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How to Ace IIFT 2017 Essay Writing?

Last Updated - July 25, 2017

The performance of candidates in the essay writing round is extremely important for their selection in the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade. IIFT is well known for its MBA programs, especially MBA in International Business. Each year, it conducts its own written examination for candidates willing to study 2 year MBA programs.

Candidates who get selected in the written test have to further go through essay writing, group discussion, and personal interview rounds. The final admission of candidates is on the basis of their performance in all these rounds. Check IIFT Selection Procedure

The weightage of all the stages is listed below:

Selection StagesWeightage
IIFT written test65%
Essay writing10%
Group discussion10%
Personal interview15%

This year, IIFT Exam will be held in November 2017. After the announcement of results in December 2017, selected candidates will have to appear in the essay writing round.


IIFT Essay Writing Pattern

The essay writing round of IIFT tests the written communication skills, logical thinking ability, knowledge and time management skills of candidates. If candidates want to perform well in the essay writing round, they need to first know about the essay writing pattern. The essay writing pattern of IIFT is listed below:

  • Candidates will be told to write an essay of 300 words.
  • The topic of the essay will be provided to candidates.
  • Candidates will be given only 20 minutes to write an essay of 300 words.

Writing an essay of 300 words in 20 minutes is a challenge. Candidates must prepare well for the essay writing round to get good marks.


IIFT Essay Writing Topics

An essay is considered good only if there is clarity of thought. It must be rich in content and should be presented properly. The evaluator aims to check one’s personality through his or her essay. The topics of IIFT essay writing are mostly related to current affairs, economics, society, and environment.

Some IIFT essay writing topics are listed below:

  • The concept of smart city
  • Promotion of tourism in India
  • Demonetization
  • Startups in India
  • Gender diversity in work force
  • Introduction of GST in India
  • Development of an entrepreneurial ecosystem in India
  • Indian banking system should be more inclusive
  • Corporate Financial Transparency
  • Implications of the change in US Presidency for India

Candidates should read newspapers and magazines on a daily basis so that they stay updated about the current affairs and the economy of the country.

Read  How to ace IIFT Group Discussion?


IIFT Essay Writing Experience

Knowing the experience of toppers who got admission into IIFT will help candidates appearing for the essay writing round.

  • Ishan Arora, from class 2012-2014 says that the topic of his essay writing was “The British Raj: Boon or Bane for India.
  • Malobi Banerjee, another topper of IIFT who did her engineering before MBA says that the essay tests the participants on their clarity of thought and their time management skills.
  • Mudrika Chandnani, topper of IIFT 2012-2014 says that her experience was very smooth with no glitches.
  • Rujit Sanghi, who entered IIFT in 2013 says that the process of essay writing, GD and PI rounds consider the written and verbal communication skills of applicants for final selection. He says that it was a fair and very detailed method of selecting applicants, which resulted in a brilliant batch quality.

Check IIFT Result


Tips to Ace IIFT Essay Writing

As candidates are now aware of the essay writing pattern, essay writing topics and essay writing experience of IIFT toppers, they should know some tips that will help them to ace the essay writing round of IIFT Exam.

The 7 simple and easy tips to ace IIFT essay writing are listed below:

  1. Stick to the word count.

Complete your essay in 300 words. It can be 50 words more, but don’t stretch it to 400 words. Writing a long essay won’t fetch you high marks. Presenting your points in a logical manner within the prescribed word count will fetch you high marks.

  1. Your essay should be clear and crisp

Do not write the same point again and again. It will confuse the evaluator. If you want to ace IIFT essay writing round, you need to have clear points. Do not beat around the bush. Make sure that your essay is crisp and to the point.

  1. Be well read

IIFT essay writing round also tests the knowledge of candidates. Therefore, you need to be well read so that you have command over the given topic. Read newspapers, editorials, magazines and books to gather knowledge on topics related to finance, economics, environment and society of India. If you don’t know about the current affairs, you will not be able to write a good essay.

  1. Practice writing essays at home

Practice can make anything perfect. If you do not practice writing essays, you will face problem on the day of IIFT essay writing round. Therefore, set a timer and write an essay on any of the recommended topics in 20 minutes. Count the word count and see if it has touched 300. It will improve your time management skills.

  1. The flow of the essay should be coherent

Your essay should have a coherent flow. The paragraphs should be well connected with each other. One paragraph should smoothly move to the next paragraph.

  1. Take care of the grammar

If you want to score high marks in IIFT essay writing, you need to write effectively with proper grammar. Ensure that there are no typos or spelling mistakes in your essay. Insert punctuations at the right place. A good vocabulary will fetch you extra points. Avoid using abbreviations.

Wish you all good luck!


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