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MBA has been kind of a ‘staple’ degree for Indian families for years now. Many students wish to do an MBA and find job using campus placements and then ‘life set hai!’. In the past few years, doing an MBA from an international university has become quite popular. Universities like Harvard, Stanford, Oxford, etc have become the dream schools for a lot of international aspirants. Rightfully so! They are the top Business Schools in the world!! While the basic concepts of an MBA are the same, the subjects, teaching quality, cost, infrastructure, application process, entrance exams, etc. vary greatly.
International B-Schools can be really expensive, with an MBA degree costing up to 85 lacs INR, while Indian Schools have an average fees of 20 lacs INR. Even the entrance exams have a drastic difference in cost.
Speaking of entrance exams, here are some more difference between the CAT and the GMAT exams:
The syllabus of CAT and GMAT is almost the same. They both focus on verbal and quantitative skills of the the test-taker. However, they focus on these sections quite differently.
While the GMAT is more focused on logical reasoning, the CAT focuses more on quantitative skills. The Quantitative section of the GMAT is easier as compared to that of the CAT, while the Logical reasoning and verbal section of the CAT is easier than that of the GMAT.
The CAT exam is tailored towards Indian Education Standards, while the GMAT is accepted globally by all the unversities.
After July 2017, before starting the GMAT exam, you can choose the order in which you want to take up the various sections. This definitely helps in devising a strategy based on your strengths and weaknesses.
The GMAT Exam lasts for 210 minutes, while the CAT exam is of 180 minutes.
The fees of the GMAT exam is $250, which is about 17,000 rupees, the fees for the CAT exam is 1900 rupees.
You can apply only to the Indian B-schools using your CAT score. Indian B-schools include IIMs, IBS, etc.
You can apply to universities abroad. Some Indian B-schools have also started accepting GMAT scores.
You can attempt the CAT exam as many times as you like. However, the exam is conducted only once a year.
You can retake the GMAT up to 5 times in any 12-month period. The difference between two consecutive exams has to be more than 16 days. You can give the test no more than 8 times in a lifetime.
Also, if you score an 800 on the exam, you will not be allowed to retake the test for another 5 years!
The GMAT exam is conducted multiple number of times a year.
The CAT score is valid for a year. The GMAT exam is valid for 5 years.
The CAT is a more popular exam as compared to the GMAT exam. This is because it is cheaper and available for Indian Institutes. This also means that it is more competitive and, therefore, difficult to lie in the top percentile of scorers.
The GMAT is comparatively easier to score higher in due to lower Indian competitors. However, do not forget the large number of test takers from other countries!
That GMAT exam is scored out of 800. It consists of 5 scores. One overall score, a subscore each for the Verbal section, Quantitative section Analytical Writing Assessment and Integrated Reasoning sections. Each of the subscores will be scored from 0 to 60. For each of your scores, you will also receive a percentile rank, which shows the percentage of exam takers who scored below you (based on everyone who has taken the GMAT in the last 3 years). So if you score in the 70th percentile, it means that 70% of test-takers scored lower than you did.
There is no negative marking in GMAT. However, GMAT is an adaptive exam. This means that if you keep getting questions right, the upcoming questions would be tougher. So if you get a question wrong, it is very expensive because the next questions would be easier and would thus carry lesser marks.
That CAT exam has a total of 300 marks and 100 questions. For every correct answer, you get 3 marks, and for every wrong answer you lose 1 mark. There are three subsections: Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR). They have 34, 34 and 32 questions respectively. The CAT score is also in percentile form.
Most international B-Schools require you to have at least 2 years of work experience before admitting you to their MBA program. Therefore, for someone who is looking to directly start working at a managerial position, it is more feasible to give the CAT and study MBA in India.
Both admissions processes involve personal interviews in most cases.
Since MBA is an extremely practical degree, it is recommended that you do gain some work experience before pursuing it.
Now, if you’re not sure whether or not you want to go abroad or not, of even in doing an MBA is the right move for you right now, but you have some time on your hands right now, you can always take the GMAT exam. It’s score is valid for 5 years, so even if down the line you do decide to go abroad or apply to some B-Schools in India, you have your GMAT scores ready.
It takes a lot of work to prepare for the GMAT. Read our guide to GMAT Preparation for some tips!
Aspirants planning to apply for GMAT can do so from the official website of GMAT.
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