GMAT v/s CAT | The Bootcamp
May 25, 2017


Stuck in a conundrum, whether the GMAT is the right way ahead for you or CAT. Read on to find out!

Attribute GMAT CAT The Bootcamp Opinion
Price Point ~20K ~1k The GMAT is twenty times more expensive than the CAT on paper but is also a more widely accepted score and your score is valid for 5 years.
Acceptability Global India The GMAT wins hands-down in this category. Your GMAT score stands valid across the world.
Level of Difficulty The cells are blank because there isn’t a comparison between the tests. While most people would say the CAT is tougher and requires a more rigorous preparation, the truth is that getting a 760 on the GMAT is much harder than a 99 percentile in the CAT.
Best Method of Preparation On your own/Mentoring Most people end up at a year-long coaching class Due to the insane levels of competition in India and excessive focus on numbers, THE CAT score becomes a paramount factor in the admission process. For such drudgery, a coaching class ensures long hours of study and schedules practice, if one isn’t focused enough.

Most schools that accept the GMAT score only consider it one parameter amongst many others in deciding your fate. It has about 30-40% weightage in the decision. This makes the GMAT preparation less rigorous as you need cross the 700(89th Percentile) mark to have an acceptable score.

Depending on how well you want to do, you need to tweak your study plan. Since there is such a variation in the way people prepare, getting yourself a mentor who can create a unique and personal plan for you works the best.

Self-study is also a good approach in you’re targeting the late 600s.

Focus Area Verbal Quant While the most difficult of the CAT has been touted to be quant, the GMAT quant is a lot simpler up to the 720 level (49 on the quant section).

The verbal section of the GMAT is usually quite challenging for Indians and non-native speakers.



All in all, the answer to your question depends on what you want to do. If you want to study in India and are looking to do an MBA without a lot of work experience, CAT is your answer. Most B-schools that accept the GMAT are looking for candidates with at least two years of work experience.

The GMAT is a great test to take as the score is valid for a much longer period of time. You can take it when you have some time on your hands and apply only when you’re ready.

Good luck!


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