GMAT stands for Graduate Management Admission Test and is conducted by Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC). If you are serious about earning an international MBA or Masters in Management (MiM) degree from a leading Business School in USA, Europe, Canada, Australia, Singapore or other international destinations, taking the GMAT exam is a good first step.


Apart from seeking MBA admission abroad, you have the opportunity to explore admission opportunity to the flagship MBA/PGDM programmes in many top MBA colleges in India through GMAT like SPJIMR, XIMB, IMI, IMT, Great Lakes among others.  

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Besides, GMAT exam scores are also valid for One Year MBA equivalent programs at top Indian B-schools like ISB, IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Calcutta, IIM Bangalore, XLRI and others for MBA applicants in India.  


On the same lines, International applicants who wish to pursue MBA from IIMs, ISB, XLRI, MDI, FMS or other top MBA colleges in India, need to take GMAT during the specified time period as suggested on the admission website of these top B-schools to get admission in their preferred flagship 2 year or 1 year  MBA programme.

GMAT: Exam Details

GMAT exam duration is 3 hours 7 minutes excluding two 8 minutes break which are optional. GMAT exam has four sections: Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning.


GMAT Exam dates 2019 in India are available throughout the year and the candidates as per their convenience can choose the GMAT Exam Date. Besides, if not satisfied with the GMAT score, you can also choose the preferred GMAT exam date to appear again in GMAT.


GMAT Score: MBA Admission Eligibility for Indian Students

For MBA aspirants in India, with GMAT exam scores you can apply to following types of management programs:

1.      International MBA (MBA Abroad)

2.      International Masters in Management programs

3.      One Year MBA in India at ISB, IIMs, XLRI, SPJIMR, Great Lakes

4.      Two Year MBA in India at 100+ B-schools/Universities

So if you considering to take GMAT test, this section on will help you on your journey.


GMAT: A Costlier MBA Entrance Exam

GMAT exam is more expensive than CAT, XAT, SNAP, NMAT taken together. GMAT exam fee is US $250 which is approximately Rs 17,500. This is much higher than CAT (Rs 1,900) or XAT (Rs 1,700). Also, top international B-schools have a longer admission cycle, typically running into 18-24 months. So, advance planning, serious preparation and focus is the key to crack GMAT.


Skills Measured by GMAT

At this juncture, it will be useful to understand GMAT exam pattern and skills it measures. GMAT exam measures “higher-order” reasoning skills. According to GMAC, “English-language and math are two key skills that GMAT tests. However, the test measures your ability to reason with these skills. All sections of the test, including the AWA (Analytical Writing Assessment) and Integrated Reasoning sections, involve reasoning. “Higher-order” reasoning skills involve complex judgments and include critical thinking, analysis, and problem-solving.” So GMAT is a test to assess your quality and speed of reasoning, and not formulas and academic knowledge.


GMAT is a ‘computer-adaptive’ exam and not just computer based. This means that the level of the difficulty of the questions which you will see depends on your previous response to the question. If the question you attempted is correct next question will be of higher difficulty level & if the question you attempted is incorrect next question will be of lower difficulty. Your total score will depend on the level of difficulty of questions which you have attempted correctly.

GMAT Test Takers in India
About 30,000 students take GMAT exam in India. Globally more than 200,000 students take GMAT exam. The average GMAT score for Indian test takers is 583.

Table: GMAT Test Takers in India & Average Scores

Average GMAT Score
Test Takers

GMAT Exam Pattern: 
GMAT exam pattern consist of 4 sections namely, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment, Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning. There is a separate sectional time limit for each section i.e you cannon change the section in between. Quantitative Reasoning & Verbal Reasoning section is of MCQ type questions which are computer adaptive.


GMAT Scores: 
You can score 800 as maximum total marks in GMAT. 700+ is considered as a good score for both Top International B-schools and One Year MBA Programs in India at ISB, IIMs, XLRI. The average GMAT score for Indian test takers is 583.


Table: GMAT scores for Top 10 US MBA programs

2017 GMAT
Penn (Wharton)
 Harvard Business School
 Stanford GSB
 Chicago (Booth)
 Northwestern (Kellogg)
 MIT (Sloan)
 Dartmouth (Tuck)
 UC-Berkeley (Haas)
 Yale SOM


GMAT Scores at Top One Year MBA Programs in India

 Average GMAT  Score
ISB Hyderabad and Mohali
IIM Ahmedabad
PGPX-Post Graduate Programme in Management for Executives (PGPX): One Year Full Time Executive MBA
IIM Bangalore
Executive Post Graduate Programme (EPGP) - One Year Full Time Executive MBA
XLRI Jamshedpur
PGDM (General Management) - 15 Months Programme
PGPM - 15 Months Programme
Great Lakes Institute of Management Chennai
PGPM- 15 Months Programme


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Exam dates and schedule

GMAT 2019 Registration

GMAT is a management entrance exam conducted round the year, and not on any particular dates/month. Accordingly, the GMAT Registration remains open throughout the year. As you have the flexibility to take the exam on any day depending on the availability and time slot, you can register for the GMAT exam as per your convenience.


So, there is neither any rigidity on the GMAT 2019 registration date nor on completing your GMAT 2019 Application form before any fixed date as you can register, apply and appear in GMAT anytime during the year. 

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GMAT Exam Pattern

GMAT is a ‘Computer Adaptive Test’ The GMAT exam pattern is developed to primarily test a candidate’s Reasoning Skills. There are four different sections in GMAT Exam Pattern 2019:  Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA); Integrated Reasoning (IR); Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning. Total duration of GMAT test pattern 2019 is three hours and seven minutes with specific time allotted for each of the four sections.


GMAT Exam Structure

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GMAT Preparation for Indian Students

GMAT Preparation for Indian Students

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a global MBA entrance exam that is designed to help B-schools evaluate a candidate’s ability to do well in an MBA program. Many Indian candidates aspire to ace this “computer adaptive test” to get admission into top global MBA and Masters in Management (MiM) degree from a leading Business School in the USA. Almost all Top 100 B-schools in India also accept GMAT scores, particularly for 1-year MBA programs. In this article we will cover in detail the exam structure, GMAT preparation strategy and useful sources to ace GMAT test in India.


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