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Graduate Management Admission Test

GMAT Exam pattern

The GMAT exam pattern is as follows:

Section Duration Count of questions
Analytical writing 30 minutes 1 essay question
Integrated reasoning 30 minutes 12 questions

Quantitative section

75 minutes 37 questions
Verbal 75 minutes 41 questions


The Analytical writing section consists of one 30 minute writing task which is primarily the analysis of an argument. It is very important to be able to analyze the reasoning behind a given argument and write a critique for the same. The essay would be rated independently twice and would be used to determine the average of the examinee's score.

One rating is given by way of computerized evaluation and the other is given by a person who would read and score the essay without the knowledge of what the computerized score ever was. The essay scoring system is automated and is capable of evaluating about 50 linguistic and structural aspects- articulation of ideas, topical analysis and syntactic variations.

This writing exercise is rated on the following parameters between a range of 1-6:

Score Particular
1 A deficient essay
2 A flawed essay
3 A limited essay
4 An adequate essay
5 A strong essay
6 An extraordinary essay

The Integrated reasoning was introduced 5 years ago to test the student's ability to evaluate data in multiple formats.The skills being tested in the section were recognized in a survey of 740 faculty all over the world to be of paramount importance in the current circumstances.This section would consist of 12 questions in 4 formats as follows: 

Table analysis: Information represented by way of a spreadsheet or a table is required to be interpreted by students.

Graphic interpretation: A graphical image or a graph would be needed to be interpreted. A fill in the blank question typically with a drop down menu would be given.

Multi-source information: two or three pieces of information are displayed on relevant tabs for students to understand and draw an inference which may be a combination of text, graphs, and charts.

Two part analysis questions involve both the components for a solution. The students would have to make selections out of possible answers.

Quantitative section

This section seeks to measure the ability of a candidate to reason in a quantitative way, solve problems, interpret data and use the given information in a problem. The questions require knowledge of geometry, algebra,and arithmetic. There are two types of quantitative questions: problem-solving and data sufficiency.Use of calculators is not allowed in the quantitative section. A wet erase pen and a laminated graph paper is given for rough work. Scores usually range from 0-60.

Data sufficiency is known to be a unique feature of GMAT wherein the candidate is required to determine the sufficiency of data for a given problem and at what point what information is sufficient to help solve a problem. 

Verbal section

The Verbal section includes reasoning, reading comprehension and sentence correction. There would be five options for every question to determine the right answer.the score range is from 0-60. However, scores below 9 and over 44 are not common.

GMAT Latest Developments


What is GMAT?

GMAT, an acronym of Graduate Management Admission Test is scheduled for a duration of 3.5 hours across the sections: Analytical writing, integrated reasoning, quantitative and verbal.



CAT is the most sought after MBA entrance exam in India if you are an MBA aspirant looking for admission. Indian institutes have increasingly started looking for GMAT over CAT to crack and make entry into one of the top B-schools.


The GMAT preparation timeline

Step 1: Determine when you are planning to attend a graduate business program

  1. Is it the next 1-2 years? Gather maximum information possible about your preferred programmes,admission deadlines and requirements for the schools you would want to apply.
  2. If next 3-5 years,explore the benefits of a graduate business program and meet students.
  3. Register on study abroad education sites and gain information about the same.

GMAT colleges - A list of colleges in India

Here is the directory of colleges from letters A-Z:


Studying Smart for GMAT


The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) for the admission in B-Schools accepting GMAT scores can be prepared smartly in less time. The aspirants of GMAT can follow the mentioned steps below to score decent marks in this exam:


List Of Indian Colleges Accepting GMAT Score 

Here is a compilation of colleges in India who accept GMAT score for admission 

Important Question and Pattern for Quantitative Section: GMAT 2017
These are the important topics for Quantitative section of GMAT 2017

Top Colleges In India Accepting GMAT Score 

The Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) is an adaptive computer test which assesses a person's analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal and reading skills in standard written English.  It is basically for admission in colleges abroad, but a lot of colleges do take in account GMAT score for admission in their MBA course. Here is a list of colleges who take admission on the basis of GMAT Score.


GMAT: Good vs Bad score

When there is a discussion about a good GMAT score versus a bad score, there would be a lot of questions to answer. The GMAT scored from about 200-800. About two-thirds score between 400-600 on the exam. The GMAT score percentiles usually reveal the link between GMAT score and percentile of everyone who would be taking the GMAT.


Prepare for GMAT in 14 days!

This is the time a voice pops up in your head and says” Buck up, you need to face the music”. You get all frantic and wonder what to do. But don't fret as this post desires to make your clouded head drive some clarity and start preparing well, in a calm way.


GMAT: How technology can help you?

Learning nowadays is no longer restricted to classrooms, tuition teachers, and the library. With the perks that are associated with progress in technology, options that are opening up for learning are immense. Preparing for GMAT and GRE also has become thankfully very easy.


The guide to getting 700+

The seven steps to get a 700+ are as follows:

Keep time for study

You must devote time spread over a number of months to make it to this score. Prepare for a minimum of 2 months and a 


GMAT Reading comprehension tips

These are the particulars of GMAT reading comprehension task.

  • A typical GMAT section would have 4 passages among batches of SC and RC. 
  • Short ones are usually 200-250 words long and have three questions.

GMAT: Changes in the past years

Has the test gotten any harder?

A glance at the GMAT percentiles may cause one to arrive at this conclusion. The quantitative and verbal percentile for the raw score have changed in the past years. The quant percentile has lessened and verbal percentile has gone up. This could perhaps lead to a conclusion that quant is becoming easier and verbal a little tougher.


Test Center

The GMAT exam is conducted and offered on demand, round the year in 17 of the following GMAT test centres in India:


















Exam Duration

Total Duration - 3hrs 30 minutes