Actually you just can’t compare these exams like this, but now when you have done, allow me to throw some light.
Let’s talk about both of them one by one. Then we’ll compare. (Scroll down to the table given below and then the conclusion in Bold if you are running late.)
IIT-JEE: IIT is one of premier engineering institutes in the world, the entrance for which is the IITJEE. It is held in two phases; JEE Main and JEE advanced. JEE Main is objective and consists one paper having questions of Matha, Physics and Chemistry. JEE Advanced is also objective and divided in two questions papers of 3 hours each. Both sections measure the skills of the candidate in Physics, Chemistry and Math as well the comprehensive, reasoning and analytical abilities. It has an admission ratio of 10,000:1,500,000 thus making it one of the toughest engineering exam in the world. It has a selection ratio of 1:150.
Gaokao: The gaokao is a multi-day testing marathon given once a year. In many instances, preparation for the gaokao dominates students’ final year of high school. It is the primary tool used to sort millions of Chinese students into Chinese institutions of higher learning—students, upon learning their scores, submit a ranked list of schools they’d like to attend, and then wait for a decision. About a quarter of them won’t get in to any schools in mainland China. Being a high-school level and pre-undergraduate level exam it encompasses all subjects. Each year more than 7 million people apply for it in 2006; however the number easily crossed a 9.5 million mark.
Let’s look at this table to make a comparison.
Now let’s talk about the level of problems.
I myself prepared for IIT-JEE and eventually cleared it. So, during my preparation, I solved many previous year IIT-JEE problems as well. Meanwhile, I came across the name Gaokao and solved some mathematics problems.
I, personally found level of mathematics problems of both IIT-JEE and Gaokao is very high, but IIT-JEE takes a slight lead there. Because the problems which are asked in IIT-JEE are sometimes completely out of the world, while Gaokao problems I found similar to the ones I had been solving all the time, but they were tough, no doubt.
So, my conclusion is, Considering the selection ratio and level of problems, IIT is perhaps the toughest Engineering Entrance Exam of the world. But, at the same, level of questions and the way the they are asked in makes Gaokao the toughest Entrance Exam of the world.
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