GRE Eligibility Criteria 2020
Updated on Nov 21, 2019 - 2:31 p.m. IST by Ridhi.Khurana

GRE Eligibility Criteria 2020 - The Educational Testing Service (ETS) conducts the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for candidates who meet the GRE 2020 eligibility criteria. The academic qualification, age limit and such criteria make up the eligibility criteria of GRE which aspirants should possess in order to register for the GRE test. While most exams are discipline specific, GRE scores are used across disciplines for admissions to masters programmes across the globe. Therefore, GRE eligibility criteria 2020 does not specify any age bar, academic criteria or any particular degree/ schooling. Candidates just need to produce specific identification proof at the GRE exam centres to be able to write the exam. What is commonly perceived as the GRE eligibility criteria 2020 is the admission criteria to the various institutes which accept the GRS scores. To know all about GRE 2020 eligibility criteria as well as how to check the admission criteria using GRE scores, read the article below.


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GRE Eligibility Criteria 2020

Candidates who wish to appear for GRE 2020 must know the basic requirements for the exam. As there is no officially specified GRE eligibility criteria, candidates need to worry about getting good GRE scores and check the eligibility specified by the institutes they wish to avail admissions in this regard.

GRE Eligibility Criteria 2020 - Age Limit

ETS has no specific age bar under the GRE 2020 eligibility criteria. Aspirants of any age, who want to pursue programmes like MBA, MS or law programmes can take the GRE test as per the admission requirements of the various institutes across the globe.

GRE 2020 Eligibility Criteria - Educational Qualification

Again, ETS has no specific GRE eligibility criteria as it does not offer any course. However, the educational qualification matters at the time of applying for admission to any institute in addition to the GRE scores. To apply and appear for the GRE test, there is no specific academic qualification under the eligibility criteria of GRE 2020. Mostly candidates who wish to pursue Master’s or specialized Master’s degree in business, MBA, law, or a doctoral degree take the GRE test. Hence the checklist for the GRE eligibility criteria for academic qualifications can be checked by using the facility offered on the GRE website for the country wise institutes where students can apply using their GRE scores. This can be checked below on this page.

GRE Eligibility Criteria 2020 - Scores

There is no minimum qualifying marks for GRE. The score is generally used as a measurement by institutes about the calibre of the prospective students it depends upon the prospective institutes where admission is sought by candidates. Some institutes have set a cutoff for candidates before seeking admission in the various courses offered. Thus, candidates should check this and prepare accordingly for the GRE 2020.

Institutes Accepting GRE Score

It is known that GRE scores are used to screen students for admissions. The ETS website lists out all the institutes that accept GRE scores making it easier for students to search for the programme and check for the GRE eligibility criteria as well as the academic criteria etc. The table below facilitates students to check which institute to go for MBA or law or other programmes country wise. These are the official links which will allow students to check the eligibility before applying.

Institutes Accepting GRE Score - Course Wise

Category of Institutes

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Institutes for Graduate Programmes

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Institutes for Law/ J.D. (Juris Doctor) Programmes

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Institutes for MBA Programmes

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Countries with GRE Score Accepting Institutes










Brunei Darussalam







Costa Rica



Czech Republic


Dominican Republic









Hong Kong, China






























Northern Ireland











Saudi Arabia



South Africa


Sri Lanka

St. Kitts

St. Lucia




Taiwan, China





United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom

United States

United States Territories

West Indies



Registration ID Requirements

At the time of registration for GRE test, candidates need to have a valid registration ID whose details should match with those provided during registration. Candidates have to bring the specified identification document to exam centre on each of the GRE test dates as well. Thus, given below is the set of requirements for ID proof to be brought along:

  • Original Document- The document of identification should be brought in original, as photocopies or showing IDs through electronic means is not acceptable.

  • Government-issued ID- The identification to be brought by candidates has to be one issued by the government. It should be an identity card of National, State or Province, recognized in the country of residence or citizenship.

  • Valid ID- The identification proof should be a valid one, i.e. documents whose validity period is expired is not allowed.

  • Bears Exact Name- The name mentioned in the photo ID should be the same as mentioned during GRE registration.

  • Recent Photograph- The document presented should contain candidate’s photograph that is recent and recognizable as well.

  • Signature- The identification document should contain candidate’s signature. The name and signature mentioned in the govt. ID should match candidate’s name and signature as uploaded for GRE.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - GRE Eligibility Criteria 2020

Question: What is the validity period for GRE scores?


GRE test score is valid for a period of 5 years following the test date.

Question: What is eligibility for an Indian student to give GRE test?


No specific GRE eligibility criteria are specified as such for Indian candidates. All you may do is check the institute and their course which you want to pursue through GRE test.

Question: Is there a minimum score for qualifying GRE test?


No, as such there is no minimum number of marks to be obtained in GRE. However, teh future institutions might demand a specific score limit for admissions.

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hi I always want to crack GRE is that possible

Fareeha 17th Feb, 2020

Hi aspirant!
Yes, you may be able to crack the GRE exam easily with hard work and determination.

Please check the link below which has the much needed information about the exam, pattern and syllabus. Hope it helps. Good luck!


I am a student of galgotias university and my gre score is 310 and having 8+ cgpa in mechanical engineering. I done two intenships one from DRDO and other one from Indian railway. Also i had done two research paper. What are my chances of getting technical university of Munich or Berlin.?

dheeraj reddy 14th Feb, 2020

Hi sajal

As far as CGPA is considered, you meet the minimum requirement stated by both the TUs. Also as you know, for selection, your overall profiles matters. I see you have mentioned 2 research papers. They would add a great value to your application if they are relevant to the Masters you are applying.

GRE is not mandatory for TU Berlin and most of the programs in TUM too.

You would need an IELTS score of minimum 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 88 for clearing language requirements.

You would need German language proficiency of atleast C1 level ( only if you are applying for a course with German taught modules). Also even for english taught programs, having a basic German proficiency of A2 level would greatly help in your application.

For TUM, they might conduct a further aptitude assessment depending on the strength of your application.

Your internships would add value only if they are relevant to your field of study (the Masters you are applying).

Apart from the above mentioned, Your Statement of Purpose (SOP) / Letter of Motivation and Letters of Recommendation would also have a key impact on your application. Make sure you describe well how your past experiences ( internships, research exp, any work exp) and the masters program you are going to undertake would help in your future goals.

I hope I was helpful to you. Remember again , your overall profile matters. Don't be discouraged if you fall short in any one of the aspects.

With research papers, internships, you are already ahead of several applicants. You have a good chance for any Masters degree relevant to Mechanical Engineering. Goodluck!


Sir, I would like to do my masters in biotechnology for that what type of GRE test should I apply I mean like GRE general test or GRE subject test (biology)

Swatika Sharma 24th Jan, 2020

Hello Greeshma,

As you didn't mention anything so I'm expecting you to be an undergraduate or you are pursuing it. First of all, I recommend you choose what you want to accomplish in future: Do you want to do your postgraduate, Abroad or in India itself?

GRE (Graduation Record Examination) is a universally comprehended exam which is supervised by ETS ( Education Testing Services). GRE examination is taken by future aspirants for postgraduate programs in foreign universities and its score are approved in over 160 countries colleges and universities across the world. GRE exam is conducted in two types such as- GRE general test and GRE subject test.

GRE general test is the primary requirements for most of the postgraduate programs in Abroad or in India which consists of verbal perception, analytical writing and quantitative reasoning while GRE subject test is specifically for subjects which you are looking for like biology.

In India, there are very few technical colleges which are accepting GRE scores but for not the same course you are opting for, while there are so many colleges or universities in Abroad which approved or accepted GRE scores.

In my opinion, the GRE general test should be given for admission in Postgraduate programs.  Along with the GRE general test, it's best for you to give the subject test (in biology ) which give extra weightage to your academic record either it's your choice.

Hope its help!!


Graduation in dental surgery(5yr)+3 yr work ex. Masters in hopsital admin(2 yr) + 3 yr of work ex. Wish to pursue PhD in health allied course in USA. Am i eligible to apply also how much GRE score would be required to apply for a good university?

Fareeha 17th Feb, 2020

Hi aspirant!
Yes, you are definitely eligible to pursue PhD from USA.

Kindly look up for edibility criteria for the colleges where you wish to apply. Some colleges do not require GRE scores for admissions in PhD. The criteria differs in each college.

However, you may have to appear for TOEFL/IELTS. Usually scores between 98-120 is accepted in most of the colleges.

Good Luck!


What is GRE? What is its use? What is its qualifications?

Kanupriya Gupta 19th Jan, 2020

Dear Aspirant,

GRE is also called Graduate Record Examination and it tests your verbal reasoning skills, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing. It is a 3 hour and 45 minutes test and it is mandatory if you are applying for a Masters or Doctorate in the US. It is computer-based. You also have the option of taking it multiple times and there is a limit of taking it the maximum five times in a year. You can attempt it only once in 21 days. These scores are valid for 5 years. For the verbal and quantitative section, GRE score falls around 150 to 152. If you get 165 you are have secured close to 95%. In the section of analytical writing, an average score would be 3.5, 6 being the highest.

The paper is as follows:

You will have to write two essays for the analytical writing section within the time limit of 30 minutes where you will have to analyse one argument and one issue.

You will face 20 questions in verbal and quantitative learning each.

There is an unsecured section at the end of the exam which is a dummy and does not carry marks but is to be filled so that the conducting body can get information about the candidate.

Countries like USA, Canada, Singapore, Australia and UK accept GRE scores. Other than determining your eligibility, GRE seems to enhance a candidates profile. Taking subject tests in GRE seems to be an additional advantage for specific courses abroad.

Hope this helps. All the best!

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