All Exams In India For Students To Kick Start Their Career

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Anjali Sheokand

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When we hear about the exam, there comes an unknown fear with it. But good things aren't always easy to get and to get the good thing we have to overcome our fear.

Every person comes with a different vision and aspirations and to fulfill their dreams, there are different exams for their aspirations.

India is a place where various exams take place, we all are aware of a few which always strike our minds when it comes to exams. But have you ever wondered if you have enough knowledge about the exam for which you have a desire to give?

If not, then this article will provide you enough knowledge to decide whether your chosen exam goes well with your ambition or some other exam is better for you.

All Exams In India

As you are aware of the fact that, India is well known for conducting various exams which are tough and difficult to clear, be it the class 10th exam or any entrance exam. 

So let us see about all the exams in India which take place.


Starting the list of all exams in India with the engineer's most opted exam, GATE.

Want to do your PG course from IIT and IISc?

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is the way for you to get into IIT and IISc for your PG courses like ME, MTech, and Ph.D.This exam is jointly conducted by IISc and 7 IITs of India.

There are 25 different subjects for which GATE is conducted. The exam duration is 3 hours. And the most important thing is that your GATE is valid for 3 years.

The eligibility for this exam is a four-year bachelor's degree in engineering.

2. JEE

The Joint Entrance Examination, which is commonly known as JEE. The exam is conducted for the students who are inspired to do engineering and to get admission to top engineering colleges of India.

It consists of two different examinations -JEE Mains and JEE Advanced. 

Well, you have been wondering what's the difference between the two exams? 

So here is the answer to your query - JEE Main is conducted to provide you admission into BE or B. Tech courses in various NITs & other Institutions in India and you're eligible to give in three consecutive years of 12 boards. 

While JEE Advanced is a criterion where you can get admission in the very well-known Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and candidates are only eligible to attend it in the two consecutive years after completing your 12th.

JEE is another popular exam on the list of all exams in India.


Central University Common Entrance Exam is a national-level entrance exam that is organized by 14 universities across the country. This entrance will provide you admission into UG, PG, and Ph.D. courses.

There are different eligibility for the different courses for UG courses candidates must have 50% in 12th. For the PG courses, one must hold a Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 55% and it goes almost the same for the Ph.D. courses too but only the same percentage-wise. 

So for a Ph.D. course, you must have 55% in your master's degree.


The West Bengal Joint Entrance Examinations Board is a state-level entrance exam by WBJEEB. This entrance provides candidate admission into BTech and BPharm courses. You must have 45% in PCM and 30% in English.

You must be wondering what's the difference between JEE and WBJEE?

WBJEE will provide you admission to any institution in West Bengal only. While JEE will provide admission in any institution across the country.


CMAT is the popular exam on the list of all exams in India for MBA aspirants.

Common Management Admission Test is an entrance exam for MBA and PGDM courses conducted by the National Testing Agency.

The CMAT question paper consists of 100 questions from Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension, and General Awareness with a time duration of 3 hours. 

There's a new section which is optional consisting of Innovation and Entrepreneurship that carries 25 questions with a duration of 30 minutes.


COMEDK UGET is an entrance exam conducted at the state level by the Consortium of Medical, Engineering, and Dental Colleges of Karnataka.

This entrance exam will provide you a seat in BTech and BArch courses. But note that for Batch courses you have to first appear for NATA ( National Aptitude Test in Architecture).

For the eligibility to give the entrance exam for BTech one must have an aggregate percentage of 45 in PCM. 

While for the BArch course one must aggregate 50% in PCM as well as 80/200 score in NATA.

7. MCA Entrance

Are you interested in going into the IT industry? 

Then this course is for you.

Master in Computer Applications is a course that can fulfill your dream of being in the IT industry.

The eligibility to give MCA entrance is to either have Mathematics or Statistics in 12+ and BCA degree from a recognized institution.

Some of the top MCA entrance exams are AIMCET, BHUPET MCA, JECA, JNU MCA, MAH MCA CET, PAMCAT NIMCET, and many more.

MCA on the list of all exams in India is a must for BCA graduates in order to pursue post-graduation.


BITSAT is an entrance exam that provides admission to undergraduate engineering courses (BE), BPharm, and MSc programs in one of the campuses of Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) located at Pilani, Goa, and Hyderabad. 

The exam happens once a year with a time duration of 3 hours consisting of 150 questions. Note that you have a 75% aggregate in PCM to apply for this exam.


Joint Admission Test for MSC (JAM) is an online-based entrance exam conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology (IITs).

Candidates should hold a bachelor's degree with at least 55% aggregate while 50% for SC/ST/PWD category candidates.

If you're worried about the times you can apply for JAM, then you don't have to because in this entrance you can apply as many times as you want to until you fulfill the criteria.


VITEEE or Vellore Institute of Technology Engineering Entrance Examination is a national level exam conducted by VIT University, Vellore every year to provide admission for B. Tech course in their institution.

The B.Tech course consists of Aerospace Engineering, Biotechnology, Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, and many more.

You must have 60% aggregate in PCM class 12 from a recognized institution.

11. XAT

Next on the list of all exams in India is XAT.

Xavier Aptitude Test(XAT) is a national-level management entrance examination for getting admission in top colleges providing MBA/PGDM courses. This exam is conducted by XLRI, Jamshedpur.

XAT is conducted once a year with a 3 hours exam with 100 MCQ. Candidates holding a Bachelor's degree with a minimum of three years of course or those candidates who are in the final years of their degree.

There are 72 cities that are exam centers for XAT and candidates are requested to choose two cities convenient for them to give the examination.

12. KEAM

Kerala Engineering, Agricultural, and Medical Entrance Exam is state level entrance exam which is conducted by the Commission of Entrance Exam (CEE) which provided admission in various courses like Engineering, Architecture, MBBS, BDS, Ayurveda, Homoeo, Siddha, Unani, Agriculture, Forestry, Veterinary, and Fisheries.

Admission to the candidates is provided based on both 12th marks as well as KEAM rank. The exam takes place once a year and in offline mode with a duration of 150 minutes.

13. OJEE

Odisha Joint Entrance Examination is a computer-based entrance examination conducted by OJEE Committee which is formed by the Odisha State Government. 

OJEE offers admissions for B.Pharm / MBA / MCA / M.Tech / M.Tech (Part-Time) / M.Arch / M Plan / M.Pharm / Int. MBA / B.Tech / B.Pharm courses in both government and private universities and colleges of Odisha. 

Eligibility for Undergraduate course is 45% in 12th board while for Postgraduate course 50% in their respective degrees. Other states can apply but they can't get admission to government colleges.

14. AEEE

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham a national-level Engineering Entrance Examination that provides a 4-year B.Tech course.

It takes place once a year with a 90 minutes exam which has three phases in it.

Candidates have made a total of 60% aggregate in 12th board and Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics with 55% in each.

15. Combined Medical Services Examination

CMSE is another important exam on the list of all exams in India.

Completed your graduation and want to join Central Government organizations or services?

Then Combined Medical Service Examination or also known as CMSE is full use for you. This exam is conducted by UPSC.

This entrance exam recruits for various posts which involves:

  • Assistant Divisional Medical Officer in the Railways.
  • Assistant Divisional Medical Officer in Indian Ordnance Factories Health Services.
  • Junior Scale Posts in Central Health Services.
  • General Duty Medical Officer in New Delhi Municipal Council.
  • General Duty Medical Gr.-II in East Delhi Municipal Corporation, North Delhi Municipal Corporation, and South Delhi Municipal Corporation.

The CMSE consists of two papers each with 250 marks with a duration of 2 hours for each one. The eligibility for this entrance is an MBBS degree and you can also apply for it if you are in your final year.

16. Engineering Services Examination

Completed your Engineering and want a job that too in that sector then ESE will help you get that.

Engineering Services Examination or ESE or IES is an exam conducted for recruiting Engineer for various categories like-

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering

The selection process is based on Preliminary which is an objective type of paper consisting of 500 marks with a duration of 5 hours, 

Main Exam which is a conventional type paper consists of 600 marks with a duration of 6 hours, and finally an Interview.

17. CEED

Philosophers prefer CEED from the list of all exams in India.

Are you interested in designing and studying Philosophy? 

Then this entrance exam is of your importance.

Common Entrance Exam for Design which is conducted by IIT BOMBAY which provides you admission into MDes and Ph.D. courses.

CEED consists of two parts A and B in the exam. The A part consists of objective questions which are like a screening test for you. If and only if you pass the Part A exam you can attend part B which consists of subjective questions where your design, drawing, and writing skills are tested.


Post Graduate Common Entrance Test (PGCET) to shortlist candidates for various PG courses like MBA, MCA, ME, M. Tech, M. Arch.

Wondering about the eligibility?

Then you have to have a minimum aggregate of 50% in your undergraduate course.

The time duration of the exam is 2 hours and 30 minutes. All questions will be in objective form with a total score of 100 marks.


Cochin University of Science and Technology Common Admission Test or CUSAT CAT is a state-level entrance exam that provides you admission into UG and PG courses across the state of Kerala.

The eligibility for this exam is 60% in PCM while 50% in English.

Thinking about the pattern of the exam paper?

Here is the answer to your query, this exam consists of two papers. Paper 1 consists of the mathematics section with 75 questions of 225 marks, while paper 2 consists of the physics and chemistry section with 50 questions of 150 marks.


Confused! Whether EAMCET is the same exam as EAPCET?

You're correct, it's the same exam. Andhra Pradesh Engineering Agricultural and Medical Common Entrance Test or AP EAMCET is renamed and now known as Andhra Pradesh Engineering Agricultural and Pharmacy Common Entrance Test or AP EAPCET.

It is a state-level entrance exam that will provide you admission into Engineering, Agriculture, and Pharmacy courses in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

The exam is a computer-based test of 3 hours with a total of 160 questions. The medium of the paper will be in 2 languages English, Urdu, and Telugu.


Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test or TANCET is a common entrance exam conducted to provide you PG admissions in Tamil Nadu State.

The various PG courses which this entrance provides are MTech/ MArch/ MPlan/ ME/MBA and MCA.

The exam is an offline based exam of 2 hours with 100 questions objective based which covers various topics like Business Analysis, Reading Comprehension and Verbal Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, Data Sufficiency, and General English. The medium of the paper is in English and Tamil

22. DU JAT

DU JAT or Delhi University Joint Admission Test is a national level entrance exam conducted to provide you admission in BA, BBA, BMS programs.

This entrance happens once a year in online mode. The duration of the exam is 120 minutes.

There are 100 objective questions on Quantitative Ability, Reasoning, and Analytical Ability, General English, Business, and General Awareness.

The eligibility for this exam is

General category: 60% aggregate

SC, ST, CW, and PwD: 55% aggregate

OBC: 54% aggregate


Lovely Professional University National Eligibility and Scholarship Test (LPUNEST) is a university-based exam which is conducted by Lovely Professional University (LPU).

It provides you admission to the university and offers various courses which are available in the university like Engineering, Law, Agriculture, Design, Hotel Management, and MBA.

LPUNEST is an entrance exam as well as a scholarship exam. The exam duration is 2hours and 30 minutes and it is conducted twice a year.

Eligibility 60% in PCM as well as in English. The university also provides 5% relaxation for you if you're from the North-East state and 10% relaxation if you have achievement in sports.


Next on the list of all exams in India is TISSNET.

Tata Institute of Social Sciences National Entrance Test (TISSNET) which is conducted by TISS, Mumbai is a national-level entrance exam.

The courses this entrance exam offers are MBA/PGDM, MA in Education, MA, MA-MSc, MHA, MPH, MPH-HPEF, MPHSELL, MMA in Social Work, MLIS.

The exam is conducted once a year with 100 minutes duration with 100 MCQ.

If you wish to apply for the entrance exam then either you should be in your final year of your bachelor's degree or should hold your bachelor's degree from a recognized institution.

25. Indian Economic Service Examination

Are you holding a degree in Economics/Applied Economics/Business Economics/Econometrics and looking for a government job?

This one on the list of all exams in India is very useful for you.

IES takes place once a year an offline base exam that goes for 3 days.

If you don't clear this exam on the first attempt then don't worry because IES gives you 6 attempts to clear this exam.

The job which is provided is of Junior Scale. From the total vacancy, one seat is always served for a person with Benchmark Disability in Low Vision or Blindness.

26. Indian Statistical Service Examination

Are you wondering whether ISS is a similar kind of exam as IES?

Then you're correct, it's a similar exam like IES.

But the change comes in your Bachelor's Degree with Statistics/Mathematical Statistics/Applied Statistics.

The exam goes on for 3 days with an offline base pen and paper exam. The number of attempts in this exam is also 6 attempts.

There is also one seat reserved for the person with Benchmark Disability of Low Vision or Blindness. 

27. Staff Selection for Different Cadres

This one on the list of all exams in India is for the ones looking for government jobs.

Have you completed your graduation and are looking for a government job in the group B and C category?

The Staff Selection Commission or SSC is very helpful for you. This exam will provide you with a job in the B and C category of a government job.

There are a total of 33 posts for which you can apply in this particular exam. There are two written exams in SSC followed by an interview and a skill test.

The post which both B and C group offers are -

Group B:

  • Assistants (in Ministry of Railway, External Affairs, Intelligence Bureau, Central Vigilance Commission, Central Secretariat Service, Dept of Revenue, Enforcement directorate)
  • Inspector (Income tax, Excise dept. & Central Bureau of narcotics)
  • Sub inspectors at NIA, CBI, Divisional accountant at offices under CAGStatistical investigator.
  • Compiler

Group C:

  • Auditor,
  • Accountant,
  • Upper-division clerk,
  • Tax assistant,
  • Compiler etc.,

28. National Defence Academy or Naval Academy Examination

NDA is that exam on the list of all exams in India which everyone should opt for.

Dream of joining the Indian force and serving the nation?

NDA will make your dream come true. This is a defense entrance exam conducted for providing admission in Army, Navy, and Air Force wings of NDA and Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC).

NDA takes place twice a year with two stages in the exam: written exam and SSB interview.

The qualifications for the exam are as follow-

Army Wing of National Defence Academy- Class 12/HSC from a recognized board.

Air Force, Navy, and Naval Academy of National Defence Academy-Class 12/HSC with Physics and Mathematics

29. Combined Defence Services Examination

Not eligible for NDA?

Then you don't have to worry because you can apply for CDS. CDS is conducted by UPSC for recruiting Commissioned Officers in the Indian Army, Navy, and Air Force.

This exam takes place twice a year. It is an online-based exam with a duration of two hours. 

If you get selected for the exam you will undergo training at Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (INA), Air Force Academy (AFA), and Officers' Training Academy (OTA).

30. Civil Services Examination

Civil Services Examination also known as CSE is a national-level competitive exam which is conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

By this exam, the UPSC recruited candidates like you, who are interested in posts like Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Revenue Service (IRS), etc.

The CSE has three stages, namely - Preliminary consists of objective questions, Main consists of subjective questions and at the end a personality test or an interview. 

31. Exam For Different Posts Through Reserve Bank Of India Services Board

Next on the list of all exams in India for the ones thinking of a banking career.

Thinking which group or category job does the RBI offer?

Then the answer is Group B and C.

RBI conducted a competitive exam to recruit people for different posts in their bank. The exam is of the same level as any other government recruitment exam.

The different post which group B offers are:

  • Direct Recruitment(DR)
  • General CadreDepartment of Economic Policy and Research(DEPR)
  • Department of Statistics and Information Management(DISM)

32. Exam For Development Officers and Other Through National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development

Aspires to join the banking sector? Another one on the list of all exams in India for bankers.

Then you can do that by giving an exam for recruitment in the National Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development or NABARD.

NABARD consists of two post-Rural Development Banking Services (RDBS), Protocol & Security Service (P&SS).

The selection for Rural Development Banking Services (RDBS) post is done based on the preliminary exam, mains exam, and interview.

33. Exam For Telecom Officers in the Departments and Telecommunications

Want to apply for the telecom department and don't know about the post-it provides?

Then here is the answer: the Department of Telecommunications Assistant Directors & Junior Telecom Officers Posts and also Junior Telecom Officer, Sub Divisional Engineer and many more posts.

To get those posts you have to take the DOT official exam. The eligibility for giving the exam is a bachelor's degree with an age limit not exceeding 56 years.

34. NIFT

Interested in designing and want to make a career with it. Looking for an entrance exam to get into top colleges?

Then The National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) is the opportunity which will make your dream come true.

The entrance will provide programs such as Bachelor of Design (BDes), Bachelor of Fashion Technology (BFTech), Master of Design (MDes), Master of Fashion Management (MFM), and Master of Fashion Technology (MFTech).

The exam is of a national level which takes place once in a year and provides you admission into various colleges across the country.

35. NMAT

NMAT is a national-level entrance exam that is conducted by Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC).

This entrance will provide you admission into MBA and PGDM courses. It is conducted once a year.

The exam is an online-based exam with 120 minutes duration.

Eligibility for MBA and PGDM is a graduation degree with an aggregate of 50%. There are three sections, namely, Language Skills, Quantitative Skills, and Logical Reasoning.


Jharkhand Combined Entrance Competitive Examination or JCECE is an entrance exam conducted for various UG courses for students with a science background.

But note that only if you're from Jharkhand you can apply for this exam.

The courses which this exam offers are B.F.Sc, BHMS, B.Tech Dairy Technology, B.V.Sc and AH and B.Sc. Agriculture & Forestry. The eligibility is 50% in class 12.

37. NEET

The most popular exam on the list of all exams in India for doctors.

Dream of becoming a doctor and confused about which entrance will get you into top medical colleges?

Then NEET is the best option for you. The National Testing Agency (NTA) conducts NEET for admission to MBBS, BDS, AYUSH, Veterinary, and other medical/paramedical courses across the country.

NEET is conducted in 11 different languages and occurs once a year with a duration of 3 hours. The eligibility is an aggregate of 50% in the 12th board exam.

38. Engineering Entrance

If you're in the science stream and looking for a career option. Then engineering is considered as one of the sought-after careers in India.

There are more than 50 engineering entrance exams which are conducted in India. The top entrance exams are JEE Mains, JEE Advanced, BITSAT, VITEEE, SRMJEEE, KIITEE, WBJEE, BCECE, and many more.

There are different eligibility and categories for different exams. There are some mentioned in this article. You can take a look at them.

39. MBA Entrance

There are several MBA entrance exams which take place in India on national, state and university level. Top MBA entrance exams of India include CAT, XAT, SNAP, NMAT, CMAT, IIFT, MAT, MAH CET, IBSAT, etc.

Every MBA entrance has questions based on PCB. The eligibility differs with different entrance exams for MBA.

40. CLAT

Talking about exams in India, then how can we forget CLAT!

Common-Law Admission Test is a national-level law exam conducted for UG and PG law courses.

The exam takes place once a year in an offline mode with 2 hours duration. The entrance will provide you admission to top law colleges across India.

The eligibility for the UG course exam is 45% in the class 12 board exam from a recognized board. And for the PG course exam 55% in LLB degree from a recognized university.

41. Medical Entrance

Being on a medical team is one of the toughest and best careers in the world.

So when it comes to India, there are a number of exams that are conducted to get you into medical colleges.The top medical exams are AFMC,AIPMT,AIPMT,AMU CAT,AMUPMDC,AU MEE,BHU PMT,BVU CET,CEE ,CET and many more.

The eligibility differs with different exams for medical entrance.

42. CAT

Do we really need to explain this one from the list of all exams in India?

Common Admission Test or CAT exam is a national entrance exam that is a gateway to 20 IIMs. The exam is conducted by IIM , Ahmedabad.

The exam takes place once a year. You are eligible for this entrance if you graduated with a 50 % aggregate (45 % for SC/ST students).

The exam is online based on questions from Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR), Quantitative Ability (QA).


Aspired to join Indian Air Force? 

This is the exam you should consider giving.

The Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) is conducted by the Indian Air Force. The exam takes place twice a year and selected officers for both technical and non-technical departments.

The exam is online-based and consists of optional questions.

Hope this article was useful to you and got a guide towards which direction you want to go and which exam you have selected to complete your dream. 

Do tell me how you find the article? Was it useful and helped you in choosing your career?

Oh yes! Also, tell me which exam you have to think of giving or you are preparing to give?

Share it with your friends and other people who are about to end their school life and start their careers. All the best.

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