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.

PGDBA Admission 2017 - Instructions for Online Application

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, 2017. 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, 2017.


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

PGDBA 2016 Analysis: -

Verbal Ability:

There were 15 questions in this section. The two questions on 'Inappropriate usage of words' were very easy. The three 'Para-framing' questions were doable. The two Reading Comprehension (RC) passages accounted for the remaining questions. RCs would've posed a couple of challenges – the subjects of the passages, the closeness of options. Overall, around 10+ attempts can be considered decent.

Logical Reasoning:

There were 5 questions in this section – one on deduction and the others on connections. These were all doable. Overall, a good candidate would have been able to solve all the questions.

Data Interpretation:

There were 5 questions in this section, based on histogram. Four of these can be classified to be very easy. The question on arithmetic mean is the only one which required one to be prepared with the concepts – to consider the midpoint of each range to arrive at the mean.

Quantitative Aptitude:

There were 25 questions in this section. This section is likely to be the differentiator, as the Quant syllabus for the test is beyond what aspirants prepare for the other tests viz. CAT, XAT, IIFT. While the questions on Permutations & Combinations, Quadratic Equations, Progressions, Calculus, Geometry and Coordinate Geometry would have seemed familiar, the questions on Limits & Continuity, Matrices & Determinants would have been challenging for those who did not have a Higher Mathematics preparation. Overall, a well-prepared candidate would have been able to attempt around 15 questions in the section.

This is one of the rare competitive tests where 'time' does not play a role. So, one could re-read the RC passages till an answer could be deduced, spend time to ideate on the method of solving a few of the lengthy Quant questions.

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 starts: November 29, 2017
Payment of application fee starts: December 01, 2016
Last date of submission of online application: January 12, 2017
Last date of payment of application fee: January 18, 2017
Issue of admit cards (Online): January 24, 2017
Written Test: February 19, 2017
Announcement of short-listed candidates and sending call letter (email) for personal interviews: March 7, 2017
Personal interview for short-listed candidates: Last Week of March, 2017
Announcement of final offer: On or before April 17, 2017
Closure of admission process: June 14, 2017
Commencement of PGDBA program: June 19, 2017