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Past Year Question Paper  - 2014( Outside Delhi) SET -1

 

Q1. What is meant by ‘Business Environment’?

(1)

Ans. Business environment means the sum total of all individuals, institutions and other forces that are outside the control of a business enterprise but that may affect its performance.

Q2. Explain, how management helps in the development of society.

(1)

Ans. Management helps in the development of society by: (Any two)

  • providing good quality products and services,
  • creating employment
  • adopting new technology and
  • leading the path towards growth and development.

 

Q3. Give the meaning of ‘Objectives’ as a type of plan.

Ans. Objectives are the ends which the management seeks to achieve within a given time period.
(or any other correct meaning)

 

Q4. ‘Himalaya Ltd.’, is engaged in manufacturing of washing machines. The target of the organization is to manufacture 500 washing machines in a day. There is an occupational specialization in the organization which promotes efficiency of employees. There is no duplication of efforts in such type of organization structure. Identify the type of organization structure described above.

(1)

Ans. Functional Structure.

 

Q5. How does ‘cost of equity’ affect the choice of capital structure of a company? Explain.

(1)

Ans. Use of higher debt increases the cost of equity as the financial risk faced by the equity shareholders increases; debt can therefore be used only upto a level.

 

Q6. ‘Bharat Express’ specializes in Courier Services. Its ‘wide range of express package and parcel services’ help business firms to make sure that the goods are made available to the customers at the right place and at the right time.
 State with reason, whether the working capital requirements of ‘Bharat Express’ will be high or low.

(1)

Ans. Low, as it is a service industry, which usually do not have to maintain inventory.

 

Q7. ‘Maruti Vega Ltd.’ entered into the market with coloured television and have now introduced products like audio systems, airconditioners, washing machines, etc. The company is not only offering
 the products but also handling complaints and offering after-sales services.
 Identify the element of marketing-mix discussed here.

(1) 

Ans. Product/ Product mix.

 

Q8. Himanshu purchased a new car from ‘Galaxy Motors’ for Rs. 25 lakhs. He was offered free insurance for the first year and three free servicing to be availed after the car had covered 5,000 km, 10,000 km
 and 15,000 km respectively. When Himanshu took the car for the first free servicing, he was told that the car was not new and first service had already been availed on this car. He felt cheated and filed a
 complaint in the State Commission. Being not satisfied with the decision of the State Commission, after two months he decided to file an appeal against it.
 Can Himanshu appeal against the decision of the State Commission?
 Give reason in support of your answer.

(1) 

Ans. No, Himanshu cannot appeal now as the appeal has to be filed within 30 days of passing of the order by the State Commission.

 

Q9. What is meant by ‘Formal Organisation’? State its any two advantages.

(1)

Ans. Formal organisation refers to the organisation structure which is designed by the management to accomplish its objectives.
Advantages: (Any two)
(a) It is easier to fix responsibility since mutual relationships are clearly defined.
(b) It avoids duplication of effort since there is no ambiguity in the role that each member has to play.
(c) It maintains unity of command through an established chain of command.
(d) It leads to accomplishment of goals by providing a framework for the operations to be performed.
(e) It provides stability to the organisation because there are specific rules to guide behaviour of employees.

(If an examinee has given only the headings, ½ mark for each heading should be awarded)

 

Q10. How do the ‘Company-related factors’ affect the choice of channels of distribution? Explain.

(3)

Ans. Company related factors include:
(i) Financial strength of the company:
If the financial strength of the company is good, it would prefer shorter channels.

(ii) Degree of control over channel members:
If company’s management wants greater control over channel members, shorter channels may be used.
 

(If an examinee has not given the headings as above but has given the correct explanation, full credit should be given)

 

Q11. ‘A.S. Ltd.’ is a large company engaged in assembly of airconditioners. Recently the company had conducted the ‘Time’ and ‘Motion’ study and concluded that on an average a worker can assemble ten air-conditioners in a day. The target volume of the company in a day is assembling of 1,000 units of air-conditioners. The company is providing attractive allowances to reduce labour turnover and absenteeism. All the workers are happy. Even then the assembly of air-conditioners per day is 800 units only. To find out the reason the company compared actual performance of each worker and observed through C.C.T.V. that some of the workers were busy in gossiping.
 (a) Identify the function of management discussed above.
 (b) State those steps in the process of the function identified which are discussed in the above paragraph.

(3)

Ans. (a) Controlling.
(b) Steps discussed in the above paragraph are:
(i) Setting performance standards
‘Recently the company had conducted the ‘Time’ ….can assemble ten air-conditioners in a day’.
OR
‘The target volume of the company in a day is assembling of 1,000 units of air-conditioners’.
Setting performance standards which are the criteria against which the actual performance would be measured.

(ii) Measurement of actual performance

‘Even then the assembly of air-conditioners per day is 800 units only’.
Measurement of actual performance with the standards in an objective and reliable manner.

(iii) Comparing actual performance with the standards
‘… the company compared actual performance of each worker’
Comparing actual performance with the standards to find out the deviation, if any.

(iv) Analysing deviations
observed through C.C.T.V. that some of the workers were busy in gossiping.

Analysing deviations for their causes.
(If an examinee has given the steps of the process not discussed above, ½ mark may be deducted)
(FULL CREDIT BE GIVEN FOR QUOTING THE LINE OR GIVING THE STATEMENT)

 

Q12. ‘The Stock Exchange performs many vital functions in today’s commercial world.’ Explain any three such functions.

(3) 

Ans. Vital functions performed by the Stock Exchange in today’s commercial world are: (Any three)
(i) Provides liquidity and marketability to existing securities.
(ii) Helps in determining the price of securities.
(iii) Ensures safety of transactions.
(iv) Contributes to economic growth.
(v) Helps in spreading equity cult.
(vi) Provides scope for speculation.
(if an examinee has not given the headings as above but has given the correct explanation, full credit should be given)

 

 

Q13. Jaideep recently joined as the Managing Director of ‘Tivori Ltd.’, an apparel designing company. He observed that the company had a number of experienced fashion designers on its payroll. Theyregularly offered useful suggestions which were neither appreciated nor rewarded by the company. Instead the company outsourced its services to some renowned fashion designers and paid them a good compensation for their services. Because of this the employees felt disheartened and stopped giving useful suggestions.
 (a) Identify the communication barrier discussed above.
 (b) State the category of this communication barrier.
 (c) Explain any other communication barrier of the same category.

(3) 

Ans. (a) Organisational policy
(b) Organisational barrier which arises from organisational structure,
authority relationships, rules and regulations etc.
(c) Other communication barriers of the same category are: (Any one)
(i) Rules and regulations
(ii) Status
(iii) Complexity in organisational structure.
(iv) Organisational facilities.
(If an examinee has not given the headings, no marks should be deducted)

 

Q14. What is meant by ‘Management’? State any three objectives of management.

(4) 

Ans. Management is the process of getting things done with the aim of achieving goals effectively and efficiently.

(Or any other correct meaning)

Objectives of management:
(i) Organisational objectives which include survival, profit and growth.
(ii) Social objectives which involve creation of benefit for the society.
(iii) Personal objectives which aim to satisfy the needs of the employees working in the organisation.
(If an examinee has given only the heading, ½ mark for each heading should be awarded)

 

Q15. Explain any four points of importance of ‘consumer protection’ from the point of view of business.

(4) 

Ans. Importance of ‘consumer protection’ from the point of view of business: (Any four)
(i) Long-term interests of business.
(ii) Business uses society’s resources.
(iii) Social Responsibility.

(iv) Moral Justification.
(v) Government Intervention.
(if an examinee has not given the headings as above but has given the correct explanation, full credit should be given)

 

Q16. Neeraj Gupta started a company ‘YoYo Ltd.’ with ten employees, to assemble economical computers for the Indian rural market. The company did very well, in its initial years. As the product was good and marketed well, the demand went up. To increase production the company decided to recruit additional employees. Neeraj Gupta, who was earlier taking all decisions for the company, had to selectively disperse the authority. He believed that people are competent, capable and resourceful and can assume responsibility for effective implementation of their decisions. This paid off and the company was not only able to increase its production but also expanded its product range with different features.
 (a) Identify the concept used by Neeraj Gupta through which he was able to steer his company to greater heights.
 (b) Also explain any three points of importance of this concept.

(4) 

Ans. (a) Decentralisation.
(b) Importance of decentralisation: (Any three)
(i) Develops initiative among subordinates.
(ii) Develops managerial talent for the future.
(iii) Quick decision making.
(iv) Relief to top management.
(v) Facilitates growth.
(vi) Better control.
 

(if an examinee has not given the headings as above but has given the correct explanation, full credit should be given)
 

(IF THE CONCEPT IS WRONGLY IDENTIFIED BUT THE POINTS OF IMPORTANCE ARE CORRECT, DUE CREDIT BE GIVEN)

 

Q17. The workers of ‘Gargya Ltd.’ are unable to work on new computerized machines imported by the company to fulfil the increased demand. Therefore, the workers are seeking extra guidance from the supervisor and the supervisor is overburdened with the frequent calls of workers.
 Suggest how the supervisor, by increasing the skills and knowledge of workers, can make them handle their work independently.
 Also state any three benefits that the workers will derive by the decision of the supervisor.

(4)

Ans. Training of employees/ Vestibule training/ On the job training.
Benefits the workers will derive by the decision of the supervisor: (Anythree)
(a) It helps in promotion and career growth due to improved skills and knowledge.
(b) It helps them to earn more due to improved performance.
(c) It reduces accidents as the employees are more efficient to handle machines.
(d) It increases the morale of the employees as the employees are more satisfied.
(If an examinee has given only the heading, ½ mark for each heading should be awarded)

 

Q18. Beni, after completing her MBA, took up a job with a multinational company named ‘Fortio’. The company was paying good salary and perks to its employees. The wages were within the paying capacity of the company that provided the employees a reasonable standard of living. The company also had a good work-culture and the behaviour of superiors was very good towards their subordinates. Beni was very happy in this organization, but due to long working hours she did not
 have time to cook her meals. She had to depend on outside food, which was deteriorating her health.
 She observed that this problem was faced by many of her colleagues, not only in her company but also in many other companies. This was because of increase in the number of working women and nonavailability of hygienic home-cooked food. She identified this as a great opportunity and decided to give up her job to supply packaged home-cooked food to office goers at a reasonable price. At the end of the day she was also distributing the left-over food in the nearby night-shelters.

 

(a) State the dimension of business environment being discussed above.
 (b) State the principle of management being followed by ‘Fortio’.
 (c) Identify any two values being communicated by the company to the society in the above case.

(4)

Ans. (a) Social environment which includes social forces like customs and traditions, values, social trends etc.
‘This was because of increase in the number of working women and nonavailability of hygienic home-cooked food’.
(b) Remuneration of employees states that the overall pay and compensation should be fair to both employees and the organisation.
‘The company was paying good salary and perks to its employees. The wages were within the paying capacity … standard of living’.
(c) Values being communicated by the company to the society are: (Anytwo)
(i) Good work culture.
(ii) Good behaviour in human interaction.
(iii) Concern for the employees.
(iv) Respect for law.
 

(or any other correct value)

 

Q19. ‘Mission Coach Ltd.’ is a large and creditworthy company manufacturing coaches for Indian Railways. It now wants to export these coaches to other countries and decides to invest in new hi-tech
 machines. Since the investment is large, it requires long-term finance. It decides to raise funds by issuing equity shares. The issue of equity shares involves huge floatation cost. To meet the expenses of floatation cost, the company decides to tap the money market.

 

(a) Name and explain the money-market instrument the company can use for the above purpose.
 (b) What is the duration for which the company can get funds through this instrument?
 (c) State any other purpose for which this instrument can be used.

(4)

Ans. (a) Commercial paper.
It is an instrument issued by large and creditworthy companies to raise short term funds at lower rates of interest than the market rates. It is an unsecured, negotiable promissory note with a fixed maturity period.
(b) 15 days to one year.
(c) It can also be used for seasonal and working capital needs.

 

Q20. Give the meaning of ‘organising’. State the steps in the process of organising.

(5) 

Ans. Organising is the process of defining and grouping the activities of the enterprise and establishing authority relationships among them.
OR
Organising is the process of identifying and grouping the work to be performed, defining and delegating responsibility and authority and establishing relationships for the purpose of accomplishing objectives.
Steps in the process of organising:
(i) Identifying and dividing the work into manageable activities so that duplication can be avoided.
(ii) Departmentalisation/ departmentation when activities of a similar nature are grouped together.
(iii) Assignment of duties to job positions.
(iv) Establishing reporting relationships so that each individual knows who he has to take orders from and to whom he is accountable.

(If an examinee has given only the headings, ½ mark for each heading should be awarded)

 

Q21. Anjali had been working with ‘Tata Enterprises’ for the last ten years. She was famous for her dedication towards the work. When the Manager senior to her retired, all her colleagues thought that now Anjali would be promoted. But to everyone’s surprise the vacant post was filled by an outsider ‘Miss Monika’. Anjali felt demoralized and her performance started declining. She would absent herself often and could not meet her targets.
 Miss Monika was a good leader who would not only instruct her subordinates, but also guide and inspire them. She noticed Anjali’s behaviour and felt that her performance could be improved. She
 started involving Anjali in decision-making issues related to the organization and made her a part of a high-level joint management committee. Anjali was now punctual to office and her performance
 started improving.
 (a) Identify the function of management being performed by Monika.
 (b) Name the element of the above function of management which
 helped Monika to improve Anjali’s behaviour.
 (c) State any three features of the element identified in (b) above.

(5)

Ans. (a) Directing.
(b) Motivation.
(c) Features of motivation: (Any three)
(a) It is an internal feeling.
(b) It produces goal directed behaviour.
(c) It can be positive or negative.
(d) It is a complex process.
(If an examinee has identified the element in part (b) as non financial
incentive, full credit is to be given)

 

Q22. Mohit Gupta is working with ‘Yellow Security Services Ltd.’ He is also recruiting security guards for the company. The company provides security services in Delhi and Noida at short notice to various companies. The guards are recruited on temporary basis. The guards provided by this company are known for their honesty and punctuality. Mohit Gupta is well known in his village for providing employment to unskilled people.
 (a) Name the source of recruitment used by ‘Yellow Security Services Ltd.’
 (b) State any one disadvantage of this source of recruitment.
 (c) Identify the need of ‘Security Guards’ which is being fulfilled by the company as per Maslow’s need hierarchy.
 (d) Identify any two values communicated to the society in the above stated case.

(5)

Ans. (a) External source of recruitment/ Labour Contractor.
(b) Disadvantages of external source of recruitment: (Any one)
(i) It may lead to dissatisfaction among existing employees as they may feel that their chances of promotion are reduced.
(ii) It is a lengthy process as the vacancies have to be notified and applications received before selection.
(iii) It is a costly process as a lot of money is spent on advertisement and processing of applications.

(If an examinee has given only the heading, ½ mark for each heading should be awarded)
 

(c) Basic physiological needs.

(d) Values communicated to the society are: (Any two)
(i) Creating employment opportunities.
(ii) Ethical behaviour.
(iii) Respect for time.
(or any other correct value)

 

 

Q23. Explain the following principles of management:
 (a) Science, not rule-of-thumb.
 (b) Discipline.

(6) 

Ans. (a) Science not rule of thumb

  • It states that there was only one best method to maximise efficiency.
  • This method can be developed through scientific study and analysis of each element of a job and should substitute ‘Rule of Thumb’.
  • This standard method then should be followed throughout the organisation.

(b) Discipline

  • It is the obedience to organizational rules and employment agreement which are necessary for the working of the organization.
  • It requires good superiors at all levels, clear and fair agreement and judicious application of penalties.
  • Workers and management both should honour their commitments
  • towards one another without prejudice.

 

Q24. ‘Abhishek Ltd.’ is manufacturing cotton clothes. It has been consistently earning good profits for many years. This year too, it has been able to generate enough profits. There is availability of enough
 cash in the company and good prospects for growth in future. It is a well managed organization and believes in quality, equal employment opportunities and good remuneration practices. It has manyshareholders who prefer to receive a regular income from their investments.
 It has taken a loan of Rs. 50 lakhs from I.C.I.C.I. Bank and is bound by certain restrictions on the payment of dividend according to the terms of the loan agreement.
 The above discussion about the company leads to various factors which decide how much profits should be retained and how much has to be distributed by the company.
 Quoting the lines from the above discussion, identify and explain any four such factors.

(6)

Ans. Factors affecting dividend decision: (Any four)

(i) Stability of earnings
‘It has been consistently earning good profits for many years’.
Stability of earnings affects dividend decision as a company having stable
earnings is in a position to declare higher dividends.

(ii) Cash Flow position
‘There is availability of enough cash in the company’.
A good cash flow position is necessary for declaration of dividend.

(iii) Growth Prospects
‘Good prospects for growth in the future’.
If a company has good growth opportunities, it pays out less dividend.

(iv) Shareholders’ preference
‘It has many shareholders who prefer to receive regular income from their investments’.
Shareholder’s preference is kept in mind by the management before declaring dividends.

(v) Contractual constraints
‘It has taken a loan of Rs.50 Lakhs from I.C.I.C.I. and ….agreement’
While taking dividend decision, companies keep in mind the restrictions imposed by the lenders in the loan agreement.

 

Q25. Radhika was a student of Business Studies of Class XII. Her father was a farmer who grew different varieties of rice and was well-versed about various aspects of rice cultivation. He was also selected by thegovernment for a pilot-project on rice cultivation. As a project-work in Business Studies she decided to study the feasibility of marketing good quality rice at a reasonable price. Her father suggested her to use internet to gather customers’ views and opinions. She found that there was a huge demand for packaged organic rice. She knew that there were no pre-determined specifications in case of rice because of which it would be difficult to achieve uniformity in the output. To differentiate the product from its competitors, she gave it the name of ‘Malabari Organic Rice’ and classified it into three different varieties namely – Popular, Classic and Supreme, based on the quality. She felt that these names would help her in product differentiation.
 Explain the three functions of marketing, with reference to the above paragraph.

Ans. Functions of marketing, with reference to the above paragraph are:

(i) Gathering and analysing market information.
‘…use internet to gather customers’ views and opinions.’

(ii) Standardisation and Grading/ Grading.
‘…no pre-determined specifications in case of rice because of which it would be difficult to achieve uniformity in the output.’
OR
‘…classified it into three different varieties namely – Popular, Classic and Supreme, based on the quality’.

(iii) Branding.
‘To differentiate the product from its competitors, she gave it the name of ‘Malabari Organic Rice’.’
OR
She felt that these names would help her in product differentiation.
 

(IF AN EXAMINEE HAS IDENTIFED THE FUNCTIONS CORRECTLY AND HAS GIVEN THE EXPLANATION WITHOUT QUOTING THE LINES FROM THE ABOVE PARA, FULL CREDIT IS TO BE GIVEN)

 

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