All about GMAT exam

GMAT exam is conducted by GMAC for admission to various MBA or executive MBA programs in India and abroad. GMAT score is accepted by many B-schools for their Masters in Management (MIM) programs. GMAT exam assess skills most relevant to the success in the management program. It is a computer adaptive test. This means that the difficulty level of the next question depends upon whether you answer the current question correctly or not. If you answer the question on your screen correctly, then the next question will be difficult. And if you answer the question on your screen incorrectly, then the nest question will be an easier one. The candidates will get a score ranging from 200 to 800. The duration of GMAT exam is 3 hours and 7 minutes. Moreover, you can schedule your GMAT exam as per your convenience by checking the test venue and slots available near you. You can take this exam five times. If a candidate is not happy with his or her performance, he or she can retake the exam as per their convenience and preparation level. Each attempt will cost you approximately eighteen to twenty thousand rupees (250 USD). One interesting thing about GMAT exam is that its score is valid for upto five years. 

There is no particular eligibility criteria laid down by GMAT exam. However, the candidate should be atleast 18 years old. Candidates should check the eligibility criteria of the course and B-school they wish to apply. Usually, the eligibility criteria is that the candidate must have completed the graduation of minimum 3 years from any stream. The candidate should have secured atleast 50% marks in his/her graduation. 

GMAT is a computer based adaptive test. This means that the difficulty level of your next question will depend upon your response in the previous question. You can’t skip any question. The candidates will get 3 hours and 7 minutes for GMAT exam. There will be following four sections in GMAT exam- 

  • Verbal Ability
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • Integrated Reasoning
  • Analytical Writing Assessment

Candidates can select the order of sections as per their convenience. A good score is considered to be more than 700. Usually, for shortlisting candidates at the initial stage, many B-schools consider Quants and Verbal scores. The score of Integrated Reasoning and Analytical Writing Assessment is taken into account in the later stage. 


Number of Questions 


Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA)


30 minutes

Integrated Reasoning


30 minutes

Quantitative Aptitude


62 minutes



65 minutes

Following is the GMAT syllabus- 

Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) - Candidates will be given an argument. They need to analyse it and write an essay about it. 

Integrated Reasoning- Generic questions related to Data Interpretation. 

Quantitative Aptitude- Algebra, Trigonometry, Arithmetic, Number Systems, Simple Interest/ Compound Interest, Profit & Loss, Probability, Permutations and Combinations, and basic aptitude maths. 

Verbal Ability- Questions related to Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning and Sentence Correction (grammar). 

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