3 reasons why Indian B-Schools are looking at GMAT scores over CAT

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No longer is CAT the most preferred examination to take if you are an MBA aspirant seeking admission in an Indian B-School. Now, Indian institutes are increasingly looking at GMAT scores over CAT - one of the toughest exams every MBA aspirant in India eyes to crack to make way into the country's best B-Schools.

CrackVerbal, a test preparation training and admissions consulting company, says they are seeing a lot more students who want to explore taking the GMAT route to MBA admissions in the last few years.

Here are 3 reasons according to Crackverbal why Indian B-Schools are turning towards GMAT scores:

1) Indian MBA programs have realized there are a lot of people who might have missed the CAT bus and cannot wait for another year to retake the test. Compared to CAT, the GMAT offers the test-taker the luxury to take the test anytime of the year. Also because the scores are valid for five years, the b-school opens up a fairly large applicant pool for their admissions.

2) A lot of executives with significant work experience prefer a 1-year executive MBA program. For such people in their late 20s, and early 30s, GMAT offers the flexibility of taking the test multiple times a year. Also as it is offered all around the world - there are no geographical constraints.

3) CAT is not a standardized test whereas GMAT is. This means that your scores on the CAT can fluctuate a lot while your GMAT scores are pretty stable. This allows B-Schools to compare students who have taken the GMAT across years - whereas doing the same for CAT is not possible.

Though it is still early to say how much GMAT would impact CAT test-taking population, the signs are there. Many B-Schools in India are starting to understand this trend and are keeping both tracks open. You may apply with your CAT score or your GMAT score. TA Pai Manipal (TAPMI) is one such institute that offers admissions through both the GMAT and the CAT.

Another way to look at it would be to take both the CAT and the GMAT so you can keep your options open. The tests have some similarities so preparing for one could help you in the other.
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