GMAT 2020 Graduate Management Admission Test

Last Updated: 10th May, 2022
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What is GMAT ?

Graduate Management Admission Test popularly known as GMAT is a yearly exam being conducted by the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC). Any candidate who wishes to pursue a degree in more than 7,100 management courses like International MBA or Master's degree in Management (MiM) from the pioneer Business Schools located globally like Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, Singapore and other countries known as leaders for the best education. GMAT can prove to be the strongest scaffold for supporting dreams of such students.

GMAT is conducted in 114 countries around the world at over 600 centers.

It's not just the International Business Schools, with a valid GMAT score candidates will also be eligible to apply for one year programme which is equivalent to MBA and offered in top B-Schools of India like ISB, IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, XLRI and others. In GMAT candidates are evaluated on basis of analytical, writing, verbal, quantitative, and reading skills in the English language.

Also Read: Top MBA Colleges of India

What makes GMAT different from other Exams?

Unlike other MBA Entrance Exams conducted only once, GMAT, on the other hand, can be taken as per the convenience of the candidate.  GMAT Registrations are available throughout the year and based on GMAT Preparation candidate can choose the preferred date. In fact, if a candidate is not satisfied with his or her performance in the examination they get the privilege to sit for the examination on the next preferred date. Application Fee of GMAT is however higher than all other Management exams. For one attempt at GMAT candidate needs to pay $250 which is approximately Rs 17,500 in Indian currency and it is evidently high from application fee of CAT (Rs 1,900) or XAT (Rs 1,700).

Courses to apply with GMAT:

Aspirants of India applying for GMAT and qualifying the same with a valid score are eligible to apply for the below-mentioned management programmes:

  • International MBA
  • International Masters in Management programs
  • One Year MBA in India at colleges like ISB, IIMs, XLRI, SPJIMR, Great Lakes
  • Two Year MBA in India's leading 100+ B-schools/Universities

GMAT exam pattern is also quite unique as it is computer adaptive which is not just computer based like others. With every correct answer the examination difficulty level grows higher and higher, the next question always depends on the response to the previous question asked. For example, if a candidate gives the wrong answer the next question will be an easier one and vice-versa. The total score of the candidate will depend on the difficulty level of the question reached.


GMAT 2020 Important Dates

As GMAT is being conducted throughout the year and candidate can choose GMAT Exam Date based on the preference, it is not possible to pinpoint any particular date for its processes like GMAT Registration, Release of GMAT Admit Card and others.

GMAT Test Date and Timing:

GMAC the conducting authority of GMAT offers flexible date and timing to take up the examination and candidates can take multiple exams up to 5 times a year in a gap of 16 days. To be precise about timing there are multiple session and candidate as per convenience can choose a timing.



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GMAT 2020 Eligibility

Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) the conducting authority of GMAT has not underlined any strict eligibility criteria to appear for GMAT. Candidates do not require to have a specific field of expertise to claim a seat after GMAT, however, there can be eligibility criteria of particular colleges and courses which needs to be fulfilled at the time of admission. Candidates are advised to go through the details of colleges before applying in order to avoid any confusion at the time of seat allotment. In general, GMAT is conducted for admission in the postgraduate degree programme of Management courses so it is mandatory for the students to have a graduation degree to apply for the examination. GMAT Selection procedure also varies from college to college and course to course and it is recommended to have complete information before applying.

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Application Fees

In comparison to Application Fee of other management entrance examinations, Fee for GMAT Registration is slightly on the higher side. For one attempt candidate needs to pay a registration fee of $250 which when converting as per current currency value stands to Rs. 17, 500. The registration fee of CAT, on the other hand, is Rs. 1, 900. There will be separate charges of $50 for rescheduling the exam and for GMAT Cancellation $80 extra will be charged.

GMAT Cancellation Fee

Any candidate who completed the registration process, if cancel the exam before 7 days of scheduled test date then only $80 will be refunded to the candidate. There is no refund of the application fee if the exam is canceled within 7 days of Exam Date. There is no option to cancel the scheduled examination in 24 hours of scheduled examination.

GMAT Rescheduling Fee:

On rescheduling the examination before 7 days of the examination there will be a rescheduled fee of $60 above the Registration Fee. For rescheduling, the examination within 7 days of exam scheduled candidate needs to pay $250 again as registration fee to take the examination. There is no option to reschedule the examination within 24 hours of examination as scheduled earlier.

Payment mode of GMAT Application Fee:

Aspirants need to pay the registration fee to complete the GMAT Registration Process and the same can be done in 2 modes, as mentioned below:

  • Online Payment Mode: Candidate can pay the Registration Fee through online mode by using methods like Credit Cards, Debit Cards, MasterCard, Visa Card, JCB, and American Express Card.
  • Offline Payment Mode:  GMAT Application fee can be paid by Cashier's cheque, Money Orders and Personal cheque.

GMAT 2020 Admit Card

Candidates can claim the GMAT Admit Card after the successful GMAT Registration. Like every other examination, Admit card is a mandatory document to be carried to examination center and in absence of the same candidate will not be allowed to take the examination. Forget about taking the examination, it will not be possible to know the details of GMAT Test center if Admit card is not downloaded.

GMAT is conducted throughout the year and having a specific date of Admit Card release is not possible. Admit card will be given as per the registration and exam schedule date of the candidate.

Steps to Download GMAT 2019 Admit Card:

  • Step 1: Candidate needs to register them first by completing the official GMAT profile by filling required information like name, date of birth and citizenship.
  • Step 2: After successful registration, an auto-generated unique user ID will be created.
  • Step 3: After 2, 3 days of registration candidates have to log onto the site again with the registered user ID and earlier set password followed by selecting the date of the exam and confirm the exam center.
  • Step 4: In the next step candidate have to pay the GMAT Application Fee by either online or offline mode.
  • Step 5: After the successful payment of the Fee, registration will be completed.
  • Step 6: Completion of the registration process will be confirmed with GMAT Confirmation Letter which serves as Admit card for GMAT.

GMAT 2020 Exam Pattern

GMAT is conducted throughout the year for admission in top MBA colleges in India and abroad. There are more than 600 GMAT Test Centres which make sure that maximum students get an opportunity to take one of the popular entrance exams globally. The exam is conducted in “computer adaptive test' format which makes sure to evaluate various parameters of aspirant's expertise areas. The questions are divided into four sections and have the stage of difficulty level. Candidates are allotted 3 hours (180 minutes) to attend all the four sections. Candidates will be scored out of 800 for quantitative and verbal sections, for remaining 2 sections candidates will be scored independently based on the types of questions answered.

GMAT Exam Sections:

  1. Analytical Writing Assessment
  2. Integrated Reasoning Section
  3. Quantitative Section
  4. Verbal Section

Section 1: Analytical Writing Assessment

The aim of this section is to test the ability of a candidate to ‘analyze an argument' and candidate will have to answer the questions based on the long paragraph.

Candidates will be scored on a 6 point scale by allotting 2 independent ratings to the paragraph and taking out the average. Out of the two rating system one is done by an automated essay scoring engine and if the difference between both rating systems is more than one point, an expert reader rating will be given and then the final score will be allotted.

GMAT 2020 Selection Procedure

GMAT Selection Process starts as soon as the GMAT Examination is over. The entire selection process of GMAT can be divided into 3 steps, however, it is important to note that the Admission Procedure may vary from institute to Institute and course to course.

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As per the general selection process released by the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), the conducting authority of the examination, the admission process of GMAT can be segregated as:

Step 1:

  • After completion of the GMAT Exam for a particular candidate, the score will be displayed on the screen.
  • Candidate needs to accept the score in order to apply for the admission process.
  • Once score accepted, the complete information of the candidate along with the score will be sent to the all participating B-Schools matching your course preferences.
  • Any candidate who wishes to apply the maximum number of colleges can do the same by visiting the official website of GMAC i.e. and apply for other preferred colleges.

Documents to be Carried

Having fully prepared to take the long-awaited GMAT examination but forgot to bring the required documents may crush all the exam planning of the candidate. So it is very important to carry all the required and valid documents for the test day in order to avoid any issue during the last minute.

Here is a list of documents for the GMAT test:

Admit Card: As GMAC don't provide a separate GMAT Admit Card for the examination instead the confirmation letter of GMAT is used as hall ticket of GMAT and a must to be carried for the examination. It is important to note that the absence of a recent color photograph on the confirmation letter will be considered invalid.

GMAT approved ID Proof: The conducting body of GMAT i.e. GMAC is very strict about the rules and regulation to be followed during examination and carrying a valid original ID proof is one of them. It is advisable for the candidate to carry at least 2 ID proof to be extra careful. Identity proof must have the following information:

  • Name as mentioned in the GMAT Hall Ticket and should be written in Roman even for the candidates using a different alphabet.
  • Date of birth should be the same as mentioned at the time of Registration.
  • Recent Color Photograph
  • Candidates Signature as done on the confirmation letter

The four documents considered valid by GMAC are the international passport, national/state/province identity card issued by the government, government-issued driver's license, and military ID card.

List of Documents for GMAT Counselling:

  • List of five MBA programmes candidate is interested in
  • Appointment confirmation letter or the copy of the email
  • Academic certificates
  • Work experience certificate
  • Medical Certificate (If needed)

List of invalid documents for GMAT:

The below-mentioned documents will be considered invalid GMAT test center:

  • Expired passports/driver's licenses
  • Employee or student IDs
  • Credit cards
  • Passport cards
  • Social security cards
  • Draft classification cards
  • Letters from your university or college
  • IDs with physical descriptions in place of photos
  • Photocopies of ID Proof

Test Centres

GMAT is conducted throughout the year in more than 114 countries and 650 testing centers spread across the world. Candidates can choose the testing center based on preference. Here is a list of GMAT Examination Centres:

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