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CBSE Proficiency Test in Mathematics

Proficiency Test in Mathematics

The CBSE Proficiency Test in Mathematics aims to test higher level competencies in the subject which include

  • Knowledge of concepts/principles and techniques of mathematics
  • Ability to solve problems requiring the application and interconnection of the above knowledge
  • Ability to apply the above knowledge to analyse relevant daily life situations and draw appropriate inferences
  • Ability to solve problems requiring numerical data-interpretation, graphical interpretation, etc.
  • Ability to reason mathematically.

The content level will be defined by the prescribed CBSE Class IX and Class X syllabus. The recommended textbooks for this content are NCERT Mathematics textbooks for classes IX and X.

The questions in the test will not be based merely on recall of information given in the textbooks, and several of them may be unconventional.

The maximum marks for the test will be 100 and the test will have a duration of two and half hours.

The question paper will be fully objective in nature; answers will be machine-gradable. The paper will consist of multiple choice questions (MCQs), numerical questions and column matching questions as illustrated by the sample questions given below. There will be negative marking for wrong answers to the multiple choice questions only.

The total number of questions is NOT indicated by the number of questions in the sample paper.

The distribution of marks among different types of questions is NOT indicated by the number of questions of each type in the sample paper.


  • All questions are compulsory.
  • The questions are divided into three sections:
  1. Section I: Questions 1 to 11 are Multiple Choice Questions. Each multiple choice question has four options out of which only ONE option is correct. Each correct answer earns a credit of 3 marks. A wrong answer carries a penalty of —1 mark.
  2. Section II: Questions 12 to 15 are Numerical Questions. Each correct answer earns a credit of 5 marks. There is no negative marking for these questions.
  3. Section III: Questions 16 to 17 are Column-matching Questions. In these questions, there are 3 items in the left column (Column I) and 5 options in the right column (Column II). You have to match each item in Column I with ALL the correct options in Column II. For each item in Column I, you earn 2 marks if all correct matches in Column II are indicated, and no incorrect matches are indicated. There is no negative marking for these questions.
  • For all types, an unanswered question earns no mark.

Instructions for writing on the Answer Sheet

  • Use an HB pencil to fill the Answer Sheet. DO NOT USE A PEN.
  • If you want to change an entry after filling a bubble, erase the filled bubble cleanly and fill in the new bubble of your choice.
  • Apart from filling in bubbles for answers and roll number, do not write anything else on the Answer Sheet. You will be provided extra space in the question paper for rough work.