Aspirants of Higher Education

Aspirants of Higher Education

Aspirants of Higher Education

I. Competitive Exams

a) UPSC is India’s central agency that conducts exams like Civil Services Exam (CSE) to recruit candidates into top government services like IAS, IPS, IFS etc. UPSC recruits candidates for both civil services as well as defence services.

UPSC Exam Pattern 2020

The pattern of the UPSC examination is officially divided into two stages called Preliminary and Main Examination while in practice, it is a three-stage exam.

As per the IAS exam pattern, candidates who clear the Prelims are eligible for Mains and candidates who clear the Main reach the interview stage.

The three stages of the IAS exam are Prelims, Mains, and Personality Test.

b) State Service Commission:

The Telangana State Public Service Commission (TSPSC) is a body created by the Constitution of India to select applicants for civil service jobs in the Indian state of Telangana according to the merits of the applicants and the rules of reservation.

Group I: TSPSC Group 1 2020 PostsGroup 2 Posts In Telangana
Deputy Collector (Civil Services, Executive Branch)Deputy Tahsildar in Land Administration.
Deputy Superintendent of Police - Category II (Police Service) Assistant Registrar in Registrar of Cooperative Societies.
Commercial Tax Officer.Executive Officer Grade-I in the Endowments department.
District Panchayat Officer (Panchayat Services)Assistant Labour Officer in Commissioner of Labour Department.
District Registrars.ACTO-Assistant Commercial Tax Officer (Commercial Tax Sub-Service
Divisional Fire Officer.
Assistant Excise Superintendent.
District Social Welfare Officer

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection:

IBPS currently functions as an autonomous body that is mainly engaged in conducting competitive exams for recruitment to clerical and officers’ posts in the banking sector. … IBPS SO exam takes place for the recruitment of Specialist Officers, which are Scale-I officers in the national public sector banks.


A Graduation Degree in any discipline from a recognized University or any equivalent qualification recognized by the Central Government.


A candidate must be 21-30 years of age (Age relaxation of 5 years is given to candidates belonging to SC and ST. The candidates belonging to OBC categories are given an age relaxation of 3 years. The ex-servicemen and the candidates holding Jammu and Kashmir quotas are also given an age relaxation of 5 years).

CAT Exam (Common Admission Test) is a computer-based selection test conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) as a prerequisite for admissions to their business administration programs.

  1.  Apart from the IIMs, the CAT is also a prerequisite for admissions into like
  2. S.P Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR),
  3.  Faculty of Management Studies (FMS)
  4.  Management Development Institute (Gurgaon),
  5. Institute of Management Technology (IMT),
  6. Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS)
  7.  International Management Institute (IMI),
  8.  National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) and several others

CAT Exam Syllabus:

For the CAT exam, there is no predefined syllabus. The syllabus is mainly from the middle school topics of Maths, and English with some generic logical reasoning questions. A few of the details of the CAT syllabus are:

a) CAT Quantitative Aptitude:The syllabus for CAT quantitative aptitude mainly includes topics from classes 8-10 like geometry, algebra, number system, etc.

b) CAT Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation: The logical reasoning section is very generic and a wide variety of questions based on the seating arrangement, direction sense test, etc. are included. The data interpretation section includes questions mostly based on data caselets and graphs.

c) CAT Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension: In this section, comprehension passages are given followed by a few questions. Apart from that, a few of the grammar-based questions like sentence completion, jumbled sentences, etc. are asked.


Common Management Admission Test or CMAT is taken by roughly 1.5 lakh candidates. Conducted by the National Testing Agency. The exam score is accepted by more than 1000 MBA institutes across the country. The CMAT exam is held in January every year.

CMAT is a computer-based exam (held for 180 minutes) and tests the candidate’s aptitude in four main sections :

  1. Quantitative Technique.
  2. Logical Reasoning.
  3.  Language Comprehension.
  4.  General Awareness.


Another top management entrance, Xavier Aptitude Test XAT is a computer-based management aptitude test. Conducted by Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI) Jamshedpur, XAT is taken by approximately one lakh candidates, annually. XAT is held on the first Sunday of the year (January). XAT scores are accepted by XLRI Jamshedpur and more than 1000 management institutes. XAT exam tests the candidate on four fronts:

  1. Quantitative Ability.
  2. English Language & Logical Reasoning.
  3. Decision Making.
  4.  General Knowledge.

Overview of SNAP :

Conducted by Symbiosis International University, Symbiosis National Aptitude Test or SNAP is also a national-level management entrance examination. SNAP score is primarily used for admission to 15 institutes under Symbiosis International University. However, many other MBA colleges use SNAP scores for admission. SNAP registrations take place from August to November and the exam is held in December.

Eg: Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Hyderabad.

  1. SNAP Test is a computer-based exam and the duration is two hours. It tests candidates on:
  2. General English.
  3.  Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency.
  4. Analytical & Logical Reasoning.

Overview of NMAT by GMAC :

NMIMS Management Aptitude Test (NMAT) is also one of the popular MBA entrance exams. It was acquired by GMAC in 2015 and rebranded as NMAT by GMAC. NMAT by GMAC is a computer-based exam, held over a 75-day testing window, between October and December. Candidates need to attempt 108 MCQs in 120 minutes. This year, NMAC has provided the facility of taking the test from home in remotely proctored mode, to students. This provision has been made in wake of the COVID-19 situation in the country.

Overview of MAT :

Management Aptitude Test or MAT is also a very popular MBA entrance exam. More than 600 institutes accept MAT exam scores for admission to management programmes. Conducted by the All India Management Association (AIMA), MAT is held four times a year – February, May, September and December. 

The exam is held in Computer Based Test (CBT), Paper Based Test (PBT) mode and Internet-Based Test (IBT) mode. Held for 150 minutes, the MAT question paper has 200 questions.

  1. The aspirant is tested on the following five areas:
  2. Indian and Global Environment
  3. Language Comprehension
  4. Data Analysis and Sufficiency
  5. Mathematical Skills
  6. Intelligence and Critical Reasoning

Overview of IIFT Exam :

IIFT exam is an institute specific entrance test. The exam is conducted by the NTA for admission to the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT). IIFT exam score is valid for admission to IIFT only. It is held online mode in over 200 cities. IIFT exam is conducted in December. The duration of the exam is two hours and the question paper consists of 200 multiple-choice questions.

 It tests a candidate’s aptitude in the following areas:

  1. English Comprehension
  2. General Knowledge & Awareness
  3. Logical Reasoning
  4. Quantitative Analysis  

Overview of IBSAT :

ICFAI Business School Aptitude Test or IBSAT is an institute-level entrance test. The exam is conducted by ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education. IBSAT exam score is used for admission to MBA and PhD programmes at nine ICFAI Business School (IBS) campuses – Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Dehradun, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune.

IBSAT exam is a computer-based test (CBT) and it assesses the candidate’s ability in the following:

Verbal Ability

Reading Comprehension

Quantitative Aptitude

Data Adequacy & Data Interpretation 

List of  MBA courses offered by OU :

MBA-Applied Management

MBA-Financial Mangement

MBA –Marketing

MBA-Tourism Management

MBA-Hospital Administration

MBA-Human Resource

MBA-Media Management

MBA-Retail management

MBA –Technology Management

Court ManagementCooperate Governance
Sustainability & Innovation Management Marketing Management
Financial Services & Capital MarketsHuman Resource Management
Business Regulations



MBA (PTPG) Part-Time Postgraduate Program

Collaboration MBA with Central Michigan (CMU) University, USA

PhD Program


Masters of Commerce or M.Com is a post-graduate level course ideal for candidates who wish to make a career in banking financial services and insurance (BFSI) as well as accounting and commerce sectors.

The 2-year course delves deeper into the functioning of the economy, capital, revenue, trade, taxes, etc. taught in BCom.

Since M.Com is a specialized area in itself, only those candidates who have pursued BCom or BCom (H), can go for it. com is also a good option for CA/CS candidates.

Admissions are offered on the basis TS CPGET(Telangana Common Post Graduate Entrance Test)


MCOM Specializations:

MCom(Taxation)M.Com (Economics)
MCom(Accounting & Finance)M.Com(Statistics)
MCom(Banking)M.Com (Finance)
MCom (Banking & Fianance)M.Com(Finance & Control)
MCom(Marketing) M.Com(E.Commerce)
Mcom(Business management) Application)

CA Eligibility Criteria :

To become a Chartered Accountant, the candidate has to go through a process of training and exams at various levels, conducted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI).

Eligibility criteria for Foundation Route:

The candidate must have passed Class XII and completed four months of the study period to be able to appear for the Foundation examination

The candidate needs to register with the Board of Studies for four months of the study period.

Eligibility criteria for Direct Entry Route:

For direct entry to the Intermediate course, the candidate must be:

Commerce Graduates/Post-Graduates (with minimum 55% marks) or Other Graduates/Post-Graduates (with minimum 60% marks) from a recognized university (including Open University)

Intermediate level passed candidates of Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) and Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICAI)

About ICAI Exam :

In India, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), conducts CA exams and certify a candidate as a qualified Chartered Accountant on successful completion of the three-level course.

Examinations conducted are:

Common Proficiency Test (CPT)

Intermediate (Integrated Professional Competence) Examination

Final Examination

Common Proficiency Test is the entry-level exam for the CA course, followed by the Intermediate and Final examination. Intermediate (IPC)E & Final examinations are conducted twice a year, in May and November. CPT is conducted twice a year, in June and December.

ICWA Course Eligibility :

The course a student aims to pursue will determine their eligibility


Have passed Class X or equivalent followed by Class XII or equivalent

If they have received National Diploma in Commerce Examination (AICTE or by any recognized board)


Passed SSC or equivalent

Foundation or entry level of Common Admission Test (CAT) by Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICAI)

Graduation in any stream (except Fine Arts)

Even students who are awaiting results would pass the ICWA Course eligibility


Students who are done with their Intermediate level at school

Graduation in any stream (except Fine Arts)

Have passed all eight papers of the Intermediate course

ICWA Course Fees and Duration

The entrance examination, ICWAI Exam, is held twice a year, once each in June and December. If a student wishes to apply for the June exam, they can apply before January 31 of the same year. For the December exam, the last date of application is July 31. 

A Company Secretary (CS) is one of the principal posts in a company. He/she act as a conscience seeker of the company. A certified Company Secretary is hired to handle the legal aspects of a firm. A CS is responsible for completing the company’s tax returns, keeping records, advising the board of directors and ensuring that the company complies with legal and statutory regulations

CS – Eligibility :

  • Any student who aspires to become a certified Company Secretary must fulfil the given eligibility criteria to pursue the programme:
  • Minimum qualification required to register for the first level (Foundation Programme) of Company Secretary course in Class XII pass in any stream (excluding fine arts) from a recognized university or equivalent
  • The candidate who wishes to pursue CS after Graduation will have to undergo only two levels: Executive Programme and Professional Programme
  • All Graduates and Post Graduates (excluding Fine Arts) and those having passed the Foundation examination of The ICSI, Foundation exam of The Institute of Cost Accountants of India or the Common Proficiency Test (CPT) conducted by The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India or of any other accountancy Institution in India or abroad recognised by the Council of the Institute are exempted from passing the Foundation Programme examination


CS – Entrance Exams  :

  1. Admission to ICSI’s Company Secretary programme is open throughout the year. The exams are conducted bi-annually in June and December. Aspiring candidates can apply according to their choice of exam month.
  2. Those who wish to appear for the Foundation Programme examination in December (same year) must get themselves enrolled by March 31, and those who wish to appear in the June exam next year must enrol themselves by September 30.
  3. Those who wish to join CS from the Executive Programme level must get themselves enrolled by February 28 for appearing in both modules in the December exam in the same year; or by August 31 for appearing in both modules in the June exam next year.
  4. In case one wants to appear in a single module in June Examination the next year; they must enrol themselves in the Executive Programme by November 30.

A candidate is declared to have passed the Foundation / Executive / Professional examination if he/she secures at one sitting a minimum of 40% marks in each paper and 50% marks in the egg

PHD Rules and Regulations :

The Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) shall be conferred by Osmania University in the Faculties of Arts, Commerce, Management, Education, Law, Social Sciences, Oriental Languages, Science, Technology, Pharmacy, Engineering, Informatics and such other faculties as may be notified in future, following the provisions of these rules and regulations in current or amended form, and subject to the conditions laid down herein.

Procedure for admission into PhD

Eligibility Criteria:

In all the Faculties a candidate is eligible for registration/admission into PhD course in a subject, if he/she has obtained a Post-Graduate Degree, from a recognized University or a Post Graduate Degree through Distance mode from a recognized University and approved by the Distance Education Council (DEC), New Delhi, in the concerned subject or in an allied subject approved by the Osmania University securing not less than 55% marks at the Post-Graduate Degree and securing not less than 50% marks in the case of SC/ST candidates.

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