GMAT stands for Graduate Management Admission Test. It is one of the important exams for getting admission in management schools globally. The GMAT exam is a computer-based entrance exam that assesses those students who are aiming to get admission in the MBA study program. Analytical writing, Verbal skills, writing skills, and reading skills will be tested through this exam. 

Earlier the exam duration was 4 hours but after the year 2018, the duration cut by 30 mins by the Graduate Management Admission Council. The duration of Verbal and quantitative sections was cut by 13 and 10 minutes. Now the GMAT duration 2021 is only 3 hours and 30 mins, including breaks.

In this post, students will get complete information about what is GMAT? syllabus, eligibility, test centers, GMAT registration process, exam pattern, and preparation tips for GMAT exam.

Quick Highlights for GMAT Exam

Full Form of GMAT

Graduate Management Admission Test 


3 hours 30 minutes 


Computer and Paper Based 

Official website



Mode of exam

Online (Computer-based Test)

GMAT registration Fee

USD 250

Conducting body

Graduate Management Admission Council

Why Take GMAT Exam?

GMAT is a standardized exam created for getting MBA admission to graduate business and management programs. It evaluates a candidate’s academic performance for graduate management programs. The Exam is computer-based which means the question sequence is not decided. The next question will assess your ability and intelligence and prompt new questions.

How to Apply For GMAT Exam?

GMAT test assesses the candidate's abilities in subjects like reasoning, verbal, quantitative aptitude, and analytical writing. There are no specific eligibility criteria by GMAC as GMAT Eligibility, but here some mandatory rules are needed to be fulfilled.

Age- Candidate should be older than 18 years. In case he/she is below than that they need parental consent before applying for the exam.

Language- It is an important point for students who are going to appear in the GMAT exam as the exam will be conducted in the English language. The candidate should able to understand, write and listen to the English language. Basic grammar and communication should be good.

Academic qualification- Candidate should hold a graduation degree from a valid university. there is no requirement for any particular course for the exam but the respected university will ask you for that. 


Basically, these requirements are mandatory to be completed. Also, there is no restriction for attempting the GMAT exam for a student. The only criteria to be taken into consideration are that a student should take a 16 day break before appearing for the test for the 2nd time. 

GMAT Exam Registration

  1. Visit the official website of the GMAT exam
  2. fill the required personal details on the webpage asked there like Name, address, phone number, email id, courses, and university are you interested for. At last, they will verify you and then redirect you GMAT Exam Centres page.
  3.  Choose your nearest exam centers
  4. Choose your test date and time and make payment in the next step. 
  5. The GMAT Exam fee is USD 250, make sure you have entered the right and correct information before submitting g the application and paying the fee.

Documents Required for GMAT Exam

  • Valid Passport 
  • Confirmation letter 

GMAT Test Fee 

USD 250 is the GMAT registration fee. in Indian Rupees, you will pay 18,3000 INR. The fees also depend on the location of the exam center. 

GMAT Exam Pattern 

The duration of the exam is 3 hours and 30 mins. The GMAT pattern 2021 has 4 sections which include.

  • Analytical Writing Assessment
  • Integrated Reasoning
  • Quantitative
  • Verbal

The pattern focuses on evaluating a candidate’s skills based on writing, analytical, verbal, quantitative, reasoning and reading. 



Number of Questions 



 1. Reading Comprehension

 2. Sentence Correction

 3. GMAT Critical Reasoning



Integrated Reasoning

 1. Graphics Interpretation

 2. Table Analysis

 3. Multi-Source Reasoning

 4. Two-Part Analysis




 1. Problem Solving

 2. Data Sufficiency



Analytical Writing

 Analysis Essay



Total Time Duration

3 Hours 30 Minutes

GMAT Test Preparation 

When it comes to the GMAT test preparation, students have to practice various sections that include

  • Verbal reasoning section 
  • Analytical Writing Assessment 
  • Integrated reasoning 
  • Quantitative section 

Students can get GMAT training by registering on the official website, to access the GMAT test sample questions. Students should practice the questions to see how well they know their subject matter. Apart from the sample questions, students should also read up on several GMAT books.

GMAT Exam Results

The GMAT results are given immediately after a student finishes the test. These scores are the unofficial scores. The official scores will be uploaded on the GMAT official website. 

Difference between GMAT and TOEFL 

Students are evaluated based on:



Analytical Writing Assignment


Integrated Reasoning


Verbal Assessment