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 for class X students in 2011. Five
SGAI editions have been completed till now. It is aimed at empowering an adolescent with “self-knowledge” in terms of the aptitude in combination with
interest and personality.
The CBSE SGAI is meant for class X 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 assessments 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 counsellors. 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 the schools.
Strength of SGAI
A team of Experts in psychometrics, practicing psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors
develop SGAI tool and its assessment scheme.
& Advocacy of SGAI
for wider sensitization and climate building amongst Parents, Teachers
and Schools. Activities Manual 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.
Who can participate in CBSE SGAI and
Any student studying in class X in a CBSE affiliated school can register
online through his/her school in the month of September by paying nominal fee of
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 an assessment of aptitudes, interests
§ Unlike the conventional Aptitude
assessment, which indicate professional
orientations the CBSE SGAI attempts to indicate academic 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 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 may lead to effective career planning later in life.
Final decision on the academic choices may be taken in consultation with
the school and parents.
Format of SGAI
In the last 4 years of having conducted the SGAI, the Board has
constantly strived to improve the assessment and delivery format in
ensuring its goal of helping students in their subject choices for Class
XI through a more scientific and self-exploratory manner.
CBSE SGAI until 2013 was a simple paper-pencil assessment of 1:30 to
2:00 hours duration.
The board has designed an improvised vision of the SGAI for its Fifth
edition, which for the first time was conducted online (computer based)
in affiliation schools, in India and abroad. Approximately 1.8 lakh
students registered for the 5th edition of Online SGAI
Keeping abreast with the technology and the need to provide hassle free
guidance to students, this online edition allowed students to instantly
access their SGAI reports after completing the assessments.
CBSE SGAI: Some Statistical Facts
About 8, 00, 000 students from all over India and abroad have taken
CBSE SGAI in 2011, 2012, January 2013, November 2013 and 2014 from CBSE and HP Board.
CBSE SGAI: for Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education
On request, CBSE has conducted SGAI twice for secondary school
students of Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education in 2012 and 2013.