IIFT GD/Essay/Interview process

With the IIFT results out, many of you would be wondering what exactly happens in the personality assessment round of this prestigious college.

Essay: What topics, Word limit?

GDs: 1 hour GDs?

Interview: How much international trade do I need to know?

Find out the answers straight from the horse’s mouth, or in other words, from people who have been there and done that. We’ve reached inside the IIFT campus and bring to you the interviews about the IIFT interview/GDs from the people who cracked this process recently.

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Top 5 Hottest Career Sectors

Until last year, BFSI owned the privilege of being the most sought after segment for employment. With an average growth of around 10%, BFSI pitched in over 55% to the GDP in FY’08. IT industry, the next most preferred segment, owed a part of its accelerated growth to the heavy expenditure on it by BFSI. Predicting the hottest sectors, a year earlier, was no tough cookie. But the current economic meltdown has made matters a little complicated, with its direct and most severe impact felt by the BFSI, and an indirect impact on the IT segment.

The massive jolt to its flagship industry, BFSI, caused the services sector to lose some importance to its counter parts, with the manufacturing sector engulfing a larger portion of the economic pie.

Within the manufacturing sector, the three industries that currently appear most promising are- Pharmaceuticals, Automotive and Power.

Pharmaceutical Sector:

The mammoth Rs.36,000 crore Indian pharmaceutical industry shows no sign of relenting under the current financial crisis. Dealing with relatively inelastic goods, untapped markets and rising consumer awareness, the industry is geared to grow at a rate of over 19% in the next fiscal year. Indian pharmacy has already witnessed the rise of some world class players, such as Ranbaxy, CIPLA and DRL, and the progress in this segment is only expected to rise.

Those graduates with a degree/diploma in B.Pharma, and interested in research, could expect to pursue rewarding careers with clinical research companies or research departments within leading pharmaceuticals. Other entry level jobs are available in the departments of production, purchase and sales; but a Bachelors degree in Pharma would go a long way here as well.

Automation Sector:

The past financial year saw the Indian automation industry grow at a very healthy rate. Even though this segment was affected by the economic slowdown, it jumped right back as companies from the automotive sector announced that there would be no downward revisions of previous production plans. Thus, for now, this industry would remain a lucrative opportunity for job seekers.

Graduates with a background in mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, electronic or production engineering would find attractive prospects in this sector. Entry level jobs are  available in production or engineering. Both facets focus on cutting costs, raising efficiency and improving quality by replacing manpower with machines.

Power Sector:

Since the growth of many industries within the manufacturing sector has hardly been impeded by the meltdown, the power generation industry is, but obviously, expected to continue its progress as well. The growth that the power sector registered last year is expected to accelerate, with the recent N-deal between India and the USA adding to the demand for experts and skilled labor for setting up and operating nuclear power plants.

The power sector harbors an urgent need for graduates with a degree/diploma in electrical, mechanical or civil engineering. Entry level jobs will involve on-site work with the generation or distribution departments. Prospective employees need to be prepared to work far from cities or towns; and in case of emergencies, may be required to work 24/7.

Besides these industries from the manufacturing sector, there are two other industries, belonging to the services sector, that are sure to retain importance. These are the organized retail, and IT.

Organised Retail Sector:

Being part of the services sector, organized retail will not remain unscathed by the economic slowdown. But since it is still at a nascent stage, coupled with advantages such as increasing per capita purchasing power and rapid urbanization, it will not be as impacted as the more developed industries. Its scope is still considerable, and though its growth rate of 20-25% will take a hit, it will probably not fall as much as was predicted earlier.

Gaining a foothold in the retail sector does not require any specific educational background. But one must possess a pleasing personality, lots of patience, willingness to work for long hours and an eye for detail. A course in hospitality would be an added advantage.

Information Technology Sector:

The IT industry (includes telecom and IT enabled services), which has always been a hot favorite among employees, escapes the fate of BFSI, its largest patron, due to its massive spread across all sectors. Although pulled down from its pedestal, IT will salvage much of its share due to its rising demand among many up and coming industries. IT includes the Telecom sector and IT enabled services.
The IT sector requires engineers from all backgrounds, and graduates with degrees/diplomas in BCA, MCA or B.Sc. There is plenty of demand for hardware as well as software developers who are willing to work long hours, face stiff deadlines and exhibit keen interest in keeping themselves updated with the latest technology in their field.

Essay writing tips for XAT

Personality Development Programme (PDP)

Personality Development Programme (PDP)


What is looked for?

          Subject knowledge

          Clarity of thought

          Flow of ideas



          Correct usage of grammar

          Correct usage of words

          A neat hand-writing


How should you write?

          Always write in paragraphs

          It’s not a natural but learned skill

          Different paragraphs express different ideas that contribute to the main idea

          A paragraph should ideally contain :

      (i)            Topic Sentence: it is the 1st sentence expressing the main idea of the paragraph- Say what you are going to say

    (ii)            Supporting Sentences: they expand the main idea expressed in the topic sentence- Say it

   (iii)            Concluding Sentence: rounding off what has been said or a logical conclusion of the idea in the topic sentence- Say it again!!!


How should you write?

          Follow a flow of paragraphs

          Always let the first paragraph be an introduction to the subject matter

          Expansion/ support/ refutation of the idea must follow in subsequent paragraphs

          The last paragraph must have a conclusion of the main idea

          There could be two forms of writing- Deductive and Inductive

          You should have good knowledge of the topic to write about

          Read the directions carefully

          Recognize action words- discuss, evaluate, argue, comment etc.

          Focus on the issue rather than peripheries

          Choose words with precise meanings; avoid ambiguity

          Do not use Jargon

          Do not use Slang

          Do not use Cliché

          Do not use Abbreviations

          Do not use Quotations without acknowledgments

          Make tentative statements; avoid definitive statements- it leaves a scope for further discussion


How to prepare?

          Regular reading of:-

      (i)            Newspaper editorials

    (ii)            News papers

   (iii)            News websites

  (iv)            Non-fiction

          Discussions with friends and family

          Informational thinking


Topics XAT from past essays

          Gender Imbalance would lead to Third World War- XAT 2008

          Economic growth without environmental damage – a mirage or a reality. –XAT 2007

          ‘India has one of the largest pools of talented manpower, but few innovations and patented products.’ –XAT 2006

          More than one billion Indians: A gigantic problem or a sea of opportunities –XAT 2005

          Asked at the age of 83, as to which of his project would he choose as his master piece, Frank Lloyd Wright, the architect answered, “The next one” –XAT 2004

          To give real service, one needs to add something that cannot be bought or measured, like sincerity and integrity. –XAT 2003