As the title of the article suggests, Exams after Graduation are those exams, that are required, and are necessary if you aspire for higher education in India or abroad or even dreamt of securing a high official post in a prestigious institution (Govt. & Private). Anyone can explore these exams after completing graduation.
Entrance Exams after Graduation:
Normally, students appear for entrance exams after 10th and 12th for the purpose of securing a seat in a particular professional degree course. Similarly, there are numerous exams you can apply for after graduation for a job (govt. Or private) or to study further.
Those who don’t want to pursue 4 to 5 years of degree courses, enroll themselves in job-oriented vocational courses after 10th and 12th. On the other hand, most of the students seek the traditional path after 12th and aim either for higher posts or education. For this, it is compulsory for you to clear the mentioned exams after graduation to achieve this aim.
We can further categorize these level-up exams, according to your plans after graduation viz. securing a seat in any top college or top university for post-graduation courses, for higher education abroad, to get posted as a higher official in government or private institutions, etc. Categories of exams after graduation like;
- Entrance exams after graduation for different PG courses.
- Exams after graduation to study in foreign countries.
- Government exams after graduation for high official posts.
Each of these made-up categories contains different types of exams for different fields and serve different purposes. Graduate candidates can take these exams, according to their streams (arts, science, & commerce). The categories further spread up, which are mentioned in the tables below;
1) Entrance Exams after Graduation for different PG courses:
The following list contains the names and a brief description of available entrance exams after graduation for a job or admission in a PG course.
GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering):
GATE is jointly conducted by IISc, Bangalore & 7 IITs. It is a national-level exam. After clearing this exam, you can enroll yourself in PG courses in architecture, engineering, science, and technology field.
CAT (Common Admission Test):
For admission in PG management courses, the CAT exam is being conducted across India. IIMs (Indian Institutes of Management) regulates the exam and it is a national level admission test. To secure admission in one of the top management colleges and IIMs, clearing CAT is compulsory. It is conducted once a year.
MAT (Management Aptitude Test):
MAT has been conducted since 1988 till date and it was approved as the national level admission test in the year 2003 by the HRD Ministry (Govt. Of India) to get admission in MBA and other allied courses (closely associated courses). AIMA (All India Management Association) regulates the exam. It is conducted 4 times a year.
XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test):
Same as MAT, it is conducted for admission purposes in various management colleges to pursue PGDM & MBA courses. It is a national-level entrance test and is conducted by XLRI (Xavier Labour Relations Institute) (current name Xavier School of Management).
NMAT (NMIMS Management Aptitude Test):
GMAC i.e., the Graduate Management Admission Council organizes this exam and it is a university-level entrance test. The test is conducted for admission in B-Schools for various management and allied courses.
CMAT (Common Management Admission Test):
You can enroll yourself in PG courses like PGDM, MBA, PGCM, and other management courses by clearing CMAT. NTA (National Testing Agency) regulates the exam.
IIT JAM (Indian Institute of Technology Joint Admission Test):
IIT JAM is a national-level entrance exam and is organized by various IITs, all over India once a year. By clearing this exam, you can get admission in M.Sc. programs and integrated PG courses (dual degree courses) like M.Sc.-Ph.D.
IBSAT (ICFAI Business Studies Aptitude Test):
Just like NMAT, it is a university-level entrance test conducted for admission in PGDM/MBA courses. ICFAI (Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India) manages the IBSAT exam. For admission, ICFAI also accepts CAT and GMAT scores.
IIFT (Indian Institute of Foreign Trade) Exam:
Every year in the month of December NTA conducts this exam on behalf of IIFT. It’s a university-level exam and students can secure admission into MBA International Business course in the University.
SNAP (Symbiosis National Aptitude Online Test):
Regulated by Symbiosis International University SNAP is another university-level online entrance test. It is conducted for admission in PG management courses.
MU OET (Manipal University Online Entrance Test or Manipal Entrance Test):
After clearing this university-level entrance test, you can get admission into various PG-level courses in applied science, engineering, and management courses offered by Manipal University.
PTU (Punjab Technical University) Entrance Exam:
The Punjab Technical University offers particular PG courses to students after clearing the PTU exam. Courses such as M.A. in Journalism, MBA, M.Sc. in Food Science and Technology, Physics, Math, & Chemistry are offered after cracking this entrance exam.
ATMA (AIMS Test for Management Admission):
PG level courses like MCA, MBA, PGDBA, PGDM, etc., are offered by AIMS after clearing their ATMA entrance exam.
KMAT (Karnataka Management Aptitude Test):
This management aptitude test is organized by KPPGCA (Karnataka Private Post Graduate College Association) annually to get admission in MBA & PGDM programs.
KMAT (Kerala Management Aptitude Test):
This state-level management entrance exam is conducted by MGU (Mahatma Gandhi University) in the state of Kerala every year to provide admission for MBA in various private & government colleges.
LSAT (Law School Admission Test):
This is an international-level entrance exam regulated by LSAC (Law School Admission Council), USA. This exam is conducted once every year, to provide students, admission to various law schools both in India and abroad.
AILET (All India Law Entrance Test):
NLU i.e., National Law University (around 23 NLUs are currently operating in India) conducts this national-level law entrance test to provide candidates’ admission, in PG-level courses like LLM and Ph.D. You can also appear in this exam for admission in a UG course, like BA LLB (Honors).
AIBE (All India Bar Examination):
This is an offline exam conducted by BCI (Bar Council of India) primarily for providing a legal “Certificate of Practice” to new lawyers. It is a national-level exam that tests the ability to practice law in the practical world of a new graduate lawyer.
CLAT (Common Law Admission Test):
It is a national-level entrance exam and around 18 NLUs (National Law Universities) manage this exam turn by turn. After clearing CLAT, a candidate gets eligible for admission in integrated law courses across India. Almost all the law school accepts the CLAT score.
GPAT (Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test):
Other than CMAT, National Talent Agency also regulates the GPAT exam. It is a national-level entrance exam conducted online, to provide admission in the M. Pharm. course every year.
ICAR AIEEA (Indian Council of Agricultural Research-All India Entrance Examination for Admission):
This exam is conducted by the National Testing Agency once a year on the national level. Admissions are provided into various UG and PG level agriculture courses and allied science courses.
2) Exams after Graduation to study in Foreign Countries:
Nowadays, many students migrating from India to foreign countries either to study or to work. Around 3 million+ Indians migrated abroad in the last 4 to 5 years, primarily for the two mentioned reasons (to study or to work).
Some of the popular exams after graduation are mentioned in the following table, which you can apply if you wish to study abroad.
GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test):
GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council) conducts this exam throughout the year. It is an international level test and you can appear for this exam up to a limit of 5 times a year and even after failing the exam, you can retake it after 16 days. After clearing the exam, a candidate can get admission to B-School of a foreign country for the MBA course.
GRE (Graduate Record Examinations):
This exam mainly tests the skill of critical thinking in the fields like vocabulary, analytical writing (academic writing), and math. The GRE test is conducted by Educational Testing Service. This exam is mostly popular for admission into MS (Master of Science) course in the USA and Canada. But there are other top graduate-level institutions abroad that accept the GRE score for a master’s degree program.
LSAT (Law School Admission Test):
LSAC (Law School Admission Council), USA conducts this exam every year. A candidate can take the LSAT exam 3 to 4 times in a single year. After clearing this exam, you can get admission into law school in foreign countries such as Australia, the USA, & Canada.
SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test):
This exam is mostly known for pursuing UG courses from foreign countries like UK, Canada, Australia, & the USA. SAT exam has global level recognition for college admission. Through this test, a candidate’s math, writing, & verbal skills are evaluated.
MCAT (Medical College Admission Test):
Anyone who wants to pursue medicine from abroad can appear for the MCAT. Several medical schools of around 20 countries all around the world accept the MCAT score. This test was specially designed by the AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges).
PTE (Person Test of English Academic or Person Language Tests):
After completing graduation, you can continue your study abroad by clearing this exam. PTE exam tests your simple day-to-day English instead of professional or university-level English.
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language):
TOEFL also tests your mastery of the English language. As the score of this exam is also checked by universities before taking admission. It is also useful in pursuing a UG or PG degree in a foreign university.
IELTS (International English Language Test):
IELTS exam is used to test, how good and fluent is your English? As the test is mostly popular among the ones who want to migrate to a foreign country (mostly English-speaking countries like New Zealand, UK, Australia, USA, Canada, etc.) for studying and working.
ACT (American College Testing):
This exam is specially designed for university and college admissions for UG degree courses specifically in the USA. Those who wish to study in the United States after the 12th can take this exam. Similar to SAT exam, ACT also evaluates a candidate’s scientific, mathematical, written, and verbal skills.
3) Government Exams after Graduation for high official posts:
Government exams after graduation in India are quite popular among graduate students. There are so many candidates who aspire to join civil services or to reach some high-level post in government institutions. More than half a million candidates appear in these competitive exams each year.
This table listed several well-known competitive exams anyone can apply to after graduation. The exams are conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) every year.
UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) Civil Services Exam:
As the name of the exam suggests, it is the exam for those who aspire to join civil services as a high official (like IAS, IPS, IFS, etc.) need to clear this exam. UPSC is conducted in 3 phases Prelims, Mains, & Interview. There are different fields in which UPSC is conducted and those fields are mentioned in the following article.
RBI Grade B (Reserve Bank of India) Exam:
In order to recruit grade B officials in RBI, this exam is conducted. RBI Grade B officer is a well-reputed post in the Indian banking sector.
IBPS SO (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection-Specialist Officer Exam) Exam:
IBPS PO (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection-Probationary Officer) Exam:
This exam is conducted for the recruitment of the Probationary Officer (PO) post in PSBs (Public Sector Banks) and PSICs (Public Sector Insurance Companies).
IBPS RRB (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection-Regional Rural Bank) Exam:
Candidates who are interested in joining RRBs (Regional Rural Banks) can take this exam after graduation. It is a national-level exam organized every year.
SBI PO (State Bank of India-Probationary Officer) Exam:
This State Bank of India exam is conducted for the recruitment of the Probationary Officer (PO) post specially in SBI. The exam is considered the most important among other PO exams.
SBI Clerk Exam:
Clerks or Junior Associates are considered as the face of branches of banks. The exam is conducted especially to recruit candidates for the clerk post in SBI.
SSC JE (Staff Selection Commission-Junior Engineer) Exam:
Every year the Staff Selection Commission Board conducts this exam to recruit candidates for JE (Junior Engineer) post. After clearing the exam, candidates get recruited as JE in various departments like mechanical, civil, electrical field, etc.
SSC CPO (Staff Selection Commission-Central Police Organization) Exam:
It is a national-level exam conducted by the SSC board for the recruitments in Central Police Organization.
SSC CGL (Staff Selection Commission-Combined Graduate Level) Exam:
To recruit the candidates on various posts in different organizations, ministries, and departments of the Government of India, SSC conducts this exam.
SSC CHSL (Staff Selection Commission-Combined Higher Secondary Level) Exam:
The SSC CHSL exam offers recruitment on posts like PA (Postal Assistant), SA (Sorting Assistant), LDC (Lower Divisional Clerk), DEO Grade A (Data Entry Operator), and JSA (Junior Secretariat Assistant), etc., in various departments of the Government of India.
LIC AAO (Life Insurance Corporation-Assistant Administrative Officer) Exam:
The Life Insurance Corporation of India conducts this exam for the post of Assistant Administrative Officer (AAO) in LIC. It is not an annually conducted exam.
RRB JE (Railways Recruitment Board-Junior Engineer) Exam:
Engineering graduates from any discipline can take this exam conducted by the Railways Recruitment Board for the post of Junior Engineer.
RRB ALP (Railways Recruitment Board-Assistant Loco Pilot) Exam:
Diploma and Degree holder in Engineering field are eligible to apply for this exam of Assistant Loco Pilot (ALP) conducted by RRB.
Indian Railways Examination:
UPSC conducts the IRTS (Indian Railway Traffic Service) civil service exam under Indian Railways Examination to recruit candidates for the department of Indian Railways. There are several other exams also conducted for various posts in Indian Railways.
The Defence Examination is basically conducted for recruiting eligible individuals in IAF (Indian Armed Forces).
All UPSC exams after graduation:
These are the different types of competitive exams listed in the table below, which you can take after graduation and are conducted by the Union Public Service Commission. The following exams are conducted to recruit candidates for various high official posts (class 1 and class 2 officer) in different departments of the Indian Government.
Graduates from any stream can take these exams and the mentioned exams after graduation can be categorized as;
- Competitive Exams after graduation in Arts
- Competitive Exams after graduation in Science
- Competitive Exams after graduation in Engineering
You can consider all these UPSC conducted exams under these mentioned categories.
Civil Services Examination:
Conducted by UPSC, the CSE exam is a national-level competitive exam in India. The purpose of this exam is to recruit capable candidates for the officers’ posts in IAS (Indian Administrative Service), IPS (Indian Police Service), IFS (Indian Foreign Service), etc. Graduates from any stream or discipline can take this exam. The competition is quite high for the civil service examinations in India.
National Defence Academy (NDA) Exam:
This exam is conducted by the UPSC board for the admission of candidates in 3 Defence wings of ARMY, NAVY, & AIR FORCE.
Indian Naval Academy (INA) Exam:
UPSC conducts this exam 2 times a year for the admission of candidates as a graduate officer trainee in the Indian Naval Academy.
Indian Engineering Services (IES) Exam:
Conducted by UPSC board once a year and considered as one of the toughest exams in India. The primary aim, of the IES exam, is the recruitment of candidates on technical posts in the Indian Government as Group A & Group B Officers. It is also a 3-phase test exam.
Combined Medical Services (CMS) Exam:
For recruiting medical officers in various government organizations (railways, ordnance factories, municipal corporations, etc.), UPSC conducts the CMS exam.
Special Class Railway Apprentice (SCRA) Exam:
UPSC admits eligible students for the training program into the UG degree course in Mechanical & Electrical engineering by conducting SCRA and also, to recruit candidates for different posts in various departments of Indian Railways.
Combined Defence Services Examination (CDSE):
Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) Exam for Assistant Commandant (AC):
The exam is conducted for the recruitment of candidates at AC post in different branches of CAPF (Central Armed Police Forces) viz. BSF (Border Security Force), CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force), ITBP (Indo-Tibetan Border Police), CISF (Central Industrial Security Force), & SSB (Sashastra Seema Bal).
Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) for AC executive Limited Department Competitive Exam (LDCE) (CISF AC (EXE) LDCE):
For new candidate recruitment process of AC Executive’s post in CISF UPSC Board conducts this competitive exam once every year.
Combined Geoscientist & Geologists Examination (CGGE):
For the selection on the post of Chemist Group A, Geologist, & Geophysicist in GSI (Geological Survey of India) UPSC board conducts the following exam.
Indian Forest Service (IFS) Exam:
It is a national-level UPSC conducted civil service exam. The aim is to recruit eligible candidates for forest officers’ posts for the management of forests in India.
Indian Economic Service (IES) & Indian Statistical Service (ISS) Exam:
Each year UPSC conducts IES & ISS, which are administrative inter-ministerial civil service exams. Both the exams are organized under Group A of the Central Civil Services, which is an executive branch of the Indian Government. Graduates who are interested in joining economic services can check out these exams.