Approximately 44 per cent of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) test-takers in Asia were from India.

This was among the revelations from ‘A snapshot of the individuals who took the GRE revised general test’. This year’s report, the second so far, gives an insight into the GRE test-taker population.

A press release said that data in the report was based on more than half-a-million people who tested between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013, with valid scores on all three measures of the test.

A total of 1,19,855 examinees tested in Asia, with 99.9 per cent of examinees (119,714) reporting their intended graduate major.

Among the main characteristics of examinees who tested in Asia were: 62 per cent were men; approximately 55 per cent were between the ages of 18 and 22; more than 96 per cent were 30 years of age or younger; approximately 83 per cent resided in China (39 per cent) or India (44 per cent); approximately 32 per cent were in their fourth or final year of college, with another 13 per cent in their third year of college; 19 per cent were un-enrolled college graduates.

Also, the revised general test scores in all three sections of the test remained consistent with last year’s report for test-takers from India.

As for the global data, non-U.S. citizens now represent approximately one-third of the entire GRE test-taking population.

The report also said there were more 18 to 22-year-old candidates this testing year - 37 per cent compared to 34 per cent in 2011-2012.

Significantly, test-takers who identified natural sciences as their intended graduate major increased to 32 per cent from 27 per cent.