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The Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management (IISWBM), Calcutta, was established under the aegis of the University of Calcutta on April 25, 1953. IISWBM was the first to start a management education programme in India. The institute offers both day and evening diploma courses.

Postgraduate diploma courses offered are transportation and logistics management, energy management, environment management and health care and hospital management. These are two-year full-time day programmes.

The day courses are divided into four semesters. The first semester is confined to general management subjects and common classes are held for all disciplines. The second, third and fourth semesters are then devoted to instruction in specialised subjects. Admission for all courses is through management aptitude test (MAT) scores, group discussion and interview.

The masters in business administration (MBA) course is affiliated to the University of Calcutta. All courses are approved by the All India Council for Technical Education.

The faculty takes up consultancy projects particularly to develop industry-institute interaction. Areas of consultancy are organisational development, project formulation and socio-economic programmes.

Eligibility

You should be a graduate from a recognised university in science, engineering or economics.

Entrance exam

You have to appear for the MAT conducted by the All India Management Association (AIMA) in February, May, September or December. If selected, you have to go through a group discussion and interview. The notification for the exam is published in March every year. The MAT application form has to be submitted to AIMA, Delhi. The institute's admission form can be obtained at the counter or downloaded from www.iiswbm.edu. Along with the form, send a demand draft for the amount specified in favour of IISWBM, Calcutta, and mail it to Management House, College Square West, Calcutta 700 073.

Pattern of exam

The two-and-a-half hour test consists of objective type questions in language comprehension, mathematical skills, data analysis and sufficiency, intelligence and critical reasoning, and current affairs. Each section consists of 40 questions. A total of 200 questions have to be attempted in 150 minutes.

How to prepare

English: To practise for comprehension passages, solve exercises from Barron's GMAT Guide or Excellence in Comprehension by Madhurima Mishra, Ivy Nathani and Charles Osta, and develop techniques of speed reading.

Maths, reasoning and data interpretation: Quantitative aptitude and reasoning require an understanding of concepts and practice to calculate quickly and accurately. Prepare from books like Quantitative Aptitude by Abhijit Guha, Quantitative Aptitude by Arun Sharma, Test of Reasoning by R.S. Agarwal, etc.

Current affairs: Read guides like India 2005, Manorama Year Book, CSR Year Book, newspapers and newsmagazines for national and international news.

sample test paper

Maths, reasoning and data interpretation

Wheels of diameters 7 cm and 14 cm start rolling simultaneously from X and Y, towards each other. They are 1980 cm apart. Both of them make the same number of revolutions per second. If both meet after 10 seconds, the speed of the smaller wheel is:
a) 22 cm/sec
b) 44 cm/sec
c) 66 cm/sec
d) 132 cm/sec


English

In each of these questions, a word is given in capital letters followed by four options. Select the one farthest in meaning from the given word.
1) IMMACULATE
a) spotless b) sinless
c) omnipresent
d) innocent

2) OBLITERATE
a) delete b) demur
c) expunge d) eliminate


Current affairs

On April 1, 2005, value added tax (VAT) was introduced in how many states'
a) 23
b) 22
c) 21
d) 20

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