Graduate Management Admission Test [ GMAT ]

By Srushti Pargat Last Updated: December 09th, 2020

About GMAT 2021

GMAT or Graduate Management Admission Test is an entrance test conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) for evaluating students for admission to graduate management programs, like an MBA program. More than 2100 universities across the globe accept the GMAT score, which is valid for 5 years. The duration of the test is 3 hours and 30 minutes.

GMAT Exam 2021: Key Element

Full-Form Graduate Management Admission Test
Conducting Authority Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)
Level International
Popular For MBA (Outside India)
Exam Mode Computer-based Adaptive Test
Numbers of Questions 91
Duration 3 hours 7 minutes
Registration Fee US $250 (18,700 INR approx)
Language English
Exam Website

GMAT Exam Dates 2021

The GMAT exam is conducted every 16 calendar days and the maximum number of times that a candidate can sit for the test in a year is 5 times. The total number of times that a candidate can sit for the GMAT exam in their lifetime is 8 times.

GMAT Registration 2021

The GMAT 2021 Application form is available on the official website of GMAC. It requires the candidate’s academic and personal details and also the information regarding the desired exam center.

The fees can be paid through both online or offline mode. For an online method, various options such as MasterCard, American Express, Credit Cards, and Debit Cards are available.

For the payment of in offline mode, the following options are there

  • Cashier’s cheque
  • Money Orders
  • Personal cheque

Candidates are requested to go through the following steps to apply for the GMAT 2021 exam:

Step 1: Registration

To apply for GMAT 2021, visit the official website of GMAC. Enter your personal and contact details to register yourself for the exam. After registering, you will receive your login credentials, i.e., a registration ID and a password.

Step 2: Log in with credentials

Enter your Login credentials on the official site login page.

Step 3: Enter your basic Educational detail

Enter your personal and academic details in the application form.

Step 4: Verification

Check the preview of the application form and verify the details.

Step 5: Booking Slot

A drop-down list of available GMAT Entrance Test Centres will be displayed on the screen. The candidate has the option to choose the date and examination location from the drop list as per their convenience.

Step 6: Confirmation Details

Later, a screen will appear with examination details, slot booking, and the time and date.

Step 7: Payment of Application Fee

You have to pay the application fees, which can only be paid through both the modes, online and offline.

Step 8: Final Stage

The candidate gets a confirmation email with booked slot details and Payment info. Applicants can save this and take a printout.

GMAT 2021 Registration Fees in India

Particulars Fee (USD) Fee (INR)
GMAT Registration fee US$250 18262.78

Reschedule Fees

Particulars Fee (USD) Fee (INR)
More than 60 days before the appointment US$50 3652.56
15-60 days before appointment US$100 7305.11
14 days and less before the appointment US$150 10957.67

Cancellation Fees

Particulars Fee (USD) Fee (INR)
More than 60 days before the appointment US$100 refund 7305.11
15-60 days before appointment US$75 refund 5478.83
14 days and less before the appointment US$50 refund 3652.56

GMAT Eligibility 2021

The GMAT eligibility for session 2021 is not very specific and states the following conditions for eligibility:

  • The candidate must have a graduation degree after 10+2 from any recognized institute. Most American and Canadian business schools take students only if they have a 4-years undergraduate degree (16 total years of education) or at least 2 years of work experience. Aspirants are requested to go through the eligibility criteria of their preferred business school separately.
  • The minimum age to appear for the test is 18 years.
  • Candidates who are in their final year can also apply on a conditional basis stating that they have to clear their UG degree final examination before joining their PG courses.

GMAT Exam Pattern 2021

The GMAT exam pattern consists of 4 sections, i.e., Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, Integrated Reasoning. There are 91 questions in total. It consists of both subjective and objective type questions. The GMAT 2021 exam pattern has been further elaborated below:

Section Time Limit/Number of Questions Question Types Score Range
Analytical Writing Assessment 30 minutes
1 question
Analysis of an Argument 0-6 (in 0.5-point increments)
Integrated Reasoning 30 minutes
12 questions
Graphics Interpretation, Table Analysis, Multi-source Reasoning, Two-part Analysis 1-8 (in 1-point increments)
Quantitative Reasoning 62 minutes
31 questions
Data Sufficiency, Problem Solving 6-51 (in 1-point increments)
Verbal Reasoning 65 minutes
36 questions
Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, Sentence Correction 6-51 (in 1-point increments)

Total exam time is 3 hours and 7 minutes excluding the breaks.

GMAT Syllabus 2021

The GMAT syllabus has been divided into 4 main sections: Analytical Writing, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative Section, and Verbal Reasoning.

Analytical Writing Section

In this section, the candidate's writing ability will be analyzed. The portion mainly tests the candidate's language skills through Argument essay and Issue-based essay. The candidate’s writing style and the structure of the answer matters in this section more than the arguments placed by the candidate.

Argument Essay – Candidates are required to analyze the reason and put forward their argument. It is solely dependent on how well reasoned the candidate is.

Issue Essay – Candidates have to write an essay of about 600 words. Since the arguments do not matter much, candidates can stay neutral.

Integrated Reasoning

This 2nd section is the newest addition to the GMAT syllabus. It tests the candidate’s ability to infer tabular and graphical forms of data. There are 12 questions in this section of the following category:

  • Table Analysis
  • Two-Part Analysis
  • Multi-Source Reasoning
  • Graphics Interpretation

Quantitative Aptitude

This topic aims to check the mathematical skills of the candidate. This is the 3rd section and it comprises of two further sub-sections such as - Data Sufficiency and Problem Solving. There are 18 questions in the problem-solving section and 18 more questions in the data sufficiency section. The topics have been further divided into:

Quantitative Aptitude Topics
Number System Profit and Loss Interest
Trigonometry Elementary Algebra Linear equations

Verbal Reasoning

The last section, i.e., the Verbal Reasoning section consists of 36 questions. Categories like reading comprehension, critical reasoning, primary grammar (noun, adjectives, modifiers etc.), and sentence correction fall under this section. It helps to measure the candidate’s ability to comprehend the data and further reason and evaluate arguments. It tests the candidate’s grasp of the English language.

Verbal Reasoning Topics
Critical reasoning Sentence correction related to finding error or omission Countable Vs Uncountable
Subject-verb agreement

GMAT Exam Centres 2021

The candidates are allowed to choose the exam center according to their preference and feasibility. However, GMAC decides the test slot of every candidate.

In India, there are around 2 lakh candidates who apply for the GMAT. There are around 34 exam centers spread across18 cities in the country. Besides that, the GMAT exams take place in nearly 114 countries around the world. The GMAT 2021 Exam centers in India are located in the following cities:

Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Gurgaon, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Manipal, Mohali, Mumbai, Mysore, Nagpur, New Delhi, Noida, Patiala, Patna, Pilani, Pune, Raipur, Ranchi, Surat, Tiruchirappalli, Trivandrum, Vellore, Vijayawada, Vishakhapatnam

How to prepare for GMAT 2021?

  • Scoring well in GMAT has been many students’ dream. It’d help them get into the business school of their dream. The entrance test is naturally a little tricky considering its reputation. It is important for the candidate to prepare as much as possible so as to stand a better chance at getting in.
  • A thorough understanding of the syllabus and the exam pattern is important. Hit the college libraries and do as much research as possible.
  • After you get a grip on these, prepare a strategy based on your own needs. Make a routine and no matter what happens, follow it at any cost. Your dedication, determination, and self-discipline will play the most important part in your preparation.
  • Look for old question papers and solve as many as you can. That would give you an idea of the exam pattern and help you decide which topics to stress on.
  • Eat healthily and get enough amount of sleep to process information and also for the best possible outcome.

FAQ Concerning GMAT 2021

Q1. How often can I take the GMAT?

A1. A candidate may take the GMAT up to five times every 12 months. You cannot appear for the GMAT more than once in the 16-days duration or more than a total of eight times.

Q2. Do I need to attempt all the questions in the paper??

A2. The GMAT exam consists of 80 questions. If you want to score good marks you have to answer all the questions.

Q3. How Should I Prepare for the GMAT?

A3. Some planning tips for GMAT 2021 were listed below:

  • Take an initial practice test with the GMATPrep Software to measure your current level.
  • Next, target your weaknesses so you can able to improve your score.
  • Determine your low scoring spots by section and by the types of questions.
  • Do not forget to devote study time to each of the sections.
  • But you should put in the highest number of prep hours on the area in which you are struggling the most.

Q4. What is the score range for GMAT?

A4. The score range of GMAT lies between 200 and 800.

Q5 Can I use a calculator during the exam?

A5. No, the use of a calculator is prohibited.

Q6. What Math is on the GMAT?

A6. The quantitative section tests basic math concepts in the areas of geometry, algebra, and arithmetic. The GMAT quantitative aptitude section gets divided into two- problem-solving questions and data sufficiency questions. Data sufficiency questions include inquiries related to whether, given a question and two statements with relevant data, whether the data in the two statements are enough, or ‘sufficient,’ for answering the question. Since you would not have a calculator on the quant section, it’s also important to practice doing calculations in your head as part of your GMAT prep.

Q7. Can I give the GMAT after finishing the Diploma course?

A7. No, you cannot apply after Diploma, as the minimum academic requirement for appearing in GMAT is a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized board. Also, there are other eligibility factors related to nationality and age as well that need to be satisfied. To get more information visit GMAT eligibility.

Best wishes to all the aspirants of GMAT 2021 from the CollegeMarg team!

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