10+ Toughest Exams in India 2021

Exams are the part of every student’s life and with time the exams are more competitive and challenging.

But in front of hard work and dedication no exam is tough.

With smart study and a complete dedication towards our exams helps us to crack any exam but competition is high there because like you many students appear for competitive and tough exams.

As a fact you know, every year more than 10 lakh candidates appear for IAS civil service examination and only 3k to 4k students reached interview round and out of this students, only halves are selected.

In this article, we will cover some exams which reputed most toughest exams in India.

Top 10 Toughest Exams in India

1. UPSC Civil Services Exam (CSE)

UPSC Civil Services Exams is the very toughest exam in India because every year more than 10 lakhs candidates appear for this exam but the success rate is less than 0.5%.

yes, you heard it right only 0.1 – 0.5%.

It is because the exams have three-level – preliminary exam, main exam, and interview or personality test.

it is very tough for a candidate to crack all three-level that’s why the pass percentage of this exam lies between 0.1-0.5%.

2. IIT-JEE Advanced

IIT-JEE Advanced also one of the toughest exams in India like the UPSC Civil Service Exam, IIT-JEE exams also have two levels the first candidates need to pass JEE Mains exam with a good percentage then candidates will get a chance to appear for IIT-JEE Advanced.

candidates with a good IQ level and subject familiarity can easily pass this exam because this exam pattern is designed to ensure only the best candidates can make an entry in IITs (Indian Institute of Technology) and IIS (Indian Institue of science).

3. GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering)

GATE(Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) is also one of the toughest exams in India. this exam is conducted for admission to postgraduate courses in Government engineering colleges including IITs and NITs.

GATE exam is conducted by the Indian Institute of Science and almost the whole syllabus of UG engineering course concepts of 4 years duration are included by GATE which makes it tough for a candidate to clear this exam.

4. CAT (Common Admission Test)

Common Admission Test (CAT) is also one of the toughest exams in India. this exam is the gateway to India’s premier management colleges and business schools like IIMs ( Indian Institute of Management.

This exam is a computer-based exam that evaluates students on the various parameters of Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation and Logical reasoning, Verbal ability, and reading comprehension. This exam is very tough because only 1500 candidates out of 2 lakh candidates get admission into the IIMs every year.


AIIMS UG is also one of the toughest exams in India because there are limited numbers of seats and very difficult papers. Cracking the AIIMS exam is every medical student’s dream and every medical student wants to pursue their MBBS from AIIMS ( All India Institute of Medical Science) but there are very limited seats and competition is high that’s why it also the toughest exam in India.

6. NDA ( National Defence Academy)

National Defence Academy NDA is also one of the toughest exams in India and this exam is a gateway to National Defence Services like Army, Airforce, and Navy.

This exam is very tough because very few candidates will be able to crack this exam and those candidates which are mentally and physically very strong are selected for these jobs.

Candidates selected on the basis of written test and SSB ( Service Selection Board ) interview which includes psychological aptitude test, intelligence, and personality test.

7. NID ( National Institute of Design ) Entrance Exam

The National Institute of Design (NID) entrance exam is also one of the toughest exams in India because only extremely creative students get selected and this exam is conducted to check the level of creativity of students.

This exam is conducted in 3 stages – NID Preliminary , NID Mains and Interview.

One of those students which pass the first stage and shortlisted for the second stage are allowed to take part in the Second Stage NID Mains exam and the Interview stage is for those students who clear both the first and second stage.

8. CLAT ( Common Law Admission Test )

Common-Law Admission test (CLAT) is also one of the toughest exams in India because the level of competition is very high in this exam and only those candidates can crack this exam who has deep knowledge in law.

This exam is conducted for taking admission to 16 National Law University in India. Those students who are qualifying CLAT take admission in courses like BA LLB, BSc LLB, BSW LLB, B.Com LLB, and LL.M.

9. UGC NET (Universal Grant Commission National Eligibility Test )

UGC NET exam is conducted for shortlist school and college level Assistant Professors and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF).

UGC NET is also one of the toughest exams in India because there are very limited seats and many candidates are unable to clear this exam even in their fourth or fifth attempt and also this exam is conducted by NTA (National Test Agency).

10. CA (Chartered Accountancy)

Chartered Accountancy exam is also one of the toughest exams in India because the success rate in this exam varies 8-10% and the history of this exam is known for its toughness.

This exam is conducted by ICAI ( Institute of chartered accountant of India ) in three levels – CPT ( Common Proficiency Test ), IPCC ( Integrated professional competence course ), and CA Final Exam.

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