CAT or GMAT? What do you prefer?

Nidhi Bahl updated on : 12 Nov 2016
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In India, the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores are accepted for admissions at more than 200 programmes offered at over 90 business schools.

 

Now that more Indian business schools are accepting GMAT scores for MBA admissions, the craze for the Common Admission Test (CAT) has been diluted to a certain degree. It will be incorrect to say that the value of CAT has been undermined by any context, but with introduction of GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test), the chances for students of getting into niche business schools in India and abroad has gone up reasonably.

According to reports by leading news agencies, the number of Indian students who took GMAT hit an all-time high last year. Figures released in news reports show that 22,878 applicants from India appeared for GMAT in the year 2013. This means that the number of test-takers has increased by 25% since 2010.

CAT aspirants can check their results at CAT Score Calculator and know the CAT accepting colleges available for admissions.

On the other hand, the reports also claimed that the number of applicants for CAT dipped to a seven-year low. Since 2010, the number of CAT test-takers has declined by 4%.

The new trend is being attributed to the country’s changing MBA education landscape where students are ditching two-year full-time MBA programmes to go for shorter management courses.

Currently, the CAT exam is applicable for admission to two-year full-time MBA courses only while GMAT is applicable to full-time (one year or two-year) Post Graduate courses in management.

Another reason behind CAT’s declining popularity could be GMAT’s flexible format, which allows candidates to take the test multiple times in a single year. Also, GMAT scores have longer validity.

 

Differentiators of CAT & GMAT:

 

 

CAT

GMAT

Administering body

Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs)

Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC) –the global non-profit council of leading business schools worldwide

Test frequency

Happens once a year

Can be taken up to 5 times in a year.

When do you get the score?

Results are announced much later at a fixed date

Score for Verbal and Quantitative section can be known immediately. But you have to wait up to 3 weeks for the official scores to reach you.

Validity of score

Valid for 1 year

Valid for a period of 5 years

Fees

Rs. 1600

US$250 – At current value, it is approximately Rs. 16000.

Courses accepting the scores

Two-year full-time MBA/PGP

Full-Time PGP (1 year or 2-year)

No. of schools In India accepting the score

Compulsory for IIMs and mostly all other top business schools accept CAT exam scores except a few that conduct their own entrance tests

GMAT exam is accepted for admission at more than 200 courses offered at over 90 business schools

Sections on the test

You have 2 hours and 50 minutes to attempt a total of 100 questions in 2 sections: Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (b) Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning.

You have 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete the 4 sections – Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, and Verbal

Test Format

Computer-Based Test

 

Computer-Adaptive Test

Booking your test

You can register for CAT 2014 from the official CAT 2014 website www.iimcat.ac.in

 

 

Choose the nearest GMAT test center by visit the GMAT official website, http://www.mba.com/india

After this, you can schedule the exam as per your convenience and register.

Who should take the test?

Both fresh graduates and working professionals can apply provided they meet the eligibility criteria

Both fresh graduates and working professionals can apply provided they meet the eligibility criteria

 

Institutes accepting GMAT scores in India

 

ISB, Hyderabad & ISB, Mohali

 

S.P Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai

 

IIM, Ahmedabad

 

IIM, Bangalore

 

Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai

 

School of Management, NMIMS, Mumbai

 

IIM, Calcutta

 

XLRI, Jamshedpur

 

IMT, Ghaziabad, Hyderabad, Nagpur & Dubai

 

IIM, Indore

 

IIM, Lucknow

 

ICFAI Business School, Hyderabad & Mumbai

 

IIM, Kozhikode

 

MDI, Gurgaon

 

FMS, Delhi

 

TAPMI, Manipal

 

Dept. of Management, BITS Pilani

 

XIM, Bhubaneswar

 

IIFT, Delhi & Kolkata

 

Goa Institute of Management, Goa

 

K.J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research, Mumbai

 

MICA, Ahmedabad

 

TISS, Mumbai

 

IMI, New Delhi, Bhubaneswar & Kolkata

 

VIT Business School, Vellore

 

Birla Institute of Management Technology, Noida

 

School of Business, Alliance University, Bangalore

 

Amity Business School, Noida

 

ISBF, Delhi

 

School of Management and Entrepreneurship - Shiv Nadar University, Greater Noida

IIT-DMS, Delhi, Kanpur, Bombay, Madras, Roorkee & Kharagpur

 

IIM, Ranchi

 

SDM Institute for Management Development, Mysore

PSG Institute of Management, Coimbatore

 

Adani Institute of Infrastructure Management, Ahmedabad

 

Europe Asia School of Business, Pune

 

School of Management - SRM University, Chennai

 

IIM, Rohtak

 

National Institute of Securities Markets, Mumbai

 

IIM, Shillong

 

FLAME, Pune

 

IIM, Tiruchirappalli

 

Mysore Royal Academy, MYRA School of Business, Mysore

 

IIM, Udaipur

 

Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies, Harihar & Pune

 

IIM, Raipur

 

IFMR, Chennai

 

NIFT, Delhi

 

NIT, Surathkal

 

Woxsen School of Business, Hyderabad

 

School of Business Studies, Sharda University, Noida

 

IILM Institute of Higher Education, New Delhi

 

Seshadripuram Institute of Management Studies, Bangalore

 

GITAM School of International Business, Visakhapatnam

 

Asia Graduate School of Business, Hyderabad

 

Amrita School of Business, Amrita ViswaVidyapeetham, Amritapuri, Bangalore, Kochi & Coimbatore

 

 

BIMS, Bangalore

 

B I I M, Bangalore

IISWBM, Kolkata

 

IILM Graduate School of Management, Greater Noida

 

ITM, Mumbai

 

Siva Sivani Institute of Management, Hyderabad

 

Jindal Global Business School, O.P Jindal University, Sonipat

 

NIIT, Neemrana (ICICI Business Leadership Program)

 

Apeejay School of Management, New Delhi

 

Acharya School of Management, Bangalore

 

AIMS School of Business, Bangalore

 

School of Telecom Management, Maharashtra Institute of Technology, Pune

 

Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad

 

SOIL, Gurgaon

 

Aegis School of Business and Telecommunication, Navi Mumbai

 

School of Economics, Pune

 

 

Prin. L.N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, Mumbai

Galgotias Business School, Uttar Pradesh, Greater Noida

 

Amity Institute of Telecom Technology and Management, New Delhi

 

Centre for Management, Mumbai

 

Apex Institute of Management, Pune

 

 

 

TASMAC, Pune

TERI School of advanced Sciences, TERI University, Delhi, Pune, Bangalore, Mumbai & Guwahati

 

Asian School of Business Management (ASBM), Bhubaneswar

 

College of Commerce, Shivaji University, Pune

 

International School of Management Excellence, Bangalore

 

Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, Gujarat

 

Doon Business School, Dehradun

 

G L Bajaj Institute of Management and Research, Greater Noida

 

International School of Telecom Technology and Management, Hyderabad

 

IFIM Business School, Bangalore

 

ISBR Business School, Bangalore

 

IIBM School of Business, Allahabad

 

Institute of Management, JK Lakshmipat University Jaipur

 

Indian Institute of Social Welfare & Business Mgmt., Kolkata

 

JRE School of Management, Greater Noida

 

Indian School of Business, Indore

 

IBA, Bangalore

 

School of Management, International Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar

 

Seshadripuram Institute of Management Studies, Bangalore

 

Lotus Business School, Pune

 

College of Commerce and Management, Pune

 

School of Management, Udaipur

 

Faculty of Management, Mody Institute of Technology and Science, Jamnagar

 

Spicer Memorial College, Secundrabad

 

National Management School, Chennai

 

National Schools of Business and Management Private Limited, Chennai

 

Praxis Business School, Kolkata

 

Pune Institute of Business Management, Pune

 

Vanguard Business School, Bangalore

 

Delhi School of Business, Delhi

 

Sadhana Centre for Management & Leadership Development, Pune

 

Sunstone Business School, Noida

 

 

 

Conclusion

CAT is definitely most popular & reputed entrance exam in India by virtue of its administering body – the IIM’s. Also, because of its age, CAT is widely recognised by most of the corporate and industries. GMAT, being a relatively new entrant in the MBA & PGDM world in India may be looked upon with raised brows, but it is definitely a force to be reckoned with in the near future.

As a student, it totally depends on what exam/s you choose to appear for. All we are saying is that GMAT may open up avenues for you in ways that you would never have imagined. So keep your options open and maybe, you would want to add another option for your perusal of management studies.

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