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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) or MBA are required to take the exam.

GRE also has subject tests, apart from the basic GRE exam. These subject tests help to make your application stand out from the rest by highlighting your subject knowledge and skill-level of a particular subject. Each subject test is intended for those students who have a bachelor's degree in the particular disciplines. The subject tests being offered currently are Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Literature, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology. 

GRE Exam Fee

The application fee for GRE General Test is $205 worldwide, which would roughly translate to Rs. 13,500 to Rs. 14,500 approximately. 

GRE Subject Test costs $150 worldwide, which would cost Indian students Rs. 10,000 to 11,000 approximately.

GRE  Eligibility 

There are no specific eligibility criteria for the GRE exam. Anyone can register for this exam, irrespective of age or qualifications. The only thing you need to keep in mind is the fact that you will be required to produce your original passport as proof of identity at the exam center, so make sure that you have a valid passport before you register for the GRE exam. 

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.

Here is the GRE paper pattern -


No. of Questions


Analytical Writing
(One section with two separately timed tasks)

One "Analyze an Issue" task and one "Analyze an Argument" task

30 minutes per task

Verbal Reasoning
(Two sections)

20 questions per section

30 minutes per section

Quantitative Reasoning
(Two sections)

20 questions per section

35 minutes per section


When studying for the GRE Verbal Reasoning section, it’s important to remember that a strong knowledge of vocabulary, including definitions and usages, is something that will factor into your overall GRE scores.

GRE test takers must have a strong vocabulary in order to successfully interpret and deconstruct the formidable Text Completions and Sentence Equivalence Questions waiting for them on the actual test.

Now, more so than before, you have to know not just the meaning of the word, but the way in which a word is used in a sentence. In other words, robotically reciting a vocabulary word is not going to help much; constructing an eloquent sentence using a word, on the other hand, will mean you’re probably ready for the GRE.