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.
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:
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|
|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|
Given below is a list of SSC Competitive Exams in India:
Given below is a list of the LIC/GIC competitive exams in India:
Following is a list of the bank competitive exams in India:
Given below is a list of Defence Competitive Exams in India:
Graduates from any stream can apply for this exam.
Students having a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics/Statistics can apply for the same.
Students having a background in Statistics can apply for the same.
Graduates with Physics/Chemistry/Maths as their subjects can apply for this examination.
Engineering Graduates can appear for this exams.
Graduates in various disciplines can apply for the same.
Graduates in any discipline can apply for same.
Graduates with specific percentage criteria can apply for this exam.
Engineering Graduates are eligible to apply for this exam
Students who have secured Graduation in BE/B.Tech/B.Arch
B.F.Tech from NIFT or B.E/B.Tech from any University
Candidates must complete Graduation from a recognized University
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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