You may have sat for some really though exams, which brings your brain to hand. But do you know some exams can make you “sweat like a pregnant fish”? Now, here are seven of the toughest exams in the world.

Master Sommelier Diploma Exam

The Master Sommelier Diploma exam is considered as the toughest examination in the world. Only 200 people have successfully passed the exams since its introduction in 1969. The exam was introduced to ensure an improved beverage knowledge in hotels and restaurants.

All Souls Prize Fellowship Exam

The All Souls Prize Fellowship Exams is an exam conducted by the Oxford University. It is interesting to know that the exam was previously based on a single word on a paper. The candidates would, therefore, be required to write a single essay using the word. Two candidates are chosen for the fellowship each year.

CFA- Chartered Financial Analyst

The CFA is a professional exam by the CFA Institute. It is not exactly a degree exam but more of a professional in stature. Less than 1/5th of candidates who sit for the exams are successful each year. The exam is based on two objectives and one essay.

GRE- Graduate Record Examinations

GRE is one of the toughest exams, yet one of the most taken worldwide. GRE is a requirement for most universities in the US. Applicants need to have a certain GRE score to be admitted. The exams can be taken online and offline.


Mensa is not only the oldest but also the largest IQ exams in the world. The Mensa Society consists of people with the highest IQ. Every country has a Mensa Society despite the exams being the most difficult IQ Test in the world.

UPSC- Union Public Service Commission

UPSC is an agency that conducts all the major examinations in India. It is responsible to recruit all high government officials in India. It is one of the difficult exams in country. Each year, only thousand out of the 30,000 candidates who sits for the exams pass.

GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering)

GATE is an exam taken by all engineering students in India. Candidates who pass the exam are able to pursue postgraduate courses. The exam is organised by the Indian Institute of Science and the 7 IITs (Indian Institute of Technology).