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CAT OR GMAT

Updated: Dec 21, 2017

GMAT vs CAT is one of the biggest dilemmas for a candidate aspiring to pursue an MBA. Actually the key Question should be – “whether to pursue MBA in India or abroad“.


On the level of difficulty – one is known to be the toughest English Exam while the other is known for its difficult Quantitative Section.


There is no such specific answer to the question. It varies from Person to person.

While GMAT is the better option for some test takers, CAT is the better one for other test takers.


It just depends which category you falls into.


So let us explore and hunt for the answer of this enigma.


1st: What is tested ?

The syllabus of CAT and GMAT are almost the same.


However, the difficulty or types of questions in the Quant section of GMAT differs far from CAT exam.


GMAT: Tricky, tweaked Questions based on basic mathematics, Unavoidable traps, and most importantly Adaptive (If you answer the Question correct, the next question is tougher) in nature.


CAT: Similar types of questions are seen sometimes, focus on tricks but goes calculative sometimes, a little tougher then GMAT but a person can be selective in his questions.


IN GMAT YOU HAVE TO ANSWER EVERY QUESTION while IN CAT YOU CAN JUST CHOOSE 60-65 % OF QUESTIONS TO GET A GOOD SCORE.

Similarly, in the Verbal Section, there are more types of questions in GMAT.

When it comes to the length of the exam, one definitely needs to be patient. Also, it should be noted that the number of questions mentioned is tentative and changes every year.


GMAT: The verbal section of GMAT is almost equally divided into three sections: Sentence Correction, Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension.


You have to be good at all 3 to hit a good score (above V38) in Verbal.


Sentence Correction: Check your knowledge of Grammar Rules, slightly more difficult than CAT.


Critical Reasoning: Check your Logical and Analytical reasoning,slightly more difficult than CAT.


Reading Comprehension: Shorter in length then CAT, but more complicated.


CAT: Tests you on your reading skills more, Having a good vocabulary can help you a lot in CAT, if you are regular reader and good in RCs (Reading Comprehension) then Verbal Of CAT should be ‘a piece of cake’ for you.


IT CAN BE SAID THAT CAT REQUIRES A GOOD VOCABULARY, WHILE GMAT REQUIRES PROPER UNDERSTANDING OF THE LANGUAGE.


So, it can be said that CAT vs GMAT = Mathematics vs English


Or if you have a good retention power, good for CAT.

Good analytical and logical skills, good for GMAT.



2nd: MONEY




If you have the capital to afford an MBA abroad, the return on Investment is much higher than one in India.




3rd: Competition



CAT is a mandatory requirement for admissions into maximum programs of IIMs and several other MBA institutions in India.


GMAT is a requisite, if you want to pursue MBA from abroad.



  • The number of top B-schools in India is much less than the overall competition. Thus, there is higher competition in CAT exam.

  • GMAT is global, whereas CAT is restricted to Indian B- Schools.

  • Some of the business schools (B-schools) in India which consider CAT scores might also accept GMAT scores. However, any foreign business school would never accept the CAT score.



4th: VALIDITY, ELIGIBILITY and PREREQUISITE



CONCLUDING ABOVE POSTULATES


A. For working professionals

  • With work experience more then 4-5 years, GMAT is a good option.

  • With work experience between 2-5 years, it totally depends on you what to choose between GMAT and CAT.


B. For freshers

  • You have to go with CAT if you wish to start with your MBA as soon as you finish your graduation.

  • Even students can prepare and give the GMAT exam during their Under Graduation and join a B-School later. (In India, the most famous such program is ISB – Young Leaders Program)


C. Flexibility

  • GMAT, any day is better for you if you are looking for flexibility with Exam dates.

  • rescheduling of GMAT is more flexible than that of the CAT.

  • The waiting period for candidates who wish to improve their CAT scores is one year (for re-taking the test) whereas for GMAT candidates, the waiting period is 31 days.

  • CAT test results are announced much later at a fixed date whereas the GMAT scores (Verbal and Quant) is available right after the test is taken (though the official score might take up to three weeks to reach you).

  • The CAT score is valid for only the forthcoming year whereas the GMAT score is valid for a time of five years.

D. Educational Background

  • Familiar with 11th and 12th class Mathematics (such as log, binomial, p and c, co ordinate geometry, algebraic inequalities and modulus, series etc.), good Vocabulary and good retention power, You have a good chances of clearing CAT

  • Good in quick reading and understanding language, good in logical and analytical reasoning, You have good chances of clearing GMAT.


E. Indian Institutes and Foreign Institutes

  • If you have scored very well in the CAT, go for an MBA in India. The Indian IIMs are among the best institutes in the world. However, if you get a chance to select between an IIM and an international institute like The Harvard or London Business School, you should unarguably select the latter.

  • This is because the exposure which you would get in such foreign institutes is simply inimitable. Pursuing an M.B.A. from one the most acclaimed foreign institute will give you an edge in the global job market

  • One much asked question is “What’s the value of an international MBA degree in India?”. The answer to this question is entirely subjected to which institute you’ve pursued your MBA from. An MBA from Harvard is highly valuable everywhere in the world while an MBA from a low grade institute abroad is equivalent to an MBA from a low grade institute in India.


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