Why Choose CAT over GMAT?

Deciding upon getting a management degree, the question it next poses is – which exam to go for – GMAT or CAT?

Colleges Accepting These Scores

If you’re sure that you only want to apply to an MBA college in Ahmedabad or any other major city in the country itself, then there’s little point in considering GMAT at all. While CAT score is accepted by almost every MBA college in Ahmedabad, Delhi, Pune, and all other cities across the country, GMAT is accepted by many major colleges – but not all. But, if you have kept the option you studying management abroad open, then there might be a reason for you to look into how GMAT could be useful for you.


While CAT exam fee costs somewhere around Rs. 2000, you’d have to pay about Rs. 15000 for every GMAT attempt you give. And once you get admission into a b-school via CAT, your average fee for two years would be around Rs. 12 Lakh. GMAT score on the other hand would have you paying an average 20 to 65 Lakh rupees – for one year.

Syllabus of The Exams

While the syllabus of both these exams is almost the same, the difficulty level differs. While quant is a bit difficult in CAT, you’ll find the verbal section of GMAT to be a bit more exhaustive. To clear the verbal section of CAT, you have to be more of an avid reader than to concentrate too much on the specifics of grammar and vocabulary. GMAT puts a lot of stress on vocabulary, and there’ll be a large of number of words that you’ll have to understand and learn, in order to do well in this section.

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