Toughest Exams in the World

Toughest Exams in the World

Examinations are the scariest disasters that happen to all of us out of nowhere. And we crouch with fear everytime one of those strikes. We've all been through this situation. You spend months preparing for the “Judgement Day” and when you are finally given the question paper, everything goes haywire. The words do this weird magic trick where they turn into some indecipherable alien language gawking at us with their strangeness!The panic strikes in full form when comprehension eludes us, resulting in a high pulse rate and profuse sweating. If school and college exams make you feel this way, then this list is likely to drive you insane. Let me take you through the toughest and most terrifying exams in the world.

Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Examination (IITJEE)

This is the annual entrance examination for India's most prestigious engineering colleges, The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) with the lowest acceptance rate. It is usually taken by students after completing the 12th standard in their school. A staggering 1.36 million students appeared for the exam in 2014 and only 9784 students got accepted. This indicates an acceptance rate of 0.7%, which is 8 times higher than that of Harvard. This is because a seat in the IITs guarantees a stairway to a successful career. This exam debuted in 1960 and has since gained prominence by building a strong influence in contemporary Indian society.

National Higher Education Entrance Examination

The National Higher Education Entrance Examination, more commonly known as Gaokao is conducted annually in China. Students appear for this exam in the last year of their senior high school to get into the higher education institutes at the undergraduate level. This exam seems all the more scary because it decides the fates of millions of Chinese students. This exam has the final say in whether a student will get through an undergraduate course or not.

All Souls College Fellowship Examination

The Fellowship examination at the Oxford University's All Souls College quickly crept to the list of most daunting exams, courtesy the fifth paper. In this notorious paper, candidates were required to write an essay in response to a single word. However, this element of the exam was dropped in 2010, but that didn't stop the exam from holding its stand for scaring students worldwide. Students who qualify for this exam successfully have the fees paid for them, get free lodging and also receive a stipend. Sounds alluring, doesn't it?Recommended Read: Top tips to revise for exams

Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Exam (CCIE)

This is the most reputed certification exam in the networking industry. With a two-stage exam process, the terror-in-paper requires at least 18 months' preparation for students to harbor hopes of cracking it. The first part of the exam requires a $350 registration, with a further $1500 to register for the second part once students qualify in the first. Cisco confirmed that only 3% of those who appear for the exam score well enough to qualify. Therefore, the fact that only 1% of networking professionals are Cisco certified isn't too surprising.

Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Exam

This exam received the Wall Street's toughest test recognition. This exam does not award qualifying candidates with an academic degree, it’s actually a professional credential offered internationally by the America-based CFA institute to financial and investment professionals. Less than a fifth of the candidates qualify in this exam during their first attempt. Applicants are required to appear for three stages of the exam of which the first two contain MCQ tests and the final exam is essay-based. A year’s working experience is essential for any CFA charter holder to hold office.

Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)

Students planning to pursue a Masters degree in Science in USA are required to take this examination. This exam comprises six different sections, including verbal reasoning, analytical writing, quantitative reasoning and research sections. It is mostly conducted online, however, in places where conducting online test is not possible, a paper-based test has been made available. A rigorous preparation is quite necessary to crack it.

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE)

This exam tests students on their knowledge of engineering before identifying the candidates who score enough to get admitted into colleges offering post graduate studies in science. GATE is held in joint collaboration with the Indian Institute of Science and the 7 different IITs in India. The paper consists of multiple choice and numerical questions and the score is valid for 2 years.What other exams would you like add to this list? Share those with us in the comments section below.


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