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 a 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 the entrance exam and personal interview. While some institutes accept scores of centralized entrance exams like AIMA UGAT, others conduct their own entrance exam.
BBA entrance exams are designed to test the candidate’s analytical skills, logical ability, mathematical knowledge and command over the English language and current affairs.
The question paper is divided into four sections, namely: English Language, Numerical Ability / Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning, and General Knowledge.
The question paper consists of Multiple-Choice Questions from these four sections to be solved within the stipulated time.
The questions asked are Multiple Choice (MCQ) type and mostly require quick calculation. The English Language section consists of Reading Comprehension, which is a bit more time taking than the rest as the answers lie in the given passage.
Verbal Ability and English Language
English Language section tests the candidate’s knowledge and comprehensibility of the English language. The section includes questions from English grammar, vocabulary, and passages. The Reading Comprehension part of the section requires the candidate to read the given passage and answer a set of question-based on it.
Similar sounding words, para-jumbles, close meaning words, word meaning, verb usage, etc. are other common topics from which questions are in BBA entrance exams.
Topics to prepare for the General Knowledge section:
|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 the 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 finds an 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 to see how clued-in he/she is viz the world around us. Preparing GK is not a big task if one reads a 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 the verbal ability section:
Understand the 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 questions – 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 that 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 that 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 that need basic common sense + practice of a variety of questions. Indeed, puzzles can be too random at times but there are some standard types of LR question types that are seen more often than others. Most important among them are the LR sets involving the 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:
♦ A student starts getting Logical Reasoning questions correct.
♦ A student starts getting Logical Reasoning questions correct in optimum time and with acceptable accuracy.
Only practice can make an aspirant reach from 1st to 2nd stage.
To make the best of this section, follow the tips given below:
- Try to visualize the problem or draw grids or tables and fit in conditions to help you solve the problem. This is the best technique to solve logical reasoning. Draw the figure first.
- Use the process of elimination a lot.
- Read the problem slowly and carefully. Sometimes, the questions are worded in a tricky way and the clue is right there.
- Sometimes, it is useful to see the answer choices first in these problems. Many times, three out of 4 choices can be easily eliminated so that the fourth option is the answer.
- The calculations are always very elementary, and practice is the key.
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:
- Practice chapter by chapter: There is a difference between being able to solve a problem and solving the same problem effortlessly. The practice of easy to medium Questions of all the chapters would enable an aspirant to sail through the questions easily. Know basic theories and varieties of problems of all chapters.
- Short methods and group studies: Nothing boosts the confidence of an aspirant more than a question which he can solve without lifting the pen in an ongoing test. More such questions, better the score. This can be achieved by improving mental calculation and by discussing unconventional methods with a focused study group. Many times, it involves the use of options to get the correct answer.
- Testing skills development: You may face a surprise question in the test. Tackling a trick question is a skill that can be achieved only by attempting enough practice of mock tests series.
- Mental calculation: Although a basic calculator is offered in many BBA entrance exams, mental calculation always wins the race in time consumption in most of the cases.
The only key to crack the General Knowledge/Current Affairs section is to keep oneself up to date. Besides reading recommended books and journals; read the 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 smartphone. You can brush up your GK on the go. GK section in all the BBA entrance exams contains 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 the best luck for BBA Entrance Exams of 2019. May you all get into your dream colleges and become a successful person in your life.