledge is a dynamic discipline. It is continuously evolving. Yet, there is a part of GK which remains constant. Accordingly, for the sake of differentiating between the two, GK can be said to comprise of:

1. Static GK

Static GK covers areas which remain constant over time. Such areas include:

  • History
  • Geography
  • Sports
  • Science and Technology
  • Indian Political System and Constitution
  • Economy
  • World Bodies

For instance, the fact that India is part of Asia, or that Sachin Tendulkar is a cricketer, or that India gained independence in 1947 are facts that remain unchanged.

Prepare for Static GK

The best way to prepare for this part of GK is to read up regularly and try to retain anything that is of importance and is fixed. Also, it is a good idea to look for reliable resources and refreshers to assimilate as much as possible. Unknowingly, you would already possess a lot of such information through observation, reading newspapers, years of schooling and so on. You just have to build on it. The GK section can help you increase your accuracy levels. As there are no calculations involved, either you know the answer or you don’t. There is very little chance of confusion.

2. Current GK

Current GK covers areas that are constantly evolving and being updated. This is the dynamic part of GK. As it is ever changing, it is wise to keep yourself updated on the happenings in India and the world in the last one year. Questions in this can come from areas such as:

  • Indian Politics
  • Sports
  • Organizations
  • People in News
  • Economy

For instance, the winner of any award changes every year, politicians occupying important offices are likely to change every now and then and so on.

Prepare for Current GK

The best way to keep yourself updated on Current happenings is to absorb everything that is making news, from more than one source of news, such as newspapers, TV and internet.

Important Dates

As per the press release by NTA on their official website, the IIFT 2023 important dates are:

IIFT Exam Events

IIFT 2023 Dates

IIFT 2023 registrations begin

30th September 2022

Last Date of registrations  14th November 2022

Admit card download begins

1st week of December 2022

IIFT 2023 exam

18th December 2022

IIFT answer key release

Last week of December, 2022

IIFT 2023 Result announcement

1st week of January 2023

How to attempt the GK section of IIFT?

Unlike other sections, the GK section of IIFT is not time-consuming. The choice that you have is fairly easy- either you know the answer or you don’t or you can guess the answer intelligently.

  • Scan the questions and identify the ones you are sure of
  • Attempt the questions you find easy and are confident about
  • From the remaining questions, identify the ones you can work your answer through intelligent guessing, process of elimination and so on
  • Attempt these questions if your reasonably confident
  • Beware of negative marking, hence leave the questions you are unsure of

Does IIFT GK have negative marking?

Yes, the IIFT exam has negative marking. About 0.5 of the score gets deducted for every wrong answer in the GK section. You can clear the cut-off for the GK section, if you work systematically. As the syllabus for GK is close to infinite, it is best if you plan your schedule wisely and focus on areas that one could expect in the IIFT exam. The GK section in IIFT is usually the deciding factor for the overall scores.

Q. Is IIFT easy to crack?

IIFT Syllabus is divided into 4 sections, i.e., LRDI (Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation), VARC (Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension), QA (Quantitative Aptitude), and GK (General Knowledge). The difficulty level of IIFT is comparable to that of CAT and XAT. Calculation and analytical speed matter a lor when it comes to the IIFT exam. The questions might be a little less tough as compared to CAT, but have their own nuances. Be confident with basics. With the right amount of practice through mock tests, sectional and topic-wise tests – students can easily crack the IIFT exam.

Q. What is a good score in IIFT?

Based on reports, a score of 110-115 is considered good for getting admission to MBA courses in IIFT Delhi, Kolkata, and Kakinada. There are a total of 110 questions with +3 for every right answer and -0.5 for every wrong answer.

Q. Is the GK material given by TIME sufficient for preparing for the IIFT exam?

Yes, it is enough. Additionally, students can also go through newspapers, newsletter and other magazine letters to widen their knowledge graph and get to know some information that they must’ve missed. Continuous inflow of knowledge and retaining it is the key to cracking the GK section in the IIFT exam.
The following areas can be focused on:

  1. Important committees, people in news and so on
  2. World Bodies
  3. Business
  4. Foreign Trade
  5. Important Logos and punchlines
  6.  Books and authors
  7. Indian Polity

Q. What is the syllabus for the IIFT exam?

IIFT Syllabus is divided into 4 sections, i.e., LRDI (Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation), VARC (Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension), QA (Quantitative Aptitude), and GK (General Knowledge). There are a total of 110 questions with +3 for every right answer and -0.5 for every wrong answer.

Q. Free IIFT Mock Test for IIFT 2023?

MBA Rendezvous provides free IIFT mock tests for candidates aspiring to attempt IIFT exam 2023.
The students can find the available free mock test here - Free IIFT 2023 Mock Test 

Attempt Mock Tests

To better understand the kind of questions to be expected in the GK section, you must attempt a few Mock Tests. They will give you an idea about the questions, about the time you need to spend on each question, as also about the areas you need to revise.

GK Section and Accuracy

The GK section can help you increase your accuracy levels. As there is no calculations involved, either you know the answer or you don’t. There is very little chance of confusion.

Important general areas

The following areas can be focused on:

  • Important committees, people in news and so on
  • World Bodies
  • Business
  • Foreign Trade
  • Important Logos and punchlines
  • Books and authors
  • Indian Polity

You can clear the cut-off for the GK section, if you work systematically. As the syllabus for GK is close to infinite, it is best if you plan your schedule wisely and focus on areas that one could expect in the IIFT exam.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. How many practice tests are sufficient for IIFT?

Ans. A candidate should practice at least 20 full-length IIFT mock tests in order to score well in the IIFT exam, irrespective of the sectional and mock tests he/she takes. The basics of each and every topic and concept should be clear for the candidate.

Q2. Is IIFT tougher than CAT?

Ans. Both IIFT and CAT are challenging management exams, but they both have their own difficulty level. Total marks of CAT is 198, whereas total marks of IIFT is 300. Candidates have to solve 110 questions in 120 minutes for the IIFT exam while in CAT, candidates have to solve 66 questions in 120 minutes. The marking schemes of both exams are also very different, with an additional GK section as well in the IIFT exam. Only the DILR section in the IIFT exam is a little tougher as compared to the CAT exam. The IIFT exam might be only a tad-bit on the tougher side, but with apt time-management skills and sufficient practice, candidates can crack the IIFT exam with ease.

Q3. What percentile is required for IIFT?

Ans. Past reports suggest that even a 40 to 50 percent score in IIFT entrance exam rewards a percentile of 70 to 90 and the admission cut off also lies within this range.

Q4. Which one is better: FMS or IIFT?

Ans. When it comes to placements, FMS is in the bigger league but lacks its own campus in Delhi, which might hinder the learning process. Both being based out of Delhi, have amazing faculties, facilities and opportunities.

 

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