The 10 Toughest Examinations on Earth:

Toughest Examinations on Earth:

Lockdown has been enforced in most states and cities of the country and the only positive approach we can towards it is that most exams from 10th boards to UPSC have been postponed and we have extra time to brush up on our skills. No matter how hard you’ve prepared for an examination, it always comes with stress. Exams do not just test your knowledge but your ability to use that knowledge in the toughest situations. It does challenge you mentally. Have you ever wondered, what could be the toughest examination in the world? Let’s have a look.


The Mensa society represents a group of people across the world, with the highest IQ possible. It is believed to be the oldest society in the world. Talking about the entrance examination, it consists of challenging questions and some logical puzzles. The best part about the examination is that people of any age are allowed to appear for it. What makes this examination the toughest one on earth is the fact that one needs to score 98% in the examination to qualify it. Every country has its own Mensa society that conducts its examinations. The examination pattern of the two countries might differ from each other.


  • Medical College Admission Test (MCAT):

The second toughest examination on earth is the Medical College Admission Test that is conducted across the USA, Canada, Caribbean islands, and Australia. The examination encompasses the syllabus from four subjects, which are physics, biology, chemistry, and social sciences. Apart from this, several other aspects of a candidate’s intellect, like critical thinking and problem-solving skills are also tested in this examination. The candidates are given 7.5 hours to complete the test and it is tougher than it sounds. Some students prepare full-time for this one examination. It is the toughest.


  • Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Examination:

The examination is a goal of more than 70% of India’s youth. More than 15 lakh students each year appear for the examination and not more than 1 lakh qualify for the prelims. “Everything under the sun” is how they describe the syllabus for UPSC. Through this examination, candidates are selected for the IAS, IPS, IFS, and IRS. The examination is considered the toughest in India and has a success rate of just one percent. It has three rounds, the prelims, mains and the last one is the interview round. The examination judges the applied knowledge of a person on different subjects like politics, science, arts, languages, etc. 


  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA):

This is a well-recognized examination in several countries across the world and is conducted by the CFA Institute which is located in the USA. The examination, instead of offering a degree is a professional program that is pursued by students who wish to make a career in finance. The CFA Institute suggested a compulsory study timing of at least 300 hours, to crack the examination, with a success rate of just 20%. Once you clear this examination, the jobs offered to pay you a handsome salary, which makes it the most desired examination in the finance field.


  • Law National Aptitude Test:

This Law National Aptitude Test is conducted by the Law University of United Kingdoms, and it is the toughest examination to be cracked in the field of law. The examination forms the entrance criterion for admission in nine renowned law Universities across the world. The pattern of the examination involves an essay and 42 objective-type questions (multiple choice questions). The candidates are given just 2.5 hours to solve the test paper. It involves logical reasoning and reading comprehension and intends to check the applied knowledge and aptitude of a candidate.


  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):

The Educational Testing Service conducts this exam for graduates and offers them seats for different courses (mostly postgraduate) in almost all English-speaking countries. The examination fee is $205 and it allows the candidates to complete their test in 3 hours 45 minutes. It involves questions on quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical thinking. One can appear for the examination in two modes, offline and online.


  • Indian Institute of Technology – Joint Entrance Exam (Advance):

This one is amongst the most pursued examinations of our country, especially by students opting Science and Mathematics in their 12th standard. This examination takes place in two rounds. The first one is JEE Mains, which is followed by JEE Advance. The second round is one of the toughest examinations of India. This examination opens gates for some of the most renowned engineering colleges of the country, especially the IITs. 


  • Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert Examination:

Cisco networks conduct this test as a part of their recruitment process for appointing network engineers. The examination is divided into six categories and is conducted in two rounds. The first round is conducted as a written examination and allows its candidates just two hours to complete it. Once they are done with the first round, they are sent for the second round of the examination. The second round is based upon a more practical approach towards their knowledge and allows 8 hours for completion. What makes the examination even tougher is the fact that both of its rounds are conducted on the same day.


  • Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE):

This examination is primarily for those students who have graduated engineering a d are seeking a postgraduate degree. Students can appear for this examination after they have completed their engineering and can be allotted seats in renowned colleges like the IITs and IISs based on their rank. The examination is based on subjects like science and engineering. It has 65 questions and a 100 mark paper. 


  • Law School Admission Test (LSAT):

This examination is conducted to get admissions to the most renowned colleges across the USA, Australia, Canada, etc. It is conducted in 6 categories, four of which include multiple-choice questions, the fifth one is subjective and the sixth category is based upon a more practical approach.




The 10 examinations mentioned above are considered the toughest on the earth. But with perseverance, patience, and determination, one can crack any of these. Hard work needs to be done, but in the right direction.

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