GMAT Exam Eligibility


GMAT Eligibility

Students who have completed their Undergraduate Degree in any field/stream are eligible to apply for the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) exam. The GMAT aspirants must have studied their undergraduate degree in a government-approved college, university or institution. The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), which conducts this GMAT exam, has not cited any maximum

GMAT Educational Eligibility

GMAC states no such education eligibility for studying Master in Business Administration program or Master in Management or Finance related programs. Students who appear for the exam are mostly graduated students or working professionals.

GMAT Age Limit

GMAC has stated that the
minimum age limit to appear for the exam is 18 and above. Any student below 18 willing to take the exam must get a consent letter from their parents. Also, there is no upper age limit for aspirants; hence, graduated students and working professionals also can sit for the GMAT exam and benefit from it.


GMAT Number of Attempts

Students can attend the exam
5 times a year with a 16 calendar days gap. Totally students can appear for the GMAT exam 8 times in their lifetime.

GMAT Retake Criteria

The GMAT retake criteria is that
students can’t sit for the GMAT Online exam more than twice continually. For example, if a student, let’s assume Jhansi, appears for the GMAT Online exam on July 1 and wants to retake the exam. She can do so on July 17 for the same GMAT Online exam. If she feels she wants to retake the test again, she should appear for the in-person exam at a test centre rather than Online. Because it is a rule, students should continuously take the Online exam only two times. So totally, Jhansi has attempted three times in a year and the same will be considered for the lifetime limit also.

So lastly, she attended the in-person exam at the test centre. Now she wants to switch to the Online exam,
which she can do without the 16 days calendar gap. Switching between the Online to In-person or In-person to Online doesn’t need the 16 days calendar gap, but giving the Online tests continuous two times requires 16 days calendar gap.

GMAT Language Criteria

There is
only one language in which the GMAT exam is conducted: English. Since the standard form of conducting the exam is in English, there are not any other regional languages used for the same.

Work Experience

On the GMAT official website, it has been pointed out that MBA aspirants should have a minimum of two years of work experience. But an average MBA aspirant will have two to five years of work experience.

But on the other hand, the website also says that “work experience” is not the sole predictor of an application’s success.

It clearly mentions that an exceptional GPA, an outstanding GMAT score, and self-learned data analysis skills can equal the absence of professional work experience. It also adds an essential point that outside work activities like hobbies, extracurricular activities and community service involvement can strengthen students’ MBA applications.

GMAT Reservation Criteria

The reservation is for candidates with disabilities
. People who fall under the reservation criteria will have to submit a few documents along with the GMAT application. Before that, there are certain conditions which they have to satisfy or fulfill. They are,

  • They have an impairment and how it limits their ability to attend the online GMAT exam under standard conditions.
  • The presence of an impairment that limits a major life activity when compared to other people.
GMAC considers the following categories as disabilities.

  • Psychological Disabilities.
  • Learning and Cognitive Disorder.
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder.
  • Sensory Disabilities (Hearing or Vision).
  • Physical and Systematic Disabilities.

GMAT Exam Requirements

There are some requirements that students should be ready with before starting their GMAT examination.
Technical System Requirements
Operating System
  • Operating Systems installed in the system must be original, not copyrighted.
  • Only Windows 10, Windows 8 (32 and 64 bit), Mac OS 10.13 and above (excluding Beta Versions) are allowed.
  • Every other Operating System or other versions of Operating Systems are not allowed or eligible.
  • It is not advisable to take the examination in a setting with a Corporate Firewall (VPN).
  • Minimum Resolution: 1024*728 in 16-bit colour. Additional monitors are forbidden.
Internet Browser
  • Latest versions of Microsoft Edge, Safari, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox for online registrations and other exam-related work.
Internet Connection
  • A strong connection speed of 1 Mbps up/down is essential. Try to use wired networks as well as wireless networks. Mobile hotspot and internet tethering is completely prohibited.
  • Webcam must have a minimum specification of 640*480 at 10 fps. Webcam can be internal or external.
Browser Settings
  • Internet cookies must be enabled. Any pop-up blocking application must be disabled.

Work Computer
  • It is recommended to use Personal computers as work computers might not allow the OnVUE Software.

  • Make sure the system is connected to a power source before starting the examination. Also, to avoid getting the battery drained during the examination.

Note 1 - Mac OS users should ensure that they allow the OnVUE software within their System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy” settings for Microphone, Camera, Automation and Input Monitoring.
Note 2 -  Ensure that the audio and microphone are not muted before starting the examination to avoid complications during the proctor check-in.


Any candidate who has a Bachelor’s degree is eligible to apply for the GMAT exam. There is no maximum qualification criteria to apply for the exam, so graduated students and working professionals are eligible to apply for the GMAT exam.

Any candidate who has a Bachelor’s degree is eligible to apply for the GMAT exam. There is no maximum qualification criteria to apply for the exam, so graduated students and working professionals are eligible to apply for the GMAT exam.

Students who want to attend the GMAT exam must be 18 and above. But students who are between the age of 13 and 17 need to get their parents’ consent before applying for the exam.
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