GMAT Eligibility Criteria 2021 - Academic Qualification and Age Limit

GMAT Exam: Available year-round.

Mandatory gap of 16 days between two attempts. No more than 5 attempts in a span of 12 months.

Maximum Attempts: 8 (lifetime)

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GMAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria

GMAT or the Graduate Management Admission Test, is an exam which is used to take admission in various courses related to management. GMAT is conducted by GMAC or the Graduate Management Admission Council. The test is required to get into the various business schools offering these management courses all over the globe. The GMAT examination is a computer- based test. It evaluates a candidate’s ability to think and write analytically, verbal skills, that is speaking, quantitative skills and also reading skills.

The thing about GMAT exam which differentiates it from the other exams for taking admission in various management courses is that, the level of difficulty of each successive question depends upon the candidate himself. That is, being a computer- based exam, the candidate is asked to answer one question at a time, then on the basis of the answer given by the candidate, the difficulty of the next question will be set.

Recent changes: previously, the exam used to be of 4 hours duration. But starting from the year 2019, the duration of the exam has been shortened by 30 minutes. So now the exam is of 3 hours and 30 minutes, that is, including the time given for instructions and break. Also, the candidates have the freedom to choose whichever section they would like to answer first.  Now let us look at the various specifications if the GMAT exam.

Pattern of the exam: there are a total of 4 sections in GMAT. Total number of questions on the test is 80. The four sections are: integrated reasoning skills, analytical writing, verbal and quantitative skills.

Required educational qualification A graduate degree from a deemed university
Age Limit
  • Above 18 years of age
  • The exact age limit beyond 18 years of age is not specified.
  • In case of underage candidates, that is, 13 to 17 years of age, a written permission from the parents or guardian should be presented.
Number of attempts Five times in a period of 12 months. Number of attempts cannot be more than once in a period of 16 days.
Application fee $250 which is approximately equal to 15,000 to 16000 in Indian rupees.
GMAT registration Candidates can register throughout the year
Publication of results Results are displayed as soon as the exam is over
Number of questions and duration of each section:

  1. Analytical writing
  2. Integrated reasoning
  3. Quantitative
  4. Verbal
1 question, 30 minutes

12 questions, 30 minutes

31 questions, 62 minutes

36 questions, 65 minutes

Now let us look at the special features of the GMAT exam which makes it an effective and unique exam:

  • GMAT is not only a computer- based exam but it is a computer- based adaptive exam. This implies that the level of difficulty of the test is adjusted based on the analysis of the candidate’s answer of the previous questions. Since this gives an edge to the candidates, once a question is answered, the candidate cannot go back to that question.
  • Recently, there has been the much talked about change introduced by GMAC in the GMAT exam for the executive course in MBA. A new exam has been introduced called mini GMAT or the Executive Assessment Exam. This exam is introduced for those candidates who want to post graduate in E-MBA. As compared to the normal GMAT examination, this exam is if shorter duration.
  • The GMAT exam is consistent throughout the globe.