How to prepare for BBA entrance exams - Come May and the BBA entrance exams would galore. Candidates appearing for the upcoming tests are looking for the answer, how to prepare for BBA entrance exams. While some serious aspirants have completed the basic preparation and identified strengths and weaknesses by now, others are still in a dilemma on devising their BBA exam preparation strategy. In order to help them prepare better, Careers360 brings to expert guidance on BBA entrance exam preparation.
In today’s interview, Srinivas Akkapeddi, Associate Vice President, Career Launcher, and an alumnus of IIM Indore shares insights on how to prepare for BBA entrance exams and test taking strategy.
Excerpts from the interview.
Careers360: When is the right time to start preparing for BBA entrance exams?
Srinivas Akkapeddi: To cover the topics of the BBA entrance exams in a reasonable way and to give a good shot at the exam, six months of focused preparation would suffice. During this time, the student is advised to be on top of daily news apart from preparing the other topics.
Careers360: How to prepare for the BBA entrance exams in terms of designing the initial strategy?
Srinivas Akkapeddi: The student should first figure out where he stands in the competitive arena by writing a couple of mock BBA exams without any preparation. This will help the students figure out the areas of strengths and weakness. BBA, like any exam, should be approached by first understanding one’s weak areas. The students should divide the available time depending upon his analysis of the topics of strengths and weaknesses.
Careers360: The major BBA entrance exams include DU JAT, GGSIPU CET BBA, NPAT BBA, IPMAT and SET BBA. What should be the separate preparation strategy for the mentioned exams?
Srinivas Akkapeddi: Most of these exams have a similar pattern. So a general strategy which is mentioned above would be sufficient to cover most part of the exam for the above colleges. However, the students are advised to write mock tests for institutes which they want to apply to. Going through the past few years papers of these institutes is a good way to get an idea about the exam pattern.
One month prior to the test, there should be more of a revision of the topics. By now most of your preparation should have been completed and you should focus only on problem solving. This complete period should be problem solving and nothing else. Write three to four mock exams in this period. - Srinivas Akkapeddi, Associate Vice President, Career Launcher
Careers360: What should be the preparation strategy one month and one week prior to the test?
Srinivas Akkapeddi: A month prior to the test, there should be more of a revision of the topics. By now most of your preparation should have been completed and you should focus only on problem solving. This complete period should be problem solving and nothing else. Write three to four mock exams in this period.
In the last week before the exam, it is more about having a stable mindset and not panicking. Avoid learning completely new topics at the last moment. Try revising the topics you thoroughly completed. Revise formulae from each chapter. Do not overburden yourself in the last moment – if you did not work for the past few months, the last week anyways won’t help you!
Careers360: What should be the exam-taking strategy?
Srinivas Akkapeddi: Answer the questions that you know very well. Do not attempt questions which you are not sure of. Your preparation level should be to such a level that by looking at a question, you should be able to figure out if you can at least attempt this question or not. This will save you precious time. Divide the overall exam time based on the strategy you developed in writing mocks.
The one mistake most students do is this – imagine you spent three to four minutes on one question but are not anywhere near to solving it. Students think that since they already spent those minutes, they should spend more time to solve this question else those three to four minutes will have been wasted. But this is not the right approach. Understand that the time spent is already lost. You are wasting another five minutes in solving this question which obviously is not in your grasp at that point in time. The best thing one can do is leave that question and move on. The chance of you solving more questions in the next five minutes will be more than you solving the same question in the five extra minutes.
Careers360: What should be the time management strategy during preparation stage as well as exam day?
Srinivas Akkapeddi: The time management strategy should be developed over a period of time and should be the same in the exam as well. The students should write at least 10 mock exams to assess what is the best way to answer the paper. Some students feel starting with your strength is a good thing to do whereas some others feel starting with areas of your weakness is good as it takes off a burden from their mind once this section is over. What strategy suits best should be answered perfectly only by you. Remember – no one knows you better than yourself. So use the mock exams judiciously in trying to figure out a strategy which best suits you.
Careers360: What is your advice for the BBA aspirants who are planning to take the exam and take admission in a top BBA institute?
Srinivas Akkapeddi: There is no such thing as ‘enough preparation’. No matter how much you prepare, there will always be a scope for improvement for students who are writing competitive exams. Students should start preparing as soon as possible. Join an institute to ensure that the preparation tempo is not lost during the preparation. Do not rely only on the coaching. If 100 percent is the total contribution for the exam, the coaching institutes can give you only 40 percent. The remaining 60 percent has to come from your self-effort. Always remember – your success depends on your effort and not on your institute’s effort.
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