GMAT Cut Off for Top B Schools: Mean Score, Score Report, Score Chart

    Sayantani Barman Sayantani Barman
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     More than 200,000 students each year take GMAT to take a leap in their careers. Along with quantitative, verbal, and integrated reasoning, GMAT tests analytical writing and at present, there are more than 600 centers in 114 countries. For higher studies in business, GMAT is considered as the most important admission test worldwide. Cut off score of GMAT varies in different business schools and colleges. 

    GMAT Cut-Off

    In 2018, 242,714 students appeared for the GMAT exam and the mean score was 565. The mean score of this exam has a significant rise since 2014 and this rise sheds light in the fact the competition is very high to get admission in the best colleges. 

    Every participating institution has set a level of minimum marks that must be scored by the candidates coming for admission. During the admission, GMAT score is not enough! A student needs to hold a good academic record along with filling other criteria in Indian and foreign B schools. 

    GMAT Mean Score

    This graph shows that the mean score of GMAT gradually increased from 2014 to 2018. From 549 to 565, this change in the mean score indicates the competitiveness to get qualified for the best B Schools worldwide. Also, it indicates that the quality of learning and education has gone through enough improvement. These prove that GMAT is nonetheless an excellent way to select the most deserving candidates for the world’s best business schools. 

    Factors Determining GMAT Cut-Off for an institution

    In different institutions, the cut-off score of GMAT is different. In addition, for different courses of business GMAT cut off scores may vary. In India itself, the number of examinees increased around 4000 and the number of students with a score above 600 and 700 had significantly increased. 

    GMAT Cut-off

    Along with the number of examinees, the score of GMAT also increased. From 2014 to 2018, there is nearly 3.4% growth in the number of examinees. In 2014, the number of examinees was 28,345 and in 2018, it reached above 32,000. Along with this, a huge number of students scored above 600 and 700. A report showed that in the last 5 years 5% more students scored 600-690 and 5.1% (compared to 2014) more students scored above 690. 

    GMAT Male and Female Candidates

    Another report shows that the number of female examinees increases more than males in the last 5 years and 80.1% of the female examinees were MBA aspirants. The percentage of make MBA pursuers is 83.4% among the males. Among the make candidates number of master’s degree pursuers increased by 14.7% whereas 18.2% for the females. Percentage of candidates willing to go for a doctoral degree is 1.9% for males and 1.7% for females. 

    Following are the factors determining GMAT Cut-Off:

    • Total number of candidates appearing for GMAT
    • Total number of seats available
    • The difficulty level of the examination
    • Total number of candidates qualifying the GMAT

    HOW THE GMAT SCORE is calculated

    GMAT provides two ways to arrive with the scores: Scaled Total and section-wise scores. But For Management colleges, these scores are of little value unless they can go through a comparative scale. By calculating the scores in percentile, GMAT is able to solve the problem.

    GMAT has four sections:- Analytical writings, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning Tests. There will be no impact on the result of the Analytical writing/integrated reasoning section on the scaled score. The total score is measured from a scale ranging from 200 to 800. Each section is measured separately on a scale ranging from 0-60.

    So Total Score=200 to 800 and Quantitative Test Score is 0 -60, Verbal test is 0-60.

    To evaluate the percentile, GMAC has taken the last three years' test data of GMAT. The validity of GMAT data is for 5 years, so when there is a more competitive group in one year than percentile change can happen.

    For example, one took the GMAT in 2013. The score is valid for 2018. Now let us assume that in 2017 GMAT test taker was exceptional with the average test taker scoring 30 above the all-time average. The percentile score will change with the result of the 2017 test data. If the candidate applies for 2017-2018, the GMAT percentile data will have an impact on the MBA admission.

    Gmat Score Range

    Here are the minimum and maximum score range of each section, along with a mean average:

    SectionScore RangeMean Scores*
    Analytical Writing Assessment0-64.5
    Integrated Reasoning1-84
    Verbal0-6027
    Quantitative0-6038
    Total200-800548

    GMAT Score Chart

    If you want to take a closer look at how we’ve predicted the 0-60 sectional scores to an overall, 200-800 point GMAT score, here’s a handy table you can review!

    -V2526272829303132333435363738
    Q%40%44%47%52%57%59%62%66%69%71%76%81%83%85%
    3019%470480490500500510520530530540550560560570
    3120%480490500500510520530530540550560560570580
    3222%480490500500510520530530540550560560570580
    3325%500500510520530530540550560560570580580580
    3426%500510520530530540550560560570580580590600
    3528%510520530530540550560560570580580590600600
    3631%520530530540550560550570580580590600610610
    3734%530530540550560560570580580590600610610620
    3836%530540550560560570580580590600610610620640
    3937%540550560560570580580590600610610620630640
    4041%550560560570580580590600610610620630640640
    4143%560560570580580590600610610610620640640650
    4245%560550580580590600610610620630640640650650
    4350%570580580590600610610610630640640650660670
    4452%580580590600610610620630640640650660670680
    4557%580590600610610620630640640650660670670680
    4660%590600610610620630640640650660670670680690
    4763%600610610620630640640650650660670680690690
    4869%610610620630640640650660670680680690690700
    4975%610620630640640650660670670680690690700710
    5086%620630640640650660670670680690690710710720
    5196%630640640650660670670680690690700710720720
    -V39404142434445464748495051
    Q%89%91%94%96%96%98%99%99%99%99%99%99%99%
    3019%580580590600610610620630640640650660670
    3120%580590600610610620630640640650660670670
    3222%590600610610620630640640650660670670680
    3325%600610610620630640640650660670670680690
    3426%610610620630640640650660670670680690690
    3528%610620630640640650660670670680690690700
    3631%620630640640650660670670680690690700710
    3734%630640640650660670670680690690700710720
    3836%640640650660670670680690690700710720720
    3937%640650660670670680690690700710720720730
    4041%650660670680680690690700710720720730740
    4143%660670670680690690700710720720730740750
    4245%670670680680690700710710720730740750750
    4350%670680690690700710720720730740750750760
    4452%680690690700710720720730740750750760770
    4557%690690700710720720730740740750760770780
    4660%690700710720720730740750750760770780780
    4763%700710720720730740750750760770780780790
    4869%710710720740740750750760760780780790800
    4975%720730740740750750760770780780780780800
    5086%720730740750750760770770780790800800800
    5196%730740750750760770780780790800800800800

    If the candidate scored 720, which converts 95 percentile, then his score is equal and above the score of 95%of the test takers, aggregated for the last three years

    GMAT Cut-Off Marks for Indian B-Schools

    Management InstitutionsGMAT Score
    INDIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT, CALCUTTA680+
    XLRI, JAMSHEDPUR680+
    INDIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT, INDORE600+
    INDIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT, BENGALURU700+
    INDIAN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, HYDERABAD700+
    INDIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT, AHMEDABAD700+
    S.P.JAIN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT, MUMBAI680+
    INDIAN INSTITUTE OF FOREIGN TRADE, DELHI650+
    INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY, GHAZIABAD650+
    BIRLA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE, PILANI700+
    INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, MADRAS700+
    K.J.SOMAIYA INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT AND STUDIES AND RESEARCH, MUMBAI680+
    LOVELY PROFESSIONAL UNIVERSITY, JALANDHAR650+
    FORE SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT, DELHI650+
    SHAILESH J MEHTA SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT, Mumbai600+

    Note: The cut-off marks are tentative and based on the previous years’ GMAT Cut-Offs.

    GMAT Cut-Off Marks for International B-Schools

    Management InstitutionsGMAT Score
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Massachusetts720+
    The University of California, Berkeley (UCB)720+
    Harvard University, Massachusetts730+
    The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)710+
    The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology770+
    The University of British University, Vancouver650+
    The University of Western Ontario, Ontario600+
    University of Toronto660+
    National University of Singapore, Singapore660+
    Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU)700+
    London Business School, London700+
    University of Oxford, England690+
    The University oif Melbourne, Melbourne700+
    The University of Sydney, Sydney600+
    The University of New South Wales,(UNSW, Sydney650+

    *The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College

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