Useful Information about Problem Solving Assessment (PSA) for Class 11 (Updated)

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The students who wish to improve their PSA scores in Class X/XII may do so by providing their details online by November 15, 2013. For more details, please visit:

Further information regarding any queries that the students might be having, they can visit:


1. For assessing the problem solving skills of the students and to prepare them to face the twenty first century, Problem Solving Assessment (PSA) has been introduced by CBSE vide circular no. Acad-41/2012 dated August 1, 2012.

2. There is no specific syllabus for PSA. The PSA is based on qualitative and quantitative reasoning and language conventions. It will help the students in developing skills such as problem solving, decision making, critical and creative thinking. This in turn, will help in       developing Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS). It will help in developing these skills even in an average student.

3. Separate registration for appearing for PSA will not be required for the students.

4.  It is mandatory for all the students of Class 11 to appear in PSA.

5. Question paper for PSA will be sent to the schools one week before the examination by the Board.

6. The question paper booklets carrying the code 111P are for Class 11 students.

Pattern of examination:

*  One question paper containing qualitative and quantitative reasoning and language conventions.

*  Ninety marks in total are distributed as follows:

#  Qualitative reasoning – Stand alone MCQs, Passage based MCQs (Sets 1 and 2) (6 items in each)

#  Quantitative reasoning – Stand alone MCQs (10 items) and Passage based MCQs (Sets 1 and 2 with 4 items in each)

#  Language conventions – Grammar and usage MCQs, Vocabulary in context based MCQs and Passage completion based MCQs (8 items in each) 

*  OMR sheet will be attached to the question booklet.

*  Irrespective of the subject chosen by the student, each one of them will be given the same question paper.

7. The dyslexic, spastic and autistic candidates as well as those with visual and hearing impairment have the option of offering one language and any four subjects at secondary level from Mathematics, Science, Social Science, another language, music, home science, foundation of information technology, Commerce (Elements of Business) and Commerce (Elements of Bookkeeping and Accountancy). Such students should be provided relaxation from attempting those questions from subjects they have not opted for at the secondary level. For such students, the questions from all other subjects will be counted as a total of 90 and scores will be given on the basis of that.

8. The examination will be conducted in the school.

9. Based on the scores obtained in PSA, the student will be given a certificate in July, 2013.

10. For analysis of question types, please see PSAs uploaded on student and instructor resources, respectively on

11. For sample papers uploaded by CBSE, please visit

Examination date and duration:

 Date: 10.01.14

 Day: Friday

 Duration: 10 am to 12 noon

 It will be held in all schools except those falling in the winter bound areas where it will be held on 19.10.13 (Saturday).

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