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.
|Duration of course||Two (2) years|
|Course fee||INR 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.|
|Levels||Two (2) – Examination and interview|
|Partnering institutes||ISI KolkataIIT KharagpurIIM Calcutta|
This Blog Includes:
- Important Dates for PGDBA Exam 2023
- Eligibility Criteria for PGDBA Exam
- Syllabus for PGDBA Exam
- Exam Pattern for PGDBA
- Selection Criteria
- Application Process for the PGDBA exam
- Recommended Books for Preparation
- Career Scope and Salary
- Sample Question Paper
- Preparation Tips
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:
|Commencement of submission of applications||January 25, 2023|
|Last date to submit applications||February 24, 2023|
|Admit cards made available||March 10, 2023|
|Date of Examination||March 26, 2023|
|Declaration of results||March 31, 2023|
|Interview of shortlisted candidates||3rd week of April 2023|
|Announcement of final candidates||To be decided|
|Completion of the admission process||Mid-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:-
|Subject||Syllabus*||Total number of questions|
|Verbal Ability||Reading and comprehension, Grammar, and Correction of
|Logical Reasoning||Logical connectives, Statements and conclusions, Matching||Five (5)|
and data visualization
|Data-driven questions such as charts, graphs, tables, etc.||Five (5)|
|Quantitative Aptitude||Sets, Combinatorics, Basic probability theory, Algebra, Euclidean Geometry, Coordinate Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus||Twenty-five (25)|
*This list is not exhaustive
Exam Pattern for PGDBA
The exam pattern is discussed below:-
|Duration of exam||Three (3) hours|
|Total Questions||Fifty (50)|
|Total marks||One hundred and fifty (150)|
|Marking scheme||Three (3) marks for every correct answer
One (1) mark was deducted for every incorrect answer
Also Read: Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Application
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 score||Forty-five (45)|
|Personal interview||Forty (40)|
|Class 12 marks||Eight (08)|
|Work experience||Seven (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:
- Navi Mumbai
- New Delhi
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:
|Verbal Ability||Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
High School English Grammar by Wren & Martin
|Logical Reasoning||Reasoning Books for Competitive Examinations by Pearson
How to Crack Test of Reasoning – Arihant
|Data interpretation and data visualization||Data Interpretation by Nishit K. Sinha
Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency by Ananta Ashish
|Quantitative Aptitude||The 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 Role||Average Salary|
|Data Scientist||INR 6.2 Lakhs per annum|
|Management Analyst||INR 3.6 lakhs per annum|
|Business Analyst||INR 5.8 lakhs per annum|
|Project Manager||INR 12 lakhs per annum|
|Sales and Market Analyst||INR 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.
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.
Yes. There is a deduction of one (1) mark for every incorrect answer.
The PGDBA programme is offered by three (3) colleges: IIM Calcutta, IIT Kharagpur and ISI Kolkata.
The PGDBA exam 2023 is expected to be held in March.
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