BBA preparation: ‘Initial BBA exam preparation should focus more on strengthening fundamentals’

BBA preparationWill a common BBA exam preparation strategy suffice or you need to follow separate strategies? How much is the similarity between your board exam preparation and the BBA entrance exam preparation? To answer your queries, Careers360 brings to you a series of expert interviews on how to crack the BBA entrance exams.

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The top BBA entrance exams for 2017 have either been announced or on the verge of announcement. Experts say that with about six months of preparation, you can crack the BBA exams and aim admission at top institutes or universities. The top BBA entrance exams include DU JAT, IIM Indore IPM Aptitude Test, GGSIPU CET, NPAT BBA and SET BBA among others.

In this interview, Gautam Puri, Vice Chairman, Career Launcher shares an in-depth comparative analysis of the top BBA entrance exams and preparation strategy for the same.

Excerpts of the interview:

Careers360: When is the right time to start preparing for BBA entrance exams?

Gautam Puri: For standard Class XII students, March end (just after their board exams) is an ideal time to start preparing for various BBA entrance exams.

Gautam-puri-picStudents should begin their preparation by studying the pattern of various entrance exams. The initial preparation should focus more on strengthening one’s fundamentals of the subjects.

Careers360: What should be the initial preparation strategy?

Gautam Puri: Students should begin their preparation by studying the pattern of various entrance exams. It is advisable to first cover topics that are common to different papers, followed by topics that are typical to any one exam. The initial preparation should focus more on strengthening one’s fundamentals of the subjects.

Careers360: Major BBA entrance exams include DU BMS CET, GGSIPU CET, NMAT (UG) BBA, IIM Indore IPM Aptitude Test and SET BBA. What should be the separate preparation strategies for the mentioned exams?

Gautam Puri: It is important to first look at the pattern of various exams to arrive at the right preparation strategies for each one of them. Given below is a brief overview of the same.

DU JAT

 

The pattern of the paper is as given below:

 

DU JAT Exam Pattern

Name of the Section

Number of questions

Difficulty Level

Possible Attempts

General Awareness

25

Moderate

12 – 15

General English

25

Easy - Moderate

16 – 19

Analytical & Logical Reasoning

25

Easy

18 – 21

Quantitative Aptitude

25

Easy - Moderate

15 – 18

General Awareness: This section has majority of questions from Current GK. Questions are mainly asked from Economics and Business Awareness.  A couple of questions from Polity, Books and Authors etc. are also asked.

General English: This section is dominated by Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension.

Analytical & Logical Reasoning: This section is a good mix of questions from Logical and Mathematical Reasoning. Questions are asked from Deductive Logic, Statement Assumptions, Analogy, Visual Reasoning, Series, Data Interpretation and Arrangements.

Quantitative Aptitude: This section is dominated by Higher Math. Questions are also asked from the areas like Number System, Arithmetic, Permutations and Combinations, Algebra, Geometry and Probability.

Preparation Strategy: Two sections, namely, Analytical & Logical Reasoning and General English, are relatively easy in this exam, so students should try to maximize their score in these two sections. It is to be noted that questions from Higher Math are asked only in this entrance exam for BBA. Hence, a student, who is confident of his/her preparation in the remaining topics, may choose not to prepare for Higher Math if he is not particular comfortable in the topic.

GGSIPU CET BBA

 

Questions from Aptitude Relating to Management and Communication Skills are asked only in this entrance exam for BBA. The section wise break-up of the GGSIPUCET BBA paper is given below in detail.

 

GGSIPU CET BBA Exam Pattern

Section

No. of Questions

Difficulty Level

Possible Attempt

Logical Reasoning

38

Easy

25 - 30

Language Comprehension

38

Moderate

22 - 27

General Awareness

37

Easy - Moderate

24 - 29

Aptitude Relating to Management and Communication Skills

 37

Easy

27 - 32

Logical Reasoning: This section is basically very easy. Questions based on Series, Odd man out, Analogy, arrangement, Percentages, Equations, Number System, Time Speed and Distance, Rectangles and Pythagoras Theorem are asked.

Language Comprehension: The difficulty level of this section is moderate. Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary dominate this section. Questions mainly on Synonyms, Antonyms, Cloze Test, Para Jumbles, Sentence Jumbles and Idioms and Phrases are asked in this exam.

General Awareness: Most of the questions are static in nature and almost all the questions are one-liners.

Aptitude Relating to Management and Communication Skills: This section takes the least time to solve because questions asked are based on knowledge of basic communication skills and management aptitude. 

Preparation Strategy: The sections on Logical Reasoning and Aptitude Relating to Management and Communication Skills are relatively easy, so students should focus on these sections to maximize their score. Enough practice for the remaining sections can help them sail through the paper easily.

NPAT BBA

 

The pattern of the paper is as follows: 

 

NPAT BBA Exam Pattern

Section

Total Questions

Level of Difficulty

Possible Attempts

Duration

Proficiency in English Language

40

Moderate

25-28

30

Quantitative & Numerical Ability

40

Moderate

24-27

45

Reasoning & General Intelligence

40

Tough

15-18

45

Total

120

 

84-93

120

Each question has five options. In all the sections, 1 mark is awarded for each correct answer while 0.25 marks are deducted for each incorrect answer. 

Proficiency in English Language: This section is dominated by Grammar and Vocabulary.

Quantitative & Numerical Ability: The questions in this section require basic knowledge of the subject. It contains Data Interpretation questions also.

Reasoning & General Intelligence:
Difficulty level of this section is tough.

Preparation Strategy: The topics covered in this exam are similar to most other BBA aptitude tests. The only thing that is typical to this exam is that this is a computer based test, so the students need to practice a good number of CBTs (Computer Based Tests) based on the pattern of the exam to ace this exam.

IPMAT

 

This exam has no questions from Reasoning and General Awareness. It contains only two sections Verbal Ability and Quantitative Ability.

 

The breakup of IIM Indore’s Aptitude Test for IPM is given below:

 

IPMAT Exam Pattern

Section

No. of Questions

Maximum Marks

Difficulty

Verbal Ability

35

140

Easy

Quantitative Ability

65

260

Difficult

 Total

100

400

Moderate

Verbal Ability: Reading Comprehension, Synonyms, Antonyms, Jumbled Sentences, Para Completion, Word Usage, Phrase Replacement and Fill in the Blanks are the main topics that feature in this exam. Since, most of the question types are covered in various other entrance exams, this section doesn’t necessarily require any specific preparation strategy. 

Quantitative Ability:
Questions are asked from varied areas – Number System, Percentages, Profit and Loss, Average, Alligation, Mixture and Solution, Ratio and Proportion, Simple Interest-Compound Interest, Time speed and distance, Time and work, Progressions, Geometry and Mensuration, Inequalities, Logarithms and Graphs. 

Though most of the questions are based on basic concepts of Arithmetic and Algebra, they are not straightforward and require some time to arrive at the answers. Students should keep in the mind the slight increase in difficulty level of this exam, vis-à-vis other exams, while preparing for the same.

Preparation Strategy: Since there are only two sections in this exam, it is important to not lose track of your preparation and focus only on the topics that are asked in the exam.

SET BBA:

 

 

The section wise break-up of SET (BBA) is as given below:

 

SET BBA Exam Pattern

Section

No. of Questions

Difficulty Level

Possible Attempts

Analytical & Logical Reasoning

30

Easy

20 – 23

General English

40

Easy - Moderate

25 – 28

General Awareness

40

Moderate

12 – 15

Quantitative Aptitude

40

Easy - Moderate

25 – 28

Total

150

  

Analytical and Logical Reasoning: Arrangements, Blood Relations, Series, Coding – Decoding, Cubes, Assumption based questions, Syllogisms and Venn Diagrams, etc. feature in this section of the paper.

 

General English: The section is a mix of Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension. The vocabulary questions are based on synonyms, antonyms, fill in the blanks and analogy. A few questions of grammar based error-spotting are also asked. 

 

General Awareness: This section is a good mix of static and current GK questions. The current affairs questions are mainly based on companies and their founders, sports, awards, books and authors and Science.

 

Quantitative Aptitude: This section has quite a lot of easy questions. Majority of the questions are from Arithmetic. The questions from Algebra and Number Systems are a little tricky in nature. Questions based on Permutation Combination and Probability are generally easy. The overall difficulty level can be said to range from easy to moderate.

Preparation Strategy: Since the exam has no negative marking, the students must attempt all the questions in the exam.

Careers360: As per the pattern of the exams, the common sections/areas include Mathematics, English, Reasoning and General Awareness. What should be the approach for these areas?

Gautam Puri: Generally, the questions asked in BBA entrance exams are of easy level of difficulty. Only basic knowledge of the topics is enough to attempt the questions. So, focus on the fundamentals first and make sure that your grasp of the basic concepts is strong. Once you are aware of the basics, move on to practicing a lot of questions to ensure that you are able to apply the concepts properly.

Careers360: How should the preparation strategy change while a student approach nearer to exam date?

Gautam Puri: As mentioned before, while beginning to prepare for these exams, start from the basics. Three months before the exam, the students must study the pattern of various exams to know what is asked in which test so as to be able to prepare their preparation strategy accordingly. Once aware of the pattern, the next step is to go through the topics thoroughly so that the students are well acquainted with the fundamentals. It is important to practice similar question types as are asked in the exam to get a feel of the paper. Practice is the keyword during this phase along with speed building and accuracy.

With one month to go for the exams, students by now should be fully comfortable with various question types and should be fast enough to solve a sizeable number of questions in the given time limit. During this one month, students should mainly devote their time on taking mock tests. This will give them enough practice while making sure that they are able to maximize their score in the exam.

During a week prior to the exam, it is advisable to not study any new topic. Rather, the students should take a couple of mock tests. They can also brush up on their General Awareness during this period.

Careers360: What should be the exam taking strategy?

Gautam Puri: As mentioned before, various exams differ in their pattern and hence may require different test taking strategies. Students must be thoroughly aware of the exam and should give enough mock tests to be able to know what works for them. Basically, it is always advisable to play to your strengths. Make sure you capitalise on your strong areas and score as high as you can in these.

Careers360: What should be the time management strategy during preparation stage as well as exam day?

Gautam Puri: As much as it is important to manage your time well during the exam, it is equally important to manage your preparation also. During the initial phase of your preparation, devote equal time to each subject/area. Do not overlook your weak areas as this is the time that you can work on these. Practice questions within set time limits.

During the exam, it is important to not get stuck on any question or section. For exams such as NPAT BBA that do not have negative marking, make sure you attempt all questions. Divide your time judiciously across the sections with an aim to maximise your attempts.

Careers360: What is your advice for the BBA aspirants who are planning to write the exams and enroll in a top BBA institute?

Gautam Puri: BBA is a stepping stone to a rewarding career in business and management. It is important to have the right aptitude and inclination to do well in the field. Make sure you prepare well and practice enough to succeed in the exams.

First Published On : 27 Mar 2014 10:34 AM IST
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