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List Of Competitive Exams In India – A Complete Guide

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Competition is tough in India. Be it a job, a reputed degree, a degree from a good institution. To get the opportunity of your dreams, you need to appear for competitive exams. We have brought together a list of competitive exams in India to make your choice simple. Have a look to find all the options available.

List of Competitive Exams in India after Class 10th & 12th:

list of competitive exams after class 10 & 12

Upcoming Competitive Exams after Class 12th 2023-24

ExamNotificationSubmission of ApplicationAdmit CardDate of ExaminationResult
SSC CHSL7 days before the exam9 Mar – 21 Mar 2023To be updated
SSC StenographerOctober 2023February 2024March 2024May 2024
SSC MTS17 February 2023April 2023To be updated
NDA & NA21 December 202216 April 2023To be updated
AIIMS & NEETFebruary 20234th week of March 20237 May 20231st week of June 2023
JEE Main7 Feb 2023 to 7 Mar 2023Last week of March 20236 Apr – 12 Apr 2023To be updated
BITSAT (Session I)31 Jan 2023 – 9 Apr 202310 May 202322 May 2023-26 May 2023 (Session I)  To be updated
BITSAT (Session II)23 May 2023 – 12 June 202316 June 202318 June 2023 – 22 June 2023To be updated
Railways (RRB NTPC Exam Date 2023)February 2023April 2023May 2023June 2023 – Dec 2023(CBT-1 & CBT-2)To be updated
CTETDec 2023 – Jan 2024 (tentative)To be updated
CLATFirst week of August 2023 First week of December 2023Dec 2023December 2023
AILETSeptember 2023Third week of November 2023Last week of NovemberSecond week of Dec 2023Third week of December 2023
KVPY22 May 2023To be updated
NEST27 February 202317 May 202312 June 202324 June 202310 July 2023
NIFT1 November 202231 December 20223rd week of January 20235 Feb 202322 Feb  – 24 Feb 2023
SEED5 Sep 2022 – 4 Jan 20237 January 202315 Jan 202323 January 2023

Below is the list of competitive exams in India that you can pursue after high school and do not require graduation.


The exam is conducted by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) for undergraduate students. As CHSL stands for ‘Combined Higher Secondary level’. The exam is conducted in three tiers:

  • Tier 1 – Objective test
  • Tier 2 – Descriptive test
  • Tier 3 – Typing test/ skill test

Depending on the exam results, you are recruited for the following positions:

(i)  Lower Divisional Clerk (LDC)

(ii) Junior Secretariat Assistant (JSA)

(iii) Postal Assistant (PA)

(iv) Sorting Assistant (SA)

(v)  Data Entry Operator (DEO)

(vi) DEO

(vii) DEO (Grade A)

According to the order of the positions mentioned above, the pay scale varies from Rs 19,900 to Rs 81,100.

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern:

Exam durationTier 1 – 1 hour, Tier 2 – 1 hour, Tier 3 – 15 minutes
Exam typeTier 1 – Online, Tier 2 – Offline, Tier 3 – Offline
Total questions Tier 1 – 100 MCQs, Tier 2 – Essay writing, Tier 3 – Typing test
Subjects Covered English Language, General Intelligence, Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness, Letter/Application Writing, Essay Writing


This exam is also conducted by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC). It is for students who have completed their class 10th from a recognized board. The age criteria is 18-23 years.

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) holds this exam for undergraduate students for the recruitment of: 

  • Stenographer Grade C (Group B Non-Gazetted) 
  • Grade D (Group C) for the Ministries/ Organisations /Departments of the government

The candidates are selected for the posts of Constable (General Duty) and Rifleman (General Duty).

4 selection stages in SSC GD exam

(i)  Computer-Based Test (CBE)

(ii) Physical Efficiency Test (PET)

(iii) Physical Standard Test (PST)

(iv) Medical Exam which consists of Detailed Medical Exam (DME), Review Medical Exam

SSC GD Exam Pattern:

Exam duration1 hour 30 minutes
Exam typeOnline
Total questions 100 MCQs 
Subjects Covered General Intelligence & Reasoning, General Knowledge & General Awareness, Elementary Mathematics, and English/Hindi

3. SSC Stenographer

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) holds this exam for undergraduate students for the recruitment of: 

  • Stenographer Grade C (Group B Non-Gazetted)
  • Grade D (Group C) for the Ministries/ Organisations /Departments of the government 

The exam is conducted every year where the exam stages include a computer-based test and a skill test. The stenographer’s day to day responsibilities includes speech writing, press conference briefings, helping in public relations, etc. 

The pay scale of this job varies from Rs 9,300 to Rs 20,200

SSC Stenographer Exam Pattern:

Exam duration2 hours
Exam typeOnline
Total questions 200 MCQs 
Subjects CoveredGeneral English and Intelligence, General Awareness, English Language and Comprehension


The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts this exam. It provides opportunities to students who have completed their Class 10 from a recognized board. However, the age limit for applying for this exam is from 18-27 years. It offers recruitment to the candidates in: 

  • General Central Service Group-C non-gazetted
  • Non-ministerial posts in various departments, ministries, and offices of the Government of India

To qualify for the exam, students are supposed to qualify for two tests namely Paper-1, which is online, and Paper-2, which is offline. 

The candidates of this exam fall under the category of the Pay Band-1 Rs 5,200-20,200 and are given grade pay of Rs 1,800.

SSC MTS Exam Pattern:

Exam durationPaper 1 – 1 hour 30 minutes, Paper 2 – 30 minutes
Exam typePaper 1 – Online, Paper 2 – Offline
Total questions Paper 1 – 100 MCQs, Paper 2 – Essay writing
Subjects Covered General English, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, General Intelligence and Reasoning

5. NDA & NA

Organized by the Union Public Service Commission, the NDA is one of the most sought-after examinations for undergraduate students. The candidates must appear for a written exam and an SSB Interview to qualify. The National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination (NDA & NA) exam is conducted twice a year. Candidates are selected for the post of Army Wing of National Defence Academy and Air Force, Navy, and Naval Academy of National Defence Academy.

NDA & NA Exam Pattern:

Exam durationGeneral Ability Test – 2 hours and 30 minutes, Maths – 2 hours and 30 minutes 
Exam typeOffline
Total questions General Ability Test – 150 MCQs, Maths – 120 MCQs
Subjects coveredCurrent Affairs, Physics, Chemistry, History, Geography, General Science and Mathematics


All India Institute of Medical Sciences conducts special medical tests for the students who have passed their 12th from CBSE/ISC/State Board with Physics, Chemistry, Biology as the main subject. The students who appear for the exam should have scored a minimum of 40-50% aggregate in 12th( depending on their category). 

AIIMS & NEET Exam Pattern:

Exam duration3 hours and 30 minutes3 hours and 20 minutes
InstitutesAIIMS affiliated institutions in IndiaAll the medical colleges except AIIMS and JIPMER
Exam typeOnlineOffline
Total Questions200 Assertion reason and MCQs200 MCQs
Subjects CoveredPhysics, Chemistry, Biology , General Knowledge, Aptitude & Logical ThinkingPhysics, Chemistry, Zoology and Botany

7. JEE Main

The list of competitive exams in India is incomplete without JEE Main. The National Testing Agency (NTA) holds this exam for the Class 12th science stream students. This Joint Entrance Exam is conducted to offer students admissions to BE/BTech, BPlan, and BArch courses to IIITs (Indian Institute of Information Technology), NITs (National Institute of Technology), and all other Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs) around the country. 

JEE Main Exam Pattern:

Exam duration3 hours
InstitutesIIITs, NITs and many other top colleges in India
Exam typeBoth online and offline
Total Questions 90 MCQs 


Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, conducts this exam for students. Candidates must have completed their class 12th or equivalent exam from any recognized board with Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics/Biology, and English as subjects. Admission eligibility is a minimum aggregate of 75% of the subjects mentioned earlier. Candidate must have a minimum 60% marks in individual subject.

BITSAT Exam Pattern:

Exam duration3 hours
InstitutesBITS Pilani
Exam typeOnline
Total Questions 130 MCQs 
Subjects coveredPhysics, Chemistry, English Proficiency, Logical Reasoning, Mathematics and Biology

9. Railways

Students above 18 years of age are eligible to appear for railway exams. Railways conduct 4 exams- 

(i) RRB Non-Technical Popular Categories (NTPC)

(ii) RRB JE 

(iii) RRB ALP

(iv) RRB Group D

The exam pattern & posts for all these exams vary accordingly. The RRC Group D exam is also conducted by the Railway Recruitment Control Board (RRB). Students who have completed their Class 10 from a recognized board can apply for this exam. However, the age limit for this exam is 18 to 33 years.

Railways Exam Pattern:

Exam durationStage 1 – 1 hour, Stage 2 – 1 hour
Exam typeOnline
Total Questions Stage 1 – 100 MCQs, Stage 2 – 120 MCQs 
Subjects coveredMathematics, General Intelligence and Reasoning and General Awareness

10. CTET

Central Teacher Eligibility Test is organized by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for determining the eligibility of candidates as teachers for Class 1-8. However, candidates above 18 years of age can apply as a teacher for primary classes and will have to only qualify for Paper-1 for the exam. 

The Payscale for this exam varies from Rs 9,300 – Rs 34,800.

CTET Exam Pattern:

Exam durationPaper 1 – 2.5 hours, Paper 2 – 2.5 hours
Exam typeOnline
Total Questions Paper 1 – 150 MCQs, Paper 2 – 150 MCQs
Subjects coveredPaper 1 – Child Development and Pedagogy, Language, Mathematics and Environmental Studies, Paper 2 – Child Development and Pedagogy, Language, Mathematics & Science and Social Studies & Social Science

11. CLAT

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a national level entrance exam for undergraduate students, organized by The Consortium of NLUs. The candidate must have completed class 12th and obtained the minimum aggregate as required by their category.

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National Law University, Delhi conducts the All India Law Entrance Test (AILET)  for admission to undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorate level law courses. While CLAT is more at the India level, AILET is for admission to National Law University(NLU), Delhi only. 

CLAT & AILET Exam Pattern:

Exam duration2 hours1 hour 30 minutes
Institutes22 NLUs + Private Law CollegesNLU , Delhi
Exam typePaper-basedPaper-based
Total Questions 150 MCQs 150 MCQs 
Subjects coveredEnglish Language, Current Affairs & General Knowledge and Logical ReasoningEnglish Language, Current Affairs & General Knowledge, Legal Reasoning and Logical Reasoning

13. KVPY

Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, conducts Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana(KVPY) exam. It is a scholarship programme sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology of the Government of India, encouraging students to take up research careers in basic sciences. The test mainly has Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology questions. The exam has 80 questions and only MCQ type.

KVPY Exam Pattern:

Exam duration3 hours
InstitutesCGU, IIIT, IISER and many other top colleges
Exam typeOnline
Total Questions 80 MCQs 
Subjects coveredPhysics, Chemistry, Mathematics & Biology

14. NEST

The National Entrance Screening Test is an entrance examination for admission to:

  • National Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhubaneswar
  • Center for Excellence in Basic Sciences, Mumbai 
  • Visva Bharati University, West Bengal

The test offers admissions to 5year integrated M.Sc courses in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics.

NEST Exam Pattern:

Exam duration3 hours
InstitutesNational Institute of Science Education and Research, Center for Excellence in Basic Sciences and many other top colleges
Exam typeOnline
Total Questions 230 MCQs 
Subjects coveredGeneral Ability, Physics, Chemistry, Maths, and Biology

15. NIFT

The National Institute of Fashion Technology conducts an entrance exam to shortlist candidates for admission to fashion design programmes.

NIFT Exam Pattern:

Exam duration2 hours
Exam typeOnline
Total Questions 100 objective questions and one subjective question
Subjects coveredQuantitative Ability, Communication Ability, English Comprehension, Analytical Ability, General Knowledge and Current Affairs

16. SEED

Symbiosis International University conducts Symbiosis Entrance Exam for Design (SEED) for admission in their Bachelor of Design(BDes) programmes. B.Des is a full-time four-year course with specialisations in Fashion Designing, Accessory Designing, Textile Designing, Interior Designing, etc. 

SEED Exam Pattern:

Exam duration2 hours 30 minutes
InstitutesSymbiosis Institute of Design, Symbiosis School of Planning Architecture and Design
Exam typeOnline
Total Questions 150 MCQs 
Subjects coveredVisualisation, Observational, Perceptual and Reasoning abilities, Creative and Problem-Solving abilities, Application of Basic knowledge of Science and Mathematics, Art, Craft, Culture, Design, and Environment

List of Competitive Exams In India After Graduation

list of competitive exams after graduation

Upcoming Competitive Exams after Graduation 2023-24

ExamNotificationSubmission of ApplicationAdmit CardDate of Examination 
SSC CGL1st April 20231st May 2023June/July 2023To be updated
IBPS RRBJune 2023July 2023To be released soonPrelims: 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th & 19th Aug 2023 

Main Exam Date: 16 Sep 2023
To be updated
LIC AAO15th January 202331st January 202310th February 202317 and 20 Feb 2023 

Main Exam: 18 March 2023
March 2023
NIACL AOTo be released soonTo be released soonTo be released soonTo be released soonTo be updated
CAT30th July 202326 November 2023To be updated
MAT CBT 1 (Online)21st February 202324th February 202326 February 20233rd week of March 2023
MAT CBT 227th February 20232nd March 20234 March 2023
XATAugust 2023November 2023December 2023January 20243rd or 4th week of January 2024
UPSC1st February 202321st February 2023Prelims: 28 May 2023 

Mains: 15 September 2023
To be updated
UPPSCFebruary 2023To be updatedTo be updatedTo be updatedTo be updated
AFCAT1st December 202231st December 20228th February 202324 Feb – 26 Feb 2023March 2023
AP Forest Department Recruitment 

17th, 18th, 19th March 2023
CG Police Constable ExamTo be updatedTo be updatedTo be updatedTo be updatedTo be updated
BSPHCL Assistant ExamMay 2023May 2023Prelims: July 2023

Main: Aug 2023
Aug 2023
HSSC Clerk RecruitmentTo be updatedTo be updatedTo be updatedTo be updatedTo be updated
TSCAB Staff Assistant Recruitment To be updatedTo be updatedTo be updatedTo be updatedTo be updated
IESE27 January 2023Prelims: 19 February 2023

Mains:  25 June 2023
To be updated
IIFTTo be updatedTo be updatedTo be updatedTo be updatedTo be updated
SBI POTo be updatedTo be updatedTo be updatedTo be updatedTo be updated
IBPS POAugust 2023August 2023Prelims-September 2023

Mains-October 2023
23rd & 30th September 2023 and 1st October 2023

5th November 2023
To be updated
GATE4th, 5th, 11th, 12th February16th March 2023
CEED7th March 2023

Now, start the list of competitive exams in India that you can pursue after graduation. 


The SSC CGL examination is held for students who have completed their bachelor’s degree from a recognized board or university. Candidates are selected for the post of  Group-B and Group-C posts. For the different departments/organizations/ ministries of the Government of India. The exam consists of three tiers: Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3. The pay range for this job varies from Rs 25,500 to Rs 1,51,100.

SSC CGL Exam Pattern:

Exam durationTier-I/Objective: 60 minutes, Tier-II/Objective: 4 papers(2 hours each), Tier-III/Descriptive test: 60 minutes, Tier-IV/Computer Skill test: 15 minutes 
Exam typeTier-I: Online, Tier-II: Online, Tier-III: Offline, Tier-IV: Computer proficiency test
Total Questions 150 MCQs 
Subjects coveredGeneral Intelligence & Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude and English Comprehension

2. Banking & Insurance

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection Regional Rural Bank Officer & Office Assistant Exam (IBPS RRB) is conducted for aspirants who wish to have their future career in banking. The eligibility criteria for Office Assistant/Clerk and Officer Scale I are 18-28 years. However, only a graduate can apply.

The four insurance companies under government are LIC, New India Assurance, National Insurance, United Insurance, and Oriental. 

The LIC holds 5 exams: the LIC AAO exam, LIC Assistant Engineer (LIC AE), LIC Assistant 2020, LIC ADO (Apprentice Development Officer), and LIC HFL 2019 exam. Whereas the  New India Assurance holds two exams namely, NIACL AO 2018 and NIACL Assistant 2018

The eligibility criteria for each exam varies accordingly.

3. MBA Entrance Exams

MBA Entrance exams aren’t a piece of cake, yet with determination & hard work one can clear them tactfully. These exams are to measure the effectiveness of students. Entrance Exams like CAT/MAT/XAT can help the graduate students get admissions in some of the most prestigious MBA programmes. 

CAT, MAT & XAT Exam Pattern:

Exam duration2 hours2 hours 30 minutes3 hours 10 minutes
InstitutesIIMs, IITs and many top colleges in IndiaBIMTECH, IMT, Indus Business Academy, ISBM  and many top colleges in India  XLRI, IMI,  IMT, XIME, IRMA, MICA, TAPMI, Great Lakes, BIMTECH and many top colleges in India
Exam typeOfflineOfflineOnline
Total Questions 64-76(MCQs + Descriptive)200 MCQs100 MCQs + 1 Descriptive
Subjects coveredVerbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning and Quantitative AptitudeLanguage Comprehension, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Mathematical Skills and Indian and Global EnvironmentDecision Making, Verbal & Logical Ability, Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation and General Knowledge

4. UPSC Civil Services Examination

The Union Public Service Commission conducts UPSC, UPPSC, NDA, CDS exams. The motive of the examination is to select candidates for 

  • Civil Services
  • National Defence Academy (NDA)
  • Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC)
  • Commissioned Officers in the Indian Army, Navy, and Air Force 

5. Indian Air Force

The Indian Air force conducts the AFCAT ( Air Force Common Admission Test). The exam is held twice a year to select Group A Gazetted Officers in Flying and Ground Duty (Technical and Non-Technical) branches.  

The pay range for this job varies from Rs 7 lakhs to 10 lakhs per annum.

Indian Air Force Exam Pattern:

 Technical grade(Group X)Non-Technical grade(Group Y)Group X & Y
Exam duration1 hour45 minutes85 minutes
Exam typeOnlineOnlineOnline
Total Questions 70 MCQs 50 MCQs 100 MCQs 
Subjects covered English, Physics, MathematicsReasoning and General Awareness, EnglishEnglish, Physics, Mathematics, Reasoning and General Awareness

6. State-level Examinations

The state-level examinations are crucial as they include job security, good salary & come with numerous perks & benefits. Some state-level examinations are: 

  • AP Forest Department Recruitment
  • CG Police Constable Exam
  • BSPHCL Assistant Exam
  • HSSC Recruitment
  • TSCAB Staff Assistant Recruitment

7. Indian Economic Service Examination

United Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts a national-level examination – Indian Economic Service(IES), to recruit for various positions. Engineers or candidates having a degree in economics/ statistics can apply. Here are the popular positions that get filled by the IES exam:

S.No.Name of IES PostsRequirement
1Indian Railway Service of EngineersCivil Engineering
2Indian Railway Stores ServiceCivil Engineering
3Central Engineering ServiceCivil Engineering
4Indian Ordnance Factories Service AWM/ JTS Civil Engineering
5Central Engineering Service (Roads), Gr ‘A’ Civil Engineering
6Central Water Engineering Service Gr ‘A’ Civil Engineering
7Survey of India Group ‘A’ ServiceCivil Engineering
8AEE(Civil Engg Posts)in Border Roads Engineering Service Gr ‘A’Civil Engineering
9AEE(Civil) of P&T Building Works Gr ‘A’Civil Engineering
10Indian Defence Service of EngineersCivil Engineering
11AEE(QS&C) in Military Engineer Service (MES)Surveyor CadreCivil Engineering
12Indian  Railway  Service  of  Mechanical EngineersMechanical Engineering
13Indian Railway Stores Service (Mechanical Engineering Posts)Mechanical Engineering
14Indian Ordnance Factories Service AWM/ JTS (Mechanical Engineering Posts)Mechanical Engineering
15Central Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Service (Mechanical Engineering Posts)Mechanical Engineering
16Geological Survey of India Engineering Service Gr ‘A’Mechanical Engineering
17Central Engineering Service (Roads), Gr ‘A’ Mechanical Engineering
18Central Water Engineering Service Gr ‘A’Mechanical Engineering
19Indian Naval Armament ServiceMechanical Engineering
20Indian Defence Service of EngineersMechanical Engineering
21Central Power Engineering Service Gr ‘B’ Mechanical Engineering
22AEE(Mech Engg Posts) in Border Roads Engineering Service Gr ‘A’Mechanical Engineering
23Indian Railway Service of Electrical EngineersElectrical Engineering
24Indian Railway Stores Service Electrical Engineering
25Central Electrical and Mechanical Engineering ServiceElectrical Engineering
26Indian Ordnance Factories Service AWM/JTS Electrical Engineering
27Indian Inspection Service (Asstt.Dir. Grade I)Electrical Engineering
28Indian Supply Service Gr ‘A’Electrical Engineering
29AEE(Electrical) of P&T Building Works Gr ‘A’Electrical Engineering
30Indian Defence Service of EngineersElectrical Engineering
31Indian Naval Armament ServiceElectrical Engineering
32Central Power Engineering Service Gr ‘B’ Electrical Engineering
33Indian Railway Service of Signal EngineersElectronics and Telecommunication Engineering
34Indian Railway Stores Service Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering
35Indian Inspection Service (Asst.Dir.Grade-I)Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering
36Indian Telecommunication Service, Group ‘A’Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering
37Indian Radio Regulatory Service Gr ‘A’Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering
38Indian Ordnance Factories Service AWM/ JTS Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering
39Indian Naval Armament ServiceElectronics and Telecommunication Engineering
40Junior Telecom Officer (General Central Service Group ‘B’, Gazetted, Non-Ministerial)Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering
41Central Power Engineering Service Group ‘B’ Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering

8. Food Corporation Of India Examination

The Food Corporation of India(FCI) manages the supply and pricing of food grains. They also work to support farmers’ interests. FCI recruits for many positions like Manager (General Administration, Technical, Accounts, Law), Engineer, Typist, Medical Officer, etc. The exam pattern depends on the role. 

9. GRE

The Graduate Record Examinations is the entrance exam for graduate schools in the U.S., Canada, and other countries. Many top-ranked M.B.A. programs accept GRE scores, so students who wish to study abroad opt for GRE as the first choice. 

GRE Exam Pattern:

Exam durationOnline – 3 hours 45 minutes, Paper-based – 3 hours 30 minutes
InstitutesTop international B schools like Stanford University, University of Virginia, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Michigan, University of California and many other reputed schools 
Exam typeBoth Online and paper-based
Total Questions Online – 82Paper-based – 102
Subjects coveredAnalytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning

10. IIFT

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) Delhi, Kolkata and Kakinada conduct a separate management exam for admission to their M.B.A. International Business course. IIFT is counted amongst the top B-schools of India, and its M.B.A. programmes specialise in international trade and business.

IIFT Exam Pattern:

Exam duration2 hours
InstitutesIndian Institute of Foreign Trade, Delhi School of Professional Studies and Research, IPS Business School, IFIM Business School 
Exam typeOnline
Total Questions 110 MCQs
Subjects coveredQuantitative Ability, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation, and General Knowledge

11. State Bank Of India – PO

State Bank of India conducts the SBI PO exam to recruit probationary officers for their branches. SBI is India’s largest bank and gives you the opportunity to work in many areas. A Probationary Officer(PO) is an entry-level employee or junior manager in a bank who handles management work at a bank. 

SBI PO Exam Pattern:

Exam durationPrelims: 1 hour, Mains: 3 hour, 30 minutes
Exam typeOnline 
Total Questions Prelims: 100 MCQs(Prelims)Mains: 155 MCQs + 2 Descriptive(Mains)
Subjects coveredReasoning & Computer Aptitude, Quantitative Aptitude, English Language, Data Interpretation & Analysis and General/Economy/Banking Awareness.

12. IBPS – PO 

With so much competition, no list of the toughest competitive exams in India can skip IBPS-PO. Institute of Banking Personnel Selection conducts the IBPS PO exam to select Probationary Officers in different public sector banks in India. Banks participating in IBPS PO are:

  • Bank of Baroda
  • Canara Bank
  • UCO Bank 
  • Indian Overseas Bank
  • Bank of India
  • Punjab National Bank
  • Bank of Maharashtra
  • Punjab & Sind Bank
  • Central Bank of India 
  • Union Bank of India
  • Indian Bank

IBPS PO Exam Pattern:

Exam duration1 hour(Prelims) and 3 hour, 30 minutes(Mains)
Exam typeOnline and Offline
Total Questions 100(Prelims) and 157(Mains)
Subjects covered Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, Data Analysis and Interpretation, English, Economy/Banking Awareness

13. GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering)

Students who wish to pursue further Master’s or Doctoral courses in Engineering/Technology/Architecture/Science take the GATE exam. Candidates with an engineering degree or master’s degree in mathematics/science/statistics/computer applications are eligible for the exam. Many PSUs also accept the exam score for their recruitment. 

GATE Exam Pattern:

Exam duration3 hours
InstitutesIIT, NIT, VIT and many other top institutes
Exam typePaper-based
Total Questions 10 (General Aptitude) + 55 (subject wise) = 65 Questions
Subjects covered You can choose one or two subjects from below list:1. Aerospace Engineering (AE)2. Agricultural Engineering (AG)3. Architecture and Planning (AR)4. Biotechnology (BT)5. Civil Engineering (CE)6. Chemical Engineering (CH)7. Computer Science and Information Technology (CS)8. Chemistry (CY)9. Electronics and Communication Engg (EC)10. Electrical Engineering (EE)11. Ecology and Evolution (EY)12. Geology and Geophysics (GG)13. Instrumentation Engineering (IN)14. Mathematics (MA)15. Mechanical Engineering (ME)16. Mining Engineering (MN)17. Metallurgical Engineering (MT)18. Petroleum Engineering (PE)19. Physics (PH)20. Production and Industrial Engineering (PI)21. Textile Engineering and Fibre Science (TF)22. Statistics (ST)23. BioMedical Engineering (BM)24. Engineering Sciences25. Life Sciences (XL)26. Humanities and Social Sciences (XH)27. Environmental Science and Engineering (ES)28. Geomatics Engineering (GE)29. Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NM) 

14. CEED

IIT Bombay conducts the Common Entrance Examination for Design(CEED) for admission to the Master of Design (M.Des) and PhD programs in IITs/IISC/Symbiosis and many other colleges.  

CEED Exam Pattern:

Exam durationPart A(Objective) – 3 hours, Part B(Descriptive) – 2 hours
InstitutesIIT, IIDM, IISC, VIT, Symbiosis, LPU and many other colleges
Exam typePart A- Computer Based TestPart B- Offline
Total Questions 46 
Subjects coveredPart A:Visualisation and Spatial Ability Environmental and Social AwarenessAnalytical and Logical Reasoning Language and CreativityDesign Thinking and Problem Solving Observation and Design Sensitivity, Part B:Drawing CreativityCommunication Skills Analytical and Problem Solving Skills 

Further Resources to Prepare for Exam

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Here is the list of competitive exam books that will help you prepare for the exams. 

1. General Knowledge Book for Competitive Exams

2. A Handbook of Essays For Competitive Examinations

3. Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations 

4. An Advanced Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning for Competitive Exams

5. Objective English For Competitive Examinations

6. Objective Indian Polity

7. Objective Indian History

8. Objective Indian Economy

9. Objective Geography

10. Objective General Science

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1. Objective Biology By Oswal Gurukul

2. Objective Physics By Oswal Gurukul

3. Objective Chemistry By Oswal Gurukul

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1. IIT-JEE Solved Papers- Physics

2. IIT-JEE Solved Papers- Chemistry

3. IIT-JEE Solved Papers- Biology

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