Symbiosis Center of Distance Learning (SCDL) MBA Review, Fee Structure, 2018 Admissions

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Symbiosis Distance Learning MBA (SCDL)

Symbiosis Distance Learning MBA (SCDL)

Symbiosis Center for distance Learning (SCDL) was established in the year 2001, and has forever since catered to the needs of students across the country and abroad. The institute enrolls over 1-lakh students offering courses in Post Graduate Diploma, Diploma and Certificate Programs across many industry related fields. One of the popular courses offered by the university is the MBA (Master of Business Administration). The university attracts a large number of foreign students. Currently students from more than 45 countries study at Symbiosis Center.

Symbiosis MBA Course Structure

Symbiosis does not actually offer an MBA program but its PGDBA course (Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration) is considered to be equivalent to MBA.

Program Name PGDBA (Equivalent to MBA)
Duration 2 years
Maximum Duration 4 years
Specializations Offered Finance, Marketing, HR, Operations, Account and CRM
Medium English
Exams Scores Accepted CAT / MAT / XAT / GMAT / Symbiosis PGDBA Entrance Test

The full list of the various Distance MBA Degree Programs Offered Symbiosis Distance Learning (SCDL)

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Information Technology
  • Post Graduate Diploma in International Business
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Banking and Finance
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Supply Chain Management
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Retail Management
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Customer Relationship Management
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Insurance Management
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Export and Import Management
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Technical Writing
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Instructional Design
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Pre-primary Teachers Training
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Business and Corporate Law

The students have to appear for 4 semesters. Here is a sample course structure of their PGDBA program

  Semester 1 Principles and Practices of Management
Organizational Behavior
Management Accounting
Managerial Economics
Business Law
  Semester 2 Production or Operations Management
Financial Management
Human Resource Management
Marketing Management
Management Information Systems

Semester 3 :Specialisation (choice of 1 elective)

Required Specialisation 1
Required Specialisation 2
Elective 1
Elective 2
Elective 3

Semester 4 :Specialisation (choice of 1 elective)

Required Specialisation 4
Required Specialisation 5
Elective 4
Elective 5
Elective 6

The students get printed study material every semester from SCDL. It is send through regular post. Besides the study material SCDL offers various other modes of interaction for the students –

  1. Email – The students can contact the SCDL faculty through email and get their doubts clarified.
  2. Online Classroom – Classes are held online and students can attend these to interact with faculty.
  3. E-learning Modules – The students can also access certain modules online on SCDL website.

Symbiosis Distance Learning MBA (SCDL) Admission Procedure

The candidate for admission may obtain the prospectus in person, by paying Rs. 1200/- by cash, or online by paying Rs. 1100/-. The application forms and the prospectus are also available at AXIS bank branches from 28th April onwards.

Symbiosis Correspondence MBA application form can also be filled up online. To start the process, the candidate needs to register on the website. Once registered, the candidate needs to pay the application fee and fill up the application form.

Print the application form and submit the filled in application form must be submitted along with the required attested copies of academic documents, Work Experience documents, 2 passport size photographs, Photo Identity proofs, and a registration fee of Rs. 1000/-. The application form must be couriered to SCDL Pune campus (address given below) for processing of admission. Application form can be submitted online too. The status of the application can be checked online.

(Note – The students must clear the SCDL- PGDBA (Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration) or any other national level management entrance test to become eligible)

Once the admission is confirmed, student need to pay the first installment or the full amount of the course fee. The fee must be paid through demand draft in favor of “The Director, SCDL Pune”. This DD needs to be sent along with the application form. DD should carry the student details like name, contact number, name of the program etc.

The address for SCDL Pune Campus, is as follows:

Pune (Main Campus)
Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning
Symbiosis Bhavan, 1065 B, Gokhale Cross Road, Model Colony,
Pune – 411016

Symbiosis Distance MBA Fee Structure 2018-2019

The registration fees for the PGDBA course (equivalent to the MBA course) is Rs. 1000/-.

The program fees may be paid either in a lump sum, or in two installments.

The candidate must pay an amount of Rs. 37, 000/- for the full program, or must pay in two installments Rs. 25, 000/- during the registration and Rs. 16, 000.

The Symbiosis Distance Learning institute requires an additional fee of Rs. 10, 000/- for dual specialization in PGDBA. The fees may be paid online, in cash, or via Demand Draft. The fees in cash is acceptable only at SCDL Pune Campus, and the Demand Draft, must be in favor of “The Director, SCDL, Pune” payable at Pune only. All fees and charges can be paid online.

The fees charged varies as per the category of the student –

Category Course Fees Specialization Fee
 General  Rs. 37,000/- Rs. 10,000/-
Police, Paramilitary, and active defence Rs. 34,000/- Rs. 10,000/-
Students from SAARC Countries US $ 1300/-  or Rs. 89,700/- US $ 400 or Rs. 27,600/-
Other Foreign Students US $ 2400/-  or Rs. 1,65,600 US $ 700 OR Rs. 48,300/-

Symbiosis Distance Learning MBA Scholarships

The institute offers fee concessions for Active Defense, Paramilitary, and Policemen. The institute does not offer any scholarships otherwise.

Eligibility Criteria for Symbiosis Distance Learning MBA (SCDL)

The eligibility criteria for the SCDL Post-graduate Diploma in Business Administration are as follows:

  1. The applicant must be a graduate from any recognized university, or an international graduate from an accredited university. Students appearing for their final graduation exam may also apply for the course.
  2. The applicant must have a valid score in any of the centralized examinations MMS-CET/ CMAT/ G-MAT/ CAT/ MAT/ ATMA/ XAT or equivalent entrance examination, or the student must clear the SCDL-PGDBA entrance examination, held by the institute. Details about the exam are given at:
  3. Diploma students are not eligible for the Distance MBA course. But they can opt for various certificate courses.

Symbiosis Distance MBA Specializations offered

The institute offers the PGDBA course with specializations in

The institute also provides with dual specializations options.

Out of the specializations listed, students can choose 2 – Primary specialization and secondary specialization. The second specialization can be taken up once the primary specialization is completed.


Symbiosis Center of Distance Learning has all of its courses approved by the DEC, and is recognized by the Distance Education Bureau of the UGC for all of its courses.

SCDL Ranking

This premier institute is well recognized and is highly acclaimed. It has been ranked 1st amongst the top Distance Education Institutes in the country by Careers 360 in 2012. It has been ranked 2nd among the best institutes in India in the DNA Indus Learning Survey of 2012. Furthermore, the institute has been ranked 3rd amongst the distance learning institutes by Competition Success Review. SCDL has many other accolades to its name, and is a highly respected institute in the academia. International Council for Distance Education (ICDE), a top authority in distance and open  education chose SCDL for Institutional Superiority Award.

Important Dates 2017-18

The important dates for the academic year of 2017-18 are as follows:

  1. Last date to pay complete program fee as per Option 1 – One Time Payment OR Option 2 – Two Installment: 2018 date to be announced
  2. Last date to appear for SCDL-PGDBA Entrance Test 2017-2018 and Last date for change of program to PGDBA: 15th October
  3. Last date for change in specialization and Last date for application for dual (additional) specialization (applicable for PGDBA & PGDIM program only): 30th November
  4. 2017-18 Last date to pay complete program fee with late fee: The admissions are rolling and students can pay fee any time of the year
  5. Last date for cancellation of admission, for refund of program fee, for all programs: Within 30 days from the date of admission

Contact Details

For all enquiries the applicant may contact at the following:
Pune (Main Campus)
Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning
Symbiosis Bhavan,
1065 B, Gokhale Cross Road, Model Colony,
Pune – 411016
Phone: +91-20-66211000 (Hunting lines)
Fax: +91-20-66211040/66211041

SCDL Placements

SCDL partners with various organizations to support the students in their placements. The institute maintains close ties with the industry to provide cutting edge industry relevant course material to the students. The following companies have approached SCDL for placements: Wipro Technologies, Bosch Ltd, Mercedes Benz, NIIT, HDFC Bank, Sharada Infosys, The Nielsen Company, Tata Sky, etc.

SCDL Study Centers

SCDL has a nationwide presence, and also has a few information centers abroad. The institution is well established, and highly rated. Addresses and details about the Information centers are available at:

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