GMAT for MBA : A Short Intro


MBA a dream career which provides an opportunity the aspirants to advance their career.  MBA offers a versatility to a degree holder. Before all this one needs to enrol in a MBA course and for that let’s check out the path i.e. GMAT

What is GMAT?

GMAT-Graduate Management Admission Test is a aptitude test which makes MBA applicants eligible for MBA in abroad. GMAT is a computer adaptive test  which analyse a person’s writing, verbal, quantitative and reading skills in standard English.

GMAT is a computer adaptive test which means that the candidate will get one question at one time to answer, depending on the accuracy of previous answer. Difficulty level is ascertained. GMAT score vary from University to University, a minimum GMAT score required is 710 but some middle tier Universities also accept 600 score.


GMAC(Graduate Management Admission Council) has recently launched a mini GMAT called Executive Assessment Exam for Executive MBA. Mini GMAT is specially designed for EMBA applicants and is considerably of shorter duration. It is meant to test analytical and logical thinking of the candidate which is meant for Executive MBA.

GMAT Eligibility

Age Criteria:

As such there is criteria set by GMAC for GMAT but there is eligibility criteria set by universities/colleges which one must follow:

  •         The must have completed 18 years of age
  •         There is upper age limit of the candidate

Qualification Required:

  •         GMAC has not announced any official statement regarding qualification required to appear for GMAT
  •         Candidates who wish to enrol for MBA programme should posses a graduate degree in any discipline from a recognised university

GMAT Pattern

The GMAT exam pattern consists of mainly four sections which will test the candidate’s’ abilities on various parameters. These are – Writing, Reasoning, Verbal and Quantitative skills. The GMAT exam will be conducted in a time span of 3 hours and 30 minutes. GMAT scores are given with an increment of 10 points for example: 550, 560, 570 etc.

Section No. of questions Question Type Duration
Analytical Writing Assessment 1 Topic Analysis of an argument 30 minutes
Integrated Reasoning 12 Multi-Source Reasoning, Graphics Interpretation, Two-Part Analysis, Table Analysis 30 minutes
Quantitative 31 Data Sufficiency, Problem Solving 62 minutes
Verbal 36 Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, Sentence Correction 65 minutes
Total Exam Duration     3 hours  7 minutes


GMAT Result

The candidates can avail their GMAT result as soon as the exam is over. The candidate will have an option of accepting it or rejecting it. In the case of accepting the result, the candidate and the institutes of choice can view the result; but if the candidate declines the result none of the parties will be able to view the result of GMAT. Once the exam is over, candidates can download the non-official GMAT result. The main GMAT result can be downloaded only after 20 working days from one’s individual account on the GMAT website.


GMAT Preparation

When to start preparation depends totally on the candidate. But start as early as possible. Basically it takes 2 months for preparation. But more you practice the chances of getting good score will increase.

  •         Firstly check the complete syllabus and make a proper plan. Do not try to cover  all the   topics at once. Take small steps and gradually increase them.
  •         You can join any coaching if you want. Also try to increase your speed in problem solving.
  •         Do take Online Mock Test Series. It will definitely help you a lot
  •         At end the best path for preparation one can only decide for itself as it differs from person to person.

Plan out the things and do the hard work consistently. No one can stop you to achieve what you want. All the Best!


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