Aptitude for Service Sector is an important section in the exam NCHMCT JEE, conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA). This is the entrance exam to all hospitality programs available in colleges affiliated with NCHM- National Council for Hotel Management such as the Bachelor of Hotel Management and Catering (BHMCT). The eligibility criteria to appear for the NCHMCT JEE (National Council for Hotel Management & Catering Technology Joined Entrance Exam) is the completion of 10+2 or an equivalent examination with English as a subject.
NCHMCT question papers are divided into five parts. The five sections, the number of questions asked from these, and their difficulty level is given below in a table:
|Sections||No. of Questions||Difficulty Level|
|Numerical ability and scientific aptitude||30||High|
|Reasoning and Logical Deduction||30||Moderate|
|General Knowledge and Current Affairs||30||Low to Moderate|
|Aptitude for Service Sector||50||Low|
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Aptitude for Service Sector
Among all the sections of the NCHMCT JEE, Aptitude for Service Sector is the only one without a prescribed syllabus. A total of 50 questions are asked from this section. One of the easier sections of NTA NCHM JEE, it checks your holistic development and moral attitudes in the subject of hospitality. It also tests the candidate’s interpersonal skills. The questions in this section need to be objectively answered after careful analysis. The section contains no correct answers. The most appropriate answer is given the marks.
Preparation for the section Aptitude for Service Sector
While preparing for the Aptitude for Service Sector section of NCHMCT JEE, the main fundamentals that will help you are:
- Understanding of the syllabus and question pattern
- Good study materials
- Time management
- Revision and practice
Given below are the tips to improve on these fundamentals:
1. Understanding the syllabus and Question Pattern
Before starting to prepare for the IHM Entrance exam, you should know what are the topics you need to cover for the exam. Since there is no prescribed syllabus for the section, make sure to go through previous year question papers to have an idea about what kind of questions will appear for the exam.
2. Good Study Material
Choosing the right study materials is important in preparing NCHMCT JEE. When you look for books and texts, make sure to choose the ones that have the complete and updated syllabus of the exam and a lot of practice questions. Magazines and authentic movies/series that deal with hospitality like Outlook Traveller Destination India, Masterchef series, etc. can help you when it comes to questions/caselets concerning the hospitality sector and various attitudes concerning it. Other books you can refer to include:
- Aptitude for the Service Sector by R Sharma
- The Ultimate guide for Hotel Management by Arihant
- R Gupta’s book for Hotel Management
A lot of websites are also offering practice tests for candidates appearing for NCHMCT JEE. Trying to get acquainted with the questions on these websites will also help in understanding the styles of questions asked and building up the confidence to appear in the exam.
3. Time Management
Time management is very important while attempting this section in the NCHMCT JEE. Since this section is more thought invocational, it is not advisable to attempt it first since a lot of your time will be lost and hinder the rest of the exam. So, it is wise to answer all the questions in the other sections and then finally come back to this section and use up all the time you have left to carefully analyze and answer each question.
4. Revision and practice
In the end, test your knowledge by taking NCHMCT mock tests. Analyze which areas you need to work more on and allocate more time to it. This practice will also help you with managing time during the real exam. Practice should also be done with NCHMCT JEE previous question papers. Constant practice will help you in improving your time required to finish the exam.
The preparation for the section Aptitude for Service Sector of the NTA NCHM JEE can be a little confusing since no specific syllabus is prescribed. But preparing for the exam using these steps will surely help you in acing it.
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