Difference between CAT and GMAT
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Difference between CAT and GMAT

Common Admission Test (CAT) and Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) are the tests conducted for the admission of Master of Business Administration (MBA).

CAT entrance exam is related for admission to two-year full-time MBA courses  while GMAT is related to full-time (one year or two-year) Post Graduate courses in management. These two entrance exams are most important exams for the admission of MBA in Indian Institute of Management (IIMs).

According to the recent report, 22878 applicants from India appeared for GMAT in the year 2016. This means that the number of aspirants has increased by 25% since 2016. Both the exams are difficult to pass. One need to prepare for this exam before 6 months of the exam scheduled. This will help an individual to get the good score in the above exams.

Difference between CAT and GMAT:

Common Admission Test (CAT):

  • CAT is the exam conducted for the admission of MBA in Indian Institute of Management (IIMs).
  • CAT exam happens once in a year.
  • CAT results are announced later at a fixed date.
  • The validity of CAT score is one year.
  • CAT score is accepted for two year full time MBA/PGP
  • CAT score is must for admission in IIMs and most of the other top business schools accept CAT score except the institutes that conduct their own entrance test for the admission.
  • CAT exam will be of 2 hours 50 minutes for total of 100 questions which is divided in to 2 sections: Quantitative ability & Data Interpretation, Verbal ability & logical reasoning.
  • The format of CAT exam is Computer based test.
  • An individual can register for CAT 2016 by visiting the official website of the CAT            //www.iimcat.ac.in
  • Fresh graduates and Professionals can apply for CAT exam if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT):

  • GMAT is the exam for the admission to MBA course in top business schools worldwide.
  • GMAT happens 5 times a year.
  • GMAT Score of verbal and quantitative section can be known immediately. But for official and total score, candidates need to wait for 3 weeks.
  • GMAT score is valid up to 5 years.
  • GMAT score is accepted for Full-time PGP either for 1 or 2 years.
  • GMAT exam score is accepted for admission at more than 200 courses offered at over 900 business schools.
  • GMAT will be of 3 hours 30 minutes which is divided in to 4 sections: Analytical writing assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative & verbal.
  • GMAT is of Computer- Adaptive Test.
  • An individual can register for GMAT at the nearest test center or by visiting the official website of the GMAT //www.mba.com/india
  • Fresh graduates and Professionals can apply for GMAT exam if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Below are the institutes that accept GMAT scores in India:





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




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





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

Amity Institute of Telecom Technology and Management, New Delhi




Apex Institute of Management, 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




Both CAT and GMAT are the popular entrance exams conducted for the admission to MBA/PGP courses. CAT is the exam whose score is valid for 1 year and accepted only in the Business Schools located across India. GMAT is the exam whose score is valid for 5 years and accepted for the admission in the Business Schools located world- wide.

GMAT is the best exam as it provides many opportunities after completion of the entrance exam and one can complete the MBA degree in one of the top B-School or completion of the course studied through GMAT.

Ask our Counsellors


0 # Vivaan 2017-02-16
Hello sir, I have just completed my B.Arch.from Jalaun Can i take admission in MBA, Please tell me the procedure
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0 # Shruti 2017-02-17
Hii, yes you can take admission in MBA, but for getting good MBA college in Jalaun, you have to clear entrance exam i.e. CAT, MAT
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