GRE Preparation

About  GRE

The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is a systematised test developed and administered by the Educational Testing Service, also known as ETS, that is used to assess students' overall academic readiness for graduate school. Some graduate programmes require students to take not only the general GRE but also a GRE Subject Test, which assesses technical knowledge in a specific discipline such as physics, psychology, or mathematics. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching established the test in 1936.

Types of GRE Exam

There are 2 types of GRE Academic exam

General Test

The GRE General Test assesses the student's verbal reasoning, quantitative ability, and analytical writing skills. Most universities accept the general test score, and the majority of students take it. The GRE General Test is given throughout the year, and students can schedule their exam at their leisure.

Subject Test

The GRE Subject Test evaluates a student's performance in a specific subject. This exam is given for the subjects of Biochemistry (Cell and Molecular Biology), Biology, Chemistry, Literature (English), Math, Physics, and Psychology. Like an entrance exam, the GRE Subject Test is held on a set date for everyone. This exam is required for certain courses.

Eligibility Criteria for GRE?

There is no specific qualification or age limit for aspirants to take the GRE, but because the GRE is an evaluation test for admission to graduate courses, students are expected to have completed their undergraduate programme successfully. Students should be aware that not all programmes and universities require GRE scores for admission to graduate programmes.


Mode of GRE test is of 2 types :

1. GRE Paper-Based Exam

The paper-based exam consists of 2 sub-sections of each of the primary categories-

  • Analytical Writing
  • Verbal & Quantitative Reasoning.

The analytical Writing section consists of two 60-minute tasks. Both Verbal and Quantitative reasoning have two sections and 50 questions, with time limits of 60 and 70 minutes. The Unscored and Research sections are not included in the paper-based exam.

2. GRE Computer-Based Exam

• Each GRE section is further divided into two sub-sections with a total of 40 questions in the computer-based GRE paper pattern (Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning).

• Analytical Writing has only one section with two tasks totaling one hour. In addition to these primary sections, the computer-based pattern exam includes two variable sections. After the Quantitative Reasoning section is completed, there is a 10-minute break. These two variable sections, however, are-

  • Unscored Section
  • Research section

These 2 sections are not included in the final GRE Scores.

GRE Exam Pattern and Syllabus

The GRE Question Paper pattern is divided into 3 main sections as mentioned below

  1. Analytical Writing
  2. Verbal Reasoning, and
  3. Quantitative Reasoning.

The total time given to complete the exam is 3 hours 45 minutes for the computer-based GRE General Test.

GRE Sections Paper-based Computer-based
No. of Sections Duration No. of Sections Duration
Analytical Writing 2 sections- 2 tasks 60 minutes 1 section- two tasks 60 minutes
Verbal Reasoning 2 sections- 50 questions 70 minutes 2 section- 40 questions 60 minutes
Quantitative Reasoning 2 sections- 50 questions 80 minutes 2 section- 40 questions 70 minutes
Unscored NA NA Varies Varies
Unscored NA NA Varies Varies

GRE General Test Syllabus

The GRE exam syllabus covering the GRE Writing Syllabus, GRE Verbal Syllabus, and GRE Quantitative syllabus:

1. GRE Analytical Writing

The syllabus for GRE Analytical Writing consist of 2 separately timed analytical writing tasks of 30 minutes each:

  • Analyze an Issue
  • Analyze an Argument
2. GRE Verbal Reasoning

Topics covered under the GRE verbal syllabus includes

  • Basic Sentence structure: Nouns, Pronouns, Adjectives
  • Verb Tense
  • Subject-Verb Agreement
  • Modifiers
  • Parallelism
  • Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
  • Pronoun Agreement
3. GRE Quantitative Reasoning

List of topics covered in GRE Quantitative Reasoning Syllabus include

Subject Topic
Statistics Linear equations
Lines and angles Lines and angles
Polygon Sets Theory
Percentage Profit and loss
Profit and loss Triangles
Simple and compound interest Coordinate geometry
Permutation & combination Volume and surface area
Quadratic equations Quadrilateral
Probability Powers and roots
Circles Number properties
Order of operations Pipes, cisterns, work, time

Section-Wise GRE Score Range

Section Score Scale
Verbal Reasoning 130 - 170, in 1-point increments
Quantitative Reasoning 130 - 170, in 1-point increments
Analytical Writingg 0 - 6, in half-point increments

GRE  Scholarships

University education is an expensive endeavour, and students frequently require some form of financial assistance in order to continue their studies. Aside from tuition, living expenses, travel, personal expenses, and so on are all important aspects of pursuing an education abroad. As a result, a large number of universities, government and private organisations, financial institutions, and other organisations provide full or partial scholarships to Indian students. Organizations evaluate applicants based on their previous records in terms of academic qualifications, work experience, achievements, and so on. A high GRE score will put you ahead of the competition for these scholarships.

  • University Level Scholarships
  • Government-Level Scholarships
  • Non-Governmental Scholarships

Scholarship/Fellowships Field of Study Amount/Benefits
Inlaks Scholarship Humanities and Arts Up to US $100,000
Fullbright-Nehru Masters Arts and Culture Management, Economics, Public Administration and Health, Women's/Gender Studies, etc. Tuition fees, living costs, etc. Note: May not cover all costs in some cases.
Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship Master's level courses Tuition Fees and Living Expenses
Chevening Scholarship Masters program in designated UK universities Monthly Stipend
DAAD Scholarship Bachelors, masters, and post-doctoral programs.Note: The eligibility and field of study can vary based on the scholarship chosen.  
J.N. Tata Endowment Scholarship Postgraduate, Doctorate, and Post-Doctorate courses in Engineering and Technology, Political Science, Law. Nautical Science, etc. Travel grant and gift award

Exam  Information :

Exam Name GRE
GRE full form Graduate Record Examination
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Most popular for MS courses in the USA
Also accepted for MBA courses outside India
Conducted by ETS (Educational Testing Service)
Mode of Exam Computer and Paper – delivered test
GRE Fee US $213
Score Range Verbal Reasoning score range: 130 - 170
Quantitative Reasoning score range: 130 - 170
Analytical Writing score range: 0 - 6

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