List of toughest exams in 2019 to crack in India

From IIT-JEE to  CAT, here is the list of toughest exams to crack after class 12 in India.

 Toughest Exams
Toughest Exams

Getting a high paying job and a comfortable life thereafter is not as easy as you would have thought. You get all of these things only after years of hard work and persistence. When it comes to higher education, the country has strict and tough entrance exams in place for proper pruning of the candidates. Here is the list of the toughest entrance exams to crack in India


The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an examination that primarily tests the comprehensive understanding of various undergraduate subjects in engineering and science. The Indian Institute of Science and seven Indian Institutes of Technology (Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee) jointly conduct the GATE  exam on behalf of the National Coordination Board – GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Government of India.

The GATE score of a candidate reflects the relative performance level of a candidate. The score is used for admissions to various post-graduate education programs (e.g. Master of Engineering, Master of Technology, Doctor of Philosophy) in Indian higher education institutes, with financial assistance provided by MHRD and other government agencies. Recently, 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. Based on the success story of IITs all over the world, GATE is also recognized by various international institutes such as Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.


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

The Joint Entrance Examination – Advanced (JEE – Advanced), formerly the Indian Institutes of Technology Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE) is an annual engineering college entrance examination in India. It is used as the sole admission test by the 23 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). Other universities like the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology, Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs), and the premier Indian Institute of Science also use the score obtained in JEE Advanced as the basis for admission. These are not participating institutes of central IIT JEE Advanced counseling of which all IITs are the member. Any student who takes admission to IITs cannot appear for the JEE-Advanced exam in the next year, but the same is not the case with IISc, IISER, RGIPT and other institutes as these institutes only use JEE Advanced score for admission. The examination is organized each year by one of the various IITs, on a round robin rotation pattern. After IIT-Kharagpur ranked the top institution in the country by QS Employability Ranking, with IIT-Bombay also figuring in the list of top 100 universities in the world, the central government in a recent Parliament session informed Rajya Sabha that the student strength of IITs will be one lakh by 2020.

As per reports, IIT-Council has given the nod to the proposal for increasing the overall student strength.

Common Admission Test (CAT)

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is a computer based test held in India. The test scores a candidate on the bases of Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal Ability (VA) and Reading Comprehension (RC), Data Interpretation (DI) and Logical Reasoning (LR). The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) started this exam and use the test for selecting students for their business administration programs. The test is conducted every year by one of the IIMs based on a policy of rotation. In August 2011, it was announced that Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) would also use the CAT scores, instead of the Joint Management Entrance Test (JMET), to select students for their management programmes starting with the 2012-14 batch. Common Admission Test (CAT) 2015 was conducted by the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM Ahmedabad) on November 29, 2015. The responsibility to convene Common Admission Test (CAT) every-year is assigned to one of the Old IIMs namely IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, IIM Lucknow, IIM Indore, IIM Kozhikode. This is the first time that IIM Bangalore has been awarded the responsibility to convene CAT 2016 since CAT has become a computer based test in 2009.  All the other old IIMs have convened CAT once or twice since 2009. In CAT exam 2017 near about 2 lakh 31 thousand candidates appeared  for test. The CAT Registration 2019 process for CAT exam starts on August 5, 2019. The CAT 2019 Registration last date is September 20, 2019. CAT exam 2019 registration is the first step to become eligible to appear in CAT exam. The CAT 2019 exam date is November 24, 2019.

UPSC Civil Services Exam

The Civil Services Examination (CSE) is a nationwide competitive examination in India conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment to various Civil Services of the Government of India, including the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS) among others. It is conducted in two phases – a preliminary examination consisting of two objective-type papers (general studies and aptitude test), and a main examination consisting of nine papers of conventional (essay) type, followed by a personality test (interview).

NDA  Entrance exam

Applicants to the National Defence Academy are selected via a written exam conducted by the UPSC, followed by extensive interviews by the SSB covering general aptitude, psychological testing, team skills as well as physical and social skills, along with medical tests. Incoming classes are accepted twice a year for semesters starting in July and January. About 4,50,000 applicants sit for each written exam. Typically, about 6,300 of these are invited to interview. Only unmarried male candidates are eligible for NDA and NA Examination. The minimum age should be 16 and half years and maximum age should be 19 and half years. Applicants to join the Air Force also go through a Pilot Aptitude Battery Test. About 320 cadets are accepted to the academy each semester. About 70 cadets are accepted for the Air Force, 42 for the Navy and 208 for the Army.

Cadets who are accepted and successfully complete the program are sent to their respective training academies for one year of training before granting of commission: army cadets go to IMA at Dehradun, Air Force cadets to AFA at Dundigal, Hyderabad, and naval cadets to INA, Ezhimala, Kerala. A cadet can only decline a commission in case of a serious permanent medical condition caused during the program.


If you really want to make it big in your career, it is a must that you clear these exams. Studying for them might look like a lot of effort right now but at a later stage in life you will be thankful for all the effort that you put in.

Use CAT Percentile Predictor 2021 to know your estimated CAT cut offs and predict calls from IIMs and Non-IIMs accepting CAT score for admission.

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