The Instituto Militar de Engenharia (Military Institute of Engineering, IME) is an engineering university maintained by the Brazilian Army with Federal support. IME is the oldest and one of the best ranked engineering schools in Brazil, according to the Ministry of Education of that country, having systematically achieved first place in several of its engineering degrees. Its current campus is located in Urca, Rio de Janeiro, right across the entrance to the very famous Sugar Loaf cable car.
The school's undergraduate admission exam is famous for being considered one of the most difficult ones in the country, due to the high level of the questions presented on the tests. Applying students are evaluated through a set of examinations on the following subjetcs:Math, Physics, Chemistry, Portuguese and English. The questions presented on the exams are nationally known featuring exercises from previous Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry Olympiads, as well as unprecedented ones. The Brazilian Ministry of Education develops a periodical evaluation (both through tests applied on undergraduate students and infrastructure and faculty evaluation), and IME is usually ranked among the top three schools of the country in each of its Engineering specialties.