Business Analytics Course – For Working Professionals

The Post Graduate Program in Business Analytics (PGPBA) provides an introduction to big data analytics for working business professionals, including those with no prior analytics experience. You’ll learn how data analysts describe, predict, and inform business decisions in the specific areas of marketing, human resources, finance, and operations.  In the Final Capstone Project, you’ll apply your skills to interpret a real-world business data set and make appropriate business strategy recommendations. The Social Innovation Live analytics project with a not for profit organisation will help you apply analytical skills to community development and enable you to work on grass root level social welfare analytical projects.

The program is designed on a schedule that minimizes disruption of work during the week with all classes scheduled over the weekend. The program uses a combination of classroom and technology aided assignment and learning platforms. The program is a rigorous and challenging program with intensive classroom and home assignments requiring students to put in upto 20 hours of work both inside and outside the classroom.

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6 reasons why you should choose SOIL PGPBA

India’s Most Comprehensive Analytics Program

The program is designed to make the entire Analytics learning curve an experience.  Our in-depth course curriculum and modules provide students with a comprehensive deep dive into the world of analytics.   Descriptive, Predictive & Prescriptive Analytic modules are all covered as part of the course curriculum.  With over 380 Hours of Class room teaching, 30 Hours on capstone project and 350 hours of work for home assignments the PGPBA is truly India’s most comprehensive analytics program for working professionals.

Functional Business Domain Knowledge

PGPBA students get an opportunity to learn not only about Analytics but also get an overview of other business domains including Marketing, Finance, Economics and Human Resources. This makes them capable of solving real-life business problems using Data Analytics for different functional areas.

Innovative Pedagogy and Leading Industry Tools

The program courses and project work are designed around the real-world integration of business disciplines. Industry leading tools that are taught and used in the program include SAS, Tableau, R, Python, Hadoop, Hive, Pig and Google Analytics.

Industry Relevant Curriculum & Corporate Partnership

Interactions with leading industry experts and live action projects with organisations in Delhi – NCR provide a framework through which participants learn to enhance their management skills, expand their knowledge of business analytics and gain a strategic perspective of business application of analytics. Located in the hub of the services capital of India – Gurgaon, SOIL provides a multitude of networking opportunities with Organisations and corporates using cutting edge analytical insights to make better business decisions.

Leadership & Networking with the Analytics Industry

The curriculum will provide multiple opportunities for our students to interact with Industry experts. The sessions with these experts will provide important insights on how Business Analytics can be instrumental in transforming students careers and how other organisations are using analytics to make a difference to their competitive advantage.

Social Cause Exposure

The Social Innovation project aims to foster social responsibility in future PGPBA Leaders. Students are paired with a not for profit organisations on projects that will help them apply analytical skills to community development and enable them to work on grass root level social welfare analytical projects.

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Dr. Debabrata Das

Program Chair

Business Analytics

School of Inspired Leadership


India is one of the select few trillion dollar economies. It is clocking the fastest rate of growth among big economies of the world, thus creating a lot of opportunities. With opportunities, comes the intense desire to succeed, increase ones market potential, grow ones knowledge and to develop ones career.

Today is the day of abundance. Be it opportunities, goods & services, or data; everything is available in plenty. The telecom companies and social networking sites carry abundance of user data; malls, superstores, or e-commerce operators have huge amount of consumer data; stock markets and financial companies have big amount of financial data; big corporate houses, IT companies, BPOs, consultancies, etc are in possession of people related data. This is where data analytics has started playing a crucial role, in designing and deciding about the right kind of strategies for achieving higher growth.

All companies must rely on data and analytics to make critical business decisions. For the analysis of this humongous data, the workforce is facing a huge shortage of data analyst professionals. There is an urgent need to bridge this demand-supply gap. The one-year (Part-time) PGPBA program at SOIL will provide you unmatched exposure to the field of business analytics with the right blend of theory and hands-on practice through real life projects.  The program is suitable for dynamic working professionals who want to up-skill themselves without leaving their current jobs.  All classes are scheduled on weekends and hence will cause minimum disruption to your career and professional life.

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Learning Process

The teaching method adopted by the faculty for class room sessions is based on industry leading Training process with many examples on real-life business cases and situations. A total of 380 hours of classroom sessions plus an equal number of outside the classroom projects and assignments makes this India’s most comprehensive part time analytics program.

Business Domain Knowledge

Not only analytics but Business domain knowledge is also provided to all participants where our core faculty teach concepts and frameworks on different business domain areas including – Economics, Marketing, Finance, Operations and Human Resource.

Software Knowledge

The participants will be provided in depth knowledge and hands on experience in all relevant software used in the Analytics Industry for data extraction, presentation, visualization and machine learning including R, Tableau, Python, SAS and many others

Analytical Techniques

The curriculum is designed in a way that all industry relevant statistical and optimization techniques are covered in great detail. Working professional from diverse corporate backgrounds with an interest in analytics can benefit from this.

Advance Machine Learning

The curriculum includes extensive diverse machine learning topics where the participants get the opportunity to understand and experience advance machine learning in various platforms with different programming languages

Application of Analytical Techniques through Machine Learning

We provide a platform where all participants are trained by industry experts on how machine learning , statistical and optimization techniques together can be applied to solve complex problems

Big Data Analytics

This course covers all the underlying concepts, tools and technologies for writing scripts and performing queries for analytical purposes on data residing in Hadoop clusters, perform analytics with Pig and create data warehouse with Hive

Data Visualization

The participants will be trained by the very best in the industry to learn and experience how different visualization techniques are used in Tableau to make data easier to interpret by everyone


Participants will learn all data interpretation techniques to make them capable of analyzing complex data and derive significant conclusions out of it

Social Innovation Project

This is the only Business Analytics program where the participants get to work in teams with NGO’s to make a difference in a social cause that matters to them and gain an unique perspective of decision making to help their community.

Industry and Academia Experts

Dr. Satya Bhusan Dash
Chairperson, Center for Marketing in Emerging Economies, IIM Lucknow
Ph.D. from Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

Mr. Nitin Aggarwal
Global Head, Data Analytics at the Smart Cube
MBA from Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame
B.E. Electrical from Punjab Engineering College

Dr. R. Srinivasan
Director & Head, Amity Institute of Competitive Intelligence & Strategic Management
Ph.D. from FMS, University of Delhi

Mr. Gajanand Periwal
Manager, Consumer & Market Insights Ipsos – Global market & opinion research specialists

Dr. Monaj Kumar Dash
Professor, Retail Analytics, IIITM Gwalior
Ph.D. from Behrampur University

Mr. Oliwual Islam
Senior Business Analytics, Tata Consultancy Services

PGPBA Course Faculty

Education at SOIL is driven by its distinguished faculty who have taught and consulted across the world. We recognize that management education is no longer about addressing a hundred bright minds on Marketing and Finance from a podium, and our faculty takes all the necessary steps to ensure that an engaging dialogue emerges through meaningful and collaborative conversations in class.

anil-sachdev1   Anil Sachdev
Founder, Dean and CEO, SOIL
Given his belief in the power of education, Anil teaches management education with a focus on ethics, community partnerships, sustainability and other leadership aspects.
thumbnail_DDASbw   Prof. D. Das
Program Chair, Business Analytics
A renowned researcher, academician in Business Analytics with both corporate and academic leadership experience. He is a passionate educationist who believes in innovative pedagogical techniques. He is also a consultant, trainer and advisor in various government agencies and management consulting firms.
Bianka   Prof. Bianka Ray Chaudhury
Head, Business Analytics Dept.
Possesses academic and research experience of over 10 years. With a strong academic background to her credit, she was ranked 3rd in the entire university for her Master’s in Economics and was awarded an All India Gold Medal post her MBA.
neetika   Prof. Neetika Batra
Associate Dean & Chair, PGP-BL
Prof. Batra heads the finance Academic Department at SOIL. She has 25 years of experience working at leadership positions with global and boutique investment banking firms. She teaches courses such as Financial Statement Analysis, Corporate Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions.
anb   Prof. A N Bhattacharya
Head, Marketing Dept. & SIP
With over 18 years of industrial experience, Prof. Atindra has worked with leading brands like Amul, Dhara and Lovett. Driven to contribute to innovation in the social sector, he heads the SIP program at SOIL.
arjya-pic-1   Prof. Arjya Chakravarty
Chair, PGP-Human Resource Leadership
Her 11 years of rich industrial experience comprises of diverse industries and leading multi-national companies like Godrej, Dunlop and Hindustan Motors to name a few. She has spent 11 years in the academia, focusing strongly on teaching, research and consulting. She was associated with leading business schools in India and abroad.

SOIL PGPBA Admissions Overview

School of Inspired Leadership has a carefully crafted admission process called the Talent Appreciation Process. The parent company of SOIL, Grow Talent Company has helped in the development of thousands of leaders though its HR domain expertise in identifying and grooming talent. This forms the basis of our selection methodology at SOIL.

Our application process involves
1. Online Application Form
2. Talent Appreciation Interview
3. Final Decision

Who are we looking for?

The program is designed for working professionals to enhance their knowledge as well as for those with analytical aptitude and would like to start a career in analytics. Freshers with an analytical bent of mind and superlative academic credentials would also be considered.

While the above forms the basis for admission to SOIL PGPBA, however in order to be eligible to apply to the Program you need to meet the following requirements:

An undergraduate degree: As guidance, you should have a minimum score of 60% in 10th and 12th board exams; and a minimum score of 55% in graduating degree for engineers and 50% for non-engineers. If your scores do not meet these criteria you may still be considered provided you have a very strong profile demonstrating a high degree of responsibility at work or an extra-curricular achievement. If you successfully make it through our admission process, then at the time of accepting our offer letter, you will be required to submit all your university degree academic transcripts/mark-sheets.

Important Dates

All students seeking admission for SOIL PGPBA starting 2nd September ’17 can start their online application here. SOIL has two application cycles. Below are the deadlines for the 2017 admissions cycle:

Apply by Interview invite by Final decision by
Cycle 1 11th June ‘17 11th June ‘17 21st June ‘17
Cycle 2 9th July ‘17 9th July ‘17 19th July ‘17

We recommend that you apply at the first stage since we expect huge number of applications from Cycle 1 onwards we are unable to guarantee that there will be places left in the later stages.

Our application process requires you to fill in an online application form by your chosen application deadline.

You will be required to provide the admissions committee with the following:

  1. Details of academic background
  2. Extensive account of your work experience
  3. Preferred dates for interviews

While we ask you for your preferred dates to schedule a interview, inviting you for one will entirely depend on the discretion of the admissions committee basis the strength of your profile. Once your application has been submitted it will be forwarded to the admissions committee at the earliest for review.

Talent Appreciation Interview

We have a rolling interview process. You can expect to get a decision on your shortlist within 10 days of submitting your application.

Shortlisted candidates are required arrive 30 minutes before the interview to take a few on the spot tests at the interview venue.

Interviews with short-listed candidates will be scheduled by our counsellors. Interviews last about 45 minutes and you will be asked questions about your background and your aspirations, and how PGPBA fits with your plans.

We recommend that you prepare for this interview as you would for a job interview.

Final Decision

Final decisions will be emailed to the candidates within four days of taking the interview.

After your interview there are two possible outcomes:

  • You are made an offer to join the program: In which case you will be required to secure your place by paying the course fee. The Admissions team will guide you through this process.
  • You are not successful at securing a place this year: We encourage you to reach out to us for feedback on your profile, strengthen your profile and re-apply for the next batch.
Total Fee 390,000
Service Tax* 58,500
Total Fee (inclusive of Service Tax) 448,500

*As per prevailing Government Of India rules, current rate of service tax is 15%. The service tax is paid at the time of payment with the respective fee component.


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SOIL has two application cycles. Below are the deadlines for 2017 admissions cycle:

Apply by Interview invite by Final decision by
Cycle 1 11th June ‘17 11th June ‘17 21st June ‘17
Cycle 2 9th July ‘17 9th July ‘17 19th July ‘17

We recommend that you apply at the first stage since we expect huge number of applications from Cycle 1. We are unable to guarantee that there will be seats left in the later stages.

Program Start Date : 02 September, 2017

PGPBA Curriculum


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1 Introduction Introduction to Analytics
2 Domain Learning Important concepts and frameworks on different business domain areas including – Economics, Marketing, Finance, Operations and Human Resource
3 Software for Analytics In-depth knowledge and hands on experience in all the software used for data extraction, presentation, visualization and machine learning
4 Analytical Tools & Techniques Detailed coverage of all the industry relevant statistical and optimization techniques
5 Big Data Analytics All the underlying concepts, tools and technologies used in Big Data
6 Domain Applications Applying analytical knowledge and skills to solve problems faced by different business domains
7 Digital Analytics Analysis of quantitative and qualitative data from the digital platforms
8 Analytics in other sectors Role of analytics in transforming banking, telecom and healthcare sector
9 Capstone Project Independent research and analysis to solve a real-life problem
10 Social Innovation Project Working closely with an NGO to make a difference to a social cause

SOIL PGPBA Learning Map

Social Innovation and Analytics

At Soil, we believe in creating Inspired Leaders, who are motivated towards decision making in favor of developing the society along with the organization. The Social Innovation Program is designed to motivate our students to take decisions towards a better society.

The Social Innovation Program

(SIP) at SOIL involves a team of students working closely with nonprofit organization working towards community development. We have partnered with 30 NCR based nonprofit organizations this year. Today, more than ever before, the business community is increasingly focusing on the development sector and social inclusion. This makes it essential for any business leader to fully understand and appreciate the ground realities of the development sector. Without the full involvement of the future leaders, this development will remain one-sided, insufficient and incomplete. With this intent, the School of Inspired Leadership has incorporated the Social Innovation Program into its curriculum as an integral course in all the post graduate programs that it offers.

You will be working in teams for the Social Innovation Program. Each team will work on relevant and specific projects that could be in the area of process improvement, marketing, fund raising, volunteer engagement, feasibility studies, financial improvement etc. These projects will be chosen depending on the most critical need areas of the organization as mutually decided by the organization and the student team. These will be signed off by the SIP faculty as well.

There are a lot of opportunities for our students to directly work for the communities with the NGO where they get to solve a real-life problem using their analytical skills. The students can also work for the betterment of the NGO and help the NGO be more efficient by analyzing their financials and suggesting better ways to utilize their funds or by using analytics to suggest better hiring decisions and motivation programs or optimizing the NGO’s operations using the proper skills. Either ways the students are directly or indirectly going to take a step towards the development of the community.

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