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Soon, school students can take test to know which career to choose

Union HRD minister Smriti Irani at a press conference in New Delhi.

education Updated: Mar 23, 2016 16:23 IST
Neelam Pandey
The Union human resource development ministry is developing an aptitude test that will help school students to assess their areas of interest in Class 10..
The Union human resource development ministry is developing an aptitude test that will help school students to assess their areas of interest in Class 10.. (Arijit Sen/ HT photo)

The Union human resource development ministry is developing an aptitude test that will help school students to assess their areas of interest in Class 10.

According to sources, a task force comprising officials from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and several psychometric experts has been formed to develop a “prototype” of this proposed in assessment test.

“All these experts are working under the HRD ministry to create a prototype of the psychometric test for Class 9 exam. To begin with, this voluntary test may be carried out in a few areas and based on the feedback the ministry could expand it after consulting with the state governments,” a senior official said.

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The issue was taken up during a meeting held last month where HRD minister Smriti Irani was present. A senior official in the department of school education and literacy, SC Khuntia, is learnt to have taken a review of the preparations for the aptitude test.

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Officials said the proposal is being discussed and the test will be optional in nature.

“This will act as an additional tool available for students to help them make the right choice,” the official said.

A pilot project on the test will start in May.