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10. CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert)
Through this exam Cisco Systems certify the skills of the ones selected in the exam of planning, operating, troubleshooting tough network facilities. This certification is considered the most prestigious certificate in the entire networking industry. Now, qualifying for this examination is not an easy task at all. According to Cisco, of all the engineers appearing for this test, only 3% are selected and certified.
9. GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering)
This all India examination tests engineering students on their knowledge of engineering and various fields of science. The GATE score opens doors for post graduate studies in the field of science to prestigious universities because GATE is held jointly by the Indian Institute of Science and the seven IITs in the country. The exam consists of a single paper lasting for three hours where a student has to answer both MCQs and numerical.
This exam in China is also known as the National Higher Education Entrance Examination. Every Chinese teenager’s life and future is dependent on this exam because, students have to appear for this to get admitted to undergraduate courses. Every this exam decides the fate of millions of students across the country. The mental stress that students go through has been subject of interests to many documentary makers around the globe.
7. IIT JEE (Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Examination)
IIT needs no introduction. It is the best engineering institute in the country. Students spend years preparing for this entrance, because IITs in India are not just colleges, they are a status! Out of every 5, 00, 000 students appearing, only a handful of 10,000 get selected every year. The exam is divided into two papers of three hours each, both of which are objective.
6. UPSC (Union Public Service Commission)
This is India’s central agency that holds all the important examinations to recruit top notch government officials in the country. It conducts the Civil Services Exam, Combined Defense Services Exam, Indian Statistical Service Examination and lots more. Out of approximately 3 lakh students appearing, hardly a thousand of them are actually selected.
It is the oldest and largest highest IQ society in the world, a non-profit organization where people who score 98th percentile in the standardized IQ tests are considered to be low rankers. Mensa has branches all over the world. The best thing about Mensa is that there is no age bar. The youngest member in Mensa is all of two years now.
4. GRE (Graduate Record Examinations)
GRE, as we all know, is like the entrance test for most schools in the States. It is held both online and on paper. For the computer-based online exam, there are six different sections containing analytical writing sections, verbal reasoning sections, quantitative reasoning sections and research section.
3. CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Exam
The CFA is not an academic degree, it is a professional stature. The Wall Street Journal termed the CFA test as the toughest test in the world. Less than one-fifth of the applicants pass each year and most of them attempt for the CFA repeatedly. For this charter, applicants have to appear for three stages of exams. The first two stages contain MCQ format tests and the third one consists of essay type subjective questions, along with few more MCQs.
2. All Souls Prize Fellowship Exam
This fellowship exam held at Oxford University’s All Souls College is one of the toughest exams in the world. Until 2010, students were required to write a long essay about only one word given in one of the papers. Only two fellows are selected every year from all the students appearing for the exam. The exam consists of four papers, each of which last for three hours. One needs to have both factual knowledge and a highly imaginative mind to be able to answer questions in this exam.
1. Master Sommelier Diploma Exam
This is till date hailed as the world’s toughest examination. One does not have any idea as to how selective the authorities can get while selecting candidates. The exam was first taken 40 years ago in the UK and since then only 200 candidates have been selected on the basis of this exam. The exam is divided into three sections, which are theory, service and blind tasting. The blind tasting section is tougher than one can imagine. Candidates not only have to identify the grape variant, but also the year and the region where it was grown.