GMAT Vs CAT: Choose the best way for higher studies

CAT and GMAT are commonly known exams whenever we are planning for doing masters from top-rated business school. CAT is conducted for getting admission in top business colleges of India while GMAT is conducted for getting admission in top business schools globally.

Here we are going to do a comparative analysis between GMAT Vs CAT based on several factors including Scope, Level of competition, Exam pattern, Admission process, etc. just for helping the candidates in taking right decision after knowing all the information about both the tests.


CAT scores are mainly considered within the country by more than the 1000 business schools while GMAT is conducted globally and its score is considered within the universities of US, Canada, European and Asian universities.

Level of competition

Around two lakh candidates take the CAT exam and they give their best for around 2500 seats. You need at least 99% percentile for getting admission in universities that considers CAT score. If coming to GMAT, its score is acceptable both at the national and international levels. Hence, a large number of applicants fight for getting a seat in the best university around the globe. The level of competition is more in GMAT than the CAT.

Exam pattern

In GMAT, there are sections, they are Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, Analytical Writing and Integrated Reasoning. The test duration is a total of 3 hours and 7 minutes. Its absolute score is calculated out of 800 and percentile score is reported. While in CAT, There are three sections, they are Verbal ability and reading comprehension, data interpretation, and logical reasoning and last section is Quantitative Ability. Test duration is of 3 hours and the percentile score is reported.

Level of difficulty

For some candidates, CAT seems to be difficult and for some GMAT seems to be difficult. GMAT has a well-defined syllabus which makes it easier but CAT has a vast syllabus which is not well defined which makes it difficult. In CAT LRDI section is very hard to solve as it checks your ability to solve problems with logics and in GMAT IR section is a very easy section. Also, the quantitative section in GMAT is much easier but in CAT quantitative section considers different questions with different concepts. The verbal section in GMAT is considered to be tough that can make the test tough for those candidates who are not good in English. In GMAT difficulty level of every question depends upon the answer to the previous question.

Admission procedure

In GMAT, after clearing the test, selected candidates are chosen for basic essay writing, letter of recommendation and interviews. While in CAT, after clearing exam selected candidates go for group discussion, written ability test and personal interview.

Now you have seen the list of comparisons between GMAT and CAT, it will be easier to take an informative decision. The decision for GMAT Vs CAT involves a lot of factors. Candidates must choose the test after analysing all the factors. So do complete research and take calculated decisions for a successful career.

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