GMAT vs CAT Differences

Best MBA BookFor most international MBA applicants, the GMAT vs CAT dilemma is a no-brainer. Right? But you’d be surprised at how many folks who are just starting out have queries such as ‘Which is more difficult – CAT or GMAT? Which one should I go for? Should I use CAT material to prepare for the GMAT syllabus? Does the GMAT also have nine lives like the CAT?

Well, ok…the last one might be a figment of our imagination. Pretty much like the questions that many who haven’t read Beyond The MBA Hype have about international MBA programs. If you haven’t read it yet, get a copy ASAP.

[Caution: It might shake you up a little…but hey, if you can’t survive a book, how will you take on the real course?]

Most MBA aspirants would be aware that the CAT score is a compulsory requirement for the IIMs and also accepted by several Indian MBA institutes. However, if you are planning to study abroad, the GMAT score is essential. Some of the MBA colleges in India that accept CAT scores may also consider the GMAT score. However the best international business schools where GMAT is an essential requirement would never accept the CAT score. A majority of MBA applicants in India take the CAT, some opt for the GMAT while others are on the crossroads and undecided between the two.

It’s not just a case of which is tougher – CAT or GMAT – it’s more a question of which is more appropriate for you.

To assist you make up your mind, you need to be aware of the various facts, test formats and have a clear picture of how the CAT and GMAT differ from each other.

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Before leaving the site, to get a first-hand experience of GMAT questions, try your hand at this free GMAT practice exam. It’ll only take around 20 minutes to complete. You’ll get a feel for the level of difficulty to expect.

Btw, if you aren’t good with competitive tests, you should definitely read what can happen to those who fail entrance exams.

Sameer Kamat
Founder of MBA Crystal Ball | Author of Beyond The MBA Hype & Business Doctors Connect with me on Google+ | Twitter @mba_cb | Facebook


  1. Manish says:

    Hey, I wanted to know if IIMA , IIMB and IIMC accepts GMAT scores of an Indian candidates? I am not able to understand from their website.

  2. Sameer Kamat says:


    You are referring to their conventional CAT based programs, right? Short answer is – they do.

    For instance, IIM Ahmedabad (IIMA) accepts GMAT scores from Indian candidates for their PGP, PGP-PMP and FPM programs. Here’s the link for IIM Ahmedabad PGP Admissions requirement

    IIM Bangalore (IIMB) accepts GMAT scores for PGSEM and PGPPM.

    IIM Calcutta (IIMC) accepts it only from NRI/ PIO / Foreign national candidates for their PGDM & PGDCM courses.

    Of course for their PGPX, EPGP, PGPEX courses, it is exclusively on the basis of GMAT scores.

  3. Anshuman says:

    Is der any fees difference in IIM’s for Post Graduate Programme in Management if we take admission through GMAT instead of CAT???Do they charge extra from students admitted through GMAT???

  4. Sameer Kamat says:

    Anshuman, only the test criteria is different, not the fees.

    For instance, here’s the IIMA page that lists only a single fee irrespective of the test score you submitted: IIMA PGP Fees

  5. Shuvajoy says:

    I’m planning to take the GMAT in 2015, & I had a few queries. It will be very nice if you could clarify them.I will give you my entire academic profile so that you can appraise & tell me what I should do.

    I graduated in 2008 from Calcutta University with English Honors. I had two “pass” subjects, namely Political Science & Philosophy. The marks in these subjects are not considered to calculate the percentage in graduation in Calcutta University. So during the selection process, will those marks be taken into consideration? 1st class is awarded if 60% marks is scored. My scores were as follows:
    1st year (only pass subjects)- 40%
    2nd Year (only English, which was my major)- 60.25%
    3rd Year (Only English which was my major)- 55%

    My scores in class 10 was 86%, & in 12 it was 77%.. What do you think my GPA would be??

    ISB Hyderabad says minimum of 2 years of work exp is required for admission. Does it mean 2 years of “continuous” work exp, or 2 years of work exp in total? I’ve been working at LIC Housing Finance Ltd for the past 6 months, but I’m about to quit this organisation, as I’ve been selected as a probationary officer in a leading bank. Now, the date of joining the bank is unknown. So will this break in service period be taken into account??

    Apart from that, I’m also pursuing correspondence courses in MBA from ICFAI University & MA in Sociology from IGNOU. Will the marks in these courses be taken into consideration while calculating my GPA??

    I know the mail is a long one, but it will really be helpful if you could take the pain to clarify my doubts.

    Thanks a lot in advance


  6. khushboo says:

    i want to know dat if i prepare for cat ,will it help me to crack gmat or both the xams have different approach nd strategies for success..n i m from isc board where dey consider best four out of five subjects to calculate the overall this criteria will be levied to calculate my %age or i have to take all d five subject into consideration while applying for cat..or gmat kindly response if u knw anything regarding this

  7. Sameer Kamat says:

    1. Bschools ask for the transcript, which shows them the aggregate as well as the subject-wise breakup. You could get a query or two for the pass subjects. So be prepared to answer them.
    2. Here’s a low-down on Percentage to GPA conversion
    3. The work-experience doesn’t have to be continuous. But if you have breaks, prepare yourself for another justification.
    4. Correspondence courses: You could mention it as an additional qualification, instead of your final degree.

    @ Khushboo: Don’t use CAT material for GMAT. Also, not a good idea to use sms lingo when you are getting advice on MBA options, where written communication skills are so important for success. I had trouble understanding what you’ve written.

  8. Mou Mukherjee says:

    Dear Mr. Kamat,

    I appreciate the effort you’ve put for this website & answering all our queries. I was really wondering what I should do, I can not appear in CAT as I did not have 50% in my Graduation. Whereas, I prepare myself for GMAT instead.
    I would be glad if you kindly let me know whether this fact should bother me in near future. I was checking some websites of the B-Schools in India, mostly accept & recognise GMAT. Will my graduation still come in picture even after getting the qualifying scores in GMAT?

  9. Mou Mukherjee says:

    Additionally, I would also be grateful to you if you kindly let me know about IIFT. I visited their website, however, they did not mention anything for the cut off marks in Graduation other than their own entrance test or GMAT.
    Do you know what is the cut off in IIFT(Indian Institute of Foreign Trade) ?

    Thank you once again for you time & patience.

  10. Sameer Kamat says:

    Dear Mr Mukherjee,

    The GMAT doesn’t have any such qualifying pre-condition. You can go ahead and take it. However, many of the top bschools may have a similar cut-off, so you’d have to be flexible while selecting schools.

    We focus on GMAT based international MBA programs (ranked by Financial Times), so I’m afraid I won’t be able to help out with the other query about cut-offs for Indian bschools.

  11. Deepak gupta says:


    I did engineering in ECE & 2010 Passed out. . I am working in Telecom Industry & not able to give sufficient time for CAT preparation . I have given CAT 3 times but not able to Crack it.( May be due to lack of preparation). This year I am very serious about doing MBA from good institute but is confused wheather i should go for GMAT or CAT as now i am 3 years experienced . So Can you please suggest me which path i should choose. I will prefer to do MBA from India.

    Deepak Gupta

  12. Kiran says:

    Hi Sameer,

    I completed my engineering in ECE last year. Since I was placed in two different companies duringcampus placement, I didn’t bother searching for a job post graduation because generally companies call us within three or four months but due to lack of projects both the companies haven’t called me yet. By the looks of it I will start working by July-August. I am planning to work for two years and then pursue an MBA in UK or US. How much will this break affect my chances of getting into a good university?


  13. Sameer Kamat says:

    @Deepak: The quick answer is to drop CAT and move to GMAT. But the slightly longer (and uncomfortable) thing for you to do first is to figure out why you’ve been chasing entrance tests for so long.

    Do you really have a good idea of what you want from either the CAT based outcome or (now) the GMAT based schools? They are two different ball games to be playing. Some serious introspection required before you jump back into test prep mode. Read this story about what can happen after MBA entrance exams.

    @Kiran: You’ll have to explain what you did during that break. Here’s a little more about dealing with layoffs and career breaks

  14. Naushad says:

    currently i m doing english honours from Hindu college,delhi university,
    i have 9.4/10 cgpa in class X and 82.2 percent in class XII from science stream non medical,
    sIr,is my marks in class 10 and 12 good enough and will it be not a hinderence in getting calls for interview i will give cat in 2014,should i also have to give the justification for changing my stream………

  15. Fahad says:

    Hello Sir,
    Right now am having 4.5 year of work ex and by september it will be 5 year of complete work ex. Gave cat but couldn’t score a decent %ile.
    Now i wanna pursue Exe MBA and shall i go for GMAT??
    If yes, kindly advise me through a action plan to be taken. I have little idea about GMAT.

    Best Regards,

  16. Sophiya says:

    Hi Sameer,
    I am having nearly 5 yrs of work experience in IT domain. I am planning to go for management studies. I have never seriously thought for management. Now i am giving a thought about the same. I want to persue 1 year management program(e.g : PGPM) in one of the top-B schools of India . I want to know wheather i should prepare for GMAT or CAT. Which would be better? And apart from this i want to know your suggestion about 1 year management program and how to go about the preparation . Your suggestion and opinion would greatly help me. Thanks in advance.

    Warm Regard

  17. Sameer Kamat says:

    @Naushad: Sorry, but we can’t help you with CAT related queries.

    @Fahad: Yes, go ahead with GMAT. Start off with where you’ll get the most authentic info about the test, the format, etc. Then pick up a few good GMAT books to start the prep.

    @Sophia: Go for GMAT. Most 1-year full time MBA programs accept it. Pick up any representative program (ISB, IIMA PGPX etc) and check out the official website. You’ll have enough to get you started.

  18. Sagar Asati says:

    I have 81% in graduation should i appear for gmat or cat i am in a great dillema please help me out .

  19. monish kumar says:

    First of all It is a very beneficial forum, all i am worried about right now is GMAT coaching, how much would it cost me approx and how much minimum time is required for a full fledged coverage of the course for an average student?

  20. Sameer Kamat says:

    @Sagar: You haven’t shared anything else apart from your graduation grades. So the only general advice I can give you is to NOT rush into an MBA when you aren’t sure about which entrance exam to take. Hang on, get some experience and then re-consider.

    @Monish: The cost can vary from zero (if you use the free resources available on the internet) to several tens of thousands (depending on whether it is an online course or classroom based). Typically 2-3 months is what most applicants spend on the GMAT preparation phase.

  21. Mounica says:


    I just completed my engineering and got placed in a company. My joining date is in january. I want to use this break for preparation of CAT or GMAT exams. While doing job or when having other activities it is hard to crack it, so wanna complete with exam and keep the score. My question is Which has greater value, getting into IIM as a fresher or getting into ISB with 2 yrs experience? depending on this i should prepare seriously for CAT or GMAT . Please do suggest me.Thank you.

  22. Akshita sharma says:

    Respected Sir ,
    i have just completed my 12th and i am planning to pursue B.A English (Hons.) . i seriously want to get into IIMs for which i’ll be starting my coaching soon . My query is If i take English hons. ,do i stand a good chance of getting selected in institutes like IIM-ahemdabad or , b’lore or even calcutta ..will they see that since this girl has taken English hons. she is not suitable to enter a GOOD IIM .? Also, please suggest if English hons. is not a good option ( if i want to make it to these top B-schools ) . which course is more suitable .
    looking forward for a prompt reply ..
    Thanking you !

  23. Roshan says:

    Hi Sameer,

    I really like your website and am a big fan. A month back I was planning to go in for CAT preparation in earnest. Recently I got through the first round for ISB’s ylp programme and consequently am required to take the gmat within a month (Last date: August 7). The thing is I dont have a preference among the two schools and would like to do well in both
    1) I want to give the gmat as quickly as possible, and focus on CAT again. Is this a good idea?
    2) Can there be collaborative studies? I’ve heard that CAT quant and gmat verbal works. To me it seems absurd, but can something on these lines be done so that I have a good score in both
    3) I recently got a wake up call when I got a measly 650 in the offi. software. I have downloaded Kaplan, MGMAT, MGMAT lectures, bought the OG. What should I follow and what should be my strategy (1 month)
    4) I am going to give GMAT in earnest later on (next year) for sure. Is the ISB programme worth going through such confusion, could you shed some light on this programme? I was rather put off by the fact that even for a 2-year expereinced guy, they have a one year programme..!!


    A really confused soul desperately seeking help.!

  24. Roshan says:

    ^ Just to add to the above, I am currently doing my summer project (8-6 through the week). So I have at max 2-3 hrs per day, and that too not in the best states of minds

    I know for a fact that the ISB has very high standards, and anything below 740 would lead to eventual rejection of my candidature (my resume is so-so with only a decent academic performance 8.5/10)

  25. Sameer Kamat says:

    @Mounica : I strongly feel that an MBA should be taken up after having a fair amount of real world experience. So my vote goes to the GMAT option, but only after a few years.

    @Akshita: You must be the youngest person to comment on our site. But I’m afraid I wouldn’t be the right person to advise you on CAT based options. We focus on GMAT programs, which require 4-5 years of corporate experience on an average.

    @Roshan: Don’t mix up the GMAT and CAT. Choose one and focus. If you are confused, that’s a good signal to defer the MBA plans.

  26. GMAT India says:

    Great post Sameer.

    This paints a much clearer picture of what the two tests are all about.
    Really helpful since so many people get the two exams, scores and their study material mixed up.
    Not to mention try and crack BOTH at the same time. It’s always better to pick one, ANY one and concentrate on that.

    If there are any queries or qualms about the GMAT please visit the GMAT official website:

  27. Sameer Kamat says:

    @GMAT India: Good to have the ‘official’ viewpoint on this topic. Welcome to the blog, GMAT India.

  28. Neeha says:

    I have just completed my engineering and placed in a company. My joining date is after October. I want to use this break for preparation of CAT or GMAT exams. I’ve heard of Early entry option program of ISB which offers deferred admission after 2yrs of Wrk exp. My UG score is 74% .. I have decent extra curriculars. Will my UG % be a hindrance for ISB.? I am not clear If i should prepare for CAT or GMAT. I don’t have a preference between ISB and older IIM’s.. Is it preferable to prepare for both.?

  29. raj says:

    My percentage in grads is below 50%. Can i get admission in IIM through GMAT if i get a good score.kindly advice

  30. Pallavi says:

    I want to appear for CAT 2015 attempt. Currently pursuing from University of Delhi.
    Suppose I get into an AVERAGE MBA college in India through CAT. Can I have the option to appear for GMAT after around 5 years when I will have job experience with me. Will it be beneficial for me to crack GMAT and pursue MBA from a reputed US school…. after MBA from India? Or should I start preparing for GMAT itself?
    What would you recommend?

  31. Upasana says:

    Hi Sameer,

    Appreciate the good work, its the right guidance more than the exam itself!
    I am an IT professional with 9 years of enormous overseas and leadership experience ,I researched a lot many overseas EMBA options and finally zeroed in IIM for the executive MBA looking to the cost and career payback options.
    Please help if I am wrong in my approach
    I need to appear for GMAT which could be done in 2-3 months for enrolling in Executive MBA Programme.
    Please suggest me the Top B School and the apt trade. Many Thanks

  32. Sameer Kamat says:

    @Neeha: In your position, I’d go with CAT. It’s too early for GMAT programs. The official GMAT team has clarified this just before your comment – ‘stick to one, don’t mix up the two‘.

    @Raj: They’ll look at a combination of aspects. For instance , the IIMA PGPX website says – ‘Executives who have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in any discipline and have completed 27 years of age at the start of the programme may apply.’ There’s no undergrad cut-off, but there is an age cut-off. Check out the other IIM sites as well.

    @Pallavi: It’s too early for you to think about GMAT.

    @Upasana: Nobody on this site has described their experience as ‘enormous’ so far :-)
    I guess you are referring to programs like IIMA PGPX, IIMB EPGP, right? These are not Executive MBA programs. if you are targeting only Indian programs, the choice is pretty limited (ISB, IIMs, XLRI GMP etc).
    I can’t suggest post-MBA goals based on this info. It requires more introspection and discussion.

  33. Amit says:

    Hi Sameer,

    I am an BE(CSE) with 4.5 years of IT experience. I am earning ~8.7pa. I want to look out for higher education that is going to help me to move at higher levels. I am looking MBA as the only option but i am confused about CAT and GMAT.
    I have enquired and got to know that a 4+ exp is not preferable in 2years full time programme. Also with 5 years of experience i would like to pursue a 1 yrs programme instead of 2 years one.

    I am now confused whether to go for CAT of GMAT. As with GMAT i have only ISB option available as IIM have an age 27 criteria. I am 25 and cant met this. Also, all other colleges doesnt seems to give me higher returns as they have low average packages. I would not be able to spend much more or move outside india for this.

    I am confused which one to go for? Also can you suggest some part time or other weekend executive courses that would help me to grow rather than to have a degree for namesake.

    Looking forward for your reply.


  34. pratik kedar says:


  35. mukesh rathore says:

    sir ….i m persuing b.e. nw …
    i was preparing for cat …
    i want to know the eligibility criteria for iim..
    i hv got 61% in 10 ..
    and 53% in 12 standard..
    and 66% of graduation average..

  36. riddhi says:

    Hi Sameer,
    I am presently working in software compnay Igate.I have a total work-ex of 6 months(Wipro)+ 1 year Igate.
    My academics score are:10th-93%,12th-86% and BCA-80%.
    I am very much interested to do MBA as my post graduation and am currently preparing for CAT.
    What i really want to know is that will GMAT be a better option for me than CAT according to my profile mentioned above?

  37. Sameer Kamat says:

    @Amit: With your experience level, I’d suggest GMAT, not CAT. Also, if possible go for a reputed full-time program, and not part-time options.

    @Pratik: For GMAT, work experience isn’t required. However, all the top schools that accept the score will insist on real world experience.

    @Mukesh: You’ll find the eligibility criteria on the IIM websites.

    @Nidhi: It’s too early for you to consider GMAT based MBA programs. CAT would work better if you can’t delay your MBA plans by a few years.

  38. vineet says:

    I am a final year student of Eng hons. (distance learning) and recently appeared for my second year examinations.
    Result has not yet been declared.
    i want to pursue MBA abroad.
    My query is regarding my eligibility to appear for GMAT.
    I have one year experience of working in a public sector bank.
    so am i eligible to appear for GMAT being a final year student?

  39. Chahat says:

    I have been informed that after scoring good in GMAT, top US B-schools (Harvard, Stanford etc) will select us only if we have at-least 5 years job experience. Is this information correct? Please let me know the correct criteria.

  40. Rahul K says:

    Hi Sameer,

    I have 7 Yrs of Exp. post an MBA (Low Ranked Institute). Now working as manager in Banking Sector & strongly feeling glass ceiling in term of career progression , So looking for doing Ex MBA of 1 Yr. – 1.5 Yr. duration, kindly suggest one, Will it worth doing now to get a significant push in the career.

    Thanks in Advance.

  41. Meryl Mathew says:

    Hi. I just passed my BCOM, n its my dream to study abroad for my MBA…n in order to get some work experience n write the required exams I have decide to take a year off. Now im confused as to how to approach the entrance exams ie GMAT, CAT n MAT….well in case im not able to make it abroad I need to do an MBA in India.So my question is inorder to write all these three exams is it enough I go for a CAT coaching?? Can these three exams be written with the same preparation?? Thnks in advance

  42. nisha says:

    hello sir i got 113270 rank in 2013 iam also a OC student can i get MBA in distance by Govt.., seat in hyderabad plz when will councelling date announce plz reply me on my email

  43. Prachi says:

    Hello! I have a major problem.
    I can afford an MBA abroad and I wish to apply for a deferred MBA at Stanford/Wharton/HBS (2+2) and I’m on the course of preparing for my GMAT. My parents, however, wish that I take the CAT. I’ve a 72% in Economics, that I’m pursuing from Jesus and Mary College, DU. I’ve excellent list of extra-curricular activities (theatre/film/photography) and a fair involvement in community services. I can portray myself in a good light considering my leadership skills (Vice president of theatre society, promotional head for college fest, director of community services at Rotaract)
    I attended the London School of Economics’ summer school program in 2012 for a course in Management (Business development using ICT) and am currently interning at a company in Delhi that’s the largest in the country who provides end-to-end e-commerce services to their clients. My primary job is SMO (Social Media Optimization) under digital marketing and I’m yet to experience more (It’s only been a week since I joined.)
    I have the ability to score well in a GMAT and am willing to work hard on my application for the schools
    Do you think my profile is strong enough to apply for the schools I listed above?

    I understand you cannot simply predict the outcome of my application, but I would really appreciate your feedback on this.

    If IIMs is the place I should also try for, please suggest me a way to go about it.
    Thanks a lot.
    Eagerly waiting for your reply.

  44. Praveen says:

    Dear Sir,
    I have certain queries regarding eligibility criteria for PGPX program.I am currently working as Project Leader for one of the MNCs since Oct 2012.Prior to that I worked for varius Organization such as TATA,Mnda,L&T,in various roles. I have overall 9.5 years of Experience as on date which includes around 4.5 years of Overseas experience (USA and Germany) working for TATA group in engineering Design and development projects.I started my carrier after completing my Diploma in the year 2003 and then I did my engineering degree through Recognized Open university in December 2012.Now I would like to pursue MBA from esteemed institute like IIM and ISB,etc.

    My question to you is:

    1)Am I eligible for the Executive program provided I have Valid GMAT score?.

    2)OR do I need to go for regular PGDM program since I have finished my degree in the year 2012 ?

    Looking forward to hear from you.

  45. Mehek says:

    I have a GMAT score of 630 and 1 year experience.I am not satisfied with my GMAT score and wish to reappear for the exam.I have done my Engineering from a reputed University in India

    I have two options with me.I have three months two study for CAT(I had appeared casually once during my Engineering and had scored 94%) or retake the GMAT exam.

    Can you please help me?

  46. Sameer Kamat says:

    @vineet: GMAT doesn’t have a work-ex eligibility, but most schools do. So hang in there for a while and build your profile first.

    @Chahat: Nope, that’s incorrect. 4-5 years is the average (not the minimum) for many top MBA programs.

    @Rahul: An MBA can help, but ensure that your second MBA is better planned (choice of schools, goals, timing, application strategy). Start with the GMAT and then consider the MBA MAP.

    @Meryl: It’s too early for you to think about the GMAT. Focus on CAT and related exams.

    @Nisha: Not our area of expertise. Sorry.

    @Prachi: A deferred MBA is precisely that – deferred. Which means you’d still need to work for a few years before you start the program. Why not just focus on the work then? If you can’t wait, then the CAT route would be better.

    @Praveen: Quite an unusual profile you’ve got there. My gut feel says eligibility shouldn’t be an issue. But to be on the safer side, check directly with the institutions.

    @Mehek: CAT option might be better at this stage, given your low work experience.

  47. Azif says:

    I am a dual degree (B tech + M tech) student of Indian Institute of technology Madras. I am passing out on July 2013. I have CGPA of 7.51/10 in my 5yrs of the programme. I have got a job @Toshiba, Japan with a decent CTC. I have a strong wish to do an MBA and i have considered few options:-

    1) Give CAT or GMAT now and join for an MBA in any Top-B schools of India(IIMs) in the next academic year. I will have a workex of 9 months by Aug-2014.

    2) Work for 21 months at Toshiba. Try to crack CAT and get admission in any of the 3 top IIMs. Apply for Lateral placements in IIMs.

    3) Apply for foreign MBA from a Top B school abroad after 2 or 3 years workex.

    What are the chances of me getting an admission in any Top B school abroad?. Which out of the above 3 options is best for me?

    Thanks in Advance..

  48. Arpit says:

    Hello Sir,
    I’m curruntly pursuing B.A. Economics (hons.) from Delhi University and have done several internships in my vacations. My scores have been great till date and I’m currently in my 2nd year. After completing my graduation I want to pursue MBA from a reputed college. I wish to do my MBA from abroad but after going through this ‘so helpful’ blog I realised that for abroad I’ll have to have huge work-ex. I want to start my preperations from now on so I’m confused which option to go for. Should I start preparing for CAT or drop a few years to build my profile and then go for GMAT. Also, by the time I finish my graduation I might be having around 1 year of work-ex as I always intern with different firms and companies in my college vacations and otherwise too. Your guidance would be really appreciated.
    Thank You

  49. jithin rahman says:

    Sir I m jithin.i joined btech forcefully in 2010.i had 82 % in my 10th and 69% in kerala 53 % for maths
    I completed 3 years of my only investment was a bunch of backlogs.i dont want to prove anyone and waste 1 year completing my course and another 2 or 3 years to clear all backlogs.i dropped btech this year . I have been an averagestudent throughout my life with minimal amount of participation in extra curricular activities.eventhough it wasnt my field of interest and as i was forced to join btech I messed up with my life career and wasted almost 3 years of my life
    Everything is my mistake.i m responsible for my mistakes .I joined for a bba course in a private institution 2 weeks back which was launched this year.eventhogh the college comes under distance learning supportmcentre (u can cal it as a parallell college) approved by university of provides sap and kpmg certification

    I am 20 years old starting a new life with new insights.i m not gonna repeat my mistakes I want to makeup for all my mistakes and precious 3 years .as of now my main aim is to get into a top mba college.i want to prove myself and my all bloody false wellwishers who always who criticized laughed at me for everything

    Will my academic careers till date be a hindrance for my admission in a reputed college?
    Is an iim admission beyond my reach?
    When to start prepare for mba exams?
    I m planning to do certificate courses in marketing.will these courses aid me to get into feputed colleges alongs with a good cat score?

    I knw my msg is too long.really sorry for that
    Pls help me sir

  50. nikhil j says:

    Hi Sameer,

    My Profile:
    BE Mechanical (Pune Univesity) 2009 Pass out.
    Years of Experience: 4
    Sector: Manufacturing
    Role: Providing Validation consultation to Pharma and food and beverage manufacturing units.

    Planning to appear GMAT in 2014
    Target Institute: ISB 2015-16 batch.

    Reason to go for an MBA: Better package, Enhanced roles and responsibilities. (That’s what i think or i want to think so that i can get enough motivation to go for it)./May be i want to try for a start up later on (it’s just imagination as of now don’t have any plan to justify it)

    So my question is that if i am thinking in the right direction or should i play around with my current role and get firm on what really i want from an MBA and then give it a try?


  51. Ivjyot says:

    Greetings Sir.
    I am a 19 year old student, pursuing B.Tech from SRM University.
    Sir, i don’t find a way, a path infront of me. All i can see, are various threads entangled which lead me towards IIM (which every child dreams of). Yes in other words i am confused.
    Sir, my hometown is Delhi, but i am completing my graduation from Chennai.
    Hence i am confused, whether i should take coaching classes or not. [ Considering IIT coaching had ruined me] .
    And if i don’t will i be able to prepare on my own?
    Sir there are various doubts aswell which i have, if you allow me i would love to be in touch with you through Email.

  52. ROHIT says:

    Hi sir,
    I completed my btech recently..iam placed in an mnc. .joining date in jan…bt den its my dream to do MBA..i gav cat last time n my percentile was around den i wud like to do mba abroad..wud like to giv gmat now n apply to bchools afta 2-3 yrs of wrkex.. cozz of 5yrs validity advantage.. vl der be any diff btw a person who gives his gmat afta 2 yrs n me..if both hav same profiles.. vl dat affect ma admit..
    note-iam not much intrested in Indian not intrested in writing cat again..

  53. Sameer Kamat says:

    @Azif: If you have the patience, I’d suggest option 3. I’m not a big supporter of going for a management degree with very little or no any business experience. In your situation, I’d take the Toshiba offer (Japan posting is great) and not get distracted with what the other IIT batchmates are doing. With the right experience and clarity about your post MBA goals, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to target the good, international bschools.

    @Arpit: Not sure what you mean by ‘drop a few years’. If you are referring to getting corporate experience, I’d call it ‘building your profile’. Positive thinking at work!

    @Jithin: A little off-topic for this post. But here’s what I think. Stop thinking about this as a game to prove to others that you are good. Works better if you start thinking what’s good for yourself, than trying to get even with others. Your best bet right now is to complete the journey that you started 3 years back. It won’t be the best story if you are trying to impress employers or other educational institutions, but it’ll be better than having the tag of ‘quitter’.

    @Nikhil: Good profile, but not the most optimal goals. Get the GMAT out of the way and then let’s talk. We’ll work on tying up the loose ends when you are ready to apply.

    @Ivyjyot: I don’t think you are ready for a management degree yet. Get a few years of work experience and then consider going for another degree.

    @Rohit: Take the GMAT 1 year before you are ready to apply. Some schools prefer a score that is less than 3 years old. Btw, just for the record, folks talking about management education in the sms lingo don’t give me a good feeling. If you want professionals to take you seriously, stick to regular English please.

  54. Jaspal Singh says:

    Hello Sir,
    I really appreciate your work on guiding the aspirants. Well, I just completed my engineering in ECE. I have scored 68.90 % till 7th semester (final semester result is awaiting). I scored 74.40% in 12th an 77.80% in 10th. I am planning to drop this year to prepare for MBA entrance exam. I just wanted to know that will 3-4 months will be enough to prepare well. I really want to go into top 10 B-schools. Moreover, Does my academics are fine to get into any b-school as i am dont have any work experience. Kindly guide me. I will be very thankful to you.


  55. Ranjith says:

    I’m doing my final year and wanted to do MBA in top b-school in india which is obviously iim and i’m thinking that GMAT will be a better option.Do they accept freshers with GMAT scores to PGP without work experience?

  56. Kavya says:

    Dear Sir,

    My profile

    I am 25 yrs old.
    10th completed in 2002 with 76%
    12th completed in 2004 with 83%
    B.E (CSE) – 2004-2009 – 69% (one year break due to an accident)
    From 2009 Oct – 2013 June been working with my father. (Total exp : 3+ yrs)

    Its a medium size contracting company. Initially my plans were to continue in my father’s business but now i want to move out and work for a different company to gain some experience .
    Since its been 4 yrs after my graduation , i think an MBA degree can help me in this change .

    These are some queries i have in mind , please clear them for me

    1. With my profle and a decent entrance score will i be able to get into top B schools.
    2. My main aim is to land in a good job will a 1 year MBA program help me?
    3. Where can i get better placements in India or Abroad?


  57. ROHIT says:

    sorry sir, for talking in sms lingo.
    btw sir, i am planning my mba in, i need to apply in the month of september,october 2014.
    if at all i take gmat this year in the month of october,november. how old my gmat score is going to be, will it be counted till next year that is till the time when we apply to universities or till 2015.
    can i get a good university if i apply with this profile.
    10th 86.4 icse
    12th 90.9
    btech ece -75.7
    wrkex 2 yrs(till 2015)
    (my joining date is in jan 2014,bt presently iam working in my uncle’s software and consulting company as a management trainee.. so by 2015 i get 2 yrs of workex from 2 diff companies).


  58. Akash says:

    Hello sir,

    I have completed my science) form Uttar Pradesh Technical University this year in June. I am not placed in any company till date. As I have no other option than to continue with my higher education I have decided to do MBA and to prepare for GMAT.

    I have got 75% in 10th, 70% in 12th and 63% in graduation with no work experience.

    Now I need to know that should i really go for GMAT at this time with this background, if yes then which coaching center should i join to prepare for GMAT which is best to your knowledge?

    Thank you

  59. Sameer Kamat says:

    @Jaspal: I don’t know whether you are referring to the Top 10 B-schools in India or abroad. As we focus on international MBA programs, I’ll assume that’s what you are referring to. For that, it would be too early. You’d need to have patience to build your profile first.

    @Ranjith: For the reasons mentioned above, I can’t advise you on Indian bschools that accept folks without experience.

    @Kavya: Your profile is more suited to GMAT based MBA programs in India and abroad. Consider taking up the GMAT and then going through the MBA MAP exercise to find out how competitive you’d be for the top bschools.

    @Rohit: GMAT scores are valid for 5 years. So you can use this year’s score in the next season.

    @Akash: Going for an education isn’t an escape route from reality. Your best option would be to continue hunting for the right career break first. The earlier years are always tough. The earlier you get in, the better it will be for you.

  60. Bhargav says:


    I am currently working in a IT company and having 2.8 years of experience. I am planning to take GMAT but i have a few doubts.Please help me out regarding this.

    1) What is the program that would be offered to candidates for selection to IIM’s and rest(in India) through GMAT.Is it the same as the PGDM programme given to students admitted through CAT?

    2) For candidates opting for GMAT instead are they only eligible for Executive Programs?

    3)Is the work experience of around 3 years enough for MBA in IIM’s and the other institutions in India which accept GMAT score?

    4) Is the GMAT also considered for Indian Nationals or only for Foreign Nationals?

    Please help me out regarding the above posted questions as this would be very much helpful in either choosing GMAT or CAT?

  61. Jaspal Singh says:

    Sir I am referring to Indian B schools.


  62. nikhil j says:

    Hi Kamat,

    What do you mean by “get GMAT out of the way and then we will talk”? Do you think my reasons are not enough to justify wheather i should go for an MBA? Please provide valuable insights.


  63. Jayshree k says:

    Hi sameer

    I have 6 years work experience in banking, i am at a senior manager level. My husband is in government service and has recently got transfered to a place where this bank in which i am working is not there and i am facing problem in finding another job due to not knowing the local reagional language….malayalam… i am trying for branch manager position. Will it be good if i prepare for Gmat and do a 1 year Executive MBA from IIM. Will it help me with better jobs through campus recruitments….or i should keep searching for job….

  64. shweta says:

    hi kamat,

    i had done physiotherapy bt i didnt pursue my career as physiotherapist..i hve joined bpo and i hve experience of 5 yrs in then i got gap coz of marriage..since 2010 im nt working….so i wan to know can i give GMAT and apply for MBA in abroad?any help i wil appreciate.

  65. tejasree says:

    Hi Sameer,

    Nice to vist your website.

    I’m holding 3.5yrs experience as an IT Professional. I’m planning for IIM-Bangalore(EPGP) programmes, through GMAT. Apart from GMAT scores and eligibility criteria, are the major considerations to be holded upon to get into IIM-Bangalore for EPGP.

    Thanks in advance, appreciate your time.


  66. MANIVANNAN says:

    Now Iam studying in Civil Engineering in Sastra University, and got CGPA 75 %, and will be completed my course 2015. I hear that, the scope for the future civil are limited, and I am also wish to study the MBA in India.

    please guide whether i can take up the CAT or GMAT test ?



  67. Sameer Kamat says:

    @Bhargav: No, these are different programs for professionals with experience. Depending on the IIM location, you’ll get a PGPX, EPGP, PGPex or other degrees, as opposed to PGDM. Check out their websites for more details.

    @Jaspal: Can’t help you with India CAT based options, as we focus on GMAT MBA programs.

    @Nikhil: I meant it’s too early to talk about strategies when you are targetting next years application (as opposed to this year). So focus on the GMAT for now, get a good score and work on building your profile. Plenty of time for you. Your reasons are too generic, so you’ll have to get more specific. Check out the MBA essays of some bschools to get an idea of what they want to know, so you can start thinking from now itself.

    @Jayshree: By the time you complete the GMAT, apply, get interviewed, accept the offer and begin classes, it’ll be a whole year. So continue searching for a job and GMAT prep can happen in parallel.

    @Shweta: Sure you can apply. You’ll need to have a strong rationale for your post-MBA plans though.

    @Manivannan: We focus on GMAT based programs only. Without experience, your best bet would be to target CAT options (if you are in a hurry). If you can wait for a few years, GMAT options would be more appropriate.

  68. sanjana says:

    sir, i completed b.e ece with 87% this year. even i had distinction in inter and tenth and i got placed in a software company and the training starts from october. but i feel this is not the life one i think. i had great interest towards mba because of seriously highly paid salaries and the life after mba. but until now i do not undergone any coaching in cat or gmat. can you please say me the difference of career if we take cat and gmat. opportunities laid in differnt b-schools and top most b-schools and their requirements for admission .since iam confused .please help me out in this. and even i had little time to prepare\
    whether if i undergo training and work in the comapany fr one more year since i placed already and taking up the test is better or it does nt matter?

  69. supriya says:

    hi Sameer,
    i have 94.4% in 10th and 87.8% in 12th(93.67 in PCM) and 70% in i appeared for cat in previous year but score was’nt good enough to secure iims.i am presently working in a core company.I am thinking of going for GMAT.kindly clear my doubts regarding pgdm and pgdm better than pgpx?? and what are my chances..what should i do??cat or gmat..

  70. Mark Jackson says:

    Hi Sameer,

    I have 64% in 10th and 79% in 12th and 52% in (correspondence) in 2012, I worked for 3 years and started my MBA but i am unable to continue due to personal issues. I would like your advice on how to go about, I was looking for online MBA / Correspondence MBA. Need your suggestions. If so which exams should i write CAT / GMAT ?

  71. Suresh says:

    Hi Sameer,

    I have done my masters in computer application and secured 75% marks, But my previous academic scores are not so great, 10th 65%, 12th 59% and Graduation in BSC is 56%., But I would like to do MBA in good B-schools, If I do my CAT/GMAT well with good percentage, Do I get admission in good B-Schools in India?
    Also I have 10yrs IT experience, due to financial situation I couldn’t continue my studies after my graduations. But i would like to do part time MBA programme in good B-School, so that I can enhance buisnesss knowledge with my career.
    Please advice me on this.

  72. vishnu says:

    Hi sameer, I got detained in final year so.this year I will not able to.write cat .. Can I write CAT and GMAT next year .. Plz provide the information

  73. Sameer Kamat says:

    @Sanjana: I don’t think you are ready for an MBA yet. Work for a few years and then take a call. Read Beyond The MBA Hype to know what happens when folks rush into MBA programs.

    @Supriya: Those are programs aimed at people with different profiles and work experience. If you can’t wait for a few more years, then CAT MBA is a better option for now.

    @Mark: Too many open questions which you haven’t addressed. If you started your MBA, why couldn’t you complete it? Why go for the CAT / GMAT option again, didn’t you cover that for your current MBA (that you left)?

    @Suresh: As a general rule of thumb, the entry barriers to part-time MBA programs aren’t as stringent as their full-time equivalents. So if that’s what you are aiming for, the academic performance shouldn’t be a big hurdle.

    @Vishnu: Can’t advise you on CAT. Too early for GMAT. But here’s another thought – with the liability of a lost year, instead of getting into a tougher academic environment, you could try to get a job and prove your mettle on the professional side.

  74. aman says:

    hi sammer

    i have completed my engineering(ECE) this year.i have got placed in IT company whose joining is in nov,in mean time i am thinking to prepare for GMAT.And after 2 years of experience i would join an mba college as it is valid for 5 years..I have got 75 in my 10th,78 in 12th n 73 in my UG. My main focus is ISB hyderabad.
    i want to ask 2 questions
    1.Is my 10th,12th n ug % will effect my admission in ISB if get a good gmat score?
    2.Does this will effect that after 2 years of giving gmat i will be applying for GMAT?

  75. Kate says:

    Hello Sammer,

    I have done my BMS from St.Xavier’s college – 72%. 10th Boards – 84%. 12th Board science – 77%. 3 years work experience at JPMorgan.
    I am giving the CAT in October. Also looking at giving the GMAT at the end of November- since INSEAD deadline is 27th Nov and ISB deadline is 30th Nov. Is 2-3 weeks enough time to prepare for GMAT after giving CAT?

    How should I go about preparation for the same and also considering college application is those 2 -3 weeks sufficient? Should I drop the GMAT idea?

    Please Help,

    -Stressed and Confused Kate

  76. Manika says:

    Hello Sameer,
    I am an ECE engineer with 79% in Btech. I have 2 years of work experience in a Public Sector Undertaking. I have planned to take CAT xam in 2014. But, m still confused whether to try for GMAT also or no. Kindly guide me

  77. Phoenix says:

    I’m persuing BBA In International Business. I’m confused to join which coaching Institute? I’m also confused with study materials for prep of GMAT.

  78. Aditi says:

    Hi Sameer,

    I’m currently going to my third year of engineering in Computer Science after this summer break, i study at Manipal Institute of Engineering, anyway all my friends are taking CAT classes and i actually want to give my GMAT. Should i take GMAT classes or should i gain some job experience first? Is it a viable option to take CAT classes right now and give the CAT exam in conjunction with sitting for placements. That way i might get into a good indian mba institute and if i don’t or have a good placement offer i can just work for 2 years then prepare for my GMAT.

    Or do i take GMAT classes now and give GMAT at the end of my fourth year anyway and see if i get into a good university or else be placed in a good company if i don’t and then retake the exam after 2 years of experience. Or do i just focus on getting placed and after 2 years appear for the GMAT for the first time. And is 2 years more viable as work experience or is a stint of 3 years better?

    I know this is a long question but i actually would be grateful if you responded to it anyway.

    Thank you :)

  79. pavitra says:

    I m currently in my first year of bms, i want to pursue my mba in finance mostly from abroad. So should i appear for cat or gmat.. I knw gmat is needed for abroad studies bt wt if i dnt get admisn there so i need a backup these are some of the quries 1- to get admisn in abroad do i need a work experience? 2- as soon as i complete my bms can i directly take admission for mba? 3- the last but not the least is there any exam through which i can appear for cat as wel as gmat?

  80. Kartik says:

    Hello Sameer,

    Chartered Accountants in India have to undergo a 3 year training called Articleship as part of the CA course, with a CA firm.

    Will this qualify for work experience in any of the B-Schools? Say ISB…


  81. Sameer Kamat says:

    @Aman: Undergrad grades are more important for GMAT based programs. You can take the GMAT whenever you are ready, no issues with that. Though the validity is for 5 years, some schools insist on a score that’s been taken in the last 3 years.

    @Kate: Generally folks spend around 2-3 months on the GMAT preparation. Don’t assume that the CAT will prepare you for the GMAT or vice versa. These are two different tests and needed to be treated that way. Ideally, with your work experience, I’d have dropped the idea of CAT. You seem to be juggling too many things. Focus, my friend, focus.

    @Manika: If you are taking the CAT, put your entire energy into CAT based MBA programs. Don’t mix it with the GMAT.

    @Phoenix: Self-study works best for some, while others prefer some guidance (classroom based or online GMAT courses). TO get you started, here’s the list of the best GMAT books.

    @Aditi: Defer the GMAT plans till you have a few years of work experience.

    @Pavitra: It’s too early for you to consider GMAT programs. Stick to the CAT for now.

    @Kartik: As far as I understand, ISB doesn’t consider the articleship period as work experience. You might want to re-check if the situation has changed.

  82. Hari Kamath says:

    Dear Sameer,

    I just appeared for GMAT and got a score of 650; Verbal-31, Qunat-49.

    I am BCom graduate and have also completed my CA, ICWA & CS. My academic record has been good consistently.

    I have a post qulaification experience of 10+ years and currently working as AVP in a MNC in Finance Domain & handling a team of 6 people.

    I am planning to my MBA from either ISB or IIM-A PGPX. Can you compare & contrast the two? Also should i apply with my current GMAT score or go for an improvement (not much scope although in quant due to my non-maths background, but may be in verbal)?

    Awaiting your reply.

  83. Amit says:

    Hi Sammer,

    I have done my Engg in Mechanical with 76%. 10th Boards – 71.4%. 12th Board science – 68%.
    Despite of Mechanical Engg Stream I am working in Cognizant from Past 3 years.

    Whether to choose CAT or GMAT giving me nightmares now.

    I am afraid to take CAT this year as I am not prepared much and based on my Academic Excellence and Irrelevant Work Experience I don’t feel I will get a call from a good B-School.

    For GMAT I feel stuck because I am not very good Financially apart from Academics and Work Experience.

    I really need help here to decide where to Aim.

  84. Kartikeya Pathak says:

    Hi Sameer,

    I had less than 50% in I am currently working in an mnc, my question is does GMAT open good colleges in India, can you please provide me a list of some good colleges. As I am not eligible for CAT is there ways to het good colleges in India.

  85. hari says:

    does part time work experience is valid?..which i have done during my grduation.

  86. Aravind R says:

    Hi Sameer,

    I’m a B.E grad working in a technical role in a big brand company for the past 1 year.
    I finished your wonderful book – MBA: Beyond the Hype which made my MBA plans concrete and made me to decide on GMAT.
    But, GMAT-based abroad MBA requires few more years of working right? How long do you suggest?
    Also, what difference do you think MBA abroad will make than the PGP/MBA in India?
    Can I try CAT this year and aim for the IIMs ? And be happy if I get into IIM ? Else, try GMAT after “few” years?

    Confused :(

    Please advise.


  87. Nikhil says:

    Hey Sameer !
    I am a 3rd yr student pursuing B.Tech from IIT(BHU), Varanasi and have 87 % in 10th, 77 % in 12th and graduation score around 7. Since most of the top IIMs also take into account past academic scores so I guess I have less chances to make into the top IIMs. What’s your take ? Would my academic background be also an hurdle for colleges which take admissions through GMAT ? So which option seems better for me considering my poor academic background ?

  88. Shivani says:

    Hi Sameer,

    Thanks for the informative article.

    I have done B.Sc(Computer Science) and have more than 5 years of experience in IT. I have above 72% in 10th, 12th and graduation and extra curricular part is not impressive. I want to pursue MBA for higher education and mostly looking for 1 year MBA.

    So, will GMAT be better choice at this academic record? and is it advisable to do MBA abroad or try for colleges in India? In case India, can you advise which institutes should I consider?

  89. Kunal Yadav says:

    Hi Sameer,
    I am Kunal. My academics are as follows
    10th – 85 % (Year 2001)
    12th – 59.20 (Year 2004)
    B.Tech (Comp. Sc. & Engg.) – 65.25 %. (Year 2010)
    I have been working in IT industry as a software engineer for 2.5 years now. If I get good score in GMAT then Is my academics good enough to get me into a good management institute despite my academic gap. What kind of problems will I face at the time of entrance and in future ?

  90. Shallu says:

    Hi Sameer,
    I came across this website and was very much impressed by the way you are responding to each and every enquiry. I hope I am able to get the solution for mine as well.

    I am a B.E. engineer in IT with an IT work experience of 25 months (2 yr 1 month). I am interested in pursuing MBA and I am looking forward to CAT or GMAT. I dont think i will be able to apply and prepare well for CAT this year as very less time is left. My main motive is to get into a 1 year executive MBA program in a good B school in India and I am aware that many B schools accept GMAT scores as well. But my doubt is ” Is it worth waiting for another year for CAT or should i enroll for GMAT this year itself”. I feel difficulty level fro GMAT is much more than CAT. Please suggest how much time is generally suitable for GMAT preparation and is it OK to go for GMAT rather than waiting for 1 year for CAT

  91. Pallavi says:

    Will my CAT preparation help in cracking GMAT? Or do I need to prepare for GMAT separately?

  92. Priya Arora says:

    Hie Sameer,
    I am very much interested in studying MBA. Currently I am perusing M.C.A..
    My Profile:

    10th- 82%
    BCA- 74% agg
    MCA- Pursuing.

    I do not have any work experience. Will I be able to get a good university in USA or Australia based on my GMAT score only and no work experience.
    Please advice,
    Priya Arora.

  93. Mech says:

    Pl advise- I m around 40 yr old Engr with 15 yr work experience at PSU; Wanna do 1 yr full time MBA from any of old IIMs only(finance is constraint,so can’t think for ISB or abroad study) .Should I plan for CAT or GMAT; Which IIM should be on my focus? What may be approx expenditure of IIM 1 yr MBA presently? Rgds

  94. Harry says:

    Hi Sameer,

    I graduated in B.Com from School of Correspondence, DU in 1997. I have around 6 years of experience as Team Lead/Team Manager in KPO. I am looking for a career-enhancing qualification to grow vertically and not sticking to a particular industry. As it has been long time since I last prepared for any competitive exam, please guide me how to start preparing for GMAT. What level of maths preparation would suffice? And most importantly, is there any age limitation too?

  95. Ram says:

    Hi Sir,
    My name is Ram. I have completed my bachelor’s degree with 70%.
    I like to take GMAT but im confused regarding my financial situation.
    So i was opted to write exams in a way so that i get good scholarships.
    Now my question is after i know my scores in GMAT how to find which university will provide me max scholarship.Do i have to apply for universities to check that as i guess the application form itself will cost a lot…….DO universities provide with the percentage of scholarship they will provide based on scores?
    Please help me with that.
    And since i have done my BE in EEE from Tamilnadu,wen i checked for MBA Finance stockholm university in sweden said that i need to have background in Bsc Economics or Business administration.
    Please let me know which university will allow a EEE student to do MBA in Financ and also let me know whether i need to do any course in economics or some thing like that to get a good college that gives MBA Finance..

  96. Sameer Kamat says:

    @Hari: The biggest difference between ISB and IIMA PGPX is the profile of applicants that the two get. PGPX would be a better fit for you. Getting the GMAT score higher will help.

    @Amit: If there are bottlenecks related to preparation, finances etc, why not focus on gaining some good corporate experience for a few years?

    @Kartikeya: Some GMAT accepting bschools – ISB, IIMA PGPX, IIMB EPGP, IIMC PGPeX, XLRI GMP. There are others too.

    @Hari: Part-time experience is generally not counted.

    @Aravind: Around 3-4 years at the time of applications would be good. International MBA programs will expose you to many more cultures and ways of doing business. Highly recommended.

    @Nikhil: Academic grades can be a hurdle for the top schools. Try to excel in your BTech grades as those are more important than 10th and 12th marks.

    @Shivani: MBA abroad will give you a richer and more diverse experience. For bschool selection and application strategy, consider taking up our MBA MAP package.

    @Kunal: You’ll have to explain the gap in the optional essay.

    @Shallu: Typically, 2-3 months of a focussed GMAT study plan should be good. You can skip the CAT and start on the GMAT preparation right now. The score is valid for 5 years.

    @Pallavi: Some folks say it helps to get the basics in place. But it is a far better option to use GMAT material directly.

    @Priya: The top MBA universities will ask for a minimum of 2-3 years work experience.

    @Mech: The 1 year MBA by IIMs are also quite expensive. Pretty close to what ISB is charging. Check out IIMA PGPX as that has a more ‘mature’ set of students.

    @Ram: Many of our clients get MBA scholarships. They start off with the MBA MAP package to get an idea of the MBA schools where they are competitive. Take it up when you are ready.

  97. Kartikeya Pathak says:

    Hi Sameer,

    Any adivice as to what will be the right time to give GMAT as I am 1.5 years in my company.
    How much exp should I take for a safe run in the interviews.

    Also is getting below 50% in graduation a set back in collegea taking GMAT sores?

  98. Snehanshu Roy says:

    Hi Sameer,

    Below are my academics
    10th – 76% (2004)
    12th – 87% (2006)
    B.E. (Comp. Science & Engg.) – 62 % (Year 2010)
    Work Experience – 3+ years in IT (Accenture)

    I’m 23 years old and would like to advance to the next level in my career.
    Which one shall i prepare for to pursue my MBA – CAT or GMAT. Also could you please let me know the PG courses i should target for, which has more demand in the current market.
    I’m totally confused right now :D and i would really appreciate your help on this.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Snehanshu Roy

  99. Divya says:

    Could I please know if there are good B schools abroad that offer MBA programs to candidates with less than 2 years of experience, considering their GMAT scores?

  100. Rajat says:

    Hey !
    I am currently in 3rd year of ! I got 86% marks in 10th and 79.8% marks in 12th ! Hoping to end btech with more then 70% marks ! I am from general category and planning to crack cat next year ! If i get 99 percentile will i get call from iims ? And any tips to study for cat ? Should i join coaching classes or focus on self preparation ?
    Thanks in advance ! :)

  101. radhika says:

    Respected Sameer sir,
    I graduated recently from jiit noida.I pursued electronics and communication engineering from there.I have a c.g.p.a. of 9.3 on 10.I secured 86% in class 12th boards(science-pcbm) and 96.4% in class 10th boards.I got scholarship on getting admission in dps rk puram after my 10th when I switched schools.I had a gap year after that.Post that I joined jiit Noida.Now i have got placed on campus with aircom international in gurgaon.It is a fine organization but not a tier a one.I want to get into hec paris and I have cleared delf for french language certifications.On their website they say,you should have completed your graduation form a tier a institute of your country which jiit was not.Also,I didnot have any significant participation in extra curricular activities.My major concern is even if I score good on my GMAT test,how much bearing these two factors will have on my application and I want an honest answer to know if I stand a chance to pursue MBA in finance abroad from tier a institutions given my technical non-managerial background.I also request you to guide me as to when I should give my GMAT if I want to seek admission in 2016.Hoping for apositive reply from your side at the earliest possible.
    Thanking you in anticipation

  102. Vishnu says:

    Hi Sameer,
    Important question,
    Does having many backlogs in your UG affect your chances of getting into a reputed b-school, be it through CAT or GMAT.

  103. krishnendu says:

    hi sameer,
    i have an important question …………….actually i wanted to ne a M&A………SO WHICH INSTITUTE IS BETTER FOR ME TO DO MBA IN FINANCE ………….IS CFA IS IMPORTANT EXAM TO BECOME AN M&A

  104. Siddhi says:

    I’m a 28 year old dentist with 5 years work experience in my field planning a career switch. What do you think of my chances of getting admissions in an MBA program. Regarding job placements, is my background a disadvantage?

  105. kuldeep singh says:

    Is it better to go for CAT form the second year of graduation or 3rd yr? I am currently study 2nd year

  106. Zarine says:

    Hi Sameer

    I have been working for Fiserv for over 2yrs now, im thinking about studies. i have completed my BTech IT from NIT Srinagar in the year 2011. Hoping you could tell me the prospects for GMAT.


  107. Lalitha says:

    Hi Sameer,
    I am an MBA aspirant. I am right now preparing for GMAT. I am B.Sc Computer Science graduate currently working for an MNC. Will I be eligible to do my MBA in top universities? A friend of mine told me that foreign universities do not accept 3-year degree holders.

    Thank you in advance,
    Awaiting for your reply with anticipation


  108. Srish says:

    Is it difficult getting in ivy league B-schools abroad, such as Harvard, Stanford or Wharton in case you do not have any significant work experience, irrespective of your GMAT scores? Does the same hold for IIMs(CAT scores)?

  109. Srish says:

    Which is a better option- 1. M.A in Human Resource Management & Labour Relations from TISS, and then(after work-ex) an MBA from an International B-school abroad or 2. MBA from an Indian B-school, work-experience, and then a second MBA from an International B-school abroad, for someone who fancies a career in HR?

    Also, does a double MBA make much sense?

  110. Tusheer Chahal says:

    Hi Sameer,
    I am an MBA aspirant. I am right now preparing for CAT 2014. I am B.Tech Electronics and Comm graduate currently working for a Japanese Investment Bank NOMURA SERVICES in Mumbai.

    My profile:
    10th- 95.8 %
    12th- 94.4%
    B.Tech- 81.2 % :(
    Work Ex- 14 months

    I am confused between CAT/GMAT.
    I want to pursue a career later too in Financial Sector likely.
    Also what are my chances of getting into a good B school abroad with my past record.

    Thank you in advance,
    Awaiting for your reply with anticipation


  111. anaya says:

    Dear Sir,
    I am a student of first year ec in a Govt. college in madhya pradesh.i scored 96% in my 10th and 81% in my 12th. Inspite of gettin admission in a NIT previous year I took a drop for IIT-JEE but due to some circumstances(I had met with a major accident and the changes in the jee main criteria, it considering the 12th percentage) I missed my chance with the IIT’s and the NIT’s too. I wanted to ask will my taking a drop affect my chances in a good B-School and my CV?. I want to pursue mba from the top IIM’s or good B-schools outside India. Is work experience necessary for GMAT foreign colleges??
    Which one would you suggest CAT or GMAT?
    I want to pursue my career like in finance or HR.

  112. Ashish says:

    Hi ,

    I am planning to write GMAT this year. Regarding my profile I have around 3.5 years of total experience of IT and Retail Banking operations. I have worked for around 2.4 years in Infosys and after that I have changed my track and get into retail banking profile in one of the leading Public Sector bank as a Scale 1 Officer. I am having decent academic record.Can you please help me to know whether my Profile will be suitable enough to get shortlisted for a good B school in India?

  113. Deb says:


    I am currently working as a Tech Lead in a IT based MNC and having a exp of 8 yrs. I am planning for 1 yr IIM EPGP program and would like to know, is it worth taking to invest this huge amount of money and risk at this point of my career (I am 38 now) and would it really add value? Also my academics are not that great and having gap in between my career, so will it be really a problem to get into IIMs even though a decent GMAT score? What would be a decent GMAT score for following academics. Could anybody access my profile and give some direction in terms of my eligibility and future prospects, Salary, Value additions of this EPGP 1 yr course from IIMs?

    My Academics:
    10th : 67%
    12th : 49%
    Diploma in Electrical: 67%
    Degree in Electrical(AMIE): 54%
    ME in Electrical: 64%

    Look forward to your valuable response, accordingly I will take a call.

    Thanks, Deb

  114. Abhishek says:

    Hi Sameer,

    You are doing a great job by clarifying all our issues concerned with GMAT/CAT. I secured 76.6% in 10th & 61% in 12th(both CBSE) then i had a gap of one year and then i got into NIFT and completed my graduation in 2012. At present, I’m working at Levi’s for past 4 months and i usually don’t get time to study for more than 1-2 hrs a day and i’m planning to get into some Tier-1 college by 2014. I’m confused between CAT & GMAT as i’m not sure of how much i’ve to put my efforts. Pls advice

  115. rk raj says:

    dear sameer sir
    i ve completed my 10th std with 60+ % , 12 th std with 70
    and then got a job in public sector financial company with 12 th std qualification.
    and i completed my degree and MBA < 50 % through correspondence courses
    from govt institutions. i m now with 16 years of job experience with the above
    qualifications.Though i m not strong with academic back ground due to some personal problems through out my career but with strong mathematical capabilities and self confidence, i would like to prepare for GMAT for the dmission in ISB HYD, OR ABROAD. i m sure i will crack the GMAT by next year . for that

    i m VERY MUCH THANKFUL SIR in advance to your response.

  116. Diwakar says:

    Hi Sameer,
    I am Planning to give GMAT I have over 3 years of work experience in an IT company .
    I am giving CAT for past 3years continuously but could’t crack it.

    My question is i am worried about financial i’e funding of of MBA fees abroad.
    Can you give me approx minim expendituture for an American or British B-schools .
    What sorts of scholarship and financial aid i can obtaian ,if any and how it can be possible.

  117. Adarsh says:

    Hi Sameer,
    I had completed my mechanical engineering in 2006 and joined merchant navy as trainee engineer in 2007. Presently iam working with a foreign shipping company as third engineer officer. Now I would like to settle down to some shore based jobs. I would like to do MBA in Logistics and Port management so that I would still be in touch with the field where I was working for the past 6 years.
    I would like to know from you whether it would be better to take this program from india or abroad. It would also be very helpful if you could provide me some institutions in india where i could complete this program.
    If Iam taking this from Abroad, how to go about with it and kindly provide me with some institutes, approximate cost for the program, is it possible to obtain any scholarships etc..
    My friends are saying you dont have to leave this job now instead do some correspondence course in PG diploma in logistics from some institutes.. I would like to know whether that would be of any help in obtaining a decent job..

    Thanking you for your consideration.

  118. pratibha says:

    one of my friend wants to appear in gmat.
    his age is 33,he was 2nd division in 10th,1st division in 12th,,and MBA(in information management).but he has gap of 3 years before joining mba.
    he has got 2 years experience in banking he wants to do mba in finance through gmat to his career betterment as his previous mba has no use as of now.
    i want to know what would bechances of getting good b school in india and abroad.
    i am more worried about this 3 year gap in education.
    plz help though your suggestion and idea..
    great thanks in advance..

  119. Sanjeev says:

    Hi Sameer,

    My profile is as below –
    B.E. in Computer Science in 2009 with 71%
    10th 71%
    12th 68%
    Work Exp – 4 year with IT MNC (Working as Bussiness Analyst)
    Reason for MBA – Looking for role of IT Consultant

    Appeared for CAT 3 times and scored 90-95 percentile each time, but I am looking for good B-School. My first priority will be Indian colleges, but can you suggest me should I go for GMAT?

  120. Harsh Rawal says:

    Hi Sameer,

    Kindly guide me if I am good enough for IIM or ISB. I want to give GMAT to excel my carreer as I feel am stagnated currently. I am married and am 30 years old


    Class 10- 79% 2000
    Class 12- 79% (science) 2003
    Graduation- BA Sociology 57% 2008 (correspondence) while working full time
    PGDHR- 62% Symbiosis correspondence

    Had a gap of 3 yrs after class 12 due to personal circumstances.

  121. faiz says:

    dear sameer,
    is there some way i can find the equivalence criteria between cat percentile and gmat score.hope you get what i mean-if i get 480 gmat score what percentile of cat would that correspond too.

  122. Arghya Sen says:

    Dear Sir,

    First of all hats off to you , creating such a helpful sight and being responsive to it. I’m having 80 – 85% marks in both 10th and 12th and expecting an 8 CGPA from B.Tech EIE by 2015. I’m very much fascinated regarding the IIM’s but really don’t recognize the standards of other campuses abroad with respect to the IIM’s in India. I am planning to have a 2 years experience after my B.Tech. Which exam (CAT or GMAT) must be suitable in my case according to you? I’m ready to struggle as much as needed or even more than that.

    Thanks in advance.
    Awaiting for an apt response.

    Arghya Sen

  123. Tarun says:

    Hey Sameer,

    Interesting read and nice take on the difference. I am sure a number of students face the dilemma of not knowing the difference between the two and how to go about handling it.

    I figure that you have a lot of publication related to MBA and CAT examination. I have graduated from IIM Bangalore in 2011. I have recently started blogging and have documented my experience from IIM interviews. I thought these experiences would provide some value to current aspirants and they may find some interest in them.

    Now since these are already on my blog, I do not want to reproduce them directly on the forums themselves. I wanted to check with you if there is a mechanism to direct CAT aspirants towards those posts. I have provided the specific links below for your reference. I would really appreciate if you can link them back or feature them on you forum/portal in some other format.

    Blog URL

    Please do let me know if you think there is any such possibility.


  124. Pranav says:

    Hi sameer,
    I am currently working in IT sector,My profile is 10th 75%,12th 77% and Degree 58%..I have experience of near about 2 year,I just wanted to ask one thing as my degree percentages are not good,will it create a problem while fetching the calls from top B-schools ( Mainly Out side India) through GMAT, as like IIMs are they also give to much importance to past academic record,

  125. Dushyant says:

    Hi Mr. Sameer Kamat, First of all thank you very much for sharing such a good quality of information. It is really appreciated. I have some doubts. Please clarify my doubts. I am 22 male from India.

    My academic information :-

    10th– 85.69% ( Got 1st rank in school with technical subjects) – 2007
    12th– 73.80% (Mathematics) – 2009
    B.E Electronics and communication Engineering- 8.02 CGPA/10 -2013

    Presently, I have joined iGATE India MNC as a Software engineer. I want to do an MBA from USA because i always wanted to study in USA and i want good exposure from abroad. I will work in iGATE for 2 years.

    I have been preparing for CAT and other entrance tests from last 2 years. So, I will work hard for GMAT too.

    So, My doubts are as follows :-

    (1) Which MBA program should i target in USA ? Any specific MBA course that would help me in USA ?

    (2) I want good ROI because i am from middle class family. My uncle(Not real one, Surname is same) is in USA since 1978 and he is software engineer. He will pay my MBA fees. So, I want good ROI. So, Is it good idea to do an MBA from USA for good ROI? And how many months will it take to recover my MBA fees? Which colleges should i target for best ROI ?

    (3) When should i start preparing for GMAT and IELTS ? And how is my academics. Please tell me your view on this. Can i get a best B school in USA ?

    Please solve my Queries.


  126. Shobhit Verma says:

    Respected Sir,

    i am student in final year looking forward for preparation for GMAT and here is my condition presently
    10th- 85.6%
    12th- 69.6%
    graduation electrical engineering avg- 60%

    i am going to take GMAT in 2015, i just want to inquire about
    1) what kind of job should i apply for or seek which will be beneficial for showing experience? (quality management/ research or technical)
    2) what social activities should i show to improve my CV?
    3) and what are other things which i can do to improve my profile other then good GMAT score to get a good university as you can see my percentages are not that much impressive ?

    please help
    Regards and Thanks

  127. Abhra Roy Choudhury says:

    Hi Sameer,

    I have just started out preparing for GMAT , I belong to a middle class family and seeing the course fees of MBA abroad I really doubt whether I could afford it, is it possible to get 100% scholarships, I have an aggregate of 66% in my B.E from a mediocre Engineering College in Bangalore and have got 3 years of work experience, what are my chances of being considered for scholarships.

  128. Hemant says:

    Hi Sameer

    Thank you so much for your effort.
    I want to persue my MBA from USA and please guide me for the same.

    I am currently working in ZS associates as Datawarehouse Engineer.
    My profile is below:

    Total Experience: 28months till now.

    There are some question that are popping in my mind because i dont know much about US college criterian.

    Please help me with below question:

    1. I want to ask how is my profile and is there any criteria where i will be filtered in profile based elimination, I am afraid if good colleges will call me or not because of my profile.

    2. I am from middle class family and would like to get some scholarship is possible, please put some light on this too.

    3. I want to persue MBA as soon as possible please suggest the best time to give the exam and please tell me what all colleges should i target.

    4. Please tell me what will be optimum Gmat score for good colleges(what should be my target even though i know my aim should be best watever i can do).

    Please help

    Thanks and Regards,
    Hemant Mishra

  129. AADARSH KAPOOR says:

    Hello sir,
    I am going to graduate in 2014 and i am looking for e-waste management as a career option. So, Please tell me about the job aspects and also for qualifications needed for doing E-waste management. Also suggest some colleges to me.


  130. Siddharth says:

    Hi Sameer,
    I’m Siddharth, doing my second year of bachelors in Computer Science and Engineering. I am bit confused in choosing area which I can jump into(CAT or GMAT). I have to prepare for anyone of those exams from my prefinal year. Please suggest me with the best.

    With regards,


  131. Sameer says:

    Hi Sameer,

    I completed by B.Tech in 2010 and working in IT. I am not sure but some how I wanted to go for MBA. Few people say that I am not suited for MBA. And personally, I am in the starting stage of gathering information for preparing myself as an MBA student. I don’t have any idea of this MBA before 6 months. I just heard from people that this will change the career. Though the question seems weird, I wanted to ask. Please give me suggestions how can I see my self as a professional MBA or how can I test myself whether I am suited for this or its better for me to continue with my current profession.


  132. Puneet says:

    Hi Sameer
    Thank you so much for your effort.
    I want to persue one year MBA from top b school outside india(US or Europe).please evaluate my profile and suggests some good B-schools and the gmat score which i need to target for applying into them
    My profile is below:
    Total Experience: 4.5yrs till now.
    Presently working as Bid manager in Reputed Mnc.

  133. Sudharson says:

    Hi Sameer,

    I completed my B.Tech Chemical in 2011 and am working in a Cement EPC company, Chennai. Now, with a good amount of work experience (2 years), I need to pursue Executive MBA programs (basically part-time), strictly inside the country. Should I opt for CAT or GMAT ? Do the South-Indian Bschools / Colleges (Chennai in particular) recognise only CAT ?

  134. AYUSH GUPTA says:

    sir i want to know about gmat elligebility citeia??/?? please inform me about it as early as possible????>
    thank you

  135. Sheela says:

    Hi Sameer,

    I completed my Bachelor of Technology (ECE) in 2007. I have work experience of 5 yrs and 8 months. I am working as a System Analyst in a reputed MNC. I would like to pursue MBA to enhance my career opportunities and role as well. I score 74% in my 10th, 64% in Inter and 57% in B.Tech. Please advise on below things which would be apt for my profile.

    1. Which MBA program should I go for?
    2. Which entrance test (CAT / GMAT) should I prefer?
    3. Am I eligible to apply for ISB? If yes, then how much do I need to score and other criteria in specific to get selected in ISB?
    4. What are the other top B-schools, I can look for?
    5. Where can I get more info of the suitable programs?

    Thanks in advance.


  136. tarun sai says:

    hii sameer,
    i am studying right now my cgpa is 7.94, X- 86%, XII-88% …iam seeking to do mba in foriegn.. i have few questions to ask
    1)many people in internet saying gmat is tough is it true?? if it is how hard it will be to avg student like me??
    2)does mba in foriegn worth the money i pay??? means avg fee for mba in us is around 20,00,000(google)
    3) what is the min package i can get after completing mba?

  137. amit says:

    I am an engineering student and have very poor grades like 60 percentage ,47percentage in 12th and 76 percent in 10th.
    .can I think of getting into good university in india for mba if I score good in cat next year as I belong to sc category.
    Or shall I think of gmat and trying for foreign universities.

  138. Nagaprasad says:


    This is Nagaprasad,presently working in an IT company.My experience is 2 years in the IT sector.Am interested in doing MBA in India.I want to prepare for the exam while am doing the job,so i am thinking to prepare for GMAT..Which colleges would i get admission to,if i do good in GMAT?Will i get admission in IIM’s through the GMAT score?Please suggest


  139. raghav says:

    I am in my second year of engineering. I am interested in pursuing MBA. Is it better if i start preparing for GMAT from this year itself.


  140. Udit says:

    Dear sir,
    I am a final year engineering student from India and am planning to do my MBA.
    I am confused if I should do it from India or abroad, budget is not a big issue, I got around 80% in both 10 and 10+2, and 70% in graduation, I don’t have any work-ex. If I go for abroad, is australia a good option, I am getting into RMIT, aus without giving GMAT, are the univs that don’t need GMAT good enough?
    What countries should I look for?

    Thank you.

  141. Sudipta Sarmah says:

    Sir, I am currently doing BBA from Calcutta Univ., and am in 2nd year. When the registration for Cat 14 will take place, i will be in final year, but my 2nd year marks will not yet have been declared. Can i still register for CAT?

  142. varushi says:

    Hello sir.
    I am a second year student of English honours from Delhi university. I am too confused about what should be done after it but my first option is doing mba from abroad. so i wanted to know what all should i do ? As i have read in previous answers that for getting admission abroad i need at least 2-3 experience, is it compulsory ? and whether i should go for GMAT or CAT.

  143. somesh says:

    I’m a final year engineering student. I expect my CGPA to be 6.0 at the end of my graduation. I have got a ‘year back log’ in my degree (4+1 years). My 10th class percentage is 72 and my 12th percentage is 54. I have got no such job experience. The reason for my low graduation grades is I took the step of pursuing in engineering in a haste. I mean I was not sure of my goals. And now I am sure that I want to step into Management studies. So now I gatehered information about sme management programs offered abroad. I found this one programme, ‘MIM’ (masters in management), which is much in trend especially in europe. And MIM programmes are for fresh graduates having no experience. I want to know whether they will consider me for their program if I score above 700 in gmat and apply with my present academic stats. Please help me to get out of this.
    Looking forward for your helpful reply.


  144. payal says:


    I have almost completed my preparation for GMAT. I have done UG with 68% and have exp of 1.5 yrs. Please suggest me which colleges should I apply for . I want to do MBA in HR and want 1 year course.

  145. karan says:

    i got 90% in 10th and 54% in 12th. im doing engineering and maintaining my cgpa between 7.2-7.8 .i want to know what is the criteria for the eligibility of gmat exam and if two years experience is mandatory to be eligible for gmat.

  146. ankur maheshwari says:

    hello sir,

    i got 73% in 10th
    81% in 12th
    i m persuing btech in 3rd year. i m attending coaching classes from TIME and i want to know that is work experience is necessary for doing mba frm top B SCHOOLS??
    i m very tensed now for regarding this. Please help me out sir

  147. Nitesh says:

    Hi Sameer

    Apology for the long passage, Couldn’t shorten it given the criticality of the matter

    I am confused whether to go for CAT or GMAT. The confusion is mainly caused by two reasons

    1. I am suffering from severe locomotors disability due to which I am unable to do ADL (Activity of Daily Living) independently. This forces me to find something in India where the medical cost will be affordable, but I am not too sure how the system for Indian Institute works for differently able students. Is there any assistance available in terms of infrastructure and a helper?

    2. My inclination towards Masters in Finance lures me to think towards GMAT given no Indian Institute offers you this course. But again taking into account all my medical cost, I am not too sure how much would I need to spend in total for the program including accommodation and other medical needs. Will be very helpful if you can brief me on the budget perspective.

    Just to give a bit of background i have completed my CA and CFA(US) and will be completing my 2 years of work ex (excluding 3 years of internship) in May15

  148. Sandeep Panwar says:

    Sir i have done mba and have five years of experience in coorporate ….i have only 60 percent marks in my 10th ,12th and in graduation. Now I want to do again mba from IIM…Can i get admission in IIM ….Tell me sir whether it is good to do mba from IIM at this stage or not….help me sir…..

  149. Sandeep says:

    Hi Sameer,

    I am preparing for GMAT to get into ISB. I have experience of 4 years plus as of now. During my experience, i took initiative for market development for my company and i was successful. Besides, i have market experience of main 3 regions of the country i.e North, East & South which adds to quality to profile. Only drawback is i dont ve good academic career but i possess good qualities that is required for leadership & good manager. I just want to know how much my low score academis make impact to get thru ISB?

  150. Tushar says:

    Hi Sameer,

    I have some querry regarding PGPX program, I have a work exp of 6.5 yrs which include my pre and post MBA work exp. I am an MBA from A- institute in Delhi. Have been working with a PSU in oil sector for last 4.5 years. Planning to give GMAT for a PGPX course. Would want to know whether it would be worth to go for a 2nd MBA at this age. I am already passed 30 yrs of age and have a famiy.

  151. Paveen kumar says:

    Hi sameer,

    I have 7.5 years of IT experience in Quality Assurance domain (testing), and have done my bachelors and Masters in Civil Engineering.
    I am looking to go for Executive MBA, which one is idea CAT or GMAT.
    I am assuming GMAT would be an ideal option as i can opt for Foreign universities also. Please advice

  152. Ashwanth says:

    Hi sir,
    I am preparing for the GMAT exams,,could you please suggest me some of the best study materials for both Ouant and Verbal to crack the GMAT would be very helpfull for me

  153. chaitanya says:

    Hi Sameer

    I got one question, will CAT preparation be enough to ace GMAT? If I want to go for gmat prep can you suggest good online coaching companies?

  154. Jeet says:

    Hi Sameer,

    Currently I am having a 2.5 yrs of IT experience, working with TCS. My grades are
    10th- 88.8%
    12th- 84.8%
    Btech- 82.8%(ECE)-2011 paasout.

    I have a certificate from AISSCE-CBSE for being among top 0.1% students who took the test that year and scored 97/100 in English Core.

    Pursuing a 2yrs full time MBA programe (via Distance Learning Programme) from Welingkar , Mumbai. Currently I have just complete my first year.

    I have not yet started preparation, but inclined to go for GMAT rather than CAT. Given the situation that I will have around 3 yrs. expo wile I write GMAT, and I am already in the midst of a MBA prog that is inadequate for me to climb the professional ladder, what are your suggestions to me regarding taking up GMAT at this juncture?

  155. mumtaz says:

    hi sameer. im a house wife.i did my MBA in 2002.i do hav a work experience 2 yrs.but after marriage stopped working.i want to polish up my degree.could u pls suggest me if i can go for 1 yr course in MBA.i want to go for cat or im really interested in going to a very good b school.bcos of long gap i could not get good jobs.i hav no any clue what to do.can i apply for these entrances for admission into b schools,for a better opputunities for a job.pls pls help

  156. Sonia says:

    Hi Sameer,

    I appeared for Cat 2013 and my score is 88.17 percentile ( above 85 in both sections). I graduated last year from a reputed college in Economics. I am now working as a finance associate and want to pursue MBA but I am confused If I should pursue it from a reputed Indian university such as the IIM or from a foreign university such as Yale. Please Help!

  157. srm says:

    now there is a MAT exam on may what is that differ from GMAT or CAT……..if anyone got top rank can he be study in less amount …i mean any discount in in course fees.and this MAY-MAT score get me a good MBA college in INDIA or it’s just a exam to fill up the vacant seats for the low rank colleges. please anyone suggest me something……………. :)

  158. Shivam says:

    I had taken CAT this year and scored 85%ile. I just wanted to get a rough idea about what would be my GMAT score. I know they are two seperate exams but a estimate would be helpful. Also that I have no work experience (3rd year college) and my class XII and X percentage was 88 so is applying to nus or insead worth. Thanks in advance.

  159. jagan says:

    I am just starting with GMAT preparation and want to get into good B School. But my academic profile is not very impressive. Please let me know the chances of getting admission if i get a decent score in GMAT.

    Graduation: CPG 8.1 from YPR college (Local engineering college)
    Work Experience: 3 Years as Software Engineering in Wipro and currently working in Accenture.

    Please let me know the chances of getting into a good B School if i score 680+ in GMAT.

  160. Rajesh says:

    I am thinking of doing GMAT and i have 5+ years of experience, Currently i switched over to a new company and they want me back in my old organization. So if i go back to my old organization will it create a bad remark on my profile. Kindly advice.

  161. sriram says:

    hello sir! i am interested to do mba in top b schools .i share my profile !my 10th is 80% ,12th 71% and colllege eee marks are 64 % !am working in a reputed core company for one year!i had backlogs and completed them!when should i join gmat training prepartation!i have one year experience and working !pls guide me and tell me how does backlogs affect getting in top b schools!

  162. Shubhanngi Kalra says:

    hello Sir,

    I am pursuing my B.Tech in Information Technology.i will be completing my course in july 2015.i wish to do my MBA from abroad.i am not interested in a job right in i am planning to straight away go for MBA in August.can i do this?please can you guide me.i am planning to sit for my GMAT exam in October and for a second chance in April next year.

  163. Shruti says:

    Hello Sameer,

    I want to pursue Mba from top B-schools and so I am sharing my profile with you so that you can guide me properly whether to prepare for CAT or GMAT.
    10th 2006 ICSE aggregate of 80%
    12th 2008 ISC aggregate 88% 2012 with (not so good) 75%
    Now having 2 yrs of work experience in MNC.
    Its very important for my future to polish up my skills and qualification.

    One more question what is the fee structure of both the course..(just an outline)
    Looking forward for your reply.

  164. Ashish says:

    I’m a final year student. I’ll be completing it by April,2015. I’m planning to do MBA. I was really wondering which entrance test I should opt for (GMAT or CAT).
    My score in class 10 was 73%, & in 12 it was 78%. I scored 76% in my degree first year, and I’m waiting for my second year results. As I said I will be completing my in 2015(i.e next year), I am in a dilemma as to which entrance exam would be a better choice.
    I had a few queries. Here they go_
    >Can CAT scores be used in any B-School in India?
    >Which test is more in demand ?
    >Scope of CAT and GMAT.
    > I heard that work experience is must if one opts for GMAT. But I have no work experience.
    >Which one is a better place to do MBA? B-School or good colleges in the city.
    It would be very nice if you could clarify them for me so that I can start preparing for the test as soon as possible.
    Kindly Advice.
    Thank You.

  165. vineet shukla says:

    Hi sir, its very good to see that u r helping out everyone with their queries. Sth really appreciable. I am vineet shukla from bhopal, currently pursuing engineering in electrical dept. I will b completing in may2015.l hv been preparing fir cat since last 8month.only on preparation of cat should I go on for gmat or not.and one more thing.i hv got 53percentage only in twelth there any hope of call from iim a, b, c and any ither iims if I fullfill the criteria of cat percentile.

  166. Varun says:


    I read your reply statement, they are very focussed.

    I was thinking of preparing for GMAT. My 10th(58%) /12th(76%)/ graduation BCOM(56%) scores are mediocre.

    I did my MBA from a mediocre institute and now I have an experience of close to 7yrs( post MBA). to take a career leap I would want to begin my GMAT so that I get a management degree from a reputed college.

    Does my scores would be an hinderance for getting into a good college, despite a good GMAT score.

    Look forward to your guidance.

  167. Shantanu Mukherjee says:

    Hello Sameer Sir,

    I would like to know whether you do free profile evaluation or not

  168. Nishant Prashar says:

    I have been sailing as a responsible officer on cargo ships as an responsible officer . I have 24 months of sailing experience and a graduation degree in nautical science . I wish to go for MBA degree as I donot wish to work with the same industry now . Kindly advise CAT or GMAT ? And how good it would be for me to go for one year MBA ?

  169. Sameer says:

    Hello Sir,
    I have an experience of 43 months as of now in engineering maintenance activity.
    My academic marks are as follows
    Xth -78%
    XIIth- 79%
    B Tech from NIT -8.18
    I request you to kindly suggest my options that i should go ahead with.
    Should i prepare for GMAT and try for 1 year MBA program from IIMs, ISB or give a try in CAT for 2 years program in IIMs, SPJAIN, NITIE, etc
    I am interested in pursuing Operation Management.
    Will these many months of work experience along with low acads will be a negative point for me.
    Presently I am in a PSU with ctc of 9 LPA.

  170. mounika says:

    hello sir im interested in doing mba i didnt write icet im from andhra pradesh so now im thinking to write cat & gmat if i clear with minimum passing marks can i be able to join any normal colleges near by my locality?
    in interviews written exam is all about apptitude im from commerce back ground i have no idea about it.

  171. Mansi says:

    I am..doing integrated course bba+mba …can I applied for cat after bba

  172. Sonam says:

    I did my graduation from NIFT, kolkata, 2012. I have a degree of bachelors in knitwear designing. I did job for 1 year as a fashion designer. Currently i m working as an interior designer. Without any break in between. I am keen to pursue MBA from a good B-school in India. Kindly suggest what is the best course for me to opt. And what should i opt from GMAT or CAT. It will great to have guidance from you.

  173. nikita says:

    i nikita from andhra pradesh. i am going to complete my in present percentage in btech is 80.
    my 12th percentage is 95 and my tenth percentage is 92…..i want to do mba from aprominent university either in india or in us…if i get good score in cat or gmat will i be able to get a seat in any university??? and also i am in a dilemma which one to write cat or gmat because i am getting afraid of going to other country…….and also please tell me the [procedure to get seat in us universities…
    please kindly reply as i am sending this to you with a great hope…..

  174. nikita says:

    i have mentioned my percentages in my previous question…. is it easy to crack cat??? i am getting afraid to approach it as many are saying that its not easy and also it wont be easy for an average student like non iitian……n though i get good percentile i would get disqualified in interview round… it true sir???? is it that much difficult for me to get a seat in iim

  175. Mit says:

    I have 81% in class 10th and 77% in class 12th with commerce stream and I am doing my now and I want to get admission in NIRMA INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT, AHEMEDABAD which exam is better for me CAT or GMAT? And which exam is tough CAT or GMAT?

  176. Bimu says:

    I’m pursuing final year of my and will get passed out in2015. My CBSE percentage is 86% and my Intermediate(Andhra Pradesh State board) score is 90%. I have three queries…

    1) Is work experience required for both CAT and GMAT or can I think about scoring high in either of those to pursue MBA.

    2) What sort of extra curricular activities come under consideration while sorting in an interview(techincal/literary & cultural/sports & games/social service). Do I have to provide with inter-college level certificates. I’m concerned about this because I have won my college level competition and have certificates in literary and cultural events only. Are they worthy enough? If they aren’t please tell me what else should I possess.

    3)My aggregate is 71.5% in upto now. Is it similar to GPA of 7.1 ? I’m worried because I don’t have a chance to increase it beyond 75%.

  177. Bimu says:

    I would like to add, with my above academics can I be successful in GMAT interview without work experience or should I drop that thought right now and concentrate on CAT? (If work experience is not necessary for CAT)

  178. Roshan says:

    Hi Sameer,
    I am having around 6 years of work experience in biotech industry.My doubt is since I am from non engineering background and I want to get admission in IIMs or top B schools of India. which is better for me GMAT or CAT?
    I would greatly appreciate your suggestions.
    Thank you in advance.

  179. vrushali says:

    hello sir;
    i am very much confused for my further studies i have completed my graduation in “bachelors of management studies”(BMS) and confused what to do further !
    should i start preparing for CAT and take up pgdm course ?
    also sir can i study GMAt rather CAT so that if i gt 650 and above score in gmat i can gt in good university of U.S and if dont get in there m i elgible to do pgdm on gmat scores?
    please guide me

  180. Prashant Saxena says:

    Hi Sameer,
    I wanted to enquire when is the right time to start applying for MBA’s at european or us univiersities coz most of them demand 3 years of work ex so should we apply when we have completed 2 years and will complete 3 years before joining the b-school or should we apply only after completing 3 years of work experience coz in that case we will have 4 years experience by the time we join

  181. Ramya says:


    I have completed by B.Tech in 2012 and currently working in a reputed company from past 2 years in BI. Now I would like to continue my higher education with MBA. I am from computers science and interested in Maths. Can you please suggest which i need to prefer GMAT or CAT.

    Thanks in Advance,

  182. Rahul says:

    Respected Kamat Sir, Myself a Mechanical Engineer from Mumbai University. I passed my 10th ins 2005 – 77%. 12th in 2007 – 63% and I have just appeared for my Final year examinations of Mechanical Engineering. It has taken me 7 years to complete my 4 year engineering course. Now I wish to do MBA to make for the damages done to my profile and wish to enter the finance sector. I am planning to take on the GMAT. Sir can you please help me out and guide me accordingly. Will be very much obliged to have your guidance sir. Thankyou.

  183. lucky says:


    i am persuing my graduation from i got admission in fyup course but due to some conflicts btween du and ugc it has been rolled back. now i am not sure about the fact that whether the percentage which i attaind in both semesters of 1st year will b changed or not, as i scored most of my marks in foundation courses. i personally feel that my marks will be decreased. so i wanna know that whether i have to score 50% marks overall at graduation level or 50% each semester

    or can i cover up my marks by giving my remaining semesters better


  184. Aishwarya says:

    Hello Sir,

    I have completed my puc2 science with 87% and scored 91% in 10th
    actually i was very much interested in MBBS but due to my low score in cet i did not get a seat. My next option was to do MBA but I’m confused with which stream to be chosen.
    Please let me know which stream is good for MBA. I’m very much interested in finance. Please can u give me the detail about the entrance exams too. Is it necessary to have 2 years experience in job ?

    Thank you.

  185. drishi says:

    Hello sir,
    I’ll be completing my graduation next year currently I’m doing BMS from a well know university . and i’m planning to go for GMAT this year . Is gaining a bit of experience is necessary to apply for abroad colleges? (as i have no experience just did a internship of 2 months at a firm) . or else should i complete my graduation first and then think about appearing for GMAT ? or else considering CAT would be nice option ? please shed some light on this as im not able to make out for what should i opt for …

  186. sneha says:

    Respected sir,

    i am extremely glad to find your website very useful for my aspirations to do my MBA.i am facing alot of confusion to take CAT or GMAT

    i am currently pursuing my final year with 70% so far
    10th -85%
    i have excellent records of extra-curricular activities..i am desperate to do MBA immediately after graduation or a year so. i can join colleges abroad or in India. but i cant appear for CAT this Oct 2014 because i haven’t started my preparation.if i should take GMAT, is work experience necessary for all foreign colleges and what is the the average fees structure? or for CAT should i appear next year and work for few months after my graduation ? i would be grateful if u could help me with a suitable solution.

  187. Gaurav says:

    Hello Sir,

    I have approx 4 years working exp in IT industry. My company was an MNC from France. Could you please throw some light on these points:

    1. Will this work exp help me in admissions to B-School through GMAT.
    2. Will I get financial assistance like scholarship etc from the B-School because I am bit financially weak and will not be able to bear the fee.
    3. Will there are any opportunities like part time job or etc.?
    4. How are job prospects after MBA from a good B-School?

    Kindly help.

  188. Rishabh says:

    Hello sir,
    I have passed out my Btech in ECE this year(2014 batch),currently I m waiting for my joining from Cognizant,meanwhile i am working on software testing with a small firm.
    I want to pursue higher studies but not or MS,I am very confused on which test will be beneficial for me CAT or GMAT..because I am not completely aware about what major difference is between the two exams and which one will be apt choice for me.
    kindly suggest….!!!

  189. Prashant Saxena says:

    Hi Sameer,
    I am Prashant Saxena, I gave the gmat last month and i got 710 . I have currently about 15 months of work experience as a Software Testing Engineer earning 3.6 lakhs per annum. I am planning to join MBA in september because by then I woudl have completed 3 years of work experience butt he problem is my graduation percentage in B.Tech(Computer Science) is just 59%. What will be the equivalent US and European GPA ?Will my gmat score and 3 years work experience compensate for my low percentage. I am also an active volunteer for CRY and have DELE B2 level certification in Spanish and as well as an ISTQB Foundation level test engineer

  190. shweta says:

    Good Evening!

    After Passing ICSE 10th Exam (68%), I have done Diploma in Mechatronics (3 year course 2005 ~ 2008, 78%). Since then, I’ve been working in Maruti Suzuki India Limited. I’m doing my degree from Institution of Mechanical Engineers through distance, and it will finish off this year.
    I’m planning to go into Full-Time MBA course for which i’ll be preparing for CAT 2015 exams.
    The problem which i’m facing at present is the Eligibility criteria. I’m exactly not sure whether the degree which i hold will be accepted by Reputed B Schools. Please do help, on what i can do, to be sure about the same.


  191. Priyanka Tagare says:

    Hi Sameer,

    I did my in the year of 2005 and then I joined software industry. Currently I have 7 years of experience (July 2005 to May 2012) and since May 2012 I am not working due to some personal reason.

    I have more than 2 years of break in my career and its more than 9 years I completed my graduation. Now I am planning to go for MBA; however, I don’t have any idea about CAT/GMAT and age bar for admission.

    I would prefer Executive MBA as I have 7 years of work experience; however, I need guidance. Which course I should go for and which exam I should appear? I would prefer colleges from Pune only.

    Please guide me.

    Priyanka Tagare

  192. Prateek Samarth says:

    sir, I m Prateek Samarth studying in BE final year from nagpur, maharashtra….. sir i just wanted to know that amongst CAT and GMAT which will be beneficial for me to secure an admission into B-schools in india…? because my seventh sem exams are clashing with CAT and i came to know that many indian b-schools give admissions only to foreign or NRI candidates through GMAT…. so what should i do now……?


    hi sir i m a student of hons 2 year and i want to know about CAT, yesterday i got admission in cat in time coaching for preparation of peers say to me your percentage is not info for got admission in iims because my percentage is low in 10 and 12
    10 -7.2 cgpa
    12-71.6% 1 year -63.8%
    sir can i got admission in iims and also provide me knowledge about requirement of iims for selection process
    thanks for your kind review

  194. Shah R Khan says:


    Are there any discounts on account of re-appearing for the test (GMAT).

  195. Rishabh Singla says:

    Hi Sameer,

    Kudos to the job you doing. Not sure, whether you will still reply.
    I have been working with TCS for around 45 months. Wanted to my MBA from ISB or even other top international B Schools, which of-course demands high GMAT score. Is it a good idea to leave job and prepare whole heartedly. Getting time from job is really difficult, especially when only 2 months are left. want to try GMAT until I get good score.
    Please guide.

  196. vibes says:


    I have a work exp of 4.5 years n i m planning for executive MBA. Which all colleges in India i can apply for and do they consider GMAT/CAT score for executive MBA?

  197. Karthik says:

    Hi Sameer

    I completed my Btech in 2012. Have two years of work experience in renowed MNC.
    I have two questions…

    Is this 2 years experience enough to get a seat in top 10 Bschools through GMAT.
    Can you please post the cutoff scores of GMAt for different B-schools.


  198. AKANKSHA says:

    I am final year student and want to crack GMAT exam. sir, please tell me in a year how many times i am eligible for GMAT exam.

  199. vinod says:

    Hellow Sir,
    I am Btech(civil engg) 2008 batch,currently working as a sr planning engineer(work exp 6.5 year),my career seems to be stuck at one place,i want to do mba,which one will be better option for me,executive mba,or full mba in project management or construction management,plz suggest some university(indian and foreign) from where i can go for mba. Thankyou.

  200. Sweta verma says:

    i m doing chem. Hons from vbu,hzbgh jharkhand. I m in part 3. So i just wanna know that does gmat and cat gives foreign placement. And what are the syllabus. Which institute is best for their preparations. Pls give complete detail of cat and gmat. I m very.confused
    make my confusion clear. Thank you

  201. Naman Bansal says:

    hello sir,
    I am wright now doing my UG from rajasthan university in BCom , i am in a confusion about what to do in post grad. between CAT and GMAT . on my research on both the exams i got to know that GMAT gives a wider opportunity ans scope for BSchools but considering the fact that i wont be getting any work experience which BSchools in abroad consider important , will this be creating any problem for any BSchool in abroad as my college does not call any company for internship selection from where i could have got work experience. also work experience is soo must that even a score around 500-600 wont be considered ?

  202. aamodha says:

    myself aamodha i am a BE graduate of batch 2014 and unemployed without options (BE aeronautical!!)
    so i would like your opinion as to appearing for managment exams (entirely job perspective)
    for this to happen i have to take a entire year of 2015 for studies is this better option ?
    my 10th,12th & grad scores are 82,72,68 respectively
    thank you in advamce

  203. jeelan says:

    hi my name is jeelan i have completed my i want to do mba in finance, cat or gmat which is more preferable to join in iims what is the fee in iims what is the min percentile i have to get in cat or gmat to get seat in iim’s

  204. prasad says:

    Hi Sir ,

    I was very lucky to have this platform of GMAT vs CAT queries.And it was very helpful.

    My weak point is cracking Verbal part . The next year(2015) I will be appearing for CAT . As I am hoping the grammar part for GMAT would be the union for CAT . So regarding (VERBALS, Grammer ,RC ) can you please tell , whether it is enough if i prepare for GMAT on these to crack CAT ?

    Also I wanted to know the best book to prepare for English GRAMMAR .

    Thank you :)

  205. saroj kumar sahu says:

    Hello sir ,
    Good evening , This is sk sahu i am a student of BBA from an open university ,But for MBA i want go for CAT (regular) b school , IS IT POSSIBLE ???

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