PGDBA 2019 Entrance Exam

The Post Graduate Diploma in Business Analytics (PGDBA 2019) is jointly offered by IIM Calcutta, IIT Kharagpur, and ISI Kolkata. The candidates who wish to apply for PGDBA 2019 must ensure that they fulfill the eligibility criteria. The online registration shall start by the First week of December 2018 onwards. The candidates are shortlisted for admission on the basis of their performance in the written test, and Personal Interview. You wil also get extra points to work experience and academic standing.

The written test for PGDBA 2019 shall be conducted in the month of February 2019. The best part about the PGDBA Admission 2019 is that you will visit the three institutions – Indian Statistical Institute at Kolkata, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur and Indian Institute of Management Calcutta – spending about six months at each institute. Check more details about PGDBA Entrance Exam 2019 from this page.

PGDBA 2019

There is a maximum of 60 seats in PGDBA which are offered to the candidates. Check the expected schedule for PGDBA 2019 from the table below.

PGDBA 2019 Important Dates
The online application begins from 01 week of Dec 2018
Last date to submit the PGDBA 2019 Application Form 02 week of Jan 2019
Online issuance of admit cards Last week of Jan 2019
PGDBA 2019 exam date 03 week of Feb 2019
Declaration of the result of the written test and sending out call letter for the personal interview 02 week of Mar 2019
PI of short-listed candidates can start by Last Week of March / First Week of April 2019
The announcement of final offer Middle of April 2019
Closure of admission process Middle of June 2019
Commencement of Programme Third week of June 2019 (Tentative)

PGDBA 2019 Eligibility Criteria

The candidates who wish to appear for the entrance exam for PGDBA 2019 must ensure that you fulfill the eligibility criteria. Check the PGDBA Eligibility Conditions below:

  1. You must possess a Bachelor’s/ Post-graduate degree.
  2. You must have secured a minimum of 60% marks, and/ or CGPA 6.5 on a 10-point scale or equivalent. However, in case of SC/ ST and Differently Abled (DA) category candidates, the qualifying marks for eligibility shall be 55%, and/or CGPA 6.0 on a 10-point scale, and/or equivalent.
  3. Those who are in the final year of their degree examination are also eligible to apply for the written exam.

PGDBA 2019 Application Form

The registration process for PGDBA 2019 will be available online at The candidates need to fill in their necessary information and submit the application form online. The application fee for PGDBA 2019 shall be payable by either online or offline mode.

Application Fees

The aspirants shall have to pay the following amount for the application fee:

Category Application Fee
SC/ST/DA Rs. 1000/-
All other categories Rs.2000/-

Mode of Payment: You can pay the application fee by either of the following ways:

  • Online Payment: Debit/ Credit Card/net banking.
  • Offline Payment: Challan

PGDBA 2019 Exam Pattern

The PGDBA 2019 is a written test which will consist of Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs). The total duration of the exam is 03 hours. There will be a total of 50 questions carrying 150 marks. There are 04 sections you need to prepare for the written exam namely – Verbal Ability, Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation and Data Visualization, Quantitative Aptitude.

The distribution of question on each of these sections is as follows:

Section Name Number of questions
Verbal Ability 15
Logical Reasoning 05
Data Interpretation and Data Visualization 05
Quantitative Aptitude 25

Marking Scheme

  • For every correct answer, you will get +3 marks. 
  • Questions which are left unattempted will result in zero marks. 
  • There shall be a negative marking of -1 marks for an incorrect answer.

PGDBA 2019 Syllabus

There is a prescribed syllabus for the PGDBA 2019 entrance exam. The candidates must prepare for the entrance exam as per the syllabus given below.

Syllabus for Verbal Ability

Reading & Comprehension; Grammar/correction of sentences

Syllabus for Logical Reasoning

Logical connectives, Statements, and Conclusions, Matching and sequences

Syllabus for Data Interpretation and Data Visualization

Data-driven questions (pie charts, graphs, trends)

Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude 

  • Sets
  • Combinatorics
  • Algebra (solutions of quadratic equations, inequalities, simultaneous linear equations, binomial theorem, series, AP, GP, HP, matrices)
  • Euclidean geometry
  • Coordinate geometry (lines, circles, conic sections)
  • Trigonometry (triangles, trigonometric identities, heights, and distances)
  • Calculus (functions, limits, continuity, derivative, maxima & minima, methods of integration, evaluation of areas using integration)

PGDBA 2019 Preparation Tips

Since the course focuses on Business Analytics, it is no surprise that 50% of the questions in the exam is from Quantitative Aptitude. So, here are some tips which can help to prepare for the exam.

  • For Quantitative Aptitude, refer 11th and 12th NCERT Books. Thoroughly, solving the exercise and examples can help to solve the questions in the exam. After solving the books, you can look for other sources for practice from the internet or other higher Maths help books. There are no specific books for PGDBA is available in the market.
  • The preparation of the English Section is more or less the same as CAT preparation. Also, prepare for inference or intent based questions.
  • DILR is quite easy and questions are pretty much direct.

PGDBA 2019 Sample Paper with Answers

Here is the official sample paper for practice. Click Here to download.

PGDBA Exam Analysis

The question paper of PGDBA exam is not available officially. Still, candidates can refer to previous year analysis in order to understand the exam.

In the English section, it is usually good to attempt atleast 10 question. Rcs usually consist of inferential and fact-based questions. Para framing questions also varies from easy to moderate. Since the exam is not time intensive, you can take your times to select the right answer. This section can be easily attempted in 10-15 minutes.

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation section are easy to attempt. Though you may find questions bit calculative intensive.

For Quantitative Ability, questions are usually from higher level Maths. Questions like Calculus, Inverse trigonometry, Matrices & Determinants plays a major role in the exam. Solving 15 questions in this section is considered as a good attempt.

PGDBA 2019 Admit Card

Only those who will successfully register for the entrance exam can download their admit card. The candidates can download their admit card online. You may also get the admit card for PGDBA 2019 by post. The admit card will consist of personal details of the candidates as well as details of the written exam. It is mandatory for the candidates to bring the PGDBA 2019 Admit Card to the test center.

PGDBA 2018 Test Centers

The written test and Interview for PGDBA 2019 will be held at the following test cities:

PGDBA Test Centers

PGDBA 2019 Result

The result of the written exam will be announced online in pdf format. The pdf will consist of details of the candidates who have been shortlisted for the Interview. The candidates need to report at the venue as per the schedule mentioned in the pdf list and also they will receive the call letter by post for the Interview. The shortlisted candidates need to carry the relevant documents at the time of Interview.

What Are the Documents to Carry at the time of Personal Interview?

The candidates need to bring along the following documents at the time of Personal Interview:

  1. Interview Call Letter
  2. Admit Card of PGDBA Admission Test
  3. Filled in application form for personal interview
  4. Original Mark Sheet/Certificates from Class X till Graduation/Post Graduation as applicable.
  5. Original Work Experience documents, if applicable
  6. Original Certificates supporting any other Qualifications or Achievements that you have mentioned in the Application Form
  7. Valid Category (SC/ST/NC-OBC/DA) Certificate in original, if applicable
  8. Self-attested copies of all the relevant documents

PGDBA 2019 Selection Procedure

Firstly, a written test will be conducted and then the candidates are shortlisted for a personal interview. The final offer would be made on the basis of performance in the written test and the personal interview. Furthermore, due consideration will also be given to work experience and academic standing.

PGDBA 2019 Fee Structure

The programme fee for the PGDBA is Rs 20 lakh plus a refundable caution deposit of Rs. 10,000.00. The fee needs to be paid in four equal installments at the time of registration for each semester.

Participating Institutes

There are three participating institutes for PGDBA. These are as follows:

Indian Statistical Institute

The Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Kolkata is a globally reputed institution devoted to the research, teaching, and application of statistics, natural sciences and social sciences. The Institute was founded by Professor P.C. Mahalanobis in Kolkata on 17th December 1931. The Headquarters of ISI is located in the northern fringe of the metropolis of Kolkata. Also, there are four centers located in Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, and Tezpur.

The Key areas of expertise of ISI are Computer science, Statistics, Mathematics, Mathematical economics, Operations Research and Information Science. Furthermore, it is one of the few research-oriented Indian schools offering courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

IIT Kharagpur

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur was established by the government of India in 1951. It was first of the IITs to be established. IIT Kharagpur has an 8.5 square kilometers (2,100 acres) campus and is residence to about 22,000 inhabitants. The students and alumni of IIT Kharagpur are informally referred to as KGPians. The campus of IIT Kharagpur is located 120 kilometers (75 mi) west of Kolkata.

The institute has made significant contributions towards various spheres of national development from the strategic sectors of Defense, Space and Atomic energy to the Economic, Public, and Development sectors that directly or indirectly touch the lives of all the citizens of India. Internationally, IIT Kharagpur was ranked 308 in the QS World University Rankings of 2018.

IIM Calcutta

The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta was established as the first national institute for Post-Graduate studies and Research in Management by the Government of India. The Institute was established on November 1961. Over the years, IIM Calcutta has grown into a mature institution with global reputation, imparting high-quality management education.

IIM- C is the first triple accredited management school from India (and one amongst 86 such business schools globally) to have accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) and Association of MBAs (AMBA). Also, it is one of the only Indian business school that is a member of the Global Alliance in Management Education (CEMS).



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