Competitive exams in India

by Amrudesh Santhanam

Every exam is competitive but when students compete for entrance to a college / university or when candidates compete to get a coveted job, the stakes go high. I did a quick survey of the competitive exams in India. I have to say that this is not an exhaustive list but still, its real long... I have tried to put them, or at least most of them into this cloud image below. I use a cloud because we at Edoola hope to bring all of this to the cloud, the internet space where one can prepare for it Online. Of course, many exams are going online and this trend is only expected to get faster as technology access spreads and the benefits of holding a test online become apparent to all agencies, whether colleges or government bodies.

List of competitive exams (Not comprehensive):

  1. Combined Defence services - UPSC
  2. National defense Academy and naval academy
  3. Airforce recruitment exam - technical / airman cadre
  4. Army - soldier technical cadre
  5. Navy sailors
  6. CISF - constable
  7. BSF
  8. CRPF
  9. Rashtriya Indian military college
  10. Military engineering services
  11. Bank agriculture officers
  12. Institute of banking personnel selection - Common written examination (bank probationary officers, management trainee, office assistants, clerical cadre)
  13. Reserve bank officers exam
  14. Life insurance corporation - AAO exam
  15. Railway exam - civil Engg
  16. Staff nurse and midwife exam
  17. UPSC - Employee provident fund officer
  18. Railway - Technical
  19. Department of Posts - postal / sorting assistant
  20. Railway recruitment board - technical / non technical posts
  21. Assistant public prosecutor / assistant govt pleader
  22. NTSE
  23. NIFT
  24. Common law aptitude test
  25. Central Teacher ability test
  26. BITSAT
  27. B.Ed entrance exam
  28. Navodaya vidyalaya entrance exam
  29. SSC data entry operator
  30. Bank promotion tests
  31. All India bar examination
  32. Juducial officers exam
  33. CAT
  34. JEE (I have only shown 'mains' in the image)
  35. GATE
  36. NEET
  37. MCA test
  38. KPSC
  39. CPWD
  40. UPSC - subjects
  41. AIPMT
  42. Apart from these which are native to India, GRE, GMAT, SAT, TOEFL, IELTS etc are also written by many students from India.
In the image given above, I have clubbed many exams into categories; for example, TNPSC, KPSC, UPSC etc are combined into Public Service Commision exams, NDA, CDS etc also combined.

What do they test:

Predominantly, I see that most of these exams test the following skills and rightly so.
Psychometric tests are one other set but most of the above mentioned exams do not test this; understandably so because that is a little more detailed process. The defense services though have such tests done during an Interview.