Admissions FAQs

  • How do I apply for the Data Science Premium Program?

    If you are interested in our Data Science Premium Program, you can click on any of the "Apply Now" buttons.

  • Who is eligible to apply for the Premium Program?

    1) Academic Background - You should have a graduation degree. Final year students are also eligible. 2) English Proficiency - This program is conducted in English, hence you should be able to follow instructions in English. 3) Part-Time Availability - You should be able to commit a minimum of 2 hours involvement on weekdays and at least 5 hours of involvement on Saturdays. Given the Premium program is a part time program and we have tried to accommodate your academic or job commitments, we expect that you are able to take out the minimum hours on a daily basis for successful completion of the program and you eventually get placed in Data Science roles with a decent salary. 4) Available to work after program - The objectives of this program are learning and placement, hence you should be available to take a job after completion of this program.

  • What is the selection criteria for Data Science Premium Program?

    Your selection is contingent on the aggregate scores in LER Selection Test and the interview round. You can go through the preparatory material available in your application dashboard before attempting the tests.

  • Tell me about the admission process

    Admission to the Data Science Premium Program is a two step process. You need to clear the LER selection tests followed by the personal interview round. Once you have been selected in the Premium Program, you would be required to sign the ISA to get admission into the program.

  • When will I get the selection result?

    We will announce the names of the students selected for the Data Science Premium Program after we have interviewed all the candidates. You will be notified of your selection via email. The same would be reflected in your application dashboard too.

Curriculum FAQs

  • Is the Data Science Premium Program a part time program?

    Yes, the Data Science Premium Program is an online part time live instructor-led program. Classes are held between 8PM-10PM from Monday to Friday. On Saturday, morning session happens between 10AM-12PM and afternoon session happens between 2PM-5PM. There are no classes on Sunday.

  • What is the duration of the Data Science Premium Program?

    The Data Science Premium Program is a 32-week long program. You will learn all the concepts in the first 28 weeks and the last 4 weeks would be focussed on your interview preparation.

  • How much attendance is mandatory for Data Science Premium Program?

    A minimum of 90% attendance during live sessions is required to complete the Data Science Premium Program.

  • Will I be given certificate upon program completion?

    Yes, you’ll get a certificate from AlmaBetter after you successfully complete the Data Science Premium Program.

  • How will I be evaluated during the Data Science Premium Program?

    We follow an assessment framework known as Competency Based Learning. You will be awarded credits on daily basis for various activities such as live classes, quizzes, daily assignments, weekend projects, weekend challenges and mentor mock interviews.

  • What are the criteria for passing a module?

    We follow a credit-based evaluation covering different activities. You need to secure a minimum number of credits (varies with the module) to progress to the next module.

  • What if I am not able to clear a particular module?

    If you are unable to pass a module, you will be given a second chance to repeat the module with the next Premium cohort.

  • What happens if I drop out in the middle of the program?

    We don't encourage students to drop out during the program but in rare cases if that happens, we invoke the appropriate dropout policy as per ISA.

Placements FAQs

  • When will the placement preparation start?

    At AlmaBetter, placement preparation starts from Day 1. As a part of the curriculum, we regularly conduct mentored mock interviews, placement workshops, portfolio building sessions etc in addition to the weekly Interview Point of View (IPoV) sessions.

  • When will the placements start?

    We try to place maximum students during the course of the program itself. We start sharing your resume with our hiring partners starting from the fourth module itself.

  • How many hiring partners does AlmaBetter have?

    We currently have partnership with 120+ companies ranging from high growth startups to large MNCs. However owing to our relentless pursuit, this number keeps increasing as we are constantly expanding our network of hiring partners.

  • What if I want to get a job only in my hometown?

    Your job location is solely based on the opportunities available with our hiring partners. We do not commit anything with respect to a preferential job location.

  • Does AlmaBetter provide job-switching assistance?

    Yes, we believe in making a long-term relationship with our students. We will help you in switching jobs through our strong alumni network.

  • On what basis does AlmaBetter guarantee job?

    The cohort size at AlmaBetter is predetermined upon consultation with our hiring partners. The collaborating companies give us an indicative range of potential Data Science openings at the end of the program for that cohort. We restrict the batch size to the lower limit of that range.

Income Share Agreement (ISA) FAQs

  • What is an Income Share Agreement?

    Income Share Agreement or ISA is a legal agreement ensuring that students share a pre-determined part of their income as tuition fee. For Data Science Premium Program, the ISA amount is INR 10,000 per month for 30 month after your first salary.

  • Can I see a copy of the ISA?

    Yes, of course. As you go through our admission process, you will be counseled on various aspects of the ISA and a copy of the same will be made available to you at the end.

  • When do I have to start paying as per the ISA?

    You will start paying from the time you get your first salary after joining a high paying job. The threshold salary has been kept at INR 6 Lakhs per annum i.e. you don't pay us anything untill you get a job paying at least INR 6 Lakhs p.a.

  • How will AlmaBetter verify my income?

    As per the ISA, you will be legally bound to furnish all the documents relevant to your income such as Offer Letter, Salary Slips, Income Tax Returns, Bank Statements etc. to AlmaBetter.

  • Will I have to pay if I quit the job or get fired?

    If you voluntarily quit your job, your payment will continue. However, in cases of forced termination, your payment will be paused and we will put our best efforts to get you another job as soon as possible. However, any such arrangement will involve a third party (a NBFC) and a non-payment window will be provided only after proper verification.

  • How will the ISA work if I drop out of the program?

    We have a drop out policy explicitly mentioned in the ISA. It allows for an easy drop out till 1 month into the Premium program. In this case, your ISA will stand null & void and you would not have to pay any additional fee. However, if you drop out after 1 month, you will liable to pay us the required tuition fee based on the time you drop out.

  • What will happen if I do not pay any EMI?

    At AlmaBetter, fee collection happens through a NBFC partner. In case of voluntary non-payments, the NBFC will initiate legal action to recover the pending payments. Also, this will negatively impact your credit score.

Extra Money Back Agreement (EMA) FAQs

  • What is EMA?

    EMA is a legal agreement serving as an assurance mechanism for students who are paying tuition fees upfront. The basic premise of having this agreement in place is to make your investments safe and at the same time to ensure we do our best to help you get a job.

  • Is my tuition fee refundable if I don't get a job?

    If you do not get a job with AlmaBetter Minimum Guarantees, within 12 months of program completion, we will refund you the entire tuition fee with 10% compounded interest per annum.

  • Why should I opt for EMA payment option?

    EMA payment option has multiple benefits - 1.) The fee amount is significantly lesser than the ISA fee amount. 2.) Your EMA fee payment acts as an investment which grows better than most mutual funds. 3.) It serves as an alternate source of income in case of placement failure.

Admissions FAQs

  • How do I enrol in the Data Science Pro Program?

    Data Science Pro Program is available for everyone. You can pay for the annual/quarterly/monthly subscription to get enrolled.

  • Who can enrol in the Pro Program?

    Data Science Pro Program is open to anyone willing to learn Data Science. There is no limitation with respect to your educational background or stage of study. This program is especially beneficial for people who have jobs or other commitments and therefore want to learn Data Science from scratch at their own pace. Also, if you have already done some courses and want our placement services, you can enrol in the program and be eligible for placements just after clearing the competency tests. To summarise, this program is suitable for everyone, whether you are a beginner with no coding background or you have done some courses in Data Science.

  • Is there any selection test for the Pro Program?

    You don't have to take any test to enrol in the Data Science Pro Program.

Curriculum FAQs

  • What is the duration of the Data Science Pro Program?

    Data Science Pro Program has a flexible duration. It can be completed between 1-12 months depending upon your commitment and prior knowledge of data science concepts. For example, if you have already done some courses and are confident about your knowledge, you can directly attempt the competency tests. But if you are new to this field, it may take 8-12 months for mastering all the concepts to become job-ready.

  • How much attendance is mandatory for Data Science Pro Program?

    There is no mandatory attendance policy for the Data Science Pro Program. You can attend live sessions or can learn at their own pace by watching recorded lectures.

  • What is the difference in the curriculum of the Premium and Pro Programs?

    There is absolutely no difference in the curriculum of the two programs. Both are designed to impart optimal learning outcomes for job-readiness in Data Science. Pro Program is more suitable for candidates looking to learn at their own pace.

  • How will I be evaluated during the Data Science Pro Program?

    Once you learn and master a particular module, you will be required to attempt a set of tests which includes 3-4 Mini Challenges, 1 Mega Challenge, 1 Capstone Project and 1 Mentored Mock Interview. Once you pass all of these, you will be considered competent in that particular topic. Overall, you have to master 8 modules.

  • What are the criteria for passing a module?

    Passing a module means completing 3-4 Mini Challenges, 1 Mega Challenge, 1 Capstone Project and 1 Mentored Mock Interview.

  • What if I am not able to clear a particular module?

    You will get multiple attempts to clear a module.

  • Will I be given certificate upon program completion?

    Yes, post completion, you will get the certificate of Data Science Pro Program. Additionally, you will also get completion certificate for successfully clearing milestone competency tests.

Placements FAQs

  • When will the placement process start?

    Once you clear all the competency tests you will earn a certificate of completion. Post that you will be eligible to participate in our placement drive called AlmaX.

  • What are competency tests?

    Once you learn and master a particular module, you will be required to attempt a set of tests which includes 3-4 Mini Challenges, 1 Mega Challenge, 1 Capstone Project and 1 Mentored Mock Interview. Once you pass all of these, you will be considered competent in that particular topic. Overall, you have to master 8 modules.

  • How many hiring partners does AlmaBetter have?

    We currently have partnerships with 120+ companies ranging from high growth startups to large MNCs. However, owing to our relentless pursuit, this number keeps increasing as we have been constantly expanding our network of hiring partners.

  • What if I want to get a job only in my hometown?

    Your job location is solely based on the opportunities available with our hiring partners. We do not commit anything with respect to a preferential job location.

  • Does AlmaBetter provide job-switching assistance?

    Yes, we believe in making a long-term relationship with our students. We will help you in switching jobs through our strong alumni network.

Income Share Agreement (ISA) FAQs

  • What is an Income Share Agreement?

    Income Share Agreement or ISA is a legal agreement, which ensures that students share a pre-determined part of their income as tuition fee. For the Data Science Pro Program, the ISA amount is INR 10,000 per month for 20 months after your first salary. You will have to sign the ISA only if you opt for placement services from us.

  • Can I see a copy of the ISA?

    Yes, of course. As you go through our ISA signing process, you will be counseled on various aspects of the ISA and a copy of the same will be made available to you at the end.

  • When do Pro Program students sign the ISA?

    Pro Program students need to clear all the competency tests to avail placement guarantee from AlmaBetter. Pro Program students opting for placement guarantee option will be required to sign the ISA.

  • When do I have to start paying as per the ISA?

    You will start paying from the time you get your first salary after joining a high paying job. The threshold salary has been kept at INR 6 Lakhs per annum i.e. you don't pay us anything until you get a job paying at least INR 6 Lakhs p.a.

  • How will AlmaBetter verify my income?

    As per the ISA, you will be legally bound to furnish all the income relevant documents such as Offer Letter, Salary Slips, Income Tax Returns, Bank Statements, etc. to AlmaBetter.

  • Will I have to pay if I quit the job or get fired?

    If you voluntarily quit your job, your payment will continue. However, in cases of forced termination, your payment will be paused and we will put our best efforts to get you another job as soon as possible. However, any such arrangement will involve a third party (a NBFC) and a non-payment window will be provided only after proper verification.

  • What will happen if I do not pay any EMI?

    At AlmaBetter, fee collection happens through a NBFC partner. In case of voluntary non-payments, the NBFC will initiate legal action to recover the pending payments. Also, this will negatively impact your credit score.