An illustrative list of FAQs has been prepared for reference and clarity on various issues relating to the NAS 2021. The list has been divided into 3 sections as below:
Ans: NAS stands for National Achievement Survey. It is the largest, nationwide, sample-based education survey conducted across India.
Ans: To provide structured feedback on student learning levels at District, State, and national levels. These inputs are used for policy planning and designing pedagogical interventions to improve quality and ensure equity in learning.
Ans: 12th November 2021
Ans: NAS is NOT a school-based examination. It is a system-level assessment conducted on a nationally representative sample that aims to provide feedback on the effectiveness of the school education system in our country
Ans: By administering standardized survey to students and collecting information on relevant background variables such as school environment, teaching processes, and student home and background factors.
Ans: NAS does not provide individual school or student scores. It provides a summary of performance at the District, State, and National levels, with the district as the unit for reporting
Ans: No, Only the schools selected in sample can participate.
Ans: Grades 3, 5, 8 and 10
Ans: NAS is undertaken by the Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Education, Government of India
Ans: Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)
Ans: National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT)
Ans: There are three key curricular areas in Grade 3: Language, Mathematics and Environmental Studies
Ans: There are three key curricular areas in Grade 5: Language, Mathematics and Environmental Studies
Ans: There are four curricular areas in Grade 8: Language, Mathematics, Science and Social Science,
Ans: There are five curricular areas in Grade 10: Language, Mathematics, Science, Social Science and English
Ans: It refers to the total number of test booklets and items that will be administered to each student
Ans: NAS is based on grade specific competencies and learning outcomes across the key curricular subjects in key grades
Ans: It is carefully designed by the NCERT to enhance validity, reliability and interpretability of the derived measures of student learning
Ans: In modular matrix design, each student takes a combination of only 2 subjects. A multi-subject, modular matrix design is characteristic of many large-scale assessments and is an established industry practice. Assessments like PISA, TIMSS, make effective use of modular design when two or more subjects are covered by testing programs.
Ans: 4 test booklets (all subjects included in each test booklet)
Ans: 4 test booklets (2 subjects in each test booklet following modular matrix design)
Ans: 5 test booklets (2 subjects in each test booklet following modular matrix design)
Ans: Technical note on the Assessment Framework NAS 2021 prepared by NCERT is available on nas.education.gov.in under REPORTS tab in PDF form
Ans: The main objectives considered for determination of sample size include:
Measure student achievement at national level
Measure student achievement at each state level
Measure student achievement at each district level
Ans: Four frames in NAS 2021 (as per UDISE+ 2019-20 data)
|Frame 1||State Government schools|
|Frame 2||Government Aided schools|
|Frame 3||Private Unaided recognized schools|
|Frame 4||Central Government schools|
Ans: All students of the section will be selected for the Survey
Ans: Field Investigators and Observers will select 30 students as per procedure defined at Step 8 para 2 of Sampling Design Note - NAS 2021 available on nas.education.gov.in
Ans: Procedure as defined under step 8 para 3 of Sampling Design Note - NAS 2021 available on nas.education.gov.in is to be followed.
Ans: Packets containing the Assessment Booklet will be pre-arranged as per procedure at step 9 of Sampling Design NoteÃ¢ÂÂNAS 2021 available on nas.education.gov.in
Ans: 733 Districts (as per UDISE+ Data 2019-20)
Ans: All States and Union Territories (UTs)
Ans: 1,23,729* unique schools will be surveyed as per sampling of NAS 2021
|Target Grade||Number of Schools|
* Unique school & School counted as one School whether it only one target Grade or many target Grades selected in sample for Survey
Ans: 38,87,759 students will be surveyed as per target grade wise details given below:
Ans: NAS Cell, Professional Exam Unit, CBSE Headquarters:
Ans: NAS Cell, Professional Exam Unit (CBSE) 2, Community Centre, Preet Vihar, CBSE, Delhi- 110092 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ans: District Level Coordinators are the principals of the affiliated schools with experience of handling sensitive assignments. They are appointed by the CBSE HQ.
Ans: Observers are Vice Principals, PGT, TGT and PRT teachers from affiliated schools. They will be appointed and supervised by the District Level Coordinator
Ans: The training for the different Functionaries will be done following a blended approach (Offline and Online as feasible).
They are Board appointed officials (Officials of the Board / institutions in the central Govt./ principals of CBSE affiliated non-sample schools). They would report to the allotted district to monitor the overall functioning of the Survey Team under DLC and ensure fair conduct of NAS as well as secured movement of survey materials post NAS for the designated place. They will be appointed by the NAS Cell, CBSE HQ
Ans: It means the Achievement Test Booklets and Background Questionnaires as below
Ans: Resource Center Custodian (RCC) / District Level Coordinator (DLC) / Banks
Ans: The OMRs for Grade 3 and 5 students will be filled with the assistance of Field Investigators and Observers maintaining sanctity
Ans: No. Scanning will be done centrally by the Administration Agency (CBSE) at a designated place.
Ans: No, the student will hand over the Test Booklets and the OMRs to the Field Investigator/ Observer.
Ans: Section Sampling needs to be carried out ONLY if there is more than one section for assigned Grades - that is 3,5,8 and 10 in the respective school
Ans: Student Sampling needs to be carried out ONLY if there are more than 30 students enrolled in the selected section/class.
Ans: FI/Observer would prevent such things by politely requesting. In case, unable to do so, they would make a note of such activities as Unfair Means in the Field Notes / Control Sheet and also on the NAS portal report Tab (to be provided in due coruse) in the portal
Ans: No, the students or teachers cannot take any survey material home
Ans: Yes, all functionaries involved in NAS 2021 administration need to get vaccinated. Those nominating various functionaries, may ascertain this at the time of nomination on the NAS Portal
NOTE: The exact Action Plan / Strategy and finer details for actual conduct of Survey on the day of NAS will be shared only with the Functionaries concerned at an appropriate time so as to maintain the SANCTITY of the NAS-2021. An extensive Capacity Building and Training Program is being taken up by the NAS Cell, CBSE for all the Functionaries.