Post Graduate Diploma in Business Analytics (PGDBA 2019) is a post-graduation programme jointly offered by IIM Calcutta, IIT Kharagpur, and ISI Kolkata. Registration for the prestigious Master’s course in Business Analytics was opened at the official website on December 03, 2018. Candidates interested in the Rank #14 course according to QS world ranking can register until January 03, 2019.
The window to apply for the programme is open for one month only. Applicants must submit the application form and fee before the last day. The application fee for PGDBA 2019 is Rs 1000/- for SC/ST/PWD categories and Rs 2000/- for others. The entrance examination is scheduled to take place on February 17, 2019, at Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore. Admission to this programme is through PGDBA entrance examination only.
PGDBA is a two-year post-graduation programme focusing on business analytics. This course is specially designed for students who have an interest in solving business problems and have an inclination towards Mathematics.
Candidates who have a graduation/ post-graduation degree or final year students are eligible to apply for this course. Also, applicants must have a minimum of 60% marks, and/ or CGPA 6.5 on a 10-point scale or equivalent. Whereas, the SC/ ST and Differently Abled (DA) candidates must have a minimum of 55%, and/or CGPA 6.0 on a 10-point scale, and/or equivalent.
During the programme period, candidates will spend six months IIM Calcutta learning application of analytics. Next six months, ISI will offer its expertise in statistical and machine learning theories for analytics. Similarly, in the next cycle, IIT Kharagpur will teach the technology-related aspects of analytics.
For the selection in 60 seats for the academic year 2019-21, written test and interview will take place. Candidates clearing the written test will get the chance to appear for the interview round. The final selection is based on the written test, work experience, personal interview, and academic background.
Exam Pattern, Preparation tips
The written test consists of Multiple Choice Questions that need to be completed in three hours. In the paper, there are 50 questions of total 150 marks. There are four sections naming Verbal Ability, Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation, and Data Visualization, Quantitative Aptitude. In the exam, each question has a weightage of 3 marks and negative marking of 1 mark for each incorrect question.
In order to prepare for the exam, candidates can refer to the sample paper available on the official website. In the exam, the syllabus has general topics but the quantitative section has topics of higher Maths. So, pick the 11th and 12th NCERT Books and start solving the exercise and examples. For the English section, prepare inference based question or practice CAT level questions. In this exam DILR is quite easy and direct, solving a mock test will be enough for the preparation of this section.
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