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The toughest exams in India and the world

Last updated on: June 08, 2017 09:54 IST

YouthIncMag lists some of the toughest examinations to crack in India and the world.
How many of these have you appeared for?

Toughest exams in India and the world

Examinations are the living nightmares of every student in the world.

As they grow older, they keep getting more competitive, challenging.

Although every student may feel that s/he has faced the most challenging test, deep within, we all know that some exams are more difficult than others.

Here, we list down the 10 most difficult exams  to crack globally. The list (not in any particular order) is based on student research and overall analysis.

1. CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert)

Cisco Networks conducts this examination for the recruitment of Internet experts within their organisation.

The test is divided into 6 parts within 2 phases.

Only the candidates who clear the first phase are certified to appear for the second phase.

The practical phase of this exam lasts for 8 hours and has a clearing rate of 1 per cent.

2. GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering)

GATE is an all India level examination which acts as an entrance test for Indian students pursuing engineering.

The test opens doors for post graduate courses for the candidates who clear the test.

The test is a joint venture between The Indian Institute of Science and the 7 IITs (Indian Institute of Technology) across the country. There is one single paper which consists of both MCQs (multiple choice questions) and numerical questions.

Approximately 10 lakh students appear for the examination annually of which only 15 per cent qualify.

Candidates need to have a percentile higher than 99 to make it to the IITs.

3. Gaokao

The Gaokao examination is a compulsory exam which is to be given by every high school student in China.

The test, which lasts for about 9 hours across two days, is mandatory if the student wishes to pursue higher education.

Ranked as the 8th most difficult exam to crack globally, it has been the reason for stress and anxiety for many Chinese teenagers.

This fate deciding examination has attracted many documentary makers all over the world.

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

The Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Examination is an exam which is to be cleared by Indian engineering aspirants who wish to enter the most prestigious engineering institutes in India.

The exam is divided into 2 objective papers of three hours each. 1/4th mark is deducted for every incorrect answer.

Out of the 5,00,000 candidates who appear for the exam every year, approximately 10,000 get selected.

5. UPSC- Union Public Service Commission

This central agency in India conducts all major examinations and to recruit all the top notch government officials in the country.

It is considered one of the most challenging examinations in the country.

Even those who clear the IIT and GATE find it difficult to clear this one.

Out of nearly 3,00,000 candidates appearing annually, merely 1000 are selected.

6. Mensa

The Mensa Society is a global society consisting of people with the highest IQs.

Every country has its own Mensa Society, and it’s the oldest and the largest IQ organisation in the world.

The Mensa IQ Test is the most difficult IQ Test in the world and only the cream of the applicant’s population is accepted into the society.

The lowest IQ present in the society too is the mind-boggling 98 percentile. There is no age bar and its youngest member is 2 years old.

7. GRE (Graduate Record Examinations)

GRE is one of the most widely taken tests globally and also one of the most difficult to crack.

Most universities in the US providing higher education require all of its applicants to have a specified GRE Score.

It can be taken online as well as offline.

8. CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst)

The CFA is not exactly an examination degree. It is more of a professional stature.

The Wall Street Journal has ranked it as the most difficult exam in the world.

Less than 1/5th of the applicants clear each year, that too after repeated attempts. The test consists of two objective and one essay type subjective.

9. All Souls Prize Fellowship Exam

This fellowship exam conducted by Oxford University’s All Souls College is considered as the second most challenging exam in the world.

Until quite recently, the applicants were supposed to write a single essay based on just one word in the paper.

It requires tremendous amount of factual knowledge and a highly imaginative mind to crack this exam.

Only two candidates are selected for fellowship every year.

10. Master Sommelier Diploma Exam

An average candidate who gives the Master Sommelier Diploma Exam gives up after the 5th or 6th attempt.

The exam is divided into 3 sections -- theory, service and blind tasting.

Since it is an exam of expert winemakers, students not only have to identify the taste, but also the year and region of the wine.

Since its inception in 1940, only 200 candidates have cleared this exam, that too in their 3rd or 4th attempt.

These exams definitely aren’t every person’s piece of cake.

We applaud everyone who has attempted these examinations at any point in their lives. Those who have cleared them clearly represent some of the most academically advanced people of this world.

Lead image used for representational purposes only. Image: Ahmad Masood/Reuters