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Graduate Record Examination

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a standardized test that is required to be taken by students seeking admission to graduate schools. The exam has been developed to evaluate the verbal, analytical and mathematical skills of the candidates. GRE is a computer-based test and has a user-friendly design. Individuals applying to graduate schools in order to pursue a Masters of Science (MS) are required to take the exam.

Types of GRE

The General Test takes into account verbal reasoning, quantitative ability, and analytical writing skills. Most universities accept the general test score and usually majority of students opt for this test. It takes place round the year and you can choose your date according to your convenience.

The GRE Subject Test measures the candidate’s achievement in a particular subject area. These tests are in the following areas: Biochemistry (Cell and Molecular Biology), Biology, Chemistry, Literature (English), Math, Physics and Psychology. It is conducted on a fixed date for everyone like an entrance exam. This test is required for specialized courses.

There are four ways you can register for GRE exam in India.

Exam registration is done online and you need an account for the same. create a new account. Once the candidate has logged on to the GRE official website, He or she will have to fill in the required basic information like name, address etc. Payment can be made by credit/debit card only. After the completion of these steps, the candidate can log in and select the date and place to take the exam. 
Note: Online registration is not available for test takers with disabilities or health-related issues.

Print and complete this Form, and send it to the following address along with the appropriate fee:

2nd floor, DLF Infinity Tower–A
Sector 25, Phase II,
DLF City, Gurgaon,
Haryana – 122002 

The form must be received at least three weeks before your choice of the earliest GRE test date. A confirmation number, reporting time and the test center address will be emailed, faxed or mailed to you.

Call the Regional Registration Center (RRC), which is ‘Prometric’ located in Gurgaon, Haryana. The phone number is 91-124-4147700. The call must be made at least two business days before your preferred test date. A confirmation number, reporting time and the test center address

Print and complete this Form, and send it to 91-124-4147773 with the appropriate fee. The form must be received at least seven days before your first choice of test date.

GRE Test centers

The GRE exam is conducted at the following test centers in India: Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Mumbai, New Delhi, and Trivandrum.

When to start preparing for GRE ?

There are a few things an applicant must keep in mind before deciding when to appear for the  GRE exams.

  • The scores would be required when you send in your application.
  • You can re-take the exams but the same are limited, as below

5 times in a continuous rolling 12 month period from the beginning of the first test with a gap of minimum 21 days between two consecutive attempts.

Also, the scorecard would be provided after 10 to 15 days of taking the test. All these factors added, you must write your exams in such a manner as to ensure you enough time for a re-test before the application process starts.

GRE Pattern

GRE exam pattern is as follow- three sections, namely, Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning. The Analytical Writing section will always be the first, whereas, the Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and unscored sections may appear in any order. The writing section has two tasks and you have 30 minutes to complete each task, making the total time for this section to be one hour. Verbal section has to be completed within one hour as well as both the two sections require 30 minutes each. Same goes for quantitative section, where you get 35 minutes for the two sections. Here we cover the GRE General test Pattern.

SectionNo. of QuestionsDuration
Analytical Writing (One section with two separately timed tasks)One "Analyze an Issue" task and one "Analyze an Argument" task30 minutes per task
Verbal Reasoning (Two sections)20 questions per section30 minutes per section
Quantitative Reasoning (Two sections)20 questions per section35 minutes per section

Results and Scores in GRE

Scoring pattern

SectionScore RangeMean
Verbal Reasoning130–170150
Quantitative Reasoning130-170152
Analytical Writing0–63.6

GRE Result

Your official test scores will be available in your account on the GRE website. They will be sent to the universities of your choice within six weeks of your test date. You will receive an email from ETS that your official GRE result is available in your account.

GRE Preparation Tips

  • If you want admission to top universities for MS, you need to set your eyes to getting the required GRE scores.
  • After getting the scores, you need to figure which college fits your profile the best and then apply to it accordingly.
  • Although the colleges usually don’t have minimum ‘cutoff’ marks required for admission, they do provide with average class marks for every academic year.

Press forward. Do not stop, do not linger in your journey, but strive for the mark set before you

- George Whitefield