Release of the 2021 report of the National Achievement Survey for the school education system

The School Education and Literacy Department of the Ministry of Education today released the National Achievement Survey (NAS) 2021 report which assesses the health of the school education system in the country by conducting a comprehensive assessment survey of children’s learning skills in class III, V, VIII and X with a cycle period of three years. It reflects the overall assessment of the school education system. The last NAS was in 2017.

The NAS 2021 was held on 12.11.2021 across all levels in India and covered (a) public schools (central government and state government); (b) government-subsidized schools; and (c) non-subsidized private schools. The subjects covered are language, mathematics and EVS for classes 3 and 5; Language, Mathematics, Science & Social Science for Class 8 and Language, Mathematics, Science, Social Science and English for Class 10.

About 34 lakh students from 1.18 lakh schools in 720 districts in rural and urban areas participated in the NAS 2021. The national bulletin was published and placed in the public domain at It will allow the results to be analyzed and corrective measures to be taken at the appropriate levels.

The objective of the NAS 2021 is to assess the progress and learning skills of children as an indicator of the effectiveness of the education system, in order to take appropriate measures for corrective actions at different levels. It will help close learning gaps and help state/UT governments develop long-term, medium-term and short-term interventions to improve learning levels and move towards differential planning based on NAS 2021 data.

The achievement tests as well as the questionnaires i.e. Student Questionnaire, Teacher Questionnaire and School Questionnaire have been developed and translated into 22 different languages ​​by NCERT. This national survey was administered by the CBSE in a single day at a time. The survey was managed through the technology platform designed and developed by the National Informatics Center (NIC).

In order to capture students’ achievement of learning outcomes at the end of grades III, V, VIII and X, an OMR-based achievement test comprising multiple-choice questions (MCQs) was conducted. It assesses the skills and abilities acquired by students at different levels of school education through meticulously developed and field-tested items.

The report is based on performance in all subjects through disaggregation by gender (female, male), area (rural and urban), school management (governmental, government-subsidized and private non-subsidized) and social groups (Schedule Caste (SC), Schedule Tribe (ST), Other Backward Communities (OBC) and General.

(With GDP entries)