September 10, 2013, 12:25 pm
To help Classes IX and X students choose subjects for their senior secondary classes, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will conduct the fourth Students Global Aptitude Index (SGAI) assessment test in November. The SGAI will help students know their aptitude. Its questions will not be from the text books. They will only include psychological questions. The test is optional for students.
SGAI provides complete counselling through psychological measures to help students opt for different streams in Class XI according to their aptitude. "When students pass Class X, 95% of them want to opt for PCM (physics, chemistry and maths), and later pursue engineering. But, SGAI would help the students know the area in which their potential is higher," said Baldwin Academy principal Rajiv Ranjan, who was also the CBSE city coordinator for 2013 Board exams.
According to Ranjan, most of the parents also want their children to become engineers without knowing their preferences. "Activities such as SGAI would help students scientifically know about better career choices for them," he said.
Many schools in the city have already notified the students about the aptitude test. According to the CBSE circular, schools can register online for the SGAI test on payment of Rs 100 per student till October 15, 2013. Students can log on to the CBSE website, www.cbse.nic.in, to know the format and details of SGAI assessment test.
The previous editions of SGAI were conducted in January but parents as well as teachers requested the CBSE to advance the test date so that students could receive the results before the Board exams and benefit more from the test.
The CBSE also sends advocacy material in the form of PowerPoint presentations, teacher’s manual of activities and posters etc to each school to hold SGAI orientation programmes in schools. Around four lakh students across the world have so far opted for the CBSE-SGAI during the last three years.