GMAT Syllabus 2021

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GMAT 2021 Syllabus

GMAT – Graduate Management Admission Test is a computer adaptive test conducted to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program. It was started in 1953 and now has more than 7000 programs at approximately 2300 graduate business schools around the world. Mostly B schools consider GMAT score for the admission as the eligibility criteria. The competition is really tough and is not a cake walk to crack the GMAT examination. Candidates should be totally prepared for the examination.


It is important the interested applicants should be aware of the exam pattern and the syllabus of the GMAT examination. The duration of the examination is 3 hours and 30 minutes with two optional breaks in between for 8 minutes. Interested applicants should remember that they cannot skip any of the sections as all the sections are mandatory. The test pattern for the GMAT exam is as follows:-


Questions Time in Minutes
Analytical Writing Assessment 1 30
Integrated Reasoning 12 30
Quantitative Reasoning 31 62
Verbal Reasoning 36 65

Analytical Writing Assessment section of the exam is to evaluate the writing style of the candidate. Applicant would need to analyse a given argument and write a critique on it. The argument topics are mostly of general interest and may be related to business. It is to assess the applicant’s ability to organize the thoughts and the usage of given evidence to support the viewpoint. Applicant should be able to examine and analyse the given argument and figure out the reasoning behind an argument. Applicant should be sure of the right grammar usage while presenting the answer and should be supported with appropriate examples and explanation.

The various topics covered in other sections are as follows:-

Integrated Reasoning Quantitative Reasoning Verbal Reasoning
Multi -Source Reasoning Arithmetic (Real numbers, square root,  decimals, fractions, percentages, discrete probability etc) Reading Comprehension
Table Analysis Algebra (Linear equations, exponents and functions, absolute value etc.) Critical Reasoning
Graphics Interpretation Geometry (Angles, circles, coordinate geometry, polygons etc.) Sentence Correction
Two Part Analysis Word problems (Simple and compound interest, data interpretation and measurement problems, profit and loss, discounts etc.)

The detailed topics that are included in the Quantitative Reasoning are Maths formulas, Integers, Decimals, Fractions, Number properties, Order of operations, Percentage, Ratio and proportion, Profit and loss, Simple and compound interest, Speed, distance and time, Permutation & combination, Linear equations, Quadratic equations, Sets Theory, Statistics: Average, Median, Mode, Range, Standard deviation, Powers and roots, Probability, Pipes, cisterns, work, time, Lines and angles, Triangles, Polygon, Quadrilateral, Circles, Co-ordinate geometry, Volume and surface area.

The topics in verbal reasoning are Basic sentence structure, Nouns, pronouns and adjectives, verb tense, idioms and idiomatic expressions, pronoun agreement, subject verb agreement, modifiers and parallelism.

Preparation Books

It is important that the interested applicants start the basic preparations from the beginning of months. It is highly recommended to design the study plan and stick to the schedule for the preparation of the examination. Applicant should remember that the verbal ability and quantitative aptitude are the two most scoring sections of the examination, if the applicant is totally prepared. The verbal ability section has the most questions with 36 questions, quantitative section has 31 questions and one essay writing. This scoring will help the applicants to prepare the strategy to crack the examination.

Interested applicants should follow the below books for the preparation:-

  1. Books for Verbal and Grammar are as follows:-
  • 30 Days to More Powerful Vocabulary
  • GMAT Sentence Correction (Manhattan Prep GMAT Strategy Guides)
  • The Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review 2019 with Online Question Bank and Exclusive Video
  1. Books for Quantitative section are as follows:-
  • The Official Guide for GMAT Quantitative Review 2019
  • Total GMAT Math: Volume 1
  • GMAT Advanced Quant: 250+ Practice Problems & Bonus Online Resources
  • GMAT Algebra Strategy Guide (Manhattan Prep GMAT Strategy Guides)
  • GMAT Geometry
  1. Books for Essay Writing are as follows:-
  • MBA Admissions Strategy: From Profile Building to Essay Writing
  • GRE Analytical Writing: Solutions to the Real Essay Topics (Test Prep Series)
  • GRE CAT-Answers to Real Essay Questions by Acro
  • Graduate Admissions Essays
  1. Books for Reasoning are as follows:-
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning
  • A Modern Approach to Verbal Reasoning
  • GMAT Critical Reasoning (Manhattan Prep GMAT Strategy Guides)

Apart from above books there are several apps and online portals. Applicants can download the app easily from the play store and can learn from various YouTube Channel. It comprises several sets of practice question papers. Solving the set of questions papers is best practice any applicant can do as it would help in evaluating the strength and weakness of individual. App and online learning provides interactive sessions, detailed presentations, visual or graphic representations of data. This makes the studies interesting and fun to learn the topics and prepare better for the examination.