The GRE Exam is also called as the Graduate Record Exam. The exam was first started in the year 1949. The Exam is conducted by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) which is a US-Based Organization. This exam is conducted for the students who want to seek an admission in the graduate schools. The examination tests the skills of the students in different platforms such as verbal, analytical and mathematical skills of the candidates. This exam is completely computer-based and supports a user-friendly software.

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The applicants who want to pursue their further education in the fields like Masters of Science (MS) or MBA can take this exam.

The GRE Exam has also the subject exam or tests, that is apart from the basic GRE Exam. The aim of the GRE Exam is to brush up and make the foundation and skill level of that particular subject. The subject test is mainly for the students who have bachelor’s degree in a particular discipline.

Currently, the following subjects are included in the subject tests:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Physics and
  • Psychology

In this article, we will be providing you the complete details of the GRE Exam 2018.

GRE Exam 2018 Details

The GRE Exam which stands for Graduate Records Examination is a standardized examination or test to get into the admissions to the topmost Graduate schools across the globe. The exam is conducted by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), which is a US Based Organization. The GRE 2018 will be conducted in two modes- computer-based and paper-based formats. Along with the GRE 2018 General Test, there will be seven GRE Subject Tests that will evaluate the candidate’s knowledge in the respective fields.

The candidates who are wishing to apply for Master’s Program or specialized Master’s Course such as MBA or Ph.D Programme/Degree can apply for the GRE Exam. The GRE Test 2018 is available at around 1000 Test Centers in more than 160 countries. The exam mainly covers the three main section: Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning and, Quantitative Reasoning. While the Verbal and the Quantitative Reasoning is scored on a scale of 130-170, on the other hand, the analytical reasoning is scored in the scale range of 0-6.

The GRE Exam is of two types:

  • GRE General Test:

The GRE General Test includes account verbal reasoning, quantitative ability and analytical writing skills. Most of the Universities accept the General Test Score and the majority of the students opt for this test. It takes place around the year and you can choose the exam date according to your convenience.

  • GRE Subject Test:

The GRE Subject Test evaluates the applicant’s skill in a particular subject area. These tests are in the following areas: Biochemistry (Cell and Molecular Molecular Biology), Biology, Chemistry, Literature (English), Maths, Physics and, Psychology. This exam is conducted on a fixed date for everyone just like an Entrance Examination. In short, this test is required for the specialized courses.

Note: The Paper-Test Exam will be conducted in those areas where there is no availability of computer-based testing.

Fast Facts on GRE

Full FormGRE (Graduate Record Examination)
Exam LevelInternational
Conducting BodyEducational Testing Service (ETS)
Number of Sections3 (Analytical Writing, Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning)

GRE 2018 Test Eligibility

There is no as such GRE 2018 Eligibility. The interested applicants can apply for GRE 2018 irrespective of the age and qualification. In short, there are no specific eligibility criteria for GRE 2018. But however, the candidates have to fulfill the complete admission process or criteria for the institutes or the universities you are applying for. The score of GRE 2018 will be your ticket to get admission into the Post Graduate Programmes.  The students who have completed their undergraduate courses can apply for this exam.

As told earlier, the GRE 2018 Score is used for the entry to Master’s Degree or Ph.d Courses abroad, specifically in the universities in US and Canada. The Universities of Europe and Asian Countries have also started accepting the GRE Scores.

The applicants must keep in mind that not it is not the country that requires the GRE Score, it is the University that requires it. Not all the Universities require the GRE scores at all the universities. Even within a University, there are some departments that might ask for the GRE Scores while others might not. Hence, the candidates have to first check the admission checklist of the Universities before checking the GRE Eligibility 2018.

Brief Details of GRE 2018 Details

Test TypeGRE General (Aptitude) and GRE Subject (Subjective)
GRE Eligibility CriteriaNo specific eligibility criteria to pursue the Master’s Program.
Test SectionsVerbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Reasoning
Test Duration3 Hours and 45 Minutes
GRE Score130-170 (per section) and Analytical Writing 1-6

GRE 2018 Application Fee Details

The application fee for GRE 2018 is an approx. $205 worldwide which roughly calculates or translates to Rs 13, 500 to Rs 14, 500 in Indian Currency whereas, the GRE Subject Test costs $150 Worldwide which costs the Indian Students approx. Rs 10, 000 to Rs 11, 000.

Special Handling RequestsApplication Fee
Late Registration Fee (paper-based test online registration only) 

$ 25

Standby Testing (paper-based test only)$ 50
Rescheduling Fee$ 50
Changing your Test Center$ 50

If the candidates want to change the subject in the subject test, then they have to pay $ 50 extra.

GRE 2018 Registration Process

There are mainly four processes to register for GRE 2018 Exam in India. The modes of registration are:

Online Registration

While registering online, the candidates first have to create an account named, “My GRE Account”. Through this, the candidates can apply for GRE 2018 and can also check their scores. The candidates can apply for the registration online by following the steps:

  • Visit the GRE Official website and create an Account named, “My GRE Account”.
  • Now login to the account.
  • After Logging in, the candidates have to fill in the required details or the basic information like the name, address etc.
  • Make the payment. The payments are done only through the debit/credit card.
  • After the completion of the steps, the candidate can log in and select the date and place where they want to attempt the exam.
Note: Online Registrations are restricted for the test takers who are disabled by nature or having some health-related issues.

Mail Registration:

For registering through mail the candidates have to print and complete the application form and send it to the following address along with the mentioned application fee:


2nd Floor, DLF Infinity Tower-A

Sector 25, Phase II

DLF City Gurgaon

Haryana- 122002


The form must receive within 3 weeks before the choice of your GRE Test Date. A confirmation number along with the reporting time and the test center address will be e-mailed, faxed or mailed to you.

Phone Registration:

In the Phone Registration Process, you have to 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 days before the preferred test date. You will be provided with a confirmation number, reporting time and test center address.

Fax Registration:

In case of a Fax Registration, you will have to take a printout and complete the application form and send it to 91-124-4147773 with the application fee. The form must be received at least seven days before the test date you have selected.

GRE Test Centers in India

The GRE Test 2018 will be conducted in over 1000 cities across 160 countries. The candidates can choose the test center of their choice from the option given by the Educational Testing Center. The candidates are requested to check the GRE 2018 test centers, test dates and their availability from the ETS Portal. The portal allows the candidates to choose the GRE 2018 Test Dates from a two-month period for a greater convenience.

The GRE Exam is conducted at the following centers in India:

  • Ahmedabad
  • Allahabad
  • Bangalore
  • Kolkata
  • Chennai
  • Gurgaon
  • Hyderabad
  • New Delhi and
  • Tiruvandrum

GRE 2018 Exam Pattern

The GRE 2018 comprises of three sections: Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning, and Quantitative Reasoning. The Analytical Writing Section is always in the first whereas, the Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning can appear in any order. The GRE Test for both Paper-Based and Computer-Based are different.

In Paper-Based GRE Exam:

In Paper-based GRE Exam, the Analytical Writing consists of 2 sections having 2 tasks. The total time duration for completing the Analytical writing is 60 minutes or an hour. The verbal reasoning consists of 2 sections comprising 50 questions. This section is allowed with a total time duration of 70 minutes. The Quantitative Reasoning section, comprises of 2 sections having 50 questions. The total time duration of this section is 80 minutes. Hence, the total time duration of the Paper-Based GRE Exam 2018 is 3 hours and 30 Minutes.

In Computer-Based GRE Exam:

In the Computer-based GRE Exam, the Analytical writing consists of one section having 2 separately timed tasks where one will be “Analyze an Issue Task” and the other will be “Analyze the Argument Task”. The total duration for completing this section is 60 minutes which means 30 minutes for each task. The verbal reasoning consists of 2 sections having 40 number of questions. That means 20 questions for each section. The total time duration for completing this section is 60 Minutes which states 30 Minutes per section. At last, the Quantitative Reasoning, consists of 2 sections having 40 Questions with a total time duration of 70 minutes which means 35 minutes per section.

Hence the total duration of the GRE Examination is about 3 hours and 45 Minutes. This includes 1-minute breaks after each section and a 10- minute break after the third section.

Tabular Representation of the GRE 2018 Exam Pattern:

Paper-Based GRE SectionsComputer-Based
DurationNo. of SectionsDurationNo. of Sections
60 Minutes2 Sections, 2 TasksAnalytical writing 

60 Minutes


1 Section, 2 Tasks

70 Minutes2 Sections, 50 QuestionsVerbal Reasoning 

60 Minutes


2 Sections, 40 questions

80 Minutes2 Sections, 50 QuestionsQuantitative Reasoning 

70 Minutes

2 Sections, 40 Questions

GRE 2018 Syllabus

The GRE 2018 Syllabus, for the General Test is categorized into three sections: Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning and Analytical Writing.

Quantitative Reasoning Section:

This section checks the candidates ability and performance of understanding and analyzing the quantitative information. It also checks the ability of the candidate to interpret the quantitative information accurately. This section includes the basic mathematics and concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data interpretation.

Verbal Reasoning Section:

In the Verbal Reasoning Section, the candidates reading ability/skills is checked. This section includes the Reading Comprehension, Text Completion and Sentence Equivalence. The aim of this section is to understand the candidate’s analyzing skills along with the ability to draw the conclusions, understand and add value to partial information provided as well as to identify the perception of the author. It also tests the candidate’s ability to check the vital points and able to differentiate between them. Also tests the candidate’s skills with reference to understanding the work relationships and concepts.

Analytical Section:

In the Analytical section, of GRE 2018, the Candidate is required to understand and express the ideas both simple and complex effectively. The section also tests the candidate’s ideas with significant reasons and examples as well as examine claims and associated facts and able to maintain a rational and well-focused discussion.

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GRE 2018 Scoring Pattern and Results

An e-mail notification will be sent to the candidates who have appeared for the GRE Examination. The e-mail consists of the information about the availability of the scores. The results will be available in the GRE 2018 accounts of the applicants. The candidates who are appearing for the computer-based test can know about their unofficial Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning test scores. The official results will be available within 10-15 days of the GRE Test 2018.

GRE 2018 Scoring Pattern

The candidates can check their scoring pattern of (Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical writing) are mentioned below:

SectionsGRE Scores
GRE Verbal Reasoning130-170, in 1 Point Increment.
GRE Quantitative Reasoning130-170, in 1 Point Increment
GRE Analytical Writing0-6, in Half Points Increments

GRE Score Validity

The scores are valid for five years after the year you have taken the exam.

GRE Results

The Official test scores are available in the official website of GRE. These scores will be sent to the Universities of your choice within six weeks of your test date. A e-mail will be sent from ETS that your GRE Scores are available in your account.

GRE 2018 Test Dates

Like other International Exams, the GRE does not have any specific dates for appearing the exam. The candidate’s can select any date as per your convenience and availability. Make sure that the exam date you select must be at least two months before the date of the test.

Like for an example, if the deadline of the application form is November, then you must choose the test date for September. And if in case, you want to retake the examination again, then you can give the exam on October again.

Note: In computer-based test, the test can be taken only once after 21 days from the day of the exam in every year. Can apply maximum 5 times in a year. Whereas, in Paper-based Test, the test is taken as often it is offered.

GRE Admit Card 2018

The GRE Admit Card/ Admission Ticket/Hall Ticket/ Confirmation Mail is sent to the candidates by mail after the process of registration. The candidates have to bring their admit card, as the admit card is mandatory during the examination. The admit cards comprises of the following information:

  • Your basic information
  • Test Date
  • Test Center
  • Time etc.

GRE 2018 Participating Institutes and Universities

Many of the Academic Institutions and Universities across the world, accepts the GRE Scores. Most of the Universities accepts the GRE Test Scores and allow the candidates to participate or take admissions for the Masters Programmes.

The acceptance of the GRE Score usually depends on the Department. Also, the GRE Subject is not required by all the departments or universities. The applicants can apply for the GRE Subject Test, if the Department asks or requires for it.

There are many specialized Business Schools (for MBA and Doctoral Programmes) that accepts the GRE Scores. There are over 1200 Business Schools across the globe that comes under the GRE Listed Institutes. Besides MBA and other graduate programs, the GRE Scores are also accepted for many interdisciplinary programs like MIS and Engineering Management.

Important Points to Note

  1. The Language Mode of the GRE Examination is English.
  2. The main aim of the GRE Examination is to provide admission in the masters and doctoral degree programs.
  3. The GRE Examinations has two modes: Computer Based and Paper-Based.
  4. The GRE Scores have a validity period of 5 years.
  5. The application fee for GRE General Test is $205 world wide, which is Rs 13, 500 to Rs 14, 500 in Indian Currency.
  6. The application fee for GRE Subject Test is $ 150, which is Rs 10, 000 to Rs 11, 000 approx. in Indian Currency.
  7. The total time duration of the examination is 3 hours and 45 minutes (this includes 1 minute break after every section and a 10 minute break after the third section).
  8. In computer-based test, the test can be taken only once after 21 days from the day of the exam in every year. Can apply maximum 5 times in a year. Whereas, in Paper-based Test, the test is taken as often it is offered.


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