Student Interest Matrix –Secondary (SIM-S)

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) offers a range of subjects for students of Class IX & Class X to choose from. These subjects tend to form the basis of future course of study and career direction. It will be an over-exaggeration to expect all students after completing Class VIII to be fully convinced about once future career goals and likewise be decisive about choosing of subjects as a part of their future course of study. Decisions taken at this point are mostly arbitrary and decision is taken with the inputs of parents without much thought on the Interest of the child and their other psychological aspects. Aspects like aptitude, motivation are not much explored due to absence of information and/or may be resources.

Student Interest Matrix- Secondary (SIM-S) is an Interest Matrix developed for students studying CBSE designed curriculum, wherein decision needs to taken while entering class IX for choosing the sixth / seventh subject. The SIM-S has been pilot tested and found to be useful for identifying the perceived Interest of the Child by making him/her aware about the different choices that can be taken. Often such options are not fully brought to the notice of the child and their parents so as to facilitate timely ‘informed decision making’.

The student will not take more than five minutes and with the use of this tool will be able to come across all the subjects being offered by CBSE at Class IX level that may be chosen as a sixth or even seventh subject. Based on a self-score (to be derived by the child him/herself after taking the test); the student will be able to appreciate one’s perceived interest amongst different subjects on offer by CBSE. The subjects listed in the SIM-S Version 1.0 are based on subjects being offered by CBSE for session 2019-20. This tool will also be very helpful for the schools to map the interest of students and accordingly recruit teachers and offer different subjects in their school.

We are hopeful that this tool will help students to take informed decisions with the scores obtained. The students, parents and other stake-holders will find it easy to objectively take a decision each year from the said options available. The SIM-S will be upgraded each year based on the CBSE announcements for subject offering for students of Class IXth & Xth.

Suggestions & inputs are welcome from different stakeholders. It is felt that constructive feedback shall definitely result in betterment of facilitation of Children who need to be empowered as much possible with different resources available with our society in general.