Be it academics or job, taking an entrance examination is required in a country like India to cut short the competition. Most of the students put their best foot forward to crack the campus interviews after their bachelor's. On the other hand, some start looking at the competitive entrance examinations to crack the jobs in the public sector.
Government jobs in India remain the most attracting ones because of the social reputation that comes along with a hassle-free life and job security. Every year, the number of candidates appearing for the competitive entrance examination keeps increasing. Take a wise decision before you kick-start your preparation for the government jobs. Tour the top five toughest entrance examinations conducted for government jobs.
1. Civil Services
Undeniably, the Civil Services conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) stands on top. This is even placed as one of the toughest entrance examinations in the world. Every year, UPSC conducts this year-long entrance exam for shortlisting the candidates to the All India Services such as IAS, IPS and IFS along with Central Services. A bachelor's degree in any stream from recognised board is required to apply for this highly competitive entrance examination in the country.
2. University Grant Commission (National Eligibility Test)
This is conducted for shortlisting the candidates for school and college level assistant lectures and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF). This stands tall at the second position in toughest category because many students fail to clear this examination in their fourth or fifth attempt also. Annually, the test is conducted in more than 83 subjects.
3. SSC-Combined Graduate Level (CGL)
The Combined Graduate Level (CGL) is one amongst the entrance examinations conducted by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC). On an average, more than twenty lakh candidates appear for the CGL examination which is conducted for various posts in the government ministries and departments.
4. IBPS/ SBI
Since 2011, the bank jobs have gained much attention. Every year, the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) issues the recruitment notification for more than twenty thousand probationary officers and clerks. On an average, more than twenty lakh aspirants apply for the IBPS PO. A basic degree is the minimum qualification to apply. However, the eligibility criteria vary for the specialist officers and others.
The largest bank in India, State Bank of India (SBI), carries its own selection process for probationary officers and clerks. Annually, twenty lakh candidates apply for the SBI recruitment.
5. National Defence Academy (NDA)
This is also conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). This is conducted for recruiting candidates to the army, air force and navy wings. This entrance examination is conducted twice a year. The candidates will be selected based on the written examination, psychological aptitude test, intelligence and personality test. After the written examination, the interview is carried by the Services Selection Board (SSB).