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What is PSA Exam in CBSE?

Aug 17, 2015 18:38 IST

    Problem Solving Assessment was introduced by CBSE in the year 2013 for the students of class IX and XI. It was designed with an objective to inculcate general and high order thinking skills in students. The aim of PSA test is to evaluate and improve decision making, communication ability, creative and constructive thinking of students.

    Its main goal is to access a student’s skill to process, understand and use the information rather than evaluating them on their material knowledge. It is an efficient method to teach students things outside their bookish world. it has a practical approach.

    Following areas are assessed under PSA;

    • Language Convection skills ( Eng/Hindi)
    • Quantitative Reasoning skills
    • Qualitative Reasoning skills.

     Features of PSA

    • Mandatory for all class IX and XI students.
    • Consists of 60 multiple choice questions of 60 marks.
    • Counted towards FA-4 and adds 10 per cent to the overall evaluation of class IX. The assessment is carried further to FA-4 of class X. The overall score will be reflected in the main subjects including one language.
    • It gives students a chance to improve their score and the best scores will reflect in the final certificate for those who apply for improvement.

    PSA Registration/Application Form

    • There is no separate registration for PSA test. Fee of Rs.100 per student  appearing for exam, is submitted by the school along with other details.

        Exam and Result Date

    • Held from 10.00 AM to 12.00 Noon.
    • The PSA exam dates are tentative and usually held in the month of November.
    • Result is expected to come in the next annual year by end of March.

    Exam Pattern

    • Students will be assessed on the basis of their language skills, quantitative ability and reasoning
    • Assessment in English and Hindi in terms of language rules, usage and vocabulary in situation and passage completion.
    • Bilingual question paper.

    How to Prepare?

    CBSE PSA exam is not subject based. It is based on a student’s knowledge and understanding of concepts in his/her previous classes and to use this information in real life scenario. The fundamental requirement for this process is how well you can understand the language and requirements of the problem. The questions are designed in such a way that the students have to use their mental ability to analyze and calculate the chances of occurring of a specific problem.

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