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Exams have become a major part of every student’s lives whether it be in high school or in a university. Competitive exams are an integral part of a student’s preparation and especially for Indians, it has been GRE and GATE. These exams have gained so much momentum in the past decade. They are attempted either to get into a well-established university in India (in case of GATE) or to get into an International university. Both of these exams (GRE or GATE) have their own advantages and they are discussed below.

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Brief about GRE Exam :

GRE, Graduate Record Examination, is a competitive exam written by students to get into a university abroad. These types of exams have become mandatory to get an admission in an international university. GRE exam tests your analytical and quantitative skills and also your English proficiency. It also tests one’s ability to understand and apply basic thoughts. Preparing for GRE is not an easy task due to its computer-adaptive nature.

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ETS, the abbreviation of Educational Testing Services, conduct this exam worldwide at different examination centers. GRE has become the most written exam as more and more students are aiming to pursue their higher studies abroad and cracking this paper would help them achieve their goals.

Now comes the question, what are the topics in GRE? Below is Details about the what GRE comprises of 

Analytical Writing:

This section includes and considers how you analyze and react to a particular situation or issue. The analytical writing section has both an “issue” and an “argument” where we need to analyze both of them to score good grades. Issue tasks are usually based on general statements and should be analyzed. These have separate times each – 30 minutes to analyze and write about it.

Verbal Reasoning:

This section tests your English proficiency and includes sections like reading comprehension, text completion and sentence equivalence. The total time for this whole section is 60 minutes and the marks range from 130-170. Text completion is all about filling the blanks in a given paragraph with a suitable option. Sentence equivalence is where you choose a sentence closest to the meaning of the previous sentence. Reading comprehension is where a paragraph or a set of paragraphs is given and questions related to them should be answered. These questions might not be directly from the paragraph and test your understanding of the author.

Quantitative Reasoning:

This section includes problems from algebra, statistics, data analysis, geometry, etc. Quantitative Reasoning has a time limit of 35 minutes. A quantitative comparison is where you compare two quantities based on the relationship given in the question. Problem-solving questions mostly include mathematics and have sections like “more than one correct answer”, “numeric entry” etc.

Brief about GATE Exam :

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GATE or the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering is an exam written by Indians to get into universities like IIT, IISC, etc. for studies after their UG. This exam is conducted separately for separate courses by the Indian Institutes of Technology. This exam tests the grip of the candidate on the basics and also the analysis of the questions.

The exam comprises of general aptitude, technical and engineering mathematics questions. Total time of 3 hours is given for attempting the paper. This is a CBT-Computer Based Exam and has both multiple-choice questions and numeric entry questions. The qualifying mark varies based on the caste of the student.

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Now arises the question of why choose GRE or GATE? Here is the answer.

Choosing GRE would give you more exposure to foreign universities and the cut-throat competition in the world outside India.

Opting for GRE will enable you to study in any university with any course which would ensure a bright future. You can attempt either a PBT or IBT test. This score is also valid for 5 years and is a great opportunity for students who are willing to have work experience as well. English can be a major scoring point in GRE and most admissions abroad are taken through this portal.

Choosing GATE would help you to get into your dream academy. This is cost-efficient when compared to GRE. Also, PSU’S or the Public Sector Undertakings are also done through GATE i.e. companies like NHPC Limited, Oil and Natural Gas corporation limited hire candidates based on these scores. Students who have written GATE can also apply for scholarships for their financial aid. The teaching profession can also be pursued through GATE and is a highly paid job in India. GATE can also fetch you a student visa based on the score obtained.

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The main differences between GRE vs GATE are the following :

  • GATE is usually written for admission to Indian institutions and GRE for foreign universities.
  • The GATE score is valid for 3 years whereas GRE is valid for 5 years.
  • GATE has a maximum score of 100 whereas GRE has a maximum score of 340.
  • GATE has negative marking so the questions should be attempted carefully whereas GRE does not.<
GRE and GATE advantages disadvantages

Whether it be GRE or GATE both have their own advantages and disadvantages

Coming to GATE, it has advantages like the GATE score can be a basis of hiring in the PSU’s or Public Sector Undertakings like Oil and Natural Gas Company Limited, Bharat Heavy Electronics, etc. GATE can also be scope for research fellowships as R & D is a booming sector now. MNCs do look for the GATE scores during the placement drive and the university the student has graduated in. So chances are you might get into your dream company with the right motivation.

GATE also makes you eligible for graduation abroad through a student visa. It does not have any specific disadvantages but the high fee for GATE coaching and the exam being highly competitive might be a tiring and stressful task for students.

GRE on the other hand also has its advantages such as broad exposure to industries, the culture outside India, diverse courses, etc. Also during the preparation English fluency would drastically increase and would be helpful in communication later on. You have the freedom to choose a university in any country of your choice depending on your scores. It also has higher competition for students aiming for higher studies abroad.

The high tuition fee and GRE exam might be reasons for students not to choose GRE.

GATE vs GRE, they both need an ample amount of time for preparation and both can be cracked if you are persistent enough. They are considered to be the most written exams by Indians. Both the exams are worth a try and would be a life-changing opportunity for students. So, to all students out there, remember to follow your dream and choose what’s right for you!

All the Best !

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