How to Crack PGDBA Interview

The holy grail PGDBA Interview Preparation Strategy

Thu Aug 12, 2021

Say No to PGDBA Interview Scare!

"In Interviews, "don't" fake it till you make it. Realistic is better"

After a surprise package from PGDBA 2021 written exam, it's time to gear up for the interview preparation. Although the results aren't out yet, but to survive through the nail biting competition, starting out early isn't a bad idea. 

In PGDBA Interview preparation, there are few genres/topics which everyone needs to study regardless of their academic / job profile. The following is the list for the same.

1. Statistics :- One can understand the concepts from Khan Academy Playlist which is very apt for the interview preparation. To practice the questions, one can refer to the book " Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists" by Sheldon Ross. 

2. Linear Algebra (College Level) :- One can refer to the book " Linear Algebra and its applications" by G Strang. Refer chapters 1 to 5 

3. Specific Mathematics topics :- One should stay in touch with the topics like Integral / Differential Calculus, Differential Equations, Quadratic, Permutations & Combinations and Probability.

4. Current Affairs :- One should have a decent grip on the major topics which have made headlines in past 12 months. Latest Budget, Recent Elections (including local, national and global), Olympics, Farmers Protest, India's fight with Covid-19, etc. can be a few debatable topics.  

5. HR Questions :- Following is the list of few HR questions which can be asked to anyone in PGDBA Interview. Prepare these questions well to avoid fumbling/embarrassment. 

a. Why do you want to pursue PGDBA?

b.  Why not other courses which are being offered by several institutes?

c. Have you written CAT or are you planning to do the same and why?

d. What kind of opportunities do you expect after this course?

e. How does analytics is being used in your sector? What is the further scope of improvement?

f. You work already involves analytics, then why do you want to leave your job and join this course?

g. What do you expect from this course?

h. What do you intend to learn from this course?

i. What would you do if you are not selected for this course?

j. Being good in Maths is enough to pursue this course? What do you think?

6. AI / ML concepts :- Although these concepts are not expected from everyone, but rather from candidates who have been working in analytics profile, one can still study few chapters from the book "Introduction to Machine Learning" by Ethem Alpaydin. Candidates who already have profile related to hardcore analytics can refer to  Chapters 1 to 5. Rest of the candidates can refer to Chapters 1 and 2. 

Now you know what you need to prepare and the relevant resources, but not everyone should have the same priority of preparation because of the varying profiles. To tackle that, I have divided the PGDBA Interview preparation for three types of candidates :-

1. College Students or Freshers :-

These candidates should have the following priority of preparation

I. Statistics / Linear Algebra

II. College Curriculum and Projects 

III. Basic Mathematics questions

IV. HR questions

V. Current Affairs

VI. AL / ML basics

2. Candidates with profile in Analytics :-

These candidates should have the following priority of preparation

I. Job profile description and related projects

II. AL / ML theory

III. HR questions

IV. Statistics / Linear Algebra

V. Basic Mathematics questions

VI. Current Affairs

3. Candidates with profile in Core Engineering / Non Analytics profile

These candidates should have the following priority of preparation

I.  Job profile description along with the knowledge of possibilities to implement / improve analytics in the respective or desired sector.

II.  HR questions

III. Statistics / Linear Algebra

IV. Basic Mathematics questions

V. Current Affairs

VI. AL / ML basics

Extra Curricular Activities and Hobbies :- Involvement or position of responsibility in any governing or independent body in a school / college comes under Extra Curricular Activity. Apart from this, any kind of competition, social work and NCC comes under the same. Hobby can be anything which you like to do in your free time and doesn't usually include academic touch. 

Apart from these technical aspects, the following common sense points would give you additional brownie points :-

1. Wear a smile in moderation even if you are not able to answer the question properly.

2. Try to be as real as possible as the panelists are very smart and can trap you in various ways. 

3. Write only those things in the interview form which you can explain in front of them. Quality over quantity. 

4. One should be comfortable in saying no (not to every question but a few of them) to a question rather than trying to manipulate them. 

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