The CBSE Proficiency Test in Mathematics aims to test higher level competencies in the subject
– 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
– ability to solve problems requiring numerical data-interpretation, graphical interpretation,
– 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
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
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 given
The distribution of marks among different types of questions is NOT indicated by the number
of questions of each type in the sample given here.