How do I Prepare for SCDL PGDBA Entrance exam?

Entrance exams for post graduate programs can cause anxiety for a lot of aspirants. SCDL’s Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (PGDBA) is one of the country’s premier distance learning programs.

While the program will open a world of opportunities and learning, the quintessential questions that loom are –

  • What is the SCDL PGDBA entrance test syllabus?
  • Is there a set of SCDL PGDBA entrance test sample questions?
  • How to prepare for SCDL PGDBA entrance test?

While these questions and the lack of clarity may cause anxiety to applicants, we’re here to answer a few of these questions. As you read below you’ll come to understand that there is a systematic approach to preparing for post graduate entrance tests.

If one follows a series of steps with a determined and calm demeanour, acing the SCDL PDGBA entrance test result won’t be an uphill task.


Preparation for SCDL PGDBA entrance exam


Here are 5 steps to prepare well for the SCDL PGDBA entrance:

1. Understand the nature of the subjects and depth of knowledge needed

SCDL’s PDGBA program aims to guide students to become industry-ready business managers. Given the nature of the potential job profile, one needs to be proficient in 3-4 broad areas with at least a basic understanding of each. The entrance test encompasses knowledge of English vocabulary and grammar, logical reasoning-based problems, data interpretation and quantitative aptitude.

2. Which books should I refer to?

Based on the subjects that you need to prepare for let’s understand which books are going to help you in your journey. While some of these books may contain material meant for exams like CAT, GMAT, etc. they are extremely useful to prepare you for even the toughest PGDBA entrance test.

  • For English vocabulary and grammar: Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis, Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension by Ajay Singh
  • For logical reasoning and data interpretation: Analytical Reasoning by M.K. Pandey, Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT by Nishit K. Sinha
  • For quantitative aptitude: NCERT books for Classes 6th to 10th, Quantitative Aptitude by R.S. Aggarwal, Quicker Maths by M. Tyra

3. Make a realistic study timetable

Since the number of subjects and chapters is vast, it is important to understand that the study pattern must be according to a set time table. Devote more time to subjects and chapters where you are relatively weak. Create small windows for revision. If particular topic is difficult to grasp, take a short break from it and move to another subject/chapter for a while, consider taking a complete break to refresh your mind. Understand that making a timetable that is too crammed with zero breaks or trying to study a tough chapter when you’re tired is not a good idea.


SCDL PGDBA entrance exam preparation


4. Make quick reference notes for revision

A very effective system for revision is to make short notes while studying each chapter/concept or a group of related chapters/concepts under a subject. Many books contain summaries at the end of each chapter - refer to those and also make your own observations and/or codes to create notes. At a later stage in your preparation timetable, these quick reference notes will be very handy to revise concepts and broad ideas in a quick and efficient fashion.

5. Keep a positive outlook

A significant portion of preparing for a competitive post graduate entrance exam is a positive attitude. As daunting as the task may seem, you must believe in your own abilities and be determined to give it your best shot. As mentioned above, always devote more time to chapter and subjects where you feel you are relatively weak. Doing so will help you feel more confident in the toughest sections of the entrance test, and it will save you precious time during the test.


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