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Examinations are the living nightmares of every student in the world. As they grow older, the exams keep getting more challenging.

Every student feels that they’ve been facing the most challenging tests to have ever existed. However, deep within, we all know that some exams are more difficult than others.

Exams have been the source of pressure and anxiety for many teenagers globally. Here, we list down the 10 most difficult exams to crack globally. This research is based on student research and overall analysis.

1. CCIE- Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert

Cisco Networks conducts this examination for the recruitment of Internet experts within their organization. The test is divided into 6 parts within 2 phases. Only the candidates who clear the first phase are certified to appear for the second phase. The practical phase of this exam lasts for 8 hours and has a 1% clearing rate.

2. GATE- Gratitude Aptitude Test in Engineering

GATE is an all India level examination which acts as an entrance test for Indian students pursuing engineering. The test opens doors for post graduate courses for the candidates who clear the test. The test is a joint venture between The Indian Institute of Science and the 7 IITs (Indian Institute of Technology) across the country. There is one single paper which consists of both MCQs and numerical questions.

3. Gaokao

The Gaokao examination is a compulsory exam which is to be given by every high school student in China. Th78ue test is mandatory if the student wishes to pursue higher education. Ranked as the 8th most difficult exam to crack globally, it has been the reason for stress and anxiety for many Chinese teenagers. This fate deciding examination has attracted many documentary makers all over the world.

4. IIT-JEE – Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Examination

The Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Examination is an exam which is to be cleared by Indian engineering aspirants who wish to enter one of the 7 most prestigious engineering institutes in India. The exam is divided into 2 objective papers of three hours each. It is totally objective and has a low clearing rate. Out of the 500000 candidates who appear for the exam every year, just 10000 get selected.

5. UPSC- Union Public Service Commission

This central agency in India conducts all major examinations and to recruit all the top notch government officials in the country. It is considered as the most difficult Indian Examination. Even the people who clear IIT and GATE find it difficult to clear this exam. Out of nearly 300000 candidates appearing annually, merely 1000 of them are selected.

6. Mensa

The Mensa Society is a global society consisting of people with the highest IQs. Every country has its own Mensa Society, and it’s the oldest and the largest IQ organization in the world. The Mensa IQ Test is the most difficult IQ Test in the world and only the cream of the applicant’s population is accepted into the society. The lowest IQ present in the society too is the mind-boggling 98 percentile. There is no age bar and its youngest member is 2 years old.

7. GRE- Graduate Record Examinations

GRE is one of the most widely taken tests globally and also one of the most difficult to crack. Most of every US Universities providing higher education requires all of its applicants to have a specified GRE Score. It is available in online as well as offline modes.

8. CFA- Chartered Financial Analyst

The CFA is not exactly an examination degree. It is more of a professional stature. The Wall Street Journal has ranked it as the most difficult exam in the world. Less than 1/5th of the applicants clear each year, that too after repeated attempts. The test consists of two objective and one essay type subjective phase.

9. All Souls Prize Fellowship Exam

This fellowship exam conducted by Oxford University’s All Souls College is considered as the second most challenging exam in the world. Until quite recently, the applicants were supposed to write a single essay based on just one word in the paper. It requires a tremendous amount of factual knowledge and a highly imaginative mind. Only two candidates are selected for fellowship every year.

10. Master Sommelier Diploma Exam

An average candidate who gives the Master Sommelier Diploma Exam gives up after the 5th or 6th attempt. The exam is divided into 3 sections: theory, service and blind tasting. Since it is an exam of expert winemakers, students not only have to identify the taste, but also the year and region of the wine. Ever since its inception in 1940, only 200 candidates have cleared this exam, that too in their 3rd or 4th attempt.

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