PGDM in Research & Business Analytics – Welingkar Institute of Management


  • Welingkar Institute of Management is a business school that was established in 1977 in Maharashtra, Mumbai
  • It is run by a charitable trust (the Shikshan Prasarak Mandali, Pune)
  • The institution established a PGDM program in 2008 which has since become one of the highly ranked programs in India
  • In 2005, it was awarded by AICTE as a recognition of its award-winning management programs

Type of Course

  • Postgraduate diploma in management 

Nature of Course

  • Full-time program


  • The program takes 6 trimesters spread through two academic years

Course Capacity

  • The program has a seating capacity of 60 students per intake

Course Description 

  • The program is designed to improve the students approach in the following areas:
    •  Quantitative techniques (both basics and advanced)
    • Analytics technology (tools ranging from SAS, SPSS, Python, and Tableau)
    • Statistical programming language
    • Qualitative research techniques
    • Design thinking approaches 
    • Informatics and visual analytics solutions
    • Strong business foundation and data interpretation
  • Students benefit from collaborations which include Global Leader in IT Services and Solutions, DXC Technology, and Fortune 500
  • All students must cover Business Design and Innovation courses within the first year of study
  • Before graduating, students must prove their understanding of Frontline Analytic Solver, Python, R, Tableau, Palisade Decision Tool Software, and IBM-SPSS. This is achieved by undertaking several projects
  • All students must undertake core courses within the first year of study. They include Business Environment, Business Analytics, and Business Operations & Management 
  • During the second year of study, students are allowed to specialize in any of the following areas:
    • Marketing
    • Operations
    • Human Resource Management
    • Finance 
  • The curriculum is highly diversified to use different training techniques including exchange programs, seminars, conferences, and field trips
  • All students must pass all the evaluations which include group work, assignments, projects, capstone projects, and term papers


  • Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree from a university recognized by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India
  • All prospective candidates must have achieved at least 50% aggregate marks or equivalent CGPA
  • Candidates must provide a valid CAT test scorecard. Those with valid XAT, CMAT, or GMAT will also be considered
  • Students in their final year of study can apply so long as they scored a minimum of 50% aggregate in their latest examinations. In case of admission, such candidates must prove that they have met all graduation requirements in their current institution
  • Work experience is preferable but not mandatory
  • There is no age limit for this program

Application Process

  • All interested candidates must apply online before the deadline. They are required to register and create an admission portal where all their admission data will be posted
  • Candidates must pay a non-refundable application fee of Rs 2500 failure to which the application will be rejected

Admission Criteria

  • After receiving all the application forms, the admission panel selects all the candidates who meet the minimum requirements. 
  • The selection process is based on the following factors:
    • Academic performance
    • Work experience 
    • Personal Interview
    • Performance in the Written Test 
    • Group Activity
  • All shortlisted candidates are invited for a personal interview, group discussion, and a written ability test
  • Each of the interview sessions is evaluated and candidates awarded marks based on their performances
  • Based on the cumulative score, the best candidates are awarded an admission for PGDM at WeSchool. They are required to confirm their interest within the stipulated timelines failure to which the offer will be revoked


  • WeSchool is accredited by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)
  • Accredited by the UGC and the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India 


  • Ranked 18th nationally by Business Schools’ Survey, 2s Today in Busin019
  • Ranked among the Top 100 B-schools in India by the National Institutional Ranking Framework

Fee Structure

  • The total fee for the program is Rs 12.6 lakhs. It covers tuition fees, learning materials, and refundable deposits
  • The fee is payable in six installments (each trimester)

Placement Details

  • The institution achieves excellence in every placement season with more than 98% of the students getting placement offers
  • Approximately 350 companies take part in the placement exercise
  • The highest domestic offer is Rs 15 lakhs annually with the average being Rs 8.72 lakhs
  • The highest international offer is approximately Rs 22 lakhs annually 

Recruiters/ Companies Involved in the Placement Exercise

  • Some of the actively engaged organizations include Aranca, DHFL, Kantar, CITIGROUP, HDFC Bank, ICICI Securities, and Avanse 

Job Prospects and Expected Salary

  • This course is designed to nurture and help students grow their innate abilities and interests. After completing the program, the graduates can become professionals in different areas including:
    • Business Analysts
    • Business Consultancy
    • Data Analysts
    • Data Scientists (with knowledge and skills in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence)
  • These areas are highly in demand which offers over 90% job guarantee
  • The introductory salary is between Rs 10 Lakhs and Rs 30 Lakhs annually with a possibility of growing to Rs 50 Lakhs annually after a few years of professional work

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q1: What factors can lead to the rejection of my application?

Ans: Your application can be rejected if you filled your details incorrectly, you sent it after the deadline, you did not upload the required documents, or you did not sign the documents

  • Q2: Can I get a second chance after an unsuccessful first attempt?

Ans: Yes, candidates are allowed to reapply for PGDM during the next intake. However, the same admission process will be followed. As such, you should improve your credentials to increase your chances of success 

  • Q3: Is the PGDM strictly residential?

Ans: No, students are at liberty to seek alternative accommodation. However, it is mandatory that they attend more than 75% of the lectures in time

  • Q4: How will I know whether my application was successful?

Ans: 1-2 weeks after application, an admission officer will contact you to inform you about the status of your application. Also, you can easily access that through the admission portal

  • Q5: I have changed my mind about the PGDM program. Can I withdraw?

Ans: Yes, students can withdraw from the program. However, the fee refund is subject to the approval by the institution

  • Q6: Can I get a scholarship for the PGDM program?

Ans: Yes, the institution offers scholarships based on merit. Needy and brilliant students are encouraged to apply for consideration

  • Q7: Is the PGDM by WeSchool equal to an MBA?

Ans: Yes, the PGDM program is approved by the Association of Indian Universities 

Contact Details

  • City: Mumbai
  • State: Maharashtra 
  • Official website:

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