India is the hub of competitive examinations. Every year many competitive exams are conducted to test the eligibility of the candidates and a huge number of aspirants appear for the same. Roughly more than 30 competitive exams are conducted in India. However, the most talked-about and considered to be the toughest ones are UPSC, JEE and NEET UG. These three consist of the highest number of aspirants as compared to any other competitive exams conducted in India.
So, we will get into the details of these three examinations.
UPSC (Union Public Service Commission or The Civil Services Exam)
It is a national-level competitive examination in India conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment to higher Civil Services of the Government of India, which also includes the Indian Administrative Service, Indian Foreign Service, and Indian Police Service. This exam is conducted in three phases: a preliminary examination comprising of two objective-type papers (General Studies Paper I and General Studies Paper-II, popularly known as Civil Service Aptitude Test or CSAT), and the main examination which includes nine papers of formal (essay) type, in which two papers are qualifying, which is further followed by a personality test (interview). A candidate sits for 32 hours of examination during the entire process stretching approximately one year.
JEE (Joint Entrance Examination)
JEE is an engineering entrance examination conducted for entry to several engineering colleges and universities in India. It is composed of two different assessments: the JEE Main and the JEE Advanced.
The Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) administers the joint admission operation for an aggregate of 23 Indian Institute of Technology campuses, 31 National Institute of Technology campuses, 25 Indian Institute of Information Technology campuses and 19 additional Government Funded Technical Institutes (GFTIs) based on the rank secured by a student in JEE Main and JEE Advanced.
NEET-UG (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test- Undergraduate)
It is a nationwide pre-medical entrance examination for candidates who aspire to seek undergraduate medical (MBBS), dental (BDS) and AYUSH (BAMS, BUMS, BHMS, etc.) courses in government and private institutions or universities in India and for those willing to pursue medical qualification abroad. This exam is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA), which submits the results to the Directorate General of Health Services under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and State Counselling Authorities for seat allotment. NEET-UG is a single entrance examination for acceptance to more than 66,000 MBBS and BDS seats across India.
Pros of these competitive examinations
Cons of these competitive examinations
“Iss kacchi umar mein agar kisi cheez ko itni dil se chaaho na toh do hi cheezein hoti hain, agar mil gayi toh sukoon hai, chill hai, aur nahi mila naa toh milti hai jealousy, chubhan, self-doubt. Bhai Sahab confidence gir jata hai. Phir jitna duniya loser nahi samajhti utna aadmi khud ko loser samajhne lagta hai.”
~Jeetu Bhaiya, Kota factory.
Well! These exams take years of preparation and are regarded as a mental battle for the aspirants. Competitive exams like these demand next-level dedication, hard work and consistency. India is well known for having fierce cut-throat competition. The competition is getting tougher each year and it will only get tougher and tougher unless the higher authorities look into the matter like increasing the number of seats, scrapping the quota system. Nonetheless, students should also know that these exams don’t label them as losers. It is a learning process and everybody fails, you are a learner, not a loser. Cracking competitive exams is great but not being able to do the same is not the end.
Will yet again quote a beautiful dialogue by Jeetu Bhaiya from Kota factory here,
“War mein soldiers ladte hain, ek side jeetti hai, ek side harti hai, par war mein haarne wale Warriors kehlate hain, Loosers nahi.”