Aptitude reflects the inherent capacity, or talent
of an individual. Aptitude assessment is a student-friendly, universally
accepted mode of rating capabilities for a particular activity. Aptitude
assessmentS are known to be reliable predictors of future scholastic
achievements as they provide a profile of strengths and weaknesses of a
Genesis of SGAI
Central Board of
Secondary Education has become the first Board in the country to
introduce the concept of aptitude assessment in 2011, followed by the
second edition in 2012 and third edition in 2013. It is aimed at empowering an adolescent with “self-knowledge” in terms of the aptitude in combination with
The CBSE SGAI is meant for X grade students and is an optional activity,
for schools and students.
A random survey was conducted in schools by devising a questionnaire to
primarily gauge whether the schools, parents and students were aware of
Aptitude assessment , at what stage these assessment should be conducted and
parents attitude towards Aptitude assessment. The responses received were
studied by a group comprising of psychiatrists, psychologists, experts
in Psychometrics and practicing counsellor. After analysing the feedback
it was decided to develop an Aptitude Test suited to CBSE clientele.
Prior to the administration CBSE SGAI is pre-tested
for its efficacy.
A pilot test is conducted on a sample of secondary level students drawn
from CBSE affiliated Private, Government and Aided schools from
different parts of the country.
The Micro Pilot Test
SGAI is further tested after making modifications on the basis of pilot
test and feedback received from schools.
Strength of SGAI
A team of Experts
in psychometrics, practicing psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors
design and develop SGAI and its assessment scheme.
& Advocacy of SGAI
for wider sensitization and climate building amongst Parents, Teachers
and Schools Teachers manual of activities and Frequently Asked Questions
(FAQs) are regularly updated and published in English and Hindi. The
material is also made available on-line.
of CBSE SGAI is done under the supervision of an expert panel and
assessment reports are issued by the Board.
Salient features of SGAI
The CBSE SGAI is an optional activity meant for class X students
studying in CBSE affiliated schools across the world.
CBSE SGAI is a collection of indices such as aptitude, interests and
§ Unlike the conventional Aptitude
assessment, which indicate professional
orientations the CBSE SGAI attempts to indicate subject orientations at
It has been customized to suit the Indian context and variety of student
population in CBSE affiliated Private, Government and Aided Schools.
SGAI is not an examination.
is a simple paper and pencil assessments of 1 to 1.5 hours duration.
is NO negative marking, pass or fail.
syllabus and special preparation is required for CBSE SGAI.
preparedness and sincere responses are the pre- requisites for this
assessment as SGAI assessment may depend upon child’s environmental stimulus and
CBSE- SGAI should be taken only as an indicator or a facilitator.
The purpose of CBSE SGAI is to help the larger population
including parents, teachers and students to initiate a dialog on
academic choices that lead to effective career planning later in life.
Final decision on the academic choices may be taken in consultation with
teachers and parents.
Who can participate in CBSE SGAI?
Any student studying in class X in a CBSE affiliated school can register
through school by paying nominal fee of Rs. 100/-
CBSE SGAI: Some Statistical Facts
About 4, 00, 000 students from all over India and abroad have taken
CBSE SGAI in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
CBSE SGAI: for Himachal Pradesh Board
Within one year of inception
of SGAI, the CBSE has conducted CBSE SGAI- 2012 for secondary school
students in 12 districts of Himachal Pradesh on request from Himachal
Pradesh board of Higher Education.
Registration schedule for
CBSE SGAI to be held in November 2013