‘Of Snow, Beer And Apples’ – Ayush Agarwal’s SEP Experience

One thing that was clear even before I started my MBA at IIFT was my resolve to go to Europe through the Student Exchange Program. I was offered an opportunity to study in IESEG Institute of Management in Lille in the months of January, February and March. Lille is a beautiful town located in northern France, right next to Belgium.

I reached Paris on the late evening of 29th December and my first “Developed World” experience was taking a high speed train, the French call it the TGV, from Paris to Lille. About 50 minutes into the journey I woke up from my nap and heard the announcement that the train is about to reach Lille. I was bewildered. Lille is about 260 Kilometers away from Paris and the train, with its top speed of about 320 Kmph, took just over 50 minutes to complete the journey. We took a swish Merc S-Class from the train station to reach a beautiful cozy house rented through our seniors’ reference.

Over the next 87 days, I travelled to 45 cities in 14 countries. I explored hills, mountains, forests, grasslands, rivers, lakes and beaches. I saw ancient ruins, medieval palaces and modern skyscrapers. I travelled in trains for hundreds of hours, had more than 100 types of beers and ate several different cuisines. Most importantly I met people from different geographies and cultures and made countless new friends.

Let’s start with the “Student” part of it. My exchange batch consisted of people from over 90 countries. I had modular courses, each course a week long, with the final exams on Fridays. I had to opt for a minimum of 4 courses and spent around 25 days in Lille completing my duties as a student. During this time, I explored Lille, got a taste of the French culture, the extremely fussy language, the general reluctance to understand English and the world famous wine and cuisine.

Now let’s move to my favorite part. The “Travels”.

With its matchless connectivity via road, rail and air, Europe is a traveler’s paradise. I brought a Eurail Global Pass from an Indian travel firm. The pass provided me access to the rail network in over 28 countries and is of immense value for anyone looking to travel as much as I did. All major cities are 4-8 hours away from each other in a serial fashion and you can travel more than half of Europe in a full day’s train travel. The best part about using a Eurail pass is that one can travel in most trains without any reservation and no prior booking is required. This means you can plan your travels on the go.

Most of my travel was solo. I did not want to compromise on my choices of cities and locations. And I did not want to stay in my comfort zone by travelling in a group of friends. I wanted to talk to local people, to other travelers and at times to my own self (what better place to self-reflect than an empty natural park).  Hence, I decided to travel alone. I booked youth hostels via mobile apps (Hostelworld is a great app) most of the time. Youth hostels are a great place to find crazy people from around the world who share the same passion for travelling. I also relied on a few friends who were studying or working at convenient locations in Europe for free food and shelter.

Though I was carrying a phone, I did not buy a SIM card during the entire three months. Not that it was expensive or difficult to get one, but I wanted to limit my communication with my conventional world, specially email and social networking. I wanted to read books in trains and not spend hours on Whatsapp. I wanted to spend my time on my thoughts, not on Facebook timelines. I did not want to walk on beautiful thousand year old streets with my eyes hooked on to my screen for directions. I wanted to get lost on turns and corners and ask people for directions using gestures of all sorts. Sometimes it got scary and cold and sometimes I got desperate. But then the satisfaction I got when I finally found the way to my hostel or to a warm cozy pub serving chilled beer was priceless. Free Wi-Fi is easily available across Europe in cafes, hotels, hostels and places of public transport so one can easily get important things done without being constantly connected.

Let’s talk a little about other basic human needs besides shelter and Wi-Fi and discuss food and beer. Europeans have a fixation with cold breakfasts which is strange as it is already freezing cold in winters. Majority of the buffets that I devoured in youth hostels were cold. And in majority of them, the main items were cheese slices, baguettes, bread slices (toaster if you are lucky) and a lot of salami slices. Cereals, milk and apples are available for vegetarians almost throughout. Every place I stayed had a kitchen which made great sense as restaurants are really expensive. Get your stuff from the nearest supermarket, assemble a quick meal and gulp it all down with beer. My food choices were not very fancy. Sandwiches and apples while you are on the move. Pasta when you have a kitchen, reheated frozen pizzas when you have a kitchen with a microwave. I did try a lot of local cuisine too, mostly the famous street food as restaurants are really expensive. Trust me, fine dining can cost you as much as three days of your entire travel budget in places such as Switzerland and Sweden.

Sometimes when I see my entire trip in hindsight, I often ask myself if it was about beautiful European cities or about beer. Every major city in Europe has at least three local beers which are excellent. Then there are some which are famous all over a country. And then some are famous all over a region. Even big supermarket chains have some of their own brands. Beer, milk, juices, energy drinks, carbonated beverages and even mineral water, all lie in the same price range making the decision easier from the consumer perspective.  The Bavarian region of Germany has beer halls and beer gardens where you can get it in one litre mugs and sit on long tables with locals and tourists who will make sure you don’t feel alone. There is a famous café in Brussels, Belgium by the name of Delirium Café, which stocks more than 2000 different brands of beer from all around the world. The menu is as thick as a telephone directory. For me the single most important factor that differentiated Europe was that beer was available and was allowed in all public places. In Streets, coffee shops, movie theatres, trains and buses, you can have beer just like you have water. And the best thing about this golden liquid is its ability to help you strike a conversation. You meet people from far and wide over beer.

You get exposed to people from all around the world over a super short time frame. Allow me to illustrate. For three nights I was in Prague, the capital of Czech Republic and the cultural centre of Eastern Europe. On the first night, I just wandered on the beautiful streets admiring the architecture and trying some local delicacies.

The second night, I had absinthe shots in a club with a cyber-security expert from London, an environmentalist from Alaska and a police trainer from Buenos Aires. We discussed how cars and girls change as one travels from Japan to Peru. I was planning to spend the third night in my youth hostel quietly, all thanks to the previous “extra” eventful night. Then in the kitchen, I met a bartender from Texas, a Chinese guy from Hong Kong doing masters in architecture from Vienna and a mysterious Canadian guy and we discussed global political ideologies and the Trump-USA fiasco over hot chocolate. These are just some of the many such chance meetings that happened during my time in Europe.

Travelers are generally open minded, accommodating and not insecure about their origins so the information you gain about one’s country and culture over such casual discussions is invaluable. You realize that it really is global when you meet a bunch of Japanese guys fluent in Sanskrit in a Croatian cafe, drink Belgian beer and eat Mexican quesadillas.

Saint Augustine, whose writings influenced western philosophy once said, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” I studied with people from Latin America and Korea in the same class. I found Buddhist monks in the coffee shops of Amsterdam. I shopped from a Pakistani store in the Jewish quarters of Budapest. I cooked chicken curry and pulao for some guys from main land China. The world is a small jovial place if you want it to be.

Europe is going through the Syrian immigration crisis and is under the constant threat of terror attacks. Still at no point in time in my entire journey, I felt any distress. Give everyone a genuine smile and chances are, they’ll smile right back at you. My travels, first made me speechless and now, a storyteller. Hope my experiences help you when you go on your own journey.

One last tip, get a good rain and snow proof jacket. And a sturdy pair of shoes. Happy tripping.

 

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About the Author:

Ayush Agarwal is a Full Time student of MBA (IB) Student of 2015-17 Batch.

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5th EIITF Conference- A multidimensional Approach To Understand Trade In India Comprehensively And The Impact Of External Sensitivities On Trade

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                   Inaugural address by Shri. AK Bhalla, Director General of Foreign Trade

The much awaited 5th edition of the EIITF Conference kicked off on 16th December 2016 at Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Kolkata campus. The event started with the lamp lighting ceremony by the noted dignitaries. It was followed by a welcome note by Dr R M Joshi, Professor and Chairperson, International Projects Division with Indian Institute of Foreign Trade. He highlighted the central theme of the event by giving some interesting trivia about Indo – China trade disparity with the world and thanked all the intellectuals and the IIFT faculty for their efforts.  The flow of knowledge continued with addresses by Dr Vijaya Katti, an author of more than five books on Economics & Trade and an esteemed faculty at IIFT, and Dr K Rangarajan, Head- Centre for MSME Studies; Center head at IIFT Kolkata.

The Chief guest of the event, Dr A.K. Bhalla, a 1986 cadre IAS officer; Director General of Foreign Trade; Director, IIFT, captured the imagination of the audience by pointing out the important role these events play in boosting the government’s efforts to improve upon the current level of research in International trade. He appreciated the steps taken by the central government by introducing various reforms to facilitate ease of doing business and trade and mentioned Sagarmala port project as one such initiative taken up by the government in this direction.

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Ms Leila Choukroune, the Director of Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities, a renowned author and researcher, addressed the delegates on the ‘“Non-concerns” in trade and investment negotiations’. Ms Leila started off by quoting excerpts from the Geetanjali and then highlighted the issues revolving around the non-trade assets and investments, particularly those faced by the developing nations, which made the academicians and policy makers put on their thinking caps. One important takeaway from the session was that it is high time the treaties integrate and address these non-concerns in a better way.

Post Lunch, there were three sessions on Environment and Development Economics 1, BOP and Exchange Rate 1 and Indian Economy respectively. The four sessions post Tea break were on Environment and Development Economics 2, FDI 1, BOP and Exchange Rate 2 and Logistics and Trade Facilitation.

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                                                          Adding Culture to the mix

The day ended on a high note with a mesmerising cultural performance by a traditional group from Assam.  They set the stage on fire with their Bihu dance performance. It was a fantastic way to end the day which had so much to offer for all the students, faculties and delegates.

The final day of the 5th EIITF Conference started promisingly with a special lecture by Prof. Rajat Acharya, a renowned academician and author of several books. His discussion was based on the theme ‘Trade and Economic Development’. He started with the explanation of Economic Development and how it relates to the nation improving the Economic, Political and Social well-being of its people.

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                                                        Policy forum on Brexit

Post Tea, there was a policy forum on ‘Brexit: Opportunities for India’. It was an insightful and stimulating session headed by Chairperson Mr Abhijeet Das, Head & Professor at Centre for WTO Studies, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade. The discussion saw varied perspectives from the three panellists on the likely impact of Brexit on India and how it will affect the relations between India, UK and the European Union. Dr Anita Praveen, Joint secretary at Department of Commerce, Government of India opined that India should recalibrate its policies with the EU and not consider tariffs as a source of revenue generation. Dr Rashmi Banga, Head and Adviser at Commonwealth Secretariat put forth her cost and benefit analysis of Brexit and remarked that India should concentrate on the prospects of the services sector in the UK. Dr Siddhartha Roy, economic advisor to the Tata Group proposed that India should look at the opportunities in the pharmaceutical sector in the UK. The other sessions during this interval were on BOP and Exchange Rate 3, International Trade Barriers and Trade Facilitation, Policy Forum 2- Investment Issues in Asia.

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Post Lunch, there were seven sessions on Financial Econometrics, FDI 2, RTA & WTO 2, Financial Market, RTA & WTO 1, Export and Firm-Level Analysis respectively. The Conference culminated with a valedictory address by Prof. RM Joshi and a Vote of Thanks by Prof. RP Sharma. Prof. Joshi explained that it is extremely difficult to forecast topics for conferences like EIITF as the modern World is extremely dynamic. Prof. Sharma extended the vote of thanks to all the dignitaries, volunteers, faculties and delegates.

In a nutshell, the 5th EIITF Conference was a mega success and has set the bar extremely high for the future editions of the conference.

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IITian To IIFTian – A 99.94 Percentiler’s Threefold Strategy To Crack IIFT Entrance Test

Mr. Smrutinjay Mishra is a First year MBA (IB) student at IIFT Kolkata. In this article, he shares some time-tested strategies that would help the aspirants in cracking the IIFT Entrance test.

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Qualification: B.Tech (Mining Engineering) and M.Tech (Safety Engineering) – IIT Kharagpur

Work-Ex: Rio Tinto-19 Months (Australia)

IIFT Score:  99.94 Percentile (66.33 Marks)

One of the most coveted B-Schools in the country, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, is conducting its entrance test for admissions on 27th November 2016. More than 50,000 students have applied for the test and like every year, the competition is going to be fierce this time as well.  With a selection ratio of approximately 1 in every 170, things are going to get all the more interesting as this will be a battle among equals.

The last month of preparation requires a lot of groundwork in terms of strategizing the approach to attempt the various sections in the paper. With less than 20 days left for D-Day, let us have a look at some tips and tricks shared by Smrutinjay Mishra.

The Speed vs. Accuracy saga

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The decider

One crucial aspect which most of the aspirants miss out on is striking the right balance between speed and accuracy. Any trade- off between these two will prove to be disastrous. Try not to attempt the questions you are not sure of. Just do not answer those questions which you don’t know because it will not only consume your time but also hamper your accuracy level. Trust me, 60% of the paper with above 90% accuracy would take you out of the danger zone.

The more you are comfortable and familiar with the pattern, the better your efficiency and accuracy levels will be. The way you can do this is by practicing more mock tests. You still have 20 days folks! Solve some mocks and you should be fine. 

The Myth

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You don’t need to know the globe… You only have to know the                                                                      trick

General Knowledge section. We have all been there and done that stuff. So, don’t worry. You will surely clear it but there is an if here. There is a reason why the IIFT test has a GK section and you just need to understand that to clear this part. MBA is a course that requires students to be well aware of what’s happening in the world. If you do not have a habit of reading newspapers, cultivate one immediately.

Stay updated with Current Affairs from the last 4-5 months at least- Be it on Sports, Economy, Technology or India specific things.

5-6 good attempts would sail you through in this section. People say it’s tough but believe me, it’s a myth. You just need the right mindset to crack this.

Time Management

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Rush!!

Last but not the least, Time Management has a huge role to play in the IIFT Entrance Test. The pattern is such that the students are tested on efficiency, optimum utilization of time along with the knowledge and aptitude. So it is very crucial to identify your strengths across various sections and allocate time as per your abilities.

More often than not, the number of questions are always more than the number of minutes available to take the test. Invest your time on the sections that yield better results and also the ones that you believe are our strengths.

So, with all the so-called gyan given to you, we hope that you utilize the last twenty days productively. We wish all of you a good luck and hope to see you on campus next year!

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5 Things You Cannot Ignore Before The IIFT Entrance Test

Hello there! I am not in the hope of finding you to be doing very well in terms of health and the general state of the mind. It’s November and you’re just a month away from most of your MBA entrance exams. So at this juncture, it felt like it was our duty to have a communication from the other end as the last mile connectivity before D-Day. I have here laid down 5 key areas to focus before attempting the IIFT exam.

The ‘I’ here is Mr. Tanmaiy Gnanadev, a First Year student at IIFT Kolkata. He shares his thoughts on some of the important things that you cannot miss before the test.

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Name: Tanmaiy Gnanadev

Qualification: B.Tech (Chemical Engineering) – IIT Madras

Work-Ex: Reliance-12 Months (Gujarat)

IIFT Score:  99.62 Percentile

Vocab

vocabulary
You cannot take Vocab for granted

It’s a very common sight to see coaching centers organize classes exclusively for building vocabulary. And I wouldn’t blame them, as it pays to have a great vocabulary prowess. While Word Power Made Easy appears as an easy option, after a certain point of time, it becomes mundane and just to crack an exam, the task looks like too much effort, too less output.

Rather what’s required of aspirants is to read the paper and try and pick up a novel written in the 19th and 20th century. It helps far more than just vocabulary. You learn different happenings around you and also the history of many countries and their cultures.

But with 20 days in the kitty, you cannot afford to do this. So, just go through the past papers and pick up some words. Also, glance through some frequently used foreign phrases which could come in handy.

GK

current-affairs
Quickly recap the past 5-6 months newsletters

Now IIFT exam is nefarious for its association with the GK section. Most of the years, the GK cut off hasn’t crossed 5, indicative of its toughness. Now again, no one can really prepare you for GK, but the experience of writing the exam tells me that, reading the paper everyday would’ve been most helpful. You cannot ignore the Static GK part as well.

At this stage, though, the focus has to be on reviewing the news from the past 6 months. TIME brings out monthly newsletters. Try and get hold of it from your friends. They publish good articles. But the biggest learning point has to be going through the previous questions from old papers. Focus is mostly the biggest events in Politics of India, Schemes launched and Sports achievements.

2016 Olympic winners, for example!

Calculators, lack thereof

iStock_KidsKashCalculatorSmall
Allocate some time for Speed Math

Yes, you guessed it. IIFT does not allow any calculators, unlike CAT. Then again it is an offline exam. So the benefits outweigh heavily. Anyway, as aspirant’s practicing the CAT exam like the GaoKao of China, you must be already aware of shortcuts to add, multiply, divide etc., so the same goes here. Certain questions involving data interpretation involve the application of this. This section is likely going to be extremely calculation-intensive. Take it up, if you must.

Unless you belong to that class of students who knows the 14.5th percentile of a normal distribution with mean 50 at his/her fingertips, it is generally understood that such problems are to be left untouched for the greater souls taking the exam. You can still make the cut with the other sections. Quant will be fairly easy and should be your bulk for clearing the cut-off.

So don’t worry about the calculator part. Just know your basics like squares, tables till 20, ratios till 20 and all and you can be assured of a good score. Come on! Go back to the basics and memorize them all.

Practice, Practice and more Practice

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Eat…Sleep…Mock Test…Repeat!

They say exams like CAT, IIFT and XAT are not much about how you prepare. It has more to do with how accustomed you are to the pattern of each paper before appearing for the exam. IIFT papers of previous few years are available online. Print them and start practicing. Solving a couple of them with a time limit of the actual exam might sound taxing, but trust me, it will help like no other preparation.

So while you while away 2 hours watching the new season 7 of you-know-what, spend that time in solving that old paper. And it doesn’t end there, it’s the analysis that counts. Check where have you gone wrong and where you went too conservative. This will help beyond doubt in strengthening your weaknesses.

Does this even end? I mean the RC

GMAT
You cannot afford to react like this during the test

This is the usual lament we all have during the mocks. Usually, we try to keep English to the last, just to chill after some heavy maths and calculations, only to find 2-page RCs. Well, that’s the thing these days. GET USED TO IT.

Reading speed is the only key. The faster you read, the more the chances that you’ll remember the entire tone of the passage, once you’re done reading. Contrary to popular perception, slow reading of RCs will not help in any manner. You have to get to the underbelly of the matter in contention within the first perusal of the passage. Questions will be simple to answer. Few involve just CTRL+C and CTRL+V from the passage. But do look out for traps. A reading speed of 500 words per minute can be achieved with 1 week of practice. On the day of the exam, try to read the entire editorial of any English paper within 2 minutes. That’ll set you up for the day. Just keep your senses sharp for 2 hours, try and answer as many as possible. Many questions might be lifted, especially GK. Approach confidently.

So I feel if you work on these 5 areas, you can surely hope for a decent score and a call perhaps. Remember, the game isn’t over till the fat lady sings. So it all boils down to your day of the exam. All the best. Hope to see you on campus!

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Hello there! I am not in the hope of finding you to be doing very well in terms of health and the general state of the mind. It’s November and you’re just a month away from most of your MBA entrance exams. So at this juncture, it felt like it was our duty to have a communication from the other end as the last mile connectivity before D-Day. I have here laid down 5 key areas to focus before attempting the IIFT exam.

The ‘I’ here is Mr. Tanmaiy Gnanadev, a First Year student at IIFT Kolkata. He shares his thoughts on some of the important things that you cannot miss before the test.

Profile:

Name: Tanmaiy Gnanadev

Qualification: B.Tech (Chemical Engineering) – IIT Madras

Work-Ex: Reliance-12 Months (Gujarat)

IIFT Score:  99.62 Percentile

Vocab

vocabulary
You cannot take Vocab for granted

It’s a very common sight to see coaching centers organize classes exclusively for building vocabulary. And I wouldn’t blame them, as it pays to have a great vocabulary prowess. While Word Power Made Easy appears as an easy option, after a certain point of time, it becomes mundane and just to crack an exam, the task looks like too much effort, too less output.

Rather what’s required of aspirants is to read the paper and try and pick up a novel written in the 19th and 20th century. It helps far more than just vocabulary. You learn different happenings around you and also the history of many countries and their cultures.

But with 20 days in the kitty, you cannot afford to do this. So, just go through the past papers and pick up some words. Also, glance through some frequently used foreign phrases which could come in handy.

GK

current-affairs
Quickly recap the past 5-6 months newsletters

Now IIFT exam is nefarious for its association with the GK section. Most of the years, the GK cut off hasn’t crossed 5, indicative of its toughness. Now again, no one can really prepare you for GK, but the experience of writing the exam tells me that, reading the paper everyday would’ve been most helpful. You cannot ignore the Static GK part as well.

At this stage, though, the focus has to be on reviewing the news from the past 6 months. TIME brings out monthly newsletters. Try and get hold of it from your friends. They publish good articles. But the biggest learning point has to be going through the previous questions from old papers. Focus is mostly the biggest events in Politics of India, Schemes launched and Sports achievements.

2016 Olympic winners, for example!

Calculators, lack thereof

iStock_KidsKashCalculatorSmall
Allocate some time for Speed Math

Yes, you guessed it. IIFT does not allow any calculators, unlike CAT. Then again it is an offline exam. So the benefits outweigh heavily. Anyway, as aspirant’s practicing the CAT exam like the GaoKao of China, you must be already aware of shortcuts to add, multiply, divide etc., so the same goes here. Certain questions involving data interpretation involve the application of this. This section is likely going to be extremely calculation-intensive. Take it up, if you must.

Unless you belong to that class of students who knows the 14.5th percentile of a normal distribution with mean 50 at his/her fingertips, it is generally understood that such problems are to be left untouched for the greater souls taking the exam. You can still make the cut with the other sections. Quant will be fairly easy and should be your bulk for clearing the cut-off.

So don’t worry about the calculator part. Just know your basics like squares, tables till 20, ratios till 20 and all and you can be assured of a good score. Come on! Go back to the basics and memorize them all.

Practice, Practice and more Practice

keep-calm-and-practise-2
Eat…Sleep…Mock Test…Repeat!

They say exams like CAT, IIFT and XAT are not much about how you prepare. It has more to do with how accustomed you are to the pattern of each paper before appearing for the exam. IIFT papers of previous few years are available online. Print them and start practicing. Solving a couple of them with a time limit of the actual exam might sound taxing, but trust me, it will help like no other preparation.

So while you while away 2 hours watching the new season 7 of you-know-what, spend that time in solving that old paper. And it doesn’t end there, it’s the analysis that counts. Check where have you gone wrong and where you went too conservative. This will help beyond doubt in strengthening your weaknesses.

Does this even end? I mean the RC

GMAT
You cannot afford to react like this during the test

This is the usual lament we all have during the mocks. Usually, we try to keep English to the last, just to chill after some heavy maths and calculations, only to find 2-page RCs. Well, that’s the thing these days. GET USED TO IT.

Reading speed is the only key. The faster you read, the more the chances that you’ll remember the entire tone of the passage, once you’re done reading. Contrary to popular perception, slow reading of RCs will not help in any manner. You have to get to the underbelly of the matter in contention within the first perusal of the passage. Questions will be simple to answer. Few involve just CTRL+C and CTRL+V from the passage. But do look out for traps. A reading speed of 500 words per minute can be achieved with 1 week of practice. On the day of the exam, try to read the entire editorial of any English paper within 2 minutes. That’ll set you up for the day. Just keep your senses sharp for 2 hours, try and answer as many as possible. Many questions might be lifted, especially GK. Approach confidently.

So I feel if you work on these 5 areas, you can surely hope for a decent score and a call perhaps. Remember, the game isn’t over till the fat lady sings. So it all boils down to your day of the exam. All the best. Hope to see you on campus!

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Hello there! I am not in the hope of finding you to be doing very well in terms of health and the general state of the mind. It’s November and you’re just a month away from most of your MBA entrance exams. So at this juncture, it felt like it was our duty to have a communication from the other end as the last mile connectivity before D-Day. I have here laid down 5 key areas to focus before attempting the IIFT exam.

The ‘I’ here is Mr. Tanmaiy Gnanadev, a First Year student at IIFT Kolkata. He shares his thoughts on some of the important things that you cannot miss before the test.

Profile:

Name: Tanmaiy Gnanadev

Qualification: B.Tech (Chemical Engineering) – IIT Madras

Work-Ex: Reliance-12 Months (Gujarat)

IIFT Score:  99.62 Percentile

Vocab

vocabulary
You cannot take Vocab for granted

It’s a very common sight to see coaching centers organize classes exclusively for building vocabulary. And I wouldn’t blame them, as it pays to have a great vocabulary prowess. While Word Power Made Easy appears as an easy option, after a certain point of time, it becomes mundane and just to crack an exam, the task looks like too much effort, too less output.

Rather what’s required of aspirants is to read the paper and try and pick up a novel written in the 19th and 20th century. It helps far more than just vocabulary. You learn different happenings around you and also the history of many countries and their cultures.

But with 20 days in the kitty, you cannot afford to do this. So, just go through the past papers and pick up some words. Also, glance through some frequently used foreign phrases which could come in handy.

GK

current-affairs
Quickly recap the past 5-6 months newsletters

Now IIFT exam is nefarious for its association with the GK section. Most of the years, the GK cut off hasn’t crossed 5, indicative of its toughness. Now again, no one can really prepare you for GK, but the experience of writing the exam tells me that, reading the paper everyday would’ve been most helpful. You cannot ignore the Static GK part as well.

At this stage, though, the focus has to be on reviewing the news from the past 6 months. TIME brings out monthly newsletters. Try and get hold of it from your friends. They publish good articles. But the biggest learning point has to be going through the previous questions from old papers. Focus is mostly the biggest events in Politics of India, Schemes launched and Sports achievements.

2016 Olympic winners, for example!

Calculators, lack thereof

iStock_KidsKashCalculatorSmall
Allocate some time for Speed Math

Yes, you guessed it. IIFT does not allow any calculators, unlike CAT. Then again it is an offline exam. So the benefits outweigh heavily. Anyway, as aspirant’s practicing the CAT exam like the GaoKao of China, you must be already aware of shortcuts to add, multiply, divide etc., so the same goes here. Certain questions involving data interpretation involve the application of this. This section is likely going to be extremely calculation-intensive. Take it up, if you must.

Unless you belong to that class of students who knows the 14.5th percentile of a normal distribution with mean 50 at his/her fingertips, it is generally understood that such problems are to be left untouched for the greater souls taking the exam. You can still make the cut with the other sections. Quant will be fairly easy and should be your bulk for clearing the cut-off.

So don’t worry about the calculator part. Just know your basics like squares, tables till 20, ratios till 20 and all and you can be assured of a good score. Come on! Go back to the basics and memorize them all.

Practice, Practice and more Practice

keep-calm-and-practise-2
Eat…Sleep…Mock Test…Repeat!

They say exams like CAT, IIFT and XAT are not much about how you prepare. It has more to do with how accustomed you are to the pattern of each paper before appearing for the exam. IIFT papers of previous few years are available online. Print them and start practicing. Solving a couple of them with a time limit of the actual exam might sound taxing, but trust me, it will help like no other preparation.

So while you while away 2 hours watching the new season 7 of you-know-what, spend that time in solving that old paper. And it doesn’t end there, it’s the analysis that counts. Check where have you gone wrong and where you went too conservative. This will help beyond doubt in strengthening your weaknesses.

Does this even end? I mean the RC

GMAT
You cannot afford to react like this during the test

This is the usual lament we all have during the mocks. Usually, we try to keep English to the last, just to chill after some heavy maths and calculations, only to find 2-page RCs. Well, that’s the thing these days. GET USED TO IT.

Reading speed is the only key. The faster you read, the more the chances that you’ll remember the entire tone of the passage, once you’re done reading. Contrary to popular perception, slow reading of RCs will not help in any manner. You have to get to the underbelly of the matter in contention within the first perusal of the passage. Questions will be simple to answer. Few involve just CTRL+C and CTRL+V from the passage. But do look out for traps. A reading speed of 500 words per minute can be achieved with 1 week of practice. On the day of the exam, try to read the entire editorial of any English paper within 2 minutes. That’ll set you up for the day. Just keep your senses sharp for 2 hours, try and answer as many as possible. Many questions might be lifted, especially GK. Approach confidently.

So I feel if you work on these 5 areas, you can surely hope for a decent score and a call perhaps. Remember, the game isn’t over till the fat lady sings. So it all boils down to your day of the exam. All the best. Hope to see you on campus!

Profile gravatar of Media Cell IIFT

MediaCommittee IIFT

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Message Author

Hello there! I am not in the hope of finding you to be doing very well in terms of health and the general state of the mind. It’s November and you’re just a month away from most of your MBA entrance exams. So at this juncture, it felt like it was our duty to have a communication from the other end as the last mile connectivity before D-Day. I have here laid down 5 key areas to focus before attempting the IIFT exam.

The ‘I’ here is Mr. Tanmaiy Gnanadev, a First Year student at IIFT Kolkata. He shares his thoughts on some of the important things that you cannot miss before the test.

Profile:

Name: Tanmaiy Gnanadev

Qualification: B.Tech (Chemical Engineering) – IIT Madras

Work-Ex: Reliance-12 Months (Gujarat)

IIFT Score:  99.62 Percentile

Vocab

vocabulary
You cannot take Vocab for granted

It’s a very common sight to see coaching centers organize classes exclusively for building vocabulary. And I wouldn’t blame them, as it pays to have a great vocabulary prowess. While Word Power Made Easy appears as an easy option, after a certain point of time, it becomes mundane and just to crack an exam, the task looks like too much effort, too less output.

Rather what’s required of aspirants is to read the paper and try and pick up a novel written in the 19th and 20th century. It helps far more than just vocabulary. You learn different happenings around you and also the history of many countries and their cultures.

But with 20 days in the kitty, you cannot afford to do this. So, just go through the past papers and pick up some words. Also, glance through some frequently used foreign phrases which could come in handy.

GK

current-affairs
Quickly recap the past 5-6 months newsletters

Now IIFT exam is nefarious for its association with the GK section. Most of the years, the GK cut off hasn’t crossed 5, indicative of its toughness. Now again, no one can really prepare you for GK, but the experience of writing the exam tells me that, reading the paper everyday would’ve been most helpful. You cannot ignore the Static GK part as well.

At this stage, though, the focus has to be on reviewing the news from the past 6 months. TIME brings out monthly newsletters. Try and get hold of it from your friends. They publish good articles. But the biggest learning point has to be going through the previous questions from old papers. Focus is mostly the biggest events in Politics of India, Schemes launched and Sports achievements.

2016 Olympic winners, for example!

Calculators, lack thereof

iStock_KidsKashCalculatorSmall
Allocate some time for Speed Math

Yes, you guessed it. IIFT does not allow any calculators, unlike CAT. Then again it is an offline exam. So the benefits outweigh heavily. Anyway, as aspirant’s practicing the CAT exam like the GaoKao of China, you must be already aware of shortcuts to add, multiply, divide etc., so the same goes here. Certain questions involving data interpretation involve the application of this. This section is likely going to be extremely calculation-intensive. Take it up, if you must.

Unless you belong to that class of students who knows the 14.5th percentile of a normal distribution with mean 50 at his/her fingertips, it is generally understood that such problems are to be left untouched for the greater souls taking the exam. You can still make the cut with the other sections. Quant will be fairly easy and should be your bulk for clearing the cut-off.

So don’t worry about the calculator part. Just know your basics like squares, tables till 20, ratios till 20 and all and you can be assured of a good score. Come on! Go back to the basics and memorize them all.

Practice, Practice and more Practice

keep-calm-and-practise-2
Eat…Sleep…Mock Test…Repeat!

They say exams like CAT, IIFT and XAT are not much about how you prepare. It has more to do with how accustomed you are to the pattern of each paper before appearing for the exam. IIFT papers of previous few years are available online. Print them and start practicing. Solving a couple of them with a time limit of the actual exam might sound taxing, but trust me, it will help like no other preparation.

So while you while away 2 hours watching the new season 7 of you-know-what, spend that time in solving that old paper. And it doesn’t end there, it’s the analysis that counts. Check where have you gone wrong and where you went too conservative. This will help beyond doubt in strengthening your weaknesses.

Does this even end? I mean the RC

GMAT
You cannot afford to react like this during the test

This is the usual lament we all have during the mocks. Usually, we try to keep English to the last, just to chill after some heavy maths and calculations, only to find 2-page RCs. Well, that’s the thing these days. GET USED TO IT.

Reading speed is the only key. The faster you read, the more the chances that you’ll remember the entire tone of the passage, once you’re done reading. Contrary to popular perception, slow reading of RCs will not help in any manner. You have to get to the underbelly of the matter in contention within the first perusal of the passage. Questions will be simple to answer. Few involve just CTRL+C and CTRL+V from the passage. But do look out for traps. A reading speed of 500 words per minute can be achieved with 1 week of practice. On the day of the exam, try to read the entire editorial of any English paper within 2 minutes. That’ll set you up for the day. Just keep your senses sharp for 2 hours, try and answer as many as possible. Many questions might be lifted, especially GK. Approach confidently.

So I feel if you work on these 5 areas, you can surely hope for a decent score and a call perhaps. Remember, the game isn’t over till the fat lady sings. So it all boils down to your day of the exam. All the best. Hope to see you on campus!

Profile gravatar of Media Cell IIFT

MediaCommittee IIFT

Message Author


Message Author

Hello there! I am not in the hope of finding you to be doing very well in terms of health and the general state of the mind. It’s November and you’re just a month away from most of your MBA entrance exams. So at this juncture, it felt like it was our duty to have a communication from the other end as the last mile connectivity before D-Day. I have here laid down 5 key areas to focus before attempting the IIFT exam.

The ‘I’ here is Mr. Tanmaiy Gnanadev, a First Year student at IIFT Kolkata. He shares his thoughts on some of the important things that you cannot miss before the test.

Profile:

Name: Tanmaiy Gnanadev

Qualification: B.Tech (Chemical Engineering) – IIT Madras

Work-Ex: Reliance-12 Months (Gujarat)

IIFT Score:  99.62 Percentile

Vocab

vocabulary
You cannot take Vocab for granted

It’s a very common sight to see coaching centers organize classes exclusively for building vocabulary. And I wouldn’t blame them, as it pays to have a great vocabulary prowess. While Word Power Made Easy appears as an easy option, after a certain point of time, it becomes mundane and just to crack an exam, the task looks like too much effort, too less output.

Rather what’s required of aspirants is to read the paper and try and pick up a novel written in the 19th and 20th century. It helps far more than just vocabulary. You learn different happenings around you and also the history of many countries and their cultures.

But with 20 days in the kitty, you cannot afford to do this. So, just go through the past papers and pick up some words. Also, glance through some frequently used foreign phrases which could come in handy.

GK

current-affairs
Quickly recap the past 5-6 months newsletters

Now IIFT exam is nefarious for its association with the GK section. Most of the years, the GK cut off hasn’t crossed 5, indicative of its toughness. Now again, no one can really prepare you for GK, but the experience of writing the exam tells me that, reading the paper everyday would’ve been most helpful. You cannot ignore the Static GK part as well.

At this stage, though, the focus has to be on reviewing the news from the past 6 months. TIME brings out monthly newsletters. Try and get hold of it from your friends. They publish good articles. But the biggest learning point has to be going through the previous questions from old papers. Focus is mostly the biggest events in Politics of India, Schemes launched and Sports achievements.

2016 Olympic winners, for example!

Calculators, lack thereof

iStock_KidsKashCalculatorSmall
Allocate some time for Speed Math

Yes, you guessed it. IIFT does not allow any calculators, unlike CAT. Then again it is an offline exam. So the benefits outweigh heavily. Anyway, as aspirant’s practicing the CAT exam like the GaoKao of China, you must be already aware of shortcuts to add, multiply, divide etc., so the same goes here. Certain questions involving data interpretation involve the application of this. This section is likely going to be extremely calculation-intensive. Take it up, if you must.

Unless you belong to that class of students who knows the 14.5th percentile of a normal distribution with mean 50 at his/her fingertips, it is generally understood that such problems are to be left untouched for the greater souls taking the exam. You can still make the cut with the other sections. Quant will be fairly easy and should be your bulk for clearing the cut-off.

So don’t worry about the calculator part. Just know your basics like squares, tables till 20, ratios till 20 and all and you can be assured of a good score. Come on! Go back to the basics and memorize them all.

Practice, Practice and more Practice

keep-calm-and-practise-2
Eat…Sleep…Mock Test…Repeat!

They say exams like CAT, IIFT and XAT are not much about how you prepare. It has more to do with how accustomed you are to the pattern of each paper before appearing for the exam. IIFT papers of previous few years are available online. Print them and start practicing. Solving a couple of them with a time limit of the actual exam might sound taxing, but trust me, it will help like no other preparation.

So while you while away 2 hours watching the new season 7 of you-know-what, spend that time in solving that old paper. And it doesn’t end there, it’s the analysis that counts. Check where have you gone wrong and where you went too conservative. This will help beyond doubt in strengthening your weaknesses.

Does this even end? I mean the RC

GMAT
You cannot afford to react like this during the test

This is the usual lament we all have during the mocks. Usually, we try to keep English to the last, just to chill after some heavy maths and calculations, only to find 2-page RCs. Well, that’s the thing these days. GET USED TO IT.

Reading speed is the only key. The faster you read, the more the chances that you’ll remember the entire tone of the passage, once you’re done reading. Contrary to popular perception, slow reading of RCs will not help in any manner. You have to get to the underbelly of the matter in contention within the first perusal of the passage. Questions will be simple to answer. Few involve just CTRL+C and CTRL+V from the passage. But do look out for traps. A reading speed of 500 words per minute can be achieved with 1 week of practice. On the day of the exam, try to read the entire editorial of any English paper within 2 minutes. That’ll set you up for the day. Just keep your senses sharp for 2 hours, try and answer as many as possible. Many questions might be lifted, especially GK. Approach confidently.

So I feel if you work on these 5 areas, you can surely hope for a decent score and a call perhaps. Remember, the game isn’t over till the fat lady sings. So it all boils down to your day of the exam. All the best. Hope to see you on campus!

Profile gravatar of Media Cell IIFT

MediaCommittee IIFT

Message Author


Message Author

Hello there! I am not in the hope of finding you to be doing very well in terms of health and the general state of the mind. It’s November and you’re just a month away from most of your MBA entrance exams. So at this juncture, it felt like it was our duty to have a communication from the other end as the last mile connectivity before D-Day. I have here laid down 5 key areas to focus before attempting the IIFT exam.

The ‘I’ here is Mr. Tanmaiy Gnanadev, a First Year student at IIFT Kolkata. He shares his thoughts on some of the important things that you cannot miss before the test.

Profile:

Name: Tanmaiy Gnanadev

Qualification: B.Tech (Chemical Engineering) – IIT Madras

Work-Ex: Reliance-12 Months (Gujarat)

IIFT Score:  99.62 Percentile

Vocab

vocabulary
You cannot take Vocab for granted

It’s a very common sight to see coaching centers organize classes exclusively for building vocabulary. And I wouldn’t blame them, as it pays to have a great vocabulary prowess. While Word Power Made Easy appears as an easy option, after a certain point of time, it becomes mundane and just to crack an exam, the task looks like too much effort, too less output.

Rather what’s required of aspirants is to read the paper and try and pick up a novel written in the 19th and 20th century. It helps far more than just vocabulary. You learn different happenings around you and also the history of many countries and their cultures.

But with 20 days in the kitty, you cannot afford to do this. So, just go through the past papers and pick up some words. Also, glance through some frequently used foreign phrases which could come in handy.

GK

current-affairs
Quickly recap the past 5-6 months newsletters

Now IIFT exam is nefarious for its association with the GK section. Most of the years, the GK cut off hasn’t crossed 5, indicative of its toughness. Now again, no one can really prepare you for GK, but the experience of writing the exam tells me that, reading the paper everyday would’ve been most helpful. You cannot ignore the Static GK part as well.

At this stage, though, the focus has to be on reviewing the news from the past 6 months. TIME brings out monthly newsletters. Try and get hold of it from your friends. They publish good articles. But the biggest learning point has to be going through the previous questions from old papers. Focus is mostly the biggest events in Politics of India, Schemes launched and Sports achievements.

2016 Olympic winners, for example!

Calculators, lack thereof

iStock_KidsKashCalculatorSmall
Allocate some time for Speed Math

Yes, you guessed it. IIFT does not allow any calculators, unlike CAT. Then again it is an offline exam. So the benefits outweigh heavily. Anyway, as aspirant’s practicing the CAT exam like the GaoKao of China, you must be already aware of shortcuts to add, multiply, divide etc., so the same goes here. Certain questions involving data interpretation involve the application of this. This section is likely going to be extremely calculation-intensive. Take it up, if you must.

Unless you belong to that class of students who knows the 14.5th percentile of a normal distribution with mean 50 at his/her fingertips, it is generally understood that such problems are to be left untouched for the greater souls taking the exam. You can still make the cut with the other sections. Quant will be fairly easy and should be your bulk for clearing the cut-off.

So don’t worry about the calculator part. Just know your basics like squares, tables till 20, ratios till 20 and all and you can be assured of a good score. Come on! Go back to the basics and memorize them all.

Practice, Practice and more Practice

keep-calm-and-practise-2
Eat…Sleep…Mock Test…Repeat!

They say exams like CAT, IIFT and XAT are not much about how you prepare. It has more to do with how accustomed you are to the pattern of each paper before appearing for the exam. IIFT papers of previous few years are available online. Print them and start practicing. Solving a couple of them with a time limit of the actual exam might sound taxing, but trust me, it will help like no other preparation.

So while you while away 2 hours watching the new season 7 of you-know-what, spend that time in solving that old paper. And it doesn’t end there, it’s the analysis that counts. Check where have you gone wrong and where you went too conservative. This will help beyond doubt in strengthening your weaknesses.

Does this even end? I mean the RC

GMAT
You cannot afford to react like this during the test

This is the usual lament we all have during the mocks. Usually, we try to keep English to the last, just to chill after some heavy maths and calculations, only to find 2-page RCs. Well, that’s the thing these days. GET USED TO IT.

Reading speed is the only key. The faster you read, the more the chances that you’ll remember the entire tone of the passage, once you’re done reading. Contrary to popular perception, slow reading of RCs will not help in any manner. You have to get to the underbelly of the matter in contention within the first perusal of the passage. Questions will be simple to answer. Few involve just CTRL+C and CTRL+V from the passage. But do look out for traps. A reading speed of 500 words per minute can be achieved with 1 week of practice. On the day of the exam, try to read the entire editorial of any English paper within 2 minutes. That’ll set you up for the day. Just keep your senses sharp for 2 hours, try and answer as many as possible. Many questions might be lifted, especially GK. Approach confidently.

So I feel if you work on these 5 areas, you can surely hope for a decent score and a call perhaps. Remember, the game isn’t over till the fat lady sings. So it all boils down to your day of the exam. All the best. Hope to see you on campus!

Profile gravatar of Media Cell IIFT

MediaCommittee IIFT

Message Author


Message Author

Hello there! I am not in the hope of finding you to be doing very well in terms of health and the general state of the mind. It’s November and you’re just a month away from most of your MBA entrance exams. So at this juncture, it felt like it was our duty to have a communication from the other end as the last mile connectivity before D-Day. I have here laid down 5 key areas to focus before attempting the IIFT exam.

The ‘I’ here is Mr. Tanmaiy Gnanadev, a First Year student at IIFT Kolkata. He shares his thoughts on some of the important things that you cannot miss before the test.

Profile:

Name: Tanmaiy Gnanadev

Qualification: B.Tech (Chemical Engineering) – IIT Madras

Work-Ex: Reliance-12 Months (Gujarat)

IIFT Score:  99.62 Percentile

Vocab

vocabulary
You cannot take Vocab for granted

It’s a very common sight to see coaching centers organize classes exclusively for building vocabulary. And I wouldn’t blame them, as it pays to have a great vocabulary prowess. While Word Power Made Easy appears as an easy option, after a certain point of time, it becomes mundane and just to crack an exam, the task looks like too much effort, too less output.

Rather what’s required of aspirants is to read the paper and try and pick up a novel written in the 19th and 20th century. It helps far more than just vocabulary. You learn different happenings around you and also the history of many countries and their cultures.

But with 20 days in the kitty, you cannot afford to do this. So, just go through the past papers and pick up some words. Also, glance through some frequently used foreign phrases which could come in handy.

GK

current-affairs
Quickly recap the past 5-6 months newsletters

Now IIFT exam is nefarious for its association with the GK section. Most of the years, the GK cut off hasn’t crossed 5, indicative of its toughness. Now again, no one can really prepare you for GK, but the experience of writing the exam tells me that, reading the paper everyday would’ve been most helpful. You cannot ignore the Static GK part as well.

At this stage, though, the focus has to be on reviewing the news from the past 6 months. TIME brings out monthly newsletters. Try and get hold of it from your friends. They publish good articles. But the biggest learning point has to be going through the previous questions from old papers. Focus is mostly the biggest events in Politics of India, Schemes launched and Sports achievements.

2016 Olympic winners, for example!

Calculators, lack thereof

iStock_KidsKashCalculatorSmall
Allocate some time for Speed Math

Yes, you guessed it. IIFT does not allow any calculators, unlike CAT. Then again it is an offline exam. So the benefits outweigh heavily. Anyway, as aspirant’s practicing the CAT exam like the GaoKao of China, you must be already aware of shortcuts to add, multiply, divide etc., so the same goes here. Certain questions involving data interpretation involve the application of this. This section is likely going to be extremely calculation-intensive. Take it up, if you must.

Unless you belong to that class of students who knows the 14.5th percentile of a normal distribution with mean 50 at his/her fingertips, it is generally understood that such problems are to be left untouched for the greater souls taking the exam. You can still make the cut with the other sections. Quant will be fairly easy and should be your bulk for clearing the cut-off.

So don’t worry about the calculator part. Just know your basics like squares, tables till 20, ratios till 20 and all and you can be assured of a good score. Come on! Go back to the basics and memorize them all.

Practice, Practice and more Practice

keep-calm-and-practise-2
Eat…Sleep…Mock Test…Repeat!

They say exams like CAT, IIFT and XAT are not much about how you prepare. It has more to do with how accustomed you are to the pattern of each paper before appearing for the exam. IIFT papers of previous few years are available online. Print them and start practicing. Solving a couple of them with a time limit of the actual exam might sound taxing, but trust me, it will help like no other preparation.

So while you while away 2 hours watching the new season 7 of you-know-what, spend that time in solving that old paper. And it doesn’t end there, it’s the analysis that counts. Check where have you gone wrong and where you went too conservative. This will help beyond doubt in strengthening your weaknesses.

Does this even end? I mean the RC

GMAT
You cannot afford to react like this during the test

This is the usual lament we all have during the mocks. Usually, we try to keep English to the last, just to chill after some heavy maths and calculations, only to find 2-page RCs. Well, that’s the thing these days. GET USED TO IT.

Reading speed is the only key. The faster you read, the more the chances that you’ll remember the entire tone of the passage, once you’re done reading. Contrary to popular perception, slow reading of RCs will not help in any manner. You have to get to the underbelly of the matter in contention within the first perusal of the passage. Questions will be simple to answer. Few involve just CTRL+C and CTRL+V from the passage. But do look out for traps. A reading speed of 500 words per minute can be achieved with 1 week of practice. On the day of the exam, try to read the entire editorial of any English paper within 2 minutes. That’ll set you up for the day. Just keep your senses sharp for 2 hours, try and answer as many as possible. Many questions might be lifted, especially GK. Approach confidently.

So I feel if you work on these 5 areas, you can surely hope for a decent score and a call perhaps. Remember, the game isn’t over till the fat lady sings. So it all boils down to your day of the exam. All the best. Hope to see you on campus!

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MediaCommittee IIFT

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