GMAT gaining acceptance in India

Our Bureau Coimbatore | Updated on August 27, 2012 Published on August 27, 2012

If you have failed to crack CAT (Common Aptitude Test), look at GMAT (Graduate Management Aptitude Test) as an option to gain admission to any of the top ranked B-School in India and abroad.

Not that it is easy, but GMAT seems to have gained acceptance in India in recent years for admission to PG programmes, not just in business administration, but other streams as well.

“The GMAT score is accepted for admission to over 170 programmes offered at 82 business schools in India” said Ashish Bharadwaj, Regional Director – South Asia, Graduate Management Admission Council.

Ashish and Gaurav Srivastava, Associate Director – South Asia School Services, GMAC, were in the city to begin engagement with PSG Institute of Management and Amrita Business School here.

Ashish told Business Line that the number of B-schools accepting the GMAT score had grown to 82 in India in the last two-and-half years. The score is accepted by more than 5,400 graduate programmes worldwide, he added.

The GMAT exam is administered year-round at 19 test centres in India and many more around the world, he added.

“The test centre in Coimbatore was launched seven months back. We intend to add one more test centre in Mumbai and Delhi, but don’t see it happen in 2012, because, test centres are usually opened in the first quarter,” he said.

According to him, around 30,000 aspirants take the exam annually. Nearly 7,000 of these take the test at centres outside India. They are mostly techies on on-site engagement. The score is valid for five years, he said.

“The candidate cannot appear for the test more than once in 30 days and no more than five times in a year.”

To help aspiring Indian students pursue management education, GMAC launched the India Web site of GMAT – in October last.

The information portal also features an FAQ section called “Ask the Education Loan Expert”.

The Web site has multiple gateways to connect to the official global Web site of the GMAT, Ashish said.

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Published on August 27, 2012
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