NAS stands for National Achievement Survey. It is the largest, nationwide, sample-based education survey conducted across India. 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.
National Achievement Survey (NAS) is a nationally representative large-scale survey of students’ learning undertaken by the Ministry of Education, Government of India. NAS gives a system level reflection on effectiveness of school education. Findings help compare the performance across spectrum and across population in order to find the desirable direction for improvements.
National Achievement Survey 2021 is scheduled on 12th November 2021. The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has developed the Assessment Framework for gauging the competencies attained by the students vis-a-vis learning outcomes. The Survey goes beyond the scorecard and includes the background variables to correlate student’s performance in different learning outcomes vis-a-vis contextual variables.
|Names of the Survey||NAS 2022|
|Title||National Achievement Survey in Schools|
|Subject||CBSE conducts the National Achievement Survey in Schools|
|NAS Exam Date||12-11-2022|
|NAS exam||Class 3, 5, 8 and 10 for this year|
This national level survey would be conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) as Assessment Administrator for Grade 3, 5, 8 and 10 students of State Govt. schools, Govt. Aided schools, Private Unaided recognized schools and Central Government schools.
The Survey will be conducted in a monitored environment in the sampled schools. Sampling Design for NAS 2021 intends to support the predefined and agreed objectives of the national assessment, NAS 2021 intends to provide information of what India’s students know and can do in key grades and subjects at national, state, district and school type. Selection of sampled schools is based on UDISE+2019-20 data. Therefore, the States, Districts used for drawing of the samples for NAS 2021 is exactly as per the UDISE+2019-20.
NAS findings would help diagnose learning gaps of students and determine interventions required in education policies, teaching practices and learning. Through its diagnostic report cards, NAS findings help in capacity building for teachers, officials involved in the delivery of education.
NAS 2021 would be a rich repository of evidences and data points furthering the scope of research and development. With this in view, NAS-2021 Portal has been developed by NIC as a dynamic platform in consultation with the NCERT, CBSE, UNICEF, DDG (Stats) and NITI Aayog under the overall guidance of Ministry of Education, Government of India.
This portal would be a sustainable educational management information system both for helping in smooth conduct of NAS-2021 as well as for future decision-making based on data analytics. The portal provides role-based functionality and dashboard for managing the resources (various functionaries involved in the conduct & administration of NAS), activity and event monitoring, capacity building, reporting & documentation, post NAS analytical report in the customized formats.
NAS Assessment Frame work 2021
|Class / Grade||Subjects|
|3||Language, Mathematics, EVS|
|5||Language, Mathematics, EVS|
|8||Language ,Mathematics, Science & Social Science|
|10||Language ,Mathematics, Science, Social Science and English|
How schools & students would be assessed by National Achievement Survey
- National Achievement Survey is conducted every 3 years to assess competencies developed by students of Class 3, 5, 8 and 10.
- Schools must note that no other activities are to be scheduled on 12-11-2021.
- The students and teachers of Classes 3, 5, 8 and 10 must be present today to take part in the assessment.
- The survey includes achievement tests (AT) and pupil questionnaires (PQ).
- The standard sample size of the survey for each school and each class is 30.
- The teachers must be present to take part in the teacher questionnaire (TQ).
- The observer must compulsorily deposit NAS papers to the designated centres on the same day.
- The detailed report would be shared on nas.education.gov.in in due course.
National Achievement Survey 2021 would be conducted in a monitored environment, only in the sampled schools. Sampling Design for NAS 2021 intends to support the predefined objectives and scope of the National Education Policy, NEP 2020.
Questionnaires (PQ, TQ, SQ)
PUPIL QUESTIONNAIRE – PQ (for Students)
- No. of Questions – 25 (For Grade 3,5,8) & 32 (For Grade-10)
- Mode of administration will be Interview Mode for Grade -3 & 5 & Pen and Paper Mode for Grade 8 & 10.
- The questions will be focused on Family background, Facilities at home, Involvement of parents, Safety and facilities in School, learning during pandemic and facilities for CWSN.
TEACHER QUESTIONNAIRE –TQ (for Teachers)
- No. of Questions – 69
- Mode of administration will Pen and Paper Mode (For all Classes).
- The questions will be focused on School Facilities, School Infrastructure, Materials available for Teachers, Professional Development Facilities, Teaching and Assessment , methods and Innovative pedagogies, Parents involvement for student’s achievement, Teaching during Pandemic, Covid measures at school.
School – Community interaction
- No. of Questions – 73
- To be filled by the Head Teachers and FI will collect the information from the Head Teacher.
- The questions will be focused on School Facilities, School Infrastructure, Materials available for Teachers, Availability of teacher and supporting staff, Parents involvement in school for students achievement, Teaching during Pandemic, Covid measures at school, Facilities for CWSN,
FAQs on NAS
What is NAS?
National Achievement Survey (NAS) is a nationally representative large-scale survey of students' learning undertaken by the Ministry of Education, Government of India.
Why is conducted NAS in Schools?
NAS gives a system level reflection on effectiveness of school education. Findings help compare the performance across spectrum and across population in order to find the desirable direction for improvements.
When will be conducted the NAS in Schools?
National Achievement Survey 2021 is scheduled on 12th November 2021.
Is NAS an examination conducted by the School?
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
How does NAS provide system level feed back?
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.
Does NAS provide individual school or student performance scores?
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
Can any school participate in NAS?
No, Only the schools selected in sample can participate
Which are classes in which NAS will be conducted?
NAS will be conducted for Grades 3, 5, 8 and 10 in selected schools.
Which ministry conducts the NAS?
NAS is undertaken by the Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Education, Government of India
Which organisation under the MoE is conducted the NAS?
Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)
NAS 2017 details
NAS 2022, National Achievement Survey in Schools. National Achievement Survey in AP Schools, NAS Schedule, AP SCERT Proceedings, Conduct of NAS Class III, V& VIII Survey: National Achievement Survey is going to be scheduled in the month of October 2017 at the end of Class III, V& VIII in all 13 Districts.
Conducting of National Achievement Survey (NAS)at different levels of School education (Class III, V& VIII) based on Learning Outcomes-Tentatively in the month of October- Issue of guidelines for Preparedness of the children. NAS website : https://nas.education.gov.in/home
Quality of education at primary/secondary levels: Focus on quality education, the Central RTE Rules have been amended on 20th February 2017 to include a reference on class-wise, subject-wise Learning Outcomes. The Learning Outcomes for each class in Languages (Hindi, English and Urdu), Mathematics, Environmental Studies,
Science and Social Science up to the elementary stage have, accordingly, been finalized and shared with all States and UTs. These would serve as a guideline for States and UTs to ensure that all children acquire appropriate learning level.
The students learning assessment will be according to the Learning Outcomes developed by NCERT. The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) conducts periodic national surveys of learning achievement of children in classes III, V and VIII and X. Four rounds of National Achievement Survey (NAS) have been conducted so far for class V and three rounds for classes III & VIII. These reveal improvement in learning achievement levels of pupils, in identified subjects from first round to fourth round. From current year onwards,
Government has decided to conduct a National Achievement Survey where the district will be the sampling unit. The students learning assessment will be according to the Learning Outcomes developed by NCERT. Under the Centrally Sponsored Schemes of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA),
the State Governments and UT Administrations are supported on several interventions to improve teaching standards, including regular in-service teachers’ training, induction training for newly recruited teachers, recruitment of additional teachers for improving pupil-teacher ratio, academic support for teachers through block and cluster resource centres, Maths and Science kits, Lab equipment, special teaching for learning enhancement,
ICT facilities in schools, introduction of vocational education component at the secondary level and activities under ‘Unnati’ project for improvement in English language skills Additionally, the Central Government, supports States and UTs on early grade reading, writing & comprehension, and early Mathematics programmes through a sub-programme of SSA namely ‘Padhe Bharat Badhe Bharat’ (PBBB) in classes I and II.
Further, the Government has launched Rashtriya Aavishkar Abhiyan (RAA) programme on 09.07.2015, inter alia, as a subcomponent of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), to motivate and engage children of the age group from 6-18 years in Science, Mathematics and Technology through observation, experimentation, inference drawing, model building, etc. both through inside and outside classroom activities.
PROCEEDINGS OF THE STATE PROJECT DIRECTOR, SARVA SHIKSHA ABHIYAN:: ANDHRA PRADESH, AMARAVATI, c.Rc.No. 368/A3/SIEMAT/2017, Dated: 11.08.2017
Sub: SSA-SIEMAT- Conducting of National Achievement Survey (NAS) at different levels of School education (Class III, V&VIII) based on Learning Outcomes-Tentatively in the month of October 2017- Issue of guidelines for Preparedness of the children – Orders – issued.
Ref: 1. Govt. Memo no. 610151/Prog.II/A1/2017, 2. D.0 Lr. No.15-1/2017-EE.13, Dt. 19-05-2017 from the Joint Secretary, DSE&L, MI-IRD, GOI, New Delhi
All the Project Officers of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, District Educational Officers and the Principals of DIET in the state are informed that MHRD is going to conduct National Achievement Survey (NAS) for classes III, V & VIII to know the Class Wise Learning Outcomes across the country tentatively in the month of October 2017.
In view of the above, ensuing NAS sample survey all the Project Officers, District Educational Officers are requested to take necessary steps to prepare the all students of sample schools so as to perform well in NAS assessment on Class wise and subject wise learning outcomes
NAS Assessment Pattern
|Class||Curricular Areas||Number of Questions||Nature of Assessment|
|Class III & V||Language, Mathematics & EVS||45 (15 for each|
|Formal, Multiple Choice|
|Class VIII||Language, Mathematics, Science & Social Sciences||60 (15 for each curricular area||Formal, Multiple Choice|
Using Material for Preparedness of Children in the Schools
|Class III& V||Using Existing Material|
|9. Class and School Readiness Module|
10. Summer work Book/Pundadi Workbook
11. Pratham worksheets
12. Training Modules
13. Previous test items of the SLAS/AAS/3Rs tool
14. ‘C’ Grade Module
15. Summative Test Papers
16. Learning Outcomes
|Class VIII||Using Existing Material|
Maths Science and
|3. Class and School Readiness Module|
4. Summer work Book/Pundadi Workbook
5. Pratham worksheets
6. Training Modules
7. Previous test items of the SLAS/AAS/3Rs tool
8. ‘C’ Grade Module
9. Summative Test Papers
10. Learning Outcomes
Monitoring the Children Performance
|State-level||State Project Director of SSA, Commissioner of School Education, Director SCERT, Join Directors/ ASPD of SSA||Visit district orientation Programme Visit to Schools Observe the Children Performance||Monthly once August to October|
|District level||IUDs, DEOs, Dy.Eos, POs of SSA along with staff, DLMTs||Visit the Mandal Orientation Programme, To observe the children Performance To observe the learning outcomes Observe the assessment Process||Monthly twice August to October|
|Mandal Level||MEOs, SHMs &CRPs||Visit the School Complex Orientation Programme, To observe the children Performance To observe the learning outcomes Observe the assessment Process||Weekly Once August to October|
|School Complex HMs||SCHMs,CRPs||Visit to the School To observe the children Performance To observe the learning outcomes Observe the assessment Process||Weekly Once March to April June to September|
All the District Educational Officers and Project Officers in the state are directed to take immediate action in the above matter. All are requested to aware all the teachers who are working in Primary, Upper Primary and High Schools on the conduct of NAS on identified class wise subject-wise learning outcomes.