How to prepare for the Verbal Section of IIFT exam?

The Verbal Sections of the IIFT paper are divided into two sections:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Verbal Ability

Compared to other competitive tests such as the CAT and XAT, the Reading Comprehension section is often easy. 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 assess your vocabulary and fundamentals

The Verbal Ability portions assess your vocabulary and basic grammar skills. I would recommend doing two to three sessions each 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 portion is simple and should not be a problem. Questions on Vocabulary and Grammar make up the Verbal Ability portion. This exam included a puzzle in this area in one year, which was a pleasant surprise. If you are not prepared for such inquiries in such situations, you can skip them at first and return to them later if you have time.

Basic grammar and punctuation rules are the subject of the questions. Make sure you go over them again. In addition to this, questions based on Word Roots and spellings are occasionally asked. You can’t do much at this point except prepare for these areas and review the terms and grammar rules you’ve learned so far. Try “Wren & Martin” if you need to brush up on your grammar basics, specially Subject Verb Agreement portion.

Reading Comprehension Exam:

In general, IIFT RCs have been long, however last year’s edition defied the pattern by presenting shorter RCs with a high number of factual/direct questions. Given this, you should be prepared for both long and short RCs. Because time management is so important, browse over the questions before reading the RCs and figure out which ones are worth your attention. You should avoid questions that require you to determine which of the following is not true or those ask you to identify the correct statements/inferences from a specified collection because they will take a long time. Keep in mind that time is of the essence in this situation. Also, don’t go in thinking you’re not going to be able to solve any RCs. Some of the RCs featured are sitters due to their simplicity, and you will not be sorry if you miss out on them after the exam.