UPSC exams are very difficult

The 10 toughest trials in the world!

The competition for access to some of the most prestigious institutions in the world or for lucrative jobs is fierce. However, as the world population continues to grow, more and more students are taking these exams. The competition is greater than ever, and the students are under so much pressure to get into the top institutes that they sometimes commit suicide if they fail. Here we take a look at the 10 toughest tests in the world.

10. CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert)

This is more of a certification than an educational institution entrance exam. Still, it's one of the toughest tests in the world. Network heavyweight Cisco is running this test to recruit network engineers. The exam assesses a candidate's ability to plan, operate, and troubleshoot converged network infrastructures on various Cisco devices. The exam is divided into two phases and consists of six parts. The practical phase lasts eight long hours. According to Cisco, less than 1% of network technicians worldwide manage to earn this certification.

9. IES (Indian Engineering Services)

It is a four-stage competitive test carried out by the Union Civil Service Commission (UPSC) in India. UPSC is recruiting IES to provide management and technical services to the Government of India. It consists of six tests. Hundreds of thousands of engineers appear for this exam every year because the jobs offered are quite lucrative.

8. Cafeteria

The Mensa Society is the oldest high IQ society in the world. Every country has its own cafeteria company. There is no age limit for this test. The Mensa IQ Test is an incredibly difficult IQ test. You can try your luck to become a member of the Mensa Society, but you have to get at least 98% percent.

7. CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst)

The CFA is a professional certification awarded by the CFA Institute. It's one of the toughest tests in the world, according to the Wall Street Journal. Less than 20% of applicants manage to pass most of them after repeated attempts. The average candidate makes four attempts to pass the exam. Once you have completed the program, you will become a “CFA Charterholder”.

6. CA (Chartered Account)

If you think the CFA is too tough, try the India CA exam. The CA is a three-tier exam conducted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). Candidates give blood, sweat, and tears over several years to pass each of the three levels. Most give up after repeated attempts. Only about 10% of candidates pass the exam.

5. All Souls Prize Fellowship Exam

This fellowship exam is run by Oxford University. The most ridiculous thing about this exam is not that it is incredibly difficult (which it is), but that the university only selects two people from all candidates for the scholarship. Until a few years ago, the university required candidates to write essays based on a single word topic. You need a lot of factual knowledge and an equally resourceful mind to do this.


India's Institutes of Technology (IITs) have trained some of Silicon Valley's finest executives, including Google CEO Sundar Pichai. But to get into the IITs, you have to pass one of the toughest tests in the world. The IIT-JEE is a nightmare for technical hopefuls in India. Other institutes such as NITs, CFTIs, and IIITs accept students based on the same exam. More than half a million students take this exam each year, but only a few thousand make it to the IITs.

3. Gaokao or National College Entrance Exam

The Gaokao is arguably the toughest test in China. Students take this test in their final year of high school and hope to get through to one of the best colleges in the country. The exam is carried out over 9 hours over two days. It is compulsory for students who are ready to undertake higher education. That is why nearly 10 million candidates appear every year. Only about 0.2% of candidates score enough to get into the top colleges. The Gaokao was such a major cause of concern among teenagers that many documentaries were made about the exam.

2. UPSC (Union Public Service Commission)

UPSC conducts this audit every year to fill various government positions. The examination is carried out in three stages, which extend over several months. The last stage is a face-to-face interview. It is one of the toughest tests in the world. Even people who pass the IIT-JEE often fail the UPSC exams. The success rate is a miserable 0.1% to 0.4%.

1. Master Sommelier Diploma Exam

This is an examination by experienced winemakers. The Court of Master Sommeliers was established in 1977. You can only take the Master Sommelier Diploma exam if you have passed the Advanced Sommelier Certificate from the Court of Master Sommeliers. Not only do you have to pass an oral theory test, but there is also a blind tasting of six types of wine and convenient restaurant service. Most candidates give up after 5-6 attempts. In the past 40 years, only 229 people have been able to pass this exam.