Problem Solving Assessment 9th Class

The CBSE has declared a test for class IX students i.e. Problem Solving Assessment Test (PSA Test) to be held on 16 February 2013, designed to judge the “skills”. There is no specific syllabus for the test and has been prescribed for Class IX students studying in CBSE schools. It will be mandatory for all students of class IX.

The students will have the option to improve their PSA Score in Class X, as they can sit for the test with Class IX students of the Session 2013-2014 in January – February 2014. The best scores will be reflected in the final certificate in case of those applying for improvement.

The features of the Problem Solving Assessment will be as follows:

1.This test will carry 90 marks. There will be 60 questions of MCQ type from different sections.

2. There is no specific syllabus for PSA. It will cover the following areas:-

(A) Quantitative Reasoning {Includes reasoning from Humanities, Art & Social Sciences}

(B) Qualitative Reasoning {Reasoning of Mathematics & Science}

(C) Language Conventions {Different Aspects of written Communication like grammar & Vocabulary}

3. The question paper will inclusive facet of 21st century skills like Creative Thinking, Judgment Skills, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving skills and Communication skills that leads to success at secondary stage.

4. The assessment in language will contain items that will assess grammar, usage, Vocabulary in context and passage-completion.

5. The items in PSA will be structured in such a way so as to ameliorate the routine and supreme order thinking skills. This will also result in improving scores within the core school subjects.

6. All Questions will be provided in English & Hindi.

7. The PSA test will be accumulated towards FA-4 which is 10% of total assessments of Class IX.  This assessment will also be carried forward towards the FA-4 in Class X. This score will be reflected in one Language (English or Hindi), Mathematics, Science and Social Science w.e.f the session 2012-2013 for Class IX and 2013 – 14 for Class X. The same score will be reflected in FA-4 for class IX and Class X.

8. The schools which have already planned their time table and other details regarding FA-4 will take the best scores of FA-3 and FA-4 to count towards the total 10%, now available for FA-3 and FA-4 taken together.

9. There will be no isolated time tables or periods for teaching or practice of PSA in schools.

10. The examination shall be conducted in the school.

11. Candidates shall appear against their Registration No. issued earlier.

Circular of CBSE PSA Class IX

PSA Sample Question Paper Class IX

PSA Exam Answer Sheet Format

      Problem Solving Assessment Test-Format:

Test Context Domain/ Item Type

No of Items 


Qualitative Reasoning :

1. Stand alone MCQs 
2. Passage based MCQ Set #1 
3. Passage based MCQ Set #2 



Quantitative Reasoning :

1. Stand alone MCQs

2. Passage based MCQs Set #1
3. Passage based MCQs Set #2



Language Conventions :

1. Grammar & Usage MCQs

2. Vocabulary  in Context based MCQs
3. Passage completion based MCQs




      Test Detail:





Question Detail

Maximum Marks

PSA Class IX

2 Hours

10:00 to 12:00

16th Feb 2012

60 MCQ


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