Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will hold the second stage of Arybhatta Ganit Challenge tomorrow, November 29, 2019. Top 3 students from each school that had registered for the competition will be appearing for the computer based test. The competition promoted with the aim of imbibing joy of mathematics in class VIII to X students, is a two step challenge.
Students who have qualified for the second stage have been looking for Aryabhatta Ganit Challenge mock test since they got selected. At cbse.nic.in, the challenge details have been provided under the “in focus” section; there is a circular for Aryabhata Ganit Challenge, and one click here link. The click here link leads to a login page, where, “Mock Test” appears in big bold letters.
However at the time of publishing this news, the text had no link attached. Below it, appears a message “Please Download & Install Adobe Acrobat Reader DC for the Second Stage” which does not appear to have any bearing upon the mock test per se, it is supposed to be for schools or authorities involved in conduct of the second stage.
The first stage was held in schools from November 18 to 22, 2019. As per reports, a total of 7,71,214 students took part in the competition from 5,457 schools all over India. Of them, now the top 3 students from each school can take part in the second stage. Question papers and answer keys were provided to schools online, between November 18 to 22, 2019.
Schools had to register the names of top 3 students by paying Rs 900 by logging in to the link provided for the challenge at cbse.nic.in, from November 18 to 25, 2019. However later the deadline was extended to November 27, 2019.
Top 100 students from each CBSE region will get Merit Certificate.
Whereas there was no fee to participate in the first stage, a fee of Rs 900 has been levied to appear in the final stage.
CBSE will also give an appreciation certificate to 10 schools from each region with maximum number of student participation in first stage.
Areas of assessment in the challenge are broadly divided into three segments, of 20 marks each. Application of mathematics in daily life is the first one, under which are the topics change and relationships, space and shape, quantity, uncertainty and data. Then the second segment is joy of mathematics learning comprising of puzzles, history of mathematics, current affairs in mathematics, mathematics all around us. Third is mathematical ability, with questions on numerical ability, reasoning, spatial ability. There is no negative marking in this hour long challenge.
Such competitions have multifold impact on not only students, but the education system as a whole. Beyond classroom learning, this helps all stakeholders to open their eyes and gauge the connection between what is taught through textbooks and everyday life. The joy of learning, can, and is encouraged to be promoted among students from all walks of life.