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Numerous competitive exams in India are conducted for entrance into undergraduate and post graduate professional courses as well as for securing services in the government. The test formats and subjects vary according to the level of the test. Most are objective tests, followed by a personality test, and are conducted in various venues at centers across the country. Competitive exams are tough, with lakhs of aspirants appearing for a limited number of seats.

Public sector and government services

Leading Public sector banks conduct a test for entry as Probationary Officers. The number of vacancies depends on the banks. It is an aptitude test with candidates tested on verbal and quantitative skills, followed by a group discussion and an interview. Various Competitive exams are listed below:

Exams conducted by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission)

The UPSC (Union Public Services Commission) conducts dozens of exams each year for entry into central government services, combined Medical and Engineering services, Economic service and the Indian Forests services.

In addition UPSC also conducts the CDS for entry as commissioned officers into the Indian Army- Military, Navy and Air. There is no reservation for SC, ST and OBC in the UPSC conducted defense services exam-CDS and NDA tests.

However there is a fee waiver for female SC and ST candidates once selected. There are some seats reserved for NCC cadets though. Here is the list of some of the competitive exams in India with the time of their exams.

Names of Exams Time
Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination May
Civil Services (Main) Examination October/November
Engineering Services Examination June
Geologist Examination December
Indian Forest Service Examination July
National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination April and September
Combined Defence Services Examination February and August
Special Class Railway Apprentices Examination July
Indian Economic Service/Indian Statistical Service Examination November
Combined Medical Services Examination January
Central Police Forces (Assistant Commandants) Examination October
Section Officers/Stenographers (Grade-B/Grade-I) Limited Departmental Competitive Examination December

SSC Competitive Exams in India

Given below is a list of SSC Competitive Exams in India:

  • Accountants and Auditors Recruitment Exam
  • Assistants Grade Exam
  • Combined Graduate Preliminary Exam
  • Clerks Grade Exam
  • Divisional Accountants /Auditors/UDC Exam
  • Combined Matric Preliminary Exam
  • Central Police Organization SI Exam
  • Income Tax/ Excise Inspectors, etc. Exam
  • Stenographers' Grade 'C' Exam
  • L.I.C/ G.I.C. Competitive Exams in India

    Given below is a list of the LIC/GIC competitive exams in India:

  • G.I.C Officers' Exam
  • L.I.C Officers' Exam
  • G.I.C. Assistants Exam
  • L.I.C Development Officers' Exam
  • Bank Competitive Exams in India

    Following is a list of the bank competitive exams in India:

  • Nationalised Banks Probationary Officers' Exam
  • State Bank Of India Probationary Officers' Exam
  • Reserve Bank Officers' Grade 'A' / 'B' Exam
  • Bank Clerical Exam
  • Defence Competitive Exams in India

    Given below is a list of Defence Competitive Exams in India:

  • National Defence Academy (N.D.A.) Exam (UPSC)
  • Combined Defence Services (C.D.S.) Exam (UPSC)
  • I.A.F. Airman (Non-Technical Trades) Exam
  • I.A.F. Airman (Technical Trades) Exam
  • Indian Navy Sailors Direct Entry Recruitment Exam
  • I.A.F. Airman (Educational Instructors Trade) Exam
  • Indian Army Soldiers General Duty (NER) Exam
  • 1. Civil Services Examination

    Visit: http://upsc.gov.in/general/civil.htm
    Graduates from any stream can apply for this exam.

    2. Indian Economic Service Examination

    Visit: http://upsc.gov.in/general/ies-iss.htm
    Students having a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics/Statistics can apply for the same.

    3. Indian Statistical Service Examination

    Visit: http://upsc.gov.in/general/ies-iss.htm
    Students having a background in Statistics can apply for the same.

    4. Combined Defence Services Examination (CDSE)

    Visit: http://upsc.gov.in/general/cds.htm

    5. National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination

    Visit: http://upsc.gov.in/general/ndana.htm
    Graduates with Physics/Chemistry/Maths as their subjects can apply for this examination.

    6. Combined Medical Services Examination

    Visit: http://upsc.gov.in/general/cms.htm

    7. Engineering Services Examinations

    Visit: http://upsc.gov.in/general/engg.htm
    Engineering Graduates can appear for this exams.

    8. Staff Selection for different Cadres

    Visit: http://ssc.nic.in/sscpage1.asp
    Graduates in various disciplines can apply for the same.

    9. Exam for different posts through Reserve Bank of India Services Board

    Graduates in any discipline can apply for same.

    Visit: http://www.rbi.org.in/home.aspx

    10. Exam for Development Officers and others through National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD)

    Graduates with specific percentage criteria can apply for this exam.

    Visit: https://www.nabard.org/english/home.aspx

    11. Exam for Telecom Officers in the Department of Telecommunications

    Visit: http://www.dot.gov.in/

    12. GATE

    Engineering Graduates are eligible to apply for this exam

    Visit: http://gate.iitk.ac.in/GATE2015/

    13. CEED

    Students who have secured Graduation in BE/B.Tech/B.Arch

    Visit: http://www.idc.iitb.ac.in/admissions/ceed-details.html

    14. NIFT Entrance Exam

    B.F.Tech from NIFT or B.E/B.Tech from any University

    Visit: http://www.nift.ac.in/

    15. XAT

    Candidates must complete Graduation from a recognized University

    Visit: http://xatonline.net.in/

    International Entrance Exams to Study Overseas

    The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) probably top the list with regard to the sheer number of students across the world needing to undertake one or the other to demonstrate English language proficiency.

    For more information on TOEFL, visit TOEFL

    For more information on IELTS, visit IELTS


    The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is another popular examination among Indian students aspiring to study in the US or Canada.

    For more information on GRE, visit GRE.


    Management aspirants need to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), which is an admissions assessment for business colleges. Average GMAT scores are in the range of 570-580.

    For more information on GMAT, visit GMAT.


    The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) test, required for entry into some universities in US, if a person has not completed an equivalent, is of two types - the Reasoning Test to check the general writing skills and grammar and the Subject Test to check a candidate's knowledge in the subject chosen.

    For more information on SAT, visit, SAT


    Other competitive study abroad examinations include the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), mandatory for getting into medicine and law respectively in the USA.

    The MCAT is a multiple-choice test that is designed to evaluate the examinee's aptitude and knowledge about relevant subjects.

    For more information on MCAT, visit MCAT

    The LSAT is administered by the Law School Admission Council for students who wish to pursue a career in law in the USA, Australia and Canada.

    For more information on LSAT, visit LSAT.


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    Education USA ; Official source on US Higher Education :


    United States India Educational Foundation: www.usief.org.in

    US Department of Education : https://www.ed.gov

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    College Navigator :http://www.nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator

    Verify Accreditation status of an Institution or Program :http://www.chea.org

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    Financial Aid Data resources available at Education USA centers

    Scholarship Search : http://www.fundingusstudy.org ,http://www.finaid.org

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    GMAT :http://www.gmac.com

    English Proficiency Tests : www.toefl.orgwww.pearsonpte.com

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