GMAT vs CAT is a huge muddle for aspirants of MBA world. And it is within this scenario, the very infamous question comes up of whether one should go for MBA program in India or abroad, the constant dilemma of CAT or GMAT.
Among others, one interesting and striking difference between CAT and GMAT is the test focus. While GMAT is popular for conducting the toughest English exam, on the other hand, CAT is known for the really difficult Quantitative Section.
Read further and discover the best option for you to pursue between GMAT and CAT.
EXAM SYLLABUS AND PATTERN: GMAT vs CAT
|· Analytical writing – One topic|
|· Verbal ability- 35 questions|
|· Integrated reasoning- 12 questions|
|· Data interpretation and logical reasoning- 32 questions|
|· Quantitative- 37 questions||· Quantitative aptitude- 34 questions|
|· Verbal section- 41 question|
|3HOURS 7 MINUTES / 187 MINUTES|
|3 HOURS / 180 MINUTES|
|· Analytical writing – 30minutes|
|· Verbal ability- 60 minutes|
|· Integrated reasoning- 30 minutes|
|· Data interpretation and logical reasoning- 60 minutes|
|· Quantitative- 62 minutes|
|· Quantitative aptitude- 60 minutes|
|· Verbal section- 65 minutes|
*The number of questions mentioned is indefinite
EXAMINATION TREND: GMAT vs CAT
SYLLABUS CONCENTRATION: GMAT vs CAT
Quantitative Ability Section
Both GMAT and CAT give problems to solve in pre-algebra, algebra, statistics, geometry, numeric properties, and so on. Also, CAT allows the use of a calculator for quant section while GMAT doesn’t.
However, CAT quant section targets more on solving problems mentally despite the use of a calculator.
Verbal Ability Section
The concentration on comprehension for the verbal ability section is heavier for CAT, while the weightage on English grammar is heavier for GMAT. Unlike GMAT, CAT Verbal Ability deals with paragraph structures and not grammatical structures.
CAT Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning and GMAT Integrated Reasoning section
This section is where CAT and GMAT run in a very different direction with the only common comparability being graphs, mathematical operations and charts. The graphs and charts for CAT exam is less complex compared to GMAT. GMAT graphs and charts are more detailed.
CAT Logical Reasoning
CAT LR requires detection and comprehending of the logical patterns which is something GMAT doesn’t directly include in their test.
(*The major test focus difference between the two is that CAT is oriented towards problem solving skills, and GMAT is oriented towards English/communication skills and decision making)
VALIDITY AND ELIGIBILITY: GMAT vs CAT
|Score Validity||5 years||1 year|
|Work experience||Depends on the institute||Not Needed|
|Post Exam||Statement Of Purpose(SOP)/essays /Personal interview (PI)||Group Discussion (GD)/Personal Interview (PI)/Written Test Ability (WAT)|
*Work Experience requirement for GMAT depends on the institute. While most institutes do not require W.E, others specify 2 years minimum or more. Check the institutes’ official website for concrete details.
CAT and GMAT, each have potential of its own that is all sorts of rewarding. For employed professionals or undergrad students aiming to get a business degree, preparing for GMAT stands as the better option. For the rest of the individuals who is looking for a fast start into business programs and the rewards that follow, preparing for CAT is the better option. Good luck!