IIFT 2018 | IIFT Verbal Ability | Preparatory Tips


Generally though, for some reason, people consider the English sections the hardest in the exams. This is not even remotely true. English sections promise to be the most scoring sections while taking the least amount of time, effort and mental faculties. All it requires is that you give it dedicated preparation effort while you are preparing. IIFT Verbal Ability is no different too. In fact, IIFT Verbal Ability is easier than the likes of CAT, XAT, SNAP etc. Verbal Ability in IIFT has two chief compositions: Reading comprehension passages and vocabulary based questions. To handle them, we have curated some tips to help you prepare for it. One must focus on tips and things that would help them in tackling the exam. Some of those tips are going to be really helpful when you take a note of the previous exams’ pattern

Reading Comprehension 16 (4 RCs, 4 Questions Each) 16×1
Sentence Completion 6 6×0.75
Analogies 1 1×0.75
Sentence Rearrangement 2 2×0.75
Sentence Correction & Grammar 3 3×0.75
Figures of speech 2 2×0.75
Vocabulary Base 6 6×0.75
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This was last year’s pattern in the exam. Apart from the fact there are differential scores for the question, you can see that excessive importance is given to RC passages. Apart from that, the other questions have relied heavily on vocabulary-based questions.

Tips to Crack IIFT Verbal Ability:

  • Work on developing your reading speeds. You can expect the same, if not more, number of questions in Reading Comprehension passages. If you find yourself unable to read books, then pick up some random article from the internet and read it. But if you choose this option, ensure that you read more than 5 articles a day. Ensure you time yourself as much as possible. You need to be able to read about 250 words per minute to have a good enough to crack it. Reading Reading Comprehension passages serves two purposes: one, it helps you read faster. Two, it helps you get a basic idea of diverse topics. That way, in the exam, the chances of you drawing a blank if some passage is given with professional lingo is low and the RC part of IIFT Verbal Ability becomes easier for you.
  • Read a lot of editorials in the newspapers also. This is cross-sectional benefit. This will help you score well in the Verbal Ability part and the General Awareness part too. Also, this will help you know newer words if you read editorials like The Hindu, Economic Times etc.
  • When you are learning new words by way of reading, don’t pause every time you find a new word. This will inhibit your reading abilities. Instead, finish the reading by noting down the word and look up the word once you are done with the reading. This will also help you gain the ability to understand the word contextually which is going to be a useful skill since you can’t possibly hope to learn every single word
  • Students often make a mistake and mug up a lot of words in the last few days. This is a grave mistake because the brain is tuned to learning and retaining a certain number of new words a day. If you break that limit, you run the risk of losing the words you previously learned too.
  • When you’re learning new words, use them in conversation or in pieces that you write. This makes retention higher
  • For IIFT Verbal Ability, in the sentence correction and reasoning parts, you need to practise a lot. You need to get a feel of the section. You need to be able to figure out similar questions at a moment’s notice. The only time you should be taking is the time to read the question. Therefore, practise a lot, either by online portals or mock tests.
  • Time yourself while practising the mock tests. For about 35-40 questions, try to invest not more than 40 minutes. This will leave you ample amount of time to spare for the other exams
  • Once again, accuracy is important. You can’t check your answers. So remember to do that carefully.