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BCom, Christ College, Bangalore

Christ College is affiliated to Bangalore University and was the first college in Karnataka to be accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). Within three decades, Christ College has become the most preferred educational institution in Bangalore. Its department of professional studies (career advancement) started the innovative programme of professional competency in commerce and management. BCom (professional) is aimed at creating global accounting and management professionals.

The syllabus has been designed at a level higher than that of intermediate CA / CS. The teaching methodologies include classroom lectures, industrial visits, orientation, internship, case study and research work. Special emphasis is laid on developing soft skills. Students who join this programme have to also enrol for one of the professional courses offered by the department — ACCA, CIMA, ACS or ICCE. There is an exclusive placement initiative as well.

To obtain the application form, a demand draft worth Rs 600 — drawn in favour of Christ College, Bangalore and payable at Bangalore — has to be sent to the institute. A valid e-mail ID (for further communication) and copies of statement of marks of classes X, XI and XII (if result awaited, marks available currently) should be enclosed with the draft. To apply online (www.christcollege.edu), candidates have to get a transaction ID after remitting Rs 300 to A/c 0396053000010050 of Christ College from any South Indian Bank branch. The transaction ID has to be filled in on the first page of the application. Applicants can also send a demand draft and four stamp-size photographs to the Office of Admissions, Christ College (Autonomous), Bangalore-560029 after applying online. The draft should reach the office within seven days of the online submission. Envelopes should be marked BCom Professional — Admissions.

Eligibility

Candidates must have a pass in Plus Two or its equivalent exam.

Entrance exam

Candidates will be selected on the basis of their performance in Class X (20 per cent weightage), Class XII (40 per cent weightage), an aptitude test (30 per cent weightage) and an interview (10 per cent). Candidates who score less than 50 per cent in the aptitude test will not be called for the interview.

Pattern of exam

The objective-type aptitude test has 75 questions (1 mark each) that have to be answered in an hour. The test has negative marking, 0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer. Questions are based on current affairs in economics and business, reasoning, quantitative skills and verbal ability.

How to prepare

You could brush up on current affairs by reading the newspaper daily as well as magazines like Competition Master and Banking Services Chronicle. A general knowledge compendium like Spectrum or Pearsons would also come in handy. Revise your fundamentals in maths and practise problems from guide books like Discovering Mathematics by Jose Paul and Aashalata Badami and the one published by Tata McGraw Hill. To ace the section on reasoning, you could go through Analytical and Logical Reasoning by Arihant Prakashan, Critical Reasoning by Anne Thomson and Test of Reasoning by Edgar Thorpe.

To enhance grammar skills read books, magazines, newspapers and journals. The more you read, the better. A couple of books that are very good for building vocabulary are All about Words by Rosenblum and Nurenberg, and 30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary by Wilfred Funk and Norman Lewis. Wren and Martin’s High School English Grammar and Composition is another useful book.

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