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ITM University National Entrance & ScholarshipTest (NEST)-BBA Exam Pattern

Exam Pattern

The paper of ITM University National Entrance & ScholarshipTest (NEST)-BBA examination is 90 min. duration (100 marks in total) for all programmers:

  • Part – A based on IT, English, GS

  • Part-B based on Commerce


Test duration- 1:30 hour

Marking System – There shall be 1 mark for each question.

Syllabus Summary

No. Of Subject 4
No. Of Unit 21
No. Of Chapter 30
  1. Working Capital Management
  1. Capital Budgeting Decisions
  1. Long Term
  2. Short Term
  1. Cost of Capital
  1. Tools of Financial Analysis
  1. Terminology related to business and finance
  1. Flagship companies of India
  1. Advertisement issues
  1. CEO’s of corporate and banking sector
  1. Mergers and acquisitions
  1. Leading brands of India
  1. Exempted Income
  1. Incidence of Tax
  1. Capital Gains
  1. Income from other sources
  1. Deduction of tax at Source
  1. Internet banking
  2. E-Banking
  3. Mobile Banking
  4. Wholesal
  1. Mergers and Acquisitions in Indian Banking Sector
  1. Evolution of Commercial Banks
  2. Nature of Commercial Banks
  3. Types of Commercial Banks
  4. Functions of Commercial Banks
  5. Services of Commercial Banks
  1. Non performing Assets
  1. Techniques of credit controls by Central Bank
  2. Credit creation by Central Bank

How to prepare

Preparation Strategy

Make a proper Time Table

It is very important that you make a timetable and stick to it and you will have an exact idea of what you are required to study and the time required for it.

Concept clarity rather than rotes learning

It is essential that you have a clear idea of the formulas and concepts rather than rote learning of things for the papers. While you might require it for memorizing formulas it is important that for other stuff you make sure you clear your basis and concepts before moving on.

Prepare Notes

It is very important to make small notes or a comprehensive list of formulas on each covered topic and chapter which will come in handy at the time of revision. This will require you to be regular with your work but will surely make things easy at the time of revision.

Aspirants should focus on core quant topics and theory. Try and finish all the topics in the next two months. Thereafter, do not touch new topics or comfortable areas. The chief strategy should be to attempt familiar questions and leave non-familiar/non-comfortable questions. Candidates should be able to decide this within 10 seconds.

Speed will be also very critical in the exam. Apart question learning to select a question, candidates should also to reject a question in less than 10 seconds.

Expect some calculation-heavy problems. These questions are meant to be left alone. Give it a try only if are not very close. So focus on CAT quant syllabus. Here are some core topics that you can expect:

Candidates can safely ignore Trigonometry & Statistics. This topic has a maximum of one to two questions, which are generally easy. Questions related to Data Sufficiency has not been observed so far.

Logical reasoning is comparatively easier than Quant and Data Interpretation in the exam. We can expect a similar pattern in the exam 2016. Questions in LR can range from Decision Making to Verbal Logic.

Verbal ability section usually consists of grammar, reading comprehension. There’s no different strategy for VA section. Candidates need to focus on an overall strategy for MBA exams while preparing for verbal sections because all the exams have a similar syllabus.

While revising GENERAL AWARENESS, candidates need to go through top news stories regularly. Apart from that, focus on static topics.

Except for the section on General Awareness, all the other sections of the exam get well covered with a good preparation for CAT. However, it would be advisable for a student to work on his/her speed the exam. Some of the questions under Data Interpretation tend to be calculation intensive.

For preparation on General Awareness, in addition to reading newspapers regularly, it would be advisable for a student to prepare from the following sources:

Also, in the various issues of MBA Education & Careers magazine, focus on features like Business GK, Current Issues & Events, and Current Event Chronicle (this feature captures important tidbits). In addition to the above, please run through the GK Model Papers feature titled, improve your GK.

Manorama & CSR Year Book - it helps in preparation for stock type questions In Manorama Year Book and CSR, please focus on the following chapters.

Who is who

What is what

Science scan

Human body


Landmarks of history

The Universe

While preparing for this section, a student should focus on issues related to National & International Events, World Bodies, and Foreign Trade-related information. Finally, practicing past years' question papers, as well as Mock Tests of various players, are perhaps the best source for preparation. It provides an opportunity to plug the loopholes in the preparation of entrance exam and one should give maximum importance to these question papers.


Duration : 90 Minutes

Important Instructions

Candidates are instructed to visit the Website. 1. Fill-up the NAME, CHOICE OF CENTRE,CHOICE OF PROGRAMME ,DATE OF BIRTH, YEAR OF PASSING AND PERCENTAGE OF MARKS very carefully. 2. If a candidate is appearing in the H.S/qualifying examination, he/she must NOT enter any percentage of marks. Enter the year and percentage of marks of 10th class only. 3. Photograph and signature must be maintained in proper pixel and aspect ratio. 4. Request for change of Test Centre will not be entertained.