There are a number of competitive examinations that have been introduced for the school students – some to test their knowledge and prepare them for higher competitions, others to help them pave way to top institutes to pursue good courses while yet others for granting scholarship programs based on their performance in the exams.
Here is a look at some of the most important competitive examinations school students undergo for a brighter future:
- National Talent Search Examination (NTSE)
Known to be one of the most esteemed competitive exams, it is a national level examination cum scholarship program. The students are tested for their knowledge in Mathematics, Social Science, Science, Mental Ability and General Awareness. By way of this exam, students with excellent academic talent and intellect are identified. Scholarship is provided for the entire academic year to those who clear this exam.
- Indian National Olympiad (INO)
These tests include a five-stage procedure. It tests the students’ knowledge in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Astronomy and Junior Science. These stages include National Standard Examination (NSE), Indian National Olympiad (INO), Orientation cum Selection Camp (OCSC), Pre-departure Training Camp (PDT) and Participation in International Olympiad.
- International Assessment for Indian Schools (IAIS)
Also known by the name Macmillan or University of South Wales, Australia Test, this exam tests the students’ knowledge about their lessons from their current academic year. English, Computer, Science, Computer and Mathematics are the subjects for which this test is taken. It is held for students from Classes 3rd to 12th.
- National Interactive Maths Olympiad (NIMO)
This is a national level examination conducted for classes V to XII. Interactive activities such as interactive Olympiad, seminars and workshops are introduced by NIMO to make learning maths exciting and fun. The students’ mathematical skills and mental ability is tested by way of this exam.
- National Level Science Talent Search Exam (NLSTSE)
This test is held for students of classes II to XII. It tests the students’ knowledge in physics, chemistry, biology and maths. The questions in this exam are put in a manner that the students require applying both their knowledge and logic to derive at the answer rather than merely keying in the mugged up answers.
- Science Olympiad Foundation
Separate exams are conducted for Computer, Science, Maths and English for the students of classes I to XII. The Science Olympiad Foundation is a non-profit organization set up by top notch scientists, academicians and media personalities.
- Silverzone Olympiads
It is organized for classes 1st to 12th. These exams are meant to enhance the students’ creative thinking and problem solving ability. The students are tested on their knowledge in Mathematics, Computer, Science and English.
- National Standard Examination in Junior Science (NSEJS)
Based on the CBSE, ICSE and IB curriculum, this is the first exam of the Junior Science Olympiad program. It is held for the students of class 10th or lower. As the name suggests, students are mainly tested on their knowledge in Science.
- State Level Science Talent Search Examination (SLSTSE)
This examination is held to test the students’ knowledge in science. It is conducted for classes 4th to 10th by the Unified Council. Presently it is only conducted in the state of Andhra Pradesh.
- Assessment of Scholastic Skills Through Educational Testing (ASSET)
Conducted for classes III-X, it tests students’ knowledge about the basic concepts. English, Science and Mathematics are the subjects for which the papers are conducted. It is based on the CBSE, IGCSE, ICSE and other main state boards’ curriculum.