GMAT and GRE are the major exams for Doing MBA abroad. GMAT exam can be taken 5 times a year by one candidate and the test score is valid for five years. IIMs (in case of foreign students), XLRI, ISB and a few other Indian institutions accept GMAT score for admission.
Name of Exam
GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)
For admission to
MBA & PGDM/PGP programmes
Level of exam
GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council)
Mode of Exam
Mode of application
Online/by directly calling the test centres
Medium of Exam
Validity of score
Periodicity of exam
Throughout the year
Number of chances
5 times a year
Total appearances not to exceed 8
Date of official notification / Starting of Registration
Registration is open throughout the year
Date of Exam
Date of Result
Immediately after exam
There are no official eligibility criteria for applying to GMAT.
Degree holders and under graduates with fluency in English are expected to take the test.
Duration of exam
Writing & reading skills in English
GMAT started in 1953. Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) is the company that conducts the test. There is no official eligibility criteria for GMAT and bachelor degree holders and under graduates with fluency in English are expected to take the test.
Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a 3.5 hour computer based test to assess the analytical writing, quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning, writing & reading skills in English. Medium of the test is English. More than 7,000 programs at approximately 2,300 graduate business schools around the world accept the GMAT exam.
The syllabus of CAT and GMAT are almost the same but CAT is considered tougher. The cost of GMAT exam is $250 globally and is conducted in 600 test centers in 114 countries.