The word examinations, remain a frantic word for every student out there. Examinations and tests are becoming increasingly difficult as a student advances to a higher level in education. Every student feels they’ve been facing the most challenging tests they’ve ever had. Exams have been a cause of frustration and fear for numerous teens, young adults  and working adults worldwide. Hence, we’ve decided to share with you the 10 most challenging tests to crack globally.

10CCIE (Cisco Certified Internet working Expert)

Cisco Networks conducts this assessment for the recruitment of Internet experts within their organisation. The test is divided into 6 parts in two phases. Those applicants that have passed the first process are eligible to participate in the second phase. The practical phase of this examination lasts 8 hours and has a clearing rate of 1%.


9GATE (Gratitude Aptitude Test in Engineering)

GATE is an all-India level exam that functions as an entrance examination for Indian engineering graduates. The test opens the door to post-graduate courses for candidates who pass the test. The examination is a joint endeavour between the Indian Institute of Science and the 7 Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) around the world. There is a single paper, consisting of both MCQs and numerical questions.


The Gaokao exam is a compulsory exam for every high school student in China. The exam is mandatory for those who wish to further their studies. Rated as the 8th most challenging cracking exam in the country, it has caused tension and anxiety for many Chinese teens. This tragic analysis drew many documentary makers all over the world.

7IIT-JEE (Indian Institutes of Technology Joint Entrance Examination)

The Indian Institutes of Technology Joint Entrance Examination is a test designed for Indian engineering candidates who have hopes in joining India’s 7 most prestigious engineering institutes. The review is split into two analytical articles of three hours each. This is fully unbiased and has a small clearance fee. Out of the 500,000 candidates who attend the exam every year, only 10,000 are selected.

6UPSC (Union Public Service Commission)

The main body in India performs all big assessments and hires many of the country’s highest policy leaders. This is known to be the most challenging Indian test. Even those who have cleared IIT and GATE consider it challenging to clear this test. Out of the 300,000 candidates appearing annually, only 1,000 are selected.


The Mensa Group is a worldwide group comprising of individuals with the highest IQs. Each nation has its own Mensa Society, and it is the oldest and biggest Intelligence group in the world. The Mensa IQ Assessment is the most rigorous IQ Exam in the country where only the best of the student group is allowed into the culture. The lowest IQ found in the culture is a mind-boggling 98 percentile. There is no age limit for this group and the youngest member happens to be a 2-year-old.

4GRE (Graduate Record Examinations)

GRE is one of the most commonly performed assessments in the world and perhaps one of the most challenging to crack. Many of the higher education institutions in the United States allow their candidates to have a GRE score listed. This is accessible on both online and offline modes.

3CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst)

The CFA is not exactly an examination degree. It’s sort of like a technical status. This was rated by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) as the most challenging test in the country. Less than 1/5th of the applicants clear each year, that too after repeated attempts. The exam comprises of two objective stages and one subjective form of essay.

2All Souls Prize Fellowship Exam

The All Souls College Fellowship Test of Oxford University is known to be the second most difficult test in the country. Until quite recently, the applicants were supposed to write a single essay based on just one word on the paper. This takes an immense amount of empirical information and a very creative mind. Every year, only two applicants are chosen for a fellowship.

1Master Sommelier Diploma Exam

The average applicant who sits for the Master Sommelier Diploma Exam gives up on the 5th or 6th try. The test is divided into 3 sections which are theory, service, and blind sampling. Because it is an experienced winemaker’s test, students must recognise not only the flavour but also the year and area of the wine. Since its establishment in 1940, only 200 applicants have accomplished this test, usually in their 3rd or 4th try.

Such exams aren’t a piece of cake for everyone. We congratulate all those who have pursued such assessments at some stage in their lives. Those who have cleared these examinations represent the most academically advanced people of this world.