GMAT 2019

MAT stands for Graduate Management Admission Test and is conducted by the 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 opportunities to the flagship MBA/PGDM programs in many top MBA colleges in India through GMAT like SPJIMR, XIMB, IMI, IMT, Great Lakes among others.  

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. The 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 the GMAT test, this section on MBAUniverse.com will help you on your journey.

GMAT: A Costlier MBA Entrance Exam

The GMAT exam is more expensive than CAT, XAT, SNAP, NMAT taken together. The GMAT exam fee is US $250 which is approximately Rs 17,500. This is much higher than the 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 the GMAT exam pattern and the 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 the GMAT exam in India. Globally more than 200,000 students take the GMAT exam. The average GMAT score for Indian test takers is 583.

Table: GMAT Test Takers in India & Average Scores

Year Average GMAT Score Test Taker Men Women 
201758332,51422,5859,929
201657733,12323,1599,964
201557829.04220,7308,312

GMAT Exam Pattern: 
The GMAT exam pattern consists 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 that 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

Institute 2017 GMAT 
Penn (Warton) 730
Harvard Business School 729
Stanford GSB 737
Chicago (Booth)730
Northwestern(Kellogg)732
MIT(Sloan)722
Datrmouth (TUCK)722
Columbia724
UC-Berkeley(Haas)725
Yale SOM727

GMAT Scores at Top One Year MBA Programs in India

Institute ProgramAverage GMAT Score 
ISB Hyderabad and Mohali POST GRADUATE PROGRAMME IN MANAGEMENT (PGP)709
IIM Ahmedabad PGPX-Post Graduate Programme in management for executive (PGPx):one Year Full Time Executive MBA700
IIM BanagaloreExecutive Post Graduate Programme (EPGP)-One Year Full Time Executive MBA709
XLRI jamshedpur PGDM (General Management)-15 Months Programme 700
SPJIMRPGPM -15 Months Programme700
Great Lakes Institute of Management Chennai PGPM -15 Months Programme600


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 at 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.

GMAT 2019 Registration Fee is $ 250 which is about Rs 17,500.

How to Register for GMAT
GMAT Registration process can be outlined in a few simple steps:

  1. Signup on GMAT official portal
  2. Submission of Personal Information
  3. Profile Details submission
  4. Selection of Test exam center, date and time
  5. Payment & completion of registration

Important documents required for GMAT Registration Process

  • A valid Passport
  • Credit Card/Debit Card

A detailed explanation of How to Register for GMAT with the step-wise GMAT registration process follows.

Step 1: Account Creation

Create a GMAC account on ->  Candidate is required to submit the following information: First Name, Last Name, e-mail id & password.

Step 2: Personal Information
After logging into the official GMAC Account, a candidate is required to submit Personal Information such as Contact & Postal Address Information.

Step 3: Profile Details (Step 1 of 5)

In the next step, the candidate has to fill profile details for the GMAC account. Make sure you enter details correctly, because on the testing day if there is a mismatch you are not allowed to take the GMAT exam. Basic information such as DOB & Country of residence is asked under this stage.

Step 4: Profile Details (Step 2 of 5)
In this step, a candidate is confirmed how he/she would be interested in contacting by GMAT & what types of Mailer information he/she is interested in GMAT & GMAT accepting institutes.

Step 5: Profile Details (Step 3 of 5)
In this step, a candidate is required to submit details about the Undergraduate /First Degree Information.

Step 6: Profile Details (Step 4 of 5)
In this step, you have to enter your work experience details.

Step 7: Profile Details (Step 5 of 5)
In this step, you are required to enter the details of Management Degree such as when are you willing to start the Management Course, interested locations for pursuing the management course & type of Management Course Interested in.

Step 8: Verify Profile

In this step, you are allowed to verify & edit all the details submitted in the above steps. Make sure the information submitted is correct because if there is any discrepancy on the testing day, you will not be able to attempt the GMAT Test.

Step 9: Select the test center & exam schedule Date
Select the test center
nearer to your location & exam date and time as per your preference.

Step 10: 
Confirm exam test center & date & proceed to the payment of exam. GMAT 2019 Application Fee is US$ 250Short name: Registration.

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. The total duration of the GMAT test pattern 2019 is three hours and seven minutes with specific time allotted for each of the four sections.
GMAT Exam Structure

Section Time Limit/Number of Questions Questions Type Score Range 
Analytical Writing Assessment 30 minutes ,1 questions Analysis of an Argument 0-6 (in 0.5-point increments) 
Integrated Reasoning 30 minutes ,12 qusetions Graphics intepretation ,Table,Analysis,Multi Score Reasoning,Two part Analysis1-8 (in 1-point increments)
Quantitative Reasoning 62 minutes,31 questionsData Sufficiency ,Problem Solving6-51 (in 1-point increments)
Verbal Reasoning 65 minutes ,36 questions Reading comprehension ,Critical Reasoning,Sentences Corrections6-51 (in 1 -point increments)

GMAT Test Pattern 2019: Key Facts

  • The GMAT exam has a sectional time limit which varies with each section.
  • Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning sections in GMAT Exam are computer adaptive and have multiple-choice questions.
  • In the Quantitative Reasoning & Verbal Reasoning sections, one cannot skip, return to or change the response to the previous questions.
  • There are two 8-minutes breaks during the GMAT exam. These breaks are, however, optional
  • Test takers are given three options to choose the order in which they can attempt the four sections of the GMAT exam. Test takers can attempt the exam in one of the following three orders –
    • Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, Verbal
    • Verbal, Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment
    • Quantitative, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment
  • Analytical Writing Assessment consists of an essay question and Integrated Reasoning consists of non-MCQs

GMAT Test Pattern: What is a Computer Adaptive Test?
GMAT is a ‘computer-adaptive’ entrance examination. This is different from being merely a ‘computer-based’ test. In a computer-adaptive test, candidates will receive questions one at a time and the difficulty level and score of the GMAT 2019 will depend on the accuracy of the previous answer of the candidate. If the response to the previous question is accurate, the next question will be of a higher difficulty level. If the answer is incorrect, the following question will be of lower difficulty level and will get scored accordingly. The final score, as per the paper pattern of GMAT 2019 depends on the difficulty level of questions that the student had attempted. Correct answers to difficult questions will result in obtaining higher scores while correct responses to easier questions will result in getting lower scores. The GMAT 2019 pattern does not have any negative marking. Short name: Pattern.

MBA Colleges in India Accepting GMAT Score

Update on: September 11, 2019

GMAT is fast gaining popularity in India. In addition to International B-schools, the colleges accepting GMAT scores in India are more than a hundred. Top MBA colleges in India accepting GMAT include IIMs, ISB, XLRI, SPJIMR, and many other top B-schools.

If you are an Indian MBA applicant, you can use your GMAT score to apply to MBA programs in India as well as in foreign B-schools:

  1. One Year MBA in India at ISB, IIMs, XLRI, SPJIMR, Great Lakes
  2. Two Year Flagship MBA in India at 100+ B-schools/Universities including SPJIMR, IMI, IMT, XUB, TAPMI
  3. MBA programs abroad

Similarly, Foreign students, NRI students and the Persons of Indian origin (PIO) can apply to all the MBA programs in India on the basis of GMAT scores.

One Year MBA Colleges Accepting GMAT Score
Almost all the one year MBA colleges accept GMAT scores for admission. GMAT is the most widely used test for admissions to One Year MBA equivalent programs in India. The top ten 1 year MBA colleges accepting GMAT scores are shared below with the program name and duration for their One Year MBA Programs in India.

One Year MBA College Accepting GMAT Score One Year MBA Programme Name Program Duration
ISB Hyderabad and MohaliPOST GRADUATE PROGRAME IN MANAGEMENT (PGP)12 Months Full Time Program
IIM Ahmedabad PGPEx-Post Graduate Program in management for Executive (PGPX)12 Month Full Time MBA 
IIM Bangalore Executive Post Graduate Program (EPGP)12 Month Full Time MBA 
IIM Calcutta MBA for Executive (MBAEx)12 Month Full Time Program 
XLRI Jamshedpur PGDM (General Management 15 Month Full Time Program 
SPJIMR ,MumbaiPGPM 15 Months Full Time Program 
IIM Indore EPGP 12 Month Full Time Program 
Great Lakes Institute of Management Chennai PGPM 15 Month Full Time Program 
MDI Gurgoan National Management Program (NMP) 15 Month Full Time Program 
KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research ,Mumbai PGDM-Executive15 Months Full Time Program 
FORE School of Management ,New Delhi PGPx 15 Months Full Time Program 
LBSIM Delhi PGDM Executive 15 Month Full Time Program 
BIMTECH Greater Noida PGPx 15 Months Full Time Program 

Two Year MBA Colleges Accepting GMAT Score for Indian Students
MBA admission to the flagship 2 year MBA/PGDM program is also open for Indian students with GMAT entrance exam scores in more than 100 MBA colleges in India. Some of the top 2 year MBA colleges accepting GMAT score for Indian students for admission to their flagship 2 year MBA program include SPJIMR Mumbai, IMI Delhi, IMT Ghaziabad, Xavier University Bhubaneswar, Great Lakes, TAPMI among others.

These top two years MBA colleges accepting GMAT score for Indian students have GMAT cut off in a score range of 650 to 750 or GMAT percentile score range of 80 to 95.

However, the pre-condition to apply for a 2-year flagship MBA/PGDM program in these top 2 years MBA colleges accepting GMAT score for Indian applicants is the GMAT score validity period which should not be more than two years old.

2 Year MBA college Accepting GMAT score for Indian Students Name of Flagship 2 Year MBA/PGDM Programme
SPJIMR Mumbai Post Graduate Diploma in Management
IMT Ghaziabad Post Graduate Diploma in Management
IMI New Delhi Post Graduate Diploma in Management
Xavier University Bhubaneswar (XUB) MBA- Business Management & other MBA programmes
Great Lakes Institute of Management Chennai Post Graduate Diploma in Management
T A Pai Management Institute (TAPMI) Manipal Post Graduate Diploma in Management
K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research, Mumbai Post Graduate Diploma in Management
Goa Institute of Management (GIM) Goa Post Graduate Diploma in Management
FORE School of Management, New Delhi Post Graduate Diploma in Management
Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management, Delhi Post Graduate Diploma in Management
BIMTECH Greater Noida Post Graduate Diploma in Management
MICA Ahmedabad Post Graduate Diploma in Management-Communications
IFIM Business School, Bangalore Post Graduate Diploma in Management
SOIL-School of Business Design, Gurgaon Post Graduate Diploma in Management

Apart from the above few top 2 years MBA colleges accepting GMAT score for Indian Students, there are other 100+ MBA colleges accepting GMAT score in India from Indian applicants for admission to their flagship 2 year MBA programs at a moderate GMAT score of 550 to 600.

Two Year MBA Colleges Accepting GMAT Score for Foreign Students
Almost all the 500+ best two year MBA colleges in India accept GMAT score for Foreign Students admission. These foreign students include students of Foreign Origin, Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and the Persons of Indian Origin (PIO).

Among the top, two Year MBA Colleges accepting GMAT score for foreign students include IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, IIM Lucknow, and all other 16 IIMs; XLRI Jamshedpur, SPJIMR Mumbai, MDI Gurgaon, Xavier University Bhubaneswar, IMI New Delhi, Management departments of IITs, IMT Ghaziabad and others. Following are the brief details of these top 2 years MBA colleges  accepting GMAT Score for foreign students and the program offered by them:

2 Year MBA College accepting GMAT score for Foreign StudentsTitle of the 2 year flagship MBA programme
IIM AhmedabadPost Graduate (MBA) Programme
IIM BangaloreMaster of Business Administration
IIM CalcuttaMaster of Business Administration
IIM LucknowPost Graduate Programme in Management
IIM IndorePost Graduate Programme in Management
XLRI JamshedpurPost Graduate Diploma in Management
SPJIMR MumbaiPost Graduate Diploma in Management 
MDI GurgaonPost Graduate Programme in Management
IMI New DelhiPost Graduate Diploma in Management
Xavier University BhubaneswarMaster of Business Administration

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