Optional Proficiency Test for CBSE Class 10
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has done away with the class X board exams in schools and come up with a mechanism to enable students judge their level of knowledge in terms of marks. The arrangement is called Proficiency Test System (PTS) and would be available for the class X students who opted for continuous and comprehensive evaluation last year. PTS would not be a compulsion. Only interested students would opt for the same and take the test accordingly in June.
PTS would be available in all subjects namely, English, Maths, Science, Social Studies and Hindi. The test would contain multiple-choice questions. However, the number of questions and the duration of the paper are yet to be finalised. The board is also trying to figure out whether the candidate could take the test online or not.The question papers would be set by institutions of repute. While Central Institute for English and Foreign Languages would prepare the questionnaire for English, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, be responsible for Science and Maths question papers. The board has also contacted Indian Council For Social Science Research and Central Hindi Institute for social studies and Hindi respectively.
Talking to TOI, chairman, CBSE, Vineet Joshi said, ‘‘There is a group of students which draws motivation from marks… so we have an option of them.’’ He added that circulars for PTS would be sent to schools via regional offices by month end.