Diploma Courses Autumn, 2018

Approach to Course & Curriculum Design


PNBIIT's Banking Tech certificate suite covers the range of concepts, approaches and techniques that are applicable to Domain Expertise in Banking, Financial Services & Insurance IT. Candidates are required to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of these aspects in order to successfully qualify for certification to Domain Expertise in Banking, Financial Services & Insurance IT.

A BFSI IT Expert is a manager-level enterprise IT role, either within a dedicated BFSI IT team or as part of a more general Enterprise Architecture (EA) team.

Definition: The term 'BFSI IT' is defined as, "The fundamental organisation of a BFSI system, embodied in its components, their relationships to each other and the environment and the principles governing its design and evolution" (ISO/IEC 42010:2012).

The Expert role identifies responsibilities, as well as the business, technical, procedural and administrative requirements of the role. The role originates from a modern approach to IT in business, known as Enterprise Architecture, as explained by a variety of frameworks in use today, such as BIAN Standards, ISO35.240.40, ISO03.060, ISO 9564-1:2017/AWI Amd 1, TOGAF and Zachman, all of which have their own views pertaining to BFSI Technology.

When attempting to build a BFSI Technology architecture that is considered secure, the Domain Expert must first understand the business environment the systems need to provide for, as well as the technical controls that are available to the Domain Expert that can be called upon to address the threats against confidentiality, integrity and availability.

These three main tenets of BFSI Technology– confidentiality, integrity, and availability – sit at the heart of all BFSI IT architecturing, solutioning, availability and security work. However, the job of the BFSI IT Expert is as much aligned to the needs of the business as it is to the technical aspects of architecture. This is not suggesting that the BFSI IT Expert should not be technical, as a technical person can often discharge the responsibilities of an IT Domain Expert, however, that resource must first be aware of the larger business context prior to developing a technical solution.

This is exactly what PNBIIT's Diploma syllabi are all about – explaining to the candidate what it takes to be a BFSI IT Expert and how that differs from being a purely technical or purely administrative (non-technical, such as policy writing, risk assessments, etc.) subject matter expert.

BFSI IT Expertise is not just about execution specific BFSI IT deliverables. Instead it is about providing a multi-layered set of solutions for different kinds of requirements by implementing the most appropriate and cost-effective BFSI IT Strategies.

PNBIIT's BFSI IT Certification is based on a set of skills defined by the Institute's Information Technology Professionals and the Parent Bank's IT Function. The BFSI IT Expert , also referred to in industry as the solutions architect (SA), must be able to drive beneficial Information Technology change into an organisation through the development or review of BFSI InfoTech architectures so that they:

  • Meet business requirements for BFSI IT
  • Mitigate identified risks and conform to relevant corporate security policies
  • Balance information risk against the cost of countermeasures

Approach to Course Design

The Revamped Banking Tech Programme Suite at PNBIIT is designed not as individual stand-alone certifications, but as a certification family that is logically structured to meet current and insipient industry, academic and learning needs in BFSI IT domain.

The conceptual framework for design and delivery of this certification suite keeps some key objectives in focus:

  • The programme suite must deliver upon, as a package, the learning, academic, institutional and skill requirements and gaps identified by PNBIIT for the BFSI IT domain
  • While thus delivering as an overall suite, the programme's constituent certifications must have the correct measure of commutability and overlap to allow learners with a multiplicity of skill inventories and academic, vocational and industry backgrounds, the certification with the correct curricular, hands-on practical work and project mix for their divergent learning and career objectives
  • While thus balancing these divergent commutability and fluidity requirements, the programme suite must have an identifiable and rigid hierarchy of categorizations that logically extends from generic to specific course constitutions and from extensive to intensive curriculum spans for individual course-works
  • While thus possessing design and delivery that have the prescribed logical extrinsic structure and hierarchy and the desired internal flexibility and fluidity, the suite should allow individual certifications to work both as part of the overall certification thrust and direction as precursors and predecessors to other certifications, and also stand individually as certifications in their own right, with distinct as well as cohesive learning objectives, logical intake criteria to provide batch diversity as well as desired base levels of background readiness for learning take-off
  • And, lastly, while meeting the aforementioned objectives, the suite should be designed to facilitate participation of learners whom it most directly benefits – incumbent undergraduate and graduate students


Candidates should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of information technology architecture principles and techniques. Key areas are:

  • Knowledge and concepts relating to Information Technology Architecture Principles
  • An understanding of the business environment and the available technical controls
  • Knowledge of how to provide a multi-layered set of solutions and implementation of the most cost effective IT strategies
  • An understanding and knowledge of IT Availability &Assurance Methodologies
  • Candidates should be able to:
  • Describe the business environment and the operational availability challenges that apply to systems
  • Describe and apply solution design principles
  • Identify information technology requirements that arise from potential solution architectures
  • Design alternate architectures or countermeasures to mitigate identified availability or information risks
  • Ensure that proposed architectures and countermeasures adequately mitigate identified information risks
  • Apply 'standard' IT techniques and architectures to address business IT requirements
  • Develop new architectures that address the competitive, business and IT challenges posed by new technologies and business practices
  • Provide consultancy and advice to explain Information Availability, Assurance and architectural problems
  • Securely configure ICT systems in compliance with their approved availability and security architectures

Participants' Profile

The certificate is relevant to anyone requiring an understanding of BFSI IT Architecture as well as:

  • System Administrators who wish to become solution architects
  • Technical architects looking to move into the field of solution architecture
  • Existing BFSI IT professionals wishing to gain an appreciation of the technical and business aspects of their profession, or to move into a more senior architecture role
  • Extant IT Certification / Degree Students wishing to pursue a career in BFSI IT

Course Format and Duration

Candidates will study for this certificate in two ways: by attending the class-room and Lab training modules scheduled at campus, and by completing assignments, submitting projects and qualifying quizzes online throughout their interspersion during the course schedule. Successful accreditation for the training course will require a minimum of 800 hours of study run over a minimum of 180 days, along with successful clearance of aggregate and individual qualifying marks in course evaluation and submission of and acceptance of Internship Project Report and associated modules / suites.

Continuous Assessment

At the end of each module participants are encouraged to undertake an assessment to assess their knowledge of the material provided in that module and to verify that the objectives of the module have been met. Throughout the course, quizzes are undertaken that enable participants to test their knowledge of the information covered in that topic.

Selection Process for PNBIIT's Diploma courses: Joint Entrance Test-Banking Tech (JET-BT)

There are three specific pre-requisites for pre-eligibility for these diploma courses; possessing the minimum required aggregate scores in X and XII Boards Science and Mathematics (or Biology) papers, pursuing one of the pre-qualification degrees in the relevant qualifying year / term, and qualifying the cut-off score in Joint Entrance Test for Banking Technology (JET-BT). However candidates should additionally possess the appropriate level of knowledge to fulfil the objective shown above and will require:

  • A broad understanding of the aspects within IT and Information Assurance equivalent to graduation Certificate in IT / CS
  • Desirably, Experience / Project / Assignment work in a BFSI IT team or as part of an Enterprise Architecture department

Format of Joint Entrance Test - Banking Tech (JET-BT)

  • JET-BT is a two-hour multiple-choice eligibility test
  • It consists of two sections, each with 60 questions
  • Section A contains 60 generic aptitude-based multiple choice questions each worth one mark
  • Section B contains 60 IT Aptitude-based multiple choice questions each worth one mark
  • Thus, there are no submission buttons for answer choices for individual questions, or for sections. The only submission done is the final test submission at the end of the 120-minute time-duration of the test
  • Answer choice for any particular question can be changed as many times as required by simply clicking the new answer choice. Only the last answer choice marked for each question will be recorded at final submission of the test at the end of 120 minutes
  • The reverse clock at the top of the test window starts from 01:59:59 when the test window opens and will announce a warning message signalling end of 120 minutes and prompting the examinee to final submit the answer-sheet when the test clock reaches 00:00:00 at the end of two hours
  • A further submission time of 60 seconds is given for pressing the Submit button, failing which the Submit button will vanish, the examinee will not be able to submit her answers and her test will be considered null and void
  • After pressing the Submit Button, the next screen would contain the Successful Submission Message and a green tick mark (✓). It is a good idea to preserve a screenshot of this successful submission page along with timestamp for future reference.
  • In case of network disruption at the time of final submission, screenshots and other documentary evidences are required for consideration of eligibility for retesting by PNBIIT's Examination Department
  • No negative marking for wrongly attempted / un-attempted questions
  • While the testing environment is mobile-screen-adaptive, it is advised for ease of readability and speed of answering that the test be attempted on a fully-charged and mains-power connected laptop with external mouse plugged-in or a desktop with external mouse and keyboard, plugged into a sufficiently charged UPS / inverter backup
  • No calculators are acceptable during the JET-BT Examination

Each question will be aimed at testing either language, reasoning, mathematical or IT aptitude of the aspirant and will contain four multiple choice answer options. Candidates will need to read each question carefully and read and consider all answer options and their implications before selecting answers. All aspects of aptitude and reasoning may be questioned.

In case of any technical interruption during the test, the decision on retesting, if any, will be at PNBIIT's discretion, and permitted only if the PNBIIT Admissions Team is convinced the disruption was unavoidable and genuine. However even in case an aspirant is permitted to reappear for JET-BT, the Test Application fee will need to be resubmitted for the retesting. Once examinee clicks on the test link provided to her in the registration confirmation email, the test will automatically start and will not get interrupted or paused under any circumstances. The link will remain valid only for a day on the date examinee chooses for attempting JET-BT in her online test application,

PNBIIT Diploma Courses have been designed for Trainees with different aptitude and strength profiles. If the examinee does not have sufficient familiarity with IT Fundamentals, she should still attempt all questions in JET-BT to the best of her ability. Students not possessing a background in IT but with strong logical, reasoning, language or mathematical aptitude are equally valuable to PNBIIT and if they score sufficiently in these areas of ability, they will still be eligible for consideration to admission to non-IT BFSI courses designed by PNBIIT.