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 student.
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. Four 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.
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 counselors. 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, counselors 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.
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 and interests.
Unlike the conventional Aptitude assessment, which indicate professional orientations the CBSE SGAI attempts to indicate academic orientations at +2 level.
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.
It is a simple paper - pencil assessment of 1 to 1.30 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 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.
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
CBSE SGAI: Some Statistical Facts
About 6, 00, 000 students from all over India and abroad have taken CBSE SGAI in 2011, 2012, January 2013 and November 2013 from CBSE and HP Board.
*CBSE SGAI: for Himachal Pradesh Board
On request, CBSE has conducted SGAI twice for secondary school students of Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education in 2012 and 2013.