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The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) (केंद्रीय माध्यमिक शिक्षा बोर्ड) is a school-level Educational Board at all India level under the Central Government. Besides CBSE, there are two other all India level school boards and a number of state level boards.
CBSE affiliates all Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNV), all Kendriya Vidyalayas (KV), Private Schools, all the schools in the NCT of Delhi and Foreign Schools. The board conducts final examinations for All India Senior School Certificate Examination (AISSCE) for Classes XII and X.
Problem Solving Assessment (PSA) for Class IX and XI
CBSE introduced Problem Solving Assessment (PSA) Test for Classes IX and XI standard students. The first CBSE PSA test was held on 14 February, 2013. The second such test (CBSE PSA 2014) was conducted on 18 January 2014.
Problem Solving Assessment is mandatory for all students of Class IX and Class XI. There is no specific syllabus for Problem Solving Assessment. It will assess the Life Skills relating to the following three areas:
- Quantitative Reasoning
- Qualitative Reasoning
- Language Conventions
CBSE Proficiency Test
CBSE Proficiency Test is optional and students appearing in class X exam are eligible to take the test. CBSE conducted the first Optional Proficiency Test in the subject of English, Hindi, Mathematics, Science and Social Science for Class-X students in the month of July, 2011 as a part of ongoing examination reforms.
CBSE Open Text Based Assessment (OTBA)
In 2012, the HRD Ministry planned to introduce open book examination. The CBSE also recommended that multiple modes of assessment need to be provided to cater to the varied abilities of individual strengths of learners.