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/DA categories) has to be paid through the “State Bank Collect” website of ISI admission portal for PGDBA. Application fee can be paid online/offline, two working days after submission of the application form.

Online payment can be made by using Debit/ Credit Card/net banking. Offline payment can be made by cash only at any branch of SBI.

For offline payment:

The applicant will have to download and print the Challan from the State Bank Collect website. The applicant should proceed to a SBI branch, two working days after submission of the application form. Applicant will have to pay the application fee and the bank charges in cash only. After making payment the bank will return the applicant's copy of the Challan which must be retained by the candidate.

A candidate must hold a graduate/post graduate degree with any of the following:

  • 10+2+4 : Minimum of 60% marks, and/or CGPA 6.5 on a 10-point scale, and/or equivalent, in the BS/B Tech/BE or equivalent Level.
  • 10+2+5: Minimum of 60% marks, and/or CGPA 6.5 on a 10-point scale, and/or equivalent, in the Integrated Masters or equivalent Level.
  • 10+2+3+2: Minimum of 60% marks, and/or CGPA 6.5 on a 10-point scale, and/or equivalent, in the Masters Level.

For 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.

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, 2018. For such cases, admission will be provisional subject to meeting the eligibility criteria as mentioned above. Proof of having passed the qualifying degree with required eligibility, as specified above should be submitted by October 31, 2018.


As per Government of India stipulations for SC/ST/NC-OBC and Differently Abled (DA) candidates.

A written test was held on February 19, 2017, to shortlist candidates for personal interview. Candidates shortlisted after the written test were called for personal interview  held in the Last Week of March, 2017. The final offer was made on the basis of performance in the written test, personal interview, work experience and academic standing.

Paper Pattern:

Number of questions: 50 (Verbal Ability – 15, Logical Reasoning – 5, Data Interpretation – 5, Quantitative
Aptitude – 25)
Marks per question: +3
Negative Marking: -1
Total Time: 3 hours

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).

Cities for Written Test and Personal Interview:
Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai

Online application begins December 07, 2017
Last date of submission of online application January 14, 2018
Online issuance of admit cards January 31, 2018 Onwards
Written Test February 18, 2018
Announcement of short-listed candidates and sending out call letter for personal interview March 10, 2018
Personal interview of short-listed candidates Last Week of March / First Week of April 2018
Announcement of final offer Middle of April 2018
Closure of admission process Middle of June 2018
Commencement of Programme Third week of June 2018