CBSE has decided to drop the Problem Solving Assessment (PSA)
in classes IX and XI
a move that will bring great relief to class IX CBSE students, the board has
decided to drop the Problem Solving Assessment (PSA) in classes IX and XI.
Instead, the students will appear for an additional Formative Assessment
For the past three years, CBSE has been conducting the PSA for classes IX and
XI, with the board preparing the question paper along the lines of a competitive
The examination is divided into four sections: reasoning,
general knowledge, mathematics and science. The marks obtained in the different
sections are then added to the marks of science, English, mathematics and social
Students, teachers and principals in the city say that the cancellation of
the PSA is a good move, since it will make a big difference in the marks of the
“Preparing for the PSA is difficult, especially since I am not attending any
coaching for competitive examinations. I am glad that there will be an extra FA
instead of the PSA,” S. Kamini, a student of Class IX said.
According to teachers, while about 10 per cent of the class usually do well
in the examination, preparing for an exam along the lines of the PSA, is rather
tough for the rest.
“Through the year, we give the students a number of sample
question papers. The students who have enrolled for competitive examination
coaching like to take the PSA, as it gives them practice, but for the rest, it
is difficult,” A. Jayaprabha, a mathematics teacher said.
Conducting a PSA for the students is unfair, because it is
very stressful for students when they join class IX after having to take only
exams till class VIII, according to J. Ajeeth Prasath Jain, Senior Principal,
Bhavan’s Rajaji Vidyashram.
Courtesy: The Hindu