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PES Scholastic Aptitude Test (PESSAT) - BBA/BBA-HEM Exam Pattern

Exam Pattern


No. of Qus.

English comprehensive/ Verbal Ability


Analytical and Logical Reasoning


Quantitative Reasoning


Marking System – There is no negative marking in PESSAT 2016.

Test duration- 120 minutes

Syllabus Summary

No. Of Subject 3
No. Of Unit 7
No. Of Chapter 64
  1. Critical Reasoning
  1. Number series
  2. Letter Series
  3. Series Missing Numbers
  4. Odd one out
  5. Blood Relation
  6. Calender
  7. Clock
  8. Matrix
  9. Cubes
  10. Coding Decoding
  11. Direction and Distance test
  12. Ranking Tests
  13. Sitting Arrangement
  14. Linear Arrangements
  15. Matrix Arrangements
  16. Mathematical Puzzles
  17. Venn Diagram
  1. Strong & Weak Arguments
  2. Statements Assumptions
  3. Statements and Conclusions
  4. Statements & Inferences
  5. Logical Sequence of Words
  6. Analogies
  7. Verbal Classification (Odd one out)
  8. Syllogism
  9. Logical Deduction (based on syllogism)
  10. Course of Action
  11. Causes and Effects
  1. Data interpretations
  2. Data Sufficiency
  1. Profit, Loss and Discount
  2. Percentage 
  3. Partnership
  4. Pipes and Cisterns
  5. Time and Work
  6. Time, Speed and Distance
  7. Averages
  8. Age
  9. Alligation and Mixture
  10. Ratio and proportion
  11. Circular Track & Upstream-downstream
  12. Compound interest
  13. Relative speed
  14. Simple Intrest
  1. Angles, lines
  2. Properties of Circles
  3. Area and Volume of 2D and 3D figures
  4. BODMAS/Simplification
  5. Quadratic equations
  6. Number System
  7. Properties of Triangles
  8. Probability 
  9. LCM and HCF
  10. Permutation and Combination
  11. Height and Distance
  12. Logarithm
  13. Linear Equation
  14. Indices
  15. Arithmatic and Geometric Prograssion
  16. Set Theory & Venn Diagram
  17. Geometry and Mensuration
  18. Properties of Quadrilaterals

How to prepare


English comprehensive / Verbal Ability

Reading Comprehension





Dictionary meanings of different words,

Syntax, and correct grammar

Language usage and their rules


Logical Reasoning  

Analytical reasoning

Statements Assumptions

Non Verbal Tests (Visual reasoning)

Analogy Test


Statements and assumptions

Statements Arguments

Cause and effects

Statements and conclusion

Ranking Tests

Linear arrangements

Matrix arrangements

Blood relationship test

Matrix arrangements

Symbol based problems

Sequencing, coding and decoding problem

Number series

Direction and Distance test


Quantitative Reasoning:

Number Systems

Fraction and Decimals


Ratios and Proportion



Quadratic and linear equations


Profit and Loss




Work and time


Alligation & Mixtures

Pipes and Cisterns

Simple Interest and Compound Interest


Permutations & Combinations

Tabulation ,Pie chart ,Bar Chart, Line Graph(DI)


Preparation Strategy

Make a proper Time Table

It is very important that you make a time table 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 rote 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 basics and concepts before moving on.

Prepare Notes

It is very important 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.

Seek guidance

It is not possible for you to know everything in your syllabus, at least not at the time of preparation. Sooner or later you will run into a concept or so which will give you trouble and then it is best you seek guidance from an instructor or a teacher. It is necessary that you clear your doubts at regular intervals and don’t prolong things for long. Getting into a good coaching class is nothing to be ashamed off and if anything a regular coaching class will enable you to avoid roadblocks in your preparation.

Sample Papers

Even though there may be a complete change in the exam pattern or the expected questions altogether,it is important that you practice on the sample and previous years question papers. You will know the existing pattern and have a fair idea of the type of questions to expect in the paper along with the time constraint.

Mock tests

The paper pattern, duration of the paper and the number of questions to be attempted in the given amount of time is not something you will be able to pick up on the day of the examination. A Mock Test tests a student’s abilities as it not only provides a similar feel of real exams but also helps in building speed and confident to face the exam. Furthermore, they can improve their performance to get an extra edge in actual exams.

Time management

Time management can be learnt through thorough practice and regular test taking. So it is important that you practice it and practice it well.

Negative marking

Most the entrance examinations will have negative marking and everyone would suggest you stay clear of questions are not sure about. But some experts are of the opinion that you answer the questions in which you are confused between an option or two because there will also be a chance of getting it right.


Duration : 120 Minutes

Important Instructions

You should be very careful in filling-up the on-line application form. If any lapse is detected during the scrutiny, your candidature will be rejected at any time of admission process or even at a later stage. In case a candidate fills two or more on-line application forms, the last filled and completed application form will be considered for further processing. The processing of application form is based on the information filled by the candidate. Any error committed intentionally or otherwise may result in cancellation of your candidature.