Chandigarh: With an aim to develop ability to reason logically and present arguments in honest and convincing manner, the Central Board of Secondary Education has introduced “Aryabhaṭta Ganit Challenge” for the students of Classes VIII to X. According to teachers here, this will also help students make friends with mathematics by promoting better understanding of concepts through an enjoyable assessment process.

The computer-based test will mainly focus on the extent to which children are able to apply mathematics to their daily life. The feedback from the performance of the test will help the Board handhold the schools and children in the application of mathematics in daily life.

According to the CBSE, it is important that students apply mathematical concepts, facts, procedures and reasoning to solve mathematically formulated problems to obtain mathematical conclusions. Students should also be able to reflect upon mathematical solutions, results or conclusions and interpret them in the context of real-life problems.

“In mathematics, students learn that with proper reasoning and assumptions, they can arrive at results that they can fully trust to be true in a wide variety of real-life contexts. While applying mathematics in daily life, students develop the competencies required through mathematisation (of problems) before them. During the process of mathematisation, students recognise and identify opportunities to use mathematics and then provide mathematical structure to a problem presented in some contextualised form,” a CBSE circular stated.

Chandigarh district education officer Anujit Kaur said, “We are yet to see the circular but we will be motivating government schools to participate in this mathematics challenge.”

“If students learn how mathematics can be applied in real life, then they will find it interesting and easier to understand,” said Anupama Bisht, a mathematics teacher from a private school.

Another teacher, Pavitra Gill, from a private school said, “This is the right way to teach mathematics. It should be taught in a joyful manner, so that even those who have not started teaching maths to their students in an enjoyable manner will have to do so for this test. This will benefit the students.”

GRAPGIC

Experimenting With Maths For Better Understanding of Dreaded Subject

When to register?

Registration open till November 15

Eligibility

First stage: All students of from Class VIII to X in CBSE-affiliated schools

Second stage: Top three students from each affiliated school registered for the first stage

Test duration & total marks

Test will be of one hour with objective type questions. Total weightage will be 60 marks and there will be no negative marking

Areas of Assessment

1. Application of mathematics in daily life (20 marks)

i. Change and relationships

ii. Space and shape

iii. Quantity

iv. Uncertainty and data

2. Joy of mathematics learning (20 marks)

i. Puzzles

ii. History of mathematics

iii. Current affairs in mathematics

iv. Mathematics all around us

3. Mathematical ability (20 marks)

i. Numerical ability

ii. Reasoning

iii. Spatial ability

Process of test and selection

First Stage

* For first stage, an affiliated school can apply through the link available on CBSE website before November 15 till 5.30pm

* From November 18 to 22, the question paper will be made available to the registered schools with answer keys through the online link

* The registered school will conduct the test and identify three top students

* In case more than three students score same marks, a suitable screening test may be conducted by the schools at their own level to identify the top three

* Schools will register the names of these three top students by paying Rs 900 fees and logging in through the online link during November 18-25. During this stage, this link can only be accessed by the schools which registered for the test before the last date

Second Stage

* Only those schools, which have completed the first stage, will be eligible for the second stage

* A computer-based test will be conducted by the board for the top three students registered from each school on November 29

* Detailed modalities of the test will be communicated to the schools that register students for the challenge

>Top 100 students from each CBSE region will be given Merit Certificate

Test Fee

There will be no fees for participating in the first stage. However, Rs 900 will be charged for appearing in the challenge for the final stage. Fees will be accepted only through debit card/ credit card/ NEFT at the time of registration

Recognition of the schools

10 schools from each region with maximum number of student participation in the first stage will be given an appreciation certificate by the Board

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