Top 12 Toughest Exams in the World

Examinations have always scared the hell out of students, even the brightest ones. We lose our sanity and logical thinking when exams come knocking on the door. Every other activity except sleep and eating is forgotten before exams and just a mere look at the time table of our examinations sends a chill down the spine, such is its severity. From a very early age we are introduced to exams and they do not leave us for a very long time. First school exams, high school exams, followed by college, university, entrances, and interviews and by the time we get a job, we are already planning to leave it and switch to a better job. Another exam! This is the bitter truth of our lives!

So these school and college exams scare us? This list is going to make you insane on a whole new level. When you are going to read and collect facts about the world’s toughest exams, you know it is not an easy deal. So brace yourselves and let your imaginations run in full swing!

12. IES (Indian Engineering Services)

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IES is nothing but the civil services to take care of the technical and managerial services of the Indian Government. So the government has to be choosy while picking its top officials through the highly competitive IES exams on the basis of the merit of the appearing candidates. For this, a four stage competitive exam is held all over the country, which comprises of six tests. The two part written tests last for a period of 12 hours after which there is a personality test. Lakhs of candidates appear for this examination every year, as it is the most prestigious post for every engineer in India but records show that in 2010, out of the 1, 57,649 that appeared, only 434 were selected. The scenario is similar every year. The President of India himself appoints the selected candidates to the Group A category.

11. LNAT (National Admission Test for Law)

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This test in the UK is an aptitude test for main law universities. This test was started in 2004 to admit students to the top law colleges in the UK. Initially started as a filtering agent to be able to select the best from the best among home students, this test is now applicable even to foreign students. Each applicant is given two hours and a quarter to complete an essay and 42 MCQs to test the reading and logical reasoning skills. The reading part contains a passage from which one has to answer ten sets of papers and for the essay part a student is given 40 minutes and the topic is generally a student related topic. Currently nine law universities in the UK hold this test to enroll students.

10. CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert)

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Through this exam Cisco Systems certify the skills of the ones selected in the exam of planning, operating, troubleshooting tough network facilities. This certification is considered the most prestigious certificate in the entire networking industry. Now, qualifying for this examination is not an easy task at all. According to Cisco, of all the engineers appearing for this test, only 3% are selected and certified. The candidates have to go through a two step exam, of which the first part is a written test lasting for two hours with 90 to 110 questions. One requires to pay $350 for registration of the first half and the good part about this half is that the results are immediately declared whether a candidate has passed or not. Only the students who have passed the first part then pay another $1,500 for the second part of the exam where students have to appear for the practical part in the lab lasting for 8 hours. Fewer than 1% get selected.

9. GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering)

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This all India examination tests engineering students on their knowledge of engineering and various fields if science. The GATE score opens doors for post graduate studies in the field of science to prestigious universities because GATE is held jointly by the Indian Institute of Science and the seven IITs in the country. The exam consists of a single paper lasting for three hours where a student has to answer both MCQs and numerical. From 2014, keeping in mind the students’ convenience, the tests will be now carried out online where questions are arranged in a random sequence. The GATE score is valid for two years from the time the results are announced.

8. Gaokao

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This exam in China is also known as the National Higher Education Entrance Examination. Every student in the country has to appear for this exam, as it is the main requirement to get into higher studies. Every Chinese teenager’s life and future is dependent on this exam because, students have to appear for this to get admitted to undergraduate courses. Every senior high school student goes through a tough phase during this exam. Every this exam decides the fate of millions of students across the country. The mental stress that students go through has been subject of interests to many documentary makers around the globe.

7. IIT JEE (Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Examination)

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IIT needs no introduction. It is the best engineering institute in the country. Students spend years preparing for this entrance, because IITs in India are not just colleges, they are a status! Out of every 5, 00, 000 students appearing, only a handful of 10,000 get selected every year. The exam is divided into two papers of three hours each, both of which are objective. Students who do not get through the exam in the first attempt make repeated attempts, dropping years and many of them even get admitted to prestigious colleges like Harvard, MIT and many more. Such is the toughness and standard of the IITJEE.

6. UPSC (Union Public Service Commission)

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This is India’s central agency that holds all the important examinations to recruit top notch government officials in the country. It conducts the Civil Services Exam, Combined Defence Services Exam, Indian Statistical Service Examination and lots more. The exceptionally bright students who have cleared CAT and IITJEE and found it to be quite easy for them, they too find UPSC a tough platform to compete on. Even IAS officers are selected through UPSC exams. The exam is held in a preliminary phase at first where candidates answer objective question and then the main phase where they appear for a subjective one and then an interview. Out of approximately 3 lakh students appearing, hardly a thousand of them are actually selected.

5. Mensa

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It is the oldest and largest highest IQ society on the world, a non profit organization where people who score 98 percentile in the standardized IQ tests are considered to be low rankers. Mensa has branches all over the world. the best thing about Mensa is that there is no age bar. People can take the test in any age. The youngest member in Mensa is all of two years now. Different countries and national groups have their own procedures of exam and Mensa too has its own application procedure where they judge people on the basis of the quality of their talents.

4. GRE (Graduate Record Examinations)

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GRE, as we all know, is like the entrance test for most schools in the States. It is held both online and on paper. For the computer based online exam, there are six different sections containing analytical writing sections, verbal reasoning sections, quantitative reasoning sections and research section. The paper-based test is available only to areas where conducting online tests is not possible. Most graduate schools in the USA require the GRE score as their prerequisite score for admission.

3. CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Exam

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The CFA is not an academic degree, it is a professional stature. The Wall Street Journal termed the CFA test as the toughest test in the world. Less than one-fifth of the applicants pass each year and most of them attempt for the CFA repeatedly. For this charter, applicants have to appear for three stages of exams. The first two stages contain MCQ format tests and the third one consists of essay type subjective questions, along with few more MCQs. Every finance and investment professional tries to attempt this test at least once in his lifetime. Every CFA charter holder needs to have at least 4 years of prior working experience to be able to hold this prestigious office.

2. All Souls Prize Fellowship Exam

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As we draw to the near end of the list, the exams keep getting tougher. This fellowship exam held at Oxford University’s All Souls College is one of the toughest exams in the world. Until 2010, students were required to write a long essay about only one word given in one of the papers. Only two fellows are selected every year from all the students appearing for the exam. So you understand the level of toughness of this exam, right? The exam consists of four papers, each of which last for three hours. One needs to have both factual knowledge and a highly imaginative mind to be able to answer questions in this exam.

1. Master Sommelier Diploma Exam

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This is till date hailed as the world’s toughest examination. One does not have any idea as to how selective the authorities can get while selecting candidates. The exam was first taken 40 years ago in the UK and since then only 200 candidates have been selected on the basis of this exam. On an average, every candidate appears for this exam at least for 2-3 times before getting selected. The exam is divided into three sections, which are theory, service and blind tasting. Most of the students pass the first two sections and fail badly in the third one, and thus have to repeat that section again next year. The blind tasting section is tougher than one can imagine. Candidates not only have to identify the grape variant, but also the year and the region where it was grown. Even the most famous sommeliers in the world had passed this exam in the third or fourth attempt.

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  • dsylexic

    CFA ,really? Haven’t found an easier exam. Try actuarial credentials for starters

  • Ajitom Ghyan

    do you really think that upsc exam is easy comparing to other exams . i do not think so .upsc must be in top

  • Aditya pandey

    iit is the toughest exam because of its questions are very hard.

  • Priya

    Really!!I mean how can you forget AIIMS???The acceptance rate there is only 0.08%.I think it deserves to be on that list.It is much tougher than IIT-JEE exams.Seriously!!Why do people don’t consider medical institutes.huh…

    • Mithlesh Kumar

      because engineering is tough as compare to medical courses

    • Mithlesh Kumar

      i am sure you are doctor or student of medical institutes i am engineering student

  • Mithlesh Kumar

    great

  • Sankar Sen

    What about chattered accountants of India

    • sahil

      cfa much tougher than cai believe them

      • D K PAL

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    • D K PAL

      Most average students who do not dare for medical or engineering courses but with average talent and hard labor choose C A course
      They are not at all comparable with IITan or a doctor or IIM Gra . Basically Legal protection is the life saving drug of the profession .

      • Aman

        try working in big 4 and then clearing CA final exam,,,you will know how easy iit or pmt exams are in comparison to ca,,,

      • Agarwal Ram

        A person who got 99.5 % in board exams in science stream.He stood
        first in a section of 26 highly meritorious students,everyone from
        his section made it to IITs but he decided to do CA and he was not able
        able to score a minimum of 50 marks in all the subjects of Ca
        final.His name is Vinod Gupta(you can google his name),today he is
        leading Direct Tax teacher at Ca final level,assists Finance
        Ministry,teaches IRS officers(people like Arvind Kejriwal) and he is also among the richest
        individuals of Delhi.
        My friend who passed Ca final in first attempt
        in nov 13 when only 1000 people had passed Ca Final (pass % was 3.11%),
        he got placed in Goldman Sachs while people from other fields were
        getting placed in that Co. only if they were a graduate both from
        IIT(top 4) and IIM(A/B/C).In other words, people from other fields were
        getting placed in that CO only if they had studied for 6 yrs (i.e, engg
        from iit and mba from iim) while this guy (my friend) made it to that
        CO. merely at the age of 20 just by studying for 4 yrs.This is the
        essence of passing CA Final in first attempt.

        Moreover,this year’s CBSE topper M.Gaytri who scored 99.2 % also has a dream of becoming a CA.

        • Hamdan Kappil

          you said it my dear bro..People in India still believes Engineering and Medicine are top notch professions in this world..Even Person in Arts are considered as elite..In india above 80 or 90 goes for science or medicine but in western countries people chase their aptitude..hence those countries excel

        • Mayank Agarwal

          Yes you are right sir, CA Final is one of the TOUGHEST Exam in the world. http://us.talentlens.com/quality-of-hire/worlds-toughest-tests-and-final-exams

        • Vikrant Malvankar

          An exam’s toughness should be on the basis of it’s difficulty(Qs), and not on the basis of
          1) How demand for CA’s is in the market.
          2) How papers are evaluated and graded.

          This is what a CA exam from India does. It changes the curriculum (which i agree to some extent is required), however does not add anything new to the curriculum (just the old boring cramming stuff)

          Also the demand for CAs determine the pass rates, WTF. I would say to
          ICAI guys, comeon set difficult papers but a fair checking policy pl.???

          An exam which is at the sole discretion of ICAI can’t be called the toughest exam. Sorry bro

        • Vikrant Malvankar

          And u also maybe know case of a CA ranker(no. 1 in India few years back) who got placed with HUL, the co. just fired him in 6 months, why??????

          cos he had a dummy articleship, no experience. was unfit to work.

        • Vikrant Malvankar

          and BTW I am a finance professional and not a Doctor or an engineer. 🙂

    • Wizard

      Not as good as a CA(SA). World Economic Forum puts SA Chartered Accountants NUMBER ONE, Indian Auditors at 95.

      • Doug Zembiec

        Haha . South African Chartered Accountants number 1. Yes sure. That’s why their pass rate for whites is 95% in part 2 and 91% in part 1.

        The CA (SA) has lost its reputation. Pre 1995 it was widely regarded as the toughest Chartered Accountant exams to pass. Because they have dropped their standards the pass rate has done from 48% to what it is now as mentioned above. The reason for them making it easier was to allow more ” previously disadvantaged” individuals from poorer backgrounds to pass.

        A lot of youngsters opting for an internationally recognised qualification are now opting for the CIMA qualification rather to become amore ACMA (UK) . I personally know of 2 recently qualified ACMA’s in South Africa who earn well overy R40K starting salary. They both have honours degrees in management accounting.

        The average salary for an FCMA is £112K per month . And that wasn’t a typo. It’s £ not R.

        • Wizard

          I have a confession to make, I am not a CA, a professional, but not a CA. I have 2 children working and living in London and I have 2 CA(SA)’s,

          The oldest one, 29, earns around £100K a year (over R2 million) and is a group accountant for a very multinational company with its head office in London.and has older than her, UK CA’s as subordinates and informs me how terribly limited there knowledge really is. Your 112K per month is bullshit.

          SAICA have never dropped there standards and have rejected all pressures to do so.

          Now whether you like this or not, the World Economic Forum has CA (SA)’s as the best in the world for the past 5 years And the UK 16th . There are dozens of references to this on the net, here is one’ http://www.hrfuture.net/performance-and-productivity/sa-does-it-again-number-one-global-ranking-for-auditing-and-reporting-standards.php?Itemid=169

          1.18 Strength of auditing and reporting standards

          Rank

          Economy

          1

          South Africa

          2

          Finland

          3

          New Zealand

          4

          Canada

          5

          Norway

          6

          Hong Kong SAR

          7

          Singapore

          8

          Luxembourg

          9

          Australia

          10

          Qatar

          11

          Switzerland

          12

          Netherlands

          13

          Sweden

          14

          Japan

          15

          United Kingdom

          I know you don’t really want to click on the link because it will prove what an ass you are. I also have the web address to the actual report (in pdf) from the WEF if you want ?

          • Doug Zembiec

            Oh , and Wizard , before providing links to articles which you claim prove the CA’s to be number 1 in the world for the last 5 years , actually READ the article.

            Firstly it’s not talking about CA’s it’s talking about auditing and reporting standards. As you mentioned , you ARE NOT a CA so for me to explain the difference would be a bit technical for you but I’ll give it a try anyway. The article is referring to the technical standards of auditing in South Africa which exist which provide confidence that overseas businesses who want to engage with other businesses in South Africa can be confident that these corporates are being held to a stringent attest function which calls for legitimate transactions to be sought and the results of operations and cash flow information as well as the financial status of a company to be fairly represented in their financial reporting system. It’s got NOTHING to do with the quality of CAs being produced in South Africa seeing that you don’t even need to pass part 2 of the FQE if you want to become a financial CA (SA) who doesn’t operate in auditing.

            I suggest you get your family to review the above links I have provided in case it may be a bit daunting for you.

          • Wizard

            Who do you think oversees and does the work on the auditing and reporting ? CA;s and no one else! Gee are you sure your up to it at only16th in the world? That has to tell you something. the WEF make no other reference to CA’s other than this one that I can find.

            Listen son, what I don’t know about how things work you still have to learn. I note you have not responded to other bullshit on your post like that starting salary.

          • Doug Zembiec

            Firstly , I’m not your son . I’m a CFO of a listed company on the JSE who earns more per month than you used to earn per year before you retired.I am also married to a CA who is an audit partner of one of the large auditing firms in South Africa. Secondly , you mentioned your children’s age which means they qualified from 2010 onwards as CA(SA)’s .

            You stated in one of your paragraphs ” While my one child in London works on acquisitions etc., she also prepares companies with her team, world wide for audits and is required to do reporting!” . I can see you are clueless with Accounting and Auditing , so whatever you just attempted to state was gibberish , let me restate it for you ” my one child in London is involved in advisory and audits. She advises on mergers and acquisitions and also is involved in auditing international companies.”

            Just by that statement above I can see you are talking bullshit , if you daughter is involved with business advisory services relating to mergers and acquisitions , she wouldnt also be involved in auditing international companies. At the above level you have stated she is performing these functions (as you claim ) , it would mean she is at a large firm. Large firms in the UK ALWAYS split business advisory and Audits , especially international audits. So please , do us all a favour and focus on your golf swing or something and leave finance to the Big People.

            Interesting thing to note here is that internationally , accounting bodies have recognized a quality issue with CA’s being produced from 2010 onwards.

            Proof of that pudding is for example with CIMA who openly state that post 2010 CA’s need to write a gateway exam to be allowed into the final year CIMA level and pre 2010 CA’s dont need to write the gateway exam.

            The COMBINED pass rate for South African chartered accountants writing the CIMA gateway exam , the 3 strategic level CIMA subjects as well as the final CIMA case study and passing all 5 exams firs time is LESS THAN 10% !!!.

            If you dont believe me , google ” CIMA pass rates”..

            Lastly , here are the links which I provided earlier regarding salaries in South Africa and abroad as well as other info which you can research and realise that the reputation of the South African CA is going down toilet like its economy and government. Firstly , I’m not your son . I’m a CFO of a listed company on the JSE who earns more per month than you earned per year . Secondly , you mentioned your children’s age which means they qualified from 2010 onwards as CA(SA)’s .

            Interesting thing to note here is that internationally , accounting bodies have recognised a quality issue with CA’s being produced from 2010 onwards.

            Proof of that pudding is for example with CIMA who openly state that post 2010 CA’s need to write a gateway exam to be allowed too get into the final year CIMA and pre 2010 CA’s dont need to write the gateway exam.

            The COMBINED pass rate for South African chartered accountants writing the CIMA gateway exam , the 3 strategic level CIMA subjects as well as the final CIMA case study and passing first time for all 5 exams is LESS THAN 10% !!!.

            If you dont believe me , google ” CIMA pass rates”..

            Lastly , here are the links which I provided earlier regarding salaries in South Africa and abroad s well as other info which you can research and realise that the reputation of the South African CA is going down toilet like its economy and government.

            If it wasnt so , I would not have qualified as an ACMA as well because , unfortunately , I feel that within 10 years the CA(SA) wont even be internationally recognised anymore.

        • Wizard

          You are an ignorant individual and whether you like it or not, South Afican CA;s are the best in the world based on the WEF.

          SAICA have never allowed the standards to drop and their are still some fine University’s that have not been eroded by politics and the great need to pass the inept, and those that have managed to get BCom Honours, cannot pass the SAICA board exams in year one and year two of three years of Articles.

          UK is 16th,in the WEF rankings and this figures when one of two CA children I have working in London, one as a group accountant for a Multinational company informs me the gaps in education of her English CA subordinates. A New Zealand CA subordinate had, is superior in education to the local CA’s I am told?

          1.18 Strength of Auditing and reporting standards

          Rank
          (2015)

          Economy

          1

          South Africa

          2

          Finland

          3

          New Zealand

          4

          Canada

          5

          Norway

          6

          Hong Kong SAR

          7

          Singapore

          8

          Luxembourg

          9

          Australia

          10

          Qatar

          11

          Switzerland

          12

          Netherlands

          13

          Sweden

          14

          Japan

          15

          United Kingdom

          • Doug Zembiec

            Look Wizard , before you proclaim to know something you know nothing about I will provide you with links not to some obscure website no one has heard of before but rather to SAICA’s website showing their results being tracked for the last 10 years. Then I will provide you with a link to search for what CIMA’s pass rates are from CIMA’s website CIMAGLOBAL. A bit of a quick background , I’m a CA and an ACMA. I first qualified as a CA then as an ACMA . To qualify as an ACMA from a CA (SA) you need to 1. Pass CIMA’s gateway exam (15% pass rate) and 2. Complete their strategic level exams including the CIMA Case Study exam which combined have less than a 15% pass rate.
            To qualify as an ACMA from a CA (SA) you need to complete your honours B Com which has an 84% pass rate at UCT and then part 1 of the board exam of SAICA which has a 91% pass rate . ACMA’s are exempt from part 2.

            I will also provide you with a link to what CIMA qualified people earn in different countries including South Africa and the UK . As you mentioned , you are NOT a CA and I’m pretty sure you’re not an ACMA either . So before providing evidence to support an assertion make sure your evidence is reliable and can be verified (oops there goes the CA in me talking again) :

            https://www.saica.co.za/LearnersStudents/Examinations/ExamResults/tabid/490/language/en-ZA/Default.aspx

            http://www.cimaglobal.com/Examinations/

            http://salary.cimaglobal.com/

  • rishav

    Their in nothing beyond iitjee.
    But why iit delhi rank in 200 in world level

    • pratyush

      its because the practicality and the practical knowledge of the students there r quite lagging compared to other universities -only the rigour is there in the system, hard work smart work both are there but advancement is low

  • Yash J

    I have taken 3 out of these 12 examinations …. and I personally feel this list is stupid and dumb. GRE is tougher than IIT-JEE, GATE and UPSC ??? Really…. some one please, educate the person who gave this list …… UPSC might be the toughest … I definitely feel !!!! and IIT-JEE might might be next ….

  • graysun43

    It is actually great when both students and teachers understand that education is not only about cramming and tests. Being book smart is great and some students can profit from their knowledge in the future but today it takes a lot more to create a successful career. Teamwork and leadership skills are essential. Certainly studying should be prioritized but students can get great help with academics here if they fall behind at school. But when it comes to personal qualities it may take years to develop them and you are your own teacher.

  • muyideen paul

    which position does SAT fall into? Is SAT not equally as difficult as the number of entrance exams that made the 12 most difficult exams? Give SAT a position for comparison purpose.

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  • pratyush

    how is the GRE tougher than the IIT JEE or UPSC in that matter?? secondly GMAT is much tougher than the GRE by all means so this list is not entirely accurate at all

    • Karan Anand Shukla

      GRE is tougher than IIT because say for example 5 lac people gave IIT exam out of which 10k gets selected but in GRE more than 10 lac people appears and almost 10-15 k gets selected or say qualifies. This is only an example, you can find actual stats on web. Same with UPSC. Toughness of exams will be decided not only with the level of questions but also with the selection ratio.

      • R B

        No, this year, it was 13 lac out of which 10k got selected, so much tougher than GRE too.

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  • Paul Thompson

    This diploms recognize all over the world?

    Why you did not include MBA(Master of Business Administration)

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    Where is AIIMS medical entrance exam? Only 72 are selected for AIIMS Delhi and 600 in other AIIMS all over India out of approx 2.5 lakh candidates.

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  • Wizard

    CA(SA) South Africa requires a BCom Accounting degree (3 years), if invited back by a University, then a BCom Honours Accounting degree has to be done. Then two board exams set by SAICA (South African Institute of Chartered Accountants) have to be written while doing “articles” (3 years minimum) at a SAICA registered accounting firm like PWC.

    Once this 7 years minimum has been completed and passed, one can then be designated a CA(SA).

    Tell me what country has a more stringent requirement for a CA designation? Only the hardest working and brightest students become a CA(SA) and go on to get good jobs world wide.

    • John Abraham Austin

      Ha ha.. Refer Indian CA course kiddo.

      • Wizard

        Who’s your kiddo? I assume you are not a CA then, because your general communication skills appear to be lacking.

        You offer no viable response? Are you suggesting to become an Indian CA is tougher? Prove it!

        • John Abraham Austin

          Hey… C’mmon Kiddo..
          Who told you ‘Shakespeare English’ for clearing CA exams ??
          Lol !!
          Language is a medium for communication. I understood what you told and you understood what I had said.
          You’re such a STUPID, ARROGANT IDIOT !!
          BTW, I have no duty to prove that ‘I am a CA’.
          I do am an Indian CA who clered every exam in the very first attempt and cleared my CA Final where the pass percentage was just 3.11 %.
          But for you, a special onsideration. Give me your email id. I wlll share you the proof for I being a CA.

          • Wizard

            OH OK, I get it, English is not your language and you are not very good with English, debating with you then is really just a waste of time.

            Clearly you must be a moron if you do understand what I say, as at no point did I ask you to prove YOU were a CA only that the becoming of a CA in India was more difficult than in South Africa!

            Your next post is also a mystery to me? Maybe you should rather debate in a language you understand as your understanding and literacy in English is very poor.

          • John Abraham Austin

            Hey, I wrote my earlier comment in a SIMPLE, NEAT and CLEAR English.
            (I.e, to refer the link I pasted in it).

            My mother tongue is Malayalam. I am from India. I am not expected to be a Homer/ Shakespeare to write a Illiad or Odyssey.. Just need to ‘COMMUNICATE’.

            You, Mr. Wizard (a 120% moron who is afraid to mention his REAL NAME) watch out.

            First of all, understand one thing.. Language is a medium of communication only.

          • Wizard

            “Simple” being the operative word!

          • John Abraham Austin

            Lol.
            You’re a COWARD !! At least reveal your identity.
            I think you must be a girl & more or less a stupid idiot English teacher.

          • Wizard

            Ha ha ha ha ha, read an article the other day on how adept the Indians were at cheating in exams and tests, ha ha ha is that how you did it then?

          • John Abraham Austin

            Whoa !!
            Again you proved what an idiot you are..
            You cant generalise things like that.
            I’m replying to you in the same coin..

            Open the following link

            http://businesstech.co.za/news/general/97609/watch-out-for-these-scams-in-south-africa/

            So, you’re also a South African SUPER FRAUD !!

          • Wizard

            Put this in your pipe and smoke it, South African auditors BEST IN THE WORLD for several years running.. Moron: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/chartered-accountants-south-africa-sought-after-both-globally-angus

          • John Abraham Austin

            You tend to genarilize situations..

            http://www.htxt.co.za/2015/11/17/cheating-scandal-hits-matric-final-exams-again/

            FYI– I earnt the qualification. And I have no obligation to prove it.

          • Wizard

            Gone all quite I see? By the way, the World Economic Forum places Indian CA’s at 95.

            Checkmate

          • John Abraham Austin

            BTW, you fucking faggot.. Reveal your name at least., coward

          • Wizard

            Ha ha ha ha, World Economic Forum puts SA Chartered Accountants NUMBER ONE, you sad little twit, did you like that, I am laughing so much I can hardly get this out. So you little dweeb with a mickey mouse degree, that you cheated on to get, ha ha ha ha, did you like that. You show me an international organisation that rates your piss ant degree at all, ha ha ha

          • Wizard

            What has that article got to do with cheating in exams? Ha ha ha you are so thick

          • John Abraham Austin

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        • John Abraham Austin

          BTW, you counted the period for completing graduation too with the course duration!! That itself proves that you’re an INFANT. Sorry for calling you kiddo 😛 ROFL
          Go through this link– http://www.icai.org/new_post.html?post_id=5719&c_id=313

          Read it fully.

          • Wizard

            What are you talking about? “you counted the period for completing graduation too with the course duration!” Best stick to a debate you understand or at least that you can express yourself adequately, because you are failing here or maybe your just dumb? Not sure.

          • John Abraham Austin

            Toingggggggggggggggggg !!
            You said your SA CA needs a B.Com too. Right.

            Mr. Dumbie, even Indian CA requires graduation (need not be B.Com, even other degrees will hold good).

          • Wizard

            That’s my point, to be a CA(SA) you MUST have a BCom ACCOUNTING degree and then you MUST get a BCom HONOURS ACCOUNTING degree, BEFORE you can even start your Articles and the TWO board exams. NO OTHER degree “hold good”!

            You really are slow, sure you even got a degree? Maybe its a Chinese copy?

          • John Abraham Austin

            Toingggggggggggg !!
            I admit that my English Skills are not that good ‘compared to you’.
            If I was born in a country where English is the spoken language, my English would have been much better. Don’t question it.

            Btw, you said ‘OTHER degree will not hold good’ there at SA. Understand how difficult for other graduates to assimilate the concept of accounting ?? It really is a hard task to learn the basics of accounting after completing graduation is sciences or other streams. It means, even if the entry is unrestricted, course becomes tougher.

            Regarding articles, here in India, you need to clear the first group of Intermediate Course (IPCC) of CA exams. Which means, your CA agrees even silly Bcom graduates to start articles.
            So, our Indian CA makes it harder for the entrants.

            Your CA SA is shit !!!!!

          • John Abraham Austin
          • Doug Zembiec

            You DON’T need a BCom Honours to become a CA(SA). Like I said , do your research before trying to repeat what other people have told you. You need a CTA ….. there’s a big difference. Would you like me to explain the difference to you or should I just leave it because you’ve already proved you are clueless

          • Wizard

            OK hot shot, what must you have? Tell me what degree focusses on Accounting, Auditing, Taxation and Financial Management? You really are a moron. “What other people” have told me? I have two CA children I know exactly what is required and the BCom ACCOUNTING degree then Honours is only part of it. In other countries like UK you can have a BA and still become a CA, absolutely not possible in South Africa. UK 16th remember!

          • Doug Zembiec

            Listen grandpa – you are the unschooled moron here. Firstly you don’t do Financial Management to qualify as a CA . I know it’s very difficult for someone typing away in their dorm room at their local old age home , but put on your reading glasses and READ slowly ok. Just make sure your false teeth are in properly , because I don’t want you chocking on them as I educate you piss head .

            CTA (as UNISA calls it) or GDA as institutions like UCT call it , is essentially a “green card” which SAICA requires from you to register for the FQE1.

            CTA =certificate in the Theory of Accounting . GDA = Graduate Diploma in Accounting.
            In the old days SAICA required before a CTA or GDA to be issued that a candidate would have to had to had passed all their subjects at one and the same sitting with a sub minimum of 50% for Financial Accounting and an average of at least 50% for Taxation and Management Accounting. They also required you to pass Auditing with at least 50%.

            Because the non-whites were struggling to pass the CTA and FQE 1 exams SAICA relaxed the rule and permitted candidates with a certain sub minimum to rewrite their exams in order to be issued with a CTA.

            In the old days UNISA used to have a CTA/Honours B Compt program where you could achieve an Honours B Compt but not the CTA if you ended up passing all the Honours papers over 2 or more years but never passing all 4 papers at one and the same sitting or their related sub exams.

            Newsflash gramps – you DON’T DO financial management in your CTA – you do 1. Financial Accounting 2. Management Accounting 3. Taxation 4. Auditing . Got that? or am I going to fast for you??

            IN THE OLD DAYS , you would be awarded an Honours B Com (Acc) AND CTA if you passed ALL 4 of your exams at ONE and the SAME sitting which INCLUDED their related subs.

            Universities then did away with the B Com Honours (acc) as a degree for students trying to qualify as CA’s because a true Honours paper is supposed to prepare a student for post graduate MASTERS studies which very often includes a research module which the Honours B Com(acc) never had.

            If you would like to know anything more you can follow one of 2 routes , either use google and do some research or I will assist you further after you provide me with your personal details so that I can invoice you at my standard consultancy rate of R2800 p/hr because as I mentioned I AM a CA(SA) and an ACMA (UK).

          • Wizard

            Ha ha I really hope you enjoyed that! I got so bored reading your drivel and insults after the first two lines, that I really was not going to waste too much time reading your garbage through.

            The quote in my last post was directly from the SAICA web site moron, so I tell you what, go back to your bunk, compile another book and hope to hell someone actually reads it.

          • John Abraham Austin

            You’re such a CRAZY ARROGANT STUPID IDIOT who thinks he’s the SUPREME.
            You’re just a human being who is living in God’s grace and nothing else.
            Understand that first.

          • Wizard

            Huh? whose grace? Don’t believe in a God, believe in Science!

          • John Abraham Austin

            Don’t worry.
            Many things are on your way to make you believe ‘GOD EXISTS’.
            Its just a matter of time, son of Science. 😛

    • Doug Zembiec

      To qualify as an ACMA (UK) you need : B COM (Acc) , Hons BCOM (acc) , Plus strategic level CIMA (takes about 1 year ) , plus CIMA’s final board exam. PLUS 3 years experience in a management role with financial MANAGEMENT experience.

      My friend comparing the CA (SA) to an ACMA (UK) who has an Hons degree is like comparing a Porche to a Lotus. They both nice cars . It’s just that the British one from the UK costs a lot more and goes A LOT faster.

  • bourchn

    Want to study something really meaningful, deep and complex?
    http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Alef-Beis-Dovid-Leitner/dp/1598260103

  • sudhir
  • manas adhikari

    ‘Tough’ is just a ‘relative’ word.. It varies from tough to toughest according to the view of the observer.. Tell me, has anyone given all the exams in the earth? So it’s pointless arguing about ‘toughest exams’ .. Be it medical, engineering, accountancy, civil services, defence services, board exams, school exams, etc.. People’s perspective will always vary! I am a mechanical engineering graduate and i ‘feel’ that the ‘toughest exam’ in the world is with oneself.. to know your true self..

  • Suryabhan Yadav

    you all are asshole you know why ?
    Two divergent fields are trying to converge and creating unexpected dichotomy isnt it?CA nad IITIANS and DOCTORS are uncomparable.you cannot compare human with dogs.compare ca with ca ,compare doctor with doctor chutiya public

  • sudhir

    Nice post……..Pls also see an example of TRICKY & WITTY questions from toughest exam of world——–IAS/UPSC INDIA…….. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jm7NMKhSYsM&index=3&list=PL3GefAenACVn25xEHnErH5nKY069w0J9l

  • Mayank Agarwal

    CA Final is one of the TOUGHEST Exam in the world. http://us.talentlens.com/quality-of-hire/worlds-toughest-tests-and-final-exams

  • Ian James Khoo

    lol… That’s the wrong picture for the CFA exam. It’s the symbol for the Australian Country Fire Authority XD (http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/)

  • r ss

    Disagree completely. UPSC is the toughest in the world.

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