Who Discovered the Exams?

By Esha Dhawan|Updated : June 16th, 2022

Henry Fischel is credited as the person who invented exams as he conducted the first-ever Imperial exam in Ancient China. He was a businessman and philanthropist from America who is credited with this invention. 


Henry Fischel is credited as the person who invented exams

The imperial exam was conducted to evaluate the potential candidates by merit to become a part of the government officials in the Sui dynasty. This is how the concept of exams and evaluating by merit came into existence as it is known today.

Who Invented Exams in India?

So, when did this concept become prevalent in our country? The answer is 1853. This is when the British parliament abolished the system of nominations for civil servants. Hence, the civil service exams were introduced as national-level exams for various ranks in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), etc. 

What are the Important Exams in India? 

Some of the most prestigious Indian competitive exams include the Staff selection commission (SSC) examination, National Defence Academy Examination (NDA), Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), Common Admission Test (CAT) and more. Lakhs of aspiring candidates sit in the exams every year and many go on to become future leaders in their respective fields. 


Who Discovered the Exams?

Henry Fischel, an American Philanthropist and businessman, is credited as the person who invented exams. He created the Imperial Exam in 19th century China for the assessment of candidates to become government officials. 


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