Certificate in Business Skills (CBS)

Updated on 02 Dec, 2011

Certificate in Business Skills (CBS)

Minimum Duration: 6 Months
Maximum Duration: 2 Years
Course Fee: Rs. 2,500
Minimum Age: No bar
Maximum Age: No bar


10+2 or its equivalent

This Certificate in Business Skills Programme has been development jointly by IGNOU, Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF) and Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Vancouver, Canada. The main objective of this programme is to enable NGOs and other agencies to develop business skills among the street children. This is a vocational programme, as it gives more emphasis to self-employment. This certificate programme makes the learners competent in the areas of business communication, entrepreneurship, basic computer knowledge, business organisation and accounting. 
Salient features of CBS

  • Courses designed and prepared by professional expert.
  • Student centered multimedia-learning materials.
  • Strong students support services.
  • Opportunity to interact with leading experts through teleconferencing.
  • A student can study at his own chosen place and are not required to attend regular classes.
  • A students can study at his own pace and convenience over a period regular of six months to two years.
  • A student is exposed to vocational/professional expertise.
  • Students have the opportunity to develop skills computers.
  • Teaching is done through an innovative multi-medium.
CourseCode     Course Name Credits 
 ECO-1  Business Organisation  4
 PCO-1  Preparatory Course in Commerce  4
 CIC-05  MS-Office  4
 BCOA-001  Business Communication and Entrepreneurship  4

Teleconferencing is a one-way video and two-way audio facility. Teleconferencing will be held every month. During teleconferencing session, you will get an opportunity to interact by phone in facility or fax with the resource persons/experts who participate in teleconferencing session and clear your doubts immediately.
The teleconferencing facility will be available at the Regional Centre and Selected Study Centres. The teleconferencing schedule will be sent to the Programme In-charge and Regional Director who would inform the students. Teleconferencing is done through Gyan Darshan Channel. Students must regularly attend these sessions. These will help them clarify doubts and interact with other learners all over the country.
Radio Counselling

Radio counselling will be held through FM and students can ask questions free of cost with phone in facilities right from their homes. A toll free telephone number 110012345 has been provided for this purpose.

The Programme will also be telecast through DD Metro channel and schedule will be infored to students in advance.
Audio-video Programme

Audio and video programmes for each course have been prepared to support learning for the students. These Audio-video programmes in the form of cassettes are available at all Programme Study Centres. These Audio and video cassettes will be provided for viewing and listening. They can also hire the cassettes for viewing and listening.

Students will be required to complete seventy-five percent attendance in theory counselling to become eligible for appearing in Term-end Examination. Similarly, they will be required to complete ninety percent attendance in practical contact sessions to become eligible for appearing in practical examination.
Continuous Evaluation of Theory Component


Assignment is a means of continuing assessment of theory and practical. Assignments will help you to recapitulate the theory and go back to the text again in case students are unable to answer a particular question. Thus assignments also help to reinforce learning in distance learning system of education. These assignments consist of a set of questions and activities that you will answer at your own place by referring your blocks.
The assignments will cover all types of questions (long answer type, short answer type, objective type, multiple choice questions and case studies).
The assignments will carry thirty percent weightage. Students will be required to obtain fifty percent marks as pass percentage in each assignment separately. Each assignment will carry 100 marks. In the final result assignments will carry thirty percent weightage.
Term-end Examination

As stated earlier, term-end examination is the major component of the evaluation system and if carries seventy percent weightage in the Final result. The University conducts term-end examination twice a year i.e., in June and December. They can take the examination only after completion of the course, failing which students can take the same in December or June of subsequent years years within the total span of the programme. In case any student fail to get a pass score in the Tern-end Examination, the person will be eligible to reappear at the next Term-end Examination for that course as and when if is held, within the total span of the Programme.
Regional Centres: