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GMAT Syllabus and Eligibility Criteria – Registration PDF Download

Who conducts the GMAT

GMAT is needed for admission to MBA programme, Master of Finance and Master of Accounting. Graduate Management Admission Council®  (popular known as GMAC), a global non-profit council of leading business schools conducts the standardised management test known as Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) 2018-19. GMAT 2018-19 is a computer adaptive test (CAT) of three and half hour long and assesses the candidates based on four aspects – Analytical Writing Assessment (AWT), Integrated Reasoning (IR), Quantitative and Verbal.

GMAT Validity

GMAT 2018-19 score remains valid for up to five years and scores up to 10 years are available for reporting.

GMAT Centres

GMAT exam in India is offered on demand at 34 cities through 39 test centres. Globally, there are 600 test centres in approximately 100 countries that conduct GMAT 2018.

In this article, candidates will find the information related to GMAT 2018 such as eligibility criteria, registration with application form, exam pattern, syllabus, fees, test centres etc.

Prior to date 16th April 2018, exam was of four hours long but now it has been reduced to 3 and half years.

GMAT Facts 2018

Exam Name Graduate management Admission Test (GMAT)
GMAT Exam Category Standardised Management Test
Exam Level International level test
GMAT Conducting body GMAC
Minimum GMAT Exam Cost or Fee $250 USD or roughly ₹17,000
GMAT Reschedule Fees $60 USD – More than seven days before the appointment
$250 USD- Within seven days of appointment
Number of Sections 4

GMAT Reschedule Fee

  • GMAT Test Limit in one year is only 5.
Exam Factors Duration
Time gap between two GMAT exams 16 Days

Number of GMAT attempts allowed in one year

5 attempts
Number of GMAT attempts in a lifetime 8 attempts

GMAT Eligibility Criteria

  • GMAC – GMAT conducting body doesn’t specify any eligibility criteria for taking the GMAT Exam.
  • It is necessary to have an undergraduate degree from a recognised university to appear for the exam 2018-19.

GMAT Negative Marking

  • There is no negative marking in GMAT exam.
  • But GMAT is an adaptive test i.e. you keep getting questions right, the upcoming questions would be tougher. … So if you get a question wrong, it is very expensive because the next questions would be easier and would thus carry lesser marks.

GMAT Exam Registration Process

Step 1 : Click on the sign up button of website

Step 2 : Enter your asked details like name, email address, password. Select two other checkbox according to your requirement if you want to get further information.

Step 3 : Now create a GMAT Profile after registration as shown in below snapshot.

Create a GMAT Profile

Step 4 : Fill your necessary Personal Information, address, telephone number.

Step 5 : Enter Profile details i.e. Date of Birth, Male and Language.

Step 6 : Enter your degree information and GPA according to below table.

GMAT GPA Table Calculation

Step 7 : Verify your details and profile.

Step 8 : Choose test centre and exam date, test duration or time.

Step 9 : Pay the US $250 through credit/debit card or internet banking.

Step 10 : Take printout of the admit card and carry to the test centre along with original id proof.

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

  • Assesses the skills most relevant to the success in the management program.
  • Offered in CAT (Computer Adaptive Test) format only. CAT means – the level of difficulty of your next question is based on your response to the previous questions. If you had attempted previous question wrongly, then next question come is easy and if it is still attempted wrongly, then next question also easiest than previously question. But this will slop down your score in test. Your score will not be 700+ on attempt of continue wrong answer.
  • Duration – 3 hour and 30 minutes
  • One can score from 200 to 800 points

GMAT Exam Pattern

Below are the four sections which comes into the test.

  • AWA (Analytical Writing Assessment)
  • IR (Integrated Reasoning Section)
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • Verbal Section
Time Start Type
30 Mins AWA (Analytical Writing Assessment) First Section – Essay Type
30 Mins Integrated Reasoning MCQ Type
8 Mins Optional Break
75 Mins Quantitative Aptitude
8 Mins Optional Break
75 Mins Verbal Reasoning
  • 4 Sections – 3.5 hours (Excluding two optional break)
  • When you submit your exam, the marks of Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning pop up on screen. But the marks of AWS comes later.
  • GMAT Cut off is mostly depends on Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Marks.
GMAT AWA Analysis of an issue
Analysis of an argument
Quantitative Analysis Problem Solving
Data Sufficiency
Verbal Analysis Reading Comprehension
Critical Reasoning
Sentence Correction

AWA – What is AWA all about?

  • You need to write an essay.
  • Analysis of an argument is expected.
  • Your essay should critique an argument presented to you
  • Your ability to write effectively post recognizing the “fallacies” is tested.

Integrated Reasoning

  • 12 objective questions
  • You cannot skip any question.
  • Cannot go back to any question.
  • 4 types of questions are asked : Graphic Interpretation, Table Analysis, Multi Source Reasoning (Data comes from 2 or 3 source), 2 part analysis
  • AWA and IR sections are not CAT (Computer Adaptive Test)
  • An ON SCREEN CALCULATOR is available for the IR section.

Optional Break – 8 Minutes

Quantitative Reasoning

  • 37 questions. 2/3rd of the questions are based on Problem Solving and 1/3rd are based on Data Sufficiency

Optional Break – 8 Minutes

Verbal Reasoning

  • 1/3rd questions – Sentence Correction
  • 1/3rd questions – Reading Comprehension
  • 1/3rd questions – Critical Reasoning

Indian Colleges accepting GMAT Score

The GMAT total score is a scaled combination of your verbal and quantitative scaled scores. The range for the scaled verbal and quantitative scores is 0 to 60. The range for the total GMAT scaled score is 200 to 800.

  • IIM, Ahmedabad
  • IIM, Bangalore
  • IIM, Calcutta
  • IIM, Indore
  • IIM, Kozhikode
  • IIM, Lucknow
  • IIM, Raipur
  • IIM, Ranchi
  • IIM, Rohtak
  • IIM, Shilong
  • ISB
  • IMT
  • XLRI, etc.

GMAT Score For IIM College : The average GMAT of the previous batch was 720+ ( average of all IIMs ).

GMAT Score For ISB : The intake for ISB Hyderabad is 600 while for Mohali it is 288 taking the total enrolment to 888. The average GMAT score for the class of 2019 is 709 and the average GRE score is 326. The average work experience is 4.6 years.

GMAT Score for Harvard : The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business appears at number one in the 2016 list, boasting a highest average GMAT score of 740. The average GMAT scores of Harvard, Yale, Chicago and NYU’s recently admitted applicants are also above a 720.

GMAT Score Report

According to GMAT 2018-19 score report, it has three sections.

  1. GMAT Test Taker Information
  2. Self-Reported GMAT Test Taker Information
  3. GMAT Test Information

GMAT  Test Taker Information

Self-Reported GMAT Test Taker Information

GMAT Test Information


Date of Graduation

Test date


Undergraduate institution

Verbal score and percentage

Date of Birth

Undergraduate GPA

Quantitative score and percentage


Undergraduate Major

Total score and percentage

Country of citizenship

Highest Educational Qualification

Analytical writing and percentage

Email address

Intended Graduate Study


Telephone number



In addition of score of GMAT 2018-19, official report will also contain below elements.

  • Percentile rank
  • Digital photograph clicked at the test centre
  • Self-reported background information, such as telephone number, undergraduate institution, grade point average (GPA), and intended graduate study

Check GMAT Report Sample

How to send GMAT Scores to colleges

One other part of your registration fee cover automatically sending your GMAT score report to up to five schools of your choosing. The five schools you pick to receive your GMAT scores will receive them within 20 days of your test date (the same time you’ll receive your official scores). Because you’ve selected these schools on test day, they’ll be automatically sent to each school’s admissions office – there’s no need to do anything after you complete your test.

I would suggest taking advantage of this feature to send all five score reports if you’re planning on applying to five or more business schools. Every additional score report you send will cost money, so it makes sense to take advantage of the free reporting.

All the best for your upcoming exam!

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