GMAT stands for Graduate Management Admission Test and is organised by Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC). If a candidate truly wants a Masters in Management (MiM) or an international MBA degree from a leading Business School in Australia, USA, Singapore, Canada, Europe or other international destinations, then appearing for the GMAT exam is a brilliant idea. 

GMAT provides an opportunity to obtain admission for MBA abroad but it also provides the chance to obtain admission in flagship MBA/PGDM programmes in India in many top MBA colleges such as XIMB, IMT, SPJIMR, Great Lakes and many others. 



Besides, GMAT exam scores are 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.  

International students who want admission in MBA programmes in ISB, IIMs, MDI, XLRI, FMS or other top colleges in India must take the GMAT in a specified time period as is available on admission websites of top B- schools for their flagship 1 year or 2 year MBA courses. 

GMAT Score: MBA Admission Eligibility for Indian Students
For MBA aspirants in India, with GMAT exam scores you can apply to the 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 are considering taking the GMAT test, this section will help you on your journey.

GMAT: Exam Details
GMAT exam duration is 3 hours 7 minutes not including two 8 minutes break which are optional. GMAT exam has four parts: Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning.


GMAT Exam dates 2020 in India are available throughout the year and the candidates as per their convenience can select the GMAT Exam Date. Besides, if not satisfied with the GMAT score, you can choose the preferred GMAT exam date to appear again in GMAT. 

GMAT: A Costlier MBA Entrance Exam
GMAT exam is more expensive than CAT, XAT, SNAP, NMAT combined. GMAT exam fee is US $250 which is around Rs 18,600. This is steeper than CAT (Rs 1,900) or XAT (Rs 1,700). Top International business schools have a 18-24 months admission cycle which is longer than most. So, advance planning, serious preparation and focus is the secret to cracking GMAT.


Skills Measured by GMAT
At this juncture, it will be helpful to understand GMAT exam pattern and skills it measures. GMAT exam measures “higher-order” reasoning skills.  GMAC suggests that the two important skills that GMAT tests more vigorously are English language and math.  The test is designed as such to measure the candidate’s ability to reason with these skills.

All parts 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 ascertain your quality and speed of reasoning, and not formulas and academic knowledge.


GMAT is not just computer based but it is a computer adaptive exam.

 This means that the level of the difficulty of the questions which you will see will depend 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 depends on the level of difficulty of questions that you answered and which ones you attempted correctly.

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