CBSE organises PSA exam on 14th Feb
Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will be conducting Problem Solving Assessment (PSA) for students of class 9th and 11th at all CBSE affiliated schools operated in India on 14th February 2013 from 10 am to 11.30 am. As decided by CBSE, this test will be mandatory for all students who are enrolled at class 9th and 11th (all streams: Science, Arts and Commerce) in various CBSE schools for the current academic session 2012-13.
According to the latest notification of CBSE, till the previous academic session 2011-12, the PSA test was an optional in which interested students of class 9th and 11th appeared for measuring their quantitative and qualitative skills. However, from the academic session 2012-13, this exam will be compulsory for students of class 9th and 11th of all CBSE schools. For students of class 9th, PSA will be counted towards formative assessments which is 10% of total assessments in class 9th and this will also be included in Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) system of class 10th in its formative assessments. On the other hand, due to the absence of CCE system in class 12th, the students of class 11th will get a certificate with their obtain scores in this examination.
The notification of CBSE also revealed that there is no specific syllabus for this Problem Solving Assessment (PSA) and it will assess students in the following areas: Quantitative Reasoning (found in mathematics, science and technology), qualitative reasoning (found in humanities, arts and social sciences) and language conventions. The test will be of 90 marks and have 60 questions of Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) format.
It is to be mentioned here that this examination is very important for students of class 9th as its score will be reflected in one language (English or Hindi); Mathematics, Science and Social Science in the current session 2012-13 for class 9 and in next session 2013-14 for class 10.
VS Kalpana, Principal of Sri Sankara Vidyalaya Sector 10 asserted that the board has clarified that there will be a common question paper for students of class 11 too, irrespective of their different steams viz science, arts and commerce. The quantity of question papers to be sent by CBSE in all schools for both classes and special OMR sheets for every student will also be included in the booklet of question papers. After conducting examination for both classes, OMR sheets will be sent to CBSE for valuation, she added.
MP Yadav, Principal of Delhi Public School (DPS) Bhilai stated that CBSE is very serious regarding this examination and will send question papers of this exam (PSA) in every CBSE school one week before the exam. Students who have enrolled in class 9 and 11 in each CBSE school is eligible for this test and will use same registration number. There is no separate roll number for this examination, he added.
Most of the students who are studying in class 9th and 11th in different CBSE recognized schools of twin cities are excited to appear in this examination because of MCQ format that will help them to prepare for several competitive examinations.
‘The format of this examination is totally objective which will help us to understand about the MCQ format of competitive examinations’ stated Aditya Verma, a student of class 11th (science stream) in one of the leading CBSE schools in Bhilai.
Format of CBSE PSA-MCQ test for class 9th and 11th
Stand Alone Questions : 06
Passage Based Questions : 12
Stand Alone Questions : 10
Passage Based Questions : 08
Grammar and Usage Questions : 08
Vocabulary in content : 08
Passage Completion : 08