Aspirants aiming to pursue BBA or BMS programmes should be prepared for the BBA entrance exams by getting familiar with the exam pattern and how to prepare for them. Since most of the BBA entrance exams scheduled to be held during April to June, students of 10+2 should be ready with the preparation strategy. This article of Careers360 brings the top BBA entrance exam preparation strategy and expert tips for cracking the exams.
First let us have a look at the top BBA entrance exams and their exam pattern.
Test Duration: 120 minutes
Total Number of Questions: 100
Number of Questions per section: 25
Sections: Quantitative Ability; Reasoning and Analytical Ability; General English; Business and General Awareness
Total Number of Question: 100
Total Duration: 120 minutes
Sections: Verbal Ability- 40; Quantitative Aptitude - 40; Quantitative Aptitude- (Short Answer Questions) 20
Total Number of Question: 150
Test Duration: 180 minutes
Sections: English Language & Comprehension (25%); General Awareness-(25%);
Logical and Analytical Ability (25%); Communication Aptitude-(25%).
Total No of Question: 120
Number of questions per section: 40
Sections: Proficiency in English Language;
Quantitative & Numerical Ability; Reasoning & General Intelligence
Test Duration: 150 minutes
Sections: General English-40;
Quantitative-40; General Awareness -40; Analytical and Logical Reasoning- 30
St. Xavier's BMS Entrance Exam
Total Marks - 100
Sections: General Knowledge, Current Affairs, Data Interpretation and Basic Mathematics, Language skills, Logical Reasoning, Critical Analysis and Creative Thinking
Total Number of Questions: 130
Sections: English Language (40), Numerical & Data Analysis (30), Reasoning & Intelligence (30) and General Knowledge (30)
Total Number of Questions: 200
Sections: Numerical Aptitude (60); Reasoning/Logical Aptitude (60); Verbal Ability (60); Reading Comprehension (20)
Christ BBA Entrance Exam
Total Number of Questions: 120
Sections: English Language Comprehension Skills Verbal Reasoning, General Knowledge, Current Affairs, Quantitative Aptitude, Numerical Ability, Fundamental Mathematical Operations, Reasoning: Critical, Analytical and Logical, Data Analysis and Interpretation
As you can see, the common sections of the exams are as follows:
Before devising the BBA entrance exam preparation strategy, candidates have to make sure that they know the pattern of the exams they are planning to take, in detail. As per the expert tips, candidates can be sure of one thing that the tests will check their fundamental knowledge itself. If they have prepared well for your 10+2 board exam, half of their preparation would be done.
Manek Daruvala, Founder and Director, T.I.M.E. says, “A good starting point should be to understand the ‘syllabus’ covered in these entrance exams. Those who start early (a year or so before the exam) have a natural advantage in terms of their ability to cover all tests areas."
Now we will share with you section wise preparation strategy of top BBA entrance exams along with expert tips.
The Quantitative Aptitude topics include the fundamental areas which you have studied in your 10+2 level. The topics include the following:
Arithmetic is the major component of the BBA entrance exams in the Quantitative sections. The areas of Arithmetic which you must prepare include Percentage, Profit & Loss, Ratio, Proportion, Time & Distance, Time & Work, Average, Simple & Compound Interest etc.
Arks Srinivas of Career Launcher says, “Since the BBA aspirants have taken or preparing for their 10+2 board exams, it acts as a huge advantage for them since half of their preparation is already done. However, if they didn’t have Mathematics as a subject, then also there is nothing to worry. Practicing from the NCERT mathematics books with few other references such as RS Aggarwal would give them good revision. Higher Math part is not common in the BBA entrance exams so don’t worry about it. Brush up your Arithmetic skills such as HCF, LCM, Percentage, Profit & Loss etc.” He adds, “If Math is your weak area, don’t shy away from it, rather spend more time on building conceptual clarity then devoting time on practicing the questions.”
The English or Verbal Ability section will be a test of your basic English proficiency. For aspirants who are well versed in English grammar and vocabulary, half of their preparation would already be complete. The topics which are asked in the English or Verbal Ability section of the top BBA entrance exams are as follows:
The question types include Fill in the blanks, Phrase Replacement, Word Usage, Jumbled Sentences, Spellings to name a few.
Gautam Puri, Vice Chairman, Career Launcher mentions, “The types of questions asked in the English or Verbal Ability section of the top BBA entrance exams are much similar to the board exams, the difference lies in the fact that the entrance exams are multiple choice and objective whereas the board exam pattern is subjective.
The areas and topics which are asked in this section are as follows:
Logical and Mathematical Reasoning
“Practice is the key to succeed in this section. Get few books on basic Logical and Analytical Reasoning or past years’ solved question papers to improve your reasoning skills,” mentions Puri.
The General Awareness questions generally give more weightage on the business awareness area. The questions are a mix of current affairs and static GK. The test takers can expect questions on current business and economic scenario in this section. The static GK topics can be listed as follows:
Art & Literature
The above mentioned topics are inclusive but not exhaustive. As there is no limited syllabus for the General Awareness section, there is no limit to your preparation. The more candidates keep themselves abreast with the current national and international events, better prepared they will be.
Vinayak Kudva, Head- PG India & Mumbai Region, IMS Learning says, “As General Awareness is a very vast area, it makes sense to follow the top stories as and when they happen. Start enhancing your general awareness full-time by reading newspapers and magazines such as Outlook and Outlook Business. While reading up on news-making events, candidates should consider various aspects and arguments and use your own judgment to decide what your stand should be.”
Apart from the above mentioned sections, there are other are other sections such as Business Awareness, which is predominantly asked in DU JAT exam. Experts suggest reading business newspapers like The Economic Times and Business Standard and watch business news on television to imbibe good knowledge on the subject.
The general difficulty level of the BBA entrance exams is easy to moderate. Hence, BBA aspirants need not worry about facing a tough paper. All they need to concentrate on is the speed and accuracy with which they attempt the paper, since most of the BBA entrance exams, barring SET BBA and BUMAT involve negative marking scheme.
Once aspirants get the hang of the separate sections, they should have a comprehensive BBA entrance exam preparation strategy or study plan ready. After completing the basics, they should move to testing part. Starting with sectional tests, they should move on to taking full level mock tests. Daruvala says, "As one nears the exams the focus should shift from working on the concepts to taking sectional and full-length mock tests. After every mock test, a thorough analysis of the test must be done to identify weak areas and to plan improvement. While taking full-length tests the focus must be on having a right time allocation strategy in order to maximize the questions attempted."
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