The Problem Solving Assessment conducted by CBSE for Class 9 and Class 11, is to be held on 18 January, Saturday. While the subjects for Class 9 PSA are common for all students, the Class 11 PSA is likely to include questions related to Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics, regardless if the students are studying Humanities or Commerce.
The PSA exam, previously optional has been made mandatory from this year. The marks will be considered under the CCE scoring system for Class 9, while Class 11 students will receive certifications. Class 11 students have raised strong objections that the question paper based on Science subjects is unfair for students who do not have science subjects. Authorities, on the other hand, maintain that the science topics included in the PSA question paper are from Class 10 level. Students still feel they will have an added disadvantage as compared to Science stream students that have been studying science regularly.
The Problem Solving Assessment (PSA), introduced from the 2012-2013 academic batch in CBSE schools, has led to mixed reactions among students, parents and teachers. The new exam paper pattern consists of 60 multiple choice questions to be answered in 2 hours and tests the students’ reasoning, analytical and logical thinking skills. Divided into qualitative reasoning, quantitative reasoning and language convention, the PSA exam is not based on a specific subject, but rather focuses on testing the students’ problem solving skills.
Source: India Today