How To Crack FTII Entrance Exam

How To Crack FTII Entrance ExamHow To Crack FTII Entrance Exam Film and Television Institute of India (FTII).

This article has been Posted by Manu Sanju -

I have been receiving a lot of requests and queries through email regarding guidance on how to crack the FTII written exam . I have gone through the same situation years back when i decided to write the FTII exam .
It doesn’t really matter if someone has cleared the exam , cause the interview is the main thing !!
But personally I don’t want anyone who is really passionate in this field and looses it all in the written test itself . I thus thought of sharing few points in how to clear the written test .
Regarding the interview : Its up to you …
They are very smart in finding you and your passion …
If you are true to yourself , and you are fortunate you can reach there …..
Ok , now coming to the point ….
FTII conducts written test as the primary way of filtering the aspirants …
The various course FTII provides and other info are there in their website .
this who are really interested in knowing these , please visit the website top to bottom …
I used to see the website everyday for the last few years till I got there ….
It gives you everything you need ….
There is one another point which I would like to tell :
Please don’t com up with some shitty crappy questions like :
Should I choose acting or editing ?
Or what is the scope of sound recording and direction ….
Cause this is not an engineering college for you to be awarded with a offer letter before you finsh your course !! This is an art … Please go there if you love it .. And when you love it , Its a fucking different thing all together … You will love this world and the world loves you … I can’t explain how it feels …
Its a different feel …. You eventually might end up to be a great artist and people will come behind you … On the other way If you plan based on the brand name of FTII or go thinking will i get money or job and all , may be you might become just another guy with some salary ….
So first decide what you want …. Why you want and love it ….
The reason why I am telling this is I have received a lot of mails asking to guide them on helping them to decide which course to choose !!! Its really sad to even reply these mails … Please be your boss , never let others to decide what your life should be …
Regarding the test …..
  • Once you know your filed of interest , please go through the related stuffs .
For example : If you are intereted in direction , you are supposed to know what are the basic stuffs related to Direction … Like : Describe a small story which you have in ur mind to make it a short film and why its so much important for you ? and Differtn Directors and also how you see a film …
You are going to be a director of tommorw … So have a view or eye of direction in everything from day to day activities to the movies or tv shows you watch …
These will be two main sections :
  • 1.GK and General sections
  • 2.Section specific .
I have not to my knowledge have seen any specific books designed for FTII interview .
But this GK or common section which should be answered by every group of student  deals with the basic questions which is related to art , films and giving a little more importance to our mother INDIA !
the best place or book is : INTERNET ….
Things to know : 
INDIAN film industry and how it evolved during each period .
Some very basic questions like first talkie , first colour film , etc can be answered if this is covered !
When reading these don’t read it like you are studying for some school exam where you study last minute and go vomit all the things in your head and come back clean …
Love the subject and trust me … Its wonderful to read Indian History ….
Read about : Different Art forms .
I would suggest , know our INDIA map …. every states and then go through each state in the map and learn the various artists from that state . Classical dances , folk dances ….
Read about : Places and other monuments including temples and its location .
Paintings , Artists like film makers , Painters , dancers ,  singers ..
When i said film makers , please give much more importance to legends than newer ones ….
Just don’t stick on to Hindi films . There could be a descriptive question asking your favourite movie and why its your favourite ?
Questions are asked on famous kings , also ,
Civilisation – Harappa , Indus Valley , etc etc ….
recent awards : Bafta , Oscar ,
Filmy knowledge : which Indian movie got oscar nomination
Please note that : General questions can be objective type or it can be fill in the blanks type .
They have not promised anyone in this world that they will put only objective type questions or only fill in the blanks …So better be ready for anything ….
What I meant is … when reading about an artist , try to respect the artist and know about him rather than muggin him up , which eventually you will forget his name like in the kid forgetting the name of the king in an advertisement …:P
Descriptive :
General type to Films related …..
farmers suicide ,
different sound formats ,
film formats , different sensors in camera , whats your opinion about the recent ban of films by Govt ,
whats is NFAI , what si the importance of film festivals ? evolution of films , film industry 10 years down the line , digitalisation , UFO , Atmos Dolby , etc , etc ….
Please Note : these are just what I felt , and I am not a member of FTII selection crew or something .
I am just a guy who have writen the FTII exam 3 times which gave me some idea of what it is 🙂
So please don’t take a print of this and just study only these and ask me tomorrow why none of these questions came !! Cause this is to give an idea and not to leak a question paper …
Basically know INDIA , its art forms and its artists a lot better and you will crack the common section and love the field you are trying (like direction or sound or editing or whatever …) and you will crack that section too …. This is not like CAT or other exams . they don’t keep any cutoffs for throwing the papers off just cause you missed few marks in one sections … all those discussions in the net regarding this cutoff are rumours … Just do your best and you can crack the test . don’t worry too much about cutoffs and all …
And most important , don’t talk too much to too many people .
everyone talks like they know everything , eventually what they did is make us more confused and pissed off ….
Please note again : please keep this as a help or reference and learn more from this ….
Any queries or concerns please post it here , please avoid sending mails ….
All the very best ….

One interesting thing i heard from some people who came to write exam are :
High level of influence is required to get in FTII .

It was funny enough . All the students who got in along with me last year through exam are just simple guys ,
who are really talented and they all got with their talents .

The selection Crew of FTII are reputed people in the resective streams.
There is noooo descrimination there , and they give space for any one .
Irresptive of his financial or influential backgrounds, his caste . his place of education , etc .

Its pure merit based , and in fact that is why FTII stands way ahead in Film Institutes .

Now its time again to check the website daily to see if i cracked this year written exam or not 🙂

All the best everyone …
Take care 🙂

This article has been Posted by Manu Sanju -

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