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GMAT Exam Syllabus

The Graduate Management Admission Test is a computer adaptive test conducted at authorised test centres across the world. The GMAT is neither a test of academic excellence nor a test of intelligence or aptitude. 

GMAT syllabus comprises of topics like Quantitative, Logical, and Verbal Reasoning under sections – Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Integrated Reasoning. GMAT exam also includes the Analytical Writing Assessment section which is not present in CAT Exam. MBA aspirants across the world take the GMAT entrance test to get into their dream B-school. The GMAT exam is a three and a half hours test with a maximum score of 800 points and comprises both objective and subjective questions. There are a total of 91 questions. 

The entire GMAT Exam Syllabus is divided into four sections. Reading comprehension, sentence correction, and critical reasoning are covered under the Verbal section and data sufficiency and problem-solving are covered in the Quant section. 

Four sections of the GMAT Syllabus 2022 are as below:

  • Analytical Writing
  • Integrated Reasoning 
  • Quantitative Aptitude Section
  • Verbal Reasoning Section


No. of Questions

Score Range

Analytical Writing Assessment (30 minutes)

1 Topic (Essay) 0-6

1 Topic (Essay) 0-6

Integrated Reasoning (30 minutes)

12 questions


Quantitative (62 minutes)

31 questions


Verbal (65 minutes)

36 questions


Total Exam Time (3 hours 7 minutes)


The Analytical Writing section will have topics on which the candidate will have to write, or a passage may be given on which questions will be asked. On the basis of the passage, the candidate will have to answer. The syllabus for this section is vast and varied as the topic of the passage could be any topic of interest. 

Argument essay- analyse the reasoning and then present your argument

  Issue essay – In this section, you have to write an essay on the issue given to you. The candidate has to give an opinion in around 600 words.

The Integrated Reasoning section is the newest addition to the GMAT Syllabus. This section tests the candidates’ ability to evaluate the data presented in graph or table format. 

This section has 12 questions of the following type: 

Table Analysis: This section measures candidates’ ability to sort and analyze a table comprising data, like a spreadsheet.

Two-Part Analysis: Measures the candidates’ skills to solve complex problems. The problems can be verbal, quantitative, or a combination of both

Multi-Source Reasoning: It measures candidates’ skills to examine data from multiple sources tables, graphics, text passages, or a combination of all the three and analyze each source of data carefully for answering multiple questions. 

Graphics Interpretation: It measures candidates’ ability to interpret the information presented in a graph or graphical image (to find out relationships, and make inferences.

The Quantitative Section comprises of two sections, namely Data Sufficiency and Problem Solving. In the Data Sufficiency section, there will be 18 questions and in the Problem Solving section, there will be 18 questions. The questions will be objective type and will have multiple choice answers. 

Problem Solving 50% of the total questions in the GMAT Quantitative section are from the Problem Solving. It measures the candidates’ skills to use logic and analytical reasoning for solving quantitative problems.

  Data Sufficiency It measures the candidates’ ability to examine a quantitative problem, identify which data is important, and determine at what point there are enough data to solve the problem.

GMAT Quant Section Topics are further divided into the following categories- Arithmetic, Algebra and Geometry.

GMAT Verbal Reasoning Syllabus – Verbal Skills section will have 36 multiple-choice questions. This section is divided into Critical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, and Sentence Correction. This section tests the candidates’ ability to comprehend the written material, read and understand the logical relationship between the points mentioned in the passage and concepts.

  Critical Reasoning It measures the candidates’ skills to make arguments, evaluate arguments, and formulate or evaluate a plan of action.

  Reading Comprehension -It measures the candidates’ skill to draw inferences, understand logical relationships between significant points, understand words and statements, and follow the development of quantitative concepts

Sentence Correction -This section measures two broad aspects of the candidates’ language proficiency and grammar.

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