Toughest Exams in India

Dreams don’t become reality by magic, it takes hard work, sweat and determination:- Everyone dream of getting a high paid job and comfortable life which is not easy as one can think off. These both the things come together after so many years of hard work and persistence. When it comes to higher education, the country has numerous competitive exams which are conducted every year. These exams are onerous to crack.

Always remember that the journey of aspirants who cracked these exams was never easy. Yet they cracked these exams because they never forgot their goal and worked hard to achieve it. So, the point is winners are not people who never fail, but these are people who never quit.

All these exams might scare you a little bit but with the right motivation and practice, of the candidate can help to crack the exam. Staying focused on your aim and planning a schedule for preparation will help you prepare these exams.

Here, we narrowed your search to present with the top 10 toughest exams in India.
  • UPSC Civil Services Exam
  • Common Aptitude Test (CAT)
  • Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE)
  • Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE)
  • Common Law Admission Test (CLAT)
  • University Grants Commission- National Eligibility Test (UGC- NET)
  • National Defence Academy (NDA)
  • National Institute Of Design Entrance Exam
  • Chartered Accountancy (CA)
UPSC Civil Services Exam:-

Civil Services Exam is conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to recruit on various Central Government posts such as IAS (Indian Administrative Service) and Indian Foreign Service (IFS). It is the toughest exam. Every year over 9 lakh candidates appear and the passing percentage for this exam is approximately around 0.1 to 0.3 per cent.  

There are Three levels of this Exam:-
  • Preliminary Exam
  • Main Exam
  • Personality Test or Interview
Common Aptitude Test (CAT):-

Common Aptitude Test is a computer-based examination conducted every year. Candidates are selected on the basis of their quantitative ability, verbal ability, logical reasoning, and reading comprehension. Indian Institute of Management (IIM) started this examination. It is the competitive MBA entrance exam in India. CAT Exam Pattern is unforeseeable and it changes every year. Apart from the IIMs, the scores of the CAT is also accepted by various colleges offering MBA.

Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE):-

Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Examination (IIT JEE) is one of the toughest engineering entrance exams in the world which has a success rate of around 1 out of 45. This exam is best for those aspirants who are seeking a career in Engineering, Science, Architecture and Designing field. The exam is conducted in two stages – applicants need to clear JEE Main first in order to be eligible to appear for JEE Advanced. Every year around 12 to 14 lakh students appear for JEE Main out of which only 2.2 lakh students are selected to appear for JEE Advanced.

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE):-

GATE is conducted to expedite 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 the Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) companies of the Indian Government. This exam 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, Ministry of Human resources Development (MHRD), Government of India and Department of Higher Education

Common Law Admission Test (CLAT):-

Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is conducted for taking admissions of the candidates in five-year integrated Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law Honors (BA LLB) and one-year Master of Law (LLM) programme. It is an entrance for admission to 16 National Law Universities in India.

After qualifying, CLAT candidates are eligible to obtain admission in any of the following courses:-
  • BA LLB (Hons)
  • BSc LLB (Hons)
  • BSW LLB (Hons)
  • BCom LLB (Hons)
  • L.L.M.
University Grants Commission- National Eligibility Test (UGC- NET):-

This exam is conducted by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research to shortlist school and college level assistant lecturers and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) candidates. The exam consists of the total of 83 subjects which are orchestrated at 88 selected NET examination cities spread across the nation. This test is tough to crack because the numbers of seats are considerably less and the entire syllabus of masters is covered.

National Defence Academy (NDA):-

National Defence Academy is the toughest exam to crack which is conducted for recruiting candidates to the army, air force and navy wings. The interview is conducted by the Services Selection Board(SSB) of the Ministry of Defence for those aspirants who clear the written exam. Overall, the candidates are selected on the basis of written examination and SSB interview that includes a psychological aptitude test, intelligence and personality test. Only the physically and mentally tough applicants get selected for the prestigious job.


Cracking AIIMS is every medical aspirant’s dream. A national exam is conducted every year by All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi for providing admission in MBBS programme in AIIMS Institutions. Through this exam, aspirants can get admission into nine AIIMS Institutions which are located in New Delhi, Bhopal, Rishikesh, Patna, Jodhpur, Guntur(Andhra Pradesh), Nagpur, Raipur and Bhubaneswar. It is the toughest exam because of limited numbers of seats.

National Institute Of Design Entrance Exam:-

This exam is a design aptitude entrance exam, conducted to test the design skills of the applicants and select them for admission to the premier National Institutes of Design (NIDs). In 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 for the second round which is a personal interview to enter best the designing colleges in India.

Chartered Accountancy (CA):-

The ICAI exam, also known as CA exam, is conducted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), to recruit chartered accountants in India. The ICAI conducts various examinations corresponding to different levels of the Chartered Accountancy course, in accordance with the Chartered Accountants Regulations 1988. The success rate for this exam varies between 8-16 per cent because of the difficulty level of the exam.

This exam is conducted in four levels namely:-
  • Common Proficiency Test (CPT)
  • Foundation
  • Integrated Professional Competence Course (IPCC)
  • CA Final Examination

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