Ever dreamt of doing an MBA from a foreign University or College? GMAT provides you with the opportunity to realize that dream. This exam makes you eligible for taking admission into more than 2300 B-Schools all over the world.
- What is the GMAT Exam?
- Exam Dates
- Application Fee
- Exam Pattern
- Admit Card
- Exam Centres
- Selection Process
- How to prepare for GMAT 2019?
- Coaching Centre
- Guideline for GMAT 2019?
- Latest News
- Related Exams
What is GMAT?
The full form of GMAT is Graduate Management Admission Test. This is the exam that is conducted for taking admission into MBA in various colleges all over the world. The GMAT Exam is conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC).
Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) is a US-based Pearson VUE, Educational Testing Service. It is the sole conducting authority of GMAT all over the world for admission into MBA. The GMAT Score is acceptable to more than 2300 colleges around the globe. Even in our country, Several top colleges like XLRI accepts the GMAT Score.
GMAT is a Computer Adaptive test and not a computer-based test (CBT). Computer adaptive test means the level of difficulty of a particular question depends on the answer given to the previous question.
Frequency: A candidate can appear for the GMAT 5 times a year, but there should be a gap of at least 16 days between any two successive attempts. The scorecard will be sent to the desired university in 20 days after the result is declared.
The various details with respect to the GMAT Exam are as follows:
|GMAT 2019 Summary|
|Exam Type||Universal Screening Test (Post Graduate Management)|
|Exam Name||GMAT(Graduate Management Admission Test)|
|Organized by||GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council)|
|Percentile for Top B-Schools||> 80%-90%|
|Exam Duration||3hours 30 minutes|
There are no fixed dates for this exam. The candidates can choose the Exam date according to their convenience provided that there should be at least a gap of 16 days between any two successive attempts and the maximum number of attempts in a year is restricted to 5. Also, a candidate cannot give more than 8 attempts in his/her lifetime.
Despite the option to choose the GMAT Exam date is left unto the candidate, the slot of the exam is determined by GMAC. Because it can vary depending on the number of aspirants applying for that particular day.
The tabular representation of the GMAT Exam Dates 2019 details are as follows:
|The time gap between two successive GMAT exams||16 Days|
|Number of GMAT attempts allowed in a year||5 attempts|
|Number of GMAT attempts in the lifetime||8 attempts|
For GMAT, the candidate must be a graduate in any discipline similar to any exam for post graduation courses and should have a minimum of 60% aggregate in the graduation. There is no age limit for GMAT. The GMAT Eligibility criteria are as follows:
|Age||There is no age limitation for GMAT 2019 Exam. Candidates can apply for a maximum of 5 times in a year.|
|Education Qualification||A candidate who is willing to appear for GMAT 2019 Exam should be a graduate in any discipline from any recognized university or possess an equivalent recognized a degree|
|Work Experience||No Work experience is required for the GMAT Exam, however, some institutes may insist on having work experience of at least two years.|
|Final year Candidates||Candidates who are in the final year of there graduation program can also apply for GMAT 2019 Exam on a conditional basis. Admission will be granted on a conditional basis i.e. candidates will be required to clear the final year exam before starting post-graduation in the B-Schools.|
GMAT Syllabus is mainly divided into 4 sections namely analytical writing, integrated reasoning, quantitative section and verbal reasoning. Refer to the detailed GMAT 2019 Syllabus given below.
Analytical Writing Section: In this section, the candidate's writing ability will be checked. The portion mainly tests the candidate's language skills through Argument and Issue based essay.
Quantitative Aptitude: This section aims to test the mathematical skills of the candidate. It includes Number System, Mixtures and Allegation, Profit and Loss, Sequence And Series, Interest, Ratio and Proportion, Trigonometry Height and Distance, Algebra Permutation and Combination.
Verbal Reasoning: The Verbal Section measures the candidate’s ability to read and comprehend the given data and to reason and further evaluate arguments, followed by correcting the text or given sentence to form a standard written English.
Integrated Reasoning: This section measures your overall ability to understand and evaluate multiple origins and types of information like verbal, numeric and graphical.
As there is no specified date for registration, the candidates can register themselves as per their convenience but changing dates after registration will invite additional fees.
How to Apply for GMAT?
The following steps are involved in applying for the GMAT:
- Step 1-Registration: Visit the official website of GMAT 2019 to apply for GMAT examination. Enter your personal and contact details in order to register yourself for the exam. In the end, you'll be receiving Registration ID and password.
- Step 2-Login: Enter your Login credentials on the official site's login page.
- Step 3-Basic details: Enter your personal and academic details in the application form.
- Step 4-Verification: Check the preview of the application form and verify the details.
- Step 5-Booking slot: A list of available GMAT 2019 Test Centers will be displayed. The candidate can choose the date and examination location from the drop list.
- Step 6-Confirmation details: Further, a screen is displayed with examination details, slot booking with time and date as shown below.
- Step 7-Payment of application fee: You have to pay the application fees, which can only be paid through both the modes, online and offline.
- Step 8-Final stage: Candidate gets a confirmation email with booked slot details and Payment info. Applicants can save these for future reference.
GMAT Application Form will be available on the official site of GMAC. The application form basically requires the candidate's academic & personal details and information about the desired exam centre.
The fees can be paid through either online and offline mode. Various payment methods are there for an online mode which is mentioned here:
- American Express
- Credit Cards And Debit Cards
For offline the following ways are there:
- Cashier’s cheque
- Money Orders
- Personal cheque.
|GMAT Exam fee||250 $|
|Cancellation Fee (Before 7 days)||80 $|
|Rescheduling Fee (More than 7 Days after previous schedule)||60 $|
|Rescheduling Fee (Less than 7 days of previous schedule)||250 $|
GMAT is a computer adaptive test. It means that the level of difficulty of a particular question depends on the answer given to the previous question. The total number of questions is 91 which are divided into 4 sections.
The exam lasts for 3 hours and 30 minutes. Although candidates are not allowed to wear watches, the availability of an onscreen timer serves the purpose of a clock. GMAT exam also provides the student with an onscreen calculator, which can be used for the quantitative section.
The GMAT Exam Pattern is as follows:
|GMAT Exam Section||Total Time Limit (in minutes)||Total number of Questions||Question Type||Scoring Range|
|Analytical Writing Assessment||30||1||Analysis of a given argument||0 – 6|
|Integrated Reasoning||30||12||Multi-Source Reasoning, Table Analysis, Graphics Interpretation, Two-Part Analysis||1 – 8|
|Optional 8 Minutes Break|
|Quantitative||75||37||Data Sufficiency, Problem Solving||0 – 60|
|Optional 8 Minutes Break|
|Verbal||75||41||Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, Sentence Correction||0 – 60|
The admit card has no well defined time of release, however, it will be shortly released after the candidates register themselves for the exam. The GMAT Admit Card 2019 will be released online only and no hard copy will be sent through the post.
The Exam centre and time slot both will be mentioned on the admit card of GMAT exam. Moreover, the candidate's personal details will also be there on the admit card.
The candidates have to self-attest the admit card after getting the print out of the admit card.
How to Download the Admit Card?
The candidates have to undertake the following steps to download the admit card:
- Visit the official website for GMAT.
- Enter the login id and password.
- Download the admit card and take a printout of it.
The candidates have to themselves decide the exam centre in which they want to give the exam, however, the GMAC still has the authority to decide the test slot for the candidate.
There are around 39 exam centres in 34 cities across the country. Besides that, the GMAT is conducted in 82 countries across the globe. The Exam centres located in India are:
- New Delhi
Documents required at the Exam centre
The candidates must carry the following documents to the Exam Centre:
- GMAT Admit card
- A valid Photo ID
A temporary scorecard is created just after the candidate finishes his/her exam. This temporary scorecard is popularly known as Unofficial scorecard. This scorecard doesn't give the exact marks but the candidate can have a rough idea about how many marks he/she is going to get.
The candidates will be able to access their scorecard on the website of GMAC. The candidates after viewing the GMAT Result 2019 have the option either to accept or reject the result. If they accept the result, an official mail will be sent to them containing their result. If they reject the result, the process will be over there only.
How to view the GMAT result?
The GMAT result can be viewed in the following way-
- Visit the official website of GMAT.
- Enter ID and password, click on the submit button.
- The Candidate now has the choice of either accepting or rejecting the result.
- If the result is accepted, the result will be sent to the official mail ID of the candidate.
The cutoffs are released by each institute for each year. The cutoff depends upon the difficulty level of the exam, number of candidates appearing for the test and Number of seats available in a particular institute.
The cutoff for some Top institutes in India which accept GMAT score are:
|Name of the B-School||Cutoff Score out of 800|
|Vinod Gupta School of Management (IIT Kharagpur)||750|
|Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad||730|
|Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta||728|
|Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore||704|
|Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow||700|
|Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad||690|
|T.A. Pai Management Institute||650|
|S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research||630|
|Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar||600|
|Xavier Labour Relations Institute, Bhubaneswar||600|
|Indian Institute of Foreign Trade||575|
|Amity Business School, Noida||550|
|Amity International Business School, Noida||500|
As soon as the results are out, it will be sent to the various B-schools that the candidate has selected earlier, in a week or so. The B-Schools will do a preliminary shortlisting based on the score in the exam. The final selection will depend on several other factors such as work experience, essay writing, letter of recommendation, SoPs or Statement of Purpose and of course the fortune of a candidate.
Before Commencement of the exam, the candidate is required to give the names of 5 desired institutes in which the candidate aspires to take admission. After the results are out, the results will send to these colleges by GMAC only. No extra fee is required to apply for these 5 institutes.
However, if the candidate wants to apply for additional institutes, an extra payment has to be done for each institute on the official site of GMAC. The GMAT Counselling 2019 process beyond this point will vary from one college to another and the candidate has to personally find out the process from that institution's website.
How to Prepare for GMAT?
The first thing is to have a complete Idea about the syllabus of the exam for effective planning. Then targeting the individual section comes into the picture.
The quantitative part is considered as the toughest by the candidate and consumes a lot of time in preparation. Thus candidates should do the continuous practice of these questions. Apart from this section, the reasoning section also requires persistent hard work.
The Verbal and analytical writing section can be improved by reading articles in various newspapers and magazines. Also referring the Grammar books will help to rectify common mistakes in the exam.
The following books are highly recommended for the exam:
- The Official Guide to GMAT Review
- Manhattan GMAT Strategy Guides
- Kaplan GMAT 800
The books for individual sections are also available from the same authors and publications.
Previous Year Question Papers
The previous year question paper will help the candidate to analyze the current paper pattern and will also help to identify the Lacuna between desired and actual preparation.
Various coaching centres are there all over the country for the GMAT Exam, some of them are:
Coaching Centre in Delhi
- Jamboree Education Pvt Ltd
- IMS Learning resource centre
Coaching Centre in Bengaluru
- Elite IIT Jayanagar & Malleshwaram
- IMS learning resource centre
- The Smart test prep
Coaching Centre in Mumbai
- Mitul Gada Associates
- Success Forum
- CET King Educare
Coaching Centre in Kolkata
- Erudite Education
- Cubix Educational Institute Pvt Ltd
- Taksheela Institute of Education
Guidelines for GMAT
Candidates usually get nervous on exam days and forget some of the key things that are required at the exam venue. Hence, the following guidelines will help you to remember the important do's and don'ts on the exam day.
- ID Proof: Admit Card and ID proof are mandatory for every candidate. Without the ID card, the candidates will not be allowed inside the examination hall.
- Report Early: The candidate must reach the exam centre at least 30 minutes before the commencement of the exam as the security checks, identity verification, and check-in may take a considerable time.
- Latecomers Not Allowed: If a candidate reaches the exam centre after the commencement of the exam then the candidate will not be allowed to enter the examination hall.
- No Talking Inside the Examination Hall: The candidate is not allowed to talk to anybody during the examination. If the candidate is found doing the same, it will lead to cancellation of candidature or the candidate will be sent outside the examination hall without any warning.
- Restricted Items: Candidates shouldn't carry any Electronic Watches with a calculator, material printed or written, paper bits, mobile phone, pager or any other device, Calculators, Docu Pen, Slide Rules, Log Tables except the Admit Card, identity proof or any document inside the examination hall.
Q: What is the GMAT exam?
GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) is a test conducted for admission into post graduate management courses all around the world. The exam aims at assessing the quantitative, verbal, analytical, and English skills of the candidate.
Q: Who is eligible to apply for GMAT?
Candidates with a minimum of 50% aggregate in the Bachelor's degree can participate in GMAT.
Q: Can a candidate write GMAT twice a year?
A candidate can appear for the GMAT 5 times a year, but there should be a gap of at least 16 days between any two successive attempts.
Q: How does GMAT score help the candidate to gain admission into various colleges?
GMAT cutoff is taken as the selection criteria at various institutes all over the world. After that, each institute has its own selection procedure.
Q: What is the validity of the GMAT score?
The GMAT score is valid for five years.
Q: What should be the age limit of the candidates to apply for GMAT?
The candidates should be at least 17 years old, and there is no upper limit on age criterion.
Q: When can a candidate register for GMAT?
There is no specified date for registration for the exam. Candidates can take up the exam as per their convenience.
Q: Should the English language be known by the candidate?
Yes. Candidates who wish to take up GMAT must be fluent in English.
Q: Where can the application form be obtained?
The application is only available online i.e on the official website of GMAC,
Q: What is the application form fee for GMAT?
The GMAT exam fees will be USD 250 (INR 15,000-16,000) for GMAT.
Q: Can the application form fee be refunded?
GMAT application form fee can be refunded if cancellation is done 7 days prior to the exam. No fee will be refunded if cancellation is done within 7 days of the exam date.
Q: Can the exam be rescheduled?
Yes. Candidates can reschedule the exam date. Candidates should pay up to USD 250 to reschedule the exam.
The exam time of GMAT has been reduced by half an hour from Four hours to Three and a half hours.