CAT vs GMAT: Choosing the Right Test for You in 2021
CAT vs GMAT: Choosing the Right Test for You in 2021 - A common dilemma for MBA aspirants is choosing between CAT and GMAT. Here’s an attempt to help you understand which exam to choose. Read the complete article below to know more. Each year there are thousands of applicants who are in a conundrum when it comes to opting for either CAT or GMAT.
It is a major decision for them because giving these exam tests opens doors to a number of opportunities for the aspirants. However, it has been noticed that there is a predicament that the applicants face as to which test to sit for and which one they have a better chance of clearing. These exams take place to weed out those who are not ready for the grueling MBA programme. So before they finalize the exam, it is important for them to know what these two exams offer. They need to know certain details of both these exams.
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|Exam Full Form||Common Admission Test (CAT)||Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)|
|Exam Conducting Body||Indian Institute of Management||Graduate Management Admission Council|
|Basic Eligibility||Bachelor's degree with minimum 50% of marks||Bachelor's degree (No minimum percentage)|
|Scorecard validity||In India (Valid for one year only)||Global/ for 5 years|
|Frequency||Once a year||Anytime of the year|
|Exam sections||Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning||Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment and Integrated Reasoning (GMAT Syllabus)|
|Number of questions||100*||81*|
|Number of sections||3||4|
|Exam duration||3 hour||3 hour|
|Mode of exam||Online||Online|
|Marking scheme||+3 for correct answer|
-1 for incorrect answer
Number of Attempts
GMAT can be given a number of times throughout the year, whereas CAT can only be given once a year. CAT leaves no space for flexibility. In GMAT you can take the exam five times a year. This gives room for flexibility, as applicants can choose the date when they want to give the GMAT.
What they test?
Another distinguishing factor between the two tests is how they probe an applicant. CAT examination focuses more on interpreting data and quantitative analysis. On the other hand, the GMAT focuses more on analytical skills and verbal reasoning. Applicants need to understand that companies that recruit MBAs are looking for people who have good communication skills, critical thinking, and leadership.
Validity of CAT score
This is a major differentiating factor between the two examinations. A CAT score is valid for only one year. There are a few institutions that consider an applicant’s CAT score of the previous year. On the other hand, an applicant’s GMAT score will be valid for five years. Again as far as flexibility is concerned, GMAT is more adaptable.
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Choice of institutions
CAT score is accepted by IIMs and other B-Schools. Applicants need to remember that CAT at its very core is Indian education-centric. So if they are looking to get an admission in one of the Indian B-Schools, CAT is the right exam to take.
GMAT score is accepted by Indian as well as B-Schools across the world. In other words, an applicant has more options to choose from. Just because the number of B-Schools increases, it doesn’t mean that the quality reduces. On the contrary, the quality of the B-School also increases. Top B-Schools such as Harvard Business School, Wharton, and Stanford all accept GMAT scores, adding to its value.
Ease of admissions
When it comes to CAT, admission to the college of choice is not easy. Only a handful of applicants get the colleges they want. Because the number of applicants is a lot and the seats less, the Government of India has even opened a number of IIMSs across the country in the past few years. Till 1996, there were only six IIMs in the country, the first ones being established in 1961. Now there are 20 IIMs in the country out of which seven have been established in the past three years.
If we talk about GMAT, it is much easier for the applicants to get the college of their choice. The main reason for this is that B-Schools across the world accept GMAT scores. Moreover, even IIMs have started accepting GMAT scores. Because B-Schools are spread out across the globe when it comes to GMAT, applicants have more options to choose from.
Sameer Kamat who is the founder of MBA Crystal Ball, a management admission consultancy and Careerizma, says, “As a thumb rule for applicants who have less than two years of experience, CAT is a better option since GMAT MBA programmes expect more experience (five years is the average experience in top B-Schools). Having said this, I strongly believe that MBA students can extract better value from the degree only if they have spent enough time (three-four years) understanding how the corporate world works at the operational level. Without that exposure, a highly practical course such as MBA can end up being another theoretical experience.”
Sameer also said that over the past few years it has been noticed that an increasing number of MBA graduates from India (including the top tier institutes) have been approaching them for help with their second MBA applications. The primary reason they cite – their first MBA degree happened too early and it did not deliver what they were expecting. According to Sameer, it is a colossal waste of the first opportunity, not to mention time, energy, and money. Imagine putting in double the effort and time, and a significantly bigger investment pursuing the same degree twice. He feels that whether aspirants go for CAT or GMAT, it is best to do it once (whether in India or abroad), and make the most of it.
Cost is the single most decisive factor which makes CAT a better option than GMAT. Although CAT is held only once a year, the examination fee is mere Rs. 1,800. If you compare it with GMAT then the cost of the examination is $250 or Rs. 16,000 (per attempt). Pursuing MBA in India is cheaper than pursuing MBA from an overseas university. For applicants who want to pursue their MBA in India, CAT is a good option, but if he or she wants to apply to a foreign university and is willing to spend the money, then they should opt for GMAT.
Format of the test
This is again one area where these two exams differ greatly. GMAT is more of a computer adaptive test. This indicates that CAT is adjusted to the level of difficulty based on your performance of the previous question. For example, if you answer your first question with ease, your next question will be relatively difficult. The level of difficulty will keep on changing according to your caliber. On the other hand, if you are unable to answer the question, your next question will be an easy one. Coming to the CAT’s format, it is linear. CAT questions are picked on a random basis from a question bank and you have the option of not answering the question.
What is the difference in the calculation of scores?
Another major difference between the two is that how scores are calculated in both these exams. CAT is scored in percentile, while GMAT is absolute. Your CAT percentile depends on how others have also scored in the exam. In GMAT irrespective of how other applicants perform, if you do well in the exam, you will get a good score.
Number of applicants
Over the past few years, it has been observed that the number of applicants for both tests has been on a steady rise. The number is almost the same for both tests. This makes it difficult for the person to get the college of choice more complex in CAT because the number of colleges is significantly lower than that of the GMAT. It is simple, more students compete against each other for fewer seats.
Choosing which examination to sit for totally depends on the applicant. It depends on the circumstances surrounding the applicant. GMAT is good for those who are already working, while CAT is good for those who want to do their MBA immediately after their bachelor’s in India.
In the end, it is totally up to the applicants which exam they want to sit for. Applicants should choose the exam which is more appropriate for them.
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Questions related to CAT
i want admission on iim for that i had to clear CAT exam so i need full details about CAT course
CAT is not a course rather an entrance examination through which you can get into IIMs and many other B-schools.
Here's the complete detail about CAT
CAT i. e Common Admission Test is a national level entrance examination for admission in MBA/PGDM in B- Schools, including IIMs and several other prestigious B- Schools. It is conducted by IIMs themselves every year in rotation in online mode/computer based examination in English medium and it is accepted by 1100+ B-Schools.
>>>>>>>> Eligibility criteria
CAT eligibility criteria says that:
To be eligible for CAT ,
you need a Bachelor's/graduation degree in any discipline
you must have got at least 50 per cent marks or equivalent CGPA in your graduation . SC/ST/PH students need only at least 45 percentage in Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline to be eligible .
Candidates who are in the final year of their graduation are also eligible for CAT examination.
There is no age restriction to be eligible
It is not mandatory to have work experience to be eligible
For detailed information about eligibility go through
>>>>>>>> CAT examination pattern:-
CAT EXAMINATION PATTERN
Mode of examination
Online i. e Computer-Based Mode
Name of the Section
There are 3 sections :-
----------) VARC i. e Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
----------) DILR i. e Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
----------) Quantitative Aptitude
Types of questions asked
There are 2 types of questions in CAT
----------) mcqs &
----------) non - mcqs
---------) +3 marks for each correct answer
---------) -1 marks for each wrong answer in case of MCQs ,
---------) No negative marking is there for wrong answers in case of non-mcqs
You can get the complete examination pattern:-
>>>>>>>> How to prepare for CAT
Follow the below tips:-
********* First of all go through its syllabus and examination pattern so that you can prepare accordingly.
Your CAT examination has 3 sections :-
----------) VERBAL ABILITY AND READING COMPREHENSION ( VARC) :- Reading is the key to score good marks in VARC, you need to go through newspapers, articles, journals, etc so that you can improve your reading skills. While reading note down the new words and write their meanings to improve your vocabulary. You need to practice questions based on comprehension, para jumbles and inference.
>>>> Best books for VARC
Word Power made easy by Norman Lewis ( to improve your vocabulary)
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay
Mastering the Verbal Ability for CAT by Ajay Singh
----------)DATA INTERPRETATION AND LOGICAL REASONING (DILR) :- You need to practice topics like blood relations ,seating arrangements, syllogisms,Propositions, etc to have a good hold on this section. Unlike maths, there's no formula in DILR so practice is the key, the more you practice, the better you get.
>>>> Best books for DILR :-
How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CAT by K. Sinha Nishit
----------)QUANTITATIVE ABILITY (QA) :- First clear your basics of maths, you need to go through topics like profit and loss, geometry, Arithmetic, number system, Time-Speed and Distance etc . Avoid the use of calculator so that you can do improve your calculation speed. For each topic, you can write down important fomulas and short tricks on a sheet of paper so that it's easy for you during revision.
>>>> Best best books you can follow for QA:-
How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Arun Sharma
Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Nishit K. Sinha
Quantitative Aptitude Quantum by Sarvesh K Verma
********* Make a time table, give more time to the subject you are weak at , for example if you are weak at Quantitive ability then give it more time.
********* Plan your studies, and set daily, weekly and monthly goals and meet them without any fail.
*********Solve previous year question papers of CAT :-it will let you know the examination pattern, type and difficulty level of questions, also concepts behind the question often gets repeated, so you should definitely solve year papers . You can get cat previous year question papers at https://bschool.careers360.com/articles/cat-question-papers
*********Once you are done with complete CAT syllabus then go through CAT mock test papers , it will let you know your preparation level and and weak areas so that you can work on them and perform well in your examination
For detailed information about how to prepare go through
can you please guide me where I star preparing for cat exam
A proper mindset and dedication is required to crack CAT entrance. You need to make a proper time table, a proper strategy. Understand the pattern of the exam, your capability, your strong and weak area/portion.
There are total 3 section in CAT exam -
- Verbal and reading comprehension (VARC)
- Data interpretation and logical reasoning (DI and LR)
- Quantitative analysis (QA)
Try to read a lot of vocabulary related books such as Word power made easy, or you can read any novels too, This will make your reading comprehension more strong in verbal section.
Read the newspaper everyday, this will make you aware about the current affairs.
Complete the basic concepts of quanta, you can start doing maths problem of 10th grade.
You can join any class for CAT exam, this will help you to make your doubts clear.
Start giving mock tests, as you know practice makes a man perfect. Try to practice a lot this will help in boost your confidence and your flow. Join the test series and stick to your schedule. Focus on smart learning.
Later on, test your accuracy and your preparation. Solve previous year papers, don't lose hope if you aren't scoring well in mock tests. Try to give your best.
Stay motivated and focused.
Hope this helps !
All the best for your bright future
from where most of questions comes in CAT exam
You have to be regular with your studies , be updated about current affairs, for making vocab string you should read newpaper , books.
regularity is the most important thing for crack the CAT.
every year questions are different so it is hard to predict.
i hope this information is helpful for you.
I am currently in my final year in the 5th semester of my college. my 6th and final semester will get over by July. can I give the cat exam then fir MBA admissions
Yes it is possible that student who is pursuing his last year in bachelor's degree can appear for Common Aptitude Test for MBA admission. However the candidate must have completed their bachelor's degree with minimum 50% marks in the aggregate and 45% marks for reserved categories.
For more details click here:
can I get q govt seat for 520 marks in Karnataka, I am OBC cat 1 pls say
According to prior year's cut-offs or scores, your prospects of getting into a government medical institution in Karnataka under the first category are high.
Private institutions or designated universities, on the other hand, may provide opportunities.
You may see the previous year's cut-off (AIQ) and the state quota for Karnataka below.
Click below to see which institutions you might be eligible for based on your category, state quota, and NEET score.
I hope it helps.