GRE 2019 Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Eligibility

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test is a standardized test that is accepted for admission to various disciplines at many graduate and business schools across the globe. GRE is conducted in two modes; computer-based and paper-based formats. The duration of this exam is 3 hours 45 minutes. This test is conducted only thrice a year in April, September, and October and is available only in paper-delivered format. In the GRE general test, there are six GRE subject tests that evaluate candidates’ knowledge in their respective fields. The subject tests are conducted for the following areas- Mathematics, Literature (English), Physics and Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, and Biochemistry (Cell and Molecular Biology). 


Exam Name
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Conducting BodyEducational Testing Service (ETS)
Exam LevelInternational
Mode of exam
Online and offline
Exam Frequency3 times a year

GRE 2020 Schedule

EventGRE General Test DateGRE Subject Test Date
Registration Deadline20th December 201921st February 2020
Exam Date1st February 20204th April 2020
Result Declaration2nd March 20204th May 2020

GRE Exam Pattern

The GRE exam is of 2 types, GRE General Test and GRE Subject Test. The elaborated exam pattern is mentioned below:

GRE General Test
Computer-Delivered Test:

Total Questions: 82

Duration: 3 hours 45 minutes

Sections: 6

Breaks: 10 min break after 3rd section

Unidentified unscored section: This section is not counted in the GRE final score. The purpose of this section is to test questions prepared for future GRE General Test. There is no way of identifying which section this is, so skipping this section is not an option for the candidates.

Identified Research Section: It not included in the GRE final score. The section might be included in the place of the unscored section. The research section would appear at the end of the test. The questions in this section are included for ETS Research Purposes

Mark Distribution:

SubjectNo. of SectionsNo. of QuestionsDuration
Analytical Writing 
21 task per section30 min per task
Verbal Reasoning
220 per section30 min per section
Quantitative Reasoning
220 per section35 min per section
Unidentified Unscored 
Identified Research
Total6823 hours 45 mins (including break)
Paper-Delivered Test:

Total Questions: 102

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

Sections: 6

Breaks: 10 min break after 2nd section

Mark Distribution:

SubjectNo. of SectionsNo. of QuestionsDuration
Analytical Writing
21 task per section30 mins per task
Verbal Reasoning
225 per section35 mins per section
Quantitative Reasoning
225 per section40 mins per section
Total61023 hours 30 minutes (including break)

GRE Subject Test

Total Questions: 921

Duration: 2 hours 50 minutes

Sections: 6

Type of Questions: Multiple-choice questions

Question Distribution:

SectionNo. of Questions
Literature in English230



GRE 2019 Syllabus

For the GRE General Test:
1. Analytical Writing

There are 2 tasks present in this section:

I. Analyze an Issue task

II. Analyze an Argument task

The Analytical Writing measures the ability to:

- Articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively

- Support ideas with relevant reasons and examples

- Examine claims and accompanying evidence

- Sustain a well-focused, coherent discussion

- Control the elements of standard written English

2. Verbal Reasoning

- Basic Sentence structure: Nouns, Pronouns, Adjectives

- Verb Tense

- Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions

- Pronoun Agreement

- Subject-Verb Agreement

- Modifiers

- Parallelism 

3. Quantitative Reasoning

- Percentage

- Number properties

- Profit and loss

- Order of operations

- Ratio and proportion

- Linear equations

- Lines and angles

- Probability Statistics: Average, Median, Mode, Range, Standard deviation

- Co-ordinate geometry

- Quadratic equations

- Speed, distance and time

- Simple and compound interest

- Circles Triangles, etc.

For GRE Subject Test:
1. Biology

- Cellular and Molecular Biology

- Organismal Biology

- Ecology and Evolution 

2. Chemistry

- Analytical Chemistry

- Inorganic Chemistry

- Organic Chemistry

- Physical Chemistry 

3. Literature in English

- Literary Analysis

- Identification

- Cultural and Historical Contexts

- History and Theory of Literary Criticism 

4. Mathematics

- Algebra          

- Calculus

- Additional Topics

5. Physics

- Classical Mechanics

- Electromagnetism

- Optics and Wave Phenomena

- Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

- Quantum Mechanics

- Atomic Physics

- Special Relativity

- Laboratory Methods

- Specialized Topics 

6. Psychology

- Biological

- Cognitive

- Developmental

- Social

- Clinical

- Measurement/Methodology/Other 

GRE Exam Eligibility

The only eligibility requirement for GRE is the document required to prove your identity. In India, you’ll need a valid passport. You’ll have to produce your original passport which clearly shows your full name, photograph, and signature. No other documentation (like birth certificate, international driving license, etc) can be used as an alternate identity proof. They are very strict about this.

Apart from this eligibility requirement, ETS does not set any age, qualification, timing-related pre-requisites. However, there will be a range of eligibility criteria set by universities that accept GRE scores. For each of their programs, they may have a minimum age, experience, and qualification related filters.

Who can take the GRE Test?

1. Candidates seeking admission to graduate and business schools from across the globe can appear for GRE General Test.

2. Applicants from different cultural and academic backgrounds take the test where GRE General Test provides a common platform for measuring the candidate’s aptitude.

3. In Taiwan, Mainland China, Korea, and Hong Kong, online test is conducted once or twice every month. In the parts of the world where the online format is not available, the test is conducted in paper-pencil based format thrice a year in February, October, and November.

GRE Application Form

The GRE registration can be done via many modes, which are:

Online Mode

Step I. Account Creation:

1. Go to the official website of GRE

2. Click on "Register Now"

3. Click on “Create or log in to your ETS Account Now”

4. Click on “Create an Account”

5. Fill all the necessary details

6. Select Username and Password

7. Check details provided and then click on "Submit"

8. Your Educational Testing Services (ETS) account will be created

Step II. Registration:

1. Login to the GRE website using the username and password 

2. Click on “Register/Find Test Centers, Dates”

3. Select your preferred GRE test

4. Choose your preferred test date and centre

5. Select the test slot and then click on "Register"

6. Provide all the required details asked

7. Click on “Proceed to Checkout”

8. Click on "Pay Now" to pay the GRE application fee through your preferred mode

Application Fee

1. For GRE General Test: US $205 (Rs 14,500)

2. For GRE Subject Test: US $150 (Rs 10,500)

Phone Registration

Candidates have to call the Regional Registration Center (RRC), which is ‘Prometric’ located in Gurgaon, Haryana. The call must be made at least two business days before your preferred test date.

Phone number - 91-124-4147700

Mail Registration

Registration through the mail is done only for the paper-delivered test. Download the application form from the official website and complete it. The application should be mailed to the following:


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 e-mailed to you.

Rescheduling Test Registration

1. You can reschedule your test online

2. You must reschedule your GRE General Test no later than four days (10 days in Mainland China) before your appointment or your test fee will be forfeited. For example, the deadline to reschedule a Saturday appointment at a testing location in the United States is Tuesday.

3. You will be charged a fee of $50 for rescheduling your test registration.

4. Appointments cannot be rescheduled beyond one year of the original appointment date.

Cancelation of Test registration

If you cancel your GRE General Test registration no later than four days prior to your test date (10 days for individuals in Mainland China), you will receive a refund equivalent to half of the original test fee

GRE Test Centres

In India, the GRE test is conducted in the following cities:

New Delhi


GRE Admit Card

Once the candidate has successfully registered for the GRE exam, he/she will get a confirmation mail in their registered e-mail address. This confirmation letter acts as the admit card/hall ticket for the GRE exam. Download and take a print out of the letter.

Details present in the GRE admit card:

1. Name of the Candidate as entered during the creation of the ETS account.

2. Test centre details

3. Test date and Time selected.

4. Mode of Examination

5. GRE exam name

6. ETS Id

7. Exam day instructions

GRE Result

1. While taking the CBT GRE exam, after completion of the exam a raw score of the verbal and quant score will be displayed which you may or may not accept.

2.  When the scorecard is released, ETS sends a notification e-mail to the candidates regarding the publication.

3. A copy of the GRE Scorecard is sent to candidates within 10-15 days within the commencement of the CBT exam. For the PBT exam, it may take up to 5 weeks.

4. Additional GRE scorecard can be requested by paying an extra amount of $27 which will be delivered within 10 days.

5. Candidates who are not satisfied with the score can opt for a review by paying an additional fee of $50.

Steps to Check the GRE Result:

1. Go to the official website of GRE

2. Click on "ETS Account"

3. Login to the account by providing username and password

4. Click ”View Scores and Score Recipients” under the title Scores

5. Your scorecard will be displayed on the screen

Details Present in GRE Scorecard:

1. Contact information (name, phone number, and email)

2. Date of birth

3. Gender

4. Intended graduate major

5. Test date(s)

6.GRE test score(s) and the associated percentile ranks

7. Authorized score recipients or fellowship sponsors and the scores reported to those institutions

8. The cumulative record of scores reported within the last five years

Scoring System

FOR GRE General Test:
Score Scale
Verbal Reasoning
130–170, in 1 point increments
Quantitative Reasoning
130–170, in 1 point increments
Analytical Writing
0–6, in half-point increments

NOTE: If no questions are answered for any section, the candidate will receive a No Score (NS) for that measure.

For GRE Subject Test:

1. All the sections are scored on a range of 200-990 with 10 point increments.

2. Biology and Psychology sections also have subscore range on a 20–99 score scale, in one-point increments

GRE Score to Percentile
Scaled ScoreVerbal Reasoning PercentileQuantitative Reasoning Percentile

Scaled ScoreAnalytical Reasoning Percentile

Sending GRE Score Reports

Sending Free GRE Reports

Anyone taking the GRE exam can send up to 4 free score reports (except for candidates of China) which are included in the application fee of $205. But, it is different for BCT and PBT tests.

For the CBT test:

If you’re taking the computer GRE, you can only send your free score reports on test day by choosing the name of the college or code, directly after you’ve taken the GRE and received your unofficial Verbal and Quantitative scores. After your official GRE scores are updated and the scorecard is released, which may take up to 10 - 15 days, the free score reports are automatically sent to whichever recipients you choose on the test day.

For the PBT test:

If you’re taking the paper GRE, you can only choose your free score recipients during registration. After your official GRE scores are updated and the scorecard is released, which may take up to 5 weeks, the free score reports are automatically sent to whichever recipients you choose during registration.

Additional GRE Score Reports

You can send as many score reports you want with an additional payment of $27 per report even if you have sent the four free score reports. The additional score report can be ordered online, by mail, or by fax which can not be canceled or refunded and they usually take 5 - 10 days to be processed. 

GRE Cut-Off

There no such fixed cut-off mentioned by ETS. Different universities accept different GRE scores to offer admissions into their institutions.


Q: How is the validity period of the GRE score?

A: GRE score is valid for a span of 5 years

Q: How many times is GRE conducted in a year?

A: The GRE exam is conducted 3 times a year.

Q: What is the duration of the GRE General Test?

A: GRE General test is conducted in both online and offline mode whose durations are:

1. Online mode: 3 hours 45 minutes

2. Offline mode: 3 hours 30 minutes

Q: Are breaks provided during the GRE exam?

A: Yes, one 10 minute break is provided in between both online and offline mode of GRE exam.

Q: What is the syllabus of the GRE Subject Test?

A: The GRE Subject Test consists of questions from the following subjects:

1. Biology

2. Chemistry

3. Literature in English

4. Mathematics

5. Physics

6. Psychology

Q: What is the application fee for the GRE exam?

A: Application fee of the GRE exam is:

1. For GRE General Test: US $205 (Rs 14,500)

2. For GRE Subject Test: US $150 (Rs 10,500)

Q: Where should I send the application form of GRE if I am applying through the mail?

A: The application form of GRE should be mailed to the following address:


2nd floor, DLF Infinity Tower–A

Sector 25, Phase II,

DLF City, Gurgaon,

Haryana – 122002 


Q: What is the test rescheduling fee of GRE?

A: If a candidate wish to reschedule the test date, he/she has to pay an additional amount of $50.

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