Symbiosis Distance Learning MBA Review, Fee Structure, 2024 Admissions Last Date

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Symbiosis Center for Distance Learning (SCDL) was established in the year 2001 and has since catered to the needs of students across the country and abroad.

Over 2 lakh students have completed courses in Post Graduate Diploma, Diploma and Certificate Programs offered by Symbiosis. The courses are curated under professional guidance. One of the popular courses offered by the university is the Symbiosis Distance MBA. It is accredited with an ‘A’ grade by NAAC and is authorised by AICTE, UGC, and ISO.

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

Latest Update

  • Symbiosis is accepting applications for last round of admission for July session of 2022-23. Last date to apply is 22nd August 2022.

Salient Features

  • Students can opt for dual specialization for PGDBA and PGDIM courses.
  • The course material is developed in consultation with industry and teachers from the sister management institute – Symbiosis institute of management.
  • Institute follows “Blended Learning” methodology and uses all three forms for material – printed, online, and faculty interaction.
  • Virtual classroom facility allows students to interact with the faculty in real time via video and chat session.
  • Students can clarify the doubts by calling call center set up the institute
  • International students can go for online exam at ATTEST Centres, Embassies, Offices, and Universities.
  • Institute offers placement support.

Note that Symbiosis does not offer a Distance MBA. The program is named as Distance PGDM (Post Graduate Diploma in Management). PGDM course is considered equivalent to MBA.

Symbiosis Distance Learning MBA Admission Procedure

The institute offers 21 PG Diploma program, 3 Diploma programs, 4 PG certificate program and 2 certificate programs in distance education mode. Admission to these programs is conducted online.

Admission for distance MBA is a 3-step process-

  • Purchasing and filling out the application form
  • Document Submission
  • Payment

STEP:1- Online Registration

Symbiosis Online Application Form
  • Candidates need to go to the institute website to register themselves.
  • Once registered, students may purchase application form online by paying Rs. 1200/-  through any of the following modes-
    • Online- SCDL Official website
    • Offline- SCDL Pune Campus/SCDL Associates/HDFC Banks at selected location. (For the list of SCDL Associates and HDFC Banks which provide prospectus/application form. Check out the study centers section of this article.)
  • Once the fee is paid, the candidate can download soft copy of the prospectus. The candidate will also get access to application form which should be filled online.
  • The application form and prospectus are available online only.

Step:2- Document Submission

Once the application is filled through any of the modes provided above, print the application form and submit the filled in application form must be submitted along with-

  • Required attested copies of academic documents
  • Work Experience documents
  • 2 passport size photographs
  • Photo Identity proofs
  • Name change document (if any)
  • Complete program fee/First installment

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 –

Step-3: Fee Payment

Once the admission is confirmed, the student needs to pay the first installment or the full amount of the course fee. The fee can be paid online or by a demand draft in favor of “The Director, SCDL Pune” payable at pune.

The DD needs to be sent along with the application form. It 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 2023-2024

Total course fee for Symbiosis Distance MBA (PGDBA) program is Rs. 58,000 for general category students if paid in lump-sum. Fee can also be paid in two installments of Rs. 35,000 and Rs. 28,000.

The application fees for the PGDBA course (equivalent to the MBA course) is Rs. 1200/-.

The course fee does not include exam fee which needs to be paid separately.

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

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 fee 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.

SCDL changes different fee for different categories. The fees charged also varies as per the category of the student –

 Category  Fee (Lump sum)
General Rs. 58,000/-
Defense Rs. 55,000/-
International US $1,645
SAARC US $1,300

Fee can also be paid in installments –

 Category First Installment Second Installment
General Rs. 35,000/- Rs. 28,000/-
Defense Rs. 35,000/- Rs. 25,000/-
International US $1151 US $660
SAARC US $900 US $600

Symbiosis Distance MBA Admission Last Date 2023-24

The last date to apply for the July 2023 session of Symbiosis distance MBA is tentatively 30th September 2023.

Admissions for Symbiosis Distance MBA programs happens in 2 cycles – academic and calendar. All academic programs begin in July every year and admission process starts in May-June. The admission for January session starts in the month of September of the previous year.

The important dates for the academic year of 2023-24 are given below.

Admission Stage Last Dates (Tentative)
Program Commences July 2023
Last date to submit application form 30th September 2023
Last date to pay program fee 30th September 2023
Last date for admission cancellation and fee refund 31st August 2023

Last Dates for Fee Payment

  • Option 1 – Full Fee payment – Last date to pay full fee – within 30 days from the date of admission
  • Option 2 – Fee payment in 2 installments –
    • Last day to pay 1st installment – within 15 days from the date of admission
    • Last day to pay 2nd installment – within 30 days from the date of 1st installment

Symbiosis Distance Learning MBA Scholarships

The institute offers fee concessions for Active Defense, Paramilitary, and Policemen. It also offers fee concession to EBC (economically backward class) candidates if their family income is less than Rs. 1.5 lakh per annum.

Eligibility Criteria for Distance MBA

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. Final year students can also apply subject to completion of course within the time specified by SCDL.
  3. Diploma students are eligible if they have 5 years of supervisory experience. They should have completed the 3 year diploma course from a recognized university.

Symbiosis MBA Course Structure

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

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

  • Business Administration
  • PGDM – HRM
  • PGDM (Banking And Financial Services
  • Information Technology
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Data Science
  • International Business
  • Project Management
  • Corporate PGDBA
  • Business And Corporate Law
  • Digital Marketing
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Export And Import Management
  • PGDM In Retail Management
  • Cyber Law
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Energy Management
  • Post Graduate Certificate Programe In Management Accounting
  • Post Graduate Diploma In Technical Writing In Business Management
  • Post Graduate Certificate In Event Management
  • Post Graduate Diploma In Personnel & Hrm (Ll)
  • Post Graduate Certificate In Finance (Taxation Laws)
  • Post Graduate Diploma In Insurance Management


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 sent by 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.

Distance MBA Specializations

The institute offers the PGDBA course with specializations in

  • Finance Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Management Accounting
  • Human Resource Management
  • Operations Management
  • Customer Relationship Management.

The institute also provides with dual specializations options.

Out of the specializations listed, students can choose any two as primary and secondary specializations. 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.

  • Asian Association of Open Universities Meritorious Service Award (AAOUMSA) 2021. AAOUMSA is one of the annual awards given to individual working in AAOU member institutions, that has outstanding services and contributions to the areas of Open and Distance Education
  • Ranked 1st among distance education institutes in the country by Career India in 2016.
  • It has been ranked 1stamongst the top Distance Education Institutes in the country by Careers 360 in 2012.
  • It has been ranked 2ndamong the best institutes in India in the DNA Indus Learning Survey of 2012.
  • It has been ranked 3rdamongst the distance learning institutes by Competition Success Review.
  • International Council for Distance Education (ICDE), chose SCDL for Institutional Superiority Award.


SCDL Placements

SCDL has a dedicated placement cell which ensures that the graduates get better jobs in the industry. The department makes sure that the students are well trained and industry-equipped before the placement season starts. It provides the following facilities-

  • Mock Interviews and presentation
  • Team of specialist career advisers
  • Help in CV writing, interview skills, aptitude tests

The institute partners with various organizations to support the students in their placements. The institute maintains close ties with the industry to provide cutting-edge and industry-relevant course material to the students.

The following companies have approached SCDL for placements:

Bosch Ltd Speedify Designing
BSA Corporation Pvt Ltd SRV Media
Capita TAS India Pvt Ltd
Exult Tata Sky
IIBM Jet India Texnovate
LIQVID The Nielsen Company
Mercedes Benz Tridat
NIIT TSL Marketing
Process Max Solution Wills Lifestyle
Rohan Builders Wipro Technologies
Sharada Infosys Young Learners

SCDL Study Centers

SCDL has a nationwide presence with over 69 exam centers in India including 1 abroad (Dubai).

Exam Centers

Below is a list top 15 states in which the institute has its exam centers-

Andhra Pradesh Haryana Punjab
Assam Himachal Pradesh Rajasthan
Bihar Jammu an Kashmir Tamil Nadu
Chandigarh Karnataka Uttar Pradesh
Chhattisgarh Kerala Uttarakhand
Delhi Madhya Pradesh West Bengal
Goa Maharashtra
Gujarat Odisha

SCDL Associate Partners

For registration purpose candidates need to visit the SCDL Associate Partners. At present, it has 31 partners in India. Below is a list of cities where these centers are located –

Indore Faridabad Bangalore
Patna Ludhiana Belgaum
Jamshedpur Agra Mysore
Bhubaneshwar Ghaziabad Hyderabad
Kolkata Kanpur Margao, Goa
Delhi Lucknow Ahmedabad
Gandhidham Dehradun Surat
Mumbai Udaipur


  • What is the fee for symbiosis distance MBA?

The Symbiosis distance MBA program charges Rs.58,000 for 2 year. The fee can also be paid in two installments of Rs.35,000/- and Rs.28,000/-.

  • Is symbiosis distance MBA program good?

Symbiosis is one of the oldest education institutes in Pune. The institute was ranked 1st by Careers360 in 2012 in a survey of top distance learning institutes. Symbiosis university has strong tie-ups with the industry. Employees from companies like Airtel, Cipla,  Bharti, Cognizant, HCL, Bajaj Finance Ltd., IBM, Vodafone, Wipro, TATA AIA have attended Symbiosis MBA.

  • What is the eligibility criteria for Symbiosis Distance MBA program?

A degree from recognized university or a diploma with 5 years of experience.

  • What is the duration of the program?

Post graduate diploma programs (equivalent to MBA) are 2 years long, Certificate and other diploma programs are of shorter duration.

  • Does Symbiosis offer placement support for distance learning MBA programs?

Yes, symbiosis does offer placement support and its alumni are working in many established companies across India. For more details please refer the student support details on the university website.

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Last Updated: 19-April-2023

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