A candidate can get a chance to study MBA abroad by qualifying an Entrance Exam called GMAT. The full form of GMAT is the Graduate Management Aptitude Test, it is for a candidate who wants to pursue an MBA in foreign institutes with all required facilities.
- What is the GMAT Exam?
- GMAT Exam Dates
- GMAT Syllabus
- GMAT Application Form
- GMAT Exam Pattern
- GMAT Admit Card
- GMAT Results
- GMAT Cutoffs
- GMAT Selection Process
- How to prepare for GMAT 2019?
- GMAT Entrance Exam FAQs
What is GMAT?
The full form of GMAT is the Graduate Management Admission Test. This is the Entrance exam that is conducted for taking admission into MBA in various colleges all over the world. The GMAT Entrance Exam is organized by an authority known as the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC).
Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) is a US-based Pearson VUE, an 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 accept the GMAT Score. GMAT is designed for management and business especially.
GMAT is a Computer Adaptive test and not a computer-based test (CBT). It means the level of difficulty of a particular question depends on the answer given to the previous question. The GMAT runs around 7,000 programs across the world having 600 test centers in 114 countries.
Frequency: A candidate can appear for 5 times a year in a regular interval of time for GMAT Entrance Exam 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. Brief information with respect to the GMAT Entrance Exam is as follows:
|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||3 hours 30 minutes|
GMAT Exam Dates
The candidates can choose an exam date according to their convenience. There is no fixed date is given. Keep in mind 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 Entrance 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|
Eligibility for GMAT Exam
For GMAT Entrance Exam, the candidate must be a graduate in any discipline such as Science, Commerce, Arts, Social Science, etc. equivalent 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 Entrance Exam Eligibility criteria are mentioned below:
|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 (Arts, Science, Social Science, Commerce, etc.) from any recognized university or an Institution|
|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 Entrance 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.|
For work experience, a candidate needs to check with the desired institutes.
GMAT Exam Syllabus
GMAT Entrance Exam Syllabus is mainly divided into 4 sections of topics: Analytical Writing, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative Section and Verbal Reasoning. For more detailed information, refer below.
Analytical Writing Section: In this section, the candidate's writing ability will be analyzed. The portion mainly tests the candidate's language skills through Argument and Issue-based essay. A candidate should have a strong command on his/her grammar and vocabulary.
Quantitative Aptitude: This topic aims to check 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 mental capability to understand and evaluate multiple origins and types of information like verbal, numeric and graphical.
Questions in the exam will be asked only based on the framed GMAT Syllabus mentioned above.
Candidates can register themselves as per their convenience but changing dates after registration will invite additional fees. The candidate will have to choose the date and he/she should be sure of attending the exam on the allocated date.
How to Apply for GMAT?
The following steps are to be taken in applying for the GMAT:
- Step 1-Registration: Visit the official website of GMAT Entrance Exam to apply for GMAT examination. Enter your personal and contact details in order to register yourself for the exam. After registering yourself, you will receive Registration ID and password.
- Step 2-Login: Enter your Login credentials on the official site's login page.
- Step 3-Basic Educational 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 Entrance Test Centers will be displayed. The candidate can choose the date and examination location from the drop list as per one's convenience.
- Step 6-Confirmation details: Further, a screen is displayed with examination details, slot booking with time and date.
- 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 this and take a printout.
GMAT Entrance Test Application Form
GMAT Application Form will be available on the official site of GMAC. The application form requires the candidate's academic & personal details and information about the desired exam center.
The fees can be paid through either online or offline mode. For an online method, various options are there such as MasterCard, American Express, Credit Cards, And Debit Cards.
For offline the following ways are there:
- Cashier’s cheque
- Money Orders
- Personal cheque.
GMAT Entrance Registration Fees
|GMAT Exam fee||250 $|
|Cancellation Fee (Before 7 days)||80 $|
|Rescheduling Fee (More than 7 Days after the previous schedule)||60 $|
|Rescheduling Fee (Less than 7 days of the previous schedule)||250 $|
GMAT Exam Pattern
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. Here, GMAT Paper Pattern has been described in brief.
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. It comes around 3 hours and 7 minutes of writing time only. Two short breaks of 8 minutes each is given.
|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/an essay||0 – 6|
|Integrated Reasoning||30||12||Multi-Source Reasoning, Table Analysis, Graphics Interpretation, Two-Part Analysis||1 – 8|
|Optional 8 Minutes Break|
|Quantitative||62||31||Data Sufficiency, Problem Solving||6 - 51|
|Optional 8 Minutes Break|
|Verbal||65||36||Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, Sentence Correction||6 - 51|
GMAT Admit Card
Admit card for GMAT Entrance Exam will be released sooner after the candidates register themselves for the exam. The GMAT Hall Ticket will be released online only and no hard copy will be sent through the post. A candidate can download it from the GMAT entrance exam official website.
- The Exam center and time slot both will be mentioned on the admit card of GMAT exam. A candidate's basic 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 Entrance Exam.
- Enter the login id and password received while registration.
- Download the admit card and take a printout of it.
GMAT Entrance Exam Centres
The candidates have to choose the exam center which is nearby and feasible. However, the GMAC still has the authority to decide the test slot for the candidate.
In India, around 2 lakh candidates apply for GMAT. There are around 34 exam centers in 18 cities across the country. Besides that, the GMAT is conducted in 114 countries across the globe. The GMAT Exam centers located in India are:
Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Gurgaon, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Manipal, Mohali, Mumbai, Mysore, Nagpur, New Delhi, Noida, Patiala, Patna, Pilani, Pune, Raipur, Ranchi, Surat, Tiruchirappalli, Trivandrum, Vellore, Vijayawada, Vishakhapatnam
Documents required at the Exam center
The candidates must carry the following documents to the Exam Centre:
- GMAT Entrance Exam Admit card
- A valid Photo government ID card.
Note: Without Hall ticket, no candidate will be permitted to get inside the examination hall.
GMAT Entrance Exam Results
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 official 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.
GMAT Entrance Exam Cutoffs
The cutoffs are released by each institute for each year. The GMAT cutoff depends upon the level of difficulty of the exam, the 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|
The average Cutoff for top countries which accepts GMAT is mentioned below in the tabular form:
|Countries accept GMAT||Average Cutoff Score|
|United States of America||680-740|
GMAT Selection Process
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. And above all apart from study material, is your dedication, motivation, determination, and self-discipline.
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.
Please practice a lot for each and every section. It will help you a lot to excel in an exam. It will enhance your speed, time and thinking power as well. For Verbal and writing, read magazines, English newspaper and grammar books. Revise accordingly and even you can keep a timer to track his speed also.
Reference Books For GMAT Entrance Exam
The following books are highly recommended for the exam. Few are mentioned below as GMAT Reference Books:
- 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. They can do a mock test also, it will motivate them.
GMAT Entrance Coaching Centres
Coaching Centre in Delhi
- Jamboree Education Pvt Ltd
- IMS Learning resource center
Coaching Centre in Bengaluru
- Elite IIT Jayanagar & Malleshwaram
- IMS learning resource center
- 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 Entrance Exam
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 dos 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 of GMAT Entrance Exam.
- Report Early: The candidate must reach the exam center 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 center 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 of the candidate will be sent outside the examination hall without any warning in GMAT entrance test.
- 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.
GMAT Entrance Exam FAQs
Q: What is the GMAT exam?
GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) is a test conducted for admission into postgraduate 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 criteria.
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?
Application is only available online i.e on the official website of GMAC.
Q: What is the application form fee for GMAT?
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.