How to crack PGDBA in 40 days

The Holy Grail PGDBA Preparation Strategy

"Systematic Learning is highly underrated but can do wonders"

Is it really possible to prepare for PGDBA in just 35 - 40 days and that too without joining any paid course? Well yes, it is definitely possible and to be very honest, one can score 120+ if the preparation is done systematically. So let me break it down and make it simple for everyone who has been facing problems to prepare for PGDBA.

Verbal Section (15 Questions)

Let's talk about the Verbal Section first. Though the overall difficulty of this section is similar to CAT VARC, but there are certain nuances which one needs to focus on while preparing for PGDBA Verbal Section. Reading Comprehensions of CAT are heavily loaded with inference based questions and twisted options but the passages are manageable to read and comprehend for an average student. In PGDBA, RCs are on the tougher side to read but the questions have a balance between the factual and inference based questions but are relatively a little tougher to comprehend. So one can strategize to attempt the factual questions first and then move on to the inference based questions. A very good source to practice RCs is GMAT Club. You can also join our FREE RC Campaign to give a proper timed RC Quiz daily. You can find the links below.

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GMAT Club RCs -

Now coming to the Verbal Ability ( Para Jumbles, Homophones and Incorrect usage of words, Fill in the blanks) part, Arun Sharma Book for VARC is good enough to prepare for all these topics. Moreover, you can find handouts and quizzes for the same on our website and the telegram group.

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DILR Section (10 Questions)

DILR Section used to be the easiest among all, but the recent shift in difficulty has made this section tougher than usual. The topics which are covered in Logical Reasoning Section are Seating Arrangements in both linear and Circular manner, Selection/Distribution based questions and most importantly puzzles (Miscellaneous sets). These can be found out in Logical Reasoning Book of Arun Sharma. One can practice LOD 1 and LOD 2 problems from the book. For puzzles, the best source to practice is previous year's CAT DILR section. The topics which are covered in Data Interpretation are Bar Charts, Pie Charts, Line Charts and Tables. Also, have a grip on percentage change/percentage points change calculations. Refer Arun Sharma Book for Data Interpretation and don't go beyond LOD 1 Exercises.

Maths Section (25 Questions)

This section looks scary to many because of the number and the kind of topics and sub-topics to be covered, but trust me, it is not. The overall difficulty for this section is more or less similar to JEE Mains and so is the course structure. Though most of the public forums suggest NCERT to prepare, but if you are aiming high in this section, then you need to understand the additional topics from JEE Mains even though the PGDBA syllabus is still a very small subset of JEE Mains Syllabus. One of the best source to prepare for this section is Unacademy JEE Live YouTube Series. When I prepared for PGDBA, it helped me immensely and I could score full marks in Maths Section. You won't need anything else if you watch these lectures. Links for the playlists are given below. 

Refer to the table below to find out which Lectures you need to watch from the aforementioned Playlists

Lecture 1 to Lecture 4
Relations and Functions (Class 11)
Lecture 1 to Lecture 11
Lecture 1 to Lecture 4, Lecture 8
Lecture 1 to Lecture 6
Lecture 1 to Lecture 4
Methods of Differentiation
Lecture 1 to Lecture 3
AOD (Application of derivatives)
Lecture 1 to Lecture 8
Indefinite Integration
Lecture 1 to Lecture 4
Definite Integration
Lecture 1 to Lecture 5
Area Under the Curve
Lecture 1 to Lecture 3
Inverse Trigonometry
Lecture 6 only
Lecture 1 to Lecture 14
Lecture 1 to Lecture 9
Lecture 1 to Lecture 8
Straight Lines
Lecture 1 to Lecture 9
Pair of Straight Lines
Lecture 1 to Lecture 2
Lecture 1 to Lecture 7
Lecture 1 to Lecture 4
Lecture 1 to Lecture 5
Lecture 1 to Lecture 3
Relations and Functions (Class 12)
Lecture 1 to Lecture 12
Lecture 1 to Lecture 6, Lecture 9
Lecture 1 to Lecture 7
Determinants and Matrices
Lecture 1 to Lecture 11

There are a total of 150 video lectures in this series. These lectures are of 1 hour each but the content is of 40-45 mins and rest is advertisement. Since the time to prepare is limited, it is advised to increase the play speed to 1.5 times than the normal to complete the entire syllabus. 4-5 videos a day and you can easily complete the syllabus in about 30 days and rest of the days can be used to revise the concepts. The videos have very good examples and are completely enough to understand the topics.

For topic wise practice, our Quiz Master Course can be referred. It has more than 100 topic wise quizzes. Here is the Link to the course

The 40 days plan - Holy Grail

Let me now introduce the 40 days plan for those who want to prepare from the scratch and haven't prepared anything much. If you have prepared some of the topics then you can tweak the schedule accordingly. In this plan, weekdays would demand 4-5 hours of Studies + Practice and weekends would demand 8-9 hours. The topics should be scheduled in a way where one has to watch roughly 5 videos a day. 

All the topics doesn't contain equal weightage. So here is the historical weightage of questions from individual topics. These weights are subjected to discretion because of mixed nature of few questions, but the percentage remains more or less similar.

That's all from my side. Thanks for patiently reading the post !!

Aakash Gangwar

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