New Delhi, April 4: The Graduate Management Admission Council has reduced duration of GMAT by 30 minutes to 3.5 hours from April 16. The board made announcement on Wednesday. However, the quality of exam remains unchanged in terms of reliability, validity, security and integrity, GMAT said in a statement released.

As quoted by PTI, MAC Senior Director of Product Management , Vineet Chhabra, said that we believe candidates will have less anxiety and feel better prepared, which can contribute to a better reflection of their true performance on the exam.

Meanwhile, no changes were made in the exam’s analytical writing or integrated reasoning sections, GMAC said adding that the way GMAT exam is scored, the content of the exam, the question types and the average time per question are not changing.

GMAT is an entrance exam similar to that of CAT or MAT for the purpose of getting admission in top B-schools (Business schools). Off late it is been also taken as the entrance exam for the Executive Masters in Business Administration (MBA) programmes which allow only experienced professionals. Most of the top B-schools and management schools in India, take admissions considering the GMAT scores. More than 2,000 institutions only accept candidates who have passed GMAT for their management courses.

(With agency inputs)