Is JEE Advanced the Toughest Exam in the World?

by Sagar Mankar, July 8, 2020

Everyone wants to be a part of a premium institute. And it is not a cakewalk to get yourself a seat in one of these institutes. The entrance exams conducted by these institutes are tough to crack. One such toughest exam to crack is the JEE Advance by IIT. Go ahead and read this article to find out more about it.

JEE Advanced Exam

JEE Advanced Exam is also known as IIT-JEE. The IIT-JEE is an entrance exam conducted in India. This exam is for students who wish to do courses in Architecture, Engineering, and Sciences from IITs and ISM Dhanbad. 

The full form of JEE is the ‘Joint Entrance Exam.’


To be eligible for JEE-Advance, you should have attempted the JEE Main exam. The top 2,50,000 students from JEE Main will be allowed to take the JEE Advanced exam.

The above number can vary from time to time. For more details on eligibility criteria, please visit the official website for JEE Advanced. 


The syllabus for JEE Advanced is more or less similar to JEE Main. But there is a difference in the weightage. The subjects covered in JEE Advanced are Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry from 11th & 12th syllabus. So, all aspirants can refer the NCERT books along with specific books for JEE Advanced.

Paper Pattern

The JEE Advanced is a computer-based MCQ entrance exam. The aspirants have to attempt two papers with a time limit of 3 hours each. So, it is a total of 6 hours exam. 

To know more about the paper pattern, please visit the official website of JEE Advanced here.

Number of Attempts and Frequency

The exam is conducted by IIT once a year. A student can attempt only two times in two consecutive years.

The Exam Language

The IIT-JEE entrance exam is conducted in English and Hindi languages.

Top 10 Toughest Exams

Below you will find the list of top toughest exams in the world. JEE advanced is in 5th place.

  1. Chartered Accountancy

  2. All Souls Prize Fellowship Exam

  3. Master Sommelier Diploma Examination

  4. McKinsey & Company

  5. IIT-JEE

  6. Gaokao

  7. USMLE Series

  8. UPSC

  9. LSAT

  10. NASA Astronaut Candidate Program

Why is JEE Advanced Tough to Crack?

As the years are passing the JEE Advance exam is getting tougher and tougher to crack. Each year the students have to buckle up and put in all their efforts to face the increasing standard of the JEE Advanced exam. So, let us find out the reasons for JEE Advance being the toughest exams.

  1. The only gateway to enter IIT is by clearing JEE Advance. To take JEE Advanced, you need to take JEE Main first. 

  2. There are lakhs of students who write JEE Mains. Out of which, only around the top 2,50,000 will be qualified to take JEE Advanced. And out of 2.5 lacs aspirants, only 10,000 -12,000 students will secure a seat in the Indian Institute of Technology. That’s like only 4% of total students who attempted JEE Advanced get selected. This is clearly a cut-throat competition.

  3. As years are passing by, the number of IIT aspirants is skyrocketing. Everyone wants a seat in the prestigious institute in India – IIT. According to an article, about 1000 aspirants are fighting for one seat in IIT. So, IIT who conducts the JEE Advanced exam, is forced to adopt the method of elimination. This is done by increasing the difficulty level of paper each year. Hence, helping IIT to select students objectively. Therefore, there is a direct relationship between the number of students and the difficulty level of the JEE Advanced exam.

  4. Moreover, if they don’t increase the difficulty level of the paper, it becomes easy for students to score well. In India, every student goes through a minimum of 3-year preparation before taking JEE Main or JEE Advanced. So, if they make the paper easy then students can solve the paper within seconds. This will lead to the selection of the majority of the students. This can also lead to a decrease in the value and importance of brand IIT. The difference between cracking JEE Main and JEE Advanced is all about a matter of a few seconds. The faster you could solve a particular problem, the better chance you have to get selected in IIT.

  5. The reason for the increase in the number of aspirants for IIT is because of the lack of options available for good institutions. Therefore, every aspirant and their parents aim for a seat in the premium institute of India.

  6. The difference between IIT and other institutes like NIT is based on faculty quality. Even though the IITs have the best faculty members, they still have a few vacant seats available. These seats couldn’t be filled because of a lack of quality teachers available. So, you can imagine the condition of NITs and other institutes. 

  7. One of the reasons for vacant seats available is because of the restrictions on the recruiting procedure. It is tough to find a teacher in India, who has the potential to train the smartest and brightest minds along with motivating and helping them in research. On the other hand, it is tough to recruit a potential teacher from different countries due to the lack of incentives (no funding to carry out their research) available to attract them to Indian institutes. Also, there is no guarantee that their jobs will be made permanent. This makes it tough for IITs to hire brilliant teachers from all over the world. Therefore, it limits the quality of the faculty.

  8. It is tougher for NITs and other institutes to hire quality teachers. All the IITs already hire the best teachers in the country. And also, due to a lack of facilities and government support, it becomes tough for NITs and other institutes to recruit teachers from other countries. This, in turn, affects the quality of education provided by each of these institutes. Hence, these institutes become the second choice for students. 

  9. If the faculty’s quality were more or less similar between IIT and NIT, then the aspirants aiming for IIT would be reduced. This can lead to a decrease in the difficulty level of the JEE Advanced exam.

  10. Lastly, the syllabus or the type of asked in JEE Advanced also plays a role. The paper tests your logical and analytical skills. Therefore, the questions are set unconventionally. Hence, you need to be clear and thorough with the syllabus. 


All exams are tough in their own way. Some require additional skills and a different approach to solve the paper. But at the end of the day, you should be consistent and determined while preparing for any entrance or interview exam.

Is JEE Advanced the Toughest Exam in the World?