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GMAT exam- Know everything: Registration, Fees, Eligibility, Test, Syllabus

The GMAT exam is an entrance exam for Management and Business programs in prestigious colleges across the globe. It is conducted by Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)

GMAT is a computer based adaptive exam, that means it adapts as per the ability of the test giver. This exam is essential to get an admission to your preferred B-school around the world. GMAT can be given 5 times in a rolling 12 month period and in total 8 times (life-time). There should be a gap of 16 days between any two attempts. This article covers all the important details related to the GMAT exam.

What is GMAT exam?

GMAT by GMAC is an aptitude test required for admission in a graduate management program. The GMAT exam is 3 hours 30 minutes long including test instructions and breaks. The exam can be taken online from the comfort of one’s home or from a test centre nearby. There are 650 testing centres in 114 countries taking the GMAT exam. It consists of four sections that test your writing, verbal, reasoning and quantitative ability. 

GMAT Exam Overview

GMAT official website
Entrance exam forMBA courses across INDIA and outside
Conducting BodyGMAC
Exam ModeComputer based- adaptive test
GMAT exam feesUS $ 275 (INR 22,800 approx)
Number of sections4

GMAT Eligibility and criteria 2023 

GMAT exam has no set eligibility as such. It is the college you are targeting that has an eligibility criteria. Other criteria is that the candidate should be at least 18 years old. 

GMAT Exam Fee Structure

Exam Fees: INR 22,800/- ($275)

Rescheduling Fees: 

If you reschedule exam:
60 days before: $50

15 to 60 days prior: $100

1 to 14 days prior: $150

GMAT Registration and Dates for 2023:

You can get yourself registered for GMAT 6 months prior to the test till 24 hours before the preferred test slot. The registration can be done online or through a phone call. 

You can select any exam date, as per the availability and convenience and can even reschedule your date. 

GMAT Exam Pattern and Syllabus:

GMAT provides the flexibility of choosing the sequence of sections you want to

The exam pattern of GMAT is as follows:

SectionNo of QuestionsTime per sectionDescription
Integrated Reasoning (IR)12 questions30 minutesTwo-part analysis, Multi source reasoning, Table Analysis, Graphics Interpretation
Quantitative Reasoning (QR)31 questions62 minutesMath problem solving, Data Sufficiency
Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA)1 topic30 minutesEssay writing
Verbal Reasoning36 questions65 minutesReading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, Sentence Completion


Analytical Writing Assessment—measures candidates’ ability to think critically and communicate their ideas
Integrated Reasoning—measures candidates’ ability to analyse data and evaluate information presented in multiple formats
Quantitative Reasoning—measures aspirants’ ability to analyze data and draw conclusions using reasoning skills
Verbal Reasoning—measures the ability of the candidates to read and understand written material, evaluate arguments, and correct written material to conform to standard written English

Important Note:
Your GMAT Score is valid for 5 years.

Top colleges and their GMAT cut-offs

College NameGMAT score for Cut-Off
Stanford University737
Harvard University729
Yale University730
University of Chicago730
University of Pennsylvania730
Northwestern University732
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 722
Dartmouth College722
Colmubia College724
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)720

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