How to prepare for the Verbal section of IIFT entrance test?

Though people on the overall prepare for the verbal ability section of the entrance exams for B-Schools in a general and time-trusted way of getting the English Grammar concepts strong, building vocabulary and improving your reading and writing skills, every other entrance exam has some sort of variation when it comes to how they prioritize its sections or design the question pattern for it.

IIFT, for example, has its own unique pattern of this section. The vocabulary and Grammar portion in this section hold special importance, much more than what they hold in exams like CAT, and on par with the ones like XAT. One year even featured a crossword puzzle in the section. If your vocabulary is strong, go with it, but do remember that it may slow you down, while you can have a look on other questions.
Always make sure to revise your basics of grammar well. There may be some questions on punctuation and spelling.

The Reading Comprehension part of the paper, though usually known to have been a bit lengthy and complex, has been asking straight questions with shorter passages for a few years. Many people would suggest to look at the questions first and then proceed towards the passage for relevant lines to answer them, but I would personally avoid it. The main reason behind this would be not being able to read the passage well to understand the core message, and instead entering it with a pre conceived mindset. This blurs your thought process and makes you to jump into conclusions before going through each and every line.

The IIFT entrance exam’s verbal component is identical to that of other MBA admission exams. Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, and English Grammar are all part of it. The preparation technique for it is the same as for other entrance exams such as CAT, XAT, and NMAT; all that is required is to practice sample IIFT exam questions.

  • When compared to other competitive tests such as the CAT and XAT, the Reading Comprehension section is often easy, and the problems can be quickly cracked provided you understand the primary idea of the material. When it comes to acing this portion, I recommend going over the questions first. This will give you an idea of which parts to concentrate on while reading the material. So, read the questions, skim through the passage, and then read the questions to see if you can answer them. Reread the questions and answer them.

  • The Verbal Ability parts evaluate your vocabulary and basic grammar skills. I recommend doing two to three sessions every day from Norman Lewis’ book Word Power Made Easy, which contains 80 sessions and will undoubtedly help you prepare for other competitive tests such as the NMAT. You might also listen to vocabulary audios on your phone to help you prepare on the go. The grammar section is simple and should not be a problem.