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Post XII – BBA, BBS, BBM courses

With growing demand for professionally qualified business managers, you can take up business management as a career. Undergraduate management programmes like BBA, BBS, MBS offer bright opportunities to lead a successful career in the field of management.

If you have a vision to see yourself as a future business leader, CEO or a successful entrepreneur, it is important to channelise this drive and give it a proper direction. With growing demand for professionally qualified business managers, you can take up business management as a career.

You have the option of pursuing management education right after school. There are many universities offering bachelor degrees in management, called BBA/BBS/BBM. There are many good bachelors' management programs offered by more than 100 universities including Delhi University, IP University, Mumbai University, and NMIMS University to name a few.

Anybody serious about his career should look at pursuing a 5-year career track in the chosen field. In the context of management, this would be a BBS (or BBA) followed by an MBA.

The BBA course:

The BBA course (or bachelors of business administration) is the course to opt for if you are in class XII and plan to pursue management as your career option. In short, BBA is meant for 17-18-year-old school pass outs with corporate ambitions – those who aspire to be management professionals, or entrepreneurs. BBS is bachelor in business studies awarded by the Delhi University; BBA is bachelor of business administration awarded by the Guru Gobind Singh Inderprastha University and BBM is bachelors of business management awarded by universities in western India. BBS is considered the first among equals primarily because it is offered only in 3 university colleges in Delhi. Out of these, Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies has been ranked by the Commonwealth of Nations as Asia's No. 1 college for the UG programme in management.

Getting admission in colleges offering BBA/BBS:

You have to clear an entrance test to get admitted to BBS/BBA courses. This exam is held every year in May– June & anyone with a score of 60% in XII CBSE boards in any stream is eligible to sit for this exam. The exam is a general intelligence test and does not ask theoretical questions from business studies or accounts or economics. Anyone who is good at numbers, fluent in the English language and reasonably well aware of business & general events can hope to clear this exam! But since the competition is tough & there are limited seats in the top colleges, you should familiarize yourself with the kind of questions asked in the entrance & learn some time saving tricks before you actually sit for it!

The BBE course:

BBE or bachelor in business economics is offered by the Delhi University in 10 of its colleges. The course is similar to BBS. This entrance exam is held every year in May–June and anyone with a score of 60% in XII CBSE boards in any stream (including English & mathematics) is eligible to sit for this exam. The exam is a general intelligence test and does not ask theoretical questions from business studies or accounts or economics.

The BFIA course:

BFIA or bachelor of financial investment & analysis is a sort of a mini MBA in finance. The course is offered only in Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Delhi University. The entrance exam for BBS & BFIA is the same. A score of 60% in XII CBSE boards in any stream (mathematics is compulsory) is required to be eligible for the entrance.

The entrance for BBS & BBE has been combined this year. There is no prescribed syllabus or format for the entrance examination. The following areas were usually included in entrance examinations in the past.

Quantitative Ability (based on mathematics up to class XII or its equivalent)

Reasoning &Analytical Ability

General English

Business & General Awareness

The candidate will be required to attempt 120 questions in 120 minutes. Each correct answer will get a score of 3 marks, each wrong answer will carry minus 1 mark and the question not answered will get a score of 0 marks. Marking of multiple answers for one question will be treated as a wrong answer.

Based on the performance in the written test, candidates approximately four to six times the number of seats for the relevant categories for each program i.e. BBS and BFIA will be called for group discussion and interview.

Preparation for BBS/BBA

Since these entrance tests are different for normal competitive exams, you need to prepare accordingly. Understanding the pattern is the key. Once you understand it, preparation becomes easy. You need to be fast and accurate.

Understanding the pattern: These tests aim to evaluate students on the basis of their mathematical ability, logic and language skills. The test comprises four sections – QA, LR, General English and Business & General Awareness.

Prepare methodically:
Questions from QA/LR are based on some functional aspects, so it is better that you muster those concepts long before you actually sit for the exam. It will make you faster compared with other candidates. It is also necessary to make prior preparation for the General English section. However, it is advisable to do business and general awareness sections close to exam as these fields change continuously.

Admission process:

In the list of top 10 colleges, five colleges come under Delhi University. The admission process for these five colleges -- Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Keshav Maha Vidyalaya, Deen Dyal Upadhyaya College, Gargi College, Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce -- is centralized though a common entrance test - Joint Entrance Test (JET).

Name of College Name of Programme Number of Seats
Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies Bachelor of Business Studies (BBS) and Bachelor of Financial and Investment Analysis (BFIA) 185
Keshav Maha Vidyalaya Bachelor of Business Studies (BBS) 45
Deen Dyal Upadhyaya College Bachelor of Business Studies (BBS) 45
Gargi College B.A. (Hons.) Business Economics (BBE) 45
Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce B.A. (Hons.) Business Economics (BBE) 62

The University has revamped its undergraduate management programmes this year, with the Bachelor of Business Studies (BBS), Bachelor of Financial Investment and Analysis (BFIA), Bachelor of Arts - BA (H) and Business Economics (BBE), likely to become four-year-undergraduate degree programmes. The total duration for these programmes earlier was three years.

The eligibility for appearing to the JET is 10+2 or equivalent from any recognized board. The appearing candidates can also apply to these programmes. The candidate should have appeared and secured pass marks in English, Mathematics and two subjects from among the following: Accountancy, Biology, Biotechnology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Commerce, Computer Science, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Geography, History, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology.

Application fee for JET is Rs 600 for general candidates. Registration for JET begins on April 1 and closes on May 5, 2013 and the entrance test is scheduled for June 2, 2013.

Weightage for Admission to the Courses at Delhi University Colleges:

Course Written Exam Class 12 result Interview* Group Discussion*
BBS & BFIA 50% 30% 10% 10%
B.A.(Honours)
Business Economics
50% 50% N.A. N.A.

*As per the admission procedure announced during in 2012 admissions

Based on the performance in the written test (Eliminative), candidates approximately six to seven times the number of seats for the relevant categories for BBS and BFIA courses shall be called for group discussion and interview. There shall be no group discussion and interview for the B.A (Hons.) Business Economics programme.

Besides the DU colleges, details of the other top colleges that offer undergraduate management programme are below:

HR College of Commerce and Economics (University of Mumbai):


The college offers 120 seats for Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS). The college doesn’t conduct any entrance exams for admission and the selection of candidates is based on the merit list prepared on the basis of total marks obtained at +2 level. Candidate with 45 % marks at 12th exams are eligible to apply for the programme. Application fee is Rs 500.

Anil Surendra Modi School of Commerce (NMIMS):

The College offers Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA). The institute makes admission through NMAT (UG) Entrance Test, the official online entrance test to enter SVKM’s Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (Deemed-to-be University). The candidate should have passed 10+2 or equivalent from any recognized board to appear for the test. Registration for the test closes on 25th April, 2013. The online test is scheduled for 12th May, 2013. Application fee for entrance test is Rs 1100.

Maharaja Surajmal Institute (GGS IP University):


The college offers three undergraduate management programmes -- Bachelor of Business Administration (General), Bachelor of Business Administration (Banking and Insurance), and Bachelor of Business Administration (Travel and Tourism Management), affiliated to GGSIP University. Total number of seats is 360.

The admission is made through the centralized entrance test CET. The candidate should have passed 10+2 or equivalent from any recognized board. The registration for CET closes on 9thApril 2013. The written test will be conducted on 5th May 2013. Application fee is Rs 1000.

Alliance School of Business (Alliance University):

The Alliance School of Business offers Bachelor of Business Management (BBM). The admission to the programme is made through AAT (Alliance Aptitude Test). The eligibility for appearing for the written test includes Pre-University/Higher Secondary/10+2 Examinations or equivalent from any recognized Board or Council in any discipline. The registration process closes on 31st March 2013. The entrance test is scheduled for 19th April, 2013. Application fee for the programme is Rs.1000. The total course fee is Rs.4, 50,000.

Department of Business Administration (SRM University):

Department of Business Administration offers three year programme under Bachelors of Business administration (BBA). A candidate should have passed class 12th exam with a minimum of 60 per cent marks to be eligible for the programme. The registration date for the programme closed on 15th March 2013. There is no entrance test for the programme.

Calendar of exams:

Exam Schedule for UG - BBA, IPM, BMS etc.
(compiled by PT education)
University Course Name of the Exam Application End Date Exam Date
IPU CET 2016 BBA, BCA, Bsc, BJMC, BHMCT, BALLB, BBALLB Written Test 29th Mar 2016 17th April 2016
IIM Indore 5 year IPM Aptitude Test 14th May 2015 9th April 2015
Christ University BBA / BBA FIB / BBA Honours / BBA (F&A) / BHM / BA_BBA-LLB / BCA / BCom Honours / BCom Professional Written Test 17th-Apr-2016 24th-Apr-2016
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