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Graduate Management Admission Test


The Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) is a computer adaptive test which assesses a person's analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal and reading skills in standard written English. This test is taken in preparation for being admitted into a graduate management program, such as MBA and Masters in Finance related courses. GMAT scores are...

Important Dates

Admission Deadline First attempt Second attempt (if required) When to register
October August September May-June
November September October June-July
December October November July-August
January November Decemeber August-Sep

Who is required to take the exam

There are no specific GMAT eligibility criteria. The candidates should have attained the age of 18 years. The respective institutes may have a different eligibility criteria but GMAC has no specific selection criterion.

How To Prepare

For GMAT preparation tips and all information click here. GMAT is a computer based exam that offers you questions on the basis of previous choices made by you.

Application Fees

The application fee for GMAT is $250, which would roughly translate to Rs 15,000-16,000 approximately.

Selection Procedure

The candidate must register well in time so that the scores can be reported to the Universities before the application deadline.The candidate can even reschedule their exam by paying an additional fee.The candidate can retake the exam five times a year and up to eight times in total.Only the best score will be reported to the University.

Exam Pattern

The GMAT consists of 4 sections set over a 3 and a half hours timeframe. The sections are as follows: Analytical writing assessment,Integrated reasoning,Quantitative and Verbal.

GMAT Score

GMAT score is calculated in the following way:

  • Verbal scaled score – out of 60
  • Quantitative scaled score – out of 60
  • AWA scaled score – out of 6.0
  • Integrated Reasoning score – out of 8.0
  • Overall GMAT score – out of 800

GMAT Score validity – GMAT exam scores are valid for five years, and are available for reporting for up to 10 years. Scores beyond 10 years are not available.

Skills Tested

Following skills are tested for GMAT exam:

  • Quantitative reasoning,
  • Verbal reasoning,
  • Integrated reasoning
  • Analytical writing.

Study Material & Resources

GMAC has its own official study guide and a free software. Refer to the following GMAT guides and books to help create a study plan -

The Official Guide for GMAT Review – This exam guide includes more than 900 questions from past GMAT exams, a diagnostic section to help you assess where to focus your efforts, and invaluable test-taking tips and strategies to help you get the score you want. 

 Free GMATPrep Software – This software includes ninety free questions – 30 Quantitative, 45 Verbal, and 15 Integrated Reasoning – with answers and explanations, tools to create your own practice question set, two full-length practice tests with answers etc.

Manhattan GMAT Strategy Guides - This set includes: GMAT Roadmap; Fractions, Decimals, & Percents; Algebra; Word Problems; Geometry; Number Properties; Critical Reasoning; Reading Comprehension; Sentence Correction; Integrated Reasoning & Essay.

Kaplan GMAT 800: Advanced Prep for Advanced Students - Tips for test taking, proven strategies for getting a perfect score of 800, and focused guidelines for tackling each question type all combine for the ideal preparation tool for the most ambitious student. 

Preparation Tips

GMAT is offered multiple times a year. A candidate can take it five times a year.However, two subsequent attempts must be at least 16 days apart. The candidates have the option of making only their best score visible to the universities they apply to.

  • The concepts needed to ace GMAT are finite.Keep a concept diary and keep entering every new concept.This list will eventually become shorter.
  • Consistent learning will always be more useful than cramming for long hours. It leads to better retention of concepts and increased efficiency.
  • Practice Smart guessing.In questions especially of verbal reasoning, multiple options can seem correct.Smartly ranking them and eliminating the wrong ones is a useful practice


About 250,000 in a year.The annual test takers from India were on a 7 year high in 2013 when the CAT applications experienced a dip.More Indians are now aiming to go to Global B-Schools.The average is around 25,000 applicants.

Registration Details

The candidates have the liberty of giving the exam any time in the year as per their convenience.

The important thing to note is that the candidates can reschedule their next attempt only after 16 days of taking the first attempt.

  • The first step towards online registration is to visit the authorized GMAT official website's Register page.
  • Once the candidate has logged on to the GMAT official website, s/he will have to fill in the required basic information such as name, address etc.
  • The candidate will have to create an ID and password.
  • The next step will be making online payment of the application fee, which is $250. The candidate can make online payment through credit card, debit card, net banking; whichever is suitable for the candidate.
  • After the completion of these steps, the candidate can log in and select the date and place to take the exam

What's New

What is the Mini-GMAT?

The Executive Assessment Exam or Mini GMAT has been recently launched by GMAC. This is designed in specific for Executive MBA courses. 

Usually, EMBAdoeso not have the criteria for a standardized test. The candidates or Executive MBA are typically not in touch with academic classroom experience and have lesser time to take standardized test. Mini GMAT provides a comfortable option.

Six top executive MBA schools have begun accepting the new Mini GMAT for admission to the Executive MBA, as follows:

  • China European International Business School, China
  • Chicago Booth, US
  • Columbia Business School
  • University of Hong Kong Business School
  • INSEAD,France
  • London Business School

GMAC looks forward to Mini GMAT to being accepted by the rest of the B-schools very soon. 

The total duration of the Mini GMAT is 90 minutes. It consists of 3 sections, each timed for 30 minutes. The following table includes the section-wise topics covered in the EA exam:

Section Question count Syllabus Marks
Reasoning 12 Interpreting graphics, two-part analysis, table analysis, reasoning for multi-source 0-20
verbal 14 Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, Sentence Correction 0-20
Quantitative 14 Problem solving and data sufficiency 0-20
Total 40   100-200


GMAT score is accepted by a total of 6000 schools in more than 114 countries all over the world. Along with a candidate's recommendation letter, work experience, and SOP, his GMAT score plays a major role in determining his admission in the top notch B schools.

The expected score for all the courses is as follows:


A candidate is only allowed five attempts in one year and each attempt must be 16 days apart.


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

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