GMAT Pattern 2019
Ranjini Basu, 06 Feb 2019, #GMAT
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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.

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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Dear Aspirant,

All of these are exams for admission in MBA colleges. The difference is the scale at which they operates.

The ICET exam was conducted in online mode for admissions to MBA courses in colleges/ universities of Telangana/Andhra state and its affiliated institutes.

CAT is primarily for admission in IIMs spread all across the country and also to some other private and government colleges like FMS, Delhi etc.

GMAT 2019 or the Graduate Management Admission Test 2019 is an exam for prospective MBA and PGDM  students who want to study abroad. It is accepted in over 80 countries worldwide and many top institutions in India. The GMAT exam is conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) and is an internationally recognised exam in the domain of business and management.

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Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 23rd Oct, 2019

Dear Kavya, CAT is the brainchild of the IIMs. Every year each IIM takes a turn to conduct CAT. This is the entrance exam for admission to all the 20 IIMs and almost 1000 Institutions accept CAT score. So only CAT score is accepted in IIMs and not GMAT. Across all the IIMs, a sectional cut off of 50 percentile and an overall percentil of 60 percentile is the general cut off for SC Category. To check the cut offs of all the IIMs for CAT score, please visit our page at:


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Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 14th Oct, 2019

Dear Akshat, CAT is exclusively conducted by the IIMs. So the selection for admission to any of the 20 IIMs is through CAT exam. Unfortunately no other score except for CAT score is accepted for IIM Ahmedabad. You can check their selection process at:


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Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 5th Oct, 2019

hello aspirant,

see you can give toefel exam any time. because almost every month toefel exam has slot. you need to just prepare yourself. and toefel exam has no link with gmat exam. you need to apply separately for toefel as it is a english language proficiency test. you can apply for visa after gmat exam. before applying do multiple checking of eligibility criteria and marks requirement, visa permit everything. it would be best if you take some professional help. please search in your city if there is any professional who help with visa application process.

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