This is an Era of competition and everything is to be achieved through a competition. Be it an admission into any graduate or post-graduate course or into government sector or private sector jobs. With the increase in the level of competition, certainly the difficulty level also has escalated. So, here is a quick review of the top ten toughest examinations of year 2016.

1. UPSC- Civil services exams

The Civil Services Examination (CSE) is the hardest examination in India led by the Union Public Service Commission for enrollment to different Civil Services of the Government of India, including Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Revenue Service (IRS) and others. The exam has stayed on top of such charts since more than a decade.

The Civil Services Examination has an achievement rate of mere 0.1%-0.3% with more than 11.37 lakh candidates registered for this exam. Only 0.03% get the prestigious IAS. 

The exam is conducted in two stages – the Preliminary examination, comprising of two papers (General Studies and Aptitude Test), and the Main examination, comprising of nine subjective papers, followed by the Personality Test (Interview). The whole process from the Preliminary examination to presentation of the last results consumes approximately one year.

 

2. JEE (Joint Entrance Examination)

This is an all-India engineering entrance exam that was conducted by the Joint Seat Allocation Authority in 2016. It is split into two separate exams.

The first level of the exam is the JEE Mains, which encompasses the NITs, IIITs, CFTIs and the IIEST, Shibpur, for its dual degree program. The second tier of the exam is the JEE Advanced. Only the short listed applicants from JEE Mains are allowed to write this exam. The Advanced is required to pass to gain a seat in any one of the IITs and the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad.

12.7 lakh people appeared for the examination in 2016, out of which only the top 1.5 lakh were eligible to give the Advanced exam. This is difficult to clear for the sheer number of applicants and the quota system which is in effect.

 

3. GATE

The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science and seven Indian Institutes of Technology (Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee) on behalf of:

  • National Coordination Board – GATE
  • Department of Higher Education
  • Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD)
  • Government of India

It is conducted for testing the comprehensive understanding of various undergraduate subjects in engineering and science. The score achieved in the exam is used for admissions to various post-graduate education programs (Master of Engineering, Master of Technology, Doctor of Philosophy) in Indian higher education institutes. GATE scores are also being used by several Indian public sector undertakings (i.e., government-owned companies) for recruiting graduate engineers in entry-level positions.

It is one of the most competitive examinations in India. More than 9.7 lakh applicants registered for GATE exam in 2016.

 

4. CAT

The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) began this exam and utilize the test for selecting understudies for their business organization programs. The test is directed each year by one of the IIMs.

Around 2.32 lakh candidates applied for CAT 2016. The Common Admission Test (CAT) scores a candidate on the bases of his aptitude and language skills. Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institute of Science (IIS) also utilize the CAT scores, rather than the Joint Management Entrance Test (JMET) which was conducted earlier, to choose understudies for their administration programs.

 

5. AIIMS (PG) Entrance Exam

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences Entrance Exam is a gateway exam conducted twice a year for the MD/MS post-graduate courses. There are 2 sessions for selection of candidates. In each session there are 124 seats approximately.

Out of the 124 seats of every session, approx. 25% seats are reserved for AIIMS (UG) students and 50% for reserved categories. This reservation makes it one of the toughest exams to clear in India! Only the most deserving can get through.

 

6. CA-Chartered Accountancy Exam

The CA exam is a three-level exam conducted by the ICAI (Institute of Chartered Accountants of India). The first level is the Common Proficiency Test (CPT) followed by the Integrated Professional Competence Course (IPCC), which has a total of seven subjects that it encompasses, split into groups of four and three. The final exam called the CA Final Examination, is where all the blood, sweat and tears merge to give forth one of the toughest exams in the world and not just India.

The success rate of this exam varies from 8-16%, which is declared depending upon the demand of CAs in India.

 

7. CLAT

Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a gateway for admission to 16 National Law Universities in India. The test is taken after the twelfth grade for admission to incorporated undergraduate programs in Law and after Graduation in Law for Master of Law (LL.M) projects directed by these law colleges.

The number of CLAT aspirants rose to 45,000 in 2016. Exponential growth is expected in the years to come.

This 2 hours test comprises of MCQs on Elementary Mathematics, English, GK, Legal Aptitude and Logical reasoning. The CLAT scores are also accepted by many private Law Schools of India.

Also Read: Top 4 law entrance (UG) exams of India.

 

8. IES (Indian Engineering Services)

Indian Engineering Services exam is a four-stage, combined competitive exam held in India, conducted by the UPSC (Union Public Service Commission). IES are the civil services for mechanical and managerial occupations of the Government of India.

The four stages of IES selection process comprise of a General Aptitude Test, an Objective Technical paper, a Technical paper, and an Interview. This is one of the most sought after exams to be cleared, as the jobs offered are extremely lucrative. This makes it one of the toughest exams of India in 2016.

 

9. UGC-NET

UGC-NET is an exam only for post-graduates which really narrows down its candidature, making it a very tough exam to clear. The exam is conducted to shortlist school and college level Assistant lecturers and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) candidates.

University Grants Commission (UGC) declared in 2013 that the applicants who clear the National Eligibility Test (NET) effectively would be qualified for lucrative employment of people in general part endeavors (PSUs). PSUs can use UGC-NET scores for the enrollment procedure of the posts of administrators in their associations in verticals like science (R&D), administration, corporate interchanges, HR, accounts department, and so on.

 

10. NDA

The National Defense Academy (NDA) is the Joint Services institute of the Indian Armed Forces, where cadets of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force prepare together before they go ahead. All the 10+2 pass candidates who wish to join the armed forces need to clear this test. The NDA exam is conducted twice a year i.e. NDA (I) in April and NDA (II) in September. The exam is conducted by UPSC.

 

So, these were the top ten aggressive exams held this year in India for the entrance in the respective fields. Now it is time for you to suit up and prepare for the exam with escalated efforts.

Best Wishes! 

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