The field of business management is burgeoning with new specializations emerging every day. Today, business management is not limited to only the traditional areas of finance, marketing and operations; it has spread its wings to almost all occupations under the sun. From fashion to sports, automobile to art, international trade to cottage industry, a degree in business management is a necessity in every field.
Although India is yet to realize the true potential of this field; more and more youngsters are choosing business management as their course of study to make a career in business and trade. Thus, not only the number of MBA aspirants but BBA aspirants too has grown exponentially over the years. To meet the growing demand of BBA/BMS courses, top business schools have introduced them on their campus.
Bachelor’s in business administration (BBA), Bachelors in Business Studies (BBS), Bachelors in Management Studies (BMS), Bachelors in Business Management (BBM), and Bachelors in Business Economics (BBE) are among the most common UG programmes in Management offered in India.
All the top government universities and private institutions offer these undergraduate courses that form the base of an MBA degree.
Some of the colleges well known for their BBA/BMS courses are Christ University, Bangalore, Wilson College, Mumbai, Madras Christian College, Chennai, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai, Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Mumbai, St Xavier's College, Mumbai, St Xavier's College, Kolkata, MS Ramaiah College of Arts, Science & Commerce, Bangalore, Lala Lajpatrai College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai, Loyola College, Chennai, KJ Somaiya College of Arts and Commerce, Mumbai, Scottish Church College, Kolkata, Mount Carmel College, Bangalore, Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai and Women's Christian College, Chennai.
Admission to BBA courses in most of the colleges is done based on performance in entrance exam and personal interview. While, some institutes accept scores of centralized entrance exam like AIMA UGAT, others conduct their own entrance exam.
|Synonyms and Antonyms||Rearrangement of Words||Close Test|
|Vocabulary||One Word Substitution||
Inappropriate Usage of Words
|Comprehension||Rearrangement of Sentences||Analogies|
|Fill in the Blanks||Word usage and errors||Idioms and Phrases|
This section is dominated by Mathematics. Candidates need to prepare topics like algebra, calculus, geometry, logic, number theory and differential equations; most of which they shall have studied in Class 10, 11 and 12.
Topics to prepare for General Knowledge section:
|Square Roots||Quantitative Comparison||Partnership|
|Number Theory||Approximation||Simple and Compound Interest|
|HCF and LCM||Average||Mensuration|
|Profit and Loss||Fractions and Decimals||Volume|
|Surds and Indices||Commercial Math||Data Comparison|
|Simplification||Ratio and Proportion||Discount|
|Percentage||Data Interpretation||Time, Speed and Distance|
The Logical Reasoning section tests the candidate’s ability to analyses a given situation and find appropriate solution. Logical reasoning involves induction and deduction methods by which one can arrive at a conclusion. Thus, this section requires sharpness of mind and strong observation skills. But the most important thing knowing the tricks and short cuts to be able to apply the mathematical procedures correctly and arrive at the solution within minutes.
Topics to prepare for General Knowledge section:
|Number Test||Analogy Test||Insert Missing Sequence|
|Direction||Distance||Odd One Out|
|Word Sequence||Coding & Decoding||Mathematical Operations|
|Venn Diagram||Relationships||Alpha Numeric Symbols|
|Alphabet Test||Cubes and Cubicles||Time Sequence|
|Statements and Arguments||Statement Conclusion||Data Sufficiency|
|Logic Test||Statement Assumptions||Statement Action|
General Knowledge section typically has questions from current affairs, mainly trade and business affairs and Indian polity. The purpose behind testing general knowledge of the candidate it to see how cued-in he/she is viz the world around us. Preparing GK is not a big task if one reads newspaper regularly.
Topics to prepare for General Knowledge section:
|Business Awareness||Geography||Current Affairs|
|General Awareness||Economics||Awards and Honours|
|Trade Awareness||Science||Books and Novels|
|World News||History||Static GK|
|Sports||Entertainment Business||General Polity|
Vocabulary-based questions can range from sentence completion and close tests to synonyms, antonyms, analogies, spellings, words often confused and odd words. These questions require a combination of vocabulary knowledge, reading skills and reasoning powers. Further, vocabulary knowledge is not merely knowing what a word means but understanding what contexts the word can fit into. Vocabulary can be approached through etymology - understanding root meanings.
Follow these tips to master verbal ability section:
Understand root meaning of a word. Add to your understanding of roots, the meanings of prefixes and suffixes and you have considerable control over vocabulary.
There are two approaches to solving grammar-based question – one is the classical approach wherein you go by rules and learn the various parts of speech and their usages and the rules that apply. Practice the kind of questions that are asked, and you take an approach of learning the kind of errors which lead to questions based on error detection or sentence correction.
Once there is familiarity with the error types, a lot of practice helps you cross the line. However, understanding Grammar does have a considerable impact on solving other Verbal questions like Para-jumbles, Logical Continuation, Summary and even RC questions because some of the option eliminations can be done through grammar rules as well.
Reading comprehension questions are usually the most challenging as apart from testing the skills that verbal reasoning questions test, a typical question in this section takes more time and requires you to skim and scan, be thorough, and keep a cool head.
Reading comprehension can be tackled only through regular reading. Develop the habit of reading newspapers editorials, business magazines and case studies. The more you read the better your grasp of RC will be.
Logical reasoning often contains data interpretation, which although requires calculation, cannot be called a part of Mathematics because there is no theory, no property and no formula. It’s a skill to be acquired and not knowledge to be remembered.
Typical varieties of Data Interpretation include Tables, Line Charts, Pie Charts, Bar Charts, Mixed Charts or any other unusual but structured representation of data. One more variety which has maintained its presence in entrance test papers is Caselets. These are sets of paragraphs which include numerical data in them which, generally, need to be put in a structure to be understood easily.
In this section, mental calculation plays a significant role, thus the first step should be strengthening mental calculation abilities. The candidate must be thorough with tables up to 20, knowledge of fractions from 1/1, 1/2, 1/3 till 1/20, basic addition and subtraction etc.
Typical steps of solving a data interpretation question should follow:
Logical Reasoning includes puzzles which need basic common sense + practice of variety of questions. Indeed, puzzles can be too random at times but there are some standard types of LR question types which are seen more often than others. Most important among them are the LR sets involving arrangement of data in a tabular structure. The important question types in LR include problems related to Directions, Blood Relation, Decision Making, Series, Coding – Decoding, Visual Reasoning, Cubes etc.
One doesn’t need revision in Logical Reasoning but surely needs enough practice. There are two stages of preparation:
Only practice can make an aspirant reach from 1st to 2nd stage.
To make the best of this section, follow the tips given below:
Any entrance test is not about how much a candidate knows, but about how much he can apply in the given time limit. Since Quantitative Ability is all about applying Math’s formulae and accurate calculation, the key to crack this section is practice. Your speed and accuracy will increase with more number of mock tests and analysis you take.
Here a few tips to follow while preparing for Quantitative Ability topics:
The only key to crack General Knowledge/Current Affairs section is to keep oneself up to date. Besides reading recommended books and journals; read newspaper daily and watch news and business channels regularly to keep a check on the happenings around the world and across industries.
Use social media to stay updated. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc. are a good means to acquire knowledge, so put your internet bandwidth to a better use
Install News and GK apps on your smart phone. You can brush up your GK on the go. GK section in all the BBA entrance exams contain MCQs with four options as answers to choose one from. The only way you can crack this is by knowing the right answer. So read, read and read more.
Practice previous year GK question papers to familiarize yourself with the kind of questions asked in this section.
To strengthen current affairs and general knowledge aspirants must subscribe to the following newspapers and journals:
|The Hindu||Times of India|
|The Indian Express||Financial Express|
|Competition Success Review||Economic Times|
|Manorama Year Book||The Financial Times|
|Business Today||Wall Street Journal|
Team Proton wishes all of you best luck for BBA Entrance Exams of 2019. May you all get into your dream colleges and become successful person in your life.