CAT or GMAT: Which One to Choose and Why?

CAT or GMAT? This is one of the biggest dilemmas that many students confront when thinking about entrance test for B-schools. While both of them are known to be the greatest aptitude test exams, there are some similarities and differences between the two that makes it a big question to choose anyone between the two. So, here we are with a small and crisp section, discussing which entrance exam to choose and when. Let’s get started.

1. Syllabus and Rules
CAT: The test comprises of three sections: Verbal, Quant, and DI/LR. The level of difficulty keep on varying in every section. To prepare for CAT, one needs to have a dedication for solving the questions with efficiency and speed. The score scale should be very good in CAT as even the 99+ percentile does not guarantee shortlisting from IIM.
GMAT: This exam has the toughest verbal section, which consists of critical reasoning, reading comprehension, and sentence correction. Quant is comparatively simpler and analytical writing is quite straight. However, integrated reasoning is a part that challenges time management qualities of the student and is tough though. 700+ is usually considered as a good score in GMAT.

2. Exam Appearance
CAT: A student can appear for CAT only once in a year.
GMAT: A student can appear for GMAT 5 times in a year. The next attempt can happen after 16 days of the previous one.

3. Management Institutes
CAT: CAT score is valid in India only and is preferred for admissions in IIM’s or other high ranked B-schools like FMS Delhi, IMT Ghaziabad, FORE School of Management, IFMR Chennai, NIRMA etc.
GMAT: GMAT opens up gates for the finest institutions in India as well as abroad. Harvard Business School, INSEAD in France, London Business School are some of the prestigious institutions that consider GMAT. Also, leading B schools in India like IIM Ahmedabad, Calcutta, Bangalore, Mohali, and others accept GMAT.

4. Money and Exposure
CAT: The fee for CAT exam registration is 25$ (for General category) and 13$ (SC, ST, DA category).
GMAT: The fee for GMAT exam is 250$.

Final Verdict: While is difficulty level is almost equal in both the exams, CAT is an option for those who want an admission to a B-school after graduation. Plus, CAT can be opted for a good consideration within India and it costs less fee also. On the other hand, if you are working professionals and looking out for a good work opportunity, better salary, and have plans for admission in B-schools, for MS programs in abroad or India, opt for GMAT.

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