FMS conducted by Faculty of Management Studies, University
of Delhi is the test for admission to its MBA and MBA
(MS) programmes. Founded in 1945, it is one of the oldest
and highly prestigious institutions providing management
education in India.
Applications for admission to various programmes are
invited through advertisements in major national newspapers
in September/October every year. Application forms are
distributed to interested candidates on payment of the
application fees. The filled-in application forms are
to be sent to the Administrative Officer, Faculty of
Management Studies, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007
for further processing. Eligible candidates are called
for a written test and/or an interview.
The eligible applicants will be called for a written
test, and on the basis of their performance in the test,
they will be called for an interview, an ex-tempore
and a group discussion. The candidates will be required
to produce their original certificates and mark-sheets
at the time of the interview. The final list of candidates
selected to the program will be announced after conducting
all the interviews.
At the time of filling up the application form of FMS
an applicant needs to give a Statement of Purpose (SOP).With
a SOP an institute wants to know the reasons; why you
are aspiring to pursue any specific programme in their
institution and how the institution can help you achieving
While giving the statement of purpose you are expected
to give decent and true reasons behind joining the institute
because your interview will be totally based upon your
statement of purpose.
FMS offers 2 years full time MBA and MBA (MS) programmes
and the most significant factor about FMS is its annual
fee which very less as compared to other institute.
The annual fee for FMS is Rs.9, 500 only.
Consider the little mouse, how sagacious an animal it is which never entrusts its life to one hole only.
Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), University of Delhi is one of the premier Management Institutes in the world. Having the mission statement “Academic excellence and leadership in university based management education in India through high quality teaching, research, case development, innovative courses and pedagogy of learning”, FMS provides an unparalleled management education in the country.
Last year’s FMS set a standard in terms of difficulty level which was evident in this year’s paper too. There were no surprises in store for the prepared student.
The number of questions remained the same at 175 to
be attempted in 2 hours time. There were the usual four
sections and to qualify in this exam one had to get
more than 50 percentile in each section. Hence ‘accuracy’
was a major determinant to achieve the expected cut-offs.
Giving the same time and keeping a consistency in the
number of attempts per section would have proved beneficial
for the student.
As declared by FMS, there were four sections in the paper.
Equal distribution of questions in each section.
QA section had easy to moderate questions with no questions on higher maths.
Reasoning ability section is a good mixture of analytical reasoning, DI.
There were 4 RC passages of moderate length with simple topics and easy to moderate difficulty level.
The difficult part of this section was trying to identify the passages which could be attempted without much effort. Reading comprehension involves a good grasp of the English language in all its finery. It was humanly impossible to attempt all the passages but attempting at least two was feasible. Attempting at least 10 questions from the 14 questions was possible with 75% accuracy
Questions based on this Area
Passage (PI management)
Easy to Average
Passage (Justice as fairness)
A firm groundwork of grammar and vocabulary are the main requirements to be strong in this section. So building this framework is essential if you need to score at the required percentile for this section. Most of the questions are based on fundamentals of sentence structure and language rules
An overall difficult paper and very lengthy given the
Accuracy was the key to achieving victory in this section. This section was a good mix of sitters and conceptual questions. A candidate's numerical abilities were tested to the fore. Questions in this section ranged from purely numeric calculations to geometrical problems, arithmetic reasoning, and algebra.
Analytical thinking or the ability to think while analyzing involves separating and distinguishing the fundamentals of a concept or problem in order to understand its essential nature.
Reasoning and Logic can be thought of as distinct, although logic is one important aspect of reasoning.
Reasoning is a type of thought. Logic, involves the attempt to describe rules by which reason operates. Putting both these operations together gives this section its tag line ‘Analytical Ability & Logical Reasoning Section’. The good strategy to solve the most of the paper is question selection.
In this paper, this section defied all norms and conventions by offering a cache of logically simple questions.
on this Area
Easy to Average
Easy to Average
Ratio and proportion
Easy to Average
Easy to Average
Easy to Average
Easy to Average
Time and work
Speed, time and distance
Easy to Average
Profit and loss
Permutation and combination
1. Candidates applying for admission to the first year
of MBA (Full-Time) Programme must have pursued at least
a 3-year Bachelor’s Degree Programme after 12
years of formal schooling in any of the following disciplines.
The minimum requisite percentage of marks in different
disciplines is as follows :
Arts, Commerce or Social Sciences - 50%
Sciences - 55%
Mathematics or Statistics - 60%
Medicine, Engineering or Technology - 60% / CGPA of
at least 6.00 in a scale of 10.00 OR
Post Graduate Degree or 2nd Degree examination after
10+2+3 scheme, securing at least 60% marks.
Note: Candidates appearing for the final examination
of Bachelor’s / Post Graduate Degree examinations
may also apply.
2. Candidates must be 20 years of age as on 1st of October
of the year of admission.
3. There is no reservation whatsoever for the graduates
of Delhi university or the residents of Delhi.
MBA, being a master's degree, requires the aspirant
to be a graduate. That means, you must have a Bachelor's
Degree from any university incorporated by an act of
the Central or State government of India, any other
educational institution established by an act of Parliament
or any institution deemed as such under section 3 of
the UGC Act 1956. This also includes any equivalent
qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government
of India. Your Bachelor's Degree or equivalent qualification
must have covered a minimum of three years of education
after completing higher secondary schooling, which is
a total of 10+2+3 years.
In simple terms, FMS tests managerial abilities in a
candidate through Mathematics, English and Reasoning.
This means that you will be required to interlink concepts
in order to solve a particular problem. Your ability
to apply concepts to practical situations is what will
Once you start taking section tests and comprehensive
tests, it becomes important to Analyze each of the tests
that you take. This will help identify the areas/topics
that you are weak at and still need brushing up before
you take the next test.
1. Analyze your area-wise/topic - wise performance to
identify potential areas for improvement.
2. Work on the identified areas, through determined
Section Tests and Comprehensive Tests
After you take each test, do analyze it well. Analysis
would take a lot of time, do not take this as a waste
of time, and instead convert this into a learning process.
For all correct answers, compare your method with the
Explanatory Answers, check if you can attempt it faster
and practice the new method, if any. For all incorrect
answers, reattempt the questions with no time limits.
You need to understand as to why did you make the mistake-
was it conceptual/silly mistake/incorrect interpretation.
Learn from your mistakes and ensure that you do not
commit them in future.
The areas that are tested in English are verbal ability,
reading comprehension and composition skills. This means
that you need to build an overall aptitude in English.
Good command over English language is a must in order
to succeed in FMS. In fact, you will observe that you
need good English even to attempt the quantitative and
data interpretation sections.
Reading a newspaper like The Times of India / The Hindu,
a business daily like The Economic Times/Business Standard
and political and business magazines should become a
daily habit for all FMS applicants. Further,
Read any section in the newspaper, especially the editorial
Timing your-self while reading is important. You should
be able to read 200 to 250 words a minute.
Write a summary (about 100 to 150 words) every day on
the topic you have read. It will help in building your
thought process which is crucial in FMS.
Make a note of the difficult words and look up their
meanings from the Oxford English dictionary. Try and
maintain a notebook/prepare flash cards that you can
go through in your free time.
Reading would also help keep updated on the events going
around thus building on your general awareness that
would be helpful during the group discussion and personal
It is very important to be honest in your application
forms. Do not fill any information that is untrue. Certain
questions in the forms ask you about Career Goals, Strengths,
Weaknesses, etc. They are deliberately there to help
the B-school know a little bit more about you and are
often referred to during the interview. It is highly
recommended to keep a photocopy of every form that you
fill so that you can revise what you have written before
No. One needs to keep in mind that cut-offs are only
one of the many evaluation tools that the B Schools
use to shortlist candidates. The other prominent factors
are past academic performance, work experience if any,
extra curricular activities and achievements etc.
Work experience is not mandatory criteria for making
into any B Schools. However, having work experience
does add to your profile. None the less, you need to
prove your worth at the time of the GD/PI rounds. This
implies that the panel needs to be convinced about what
you have learnt at the job and contributed positively
to the organization. The way you present yourself and
your approach towards the questions plays a vital role
in the outcome of your interview. Remember, you will
be pitched against the best minds during the GD/PI rounds.
So you need to be at your best to make sure you get
the final call.