Toughest Exams In the World


In any phase of life many of us have given one or other competitive exams but have you ever wondered, the toughest entrance exams in the WORLD… are!

Below mentioned is the list of toughest exams in the world. It may be possible that rankings given by us may change depending on individual perception, thinking and other analysis.

Master Sommelier Diploma Exam

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(1) Master Sommelier Diploma Exam The Court of Master Sommeliers (CMS)

To encourage improved standards of beverage services particularly wine and food pairing this exam was established on April 1977.

Till date, there are only 147 (124 Men, 23 Women) professionals who have earned the title of Master Sommelier as part of the Americas chapter. Overall there are 230 professionals worldwide who have received the title of Master Sommelier since the first Master Sommelier Diploma Exam.

First successful Master Sommelier examination was held in the UK in 1969.

Candidate has to successfully pass all the four stages of examination; 1) Introductory Sommelier Course & Exam, 2) Certified Sommelier Exam, 3) Advanced Sommelier Course & Exam, and 4) Master Sommelier Diploma exams. After successful completion of all these stages the candidate earns the Master Sommelier diploma and title.

The Union Public Service Commission

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(2) The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

It is India’s central agency authorized to conduct the Civil Services Examination, Indian Forest Service Examination, Engineering Services Examination, Combined Defence Services Examination, Combined Medical Services Examination, Special Class Railway Apprentice, Indian Economic Service/Indian Statistical Service Examination and Central Armed Police Forces(Assistant Commandant) Examination.

It is the toughest examination in India with the success rate of 0.1% – 0.3% with more than 900,000 applicants. UPSC also has the least success ratio in the entire world. It is conducted in two phases – Preliminary examination, consisting of two objective-type papers and the main examination consisting of nine papers of conventional type followed by personality test (Interview).

All Souls Prize Fellowship Exam All Souls College

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(3) All Souls Prize Fellowship Exam All Souls College

(official name: The Warden and the College of the Souls of All Faithful People Deceased in the University of Oxford) is a constituent college of the University of Oxford in England. The college is located on the north side of the High Street adjoining Radcliffe Square to the west. To the east is The Queen’s College with Hertford College to the North.

Fellows of All Souls College, Oxford. All Souls is unique among Oxford University’s colleges (see the article for details) and fellowship of the college has a special prestige. Unlike at other Oxbridge colleges, a significant proportion of the fellows of All Souls are not career academics.

“Atmospheric pressure can be easily measured by the scientist, but no one can measure the mental pressure a candidate goes through while giving an entrance exam.”


Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE)

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(4) GATE –  The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE)

It is an all-India examination that primarily tests the comprehensive understanding of various undergraduate subjects in engineering and science. GATE is conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science and seven Indian Institutes of Technology on behalf of the National Coordination Board – GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Government of India. The rules for qualifying marks have varied from year to year. The qualifying marks (out of 100) are different for different subjects as well as categories.

Indian Institutes of Technology Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE)

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It was an annual engineering college entrance examination in India. It was used as the sole admission test by the 16 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian School of Mines Dhanbad (to be converted into IIT). The examination was organised each year by one of the various IITs, on a round robin rotation pattern. It had a very low admission rate (about 10,000 in 500,000 in 2011), and was thus recognised as one of the toughest examinations in the world.

In 2013 it was replaced by the two-phase Joint Entrance Examination. The number of students taking the examination increased substantially each year with over 485,000 sitting IIT-JEE 2011. This represented an increase of 30,000 students (6.5%) from 2010.

Common Admission Test (CAT)

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CAT is a computer based test held in India. The test scores a candidate on the bases of Quantitative Ability (QA)Verbal Ability (VA) and Reading Comprehension (RC), Data Interpretation (DI) and Logical Reasoning (LR). The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) started this exam and use the test for selecting students for their business administration programs. There are 13 IIM institutes around the country and they admit the students on the basis of CAT exam results. Every year more than 200,000 students apply for CAT exam and only 1500* get admission in IIM’s. Common Admission Test (CAT) 2015 was conducted by the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM Ahmedabad) on November 29, 2015.


MENSA viralbeer - Toughest Exams In the World (7) MENSA

Mensa is the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world. It is a non-profit organization open to people who score at the 98th percentile or higher on a standardized, supervised IQ or other approved intelligence test. Mensa formally comprises national groups and the umbrella organization Mensa International.

Mensa’s constitution lists three purposes: “to identify and to foster human intelligence for the benefit of humanity; to encourage research into the nature, characteristics, and uses of intelligence; and to provide a stimulating intellectual and social environment for its members”.

To this end, the organization is also involved with programs for gifted children, literacy, and scholarships, and it also holds numerous gatherings.


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The National Higher Education Entrance Examination, or commonly known as Gāo kǎo, is an academic examination held annually in the mainland of the People’s Republic of China. This examination is a prerequisite for entrance into almost all higher education institutions at the undergraduate level. It is usually taken by students in their last year of high school, although there has been no age restriction since 2001.

In 2006, a record high of 9.5 million people applied for tertiary education entry in China. Of these, 8.8 million (93%) are scheduled to take the national entrance exam and 27,600 (0.28%) have been exempted from standardized exams due to exceptional or special talent. The rest (0.7 million) will take other standardized entrance exams, such as those designed for adult education students.

College Scholastic Ability Test CSAT

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(9) College Scholastic Ability Test or CSAT (수능)

It is a type of standardized test accepted by South Korean universities. It was made official in 1994. CSAT is managed by the Korea Institute of Curriculum and Evaluation(KICE). The test is offered every November, but the exact dates may annually change. CSAT plays an important role in the Education in South Korea. It is commonly believed that the CSAT will determine which university the student will enter. CSAT is even described as ‘the chance to make or break one’s future’. Of the students taking the test, the percentage of re-takers are about 20%.

On the test day, the stock markets opens late, buses and subways are increased to avoid traffic jams. Even planes are grounded so the noise does not disturb the students. In some cases, students are also escorted by police officers. Younger students and the members of the students’ families gather outside testing sites to cheer on the students.

The Law School Admission Test (LSAT)

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It is a half-day standardized test administered four times each year at designated testing centers throughout the world. The LSAT is designed to assess reading comprehension, logical, and verbal reasoning proficiency. The test is an integral part of admission process in the US, Canada, the University of Melbourne and other countries. An applicant cannot take the LSAT more than three times within a two-year period.


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It is designed to combine theoretical study with practical training. The Chartered Accountancy course is considered to be one of the most toughest, rigorous professional courses worldwide. Only 3-8 % of the students passes in every attempt in Inter and Final Level. At Present, pass rate in Foundation is Approx 15%, Inter 4-8 %, Final 3-8 %. It means students who take admission in CA Course, only 0.0225% to 0.096% actually pass CA. In November 2013 CA Final exam, the pass percentage was merely 3.11% (Both Groups). As of April 2010, the prestigious institute has 874,694 students, studying various levels of the Chartered Accountancy Course.

National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT)

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It is an aptitude test which is adopted in 2004 by eight UK universities. It is mandatory for admissions in law programmes for home applicants. Oxford University was the first to established this test. It was a need to overcome the problem faced by universities trying to select best from competitive pool. Today there are nine participating law schools and hundreds of test center worldwide.

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