An examination is an evaluation designed to measure the knowledge, skill, aptitude, mental stability, physical fitness or any other aspect of a person. An exam can be conducted orally, on paper, on a computer, or in a specific setup that needs a test taker to perform a set of skills.
Ancient China was the first country that executed a nationwide standardized test and it was called the imperial examination. The main purpose was to select candidates for specific government positions.
Exams are the nightmare of all the students, exams get tougher as we move to higher education. But exams encourage students to gain knowledge in the specific field and provides strength to face any difficult situation in life which most of the students fail to understand.
Benefits of Examination
Competitive environment: The competition between the students to score higher marks are good as it makes the way for more learning. It plays an important role in motivating the students. The most important part is that people get used to the competition early as from their childhood which makes them easier to face the competition in later part of the life.
Increased knowledge: It is required to learn something more than what is given in the textbooks in order to score higher marks in the exams. Students search for external sources like literature works which makes students to increase their proactive skills.
Improves confidence: Analysing the marks obtained from the exam clears you about the level of knowledge you have in the specific topic which further helps you in knowing more about it. Especially, the practical examination builds your confidence in order to effectively implement the theoretical knowledge.
Improves Memory Benefits: It not only increases knowledge but also enhances your memory power. When one tries to learn something and reproduce it at the end of the academics during exams makes the long-term memory stronger. As the studies progress the number of revisions required decreases thus improving the learning skills.
List of Toughest Exams in India
Here are the toughest exams conducted in India. Brace yourself!
UPSC Civil Service Entrance Examinations (IAS)
It is considered as the hardest exam. Over 9 lakh candidates appear for the IAS exam each year, and the achievement rate lies between 0.1 - 0.3%.
The exam is conducted to recruit talented candidates to various central government services such as the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Foreign Service.
The three levels of this exam include the preliminary exam, main exam and personality test or interview.
IIT JEE Entrance Examinations
It is considered one of the toughest exam in the world. It is an entrance examination for the engineering students. It is conducted to shortlist the eligible students seeking admission at NITs, IIITs, other centrally funded technical institutions for the engineering programmes.
The exam consists of two parts they are JEE-Main and JEE-Advanced.
The success rate of the exam is only about 1 out of 45.
GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering)
This exam is conducted for admissions to Masters and Doctoral courses in engineering/ technology/ architecture/ science. It is the ticket to various Government Engineering Colleges including IITs and NITs.
The GATE Scores are also valid for the recruitment in various PSU Companies that work under the Indian Government.
The score obtained from the exam is valid to make admission within 3 years of from the date of announcement of results.
CAT (Common Entrance Test)
CAT is an online examination conducted as an entry-level exam which acts as the gateway for the admission in premier management and business schools. The candidates are evaluated on the basis of the skills in English, Mathematics, and Logical Reasoning.
The score of the CAT exam is accepted by the IIMs and many other universities offering MBA.
NDA (National Defence Academy)
NDA Exams are conducted to select candidates to the army, air force, and navy wings. The candidates are picked on the basis of written examination, psychological aptitude test, intelligence test, personality test, an interview.
The interview is conducted by the Services Selection Board (SSB) of the Ministry of Defence and it is required to clear all the previous tests to be eligible for the interview.
National Institute of Design Entrance Examination
This is a Design Aptitude Test, conducted by the NID Admission Committee. This test is intended to check the level of creativity in design possessed by the candidates. The examination is held in all the major cities of India.
NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test)
From 2012, All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) was replaced by National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (UG), popularly known as (NEET-UG). It is conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) till 2018. It is the gateway entrance exam for admission to MBBS and BDS courses in some government or private medical colleges across India.
From 2019 onwards, the NEET-UG is going to be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) as per the same pattern. The exam will be held once a year in the month of May.
UGC- NET (University Grants Commission- National Eligibility Test)
It is conducted to select assistant lecturers and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) candidates for the school and college level. The test is conducted in 83 subjects at 88 NET examination cities.
The exam is so tough that many candidates fail to tackle the exam even in the fourth or fifth attempt.
CLAT (Common Law Admission Test)
It is conducted to determine eligible students to take admissions to five-year integrated Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Law or Master of Law (LLM) programme. The score obtained is accepted by 16 National Law Universities in India.
The candidates who qualify CLAT are eligible to obtain admission in the courses such as BA LLB, BSc LLB, BA LLB, BSW LLB, BCom LLB, and L.L.M.