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Who Invented Exams? Secrets You Never Knew

Ever wondered about the origin of exams? Find out who invented exams and more interesting facts if you are curious.
In the late 19th century, Henry Fischel invented exams. He was an American businessman and philanthropist. It is also known that Henry Fischel, another expert with the same name, invented standardised assessments. 
Who Invented the Concept?
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China was the first country to conduct the first-ever exam, called the Imperial Examination. This system was introduced by Sui Dynasty in Ancient China to hire candidates for different government posts.
First Country to Implement the Concept
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After China, England introduced the civil services exam in 1806 to appoint candidates in the Majesty's Civil Service. It became a significant method of assessing candidates in educational institutes.
Civil Services Exam
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Till 1858, only boys could appear for exams. At the end of the 19th century, the schools in England reached out to Oxford and Cambridge Universities to administer standardised exams for men in England. 
Cambridge Assessments
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According to a few sources, Kautilya Arthashastra was a treatise laid by Chanakya or Vishnugupta in 313 BC during the Mauryan Period. Its objective was to recruit candidates as civil servants in the empire.
Introduction of Exams in India
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