Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

Many business schools in India and abroad require that students take the GMAT in order to get admitted to programmes such as MBA or MiM.

Computer-adaptive test which assesses a candidate’s writing, verbal, analytical, quantitative and reading skills in standard written English. The GMAT test scores have a validity of 5 years.

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)


– The GMAT test is divided into 4 sections. The test has an essay section in the beginning followed by a section that covers integrated reasoning. The third section of the test is quantitative section and in the end, comes the verbal section. GMAT exam has a total duration of 3 hours and 30 minutes.

Section 1- Analytical Writing Assessment- 1 Topic
Analysis of an argument- 30 Minutes

Section 2- Integrated Reasoning-12 Questions
Graphic interpretation, Table Analysis, Logical Reasoning- 30 Minutes

Section 3- Quantitative- 37 Questions
Problem-solving, Data Sufficiency- 75 Minutes

Section 4- Verbal- 41 Questions
Reading Comprehension, Sentence Correction, Critical Reasoning- 75 Minutes

Exam Date

There are no fixed official exam dates. The candidate can choose any date according to his/her convenience and availability. One can appear for the test for a maximum of 5 times in a year.

Exam Fees

The application fee for the test is $250, which would roughly translate to ₹ 16,000-17,000.


The candidate can view their test result as soon as the exam is over, the scores for essay may not be counted in it. The main GMAT result can be downloaded after 20 days from GMAT website.

Top Indian Universities abroad accepting GMAT test score

– Indian School of Business, Hyderabad & Mohali
– SP Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai
– Indian Institute of Management (IIM), All campuses, For International Students
– Xavier School of Management (XLRI),  Jamshedpur, For International Students

Top Universities abroad accepting GMAT test score

– Harvard Business School- Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America (USA)
– London Business School- London, United Kingdom (UK)
– INSEAD- France, Singapore
– National University of Singapore- Singapore
– Stanford University- Stanford, California

GMAT Structure Explained

Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA)

This section consists of one 30-minute writing task of analysis of an argument. The new GMAT replaced analysis of an issue by Integrated Reasoning section.

– Analysis of an argument- You must read a brief argument, analyse the reasoning behind it, and then write a critique of the argument. You are not asked to state your opinion but to analyse the one given. You may, for example, consider what questionable assumptions underlie the author’s thinking, what alternative explanations or counterexamples might weaken the conclusion, or what sort of evidence could help strengthen or refute the argument.

For this task, you will use the computer keyboard to type your response. You will be able to use typical word-processing functions – you can cut, copy, paste, undo, and redo. These functions can be accessed either by using the keyboard or by using the mouse to click on icons on the screen. You will be able to take notes when planning your response.

Some of the word-processing features you may be accustomed to won’t be available like automatic corrections, spelling & grammar check and synonym finder.

– What is measured- This section is designed as a direct measure of your ability to think critically and communicate your ideas. The Analysis of an Argument task tests your ability to formulate an appropriate and constructive critique of a prescribed conclusion based upon a specific line of thinking.

Readers look for two things when they take on your essay: clear analysis and good writing. For an essay to earn a score of 5 or 6, it must clearly analyse the argument, demonstrate good organisation, and provide specific, relevant examples and insightful reasoning. The essay must demonstrate clear control of language and apply a variety of sentence structures. It can have some minor flaws in the way you use standard written English but not too many.

Integrated Reasoning

The Integrated Reasoning section presents you with 12 questions, one question at a time, and you have 30 minutes to answer them. To get credit for answering a question correctly, you have to answer all its parts correctly. You don’t receive partial credit for getting one part of the question correct. Unlike the verbal and quantitative reasoning sections, the IR section isn’t computer adaptive.

Four types of questions are used in the Integrated Reasoning section:

– Multi-Source Reasoning- The questions are accompanied by two to three sources of information presented on tabbed pages. Test takers click on the tabs and examine all the relevant information, which may be a combination of text, charts, and tables, to answer questions.

– Table Analysis- Test takers will be presented with a sortable table of information, similar to a spreadsheet, which has to be analysed to find whether answer statements are accurate. This is a three-part IR question, where you use the data to make judgments about three pieces of information; each of your judgments has to be correct to get credit for the question.

– Graphics Interpretation- Test takers will be asked to interpret a graph or graphical image, and select the option from a drop-down list to make response statements accurate. Graphs can be bar graphs, pie charts or Venn diagrams.

– Two-Part Analysis- A question will involve two components for a solution. Based on a short written explanation of a phenomenon, situation, or mathematical problem, you come up with the proper assertions or mathematical expressions that meet the two interrelated criteria presented in the question.

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