Post Graduate Diploma in Business Analytics (PGDBA) Exam

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Post Graduate Diploma in Business Analytics (PGDBA) Exam

The Post Graduate Diploma in Business Analytics was started with the aim of training and developing professionals and making them work-ready in the fast-growing field of business analytics. The fact that the diploma is offered by three (3) of the most prestigious institutions in India, i.e., IIM Calcutta, IIT Kharagpur and ISI Kolkata further adds to the prestige and reputation associated with the diploma. The course has been designed keeping in mind the requirements of the field and also allows students to obtain practical industry knowledge and experience with internships. However, candidates need to first clear the PGDBA exam in order to enrol themselves in one of the above-named institutes. In this blog, we shall discuss the examination process, syllabus, eligibility criteria, etc. for the PGDBA exam.

ParticularsRelevant details
Duration of courseTwo (2) years
Course feeINR twenty-five lakhs
Average salary after completion
of the course
INR five-fifteen lakhs per annum
Job profiles after completion
of the course
Data Analyst, Data Scientist, Marketing Manager, etc.
LevelsTwo (2) – Examination and interview
Partnering institutesISI KolkataIIT KharagpurIIM Calcutta

Important Dates for PGDBA Exam 2023

While the dates for the PGDBA exam 2023 are yet to be notified, we have based on the data accumulated over the years, prepared the following table listing out tentative dates:

EventTentative Date 
Commencement of submission of applicationsJanuary 25, 2023
Last date to submit applicationsFebruary 24, 2023
Admit cards made availableMarch 10, 2023
Date of ExaminationMarch 26, 2023
Declaration of results March 31, 2023
Interview of shortlisted candidates3rd week of April 2023
Announcement of final candidatesTo be decided
Completion of the admission processMid-June 2023

Also Read: Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management

Eligibility Criteria for PGDBA Exam

To sit for the PGDBA exam, candidates need to fulfil the criteria decided by the conducting body, as noted below:

  • Candidate must hold a graduate/post-graduate degree with at least sixty (60) per cent marks or a CGPA of 6.5. For candidates belonging to SC/ST category or persons with disabilities, the criteria are fifty-five (55) per cent marks or a CGPA of 6.0.
  • Candidates in their final year are also eligible to apply subject to them fulfilling the above-noted criteria. 

Syllabus for PGDBA Exam

The syllabus for the PGDBAT exam is divided into four (4) main sections which are noted below:-

SubjectSyllabus*Total number of questions
Verbal AbilityReading and comprehension, Grammar, and Correction of
Fifteen (15)
Logical ReasoningLogical connectives, Statements and conclusions, Matching Five (5)
Data interpretation
and data visualization
Data-driven questions such as charts, graphs, tables, etc.Five (5)
Quantitative AptitudeSets, Combinatorics, Basic probability theory, Algebra, Euclidean Geometry, Coordinate Geometry, Trigonometry, CalculusTwenty-five (25)

*This list is not exhaustive

Exam Pattern for PGDBA

The exam pattern is discussed below:-

Duration of examThree (3) hours
Total QuestionsFifty (50)
Total marksOne hundred and fifty (150)
Marking schemeThree (3) marks for every correct answer
One (1) mark was deducted for every incorrect answer

Also Read: Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Application

Selection Criteria

Candidates wishing to seek application to the PGDBA programme will have to go through a two (2) -thronged process of a written examination and a personal interview. The weightage attached to different criteria is noted below: 

Exam scoreForty-five (45)
Personal interviewForty (40)
Class 12 marksEight (08)
Work experienceSeven (07)

Tentative List of Cities Where Candidates Can Take the Test

Since the exam is conducted online at designated venues, candidates can choose their city of preference from the tentative list of cities where the exam will be conducted noted below:

  • Ahmedabad
  • Bengaluru
  • Bhopal
  • Bhubaneshwar
  • Chandigarh/Mohali
  • Chennai
  • Dehradun
  • Durgapur
  • Ernakulam
  • Guwahati 
  • Hyderabad
  • Indore
  • Jaipur
  • Jamshedpur
  • Kolkata
  • Lucknow
  • Nagpur
  • Navi Mumbai
  • New Delhi
  • Noida
  • Patna
  • Prayagraj
  • Pune
  • Raipur
  • Ranchi
  • Silchar
  • Siliguri
  • Trivandrum
  • Vadodara
  • Vishakhapatnam

Application Process for the PGDBA exam

The application process is completely online and candidates need to visit the official website to register for the exam. 

Fees for the PGDBA exam

The fee for the PGDBA exam is INR two-thousand and five hundred (INR 2500) for candidates belonging to the general category. However, for candidates belonging to reserved categories, the fee is half, i.e., INR one-thousand two hundred and fifty (INR 1250).

Recommended Books for Preparation

Based on past year’s papers as well as the syllabus, here is a list of recommended books that will come in handy for your preparation for the PGDBA exam:

SubjectRecommended book(s)
Verbal AbilityWord Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
High School English Grammar by Wren & Martin
Logical ReasoningReasoning Books for Competitive Examinations by Pearson
How to Crack Test of Reasoning – Arihant
Data interpretation and data visualizationData Interpretation by Nishit K. Sinha
Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency by Ananta Ashish
Quantitative AptitudeThe Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude by Dinesh Khattar
Wiley’s Quantitative Aptitude book

In addition to the above, candidates should also research and pick books, apart from the ones noted above, for their preparation. 

Career Scope and Salary

After completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Analytics, candidates can pursue a variety of job roles at respectable positions in prestigious companies. Some of the job roles and their salaries after completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Analytics are as follows:

Job RoleAverage Salary 
Data ScientistINR 6.2 Lakhs per annum
Management AnalystINR 3.6 lakhs per annum
Business AnalystINR 5.8 lakhs per annum
Project ManagerINR 12 lakhs per annum
Sales and Market AnalystINR 4.5 lakhs per annum

Also Read: Post Graduate Diploma in Data Science

Sample Question Paper

Candidates can also use the sample question paper available on the official website to strengthen their preparation further. Download the sample paper given below.

Preparation Tips 

Since three (3) of the most prestigious colleges in India offer the PGDBA programme, it is a given that there is going to be intense competition for the limited seats. Here are a few of our preparation tips to help you fare better in the exam:

  • Divide the syllabus into further sub-topics and set daily goals for yourself. 
  • Keep aside time for revision of important topics.
  • Take a break between intense studying sessions to refresh your memory, body and mind. 
  • Look after your physical as well as mental health.
  • Prepare your notes while studying as these will also be useful during revision. 
  • Stay updated with the latest happenings in the relevant field for the interview round.
  • Dress formally for the interview. 


Is there a negative marking in the PGDBA  exam?

Yes. There is a deduction of one (1) mark for every incorrect answer.

What all colleges offer the PGDBA programme? 

The PGDBA programme is offered by three (3) colleges: IIM Calcutta, IIT Kharagpur and ISI Kolkata.

When will the 2023 PGDBA exam be held? 

The PGDBA exam 2023 is expected to be held in March.

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