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Percentage of Indian women taking GMAT exhibits significant increase

Published On: 11 Mar 2013 | Last Updated On: 11 Mar 2013

The percentage of Indian women taking GMAT is exhibiting a significant increase. The number of Indian women taking the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) in 2012 has increased by 60% since 2007. This corresponds to an increase from 4,863 women in 2007, to 7,812 women in 2012. On a global scale the number of women accounted for 43% of all test takers, as compared to 39% in 2008.

India which has the third largest number of aspirants writing the GMAT, after the United States and China, saw a total of 30,213 test takers in 2012. This accounted for 10.5% of global GMAT takers. Correspondingly the percentage of Indian women taking the test increased from 22.6% to 25.9% of all test takers in India. This is significant as the year 2011 saw a dip in the number of test takers, with a total of 25,394 test takers.    

Globally too the percentage of women test takers has reached a record high of 43%. Unlike in India, where only 1/4th tests takers are women, in countries like China, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Russia, the majority of test takers are female.   

Further data collected by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), showed that there was a slight increase in the number of test takers in 2012 over preceding years. Also statistics revealed that 98% of American test takers sent their scores to US institutions while globally the ratio is 76%.

A higher percentage of Indian test takers are sending their scores to programs in India, the UK, Singapore, France and Canada.

The total number of Chinese test takers was 58,196, accounting for 20% of all test takers, while the number of test takers from Europe remained low. A total of 24,847 students from Europe took the exam of which citizens of Germany, France, Russia, Italy and the UK together accounted for half. The percentage of European test takers in 2012 was 26% higher than in 2008. A record number, accounting for 60% of test takers in Europe, sent their scores to programs in Europe.   

Source: The Times of India

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