National Achievement Survey (NAS) – Key Facts

Indian Government is ready to implement sample-based National Achievement Survey (NAS) for Classes 3, 5, 8, and 10 with a cycle period of three years.


  • Previous National Achievement Survey (NAS) was carried on November 13, 2017, for assessing the competencies developed by children at classes 3, 5 and 8.
  • The next NAS is scheduled to held on November 12, 2021, across India.
  • This survey will help in assessing the learning interruptions and new learnings during covid-19 pandemic. After assessment, it will help in taking remedial measures.
  • NCERT has done instrument development, testing, sampling of the schools and finalization of the test items etc. But actual administration of the test in sampled schools will be done by CBSE in association with respective states/UTs.

NAS 2021

NAS 2021 is set to cover entire spectrum of schools including Government Schools of Central Government as well as State Government, Government Aided Schools and Private schools across India. It is expected that NAS 2021 will cover around 1.23 lakh schools and 38 lakh students across 733 districts of 36 states and UTs.

NAS test

  • NAS 2021 will be conducted in:
  1. Language, mathematics, and EVS for Class 3 & 5
  2. Language, mathematics, science & social science for Class 8
  3. Language, mathematics, science, social science & English for Class 10
  • It will be conducted in 22 mediums of instruction like Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, English, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Manipuri, Urdu, Marathi, Bodo, Mizo, Odia, Punjabi, Telugu, Garo, Khasi, Nepali, Konkani, Lepcha and Bhutia.

What is National Achievement Survey (NAS)?

NAS is a representative large-scale survey of student’s learning. It is undertaken by the Ministry of Education. It provides a system level reflection on effectiveness of school education. Its findings help in comparing performance across population to find desirable direction for improvements.




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