The CBSE and NCERT have, together, come up with an aptitude test for the students of the senior school to help assess their aptitudes. The test is named as ‘TAMANNA’, short for Try and Measure Aptitude and Natural Abilities, to enable the stakeholders to understand the aptitude of Class 9 and Class 10 students. The aptitude test has been developed under the aegis of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India.
Going by the official website of ‘TAMANNA’, details about the use and importance of aptitude tests, dimensions measured in the test, construction and standardization of the test, administration, scoring and understanding of the meaning of aptitude test scores are covered in the test manual. Guidelines were developed based on data collected from the students tested, by the CBSE, at 11 different locations from various regions of the country to make this test relevant to the Indian context.
Looking at the content covered in the test, we can infer that the test mainly concentrates on seven areas. These seven identified sub-tests are Language Aptitude (LA), Abstract Reasoning (AR), Verbal Reasoning (VR), Mechanical Reasoning (MR), Numerical Aptitude (NA), Spatial Aptitude (SA) and Perceptual Aptitude (PA), along with Technical Manual. MHRD made it clear that the aptitude test provides information related to the strengths of students and there is no pass or fail in this test.
HRD Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal, speaking about the launch of the aptitude test, said that each student is unique and distinct from the others. He elaborated that students vary in terms of their physical characteristics, such as height, weight, and strength, as well as in their psychological attributes, like intelligence, aptitude, interest, and personality. He asserted the fact that some students might be outspoken while others might be submissive, some might be creative and flexible while others might be precise and specific, some might excel in expressing their views, while others might do well in reasoning with numbers. He concluded by stating that ‘TAMANNA’ is a collaborative work between the Central Board of Secondary Education and the National Council of Educational Research and Training, developed under the aegis of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) to test the aptitude of the students of class IX and class X.