He says that he has done engineering besides an MBA.

I have an error spotting exercise booklet as per which the above sentence is error free but isn't it better to omit an from the sentence ? To my ears He says that he has done engineering besides MBA sounds better.

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    Your ears are wrong. The sentence is a horror to begin with, and will only be made worse by the omission of the indefinite article. We have no way of knowing whether your "error spotting" exercise was written by someone who can actually speak and read English, so it is difficult to say what answer might be expected. Please use the edit link to add the entire exercise to your question. Jul 8, 2017 at 9:09
  • @P.E.Dant What you need to do with entire exercise ? There are numerous sentences in that exercise but how they are supposed to be relevant so as to post them all here ?
    – user212388
    Jul 8, 2017 at 9:15
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    If there is any explanatory or introductory text that precedes what you have provided, please add it to your question. If that is only something like "Error Spot, Spot Below Error", that need not be added. The sentence provided as "error free" is extremely clumsy English. In any case, a proper noun like MBA cannot appear without a determiner (such as an article like "an").Your ears have deceived you. Jul 8, 2017 at 9:24
  • @P.E.Dant Thanks for giving the answer that I was looking for but I am sorry there isn't anything as such given that you are asking, its just a plain error spotting exercise of comprehensive English with numerous sentences and answer key given. I don't even have explanation for the answers.
    – user212388
    Jul 8, 2017 at 9:29
  • What is the source book or other media? I don't think error spotting is so helpful if its conclusions aren't reliable. Beyond that, we have no way to evaluate why it doesn't sound right to your ears.
    – user3169
    Jul 9, 2017 at 1:19

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I read it as though the author wants to say that this person has done some engineering study in addition to completing an MBA.

As a native speaker, I believe the error that the author intends you to find is that the term aside from should have been used instead of besides. Though I would add the word some in front of engineering, it feels unnatural otherwise.

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