GMAT Exam Overview

Start your Study Abroad Journey

New in GMAT 


GMAC has announced a shorter GMAT called GMAT Focus Edition. The registrations for the new format are to begin on August 29th, and the tests will be conducted starting in 2024. The old format will be discontinued in 2024. Here are the key points: 


  • The new GMAT test will be 2 hours and 15 minutes long
  • The analytical Writing section has been removed. Instead, a new section called Data Insights has been introduced. 

GMAT, or Graduate Management Admission Test, is a computer-adaptive test. GMAT is among the most popular entrance exams for management-related courses such as MBA. A good GMAT score can help you get into the most reputable business schools worldwide. 

GMAT is owned and operated by Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). The test currently goes on for 3 hours and 7 minutes and evaluates four primary skills: 


  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Analytical Writing
  • Quantitative Reasoning 
  • Integrated Reasoning

GMAT is conducted all around the year and can be taken from test centres spread across the world. It is offered in two modes: Online (at home) and offline. 

Currently, GMAT costs ₹22,800 for the at-home version and ₹24,600 to test at the centre. 

GMAT is scored on a scale of 200-800. The GMAT scores are an excellent indicator of your readiness for a university-level education at a business school. GMAT scores are valid for five years from the test date. 


At a glance

GMAT Full FormGraduate Management Admissions Test
Modes of GMAT 

Online (At home) 

Offline (Test centre) 

GRE Fee Range₹22,800- ₹24,600
GRE Score Range200 to 800



GMAT Score 2023


Latest Update: As per the new update from GMAC, the GMAT score range will change from 200-800 to 205-805. Registrations for the new ‘GMAT focus edition’ will begin on August 29, and the new tests will be available in the last quarter of 2023. The test takers need not worry as the current version of GMAT will still be available till early 2024.

The current version of GMAT is scored on a scale of 200-800. The majority of test takers score between 400-600. All GMAT sections are scored individually. The verbal and quantitative sections are counted in the total GMAT score, whereas the Analytical Writing and Integrated Reasoning scores are produced separately. 

Below is a breakdown of the score range for each GMAT section. 


GMAT SectionScore rangeScore intervals
Analytical Writing Assessment0-60.5
Verbal Reasoning 6-511
Integrated Reasoning 1-81



New GMAT Focus Edition Scores


The new GMAT Focus Edition scores are slightly different than the current version. The total score range has changed to 205-805. The individual score range has also changed, including eliminating the Analytical Reasoning section.

Below is a breakdown of the new GMAT scores. 


GMAT Focus Edition SectionsScore rangeScore Interval
Verbal Reasoning 6-901
Data Insights6-901



GMAT Score Penalty


The new version of GMAT penalises unanswered questions. It’s essential to complete all sections of the exam. It’s best not to leave any section of the GMAT incomplete.


When are GMAT scores released?


The unofficial scores are revealed to you after the exam is complete. The official score report will be sent to you within 3-5 business days. Once your results are announced, you will receive an email notification. 

Frequently Asked Questions


Q. Is 720 a good GMAT score?

A. Yes. GMAT is scored on a scale of 200-800. Any score above 700 is considered impressive and guaranteed to get you into reputable institutions (assuming you’ve met other prerequisites). However, you must know that a good GMAT score highly depends on the university or course you’re applying for. If you’re applying to a university that requires a 740, then 720 may not be enough. 

Q. What is the minimum GMAT score required for Harvard?

A. Over 70% of MBA students at Harvard have taken GMAT. The median GMAT score of the MBA class at Harvard is 730. But the scores vary based on the course you choose. Usually, the average GMAT score required to get into Harvard is around 530-790. Harvard is highly competitive and has an acceptance rate of 4.6%. 

Q. Is 590 a bad GMAT score?

A. A score below 590 is typically considered to be a low score. However, it depends on the university you’re applying to. Generally, you need to score at least 660 to get into good universities. If you score over 700, you can stand out from the crowd and get into excellent colleges, such as the Ivy League. 

GMAT Syllabus 2023


Latest Update: GMAC has announced a shorter GMAT test which includes a new GMAT format. The new format features a new section called Data Insights. The Analytical Reasoning section has been removed. The new GMAT Focus edition is available starting August 29. 

GMAT includes four skills in the current exam: Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning, Integrated Reasoning, and Quantitative Reasoning. Each section is designed to test you differently. 

Here’s what each section means.

  • Analytical Writing: Evaluates your ability to express complex thoughts and ideas on paper. 
  • Integrated Reasoning: Evaluates your ability to analyse various forms of data such as graphs, tables and charts and make informed decisions. 
  • Quantitative Reasoning: Features mathematical questions and concepts like Algebra, geometry and basic statistics. 
  • Verbal Reasoning: Measures your reading skills and ability to derive conclusions from complex arguments. 


The new GMAT Focus Edition has removed the AWA section and introduced a new section called Data Insights, a mix of Data sufficiency and Integrated Reasoning section.


Data Insights: Evaluates your ability to understand data from different sources and apply it to real-world scenarios.  

GMAT Pattern


GMAT is a computer-adaptive test. The test adjusts the level of difficulty depending on your answers. If you answer correctly consistently, the difficulty level increases with each question, eventually giving you a higher score. 


Each section of the current version of the GMAT has a different time limit and the number of questions. Below is a breakdown. 


GMAT SectionDurationNo of Questions
Analytical Writing30 minutesOne topic
Integrated Reasoning 30 minutes12 
Quantitative Reasoning 62 minutes 31
Verbal Reasoning 65 minutes36



New GMAT Focus Edition Pattern


The new version of GMAT is 2 hours and 15 minutes long. It no longer has the essay (Analytical Reasoning)  section. The Integrated Reasoning section has been modified and introduced as a new section called Data Insights. 


Here’s the new GMAT pattern. 


New GMAT SectionsDurationNo of Questions
Quantitative Reasoning 45 minutes21
Verbal Reasoning 45 minutes23
Data Insights45 minutes20


Frequently Asked Questions 


Q. What is computer-adaptive in GMAT?

A. The GMAT exam is a computer-adaptive test, meaning the difficulty level of questions depends on responses. The exam begins with medium-level questions, and subsequent questions become more challenging or easier depending on whether or not your previous answer was correct. 

Q. What topics are covered in the Verbal Reasoning section?

A. The Verbal Reasoning section of the current exam includes reading comprehension passages, critical reasoning questions, and sentence correction tasks. However, the new format of the GMAT Focus edition no longer features sentence correction questions. You get 65 minutes to answer 36 questions in the current GMAT syllabus. 

Q. Which is the most challenging section in GMAT? 

A. Students find the Quant section to be challenging. The Quantitative Reasoning section has mathematical questions from various topics like Geometry, Algebra and Basic Statistics. If Math isn't your strongest point, you might need consistent practice to crack this section. For that matter, all sections of the GMAT require strategised preparation. 


Click here to learn more about the GMAT Syllabus.

GMAT Dates 2023


Latest Update: The new GMAT Focus Edition dates will be released on August 29th. The tests will be available to take in the last quarter of 2023. 


The online or at-home version of the GMAT is available every day and around the clock. The offline or test centre version is open most days of the month, but dates vary depending on your chosen location. 

Book at least two or three months in advance to get your desired time and date. 


GMAT Test Centres 2023


There are numerous GMAT test centres spread around India. You can choose a centre closest to you to avoid the hassle of travelling. 

Below is a list of cities containing GMAT test centres. 




GMAT Dates for Gurgoan 2023



GMAT Exam Dates 2023

December01, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26



GMAT Dates for Delhi 2023



GMAT Exam Dates 2023

December04, 05, 11, 12, 19, 26



GMAT Dates for Chennai 2023



GMAT Exam Dates 2023

December05, 12, 19, 26



GMAT Dates for Bengaluru 2023



GMAT Exam Dates 2023

December05, 12, 19, 26



Click here to get the complete list of GMAT Dates 2023.


Frequently Asked Questions


Q. How many times is GMAT conducted in a year?

A. The GMAT at-home version is conducted every day, 24 hours daily. You can take the exam whenever you want. If you wish to test at the centre, the dates will vary depending on your location. You should get at least 5-6 monthly dates at all test centres. 


Q. Is it better to take the GMAT at a test centre? 

A. You can choose the mode at your convenience, as both modes feature the same exam pattern, format and scoring system. The online test is proctored, secure, and designed to be judged fairly. If you feel like taking the exam at a test centre may make you nervous, you can take it home. Also, check with the universities you’re applying to, as some universities may not accept tests taken at home. 

Q, Can I reschedule my GMAT exam date if needed?

A. Yes, you may reschedule your GMAT exam if needed. But you will be charged for it. If you reschedule at least 60 days before the exam, you must pay a fee of INR ~4,550. If you spend at least 15 days before the exam, you must pay INR ~9,101. If you reschedule any later, you will be charged INR ~13,652. 

Rescheduling timeframeCharges in INR
At least 60 days before the exam~4,550
At least 15 days before the exam~9,101
Less than 14 days before the exam~13,652




GMAT is currently priced at ₹22,800 for the at-home version. If you wish to test at the centre, your fee increases slightly. The GMAT fee for testing at the centre is ₹24,600


Mode of ExamGMAT Fees 2023
GMAT Online/At-home₹22,800
GMAT Offline/test centre₹24,600


GMAT Fee: Rescheduling


You can reschedule the dates if necessary. However, there’s a fee involved with it. The charges are as follows. 


Rescheduling timeframeCharges in INR
At least 60 days before the exam~4,550
At least 15 days before the exam~9,101
Less than 14 days before the exam~13,652


GMAT Fee: Cancelling


You can cancel if you cannot appear on the scheduled date. Your fee will be refunded, but the refund amount depends on when you cancel.


Cancellation timeframeRefund in INR
At least 60 days before the exam~9,101
At least 15 days before the exam~6,619
Less than 14 days before the exam~4,550


GMAT Special Handling Fees


Additional charges are involved for special requests such as scores reinstatement and additional score reports. Below is a breakdown of GMAT fees for special requests. 


GMAT Special Request

Fee for GMAT Online 

(in INR) 

Fee for GMAT Test Centre 

(in INR)

Enhanced Score ReportNA2,463
Additional Score Report2,8742,874
Cancelling ScoresNA2,052
AWA Essay Rescoring 3,6953,695



Click here to learn more about the GMAT Fees.


Frequently Asked Questions


Q. What is the GMAT fee in India? 

A. The GMAT fee in India for the at-home version is ₹22,800, and the GMAT test centre version is ₹24,600. Additional fees are also involved, such as rescheduling and cancelling. GMAC sends five of your score reports for free. If you wish to send your report to more than five universities, you must pay an additional charge of INR 2,874

Q. Will I get a refund if I cancel GMAT after registration? 

A. Refunds depend on when you cancel. If you cancel at least 60 days before the exam, you’ll get a refund of INR 9,101. If you cancel at least 15 days before the exam, you will be refunded INR 6,619. If you cancel any more than 14 days before the test, you will be refunded INR 4,550


Q. Can I reschedule the GMAT exam without paying an additional fee?

A. Rescheduling the GMAT usually incurs an additional fee. The amount of the rescheduling fee depends on how far in advance you make the changes. The best way to avoid too many charges is to reschedule early, at least 60 days before the test. The charge for rescheduling 60 days before the test is INR 4,550. 

GMAT Registration


Latest Update: The registrations for the new GMAT Focus Editions open on August 29th, 2023. You can register by visiting the official website of GMAT

GMAT registration is a simple process that can be completed in three methods: 


  • Online
  • Via Phone
  • Via Mail 


GMAT Online Registration 


To register online, follow the below steps. 

  • Visit the official website of GMAT
  • Create your account by filling in your details 
  • Verify your details and submit it
  • Choose your nearest test centre and select a date
  • If you choose the at-home version, you will need to select a time slot 
  • Pay the registration fee and complete the registration


Frequently Asked Questions


Q. Are there any documents required for GMAT registration?

A. During registration, GMAC asks you to fill in your personal details such as Name, Email, Phone and more. You must also provide a valid ID as proof during the registration process. You can use your passport as an ID proof. Aadhar card is also accepted as a valid ID for GMAT registration. 

Q. How to register for GMAT?

A. Follow these steps to register for GMAT: 

  • Create your account on the official website by filling in your details
  • Choose your nearest test centre and select a date
  • If you choose the at-home version, you will need to select a time slot 
  • Pay the registration fee and complete the registration


Q. Can I change my test centre location after registration?

A. Yes, you can change your test centre location after registration. However, there might be a fee associated with changing the test centre. You must also note that it is subject to availability at the new location.


GMAT Books 


Latest update: GMAC has released a preparation kit for the new format and syllabus of GMAT Focus Edition.

You can choose a variety of materials to prepare for GMAT. GMAT Books are one of the most efficient ways of preparation. Books usually have a guide for each section and sample papers with answers. 


Books can be helpful if you’re preparing for GMAT by self-study. You can also watch free videos on the same or refer to other study materials online. 

There are numerous books, but here are our top 5. 

  • GMAT Official Guide
  • Manhattan Prep Complete GMAT Strategy Guide Set
  • Kaplan GMAT Prep Plus 2023
  • Veritas Prep Complete GMAT Course Set
  • GMAT Official Advanced Questions


Frequently Asked Questions


Q. What are some recommended GMAT books for test preparation?

A. Several highly regarded GMAT books can aid in your test preparation. Some popular choices include 

  • The Official Guide for GMAT Review by GMAC
  • Manhattan Prep GMAT Strategy Guides 
  • Kaplan GMAT Prep Plus 

These books offer comprehensive content, practice questions, and valuable test-taking strategies.

Q. Are older editions of GMAT books still useful for preparations? 

A. It’s best to use the new preparation materials as they’re more likely to help your preparation. GMAC has released a set of new materials for the new GMAT Focus Edition. As the syllabus has changed, it’s best to refer to the new books instead of the old edition. The older editions might not have information on the newly introduced Data Insights section. 

Q. Are there GMAT books specifically for individual sections of the exam?

A. Yes, GMAT books focus on specific sections of the exam, such as Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, or Integrated Reasoning. GMAT Advanced Quant by Manhattan Prep is an excellent book to prepare for advanced-level math. The book Verbal Foundations by GMAT Club focuses on improving verbal skills.

GMAT Eligibility


If you wish to appear for the GMAT exam, you must be at least 18. There’s no upper limit when it comes to age. GMAC has not set any other eligibility requirement. 

GMAT scores are usually needed for business school applications. Typically, GMAT test takers are undergraduate students with two years of work experience. If you need GMAT for university applications, we recommend checking universities' eligibility requirements. 

Frequently Asked Questions 


Q. Who is eligible for the GMAT exam?

A. Anyone can take the GMAT exam. GMAC has only set age restrictions on the exam, which states that you should be at least 18 when you sit for the exam. There is no upper limit for age or other restrictions based on qualifications. Since GMAT is usually taken to apply for universities, confirming the minimum requirements with the universities you’re applying to is best. 


Q. Is work experience necessary for GMAT eligibility?

A. No, work experience is not mandatory for GMAT. But, most business schools ask for at least two years of work experience for postgraduate courses. Once again, this only applies to some business schools. Many reputable business schools don’t need work experience, but it’s best to confirm with the universities you’re planning to apply to before you apply. 

Q. Can I take the GMAT if I am not a native English speaker?

A. Yes.GMAT is not an English proficiency test. The exam assesses your analytical writing, verbal reasoning, and quantitative reasoning abilities. However, the test is delivered in English, so to have the best chance of scoring, you should be able to understand and record your responses in English. 

GMAT Result


The GMAT Result is available as soon as you complete the test. The score of the Analytical Reasoning section and the Integrated Reasoning section are not included in the total score. 

The official results are announced in 10-15 business days. The new GMAT Focus Edition releases scores in 3-5 business days. You will receive an email notification once it’s announced. 

The GMAT Score Report contains a score of individual sections on a fixed scale and a percentile ranking. It will also include your details, such as your GMAT ID, exam date, and appointment number. 

GMAT results are valid for five years from your test date. 


How to view my GMAT Result?


You can follow the below steps to access your official GMAT results. 

  • Visit the official website and log in to your account. 
  • Find the GMAT exam section and view your scores
  • You will need to enter your Date of Birth.
  • Click the view score button to reveal your results 


Sending your GMAT Score to Universities 


You can send your GMAT scores to universities to up to 5 universities free of charge. The steps differ based on the mode of your exam. 

If you have taken the GMAT online, you’ll receive an email notification from MBA.com once your report is available. You can select the receivers through the link provided. 

If you’re taking the GMAT at the test centre, you can select the receivers before you start the exam.


Click here to learn more about GMAT Results.

Frequently Asked Questions


Q. Do you get GMAT results immediately?

A. Your unofficial results are displayed immediately. The official results, however, will be released in 10-15 days. Sometimes it may take up to 20 days for the results to be released. The new GMAT Focus Edition has fastened this process. Meaning your results will be released in 3-5 business days. You will get an Email notification from GMAC once it is announced. 

Q. How do I view my official GMAT score report?

A. Follow these steps to view your GMAT score report. 

  • Visit the official website and log in to your account. 
  • Find the GMAT exam section and view your scores
  • You will need to enter your Date of Birth.
  • Click the view score button to view official scores

Q. Can I cancel my GMAT scores after taking the exam?

A. Once you view your unofficial scores, you can cancel or keep them. You can take up to 72 hours to make a cancellation. Cancelling scores at the test centre will cost you INR 2,052. It’s not possible to cancel your scores if you take it online. Once your scores are cancelled, they will not be sent to the universities you have selected. 


GMAT Sample Papers 


GMAT sample papers are crucial in preparing for GMAT and monitoring your progress. Sample papers are an excellent opportunity to familiarise yourself with the exam format and anticipate the types of questions you'll encounter on the test.

GMAT sample papers are convenient as they are readily available online. We highly recommend using sample papers provided by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) on MBA.com, as they’re reliable.

Frequently Asked Questions


Q. Where can I find GMAT sample papers for practice?

A. You can find sample papers on the official website of GMAT. You can also find sample papers on multiple online platforms. We recommend using the sample papers from the official website as it is most reliable. If you’re referring to sample papers from other websites, ensure they are trustworthy. 

Q. How many GMAT sample papers should I practice before the exam?

A. The number of GMAT sample papers you practice depends on your schedule and how much preparation you need. Practising several sample papers to see different types of questions is a good idea. Sample papers help you get better at managing your time during the exam. You can start by taking one practice test every week.

Q. Can I use GMAT sample papers instead of books or study materials?

A. GMAT sample papers are helpful for practising but can't replace books and study materials. While they help you track your progress, using study guides, strategy books, and other resources is important. You can build a solid preparation strategy using a mix of materials.

Frequently asked questions
Q. Is GMAT difficult?

GMAT is undoubtedly a challenging exam and contains advanced-level topics. However, it’s not impossible to crack it. With the right preparation strategies, scoring in GMAT becomes achievable. It’s best to have a 2-3 month gap for preparation. GMAT scores are highly valuable in getting admission to top business schools.

Q. How long is the GMAT exam?

GMAT is 3 hours and 7 minutes long. The new GMAT Focus edition is a shorter version of the test and is only 2 hours and 15 minutes long. Below is a section-wise breakdown of the new GMAT test.


New GMAT SectionsDuration
Quantitative Reasoning 45 minutes
Verbal Reasoning 45 minutes
Data Insights45 minutes
Q. How soon can I retake the GMAT exam?

You can take the GMAT once every 16 calendar days and up to five times a year. Remember, you can only take GMAT 8 times in a lifetime. Your GMAT scores are valid for five years from your exam date, allowing you ample time to use them for your business school applications.

Q. Can I use a calculator during the GMAT exam?

No. You will be provided with a calculator for the integrated reasoning section. You’ll be given a note board and markers for the Quant section to work out the calculations. The intention is to assess your ability to perform calculations efficiently and accurately without relying on external tools. Practice mental math and sharpen your mathematical skills during your GMAT preparation.

Q. Are there any accommodations available for GMAT test-takers with disabilities?

GMAC provides the following accommodations for test takers with disabilities. 

  • Additional testing time (all tests are timed)
  • Additional or extended rest breaks
  • Allowance of a medical device in the testing rooms
  • A trackball mouse
  • A reader who can read the test items to the test taker and record the test taker’s responses
  • A recorder to record test taker responses
  • Bigger font on the PC monitor
  • A sign language interpreter
Q. What are some tips to prepare for GMAT?

Start your preparation early. Make a study plan and use official GMAC materials, GMAT prep books, online courses, and practice tests. Pay more attention to the subjects where you feel less confident, and practice regularly to boost your confidence and do better on the test day. Having a clear plan and practising consistently will help you improve your skills and score well on GMAT. 

Q. Is CAT better than GMAT?

It depends on your preferences. CAT is better for you if you’re applying to business schools in India alone. Conversely, GMAT is a global test that allows you to study abroad. It’s crucial to consider the test content and your goals before you select the exam. 

Q. Which colleges accept GMAT in India?

Many colleges in India accept GMAT scores, including the seven IIMs. Popular business schools like SPJIMR, ISB, XLRI, and Great Lakes also get GMAT scores. If you have already taken the GMAT, we suggest you not limit your options to only Indian universities. GMAT scores are widely accepted around the world.

Q. Can I take the GMAT online or only at a test centre?

You can choose between taking the GMAT at a test centre or taking it online. Both tests have the same pattern and syllabus. However, they have different fee structures. The procedure of sending your scores to universities also differs. The online test does not have the option to cancel your scores. 

Q. Does GMAT have a negative marking?

No. GMAT does not have a negative marking system. However, it does penalise you for unanswered questions. If any section needs to be completed, it might adversely affect your total scores. It’s best to answer all questions even if your answers are wrong. The correctness of the answers will also determine the difficulty level, as GMAT is computer adaptive. 

Q. Is there a passing score in GMAT?

There is no pass or fail in GMAT. Each business school have their GMAT score requirements for admission. It’s essential to research the score expectations of your target schools and aim to achieve scores that align with the minimum requirements. Typically, a score of 660 and above puts you in the top 25%. Anything lesser than 590 is considered a low score. 

Q. Is 420 a good score on GMAT?

420 is a low score on GMAT. To get into good universities, you must aim to score over 590. Top universities have a score requirement of 700 and above. As we mentioned, verifying the minimum requirements before preparing for GMAT is crucial as you can set expectations for yourself.