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Optician | Posted 09 Sep, 2018 |

What are top 10 toughest competitive exams in India?

Amit K

Student | Posted 03 Aug, 2019

Here are some most difficult exams such:







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Rohan Naik

@digitalassociate | Posted 01 Aug, 2019

The top 10 toughest exams in India are as under:

UPSC Civil Services Exam

Civil Services Exam is conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to recruit for various Central Government posts such as IAS (Indian Administrative Service) and the Indian Foreign Service (IFS). It is believed to be the most lucrative job in India.

This exam has three levels, namely:

a. Preliminary exam (Civil Services Aptitude Test, also known as SCAT)

b. Main exam

c. Interview or personality test.

Every year around 9 lakh candidates appear for this exam but only a very few ones crack all the levels. The pass percentage for this exam is approximately around 0.1 to 0.3 percent.

Reason For Being Toughest: Because of the vast syllabus of the exam and a very strict selection procedure, it is extremely difficult to get selected.

IIT- JEE (JEE Advanced)

Joint Entrance Examination – Advanced is one of the toughest entrance exams in India conducted to screen students for admission to engineering courses in the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Indian Institute of Science (IISc), and some other institutes. The exam is conducted in two stages – candidates need to clear JEE Main first in order to be eligible to appear for JEE Advanced. Around 12 to 14 lakh students appear for JEE Main and only around 2.2 lakh students are selected to appear for JEE Advanced. Ultimately, around 11,000 students make it to the top engineering colleges in India.

Reason For Being Toughest: Because of high level of competition and extremely difficult paper, a very few can crack the exam.

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE)

GATE is conducted to facilitate admission into postgraduate courses like ME/MTech offered by the IITs, IIITs, NITs and other top colleges in the country. GATE score is also accepted by selected PSU companies of the Indian Government. This exam is conducted by The Indian Institute of Science and one of the seven old Indian Institutes of Technology (Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee).

Reason For Being Toughest: Almost the whole syllabus of UG engineering course of 4 years duration are included in GATE making it extremely difficult for candidates to cover efficiently.

Common Admission Test (CAT)

CAT is conducted to facilitate admission to the premier management colleges or B-Schools in India – the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and some other institutes. Students appearing for CAT are tested on Interpretation, Logical Reasoning and Verbal ability skills.

Reason For Being Toughest: Only 1500 candidates out of 2 lakh people get into the IIMs every year. That makes it one of the toughest entrance exams conducted in India.


Cracking AIIMS is every medical aspirant’s dream. AIIMS is conducted by the prestigious All India Institute Of Medical Sciences, New Delhi to select candidates for admission to the seven campuses of AIIMS. Since AIIMS is the topmost medical college in India, every medical aspirant dreams of pursuing their MBBS from AIIMS.

Reason For Being Toughest: Limited number of seats and extremely difficult question paper makes it one of the toughest examinations to clear in India.


NEET is a premedical test conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) to screen candidates for admission to MBBS/BDS courses in all medical/ dental colleges of India, except AIIMS and JIPMER. The difficulty level of NEET is slightly lower than AIIMS and yet the selection rate is very low.

Reason For Being Toughest: Around 10 lakh candidates appear for the exam and compete for around 1 lakh seats.

National Institute Of Design Entrance Exam

This exam is a design aptitude entrance exam, conducted to test the design skills of the candidates and select them for admission to the premier National Institutes of Design (NIDs). During the first round of this entrance exam, candidates are tested in various areas of designing, such as perception, attitude, aptitude, achievement, and motivation. Shortlisted candidates from the first round will move onto second round which is a personal interview to enter best the designing colleges in India.

Reason For Being Toughest: Only extremely creative students get selected.

Common Law Admission Test (CLAT)

Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), as the name suggests, this is an entrance exam conducted for admission to Undergraduate and Postgraduate programs like LLB and LLM. The scores from this test are accepted in top 16 law universities of India. Few courses that you can take admission to by taking CLAT are:

a. BA LLB (Hons)

b. BSc LLB (Hons)

c. BA LLB (Hons)

d. BSW LLB (Hons)

e. BCom LLB (Hons)

f. L.M.

Reason For Being Toughest: It is a national level exam and the level of competition is very high Only candidates with deep knowledge in law can crack this test.

UGC National Eligibility Test (UGC NET)

National Eligibility Test (NET) is conducted by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research as a gateway to enter into posts of school and college level assistant lecturers and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF). UGC NET is conducted for 83 subjects.

Reason For Being Toughest: The test is conducted based on almost the entire syllabus of Masters. And the number of seats is considerably less.

National Defence Academy (NDA)

National Defence Academy, commonly known as NDA, is considered to be one of the toughest exams to crack. The exam is a gateway to National Defence Services, such as Army, Airforce, and Navy. The candidates are selected based on these following tests.

written examination,

SSB Interview that includes a psychological aptitude test, intelligence, and personality test.

Reason For Being Toughest: This test requires the candidates to be both physically and mentally fit.

Chartered Accountancy (CA)

Chartered Accountancy Exam is conducted by ICAI (Institute of Chartered Accountants of India). This exam is conducted in three levels namely:

a. Common Proficiency Test (CPT)

b. Integrated Professional Competence Course (IPCC)

c. CA Final Examination

Avinash Kumar

Engineer | Posted 09 Sep, 2018

Indian education system is deemed as one of the best education systems in the world, and one of the hardest too. A large share of credit for this goes to certain national level competitive examinations of our country for which aspirants in thousands and lakhs appear every year. How tough these exams are is evident from the numbers who pass these exams every year, and the effort and hard work they put in preparations.

Thanks to these competitive exams, the education industry whose large part includes various coaching institutes and tuition classes is flourishing with each passing day. Listed below are the toughest of the competitive exams that are conducted in India and good score in which is the most coveted thing in every Indian student’s life.

  1. UPSC civil services exam: Conducted by Union Public Service Commission, only a creamy layer of Indian population gets over this competitive exam. Over 9, 00,00,0 candidates every year appear for the same and the achievement.
  2. CAT: It is the Common Admission Test for getting into top management schools like IIMs.
  3. IIT-JEE: With the success rate of 1 in 45, the Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Examination is the toughest exam for getting into engineering colleges.
  4. GATE: This exam is for postgraduate courses like masters and doctoral degree, and scholarships engineering, technology, architecture and science.
  5. CLAT: Common Law Admission Test is the gateway to get into 16 national law universities in India for a five year integrated course in Law.
  6. NET: National Eligibility Test is cleared by a high percentage to people in fourth or fifth attempt. It is to shortlist assistant lecturers in various subjects for universities and for Junior Research Fellowships (JRF).
  7. NDA NA: National Defense Academy exam is for the recruitment in defense forces –Army, Air Force, and Navy.
  8. AIIMS Entrance exam: For students who don’t want to end up paying lakhs of rupees to pursue medical studies, AIIMS Entrance exam is the only resort. This very fact makes it clear that how tough this exam is. AIIMS conducts the exam autonomously, but its result is accepted in other reputed medical universities as the criteria of selection.
  9. NEET: National Eligibility cum Entrance Test is conducted by CBSE to select the students for admissions in undergraduate and postgraduate medical courses.
  10. CA: The Chartered Accountant examination has the passing rate of only 3%.