List of competitive exams in India after Graduation

Exams are a significant part of our education. Besides testing the ability of the student, exams are important in instilling core skills like discipline, time management, hard work, and patience. Whether applying for a university to study abroad or for a job, exams are the basic criteria for the selection of candidates. Amongst the toughest exams in the world, there are many contenders from India who are known for their rigorous pattern and the level of study they demand. 

Some exams are descriptive while others are multiple-choice based but in any case, without a strategic study plan, qualifying for an exam can be challenging and sometimes can cause disappointment.

1. Civil Services Examination

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Graduates from any stream can apply for this exam.

2. Indian Economic Service Examination

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Students having a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics/Statistics can apply for the same.

3. Indian Statistical Service Examination

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Students having a background in Statistics can apply for the same.

4. Combined Defence Services Examination (CDSE)

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5. National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination

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Graduates with Physics/Chemistry/Maths as their subjects can apply for this examination.

6. Combined Medical Services Examination

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7. Engineering Services Examinations

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Engineering Graduates can appear for these exams.

8. Staff Selection for different Cadres

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Graduates in various disciplines can apply for the same.

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

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Graduates in any discipline can apply for same.

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

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Graduates with specific percentage criteria can apply for this exam.

11. Exam for Telecom Officers in the Department of Telecommunications

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12. GATE

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Engineering Graduates are eligible to apply for this exam

13. CEED

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

14. NIFT Entrance Exam

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

15. XAT

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Candidates must complete Graduation from a recognized University

List of Entrance Exams in India

Depending on the purpose of the exam, they vary greatly. But these are some of the toughest exams in India

  1. UPSC Civil Services Exam
  2. IIT- JEE
  3. Chartered Accountant (CA)
  4. NEET UG
  6. Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE)
  7. National Defence Academy (NDA)
  8. Common-Law Admission Test (CLAT)
  9. UGC NET
  10. National Institute of Design Entrance Exam

Competitive Exams After 12th Different Streams

Let us look at the national level competitive exams after the 12th for various streams:


a) Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main

b) JEE Advanced

c) Birla Institute of Technology and Science Admission Test (BITSAT) entrance exam


e) IPU-CET (B. Tech)

f) Manipal (B. Tech)


h) AMU (B. Tech)

i) NDA Entrance with PCM (MPC)


a) National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET)



Defense Services

a) Indian Maritime University Common Entrance Test

b) Indian Navy B.Tech Entry Scheme

c) Indian Army Technical Entry Scheme (TES) ·        

d) National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination (I)

Fashion and Design

a) National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) Entrance Test

b) National Institute of Design Admissions

c) All India Entrance Examination for Design (AIEED)

d) Symbiosis Institute of Design Exam

e) Footwear Design and Development Institute

f) Maeer’s MIT Institute of Design

g) National Institute of Fashion Design

h) National Aptitude Test in Architecture

i) Center for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT)

Social Sciences

a) Banaras Hindu University

b) IIT Madras Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination (HSEE)

c) TISS Bachelors Admission Test (TISS-BAT)


a) Common-Law Admission Test

b) All India Law Entrance Test (AILET)


a) Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY)

b) National Entrance Screening Test (NEST)


a) Indian Statistical Institute Admission

b) Admissions to Universities (Various B.Sc Programs)

c) Banasthali Vidyapith Admission

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