Post Graduate Diploma in
Business Analytics (PGDBA)

Jointly offered by ISI, IIT Kharagpur and IIM Calcutta

What is PGDBA?
The PGDBA is a 2-year full-time Post Graduate Diploma in Business Analytics (PGDBA) jointly offered by ISI, IIT Kharagpur and IIM Calcutta.

For whom is PGDBA suitable?
PGDBA is a two-year full time diploma programme aimed at creating business analytics professionals employable by leading Indian and foreign firms. This programme is designed for those who have an analytical mindset, are interested in tackling challenging business problems, and possess an inclination towards mathematics. 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 three institutes jointly offering this programme.

What would I learn at ISI, IIT Kharagpur and IIMC?
PGDBA participants 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. Each of the three institutes will focus on a separate area of business analytics, in accordance with its expertise and competence. While coursework at IIM Calcutta will focus on the application of analytics in functional areas of management, ISI will bring to the table its expertise in statistical and machine learning theories for analytics, and faculty at IIT Kharagpur will engage with the technology aspects of analytics.

How do I apply?
Eligible candidates are requested to apply online at http://www.isical.ac.in/~pgdba. 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.

What is the selection process for admission into PGDBA?
A written test will be held on February 19, 2017, to shortlist candidates for personal interview. Candidates shortlisted after the written test will be called for personal interview to be held in March/April, 2017.The final offer would be made on the basis of performance in the written test, personal interview, work experience, and academic standing.

How many seats are there in PGDBA in 2017-19?
There are a maximum of 60 seats in PGDBA in 2017-2019.

Is reservation policy applicable for PGDBA in 2017-19?
Yes, the reservation policy of the Government of India is applicable for PGDBA in 2017-2019.

Is campus placement available for PGDBA?
The graduating students will have access to campus placement facilities of all three institutes. The institutes do not guarantee placement but every effort will be made to help students find and secure opportunities for furthering their career.

There was great enthusiasm to recruit PGDBA students for six -month internship that makes up the fourth semester of the curriculum. All 51 students of the first batch (2015-17) were placed on the very first day itself. The companies recruiting the students included five from Fortune 500 list.

Who will be giving the Diploma? When and where will be the convocation held?
Post Graduate Diploma in Business Analytics will be given jointly by ISI, IIT Kharagpur and IIM Calcutta. A candidate can receive his/her diploma at the convocations held at one of the three institutes during the year after the completion of all requirements for the diploma.

Is the PGDBA programme fully residential?
Pre-semester and the first three semesters of the programme are residential.

Is there any internship as part of the PGDBA programme?
In addition to the time spent at ISI, IIT Kharagpur and IIM Calcutta, the students will be required to do an internship based project of six months on a hands-on analytics experience at a business organization.

Are financial assistance and bank loans available?
There is a provision for need based financial assistance for deserving candidates. Educational loans to admitted participants may be available from banks and other financial institutions.

What are the Pass / Fail rules?
Rules in a given semester will be those generally applicable in the host Institute of that semester.

Will be there any attendance rule?
Attendance rules that are applicable to the host Institute will be followed in each semester.

What will be the class hours and how many days a week?
The hours and days will vary from semester to semester. The norms prevailing at the host institute would be followed.

How do I contact in case of any further queries?
Email: pgdba@isical.ac.in or Call 033-25752500.