If you want to pursue your master’s in abroad, then GRE or GMAT is the exam you will be aiming at. Now the confusion that might hit your head is which one to actually go for – GRE or GMAT. You can’t aim for both GRE & GMAT at a time because the pattern and syllabus of both are different. Although you can prepare for one and try your luck in another as well, just in case. So basically, this blog will clear up your mind’s confusion and fix your track to either GRE or GMAT.


The Graduate Record Examination or GRE is a standardized test to get admission to master’s and doctoral degree programs in various universities for most Graduate Schools in abroad. The program may be Masters of Science (MS), MBA or Ph.D. courses, etc.

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is to pursue any management related program in abroad. The program may be MBA or Master of Finance or Master of Accountancy, etc.


In both the exams, your analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal and reading skills are the parameters to be judged. If you have your command in solving complex problems with the help of data present in charts, tables, and texts, GMAT is preferable for you whereas, GRE is considered a better option for those who possess strong vocabulary skills. In GMAT, quant section is a challenge.


The cost for registering for GRE is $205 and GMAT is $250.


GRE test covers 3 major sections-

  • Analytical Writing
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Quantitative Reasoning

GMAT test covers 4 major sections-

  • Analytical Writing
  • Quantitative Section
  • Verbal Skills
  • Integrated Reasoning Section


GRE Sections    

  • Paper-Based:
  1. Analytical Writing - 2 sections, 2 tasks

Duration - 60 minutes

  1. Verbal reasoning- 2 sections, 50 questions

Duration – 70 minutes

  • Quantitative reasoning – 2 sections, 50 questions

Duration – 80 minutes

  • Computer Based
  1. Analytical Writing - 1 section, 2 tasks

Duration - 60 minutes

  1. Verbal reasoning- 2 sections, 40 questions

Duration – 60 minutes

  • Quantitative reasoning – 2 sections, 40 questions

Duration – 70 minutes

GMAT Sections

  • Analytical Writing – 1 Topic

Duration - 30 minutes

  • Verbal reasoning- 36 questions,

Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, Sentence Correction

Duration – 65 minutes

  • Quantitative – 2 sections, 31 questions

Data Sufficiency, Problem Solving

Duration – 62 minutes

  • Integrated reasoning – 12 questions

Multi-Source Reasoning, Graphics Interpretation, Two-Part Analysis, Table Analysis

Duration - 30minutes

For GRE, Test duration is 3 hours 45 minutes. Your GRE score is expected to be 130-170 (per section) and 1-6 in analytical writing. You can take the GRE test as per your requirement once in every 21 days, up to five times within a 12-month period


For GMAT, Test duration is 3 hours 30 minutes. The top tier universities require at least score of 710, while middle tier universities accept 600. You cannot appear for this exam more than 5 times in a 12-month rolling period. Also, one can attempt this exam to a maximum of 8 times in a lifetime.


Some of the best GRE and GMAT Coaching Institutes in India are:

  • Manya abroad
  • Jamboree
  • IMS
  • Manya
  • Career launcher
  • MJ academy
  • TIME
  • Abhyaas, Hyderabad
  • Ivy Aspire, Bangalore
  • Global Education Counsel


Choose wisely and make a smart decision for your future endeavours. Good luck!