The Central Board of Education (CBSE) has introduced an aptitude test for classes 9 and 10. The board said the move should help students with better career options. The CBSE KYA (Know Your Aptitude) test will be available on the board’s website for download from 29 January.

“As students enter secondary stage of schooling, they move closer to making many important career choices, one of which is deciding subjects to be studied at senior secondary level such as Humanities, Commerce, Science or Vocational. This will help a student to know his strengths and limitations, it would also help parents, teachers and the school administrators to extend support to the student while making such decisions,” read a circular issued by the board.

The KYA has been developed by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), and it can be administered by teachers at their respective schools.

“This aptitude test will definitely help students to have a better look at what they are good at. Usually students take these kinds of tests after board examinations from private agencies. But CBSE has made the process much easier,” said the principal of a school in Rohini.

The test is voluntary and any student can take it on a day designated by the school. The CBSE will issue scores based on the evaluation done by teachers. The scores can be checked by the students online on the CBSE website.

“According to me, this test might be a good idea but sometimes students seek options in which they might not be good and seek a career in them after putting in extra work. So I don’t know if this test can always help in choosing career options,” said the mother of Class 9 student of a school on Pusa Road.

From 29 January, schools can download the CBSE KYA guides, manual, test booklet and answersheets from the board website.