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The Graduate Management Admission Test or GMAT, as it is termed globally, is a computer-based test created with the aim to assess your writing, analytical, quantitative, reading, and verbal skills in English. The GMAT is mandatory for admission to most graduate management programs, such as MBAs. The GMAT is crucial to most overseas MBA schools, so a good GMAT score can open newer doors of opportunity for your future.

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GMAT 2021 At A Glance

TopicDetails
OrganizationGraduate Management Admission Council
Application ModeOnline
Selection ProcessComputer-based Adaptive Test
LocationWorldwide
Official Websitehttps://www.mba.com

GMAT Dates 2021

The GMAT takes place all year round, in various locations worldwide, including a number of cities in India. You can view the latest GMAT dates available and the respective test centers here.

Here are the upcoming GMAT dates in India, for your convenience:

CitiesGMAT Exams Dates 2021
New DelhiJuly: 3rd, 6th, 8th, 10th, 14th, 19th, 24th, 26th, 29th, 31st/ September: 4th, 8th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 25th/ August: 5th, 7th, 17th, 20th, 28th
GurugramJuly: 1st, 2nd, 7th to 9th, 12th to 16th, 19th, 20th, 22nd, 23rd, 26th to 29th/August: 6th, 14th, 20th, 28th/ September: 1st, 11th, 17th, 25th/ July: 9th, 15th, 17th, 23rd
NoidaJuly: 2nd, 14th, 15th, 21st, 23rd/ September: 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th/ August: 13th, 17th, 20th, 27th
MumbaiJune: 22nd, 24th, 30th/ August: 17th, 19th/ September: 2nd, 7th, 8th, 16th, 27th, 30th/ July: 14th, 15th, 19th, 22nd, 30th
BangaloreJuly: 7th, 22nd, 30th/ September: 3rd, 9th,16th, 17th, 24th/ June: 21st, 23rd/ July: 13th,21st,24th/ August: 5th,7th,11th,14th,17th,21th,28th/ September: 4th, 11th, 15th, 16th, 18th, 25th, 27th/ August: 6th, 12th, 13th, 20th, 27th
PuneJune: 29th/ July: 6th, 8th, 13th, 20th, 26th/ August: 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st/ September: 7th, 15th, 22nd, 23rd, 27th, 29th/ June: 17th to 19th, 21st to 26th, 29th, 30th/ July: 1st to 3rd, 7th to 10th, 12th to 17th, 19th to 24th, 26th to 31st/ August: 2nd to 7th, 9th to 14th, 16th to 21st, 23rd, 28th, 30th, 31st/ September: 1st to 4th,6th to 9th, 11th, 13th to 18th, 22nd to 25th, 27th to 30st
ChennaiJune: 30th/ July: 13th, 14th/ August: 5th/ September: 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 9th, 15th, 22th, 27th, 29th
CochinJune: 30rd/ July: 1st, 30th/ August: 2nd to 6th, 9th to 13th, 16th, 17th, 25th to 27th, 31st/ September: 1st to 3rd, 6th to 10th, 13th to 17th, 22nd to 24th, 27th to 30th
VijaywadaJune: 21st to 25th, 28th to 30st/ July: 1st, 2nd, 6th to 9th, 12th to 16th, 19th to 23rd, 26th to 30rd/ August: 2nd to 6th, 9th to 13th, 16th to 20th, 23st to 27th, 30st, 31st/ September: 1st to 3rd, 6th to 9th, 13th to 17th, 22nd to 24th, 27th to 30th
DehradunJune: 23rd, 25th, 28th, 30th/ July: 5th, 7th, 12th, 14th, 19th, 26th, 28th/ August: 2nd, 4th, 9th, 11th, 16th, 18th, 23th, 25th/ September: 1st, 6th, 8th, 13th, 15th, 20th, 22nd, 27th, 29th
AmritsarJune: 24th/ July: 5th, 6th,8th,21st/ August: 5th,19th/ September: 3rd,15th,30th
PatialaJuly: 1st, 6th, 8th, 13th, 15th, 20th, 22nd, 27th, 29th/ August: 3rd, 5th, 10th,12th, 17th, 19th, 24th, 26th, 31st/ September: 2nd, 7th, 9th, 14th, 16th, 21st, 23rd, 28th, 30th
VelloreAugust: 2nd to 6th, 9th to 13th, 16th to 18th, 20th, 23rd to 27th, 30th, 31st/ September: 1st to 3rd, 6th to 8th, 13th to 17th, 22nd to 24th, 27th to 30th
LucknowJune: 21st to 25th, 28th, 29th/ July: 1st, 2nd, 7th to 9th, 12th to 16th, 19th to 23rd, 26th to 30th/ August: 2nd to 6th, 9th to 13th, 16th to 20th, 23rd to 27th, 30th, 31st/ September: 1st to 3rd, 6th to 10th, 13th to 17th, 20th to 24th, 27th to 30th
AhmedabadJune: 17th, 18th, 21st, 22nd, 24th, 25th, 28th, 29th/ July: 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 12th, 13th, 15th, 16th, 19th, 20th, 22nd, 23rd, 26th, 27th, 29th, 30th/ August: 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 9th, 10th, 12th, 13th, 16th, 17th, 19th, 20th, 23rd, 24th, 26th, 27th, 30th, 31st/ September: 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 13th, 14th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th,27th, 28th, 30th/ June: 25th/ July: 2nd, 5th, 6th, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th/ August: 6th,13th, 20th, 27th/ September: 3rd, 8th, 17th, 24th
VadodaraJune: 21st, 23rd, 25th, 28th, 30th/ July: 2nd, 5th, 7th, 9th, 12th, 14th, 16th, 19th, 21st, 23rd, 26th, 28th, 30th/ August: 2nd, 4th, 6th, 9th, 11th, 13th, 16th, 18th, 20th, 23rd, 25th, 27th/ September: 1st, 3rd, 6th, 8th, 13th, 15th, 17th, 20th, 22nd, 24th, 27th, 29th
SuratJune: 19th, 26th/ July: 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st/ August: 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th/ September: 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th/ July: 1st, 5th, 6th, 15th, 21st, 30th/ August: 3rd, 13th, 20th, 26th/ September: 3rd, 9th, 17th, 23rd, 30th
KolkataJune: 16th to 30th/ July: 1st to 4th, 8th to 31st/ August: 1st to 4th, 6th to 11th, 13th, 14th, 16th to 18th, 20th to 25th, 27th to 31st/ September: 1st, 3rd to 8th,10th to 16th, 18th, 19th, 22nd, 24th to 29th/ July: 1st to 3rd,7th to 10th, 13th to 17th, 19th to 24th, 27th to 31st/ August: 2nd to 7th, 10th to 14th, 16th to 21st, 24th to 28th, 30th, 31st/ September: 1st to 4th, 6th to 11th, 14th to 18th, 22nd to 25th, 28th to 30th
NagpurJune: 19th, 21st to 24th, 26th, 28th to 30th/ July: 1st to 3rd, 7th to 9th, 12th to 17th, 19th to 24th, 26th to 31st/ August: 2nd to 7th, 9th to 13th, 16th to 21st, 23rd to 28th, 30th, 31st/ September: 1st to 4th, 6th to 9th, 13th, 15th to 18th, 22nd to 25th, 27th to 30th
BhopalJune: 16th to 18th, 21st to 25th, 28th to 30th/ July: 1st, 2nd, 7th to 9th, 12th to 16th, 19th, 22nd, 23th, 26th to 30th/ August: 2nd to 6th, 9th to 13th, 16th to 18th, 20th, 23rd to 27th, 31st/ September: 1st to 3rd, 6th to 10th, 13th to 17th, 22nd to 24th, 27th to 30th
JaipurJune: 19th to 30th/ July: 14th, 8th to 31st/ August: 1st to 14th, 15th to 21st, 23rd to 31st/ September: 1st to 19th, 22nd to 30th
JalandharJune: 23rd, 24th, 29th/ July: 1st, 5th, 6th, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 30th/ August: 5th, 13th, 19th, 26th/ September: 3rd, 9th, 16th, 24th, 30th
ManipalJuly: 7th, 8th, 13th to 16th, 19th, 20th, 22nd, 23th, 26th to 30th/ August: 2nd to 6th, 9th to 12th, 18th to 19th, 23th to 27th, 30th/ September: 1st to 3rd, 6th to 8th, 13th to 17th, 22nd to 24th, 27th to 30th
MysoreJuly: 1st, 2nd, 5th to 9th, 12th to 16th, 19th, 21st to 23nd, 26th to 30th/ August: 2nd to 7th, 9th to 14th, 16th to 21st, 23rd to 28th, 30th, 31st/ September: 1st to 4th, 6th to 9th, 11th, 13th to 18th, 20th to 25th, 27th to 30th
PilaniJuly: 4th, 18th/ August: 8th, 22nd
RanchiJune: 19th, 21st to 26th, 28th to 30th/ July: 13th, 6th to 10th, 13th to 17th, 19th to 23nd, 26th to 31st/ August: 2nd to 7th, 9th to 14th, 16th to 20th, 23rd to 28th, 31st

Eligibility Criteria for GMAT

  • Educational Qualification:

There are no educational qualification requirements for sitting for the GMAT exams. Anyone desiring to test their writing, analytical, quantitative, reading, and verbal skills can sit for the GMAT.

  • Age Limit:

Minimum Age: 18 years

The GMAC has recently permitted 13 to 17-year-old candidates to sit for the GMAT, given they have written consent from their legal guardian.

GMAT Application Fee

Registration fee in India$250
Enhanced Score Report$30
Additional Score Report$35 each
Cancel score$25
Reinstate score$50
AWA Essay Re-scoring$45

Steps to Apply for GMAT 2021

If you are planning to sit for the GMAT 2021, here’s the application procedure you need to follow diligently:

  • Go to the official website and register yourself with your personal and contact details.
  • Fill out the GMAT application form 2021.
  • Upload the required scanned photographs and documents.
  • Pay the application fee.
  • Keep a copy of the submitted form for future reference.

Admit Card

The admit cards for the GMAT 2021 will be released once you submit your application form. Keep checking the official website to get access to the admit cards.

GMAT Selection Process

The GMAT consists of a computer-based adaptive test.

GMAT 2021 Exam Pattern

The GMAT exam consists of 4 primary sections:

  • Analytical Writing
  • Integrated Reasoning
  • Quantitative Aptitude Section
  • Verbal Reasoning Section

The breakdown of marks per section, the number of questions, and the time duration are provided below:

SectionNumber of QuestionsScore RangeTime Duration
Analytical Writing Assessment1 essay0 to 630 minutes
Integrated Reasoning121 to 830 minutes
Quantitative316 to 5162 minutes
Verbal366 to 5165 minutes
Total********3 hours 7 minutes

GMAT 2021 Syllabus

The GMAT 2021 syllabus looks something like this:

SubjectSyllabus
Quantitative AptitudeNumber properties, Multiples and factors, Fractions, Decimals, Percentages, Averages, Powers and roots, Profit and loss, Simple and compound interest, Speed, time, and distance, Pipes, cisterns, and work time, Ratio and proportion, Mixtures, Descriptive statistics, Set theory, Probability, Permutation and combination, Monomials, polynomials, Algebraic expressions and equations, Functions, Exponents, Arithmetic and geometric progression, Quadratic equations, Inequalities and basic statistics, Lines and angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Circles, Rectangular solids and cylinders, Coordinate geometry
Verbal ReasoningVerb tense, Pronoun, Subject-verb agreement, Modifiers, Idioms, Parallelism, Comparison, Inference, Assumption, Evaluate, Strengthen and weaken, Boldface, Paradox
Integrated ReasoningTwo-Part analysis, Multi-Source Reasoning, Graphic Interpretation, Table Analysis
Analytical Writing1 essay

GMAT 2021 Result

The results for the GMAT 2021 are yet to be released by the officials. Keep checking the official website to know the result dates when they are uploaded.

GMAT 2021 Cut-offs

Each university has its own GMAT score criteria. Here are the required GMAT scores for the top 10 global business schools:

InstitutionsGMAT Scores
Massachusetts Institute of Technology720
Stanford University733
The University of California, Berkeley725
Harvard University, Massachusetts729
The University of California, Los Angeles719
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology770
The University of British Columbia, Vancouver550
The University of Western Ontario, Ontario661
University of Toronto665
National University of Singapore, Singapore670

Not many Indian colleges require GMAT scores to enroll new candidates. However, a handful of them recommend GMAT as an admission criterion. Here are the GMAT score requirements of top MBA institutes in India:

InstitutionsGMAT Score
Indian School of Business, Hyderabad700
Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad706
Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore695
Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta700+
Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow680
XLRI, Jamshedpur700
Indian Institute of Management, Indore580
S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai680
IMT, Ghaziabad690
Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai680

To know the GMAT cut off of your desired university, check out the said university's website.

GMAT 2021 Exam Analysis

These are the key topics that were noticed frequenting the GMAT exam papers:

  • General Knowledge
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Mathematical ability
  • Numerical Aptitude
  • General Mental ability
  • Analytical ability
  • Decision Making and Problem Solving
  • Basic Numeracy and Data Interpretation
  • Comprehension

Here are a few pointers you should keep in mind:

  • The GMAT exam is scored between 200 to 800.
  • The AWA essay score is calculated in intervals of 0.5 with the help of a machine algorithm as well as trained essay raters.
  • For the integrated reasoning section, scores are counted in intervals of 1. The score also depends on the number of questions answered; the higher, the better.
  • For the Verbal and Quantitative reasoning sections, the more you answer, the more you are marked. An interval of 1 is followed and the standard measurement for error is 3.
  • The total score is calculated in intervals of 10, with a standard measurement of error of 30 to 40 points.

Be thorough with each of the topics included in the GMAT syllabus, and keep track of time.

The GMAT Exam 2021 is not hard, but preparation is key. If you are familiar with the syllabus, you are good to go!

GMAT Preparation Tips

Here are a few tips to help you prepare for the GMAT 2021:

  • Every topic is equally important in the GMAT exam, so never skip any topic.
  • Study the economic trends, history, geography, and polity from India as well as an international perspective to ace the AWA.
  • Practice last years question papers from the official website.
  • Be thorough with numbers, for the quantitative reasoning section will test your numerical ability.
  • Refer to GMAT guide books.
  • Read preparation tips of previous GMAT examinees who scored well during their turn.

GMAT Question Papers

Here are a few previous years question papers for GMAT:

For more previous years question papers, visit the official GMAT website.

GMAT 2021 Books

Here's a list of books you can refer to for your GMAT preparation:

Name of Books
GMAT Official Guide, 2021 Bundle
Manhattan Prep's All the GMAT Bundle
Kaplan's GMAT Complete, 2021 Bundle
The Princeton Review's GMAT Premium Prep, 2021
Mometrix's GMAT Prep Book, 2020 & 2021
GMAT for Dummies, 2021
PowerScore GMAT Critical Reasoning Bible, 2020
Manhattan Prep's GMAT Foundations of Math
Manhattan Prep's GMAT Advanced Quant
Manhattan Prep's GMAT Foundations of Verbal

GMAT Study Plan

Here's how you should plan your study hours to make to most out of them:

  • Your mind should be fresh while sitting down to study. There should be as few distractions as possible.
  • Divide your focus on your speaking skills and your theoretical knowledge.
  • Make sure you have the previous years' papers and a few mock test centers around, to sit for practice tests.
  • Keep your eyes and ears open so that you are always up to date with current affairs. This is one of the best ways to learn. Watch news channels, read newspapers and magazines.
  • If reading too many books get exhausting, switch to alternative modes of learning that are more interesting: watch videos related to your study topics, find out movies and literary works pertaining to the core themes that will help you learn without sitting down and burying your head in a book.

Keeping track of the GMAT 2021 details will help you inch closer to your dream business school abroad or in India. Make sure you note down your application number and pay the application fee in time.

Arrange for proper internet connectivity and a working mobile/PC to successfully register yourself and submit your online application form. Go through the syllabi and exam patterns carefully to ace the GMAT 2021 exam with flying colors!