GMAT Pattern 2019
Updated on Dec 21, 2019 - 9:04 a.m. IST by Ranjini Basu

GMAT Pattern 2019: GMAC® prescribes the GMAT® 2019 pattern in a way that appearing candidates can improve their overall verbal and critical thinking abilities. According to the GMAT 2019 exam pattern, the total test duration is of three hours and thirty minutes with specific time allotted for each of the four sections of the GMAT test, namely Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA), Integrated Reasoning (IR), Quantitative and Verbal. GMAT is the most popular computer-adaptive entrance examination conducted for shortlisting candidates to pursue business management programmes at more than 2,300 Graduate Business schools. Careers360, in this article, brings forth pertinent information about the GMAT pattern 2019 including test sections, test, duration details for each of the sections etc.

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GMAT Test Pattern 2019: What is a Computer Adaptive Test?

The test takers will receive questions one at a time and the difficulty level and score of the GMAT 2019 will depend on the accuracy of the previous answer of the candidate. If the response to the previous question is accurate, the next question will be of higher difficulty level. If the answer is incorrect, the following question will be of lower difficulty level and will get scored accordingly. The final score, as per the paper pattern of GMAT 2019 depends on the difficulty level of questions that the student had attempted. Correct answers to difficult questions will result in obtaining higher scores while correct responses to easier questions will result in getting lower scores. The GMAT 2019 pattern does not have any negative marking. The GMAT registration 2019 should be filled online and payment should be made successfully to be able to appear for the test. GMAT re-test can opt after 16 days from the last exam.

Quick Glance: GMAT Pattern 2019

GMAT Test Section

Number of Questions

Question Types


Analytical Writing Assessment

One Topic

Analysis of Argument

30 Minutes

Integrated Reasoning

12 Questions

Multi-Source Reasoning

Graphics Interpretation

Two-Two Part Analysis

Table Analysis

30 Minutes


31 Questions

Data Sufficiency

Problem Solving

62 Minutes


36 Questions

Reading Comprehension

Critical Reasoning

Sentence Correction

65 Minutes

Total Exam Time (excluding breaks or tutorials)

Three hours, seven minutes (3 hrs, 7 mins)

GMAT Pattern 2019: Order of Sections

Officially, three options are available for the GMAT exam's section order:

  • Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, Verbal (original order)

  • Verbal, Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment

  • Quantitative, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment

Candidates should note that there is nothing called “correct”, “recommended” or “ideal” section order to select. This choice provides more control and flexibility to appear for the GMAT exam based on the candidates’ strengths and testing preferences.

GMAT Test Pattern 2019: Section-Wise exam pattern of GMAT 2019

GMAT Pattern 2019: Analytical Writing Assessment Section (AWA) - According to the GMAT 2019 exam pattern, the Analytical Writing Assessment evaluates the candidates' ability to think critically and to communicate their ideas with relevant supporting reasons and examples. Test takers need to analyse the argument, provide logical ideas and write a critique of that argument. This section covers a single topic and candidates are given 30 minutes to complete the test. The Analytical Writing Assessment encompasses analysis of the argument.

GMAT Pattern 2019: Integrated Reasoning Section (IR) - The Integrated Reasoning section assesses the candidates' ability to evaluate information presented in multiple formats from various sources – skills they need to nourish in this technologically advanced, data-driven world. According to the GMAT 2019 test pattern, this section consists of 12 questions and candidates are rendered 30 minutes to complete the task.

The questions revolve around:

  • Understanding and interpreting information provided in graphics, text and numbers

  • Appraise information received from multiple sources

  • Organise data to see relationships and figure out interrelated problems

  • Complex problems of combining and manipulating data obtained from multiple sources

Points to Remember about IR Questions:

  1. Candidates must answer all parts of a single question accurately to receive credit. No partial credit is awarded to candidates.

  2. All answer choices for a single question are presented on the same screen.

  3. Candidates must submit responses to all parts of the question before moving on to a new question on another screen.

  4. Once answered, test takers may not go back and change their response.

  5. Answer options for one question will not aid in solving other questions.

  6. Candidates may find multiple questions for one set of data. If the answer to one question is incorrect, the incorrect answer will not necessarily affect the answer provided to another question based on the same data.

GMAT Pattern 2019: Quantitative Section - The Quantitative section evaluates the candidates' ability to analyse data and draw conclusions using reasoning skills. The level of mathematics needed to understand and solve the questions in this section of the GMAT pattern 2019 is similar to what is usually taught in secondary school grades. According to the revised timings of GMAT 2019, candidates will be given 62 minutes instead of 75 minutes to attempt 31 questions instead of 37 questions. Quantitative Section consists of Data Sufficiency and Problem Solving questions.

The areas covered in Problem Solving are:


Basic Algebra

Basic Geometry Concepts

Real numbers

Linear Equations



Quadratic Equations




Special Right Triangles




GMAT Pattern 2019: Verbal Section - According to the GMAT 2019 test pattern, the Verbal section evaluates the candidates' ability to read and comprehend written material, to evaluate arguments, and to correct written material to conform to standard written English. According to the revised timings of GMAT 2019, candidates will be given 65 minutes instead of 75 minutes to attempt 36 questions instead of 41 questions. This section covers the following areas:

  • Reading Comprehension

  • Critical Reasoning

  • Sentence Correction

GMAT Test Format 2019: Score Statistics

According to 2017 statistics, 23 percent of GMAT takers scored over 650, and 11 percent crossed the much-desired 700 threshold. The average score of GMAT was 552.

GMAT is a standardised management entrance exam conducted by GMAC to be used in the selection procedure of more than 2,300 Graduate Business Schools across the globe. The GMAT exam is accepted at more than 7,000 programmes around the world and administered at more than 600 test centres in 114 countries. Business schools use this test as a criterion for admission into a wide range of management programs like MBA, Master of Accountancy and Master of Finance programs. GMAC does not mention any GMAT eligibility criteria 2019. The exam pattern of GMAT 2019 contains both multiple-choice as well as writing assessment; GMAT 2019 syllabus covers four sections, namely, Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal.

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How to apply GMAT exam and which is the best college to accept GMAT score in Mumbai India.

Suryashis Chakraborty 13th Feb, 2020


The GMAT exam is a computer-bases test that assesses the analytical writing, quantitative, verbal and reading skills of candidates.

The GMAT Exam costs around US $250. The test is taken to get admission into a graduate management program, such as MBA and Masters in Finance related courses in top business schools across the world.

According to GMAC, one can register for the GMAT exam 6 months before the Graduate Management Admission Test date or latest by 24 hours before the GMAT exam date.

Step 1: Visit the official GMAT website,

Step 2: Create your official GMAT account.

Step 3: Give your personal details like Name, address, etc.

Step 4: Provide your academic and work details.

Step 5: Verify and submit your details.

Step 6: Choose your closest or preferred test center.

Step 7: Select the preferred date and time slot.

Step 8: Pay the GMAT Registration fee online through debit or credit card.

Step 9: After paying the fee, the GMAT Registration is complete.

Some colleges accepting GMAT scores in Mumbai are as follows:


School of Business Management SVKM Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies

KJ Sowmaiya Institute of Management Studies

SDA Bocconi Asia Center

IES Management College and Research Centre

MET Institute of Management

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Hope this helps you. We wish you the best for your future endeavours!



I heard somewhere that spjmir will consider gmat scores which have been written till dec 31,2019.i have written my gmat on 3r january2020,will spjmir consider the score or not?

PALLAV TIRIYAR 30th Jan, 2020

GMAT is an entrance exam for management institutions which has no fixed exam date. The students have been given liberty to select their exam date according to their wish. However it is recommended that registration must be done two months before the exam date. Regarding call from SPJIMR,  the institute will call the students if and only if they meet their eligibility requirements. The interview dates scheduled are different for different cities. It will last up-to 21st of February.

registration date of GMAT and Exam date of GMAT in 2020

Shivam bhardwaj Student Expert 27th Jan, 2020

Hello Sohan,

Hope you are doing well.

As there are no specific dates for conducting GMAT 2019, prospective test takers can choose a date according to their convenience. However, candidates have to take at least 16 days’ break between two attempts. Also, one cannot exceed five GMAT exams within a 12-month period. A candidate can take no more than eight re-tests in a lifetime.

Feel free for further queries.

Good luck


CAT - 89.85 (VA - 93, DI - 93. QA - 68), GMAT - 650. Work ex - 24 months (Merchant Navy Officer). Ive already applied to : 1. Great Lakes (1 &2 yr PGP) 2. Tapmi 3. IMT 4. IMI 5. FORE 6. IRMA 7. KJSIMSR 8. MICA Kindly let me know if I am eligible to apply for any others. Thanks

Sampriti Student Expert 20th Jan, 2020
You have  a pretty good CAT percentile and you can check out these colleges also
  • VGSOM IIT Kharagpur
  • GIM  Goa ( registration for the college was until 3rd January)
  • University Business School, Punjab University
  • BIM Trichy
  • LIBA Chennai
  • BIMTECH Noida
  • Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management Delhi
  • Prin LN Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, Mumbai

These are some of the best B schools you can get and they have an excellent reputation in the market. Considered as tier 2 colleges, they offer an average compensation package of 10-12 lakhs.

Good Luck

Hi. I have a GMAT score of 470. have 2.5 years work experience. 10th - 89%. 12th - 91%. BE - 89%. what are my chances of getting a call for TAPMI? Please reply.

Sampriti Student Expert 19th Jan, 2020
TAPMI Manipal has already released their cutoffs for various entrance exams. For GMAT one needs a minimum of 630 scores. But if you've appeared for other exams like CAT or XAT you can get a call if you have a minimum of 85 percentile there.

Moreover you have a work experience of 30 months which means if you'll be eligible for profile based shortlisting. But since your GMAT scores are far lesser than what is required you should try with other exams (if you've appeared for those exams and have a percentile above 80).

Good Luck

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