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The competitive exams in India for entry into various graduate programs and jobs happen throughout the year. The most sought after exams that witness high competition are UPSC, JEE, NEET, CAT, NDA and others. These competitive exams can be classified into categories such as competitive exams after 12th, competitive exams after under-graduation, and competitive exams for jobs. There are more than 30 competitive exams for government jobs.
With so many competitive exams happening, aspirants might find it hard to know the pupose of the examinations or tend to lose track of the important dates. Thus, we have tabulated the crucial information for the knowledge and reference of candidates.
List of Competitive Exams in India
Every year, lakhs of students in India appear for different competitive exams. These exams evaluate candidates on the basis of their technical skills, aptitude, and other aspects. Some of these exams are conducted online, whereas others take place in offline mode. Here is the list of competitive exams conducted in India.
- Civil Services Examination
- Indian Economic Service Examination
- Staff Selection Commission
- Combined Defence Services Examination
- National Defence Academy Examination
- Food Corporation of India Examination
- IBPS PO Examination
- State Bank of India - Probationary Officers
- Joint Entrance Examination
Civil Services Examination
The Civil Services Examination is a national-level competitive examination in India. It is ranked as the top Civil Services of the Government of India, including the Indian Administrative Service. Besides, it is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
The qualified candidates are given various Central and All India Civil Service posts according to their ranks in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Revenue Service (IRS), etc.
|Start Date to Fill UPSC CSE 2022 Online Application Form||Feb 2, 2022|
|Last Date to Submit UPSC CSE 2022 Online Application Form||Feb 22, 2022|
|Issue of Prelims UPSC CSE 2022 Admit Card||May 10, 2022|
|UPSC CSE 2022 Prelims Exam Date||Jun 5, 2022|
|UPSC CSE 2022 Prelims Result Announcement||To be Announced|
|Issue of Mains UPSC CSE 2022 Admit Card||Aug 30, 2022|
|UPSC CSE 2022 Mains Exam Date||Sep 16, 17, 18, 24 and 25, 2022|
|UPSC CSE 2022 Mains Result Announcement||Oct 2022|
Indian Economic Service Examination
Indian Economic Service Examination is the top Engineering job in India. Candidates having a bachelor's degree in economics/ statistics can apply for the examination.
IES is a national-level examination and is conducted by the United Public Service Commission (UPSC).
|UPSC IES 2022 Notification Release||Sep 22, 2021|
|Availability of UPSC IES 2022 Application Form||Oct 21, 2022|
|UPSC IES 2022 Prelims Admit Card Release Date||Jan 31, 2022|
|UPSC IES 2022 Exam Date (Prelims)||Feb 20, 2022|
|UPSC IES 2022 Prelims Results||Mar 30, 2022|
|UPSC IES 2022 Mains Admit Card||Jun 3, 2022|
|UPSC IES 2022 Exam Date (Mains)||Jun 26, 2022|
|UPSC IES 2022 Mains Exam Result||Aug 3, 2022|
|UPSC ESE Detailed Application Form (DAF) Activation||Aug 5, 2022|
|UPSC ESE Detailed Application Form (DAF) Last Date||Aug 17, 2022, till 6 pm|
Staff Selection Commission
SSC CGL abbreviated for Staff Selection Commission - Combined Graduate Level Examination. Any candidate who has completed their graduation can apply for this examination.
It is a national-level examination conducted by the Government of India annually.
|SSC CGL 2022 Tier I Exam||Apr 11 - Apr 21, 2022|
|Tentative SSC CGL Tier I Answer Key 2022||May 2, 2022|
|SSC CGL 2022 Response Sheet||May 2, 2022|
|Last Date to Challenge SSC CGL 2022 Answer Key||May 7, 2022|
|Release of SSC CGL 2022 Final Answer Key||Jul 14, 2022|
|Last date to Check the Final Answer Key and Question paper of SSC CGL 2022 Tier I||Aug 8, 2022|
|SSC CGL 2021-22 Tier 2 Mains Answer Key||Aug 24, 2022|
|SSC CGL 2022 Tier 2 Answer Key Objection Start Date||Aug 29, 2022|
|SSC CGL 2022 Tier 2 Answer Key Objection Last Date||Sep 2, 2022 (till 6 PM)|
Combined Defence Services Examination
Combined Defence Services (CDS) is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Graduates from any field of education are eligible for this examination.
Besides, the selected candidates will undergo training at Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (INA), Air Force Academy (AFA), and Officers' Trainee Academy (OTA).
|Availability of Application Form||Dec 22, 2021|
|Last Date for Submission||Jan 11, 2022|
|e-Admit Card||Mar 14, 2022|
|UPSC CDS I 2022 Exam||Apr 10, 2022|
|Result Declaration||May 18, 2022|
National Defence Academy Examination
National Defence Academy (NDA) is conducted for recruiting candidates in the Army, Navy, and Air Force. Candidates with Physics/ Chemistry/ Maths as their subjects in their graduation can apply only for this examination.
UPSC conducts the exam. It is held in two stages; one is the written test, and the other is a personal interview.
|NDA I||NDA II|
|NDA 2022 Notification||Dec 22, 2021||May 18, 2022|
|Release of NDA 2022 Application Form||Dec 22, 2021||May 18, 2022|
|Last Date to Submit NDA 2022 Application Form||Jan 11, 2022||Jun 7, 2022 (By 6:00 PM)|
|Last Date to Pay NDA 2022 Fee Offline||Jan 27, 2022||Jun 6, 2022|
|Online Application Withdraw||Jan 18 - 24, 2022||Jun 14 - 20, 2022|
|Release of NDA 2022 Admit Card||Mar 18, 2022||Aug 10, 2022|
|NDA 2022 Exam Dates||Apr 10, 2022||Sep 4, 2022|
|Announcement of NDA 2022 Results||May 9, 2022||Nov 2022|
Food Corporation of India Examination
The Food Corporation of India (FCI) conducts the exam for various posts. It is a national-level exam for various posts under the Government of India. The age limit varies for different groups.
Additionally, the eligibility criteria also differ for each post. However, few relaxations are given for reserved category candidates.
|Commencement of Online Registration for Application||Aug 27, 2022|
|Last Date to Register, Pay Online Fee & Edit Application Details||Sep 26, 2022 (Till 4:00 PM)|
|Last Date to Take Printout of Online Application||Oct 11, 2022|
|Admit Card Release Date||10 Days Before Exam Date|
|FCI Recruitment Date of Exam||Dec 2022 - First Week|
|Declaration of Result||To Be Announced|
|Release of Interview Call Letter||To Be Announced|
IBPS PO Examination
Institute of Banking Personnel Selection Exam for Probationary Officer (IBPS PO) is a self-governing recruitment body. Candidates from all categories can apply for the exam only by holding a graduation degree from a UGC recognized university.
Besides, the IBPS PO exam is conducted in three stages.
|IBPS PO 2022 Application Date||Aug 2, 2022|
|IBPS Form 2022 Last Date||Aug 22, 2022|
|Application Fees Online Payment Last Date||Aug 22, 2022|
|Last date to download your application form||Aug 22, 2022|
|The download of call letters - Pre-Exam Training for Probationary Officer||To be announced|
|Conduct of Pre-Exam Training||Sept/Oct 2022|
|The download of Call Letters for IBPS PO 2022 Prelims||To be announced|
|Preliminary Exam Dates||Oct 15,16 & 22, 2022|
|Preliminary Exam - Result date||To be announced|
|Downloading of Call letters for online examination- Mains||To be announced|
|IBPS PO 2022 Mains Exam Date||To be announced|
|Declaration of Mains Exam Result||To be announced|
|Downloading the call letters for the interview process||To be announced|
|Interview date||To be announced|
|Provisional Allotment||To be announced|
State Bank of India - Probationary Officers
SBI PO exam is conducted to select candidates for the post of Probationary Officers. Graduate candidates from the age group of 21 to 30 can apply for the exam.
Besides, the exam is conducted in three stages, preliminary, mains, and personal interview.
|SBI PO Events||Dates|
|Official Notification||To be announced|
|Availability of Application Form starts from||Apr 2022|
|Application Form window last date||May 2022|
|Pre-Exam Training or Doubt Clearing Session||Jun 2022|
|Prelims Admit Card||Jul 2022|
|SBI PO Prelims Exam||Jul 2022|
|Prelims Result||Jul 2022|
|Mains Admit Card||Aug 2022|
|SBI PO Mains Exam||Aug 2022|
|Mains Result||Aug 2022|
|Call Letter for Interview will be available||Sep 2022|
|Group Exercises and Interview Date||Sep/Oct 2022|
|Declaration of Final Result||Nov 2022|
Joint Entrance Examination
Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) is a national-level examination conducted by the National Testing Agency. It is for admissions to various engineering and architecture courses across India.
Moreover, the exam is classified into JEE Mains and JEE Advanced. The candidates who qualify for the JEE Main can proceed to apply for JEE Advanced.
|Important Events||Dates (June Session)||Dates (July Session)|
|Application Form Start Date||Apr 18, 2022 (Reopened)||Jun 1, 2022|
|Application Form Last Date||Apr 25, 2022||Jun 30, 2022|
|Application Form Reopened Dates||-||Jul 6 - 9, 2022Jul 11 - 12, 2022|
|Correction Window||Apr 6, 2022 - Apr 8, 2022||Jul 1 - 3, 2022Image Correction: Jul 21, 2022|
|Admit Card Availability||Jun 21, 2022||Jul 22, 2022Paper 2 and Overseas centre: Jul 25, 2022|
|JEE Main Exam Date 2022||Jun 23 - 29, 2022Jul 30, 2022: Extra Attempt for Jun Session||Jul 25 - 30, 2022|
|JEE Main Provisional Answer Key||Jul 2, 2022||Aug 3, 2022|
|JEE Main Objection Window||Jul 4, 2022, 11:50 pm||Aug 5, 2022|
|JEE Main Provisional Final Answer Key||Jul 6, 2022||Aug 7, 2022|
|JEE Main Official Answer Key||Jul 2022||To be Announced|
National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is conducted all over India for admissions into various MBBS/BDS Courses. The frequency of the exam is once a year.
Candidates who have completed their 12th with Biology/ Biotechnology, Physics, Chemistry and English from any recognized board can apply for this exam.
|Events||Dates (Phase I)|
|NEET 2022 Application Form Release Date||Apr 7, 2022|
|NEET 2022 Application Form Last Date||May 20, 2022, 9 PM|
|Last Date to Make Payments||May 20, 2022, 11:50 PM|
|NEET 2022 Application Form Correction||May 24 - May 27, 2022|
|NEET 2022 Application Form Correction (Reopen)||Jun 14 - Jun 16, 2022 (Till 9 PM)|
|NEET 2022 Advance Intimation of Exam City||Jun 29, 2022|
|NEET 2022 (UG) Admit Card Date||Jul 12, 2022|
|NEET 2022 Examination Date||Jul 17, 2022
Re-Exam: Sep 4, 2022
|NEET 2022 Provisional Answer Key Release||Aug 31, 2022|
|Last Date to Challenge NEET 2022 Provisional Answer Key||Sep 2, 2022 (Till 11:50 PM)|
|NEET 2022 Result Date||Sep 7, 2022|
|NEET 2022 Final Answer Key Release||Sep 8, 2022|
Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering, widely known as GATE, is conducted for admissions into various undergraduate and postgraduate engineering courses. It is one of the toughest competitive exams to crack.
Further, the GATE score is also mandatory to be eligible for the various recruitment processes in many PSUs.
|Application Form (GOAPS Portal) Availability||Aug 30, 2022|
|Last Date of Registration Without Late Fee||Sep 30, 2022|
|Extended Last Date of Registration Without Late Fee||Oct 7, 2022|
|Application Form Correction Window||Nov 4 - Nov 11, 2022|
|Last Date for Requesting Change of Exam City/ Paper/ Category (With Additional Fee)||To be Announced|
|Admit Card Release Date||Jan 3, 2023|
Forenoon: 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
Afternoon: 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM
|Feb 2, 4, 11 and 12, 2023|
|Response Sheet Release Date||Feb 15, 2023|
|Answer Key Release Date||Feb 21, 2023|
|Window to Submit the Objections Over Answer Key||Feb 22 - 25, 2022|
|GATE 2023 Result Date||Mar 16, 2023|
|GATE 2023 Score Card||Mar 21, 2023|
|Final Answer Key Release Date||To be Announced|
Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED) is conducted to examine the candidate's knowledge about designing. It is arranged by IIT Bombay annually.
Furthermore, candidates who have secured a graduate degree in BE/ B.Tech/ B.Arch can apply for this exam. The qualified candidates can enrol for admission to the Master of Design (M.Des) and PhD programs for the participating colleges.
|Online CEED 2022 Application Form with a regular fee - Start Date||Sep 9, 2021|
|Online CEED 2022 Application Form with a regular fee - End Date (Extended)||Nov 11, 2021|
|Online CEED 2022 Application Form with a late fee - End Date (Extended)||Nov 18, 2021|
|Admit Card Date||Jan 12, 2022|
|The last date for rectification of discrepancies in the admit Card||Jan 14, 2022 (till 5:00 pm)|
|Activation of Mock Test Links||To be announced|
|Exam Date||Jan 23, 2022 (9:00 AM to 12:00 PM)|
|Release of draft answer key for part-A||Jan 25, 2022|
|Last date for sending comments of draft answer key for part-A||Jan 27, 2022 (till 5:00 pm)|
|Release of the Final Key for part-A||Jan 31, 2022|
|Announcement of cut-off marks for Part-A||Feb 10, 2022|
|Declaration of Results||Mar 8, 2022|
|Score Cards available for downloading||Mar 12, 2022|
|Last date for downloading Score Cards||Jun 14, 2022|
|Commencement of CEED 2022 Counselling process||To be announced|
The Law School Admission Council conducts Law School Admission Test (LSAT). The exam is arranged for admission into various UG and PG courses offered at more than 80 law colleges in India.
The conducting body sets the eligibility criteria for admission.
|Events||Dates (Jan Session)||Dates (June Session)|
|Online Application Last Date||Jan 3, 2022||Jun 12, 2022 (Extended)|
|Admit Card||Jan 5, 2022||To Be Announced|
|Exam Date||Jan 15, 2022||Jun 22 - 24, 2022|
|Result Date||Feb 1, 2022||Jul 22, 2022|
|Counselling||Feb 2022 - Second Week||To Be Announced|
Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) is arranged for candidates for admission into management courses. XLRI (Xavier Labour Relations Institute) is the conducting authority.
Besides, the XAT eligibility criteria are set up by the conduct committee.
|Commencement of Application Form Acceptance||Aug 10, 2022|
|Last date to fill the Application Form||Nov 30, 2022|
|Admit Card Release||Dec 20, 2022|
|XAT 2023||Jan 8, 2023|
|Answer Key Release Date||To be announced|
|Result Announcement||To be announced|
Common Admission Test (CAT) is conducted by the Indian Institute Of Management for admissions in top B-schools, including the IIMs. It is a national-level examination conducted annually.
The candidates must be a graduate from any recognized university to apply for the examination.
|Official Notification||Jul 30, 2022|
|Application Form Start Date||Aug 3, 2022|
|Application Form Last Date||Sept 14, 2022|
|Tutorials on the Official Website||Oct 2022|
|Form Correction Date||Sep 2022|
|Mock Test Release Date||Nov 2022|
|Admit Card Release Date||Oct 27, 2022|
|Exam Date||Nov 27, 2022|
|Answer Key||Dec 2022|
|Answer Key Objection Window||Dec 2022|
|CAT 2022 Final Answer Key||Dec 2022|
|CAT 2022 Results Date||Jan 2023|
Types of Competitive Exams
- Competitive Exams after 12th
- Competitive Exams after Undergraduation
- Competitive Exams for Government Jobs
Competitive Exams After 12th
The big question after 12th is whether the candidate should pursue higher studies or look towards a more professional future in the Government sector. There are several roles that candidates can apply for which do not require a bachelor's degree. We've listed them below for your convenience.
|Stream||List of Exams|
|Science||Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY)
National Entrance Screening Test (NEST)
Indian Maritime University Common Entrance Test (IMU CET)
|Fashion & Design||
National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT)
Competitive Exams After Under-Graduation
After Under-graduation, there is a lot more pressure on candidates to choose the right exam and head in the right direction. Our list of exams below are detailed and help you gain more clarity on the respective examination. The table below will give you details on how to apply, the best methods to use for preparation, and a detailed list of the best books to refer to for each examination.
|List of Exams||Conducting Authority|
|CAT||Indian Institute of Management (IIM)|
|GATE||Indian Institute of Science/ Indian Institutes of Technology|
|GRE||Educational Testing Service (ETS)|
|GMAT||Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)|
|XAT||Xavier Labour Relation Institute (XLRI)|
|CLAT PG||National Law University|
|NEET PG||National Testing Agency (NTA)|
|KIITEE Management||Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology|
|JIPMER PG Medical Entrance Exam||Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research|
|IIFT Exam||The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade|
|NMAT||Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)|
|CMAT||National Testing Agency (NTA)|
|LSAT||The Law School Admission Council (LSAC)|
Competitive Exams After Graduation for Jobs
Most of the students are going for a Government job and preparing hard for competitive exams. The reason is the better career opportunities that can lead to a better, more stable lifestyle. Additionally, with the rise in competition, the exam gets harder, more strict, and trickier. Luckily for you, we have a detailed list of competitive exams in India after graduation for jobs and how to tackle them, all listed below.
|Name of competitive Exam||Conducting Authority|
|Civil Services Exam||Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)|
|SSC CGL||Staff Selection Commission (SSC)|
|SBI PO||State Bank of India|
|IBPS PO||Institute of Banking Personnel Selection|
|SSC CHSL||Staff Selection Commission (SSC)|
|UPSC NDA||Union Public Service Commission|
|SBI Clerk||State Bank of India|
|IBPS Clerk||Institute of Banking Personnel Selection|
|UPSC CDS||Union Public Service Commission|
|IBPS RRB||Institute of Banking Personnel Selection|
|RBI Assistant||Reserve Bank of India|
|SBI PO||State Bank of India|
|IBPS SO||Institute of Banking Personnel Selection|
|RBI Grade B officer||Reserve Bank of India|
|SSC GD||Staff Selection Commission (SSC)|
|SSC Stenographer||Staff Selection Commission (SSC)|
|CTET||Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)|
|SSC CPO||Staff Selection Commission (SSC)|
|SSC JE||Staff Selection Commission (SSC)|
|SSC JHT||Staff Selection Commission (SSC)|
|SSC MTS||Staff Selection Commission (SSC)|
|SSC Scientific Assistant||Staff Selection Commission (SSC)|
|RRB ALP||Railway Recruitment Control Board (RRB)|
|RRB JE||Railway Recruitment Control Board (RRB)|
|RRB NTPC||Railway Recruitment Control Board (RRB)|
|RRB Group D||Railway Recruitment Control Board (RRB)|
|DRDO||Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO)|
|ISRO Recruitment||ISRO Centralized Recruitment Board|
|ESIC||Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC)|
|FCI Recruitment||Staff Selection Commission (SSC)|
|LIC AAO||Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC)|
|LIC ADO||Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC)|
How to Prepare for Competitive Exams?
Preparation for a competitive exam is arduous. Preparing for essay type and long answers can drain out a candidate. Similarly, most of the competitive exams these days are based on the multiple-choice question pattern. There is also a negative marking for every wrong answer. Hence, candidates need to be aware of these facts well before the examination.
Whether appearing for the engineering entrance exam, medical entrance exam, MBA entrance exam, CA or CS exam, Bank or PSU recruitment exam, preparation needs to be adequately planned.
To every candidate preparing for competitive exams, here are a few steps that can help clear it with flying colours:
1. Goal Setting: One needs to set a goal and focus all the energy on the achievement of the goal. While setting goals, one needs to consider his ability, availability, and resources. A clear set of goals in advance helps in saving time, which is most important for a candidate. A good strategy would always bring you closer to your goal.
2. Competition Planning: Alongside studying for the exam, one needs to keep an eye on other things also. Analysis of the below-mentioned aspects is critical before the exam preparation:
- Deadline for the application submission
- Minimum eligibility criteria
- The course must have seats available
- Percentage score required
- Previous year cutoff marks
- Age barriers for application
3. Time Management: Managing your time efficiently is the key to success. Only people who make proper use of these 24 hours with the right planning achieve their goals. Preparing a timetable is a routine that has helped several students, toppers, and others. The student should distribute time to each section, and once you have covered all the topics, more time should be allotted to subjects in which you are weak.
4. Mock Tests: Being prepared and ready with the exam format is an advantage. Mock tests aim at providing the candidate with an idea about the exam. Their preparation is analyzed, and it becomes easier to solve problems in the exam. But what is difficult is to answer all of them in limited time duration. For that, students should take sample papers and try to solve them in a given period, which will enhance their performance in the real exam scenario.
5. Clarity On The Topic: Basic thing in a competitive exam is to complete in a given time frame, and the candidate needs to complete their exam in slightly restricted and less time. To solve these questions in relatively less time, one needs to have clarity of fundamentals related to mathematics for faster calculation.
6. Examination Day: Weeks before the exam, make sure you revise all the topics from the past two years for which you are preparing. Keep your cool before and during the exam, and attempt the questions calmly. Double-check your hall ticket and stationery you need to carry. Remember, if you did your best during the last 1.5 - 2 years, you need not fear anything. It is only your effort that would determine your result and leave the rest to your luck.
Competition is rising in every functional field these days. Though opportunities are growing, it is not enough for the growing population, exceptionally skilled individuals. They are hence giving rise to the competitive world. Competition has much to offer in education. There is a need for specific criteria to select candidates for various courses where admissions are limited and students applying are more. Therefore, only with proper preparation, any competitive exam in India can be cracked.
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