Mr. Haider Talat is an alumnus of the IIFT Kolkata campus. He completed his MBA in International Business from IIFT Kolkata in 2014. Prior to this, he did his Civil Engineering from VIT Vellore. He was the Vice-President of the prestigious student body of IIFT called International Management Forum (IMF). He is currently working as a consultant for ‘Global Trade Management’ at KPIT Ltd. And he is also the co-founder of “Trade and Beyond”, India’s first Online Trade Training Platform. In this, interview he has shared some insights with regards to the IIFT Entrance Exam.
Jagranjosh.com: Why did you decide to go for the MBA program? What was your aim behind it?
Haider Talat: After completing my engineering, I started working as a civil engineering consultant in the power sector. During those years of my job, I realized that in any industry (manufacturing or service) there are projects which require a vision and a strategy to execute that vision. As an engineer, I was, at best, a small part of the execution of a strategic plan. I wanted to reach that place, where I could have devised those plans and I wanted to do that really fast in life so I decided to take up a management degree from a premium B-School.
Jagranjosh.com: Did you try for other MBA Entrance exams as well? If yes, what was your experience?
Haider Talat: Apart from IIFT entrance I appeared for the CAT entrance exam. I personally found the level of difficulty of the question paper to be coming down as compared to past years.
Jagranjosh.com: In which sections of IIFT exam you did the best and why?
Haider Talat: I did best in the general awareness section. I am an avid reader who is curious by nature. If I come across anything I don’t understand I will dive deep into it and explore. This habit helped me in understanding various dimensions of the GK section like Indian economy, business world, sports, politics, current affairs etc about which I had not known much during my early engineering days.
Jagranjosh.com: What was your strategy for IIFT exam preparation? Also, share specific section wise preparation strategy?
Jagranjosh.com: Did you take a preparation break after your graduation?
Haider Talat: No I didn’t. I would usually have very less time left after my job and didn’t want to waste it in travelling to coaching institutes. Internet was my troubleshooter and guide. And I think it was worth it.
Jagranjosh.com: Did you crack the IIFT exam in your first attempt?
Haider Talat: Yes.
Jagranjosh.com: Do you think taking coaching classes is necessary to crack the IIFT exam?
Haider Talat: I would not say coaching classes. But a specific preparation, especially for the general awareness section, is indeed necessary.
Jagranjosh.com: Why did you choose IIFT for final admission?
Haider Talat: There are a number of reasons for that:
Jagranjosh.com: Do you think a change is required in the currently followed examination pattern?
Jagranjosh.com: What is your advice to the IIFT aspirants?
Haider Talat: As a country, we have realized that to realize our dream of becoming a super-power we need to integrate our self into the world economy. We see how to curb the staggering Current account deficit (and stabilize the economy) the finance ministry is promoting investment in our country by permitting FDI and FII in various industries. This is the future. That day is not far when no big organization will be specific to a country but will be global. If you want to become a part of this growth story of India and the world then I believe IIFT is the best choice for you.
Some of his Favorite moments at IIFT:
A picture at the PM’s residence of IIFT students along with the Ex-HRD minister and Ex-commerce minister -
IIFT while organizing the National IT Conclave (The biggest student organized event of the country) -
So, here all that Haidar had to share about the IIFT Entrance Exam. To read more such toppers interview from popular MBA entrance exams such as CAT visit the MBA section at our website, www.jagranjosh.com. Alternatively, you can also subscribe to our newsletter to receive MBA related news and notifications directly to your inbox.