MBA Entrances-National Level


The Post Graduate Diploma in Business Analytics (PGDBA) – jointly offered by IIM Calcutta, IIT Kharagpur, and ISI Kolkata – aims to help shape the emerging profession of business analytics by delivering a cutting edge inter disciplinary educational experience to graduate applicants with an aspiration of building a career in this field.

PGDBA is a two year full time residential diploma programme aimed at creating business analytics professionals employable by leading Indian and foreign firms. Some of the salient features of the programme include courses taught by reputed faculty members at the campuses of three globally renowned institutes, hands- on business analytics training at a related company, continuous interaction with industry leaders throughout the course of the diploma programme, and the availability of placement opportunities at all the three institutes jointly offering this programme.

Application fee of Rs.2000/- (Rs.1000/- for candidates belonging to SC/ST/PwD categories) has to be paid as a part of the application process.

Eligible candidates need to apply online.

A candidate must hold a graduate/post graduate degree with any of the following:10+2+4/10+2+5/10+2+3+2 with a Minimum of 60% marks or CGPA 6.5 on a 10-point scale in the Qualifying Degree (i.e. B. Tech./ B.E./ M.Sc./ M.Com or equivalent).

For SC/ ST and Person with Disabilities (PwD) category candidates, the qualifying marks for eligibility shall be 55% or CGPA 6.0 on a 10-point scale.

The CGPA will not be converted into percentage marks, even if the degree awarding Institute provides marks in CGPA system. Their admission will be based on the CGPA awarded in the transcript. If the CGPA is on a different scale other than 10, the eligibility of the candidates will be calculated corresponding to the equivalence stated above.
Candidates, who are in the final year, are also eligible to apply provided they appear in the final examination and complete other academic requirements as specified above by May 31, 2020.

For such cases, admission will be provisional subject to submission of final mark sheet by October 31, 2020.

  • Duration - 3 hours
  • Total no.of questions - 50 Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQ) each with only one correct answer.
  • Verbal Ability - 15 q
  • Logical Reasoning - 5 q
  • Data Interpretation and Data Visualization - 5 q
  • Quantitative Aptitude - 25 q

Marking scheme:

  • 3 marks for each correctly answered question
  • 0 mark for each unattempted question, and
  • -1 mark for each incorrectly answered question

Books, charts, graph sheets, tables, calculators, mobile phones, digital diaries and electronic communication gadgets/computing devices etc. are NOT allowed in the examination hall.

Cities for Computer Based Test (CBT):

Ahmedabad Agra Aligarh Allahabad Amritsar Bengaluru Bhopal
Bhubaneswar Chandigarh Chennai Cochin Coimbatore Dehradun Dhanbad
Durgapur Guwahati Gwalior Hyderabad Indore Jaipur Jammu
Jamshedpur Kolkata Lucknow Mumbai Nagpur Navi Mumbai Nashik
New Delhi Noida Patna Pune Raipur Ranchi Roorkee
Shillong Siliguri Tezpur Trivandrum Visakhapattanam
  • Online application starts: December 03, 2019
  • Last date of submission of online application: January 19, 2020
  • Issue of admit cards (Online): January 31, 2020
  • Admission Test: February 16, 2020 Timing: 10:30 A.M. - 01:30 P.M.
  • Intimation to the candidates for personal interview: March 06, 2020
  • Personal interview for short-listed candidates: March 28 and 29, 2020
  • Announcement of final offer: On or before April 15, 2020
  • Closure of admission process: June 08, 2020
  • Commencement of PGDBA program: June 15, 2020

A candidate’s final score for selection is calculated on the basis of Table1, which indicates the criteria and their weights to be used for the final selection to PGDBA for the batch 2020-22.

Table 1: Criteria and weights for final selection to PGDBA

Criterion Weights
Written Test 40
Personal interview (PI) 40
Points for Class X marks (Details shown in Table 2) 7
Points for Class XII marks (Details shown in Table 2) 7
Work experience (Details shown in Table 3) 6
Total 100

The method of allotting points for Class X and Class XII percentage based on aggregate marks is given in Table 2 below:

Table 2: Points for Class X and Class XII marks*

Class X Marks (x in %) Points Class XII Marks (y in %) Points
x>90 7 y>90 7
85<x<=90 6 85<y<=90 6
80<x<=85 5 80<y<=85 5
75<x<=80 4 75<y<=80 4
70<x<=75 3 70<y<=75 3
65<x<=70 2 65<y<=70 2
60<=x<=65 1 60<=y<=65 1
x<60 0 Y<60 0

*For computing the percentage of marks obtained in Class X and Class XII, the aggregate marks of all subjects that appear in the mark sheet or grade sheet would be considered irrespective of whether the Board considers them for calculation of percentage.

For work experience, a maximum of six points will be awarded depending on the length of service as on January 31, 2020 (Please refer to Table 3). Only formal work experience after graduation will be considered. Training/project work/work done as an integral part of curricular requirement will not be considered.

Table 3: Points for work experience in completed months

Work experience (x in Months) Points
x>60 4
24 <x<=60 6
0 <x<=24 3
x=0 0

The Joint Admissions Committee of PGDBA will consider all the above performance indicators in order to come up with the final merit list. Minimum qualification in accordance with the above-mentioned criteria would not automatically qualify the candidate for admission into PGDBA.Any suppression of fact or false information will lead to rejection of candidature at any stage of the selection process.

VERBAL ABILITY: Reading & Comprehension; Grammar/correction of sentences.

LOGICAL REASONING: Logical connectives, Statements and Conclusions, Matching and sequences.

DATA INTERPRETATION AND DATA VISUALIZATION: Data driven questions (pie charts, graphs, trends).

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).