PGDBA 2020 Exam Analysis & Cut-off

PGDBA 2020 Entrance Exam is expected to be conducted around 17th February 2020. The detailed PGDBA 2020 Exam Notification is expected to be released around 3rd December 2019. The exam is for admission into the PGDBA Program offered jointly by IIM Calcutta, IIT Kharagpur, ISI Kolkatta.

PGDBA 2019 Exam Analysis

PGDBA 2019 entrance exam was conducted by three partnering institutes IIM Calcutta, IIT Kharagpur and ISI on 17th February 2019. The exam comprised 4 sections: Verbal Ability, Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation, and Quantitative Aptitude. The paper was conducted in the pen-paper mode and it comprised 50 questions to be solved in 3 hours.

PGDBA 2019 Verbal Ability Analysis

This section was a mixed bag. It threw one major surprise. Unlike the previous years, the two word usage questions actually turned into two common confusable questions. The overall pattern of the paper remained the same. There were two RC passages with 4 and 6 questions each. And there were three para jumble questions.

The RC passages were easy to read and the topics were actually very interesting. However, the questions were deceptively tricky. The passage dealing with infertility problems in Italy had two very tricky questions. The options were close for most of the RC questions. A lot of idea based questions made this section more difficult as compared to the previous year. Overall, a student could have got 6 questions correct in RC.

The two word usage questions were not difficult as all the words are commonly used. However, the second question was a bit tricky. The three para jumble questions were easy. If a candidate understood the basics of para jumble and eliminated options properly, these questions would have been scoring.

Overall, a student should expect to get 10-11 correct answers in the VA section.

Topic No. of questions Difficulty level Good Attempts
Word usage 2 Moderate-Difficult 1-2
4 sentence Para jumbles 3 Easy -Moderate 3
Reading Comprehension Passages 10 (2 passages with 6 and 4 questions respectively) Moderate-Difficult 6

PGDBA 2019 Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation, and Quantitative Aptitude

The paper contained no surprises with respect to the type of questions in the given sections. However, the difficulty level was slightly easier compared to last year’s paper.

The questions based on functions (basics and higher mathematics) dominated the segment. The set-based questions in the Logical Reasoning section were tricky. As for Data Interpretation, every question was doable. All the caselets were direct and not calculation intensive.

Topics No of questions Level of Difficulty Good attempts
LR ( caselet) 5 Moderate 3-4
DI – Bar graph 3 Easy 3
DI – Table 2 Easy 2
Functions 3 Moderate-difficult 1-2
Equation and inequations 4 Easy 3
Geometry 3 Easy-Moderate 2
Set theory 1 Easy-Moderate 1
Permutation 2 Moderate 1
Number system 1 Easy 1
Algebra 1 Easy 1

Higher Maths

Topics No of questions Level of Difficulty Good attempts
Geometry 2 Moderate 1
Functions 3 Moderate – difficult 1
Trigonometry 1 Easy 1
Limits and continuity 2 Easy – Moderate 2
Differentiation and integration 2 Moderate 1-2

Overall, the difficulty level of the paper was relatively easier, by a short margin, in comparison to last year. The cut-off is expected to lie in the range of 98-102.

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