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With over half a million students taking it each year, the GRE is one of the most widely accepted tests for graduate school admissions around the world. It is a standardized test that assesses a range of skills like critical thinking, verbal and quantitative reasoning, problem-solving and analytical writing.

GRE is a mandatory factor for students looking to study abroad, with nearly every university in the USA and UK accepting it. Owing to its quality and accuracy in evaluating students, the GRE score is now being accepted for many graduate and doctoral business programs in India too. It is also a comparatively easier approach than going through India’s traditional CAT examination for students looking to bag a spot in the best Indian B-schools.

Here are some of the many Indian colleges that accept the GRE and the programs they offer:

  1. Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore

    With its quality curriculum and world-class infrastructure IIM-B stands at #1 in India and #26 in the world for its PGP programs (QS World Ranking 2020), the graduates from here enjoy an average salary of 25 LPA.

    • (i) Post Graduate Programme in Enterprise Management (PGPEM)

      Designed for mid-senior level executives, this is a part-time weekend program and aims to compliment experience with contemporary management knowledge.

      Duration: 2 years

    • (ii) Executive Post Graduate Programme in Management

      The EPGP is an intensive full-time residential program for senior executives from various industries. The course builds on the existing work experience of the students.

      Duration: 1 year

  2. Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad

    Ranked #2 in India and on par with IIM-B, IIM-A is one of the oldest and most well-known B-schools in India. It offers two programs for students looking to pursue a management education through GRE.

    • (i) e-mode Post Graduate Diploma Programme in Management

      The ePGP is a master’s degree program offered through an electronic learning mode. This is a flexible course that can be taken by junior, middle and senior-level professionals and entrepreneurs as well.

      Duration: 2 years, can be extended up to 3 years

    • (ii) Post-Graduate Programme in Management for Executives

      The PGPX is a full-time residential course for senior-level executives with considerable work experience.

      Duration: 1 year

  3. Indian School of Business, Hyderabad and Mohali

    Ranked at #28 in the world and #5 in Asia, ISB is one of the most renowned institutes globally. It has campuses in Hyderabad and Mohali, with highly notable faculty and a contemporary curriculum in both. ISB’s flagship program, PGP accepts GRE scores in addition to GMAT scores.

    • (i) Post Graduate Programme, Hyderabad and Mohali

      The PGP is a management program designed specifically for young working professionals to develop multidisciplinary perspectives, thinking and research skills. The student intake for PGP at ISB Hyderabad is about 600 students (300 students for ISB Mohali) and the minimum work experience is two years.

      GRE score range: 315-334

      Application deadline: 20 September 2020

      Duration: 1 year

  4. Aegis School of Business, Mumbai

    With an aim to develop cross-functional technology leaders, Aegis was founded in 2002 with the help of Airtel. It has collaborations with technology leaders like IBM and NVIDIA and is a premier institute that offers PGP programs relevant in today’s world.

    • (i) Post Graduate Program in Data Science, Business Analytics & Big Data in association with IBM

      Duration: 11 months + 2-3 months internship

    • (ii) Online Executive PGP in Data Science, Business Analytics and Big Data in association with IBM

      Duration: 11 months + 2-3 months internship

    • (iii) Weekend EPGP in Data Science, Business Analytics and Big Data in association with IBM

      Duration: 11 months + 2-3 months internship

  5. SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai

    SPJIMR is one of India’s leading private B-schools with international recognition and tie-ups. It offers a global business programme for students seeking a management education through the GRE.

    • (i) Master of Global Business (MGB)

      The MGB programme offers flexible learning options to its students with an opportunity to study in Singapore, Sydney, and Dubai for four months each, or to start in Mumbai and choose to move to the other campuses for the other terms.

      Duration: 1 year

  6. Amrita School of Business, Coimbatore/Bengaluru

    A prestigious brand in business education, Amrita School of Business aims to groom multitalented managers of the future. They have faculty with excellent credentials and experience from fortune 500 companies.

    • (i) Master of Business Administration

      Amrita offers specializations in various fields like Marketing, Business Analytics, Finance, Operations, and Human Resources. The MBA graduates at Amrita have a 100% placement record with the highest salary going up to 28 LPA.

      Duration: 2 years

  7. Institute for Financial Management & Research, Chennai

    IFMR is a leading B-school with an objective to transform students into socially responsible global leaders who are both competent and skilled. It offers a full-time MBA program for students looking to gain admission through a GRE score.

    • (i) Master of Business Administration

      IFMR offers an intensive MBA with a strong foundation in finance. With 22 core courses and over 50 electives, the MBA program here offers unique specializations like quantitative finance and data science. IFMR has a remarkable placement record as well.

      Duration: 2 years

  8. Christ University, Bengaluru

    Offering a rigorous and holistic education, Christ is one of the best universities in the country for its management programs.

    • (i) Master of Business Administration

      Christ University offers an MBA with specializations in Lean Operations and Systems, Marketing, Business Analytics, Finance, and Human Resource with numerous internship opportunities and placements.

      Duration: 2 years

There are currently over 45 leading Indian universities accepting GRE scores for various business programs, and the number is on the rise, soon the entire country could be considering it. Taking the GRE is indeed a smart choice for students looking to pursue an MBA from India and an easy one at that too.

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